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RE: December 19 1941 - 11/11/2020 3:18:22 PM   
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Hmm, strange, not sure how the loss of Merchants plays out for the UK but boy those are some heavy German losses to just the British and French. What about the Russians Ultimately?

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RE: December 19 1941 - 11/11/2020 5:45:50 PM   
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Yes will be up to the Soviets to try and win this . Westerna allies without a fleet is not in a good place.

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February 42 - 11/12/2020 9:06:57 PM   
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February 42

Here is the situation in Gibraltar. There is a bit to read about it in the Gibraltar/Malta thread on the forum.

Have 2 ships there to take damage and then repair them to keep Gibraltar in supply. Still that is costly but the antiair takes a big toll of the airforce as well.

Looking at the losses massive air losses and naval losses in this game. And the battle of the Atlantic far from over with subs and raiders roaming sinking stuff still. What a headache it has been .




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RE: February 42 - 11/12/2020 9:26:51 PM   
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In the Middle east fighting goes on. Axis launched another invasion but didnt achieve the goal completely and italian corps shattereed this turn the German goes next turn. All in all the fighting goes ok. Think the Axis have lost something like 5-6 units in shatters whereas the UK lost none. Its been very close but they always barely get away without shattering. For example the 1 strength inf corps on the screenshot.

Americans land in Iraq (again) and I hope to push the axis units there back and eventually threaten the Syrian ports and force a axis evacuation.

Taking stock of the situation it really feels so so. Of course the Uk alone for 2 years should feel bad. In Egypt I have too many units so they dont recover effectiveness fast enough and German units strong enough to make it hard to deal with them. So hard to push them out of both Libya and Middle east. On the seas still lose merchants and escorts taking production needed for other stuff. Malkarma playing really well with the airforce too. I tried to find somewhere to land with the Americans they ended up in Egypt because of Axis control of the skies and my lack of navy. First game ever I miss Malta as a possible staging base.

Feel I rush things too much perhaps as it is only early 42 but in other games I have played this is the time to take back Africa but this is not one of those games. Now I am not sure Africa will be mine in 42 at all. Then what to do 43 I doubt I can take out Italy it will as usual be well defended so then what? Any ideas let me know .

On the plus side of course an untouched Sovietunion. Bad 35% xp army but at least starting at frontline years before real history. I think they can be a big nuisance for the Axis not in 42 so much but 43 onwards.

I forgot to take screenshot of the east but The Germans dont look to be in a rush to attack in May and German army size pretty low at 1360 but lots of units might still be held off map.









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March 42 - 11/13/2020 11:50:19 AM   
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With only a few turns before hostilities might begin in the east it looks like this.

Not much axis airforce and not looking like a very big army so far.

I have maxed out the Soviet force limit but not all units are out yet. Also big ongoing project to replace all corps with armies. Then lots of units at 41 tech when I now have 43 so lots of upgrading to be done.






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RE: March 42 - 11/13/2020 11:52:30 AM   
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I do build up a bit against Finland. Maybe not to conquer them but to gain some fairly low risk attacks and some bombing xp for the airforce. German assistance have arrived though so wont be easy.

Forgot screenshot but still intense fighting in Egypt and my units are getting tired hopefully so are the axis units. Last turn got my first shatter of an UK 20 pt corps and in return I got a German div and an Italian mtn corps shattered.






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April 42 - 11/13/2020 9:23:46 PM   
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Finally something that looks kind of good. Manage to shatter an italian inf corps and advance almost encircling the German arm corps and I am threatening haifa and I overran an German groundsupport unit. I forgot screenshot but 2nd turn of April I shattered the Italaian para corps and took Haifa so felt like some progress.






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May 8 1942 - 11/13/2020 9:29:02 PM   
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But the Axis are like a Hydra cut off one head more shows up. Axis counterattacked and an UK corps surrendered. And more units shipped into Syria In return I shattered an arm corps so that is of course very nice but my UK arm corps will need some luck next turn. American inf coprs also in a bad spot but if he dies and saves the arm corps I guess its kind of worth it.

