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  • [QUOTE=Nick the Noodle;1700933 The KM and LW have been spectacuarly good so far, and the army will win it for us - perhaps .[/QUOTE]

    Thank you, but we are at the point where the Army needs to make it's move and win this thing. It's been going on for almost a month now, when are they going to finish this?
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    • Originally posted by Exorcist View Post
      Thank you, but we are at the point where the Army needs to make it's move and win this thing. It's been going on for almost a month now, when are they going to finish this?
      Well logistical difficulties have delayed the build up significantly, plus I don't agree with the diversionary strike in the west, but whatever.
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      • 7th October 1940 - Turn 29

        The assault began two days ago and has proceeded well so far. We have taken Guildford and an adjoining hex, and have pushed on to the region of Newbury. This maneuver forced the British to give up some further space on the West of the line, otherwise the Canadian division would have risked encirclement.

        Our assault formations remain in fairly good shape. Casualties have been moderate to heavy, particularly amongst infantry, but morale remains high.

        There is now a question about the direction of the next attack. There are three options.

        1) Continue to drive along the lines of communication in a NW direction towards Newbury, then Oxford and Swindon. This option has the virtue that by attacking along the LOC our supply situation remains relatively positive. It has the disadvantage that the British are well dug-in along this axis and are evidently anticipating an attack here. Newbury is held by two well-dug-in infantry divisions with a further reinforced division to the SW. Behind these formations the next line evidently consists of the British armoured reserve. We can probably attain Swindon and Oxford within 5 days but it would be hard work.

        2) Turn North and aim to the East of Oxford, possibly supported by airborne landings on the London-Oxford railway. This section of the front (the Chiltern Hills) is relatively lightly defended and the British are less dug in here. If successful we would cut off the British concentration defending Oxford-Newbury-Swindon from London and develop a potential axis of attack on London from the NW, which could be very dislocating for the British.
        However it poses logistical challenges as the infrastructure in his area is poor. We might also be counterattacked from the West by the British armour.

        3) Switch emphasis to the W end of the line and develop an attack against Bristol and Swindon via Warminster and Bath. This could threaten the British concentration from the W side. Taking Bristol would also render the Devon and Cornwall untenable for the British (not that actually does a huge amount of good, there are a small number of VPs in Plymouth but otherwise all you are achieving is forcing the RAF to rebase some of its fighters).

        MAP: End of Turn 28.
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        • Not a proper update, just a note... the Panzers have swept West as OKW ordered, with the objective of Bristol. The British counter-attacked with their tanks at Marlborough and Bath, but we have dealt them a heavy blow. Am waiting for the British team to react, then I will do an update; there may be options in the light of their choices...
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          • Any word on how many towns & cities we need to take to finish this?
            "Why is the Rum gone?"

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            • Originally posted by Exorcist View Post
              Any word on how many towns & cities we need to take to finish this?
              The victory conditions are the same as when the game started:

              Compared to other forum games this would have a well-defined end point. We would play on until either
              a) there were no German units left in Britain (a British victory) or
              b) German units were established in supply in either Manchester or Leeds (German victory) or
              c) until the game reaches December 24th 1940 at which time a points victory would be assessed, using VPs located in the game

              So in a sense you only need one city. In another sense you need to control quite a large chunk of England!
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              • As described, our attack developed a strong left hook of Panzers and Mountain Infantry, as directed by GROFAZ. This force stepped off from Salisbury on the 8th and swept past the light British defences. British armour counterattacked at Marlborough and then at Bath but the conclusion of this engagement was us occupying the town of Chippenham and breaking the Swindon-Bristol railway line.

                Our operation was supported by the commitment of one Panzer, one Motorized and one Infantry division to operations on Dorset and Devon, taking Bournemouth and securing the railway line to Taunton. This operation is almost concluded and will mean an alternative line of communication to Bristol.

                OKH should advise on the direction of the attack from here - towards Newbury and Oxford, or to encircle Bristol and to try to push north into the West Midlands? Our troops are tired, and west of Newbury they are at the end of a long cross-country supply line. However it is definitely viable to continue the attack from here.

                The British have committed their reserve to contain our attack thus far. A couple more British divisions appear to be en route from Northern Ireland and Scotland but there are no more apparent in England.

                OKM can expect more action at sea in the next few days as the British reinforcements from the Med are approaching. The Stukas have been held back to assist, and Scharnhorst and Hipper are as ready as they are going to get.

                Maps:

                1. The front line as usual


                2. Showing the front line and Manchester, one of the ultimate objectives... Leeds, the other objective, just off the North of the map on the right hand side of England.

