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  • #16
    Both Sides Pause to Regroup

    The last cycle saw a pause in the action on the western front. Other than a series of Germans attacks that drove the BEF away from the Somme and another small line adjustment in Alsace both sides seem to be drawing their breaths in 8/40. The allies seem to be on the ropes and only time will tell if the the period of rest will now help the Allies or the Germans more. General Gamelin has introduced new "Hedghog Tactics" that are claimed to increase the defensive firepower of the line by as much as 50%. How effective this will be remains to be seen.

    In Yugoslavia, armed partisan groups have begun attacking the occupation government and appear to be very active in the Albanian mountains of southern Serbia. What this means for the German occupiers is unknown but some are wondering if this might be a chink in the armour of the German war machine.

    <<The Germans Slow the Pace>>



    <<The Allies also Regroup>>

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    • #17
      French Front Collapses IV/9/40

      After nearly 20 weeks of almost continuous fighting the French frontline has collapsed. The BEF, badly battered and worn down has returned to England and it looks as if the Germans will conquer France in short order. As if things weren't bad enough for the allies Italy declared war on France and Britain in IV/9/40.

      Italian troops immediately launched attacks on the Egyptian frontier but found that four British divisions supporting by armour were waiting for them and the attack was repulsed in short order.

      <<The Germans Reach Paris>>



      <<Paris Falls as the French Army Collapses>>

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      • #18
        Thank you for the update.

        Oops,... forgot to lock this thread after posting the update.
        Last edited by The Purist; 16 Dec 09, 18:59.
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        • #19
          France has Fallen; Africa Warms Up. I/11/40

          After a long and bitter struggle, France has surrendered to the German invasion. The Third Republic has been dissolved and it has been replaced by a pro-axis "Vichy" government that has declared itself neutral. The French African and mid-east colonies are also under Vichy control.

          As the Italian and German armies begin to occupy non-Vichy territory within Metropolitan France the focus of the fighting has shifted to North Africa where CW and Italian troops have been skirmishing on the border between Egypt and Libya. What happens next is anybody's guess but this luke warm fighting is not likely to last much longer.
          Last edited by The Purist; 31 Jul 10, 09:17.
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          • #20
            12/40 - War in the Desert and Balkan Political Games

            War in the African Desert

            Both the British and Italian army's launched major attacks in the Western desert in 11 and 12/40. After weeks of sparing the two sides engaged in heavy combat that appeared at first to sway to and fro without much give on either side. Fourteen to sixteen Italian divisions and brigades belonging to the Italian Xth Army launched their attack just days before the British 8th Army was scheduled to attack into Libya. initially caught on the wrong foot the British recoiled from the border before rallying and striking back against four Italian divisions that had crossed the Egyptian frontier.

            Within a few short weeks the more mobile Commonwealth Army, made up of Indian, Australian, New Zealand and British divisions got the upper hand on the slower Italians, despite a heavy advantage in air superiority, and drove them back into Libya. The first major loss came at Sidi Rezegh to the south east of the port of Tobruch. Here the brave but outnumbered Italian 63rd "Cirene" fought to the last man taking many Indian troops of the 4th Division with them to the grave.

            Hardly pausing, the British 8th Army of 10 divisions and 1 brigade pushed and soon the drove the Italian army back past Tobruch, caging three Italian divisions of the XVth Corps (3rd "Ravenna", 7th "Toscana" and 33rd "Aqui") in the port. Mobile Italian forces to the west were powerless to intervene while a force of four more Italian divisions to the northwest of Tobruch were driven westward along the coast. By late late 12/40 the British had solidified their grip on the fortified port and launched and attack that destroyed the XVth Corps, capturing large amounts of prisoners. However, the Italian troops again bled the allies and it is reported that the British 44th "Home Counties" division was heavily blooded in the fighting.

            Yugoslav Insurrection

            It has recently come to light that a major insurrection against the axis occupation of Yugoslavia has erupted in the Balkans and that "Yugoslav Partisans" have been engaged in a long running cat and mouse game with large numbers of German, Italian and Bulgarian troops in the Albanian mountains. While Berlin reports that the uprising has been quashed, Yugoslav representatives in Geneva and Stockholm scoffed at such reports claiming they have pinned down some 15 or 20 axis divisions from the three countries in heavy fighting and perhaps as many more in holding down the other areas of the country. London has announced that it will support the Yugoslav by means necessary with training, cash and munitions.

            The USSR Annexes Bessarabia

            Hard on the heels of the entry into the war of Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria the USSR occupied the Romanian province of Bessarabia. In a brazen show of raw military power not seen since the annexation of the three small Baltic Republics almost exactly one year previously, the Soviet ambassador to Romania presented his nations demands to a shocked Romanian government which felt it had no choice but to accept.