Partisans in Iraq set the whole force there out of supply not so fun.






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RE: May 8 1942 - 11/13/2020 9:34:04 PM   
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In the east the canons start to roar. The Huns are coming. Not the scariest hun ever. What I can see only 7 arm corps and including axis allies 6 air units of which 4 are fighters. But Soviet units not very good either so have to be careful. Especially need more inf armies to shield the mech units.






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RE: May 8 1942 - 11/13/2020 9:51:06 PM   
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In Finland things go almost according to plan. I got 1 Finnish corps down to 0 almost shattering and 2 corps are surrounded but I think one at least will be rescued. In the air it hurt for sure. 30 air losses to 5 Finnish and 5 German
but that was kind of expected.




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RE: May 8 1942 - 11/14/2020 4:57:14 PM   
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Soviet Forces are massive and I feel the Allies have bled the Axis Production. 500 air step losses and 700 land step loss for the Axis. Russians will have equal technology. Magic has done a great job of delaying the MidEast Fall. The goal of invading the MidEast is unlimited oil or perhaps Baku for the Axis and Turkey but if that cannot be obtained in a reasonable time frame or with decent losses then it's really not worth it. As now the Axis are weaker than they would be performing a Barbarossa in '41 and all they got for it was knocking out a good deal of British Strength in exchange but not completely...

I predict The Red Army will take it's time and pick off the fringes gaining experience and stomp through the Axis by '43

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RE: May 8 1942 - 11/15/2020 3:33:41 PM   
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I hope you are right :). Yes the Soviets are already being a bit annoying. See below. But Western allies are very weak and might be in serious trouble, again see below

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May 22 1942 - 11/15/2020 3:37:34 PM   
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In the Middle east rain saves the UK arm corps so big hurrah for rain. So UK arm corps survive so I traded 1 German arm corps for one american inf corps that is obvisouly a trade you make any day. Supply in Iraq ok again so can continue to advance still a lot of Axis there though but their units as well as mine look a bit weak.






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RE: May 22 1942 - 11/15/2020 3:40:09 PM   
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In the south part on the eastern front I counterattack with some mech corps and some infantry. result above expectation as another German arm corps shatter and a 2nd one goes down to 1 combat strength. Might be a while before that unit is ready for combat again. So with that the Germans are thrown back across the Dniestr river.






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RE: May 22 1942 - 11/15/2020 3:46:17 PM   
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I might have retreated too fast as I now see that most German inf corps are not full strength the majority seems to be 20 point corps. In the center I concentrate my mech units. I will try and engage German armour the next couple of turns I have 13 mech units to Germanys 4. With some shift of airplanes from Finland I could even have some air superiority here.

Looking at losses air is bad but on land the Soviets do fine almost 1:1 comparing German and Finland vs USSR.




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RE: May 22 1942 - 11/15/2020 3:50:29 PM   
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In Finland everything goes well indeed. 2 Finnish corps annihilated and whats left doesn´t look too impressive. More Germans needed here or Finland might be gone this summer hopefully.

Argh forgot screenshot.





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RE: May 22 1942 - 11/15/2020 4:03:51 PM   
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But here is something that might change the game and almost gave me an heartattack . German navy outside US coast according to intelligence consists of 11 ships. Either intelligence is way off not sure if it can be that off or there might be an invasion of the US coming up which might even if eventually defeated wreck Western allies economy for a long time.

I did what I can moved 2 uk corps and some air over but will be 2-3 turns before in place. The saving grace might be that we started the game under U8 and in U7 US get some reserve corps if invaded, lets hope that to be the case. Otherwise this might be the first AAR with the US almost conquered.

My thoughts on invading the US if indeed this is the case is that I wouldnt do it myself I find it a bit too unhistorical but the game allows it and it can be defended and I havent so shame on me if I lose the US . We shall see whats in those ships soon very exciting .




