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RE: Africa heating up - 9/6/2021 6:38:24 PM   
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I did not check...I will next turn.
I think he mistakenly pulled all his navy out of the Med and that was NOT a good choice.
You have to leave something just to keep the Italians honest.

I suppose I could have hit Alexandria...and perhaps I should have but I don't have good luck across a river into a swamp with the panzer.
IF that fell it would be over without question. Right now...he is not in good shape. He has 3 inf corps in Norway and 1 Mech corp...which I will keep pinned for now. I think he needs to do what you did and pull out just holding one port since that is all you need to cut the convoy line.
He also needs some MS badly...though I suspect he has quite a few in the deployment queue, but how far away I do not know.
Another mistake is he is making quite a few attacks in Russia.
All decent losses...I think he needed to wait for his Siberians and group them for attacks. His current units are just too weak, but they are keeping my panzers in the 30% for efficiency due to 3 turns of blizzard. Thankfully he can't move quickly.


Turn 60
3MS sunk 1 Escort sunk 1 sub hit...
There are now 6 uboats attacking next turn. Hoping for a 10+MS sink...will drop the UK into the 120s....

Russia makes a few small attacks...LOTS of blizzard...really a rough winter as it should be but most games I don't see this much.

Africa...
The panzer that landed overruns the HQ with naval assistance.
The Afrika Corps overrun 1 infantry corp and cripple another.






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RE: Africa heating up - 9/6/2021 8:07:10 PM   
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Turn 61..

10 MS and 3 escorts sunk...3 sub hits. He did get 10 new MS so...broke even this turn. 11 subs on the escort lane for next turn but in the rain.
Cleaned up Africa...all units destroyed other than the garrisoned corps that actually sent a division back towards the marine.
Italian navy lost a DD to subs...
UK navy is close...time to high tail it out of the African coast...as they have used up all of Italys oil.

Tons of attacks in Russia...all heavy losses to the Russians.
I wonder if he is just trying to raise his experience...but losing 40 str per turn will not go over well come spring.

The lines in Russia do solidify...I finally have enough units to man all points.




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African flame extinguished - 9/6/2021 8:08:07 PM   
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RE: African flame extinguished - 9/6/2021 10:12:32 PM   
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Turn 63...against missed one somewhere.

8MS and 1 escort sunk...no hits on subs FINALLY...
But 20 more MS arrive to net positive...though now there will be a long wait for more.

Little else happens.

Axis pull back from Egypt to gather strength...
Russian attacks continue with major losses on their side...to little on the Axis.

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RE: African flame extinguished - 9/6/2021 10:24:01 PM   
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Given Nirosi's losses, I am surprised that Russia even has 1800 Force strength. Though the key is probably how much of that is in good units and how many tank corps he has left.

The Russians gain two advantages from attacking in the Winter of 41/42. The first is, as you say, to increase Russian National experience. The second is to increase unit experience. For example, lets say it is November 1941 and you have 30 Russian units (Tanks, Mech and Armies) all with 30% experience and Russian National Experience is at 40%. Over the course of 6 turns during the Winter of 41/42 you attack with these units as much as you can and each unit sustains 15 to 20 hits in total. If you are lucky with all of these attacks you will increase Russian National Experience to 50%. But just as importantly your 30 units will gain experience from the battles and also receive replacements that are more experienced (40% to 50%) than the ones it lost (30%). The end result is that hopefully your 30 units will now end the Winter with experience in the 40% range. This is a 25% increase in unit quality. The problem, of course, is that if the Russians are using all of this production for replacements they won't have as much for new units. It also runs the risk of the Axis getting an early thaw (ie cold turns in March and April 1941) that allows them to attack the Russians before they have fully recovered strength and effectiveness. This is what happened to me in my game with MM.

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RE: African flame extinguished - 9/7/2021 1:42:55 AM   
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Turn 64
7 MS sunk...1 escort but forgot to check subs...3 I believe.
One panzer was shattered last turn...
But at least it comes back.
Strangely the minefield around Oslo did not pop up and he is heavily reinforcing his troops there. 2 more corps arrives in Oslo.
Not sure why...since they get 0 PP...I have the special resources and you only need one port to keep the German resources away. I may just give him Norway for the time being since it serves no purpose at the moment...but we shall see.

A few more units arrive in Africa after the decimation.

I believe the Russians are down to 3 tanks...1 Siberian...and a few mech, one I just shattered and am moving down the rail line south of Moscow in the winter, which is not good for the Russians.

Sadly I do not have many more units arriving...and there were 4 turns of straight blizzard so my units wore down quite a bit...but they are starting to recover, so it was time to counter attack.

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RE: African flame extinguished - 9/7/2021 11:57:56 AM   
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Turn 65
5MS sunk...1 sub hit.
A lot more MS added...so back to 147 when I had the UK about to drop into the 120s just 2 turns ago.

Quite a few attacks in Russia...actually a few wins.

