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RE: August 30 1940 - 8/8/2021 9:31:10 AM   
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And Malta about to fall. There seems to be a new rule. I can sadly enough no longer just sail away. Whick is a good thing by the way .






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End of 1940 - 8/14/2021 3:19:11 AM   
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End of 1940

Same as in the other game I have been lazy updating. So I jump to end of 1940.

1) As expected the Axis gobbled up Vichy. What do people think is it good or not? I see more garrisons units and the UK get even more ships. Without those ships the UK navy can be a bit stretched but with them not so much. I like having them anyway. I am not 100% convinced it is worth it. But I understand one feels a lot safer and mainland Vichy has to be taken out at some point anyway.

2) The axis made a bit of a shoestring invasion of Norway using only a paratrooper. I didnt know that you could do that since Oslo defender got buffed. Anyway it did not work out so Norway survives 1 turn. In this game too there was a bit of Naval action outside Narvik but here also I failed to land a UK unit but I did manage to get the two middle ports in Norway. Later on I tried to defend one port with a corps a fighter and a CA as naval support. The fighter was not set on support so did nothing, the corps surrendered the airunit overun and the CA sunk so a fiasco altogether. I still hold the small port south of Narvik but not for very long I would say.

3) In Africa there are 5 German units around Tobruk so a complete standoff here in this game as well.

4) The subs in both games are really doing soso. One german sub sunk it had 4 hps and there was no escort bonus but sunk it was. The 2nd German sub to hit the bottom. I

5) Build up in the east continues. My Soviet army is smaller than HBs and I still have the useless mech not disbanded so the difference is pretty big. I hope to build like 8-9 armies on turn one of Barbarossa.





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RE: End of 1940 - 8/14/2021 3:19:46 AM   
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End of 1940

Forces and casualties






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RE: End of 1940 - 8/14/2021 3:20:40 AM   
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End of 1940

And the tech






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RE: End of 1940 - 8/14/2021 10:18:40 AM   
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The only port worth holding in Norway is Narvik. I see no point in in creating POW camps for the Axis otherwise. I do think it is a good idea to contest that, but if you come up short there, you are just throwing away good money after bad. It's not like the UK can just be throwing away troops like that at this stage of the war. They are on a very tight budget.

I think banking the Soviet mech until after the war starts is the better idea. It's 5-6 rifle armies right there. On top of whatever you have saved up beyond that. You can easily set aside enough production here to build a dozen or more rifle armies (and I wouldn't necessarily even build all of them at once. Maybe 6 a turn in two waves, and hope to get lucky on experience gains this way.)





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RE: End of 1940 - 8/15/2021 2:23:23 AM   
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Norway was a bad decision not that you can hold it really and sending a corps there over ambitious. And not setting the fighter to active just a mistake. It was bad all around .

I always liked to build those extra armies before so I hope it will work out as well as before we will see.

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April 25 1941 - 8/17/2021 5:21:44 AM   
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Italian air can bite. To test the defense a bit of North Africa my Gibraltar fleet set sail to bomb the guarding subs. I inflicted 2 hits on the sub but the following airstrike by italian air inflicted 4 hits on CV Glorious. That hurt.






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May 1941 - 8/17/2021 5:22:31 AM   
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Convoy bonus bug?

I had no ships at sea but according to the sub attack I had a 6% bonus. As it happens the fleet in Gibraltar had a 6% bonus 2 cv 2dd is that a bug?






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May 23 1941 - 8/17/2021 5:37:45 AM   
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The world holds its breath as Barbarossa begins. It feels very bad already but I guess that is as it should be .

HB actually had a clear weather turn on the first turn of May and everything looked ready but for some reason he decided not to attack then.

I lose 10 corps to overruns and 5 corps surrounded but 2 I temporarily managed to restore supply to.

I am outbuilt in mech compared to the other game. I have spotted 14 mech units 11 German 3 italian and there could possibly be another one hiding somewhere.

I set up a 54 PP (maximum) LL to Soviet union. I think also HB might have given up a bit on the BoA as far as I can tell there are only 3 possibly 4 subs on the map whereas I in the other game still pour resources into the Subs. I used to be that person build no subs just focus on the east and that ussually worked out very good for me. So we will see how this plays out.

The soviets by disbanding the 9 bad mech corps and with around 1300 resources saved built 11 inf armies and still had a 90% manpower. Problem is they take like 5 turn to arrive. Have to survive until then .

During April and May the UK conquered Iraq and Persia.

I look for possibilities to help the Soviets with the British but the defenses everywhere look very solid. I could try do something in Norway or Denmark but I dont see it leading anywhere. Land in France just for the hell of it might be doable but even that wont be easy right now.

I advance towards Tobruk some but there are still 4 German units there, I guess 2 inf corps 1 inf div and a HQ but with the supply situation that is still enough to blunt most attacks. And no unit on the coast except Tobruk of course so the navy cant help out either. So it will probably have to be Western North Africa at some point but I doubt anything can be done until 1942.






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June 6 1941 - 8/19/2021 7:05:04 AM   
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Soviet forces melting and the panic is on.