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June 5 1942 - 11/15/2020 8:58:13 PM   
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June 5 1942 A day of Infamy

Worst fears confirmed as the people of New York and Washington wakes up to the sound of marching Germans.

The reserve corps were real but only one showed up rest comes next turn. Some US unit on the way in the production line and the UK rush over some help as well.

Other good news is that the US navy did really well and sank Bismarch, Scharnhorst and a DD and damaged a 4th ship for the loss of only one strength point. So that should give me a fighting chance to cut off German reinforcements. Some on the way already there are like four ships on the Atlantic. So there is a chance to fight this off hopefully.

With that said a big blow to US economy got cut from like 360 to 125ish. Then German units will overrun all resources which I guess takes a bit of time to recover even if I kick them out.




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RE: June 5 1942 - 11/15/2020 9:01:18 PM   
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In the Middle east the UK lose another corps and the Allies are losing the attrition war. The arm corps I shattered have been replaced with a new one already. The allies not building that many units especially not the UK so the lack of units will soon start to hurt. I think I can give up Egypt it is all about the Soviets anyway but wouldnt feel good .




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RE: June 5 1942 - 11/15/2020 9:03:36 PM   
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Not very good news in Finland either this turn. I did not manage to move the German corps stacked with a fighter would have been a nice catch but it is severely damaged and will need some rest meanwhile I push on where I can and still have some hope of getting Finland.




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RE: June 5 1942 - 11/15/2020 9:06:05 PM   
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On the central front I do what I said I would. I go for the German armour. Managed to get 2 corps down to like 2-3 combat strength. Only 3 full strength arm corps left on the whole eastern front I think.






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RE: June 5 1942 - 11/15/2020 9:11:09 PM   
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And the best news this turn happens in the south. With the Rumanian and Bulgarian black sea ports not garrisoned the Soviets invade. I manage to cut rail to Bucharest and the arm corps north of Bucharest cant reach so maybe it Rumania could fall but there might be reinforcements to deploy so we will see. Either way should be another front that opens up which should be good for me.




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June 19 1942 - 11/17/2020 6:19:23 PM   
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June 19 1942

In Finland advance continues and I caught a 3rd full size Finnish corps hope to make it surrender next turn.

Red Air force already lost 50% by 4 fighters, taken huge losses and xp on airplanes just up to 38% I really dont know what to do with USSR air forcve they are hopeless .




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RE: June 19 1942 - 11/17/2020 6:20:27 PM   
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Northern part of USSR continue to hunt for German arm units with decent success.








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RE: June 19 1942 - 11/17/2020 6:22:54 PM   
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In the southern part I got Bucharest but as ususal it would be good to know the rules. You also need Galati which I dont have so no surrender here. At least I got across Dniestr river and the landing open up another front for a while which will draw some resources.






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RE: June 19 1942 - 11/17/2020 6:24:41 PM   
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In the middle east not much going on this turn. I again lose supply in Iraq so I skip the idea of getting anything done there and start to withdraw.






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RE: June 19 1942 - 11/17/2020 6:26:14 PM   
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Lots of Axis ships sailing the oceans .






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RE: June 19 1942 - 11/17/2020 6:27:40 PM   
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In the USA the UK corps and the reserve corps that spawns makes things looking a little bit better. The German units are all divisions so there is hope to get them out eventually.






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Game Ended July 3 1942 - 11/17/2020 8:07:06 PM   
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Game Ended July 3 1942

Game is ended but I can show the final positions anyway.

In Finland I managed to get the Finnish corps to surrender. Dont know when Finland might have fallen but they are in trouble.






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RE: Game Ended July 3 1942 - 11/17/2020 8:08:44 PM   
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Central front I retook Minsk and overran a ground attack unit. Here I feel I advanced a bit too far and if we had played on a couple of corps could have been lost to counterattacks.




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