Turn 27 (8/30/40)
Paris is taken. But the lost month of May dooms the Axis. With only the month of September to try to do anything with there is little chance of Axis victory.
Casualties for this final turn were:
Gr: 52 Land, 5 Air
UK: 22 Land, 2 Air
Fr: 34 Land, 15 Air
The Axis problem now is Effectiveness. My four remaining Armor units have number of 48%, 53%, 42% and 56%. The two Mech units are about the same with 54% and 39%.
But the main purpose of this AAR was to see if the Germans could defeat the Allied French strategy of all in there. It can be done and without losing any armor or mechanized units (the one I lost was through error).
The total casualties through August 1940 are:
Gr: 280 Land, 77 Air, 28 Naval
UK: 128 Land, 80 Air, 20 Naval, 22 Merchants, 1 Escort
Fr: 338 Land, 56 Air, 1 Naval, 2 Merchants, 2 Escorts
The state of the forces going into September are:
Gr: 917 Land, 200 Air, 28 Naval, 55 Merchants, 2 Escorts.
UK: 537 Land, 43 Air, 97 Naval, 228 Merchants, 20 Escorts.
US: 75 Land, 40 Air, 48 Naval, 89 Merchants, 2 Escorts.
USSR: 1240 Land, 260 Air, 31 Naval, 20 Merchants, 3 Escorts.
Normally the German player wouldn’t have this high of Naval losses. They were due to my poorly conceived naval battle around Edinburgh just to see if anything could be done at sea. Obviously, little as long as the French Navy is active.
The question is, is this enough force to take on Russia in 41?
I am not sure an army with an Effectiveness of around 50% can recover by then. With only September with clear weather there is not going to be much gain. There might actually be a loss of Effectiveness as the units move to finish occupying France and relocating to the Eastern Front.
Because I poured so much production into extra Armor and Mechanized units along with Trucks to support them, I had no subs to take advantage of the weakness in the Atlantic. With this turn I put 3 Sub Units into production but I think the German has lost the Battle of the Atlantic. Even when I finally got 3 Sub Units back in action they did only light damage to the UK. 22 Merchants and 1 Escort killed at the cost of 10 Sub hits.
The other side strategy I planned was for Italy to invade the Middle East which will now start. But its to late in the year for it to succeed. I am doing it more to see if it is possible or not. If anyone shows an interest in seeing that part of the 1940 campaign I will post it. Basically, the Italians were able to take Syria with landings by two infantry Corps and 2 Marine Divisions. The Libya forces were able to push back the two small infantry units the Allies had positions to block them. In Egypt they advanced to adjacent to Alexandria and took Cairo. In the Middle East they took control all the way down to Jerusalem before being stopped by reinforcements coming in from France. There things stalemated with bad weather, UK fleet driving off the Italian fleet with heavy losses and not enough supplies to fight even with German reinforcements. Eventually the Middle East fell but only after exhausting the Germans further.