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Some neck, some chicken - 8/14/2020 7:30:36 PM   
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Well, I really can't get enough of the British Empire so here I am defending the West against the Nazi onslaught. In the opening turn RB attacked in Holland and Belgium and there seems to be a mysterious appearance of armor coming over the river at Sedan. Heavy casualties are reported on both sides up and down the front.

I abosoltly promise that I will not use historical hindsight to rush troops to prevent a German breakthrough at Sedan. If I happen to concentrate there then the only logical explanation is that I'm a better general. :)

The plan is to have Holland hole at at the Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam. They have a chance of giving up on turn two so any losses they cause are a bonus. As Brussels goes so goes Belgium so that's their job. The French are moving to the front.

The sound of exploding bridge resonates across western Europe.




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RE: Some neck, some chicken - 8/24/2020 12:30:16 PM   
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Turn two the craven Dutch give in. What's a little terror bombing anyway. This nets the Germans 100 VP and is not entirely unexpected. French move reserves up and I've decided to let the BEF just sit and accumulate supplies and, hopefully, pull itself together a little bit.




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RE: Some neck, some chicken - 8/24/2020 12:32:52 PM   
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Turn 3. THe Germans push to the gates of Brussels. The Belgians take heavy losses but hold firm and Brussels is still in Allied hands. The French move up and get two divisions into the city and reserves are behind the line. The British continue to resupply and hold together but don't seem to have improved much. Lots of German bombing and two German furballs wipe out allied air units

No allied attacks. I don't think these would really get me anywhere at this point. The only upside is that the Germans in the front lines look just a little tired.




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RE: Some neck, some chicken - 8/24/2020 11:26:24 PM   
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Turn four and almost all of the fighting is concentrated up near Brussels. The Belgian troops have been steadier than expected while timely reinforcement from french divisions set to tactical reserve seems to have saved the day. Not much on the Sedan front. This is fine with me as my troops dig in.

Meanwhile, the Brits seem to have figured out that if they never actually resupply and never organize themselves then they're never going to have to get into the fighting. :)




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RE: Some neck, some chicken - 8/27/2020 10:48:39 PM   
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Turn 5 saw the Germans attempt, and fail, to take Brussels. They had one attack with no allied casualties and some losses on the German side.




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RE: Some neck, some chicken - 8/27/2020 10:49:21 PM   
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Overall there have not been a lot of German attacks in the game. And, thus far the allies seem to be holding their own.




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RE: Some neck, some chicken - 8/27/2020 10:50:09 PM   
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Allied losses thus far. Not too bad (but I don't know if Dutch units that surrendered are included in these totals).




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RE: Some neck, some chicken - 8/27/2020 10:50:37 PM   
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More allied losses.




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RE: Some neck, some chicken - 8/27/2020 10:51:10 PM   
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And tanks. Hardly any tanks lost thus far.




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RE: Some neck, some chicken - 8/27/2020 10:55:16 PM   
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Happy to keep city fighting around Brussels for as long as I can and to use and many Belgian troops as I can. I've identified 5 panzer divisions fighting up there so I think RB only has five more such divisions lurking somewhere.

The Brits are making progress in organizing and resupplying.

RB may be pushing through the Maginot line in the south. It's hard for me to watch the replay so I'm not sure. Right now the French army continues to be released so they are slowly moving to the front and taking some air interdiction along the way. Trying to keep reserves behind the front and units in Tactical reserve (I'm honestly not 100% sure what the difference is) but the reserves seem to have prevented some German victories thus far.

This turn I did two bombardments that caused a few German casualties and the Belgian division retook an empty Namur just to be annoying. :)






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RE: Some neck, some chicken - 8/29/2020 5:55:14 PM   
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We've got another turn under our belts and RB is continuing the grind in Belgium trying to take Brussels and he has pretty much pushed through the Maginot line (helped by my lack of attention to that front) but failed in his attempt to take Metz. Starting this next turn there is a chance Belgium will surrender which would really open things up in Flanders. The Brits are getting rested and taking replacements so they should be in position if the dam breaks up there to try and hold back the Germans.

In the Metz area there were a lot of French divisions behind the lines that have now moved to the front and I continue to dig in near Sedan. Assuming the Belgians don't quit right now I have to say that I think the game is proceeding pretty nicely. No allied attacks yet, just some bombardments on his over stacked hexes.




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RE: Some neck, some chicken - 8/29/2020 5:56:08 PM   
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Here is where the VP hexes are compared to the front line.




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RE: Some neck, some chicken - 8/29/2020 11:53:40 PM   
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I don't know, if the belgians vanish it doesn't seem easy to plug the resulting hole in the front.

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RE: Some neck, some chicken - 9/5/2020 6:09:20 PM   
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Thanks for the words of encouragement given that the Feckless Belgians just announced that they are packing it in. :) But, the Brits are now well rested and so moving into Flanders. I'll have to see how it all turns out.

The Germans did not make much progress this turn. Both Brussels and Metz held but if Belgium is leaving then Brussels is doomed. I did launch one counter attack that beat up three German divisions right around Brussels so I hope that can slow things down a bit. Otherwise, I basically did some bombardments and moved up more reserves.




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