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                • Originally posted by The Land View Post
                  As described, our attack developed a strong left hook of Panzers and Mountain Infantry, as directed by GROFAZ. This force stepped off from Salisbury on the 8th and swept past the light British defences. British armour counterattacked at Marlborough and then at Bath but the conclusion of this engagement was us occupying the town of Chippenham and breaking the Swindon-Bristol railway line.

                  Our operation was supported by the commitment of one Panzer, one Motorized and one Infantry division to operations on Dorset and Devon, taking Bournemouth and securing the railway line to Taunton. This operation is almost concluded and will mean an alternative line of communication to Bristol.

                  OKH should advise on the direction of the attack from here - towards Newbury and Oxford, or to encircle Bristol and to try to push north into the West Midlands? Our troops are tired, and west of Newbury they are at the end of a long cross-country supply line. However it is definitely viable to continue the attack from here.

                  The British have committed their reserve to contain our attack thus far. A couple more British divisions appear to be en route from Northern Ireland and Scotland but there are no more apparent in England.

                  OKM can expect more action at sea in the next few days as the British reinforcements from the Med are approaching. The Stukas have been held back to assist, and Scharnhorst and Hipper are as ready as they are going to get.

                  Maps:

                  1. The front line as usual


                  2. Showing the front line and Manchester, one of the ultimate objectives... Leeds, the other objective, just off the North of the map on the right hand side of England.

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                  • October 12th, 1940 - Turn 34

                    As directed we have continued to press the attack towards Oxford.

                    The British front has been pushed back though they continue to offer stiff resistance. We have taken Newbury and Swindon, and now the whole railway line to Bristol is in our possession, which will be of great assistance with our logistical situation. We are attempting to render the line usable as quickly as possible.

                    We have driven a gap between the British forces at Bristol and their troops around Oxford. Both their concentrations are well dug-in and appear to be deployed in depth. It may be possible to extend the existing salient North to find flanks of each of these two positions, attacking away from the lines of communication once again. However, our troops are now very tired and many divisions will not be in a state to attack without a period of rest once the supply catches up with them. A pause of three or four days is probably necessary to rest troops and bring in fresh formations from quiet parts of the line.

                    There are five possible directions for the next attack:

                    1) From Kent, East of London and threaten London from the E. The British have recently withdrawn from their front line near Chatham.

                    2) Across the Chiltern Hills, i.e. between London and Oxford, threatening to encircle both London and Oxford.

                    3) Directly towards Oxford from South and West.

                    4) North from the current salient to attempt to threaten Birminham and the encirclement of Bristol.

                    5) Directly on to Bristol itself.

                    In the air, the situation is becoming fairly grim. The RAF is winning the edge over our fighters. We are not beaten but the situation is taking its toll. RAF bombers are making irritating harrassing raids on movements behind our lines and we are not always able to stop them.

                    At sea, we can regard the arrival of the RN as imminent. We have been reinforced by more ships coming out of repair - we have Blucher, Hipper, Scharnhorst at available though not at full strength, plus eight destroyers, and a number of intact Stuka formations to assist.

                    Map - current front line...

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                    • Originally posted by The Land View Post
                      As directed we have continued to press the attack towards Oxford.

                      The British front has been pushed back though they continue to offer stiff resistance. We have taken Newbury and Swindon, and now the whole railway line to Bristol is in our possession, which will be of great assistance with our logistical situation. We are attempting to render the line usable as quickly as possible.

                      We have driven a gap between the British forces at Bristol and their troops around Oxford. Both their concentrations are well dug-in and appear to be deployed in depth. It may be possible to extend the existing salient North to find flanks of each of these two positions, attacking away from the lines of communication once again. However, our troops are now very tired and many divisions will not be in a state to attack without a period of rest once the supply catches up with them. A pause of three or four days is probably necessary to rest troops and bring in fresh formations from quiet parts of the line.

                      There are five possible directions for the next attack:

                      1) From Kent, East of London and threaten London from the E. The British have recently withdrawn from their front line near Chatham.

                      2) Across the Chiltern Hills, i.e. between London and Oxford, threatening to encircle both London and Oxford.

                      3) Directly towards Oxford from South and West.

                      4) North from the current salient to attempt to threaten Birminham and the encirclement of Bristol.

                      5) Directly on to Bristol itself.

                      In the air, the situation is becoming fairly grim. The RAF is winning the edge over our fighters. We are not beaten but the situation is taking its toll. RAF bombers are making irritating harrassing raids on movements behind our lines and we are not always able to stop them.

                      At sea, we can regard the arrival of the RN as imminent. We have been reinforced by more ships coming out of repair - we have Blucher, Hipper, Scharnhorst at available though not at full strength, plus eight destroyers, and a number of intact Stuka formations to assist.

                      Map - current front line...

                      Great game btw. As I thought the Brits have the better airforce and navy, but our army appears to be better.