German oil reserves are no where where they need to be for a Spring offensive. Not sure if the cause is the constant attacks, I will need to test. But I will need to "sit" for a few turns to build up. After the foray in Africa, Italy is very low...and Germany will need to build up before providing much to them, even though I really need their armor for the Spring.

Not sure what Russia has in their deployment queue...but they better have a bit...I may bypass Moscow and head straight south...there is a single unit between the Germans and Stalingrad as well as cutting the Russian oil supply off. Though I need to test if it does...

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RE: African flame extinguished - 9/9/2021 11:38:37 AM   
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Honestly forgetting what turn...will fix that next turn.

0MS sunk and heavy bombers don't miss...sink do 10 sub hits sinking 1. Never done that well ever with heavy bombers...4 attacks all hits.

Cold weather in Russia and the Germans make a push deep east. Sorry forgot to take a photo...but within a turn of cutting the North from the oil fields.
Actually have to see if that does truly cut them.
Norway will fall completely...he decided to land another corp and a few divisions to trap 4 small corps there. I guess that is worth it.

Sadly not really paying much attention and well I will need to as spring comes.


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RE: Africa heating up - 9/9/2021 7:46:37 PM   
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Turn 68

I have not been a good steward and not paying well enough attention, been preoccupied dealing with Harry's surgical panzer overruns, but that changes now.

8MS and 1 Escort sunk 0 sub hits...
Norway is lost, which is fine overall. Could not get any of the resources anyways since every port was in Allied hands.
Strat bombers hit Germany and decimate defense fighters. Seems they are useless so will stop trying to defend.
They do so little damage at the moment it is always repaired by the time the Axis turn start, since I believe they are anti-sub...

Africa is sitting...almost looks as though he me attempt to invade Greece. I may put a few air within range to assist though do not believe I could prevent its fall.

In Russia...the Germans are within 3 hexes of cutting the southern oil supply for Russia. Not sure they have noticed but better notice soon. If cut they will start having major issues.
Also the majority of their force it north of Moscow...I would say 80%...while my panzer army is south of that...with infantry and armor holding the lines.






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RE: Africa heating up - 9/9/2021 8:02:28 PM   
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In testing it appears that you can not stop the flow of oil cutting the North from the south.

Seems like a bug to me...but will continue to validate.

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RE: Africa heating up - 9/10/2021 11:41:58 AM   
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Turn 69
3MS sunk 1 Escort subs take 7 hits.
Something is amiss with the naval this game. Never have I done so poorly.

Cold in Russia yet again...
Some moves...

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RE: Africa heating up - 9/10/2021 11:45:07 AM   
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Cold April - 9/10/2021 11:55:32 AM   
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Cold April continues - 9/10/2021 12:21:19 PM   
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Turn 70
5MS 1esc sunk 3 sub hits.
The BOA is nearly over...with the UK have 150+ MS and the US 130...

Not much that Germany can do at this point without some really good luck.
But subs taking 50% hits compared to MS means you will lose in the end.

Russia on the other hand is not looking well for the Allies.

Yes Axis armor is worn...average about 50%
Oil is at about 50%
BUT it is still April.
Trucks arrive next turn FINALLY...

AGN
Little movement here...just setting up for the mass retreat.
The North is close to being in a supply issue.

AGC
Big breakthrough here...3 air units overrun.
All bombers I believe which is good as I need my efficiency to recover.
Moscow almost completely cut...not that is appears to matter since they will be in supply.
Good part is the Axis have a rail line to the east of there which is good for supply









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RE: Cold April continues - 9/10/2021 12:23:46 PM   
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The south is nearly cut also.
Though from testing you could cut off resources from all over but it does nothing. The country still gets them so really in the end...it means very little until they are captured.

Again...a rail line heading south is the key...and the Axis have one.

Sadly I am LOW on infantry to guard the rail lines...more arrive next turn and will be needed just to garrison them.






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RE: Cold April continues - 9/12/2021 2:49:38 PM   
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Turn 71

8MS and 1Escort sunk, 2 sub hits...decent turn.

AGN

Readying for a push to Leningrad...need to cut supply from it...so that if I can cut supply by Moscow the entire Russian Northern army will be in threat of being out of supply.






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RE: Cold April continues - 9/12/2021 2:52:56 PM   
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Did not complete the circle of Moscow...but came close to capturing it...
IF it gets encircled and I capture it...it will be the bulk of the Russian armor...and that could spell the end for their chances.
BUT I am set up to lose a few units this turn...sadly the effort will have a bit of a cost to it.

The Russians better be careful though...if their armor wears down they will not be able to prevent the encirclement next turn.






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A clear May... - 9/12/2021 2:55:17 PM   
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On the outskirts of Stalingrad...and ready to capture Rostov.
There is not a great deal of quality units between Rostov and their oil...
Hopefully a few turns of attack will yield some major oil as well as threaten the Middle East.

The German armor is extremely worn at this time...BUT it is only May...so resting a few turns is more than acceptable.




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RE: A clear May... - 9/16/2021 12:19:31 PM   
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Turn 72

4MS sunk no sub hits.