I have detected 16 mech units now with 1 in Africa. I have no clue why I didnt build more in the other game. Why change a winning strategy .






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June 20 1941 - 8/19/2021 7:09:44 AM   
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Seems to have lost the screen shot but the disaster piles up lost 2 tank units and army size down to 13-1400. Retreating full speed. Have to give up a lot of land and hope that the infantry armies can stabilise but there are still 3 turns before they arrive and then they cant even move. The German army doesnt look all that big but it seems to be enough.


The UK frantically are looking for somewhere to invade but it looking well defended overall. Marocco might be doable but that is not very exciting.









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July 4 1941 - 8/21/2021 6:21:19 AM   
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Retreat continues in the east.

Sector by sector detail:

In the North

Leningrad in trouble and a Winterized arm corps I dont see that everyday :).





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RE: July 4 1941 - 8/21/2021 6:22:59 AM   
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In the center. Here there are not much mech units but I retreat anyway scared of some kind of encirclement from the South.






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RE: July 4 1941 - 8/21/2021 6:23:35 AM   
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And the South.






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RE: July 4 1941 - 8/21/2021 6:24:39 AM   
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To help the Soviets I launch a raid into Libya.






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RE: July 4 1941 - 8/21/2021 6:26:41 AM   
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Also land in Morrocco. Dont think it will do much good but there are a couple of German div to maybe kill off and it should draw some resources. Eventually I will have to land somewhere else in the Spring summer 42.






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July 18 1941 - 8/25/2021 6:28:35 AM   
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In the east I am retreating. Abandoning Leningrad to its fate. Things looking grim.






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RE: July 18 1941 - 8/25/2021 6:29:28 AM   
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In Egypt nothing goes on. I retreated from Libya some units need to revover for a long time.





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August 1 1941 - 8/25/2021 6:32:40 AM   
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Noob mistake I had forgotten. Dont put AA in Kronstad you wont get it back :(.








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RE: August 1 1941 - 8/25/2021 6:35:10 AM   
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Looking around in the Med there is a lot of garrisons missing but I lack the landing ships to do anything about it and next spring I am sure most or all will be covered.






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RE: August 1 1941 - 8/25/2021 6:36:59 AM   
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In Morocco all the Ports are mine but the defense of Algeria is strong and I wont be able to do anything here. But I can have units in the ports that can reach an invaded port in Tunisia for example so not completely worthless. Also ties down som Axis resources.






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RE: August 1 1941 - 8/25/2021 6:39:36 AM   
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In the east the retreat continues. With the arricval of the 11 armies the situation feels a little better but army size still too small at slightly below 1700.






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RE: August 1 1941 - 8/25/2021 6:40:31 AM   
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Center




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RE: August 1 1941 - 8/25/2021 6:41:13 AM   
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And south




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Auguat 15 1941 - 8/25/2021 6:52:07 AM   
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Front stabilises a bit but I am not completely sure Moscow will survive and I lose a lot of territory in the North.






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August 29 1941 - 8/25/2021 6:53:36 AM   
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Pressure still on let it be rain soon cant take this much longer







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August 29 1941 - 8/25/2021 6:54:26 AM   
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And the mediterranean. Nothing happening.






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September 12 1941 - 8/25/2021 6:55:42 AM   
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And my prayers were heard. Rain in the Arctic zone should save Moscow and possibly even the Soviets.

Not sure what the chance is but that was lucky.






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September 26 1941 - 8/25/2021 7:01:16 AM   
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Argh forgot to take a screenshot but it doesnt really matter because there was rain again so the frontline is basically the same. That must be very rare and very lucky for me so I am ahead in the luck with weather in the games. So except in the North the outcome is very close to historical so thats cool. Well maybe not cool but you know what I mean .

So that basically ends campaign season 1941. Can still be a cold turn or 2 maybe but mostly over. I will post forces and so on first turn october.







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October 10 1941, Game over. - 8/28/2021 6:03:47 AM   
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October 10 1941.

I spoke too soon. Cold weather and the Germans broke through.

All winning streaks come to an end. I resigned here. I think the game is lost but I always play to the end normally but this time I am distracted by some RL things (good things this time) so I dont want to continue. I resigned because yes the Soviets live but the army is at 1600 size. There will be no winter Lend Lease as Murmansk is cut off. And the summer of 42 will be very bad for them. I have seen this situation before and you can barely counterattack any longer with the 5 move mech units so it feels like the summer of 42 will be onesided and the Soviets will die. Maybe a bit premature but I think I am right .

Thanks to HB. Very well played. You need to play very good if you want to win against HB and I feel I did not play good enough this time. I made quite alot of mistakes and the new rules concerning the USSR I did not know how that would play out.

Major mistakes I am thinking now.
1) I let North Africa go. I think I have changed my mind and the UK should try and do what they can to save Vichy NA.
2) My build orders were not very good. Overbuilt against the subs and some other things I would change too.
3) I did not put my armies in garrison mode that might have been a big one. I dont like the lack of mobility and I felt I had always survived with the Soviets before and now with more rivers how hard could it be . Well I was wrong.

I think those are the major ones.

Thanks for the game HB, very well played!!

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