            In Berlin a very terse exchange of diplomatic notes was exchanged with Moscow and the Thrid Reich seemed to accept the USSRs claiming back its "historic" rights to territory possessed by Imperial Russia before 1914.

            [End Report]
            Last edited by The Purist; 21 Dec 09, 20:01.
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            • #21
              Will 1941 see heavy action in Africa?

              The year 1940 has come to a close and 1941 has arrived. The British 8th Army, after destroying a corps of four Italian infantry divisions and capturing the fortress of Tobruch, chased the Italian Xth Army across Cirenaica almost to Benghasi before being brought up short by two separate groups of German mechanised forces.

              Elsewhere the German UBOATs continue to cause trouble for the allies but there has been very little heard from the German army in the past three months. The insurgency in Yugoslavia continues to grow despite the best efforts of German, Italian and Bulgarian army units. The Partisans are clinging to their mountain top strongholds and defying all attempts to dislodge them.

              The giant Soviet Union continues to look on from the east but has not made any moves since its early winter annexation of Bessarabia. Could the USSR be satisfied that its security needs have been met by the annexation of Finnish, Baltic, Polish and Romanian territory? Time will tell.
              Last edited by The Purist; 21 Dec 09, 19:32.
              The Purist

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              • #22
                Amphibious Assaults

                Since the question has been asked via PM I thought I would give all concerned a brief overview on how amphib assaults work in the game.

                - assaulting units require one AMPHIB point per unit.
                - the amphibing units must be in major supply and within 24 hexes of the target hex
                - the target hex must be within friendly air range.
                - the target hex cannot be mountain terrain
                - no amphibs in winter months (except in Africa)
                - amphib points can form a "beachhead" supply source that has a one hex range.
                - amphib assault units are 1/2 attack.
                - Allied amphib assaults get a +1 modifier to the attack for naval gunfire support. Axis attacks on beachheads get a -1 for the same reasons. Doesn't sound like much but it is.
                - an amphib point, once used, will re-cycle in nine weeks and can be used again. the clock starts ticking when the amphib is removed from the map so an amphib converted to a beachhead cannot re-cycle until removed (usually because a port has been captured).
                Last edited by The Purist; 28 Dec 09, 12:20.
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                • #23
                  A Hot Winter in Africa

                  The winter of 1941 has passed and the events that unfolded in Africa up to 4/41 describe a titanic struggle in the desert between Benghasi and Tobruk.

                  The Axis set thing off in early January when the arrival of the full strength of the German Africa army struck back at the advancing British. The British 8th Army was driven back across Cirenaica to the fortress of Tobruch where its stood its ground along the Gazala Line.

                  The combined German-Italian army group struck hard at the reinforced British line in late 2/41 and again throughout 3/41 but were finally repulsed with both sides receiving fairly heavy casualties. Late in 3/41 the British struck back and as of last reports in 4/41 the Axis army has begun to retreat back in the direction it has come. The Italian Commando Supremo has admitted to lose of most of Italy's elite mechanised corps as well as further infantry losses. British communiques speak of the 8th Army "stronger than ever" taking up the pursuit of the defeated axis army and vowing to chase them from Africa all together.

                  Maps cleared by military censors are found below.

                  <<The British Attempt to Reach the Coast in January 41 is Foiled>>



                  <<The British Retreat to Gazala in February and Dig In>>



                  <<The Axis Assault in 3/41 Reaches it Climax in a Swirling Tank Battle in the Desert>>



                  <<The British Hold Their Positions and Begin to Counterattack>>

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                  • #24
                    News Flash!!! - Turkey Invaded by Axis Armies

                    (P)PI <errmmm,.. Purist's Press International >>

                    This just in. Following on the heels of the surprise German invasion of Greece at the end of 5/41 comes the astounding news in II/6/41 that a massive German and Bulgarian army group has invaded Turkey and ar driving on Instanbul. Reports are sketchy at this time but it appears the German attacks, supported by Italian parachute forces have driven back Turkish defences in European Turkey, The Turkish government has expressed its outrage at this sudden and unprovoked attacked - referring to it as a stab in the back - and has ordered a full mobilisation.

                    More news as events unfold. Maps will be released when cleared by military censors.
                    Last edited by The Purist; 07 Jan 10, 17:34.
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                    • #25
                      RL Delay

                      Sorry for the delay Gents, this week has been very busy. I should have 8/41 wrapped up pretty soon. Both sides (now that there are, effectively, two sides) will be pleased, both sides will be disappointed.

                      Last edited by The Purist; 08 May 11, 16:53.
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