German high command in Berlin demands progress. They are unhappy with current progress levels, even though Eastern Front commands state they are far ahead of schedule and their troops desperately need a rest. But Berlin will not hear of it...and state if the current commanders can not get the job done then they will find someone who can.

AGN
German units attack the unit guarding the gates to Leningrad and finally push them out. Leningrad is now cut.
All the enemy troops in the area are in garrison so counter attacks are unexpected and will be easily defeated.





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RE: A clear May... - 9/16/2021 12:28:10 PM   
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A mech falls prey to the Russian horde...and a panzer shatters back and is being reorganized.
Russia attacked in a direction which works out well for the Axis.
Germany throws everything they have at breaking out a surrounded unit and they do...and hope that the Russians go after it, as it will delay their escape from the coming Moscow pocket
Mass attack on Moscow breaks the army protecting it and German panzers roll through the streets.
To the east Germany breaks a unit that is guarding a critical rail juncture...and threatens a mass drive east towards the Urals. IF that drive occurs and is successful it will be a close to the war in Russia as the entire Russian army North of Moscow will be cut.
There are merely individual armies trying to stop the Germans from moving east...hopefully their reinforcements are minimal. Now need to cut the rail from north to south...wish I had last turn then no reinforcements could come. Though the only ones available are in the south where there are few.





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RE: A clear May... - 9/16/2021 1:14:19 PM   
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A strike against Rostov fails to yield results so Germany rolls across the river to cut reinforcements to the city.
It appears the units to the south of the river were paper thin and panzers are able to roll through.
Rostov will hold for a couple more turns...but will not hold through June.






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RE: A clear May... - 9/17/2021 1:30:04 AM   
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Turn 73

0MS sunk...0sub hits. Could be that he turned off the convoy route, though says 65...I know that messes up.
IF it was active, never seen 0 MS in a clear turn with 3 subs on the line before. But it is what it is.

The UK CV fleet is giving the Italian fleet the business. They are smashing them in port...
The Italians have retreated and brought in air support to hopefully stop the attacks.

Africa is quiet.
Norway is solidly in Allied hands.

Russia is in bad shape.

AGN

Very little movement here on the river line south of Leningrad...though the Axis push through completely cutting Leningrad off.
The Russians actually land a marine behind them, but an Italian corp with a German division make short work of them.


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RE: A clear May... - 9/17/2021 1:37:33 AM   
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The push to cut the north is on...
The Axis surround a Mech blocking a key rail way and it surrenders...then units make a dash to cut the railways.
They are successfully cut...so the entire north should be in basic port supply.

(This is one of my pet peeves in the game. Two ports, one size 4 and one size 3 could never supply 50+ army / corps)

Next turn if all goes according to plan they will be out of supply...but we all know the saying best laid plans.






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RE: A clear May... - 9/17/2021 1:39:43 AM   
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German units complete surround Rostov...but the pesky Russian fleet and moat that surround Rostov keep the unit safe.
A few more air units are moved in to assist next turn.
Not sure if I should sink the fleet or hit the unit in Rostov...we shall see...not rush IF we are successful in cutting the north.
BUT if Rostov falls...there are very few corps between the Axis and the oil fields.






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RE: A clear May... - 9/17/2021 7:27:53 PM   
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Turn 74

7MS sunk 4 sub hits...

AGN
Little to nothing happens here other than moving a bit and getting some rest.

AGC

As luck would have it...a partisan cut the rail to multiple units are out of supply...I was able to cut the rail line but not sure it will hold...
Russians can't get units to uncut it at least due to movement limitations.





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RE: A clear May... - 9/17/2021 7:29:29 PM   
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Surround Rostov and get some much needed rest.
Decide to hit the navy this turn cripple the DD and wound a CA...but they are still giving bombardment protection.
Rail in a shinny new panzer to hopefully break the port defenses down in the next two turns...
Need a little time to drive on the oil fields.

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Russia in a bad way - 9/19/2021 4:45:43 PM   
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Turn 75
2MS sunk 2 sub hits...really weird. First game I have ever see 3 subs sitting on a convoy not sink anything in clear weather.

AGN
Leningrad is cut...looks to have no supply...now just to wait the unit out...
Panzers roll by and cut behind the northern force that is already cut off from supply.






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RE: Russia in a bad way - 9/19/2021 4:47:08 PM   
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AGC north...

Sweeping around the northern-most units to keep the supply lines choked off..
No really attacks as the panzers gather strength and the rail lines move forward.






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RE: Russia in a bad way - 9/19/2021 4:48:48 PM   
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AGC south

Small moves east...decide to cut off Stalingrad from supply or at least start.
Should still be in supply but more units around it should be out.







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RE: Russia in a bad way - 9/19/2021 4:51:12 PM   
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The Rostov army...cut off and with naval bombardment fights valiantly...but gives into the pressure. Surrounded on all sides against 3 armored corps it surrenders. The gateway to the south opens.

A few units poor through helping to try to cut off the few units in the area. No units are near Baku or Grozny...will have to place builds or rail back weak units that are trying to keep the rail line from falling.




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