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  • The Briefing Room - Updates will be posted here

    This thread will be used for all general game reports, game system notes, turn results. It is closed so that the thread is kept neat and tidy.
    Last edited by The Purist; 20 Nov 09, 10:52.
    The Purist

    Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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    The Basics of "The Game"

    CWiE is a conversion from a very old but classic monster game developed in the 1970s. It has been updated with some good ‘modern’ options that make the game more representative of the actual events as they were (even though it is still far from perfect). What follows is the basic sequence of play in each turn that controls the action of the armies of three teams.

    Hopefully we can get through 1 week of game time each week but its should go faster than that until Barbarossa.

    <<Here is Germany and Poland at high noon.>>



    The Game Phases -

    Air Allocation and Air Combat Phases – This game uses abstracted air points to represent the air forces . This greatly simplifies what is essentially a ground combat game. Still, aircraft play a pivotal role not only in effecting ground battles but they are quite effective in interdicting movement by ground and rail and can tear up units moving by sea if air superiority can be gained. The also have a use in bombing ports which can effect supply status

    Reinfocement Phase - during weekly turn reinforcements can be placed and reduced units can be re-combined or reinforced by the use of replacement points. There are two types; Mech Repl (MR_) and Inf Repl (IR). All mech units and artillery use MR (as do German 7-10 Motor Inf Divs), all infantry units use IR. The Russian army does not use Repl Pts but must send their larger units to be rebuilt. All reduced units can recombine three like units into one full strength unit but this is normally done only in true emergencies as it destroys expensive cadre units.

    Partisan Phase – self explanatory I think.

    Initial Movement Phase – all eligible ground units move and over run attacks are made (require 13:1 odds)

    Rail Movement Phase – self explanatory. Each alliance has a certain rail capacity

    Sea Movement – units that are moving by sea or by amphibious assault do their thing

    Air Movement – Paras and Air Landing units drop.

    Combat Phase – bang-bang

    Mechanised Movement Phase – eligible units move.

    Air Interdiction Phase – air units available to interdict are placed.

    It seems like a lot but on most turns most of these actions are not done or are very short. Most of the time the HQ Staffs wont have too much to do during the weekly turns except fret about how the battles will unfold, waiting for the next weekly update.

    <<France and Germany begin to mobilise in the west>>



    <<Britain before the call-up>>



    Politics and Status

    Anytime a neutral country is attacked the Political Points are effected. The higher the total the better for Germany. A German attack on the historically engaged nations has a negative impact on the PPs and when they are conquered the PPs go up by a slightly higher number (good for Germany). Exceptions to this are attacks on Sweden and Switzerland, Spain and Turkey,… PPs drop but do not come close to recovering when these countries are conquered by the axis (over all bad for the axis).

    <<The Finnish-Soviet border near Leningrad>>



    Allied/Soviet attacks on neutrals of whatever stripe are bad for the cause and only help the Germans. Liberating countries however helps drive down the PPs (good for the allies/soviet). As the PPs rise it triggers certain events such as the activation of Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. If it goes higher again (because of allied invasions of neutrals, for example) it can lead to the Turks or Spanish joining the axis with all the normal implications for the allies and soviet desires for victory.

    These things need to be factored into your strategic decisions.

    That is it for the flow of the game. I have attached some screenies of the map in various areas. Please see your specific HQ for some notes on the armies that will be fielded by the various teams. Production/Reinforcements will be dealt with there as well.

    <<The Romanian and Russian frontier>>



    <<The German Admiralty>>

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    Last edited by The Purist; 22 Nov 09, 18:55.
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      The Purist

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      • #4
        As one who has acted in a remote logistical advisory role...

        Completely removed from the actual 'war game' which occurred...

        I look forward to seeing somewhat how it can be done.

        Ever in support of The Purist & XO's efforts in making this so...

        To all that partake & participate...


        Good Luck!

        Gerry, You Have The Conn...

        Take 'er out!


        Last edited by The Purist; 23 Nov 09, 17:27.
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        • #5
          The Staff Roster

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          Last edited by The Purist; 24 Nov 09, 22:34.
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          • #6
            Unit Attrition and Fatigue

            This game uses a system called attrition to track units as they move and fight. For our purposes Attrition will mean the same as fatigue and disorganisation. We will use the term AFD when discussing this aspect of the game. The games scripted values were pretty harsh so I softened them somewhat to make units a bit more resilient but still effected by hard pushing.

            In short, every time a units moves, fights, advances, retreats, exploits. etc., it will accrue AFD points. This is a percentage decrease in the combat capabilities of a unit until it becomes combat ineffective (a fragile). The only way to reduce AFD is to rest the units. Thus, in this game, units cannot continually attack, attack, attack for months on end and never suffer any ill effects. Units can rest in the front but the recovery there is less than if they are pulled from the line entirely.