                      It is going to be close, but I think we just lack the units to win this. I suspect the RN will retake the Channel and our army will grind to a halt due to lack of supplies. Still, we're not giving up until I have no troops left to fight with.
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                      • October 15th, 1940 - Turn 37

                        Our troops have been resting and redeploying for the attack as ordered by the Supreme Command.

                        However the British are attempting to interfere with this operation. The Royal Navy has entered the Channel with all its strength and is interfering with supply operations in the Dover area. Unless this is rebuffed immediately and with all available strength by air and sea, our supply line to Dover will be cut, and our odds of re-establishing supply will be very slender.

                        Also concerning is a British counter-attack by roughly two corps of armour and infantry, with heavy artillery support, in the region of Sevenoaks. We had just enough forewarning of this attack to be able to divert two divisions which had recently landed in England to the area and reinforce the line. Nevertheless this move is concerning as the British need to advance only two hexes further to sever our line of communication between the port of Dover and the rest of England.

                        In the immediate area we have 14th, 18th, and 58th Divisions and SS-Division Totenkopf (a motorized formation). However the only further reserves available are those which are intended for our own offensive, and they are positioned well to the West. Request permission to transfer two Panzer and two Infantry divisions initially to ensure the British counter-attack is contained.

                        MAP: Start of turn 37
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                        • Originally posted by The Land View Post
                          Our troops have been resting and redeploying for the attack as ordered by the Supreme Command.

                          However the British are attempting to interfere with this operation. The Royal Navy has entered the Channel with all its strength and is interfering with supply operations in the Dover area. Unless this is rebuffed immediately and with all available strength by air and sea, our supply line to Dover will be cut, and our odds of re-establishing supply will be very slender.

                          Also concerning is a British counter-attack by roughly two corps of armour and infantry, with heavy artillery support, in the region of Sevenoaks. We had just enough forewarning of this attack to be able to divert two divisions which had recently landed in England to the area and reinforce the line. Nevertheless this move is concerning as the British need to advance only two hexes further to sever our line of communication between the port of Dover and the rest of England.

                          In the immediate area we have 14th, 18th, and 58th Divisions and SS-Division Totenkopf (a motorized formation). However the only further reserves available are those which are intended for our own offensive, and they are positioned well to the West. Request permission to transfer two Panzer and two Infantry divisions initially to ensure the British counter-attack is contained.

                          MAP: Start of turn 37
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                          • October 16th, 1940 - Turn 38 - The Death Ride of the Kriegsmarine

                            Grim news, gentlemen.

                            For the past two days we have been engaged in a historic battle for the English Channel. At least seven Royal Navy capital ships, representing the entire remaining strength of the Royal Navy, together with dozens of lighter craft were attempting to blockade our supply lines into Dover. Our sailors and airmen pushed the battle yesterday (the 15th) to the utmost limit of exhaustion with the commitment of every available fighter and bomber, together with Scharnhorst, Blucher and Hipper . Once again we scored many hits on capital ships and forced much of their fleet to retire damaged. However, we were unable to evict the battleship Revenge together with several cruisers and about a dozen destroyers and the Dover supply route closed. Al lthis for the cost of Blucher and two destroyers to ourselves.

                            Today (16th) we attempted to run a supply convoy into Eastbourne escorted by Admiral Hipper. The convoy reached its destination but Hipper was sunk after an engagement with Revenge meaning this supply route too is untenable. To make matters worse, Scharnhorst, having returned to Dunkerque to replace expended stocks of ammunition, found herself blockaded in harbour this morning by packs of British destroyers. She attempted to fight her way out at dawn but received several torpedo hits and was forced to beach.

                            Our total naval strength is now 5 destroyers, all in Dunkerque harbour, and no further reinforcements can be counted upon.

                            We have taken grievously heavy casualties to the Luftwaffe in the last few days. Currently we have 134 Me109s and 77 Ju87s operational - together of course with other aircraft but it is fighters and Stukas which are of crucial value. Royal Navy warships have begun to shell our coastal airfields from the sea, destroying more aircraft, and we can expect this to continue.

                            On land, the British have made some progress with their attack, taking Sevenoaks. We have deployed Panzers and infantry to stop them but their attack is supported by a massive concentration of artillery and we cannot guarantee that they will not break through to the sea. Request permission to withdraw troops from the Bristol area to ensure this does not take place.

                            The Luftwaffe have taken all possible steps to ensure the continued supply of our army in England. Air supply provides a supply level of 13 to all units in the UK. For comparison, the regular supply level for a unit on the supply network was 55. 13 supply points causes problems for units engaged in intense combat.

                            MAP: Progress of the British counter-attack
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                            • Oh no...front is suddenly crumbling
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                              • Originally posted by nikolas93TS View Post
                                Oh no...front is suddenly crumbling
                                Certainly looks that way, but we are not beaten yet .
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