Hadros challenged me to mirror games and, even though I hadn't played in over a month, I accepted. We played mirror games previously and I found Hadros to be a very good player; so I was expecting a good challenge. What I didn't expect was for him to give me an early schooling on the newest strategy and tactics since I last played. I wasn't planning on doing AARs, but the games are interesting and moving at a leisurely pace, so I figured why not.
It is now February 2, 1940. The war has progressed mostly as usual in that both Poland and Denmark were conquered as expected. The biggest surprise so far (at least for me) is that Hadros conquered Poland with minimal land casualties and without using the Luftwaffe at all. Which just goes to prove what I have said before that in this game "air power" should really be called "air really not necessary". Having said that, Hadros did find a better use for the Luftwaffe than bombing units, namely bombing my French industry. Who would have thought that the German bombers that were historically rather ineffective at bombing industry could in fact reduce the French industry at Lille to a shambles in just 4 weeks. My British and French fighters put up a brave resistance in the closing days of September 39, but they were no match for the Germans. Hadros then switched targets to other French industrial cities. It wasn't until I discovered that British AA can be placed in France and finally positioned my fighters properly, that I was able to save what was left of French industry.
At this point Hadros switched to bombing my Maginot line units. Again, I would have thought that dug in units in fortified hexes would be able to give as good as they got. But again I was wrong. Over the course of a miserable Fall and Winter the Luftwaffe has knocked off 16 French strength points while suffering only 1 air loss.
Below is the Map of France as of February 2, 1940. I have decided to try the "All-In France" strategy as this seems to be the flavour of the month. So far I have an armour and 5 large UK corps stationed in France and plan to add another armour and 2 mechanized.
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