            Like the German army driving into Russia in July 1941 it quickly found its units fatigued, out of supply and reduced 50% or less of their capabilities. The same thing happened to the axis and allied troops moving backwards and forward through Libya, the Red Army advances of 1943 and 1944 and the allied charge form Normandy ot the German border. In all these cases the armies were forced to pause and rest and refit for weeks at a time while supply and maintenance caught up. The troops needed to rest.

            So it is with the armies here.

            You will receive AFD updates with the army reports so you can decide when to call a halt to operations or rest certain units.
            Last edited by The Purist; 25 Nov 09, 23:31.
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            • #7
              Latest Staff Roster

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              Last edited by The Purist; 27 Nov 09, 21:28.
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              • #8
                0/10/39 Update

                Poland and Denmark have been conquered by the Germans in the east and north. In the west the Germans and French continue to exchange artillery duels along their border while at sea German U-Boats and Allied convoys commenced the war at sea. As the summer weather fades it is anyone's guess as to how the combatants will make use of the few weeks of good weather before autumn rains make campaigning almost impossible.

                <<The Western Front in III/9/39>>



                <<The Poles prepare for the battle of Warsaw>>

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                • #9
                  The Autumn of '39

                  There is no such thing as Autumn Doldrums when the world is at war. The late 10/39 invasion of Yugoslavia appeared to be running into trouble when early autumn rains bogged the advance down only two weeks into the attack. But what the Gods of Wars deliver they can take away.

                  <<The German attack on Yugoslavia was slow to gather steam>>



                  While the Yugoslavs dug into positions northwest of Belgrade to take advantage of the many rivers in the area the German approach was hampered by rain. However, just when the rains should have become heavy and steady in 11/39 the skies cleared and the ground dried enough for the German armour to shatter the Yugoslav defences and exploit towards the capital. Another week of rain slowed down both the invaders advancing columns and the stricken defenders weary column marching deeper into the country's interior. The very last week of 11/39 was again dry and clear and German armour smashed the last rearguards of the Yugoslav army screening the approaches to Belgrade. With the cities fall the Yugoslav government capitulated. This capitulation was denounced by the army who vowed to fight on from the villages and towns, the hills and forests.

                  <<...but they managed to break the Yugoslav lines in 11/39>>



                  While it seemed that 10/39 and 11/39 were going all in favour of the German military the Royal Navy scored a major success in protecting the Atlantic convoy routes in 11/39. Few convoys were intercepted and more resources than anticipated were delivered from Canada and the British Empire's overseas colonies. The British defense ministry announced higher than expected aircraft production numbers and high factory out put of armaments for the army.
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                  • #10
                    Sitzkrieg or The Phoney War

                    Whatever you choose to call it, it has arrived. The weather is dreadful, the armies are hunkered down to ward of the icy blasts of winter. About the only sounds of war to be heard are the booms of distant artillery duels between French and German forts and the hammering away of German and Russian railway crews repairing and converting rail lines in the newly conquered territories.
                    The Purist

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                    • #11
                      The Year 1940

                      The closing months of 1939 saw the war focused on the Atlantic convoys running strategic materials to Britain and the German U-Boat Wolf Packs that try to stop them. 11/39 saw the allies reap a bounty at the Germans expense as more resources arrived than expected and this translated into more equipment for the army and air force. 12/39 saw further set backs for the German U-Boat fleet when the first losses were suffered. The only good news was that the allied convoys arriving in Britain were reduced to a more normal flow by the attacks.

                      The Cycle 13/39 saw a complete turn around in the U-Boat War as convoy traffic was heavily suppressed and British resources that went to the military were diverted elsewhere. This bad news for the Royal Navy was made worse by the fact that they could not claim to have made any further impact in the strength of the U-Boat fleet. As 1940 begins both sides in the Atlantic war are steeling themselves for a more intense fight.

                      12/39 also saw the first major clash between the Allied air forces and the German Luftwaffe. Since the outbreak of the war the Allied air forces had had things pretty much their own way in the west bombing and strafing German rail junctions and other wise harassing German troop and rail movement approaching the western front. In III/12/39 elements of the Luftwaffe, newly tranferred to the west rose to challenge this allied air dominance and came out ahead after a week long duel along the Franco-German border. After this brief spasm of activity the allies appear to have ceded control of the skies to the German air force for now.

                      In the meantime the main fronts are quiet with little activity as the so-called "Phoney War/Sitzkrieg" continues.
                      Last edited by The Purist; 03 Dec 09, 20:49.
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                      • #12
                        Quarter 1, 1940 Passes with Massive Air Battle

                        The first quarter of 1940 has passed with little news to report during this Phoney War. The war at sea has sputtered along with no major clashes or major disruptions to the plans of either side. The three months of cold winter weather would have passed quietly all together except that the allied air force rose from its bases in early 3/40 to test the German Luftwaffe's strength. What followed was a three week clash of aircraft over the frontier that bloodied both sides but left neither side with a clear advantage.

                        The allied command noted the German air force's superior numbers did not translate into more allied casualties and claimed to have destroyed as many aircraft as were lost. The German propaganda ministry countered the claims by stating the allies had been chased from the skies once again and that German losses were easily manageable.

                        Whatever the truth is, it has been noted that air activity at the end of month was only a fraction of the previous three weeks for both sides. It was as if two punch drunk boxers had separated to their respective corners to try and gauge the measure of their opponents. What the spring will bring in the air and on the ground has yet to be seen but by all accounts the fight will be massive and on a scale not seen since the last war.
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                        • #13
                          Combat Results Table

                          Here are CRTs 1, 2, and 3. CRT 4 is just a bit worse than #3.

                          <<CRTs>>

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                          • #14
                            Blitzkrieg in the West

                            The German army opened its offensive in western Europe during III/5/40 with a series of large airborne operations against Brussels, Antwerp and the French town of Sedan on the Meuse River. These were followed by large formations of panzer and mechanised infantry moving through the Ardennes Forest and others exploiting the gap along the Albert Canal between the Belgian and Dutch armies.

                            Within the week the Germans had captured Rotterdam, Antwerp, and Brussels as well as exploiting across the Belgian and French Meuse River to reach the coast near Dunkirk, France. Other powerful columns turned south into France and have driven towards Reims pushing into the allied lines near St Quentin and south of Sedan, creating salient trapping four French divisions near Hirson.

                            In light of the speed of the German advance the Allied C-in-C, General Maurice Gamelin, cancelled the propsed move into Belgium and shifted reserves to the centre to mask the the German penetrations and reform the line. News from the north soon arrived with the detail of a counter attack by all nine divisions of the Dutch army against Rotterdam and the Rhine crossing points to the east. Sadly for the allies the Dutch counter attacks failed and it was reported that five Dutch divisions were destroyed in the fighting. Holland surrendered soon after.

                            <<The Germans drive across Holland and Belgium and across the French Meuse towards Rheims. Brussels has been recaptured by the Belgian counter attack but at heav cost. To the south the French salient near Hirson was lost and to the north more than half of the Dutch army was destroyed counterattacking to the south>>



                            Better news arrived from Belgium however. The Belgian army, now cut off from assistance from the French turned and counter attacked the German infantry and airborne troops holding the capital. In a desperate low odds attack the Belgians just managed to recapture their capital but only at the the cost of some five infantry divisions. This success inspired the French to attempt to use the salient at Hirson as a springboard to launching a drive to cut through to the isolated Belgian army to the north and sever the German spearheads to the west. Ten French infantry and two heavy armoured divisions were joined by three divisions and a tank brigade from the BEF in the offensive. Unfortunately the the allied drive could not drive the Germans back and the four divisions near Hirson were subsequently lost.

                            By the end of the month, and in pouring rain, the Belgians at last succumbed to the German offensive and sued for peace. The pace of operations slowed and the body count totalled the lose of some four French, five Belgian and five Dutch divisions lost for the mauling of four German infantry and one panzer division.
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                            • #15
                              The Germans Drive into France - 6/40

                              German tanks and infantry continued their advance through 6/40 and developed a dual drive on Paris via the Aisne Valley and a second thrust into Champagne after crossing the Meuse River at Sedan. A secondary thrust into Flanders scored some success and broke through near the coast at Dunkirk. The allied armies continued to mask each penetration of the line but with each German move came more casualties that pushed the allied line back.

                              German troops suffered their share of losses for the advances and as of this writing a salient has formed in Flanders between the German drive along the coast and the Aisne River. It remains to be seen how this battle will develop and if the allies can hold the German thrust before they reach Paris.

                              <<The German drive south west into France. German air interdicts the allied rear hampering movement>>



                              <<The allies decide to make their stand in Flanders and force the Germans to fight for every yard of French territory>>



                              The question remaining to be answered is whether the battle for the Arras-Cambrai Salient will decide the campaign one way or the other.

                              In the air the battles have been no less fierce than on the ground. Both sides are knocking each others aircraft out of the sky at an alarming rate but each time one side appears to be gaining an advantage the other side comes back to even the score. The Germans do seem to be gaining a slow but steady lead but that could change at any time.

                              The war against German submarines is progressing without any long term advantage going to either side. While the allies are continuing to get the convoys through at a steady and comfortable pace the Royal Navy has not reported much success in killing the wolf packs roaming the North Atlantic.
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