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  • #76
    14 September 1940 - Turn 6

    Short briefing:

    Land.
    7. Falschirmjaeger-Div landed successfully at Portsmouth. The total cost was two regiments destroyed, in the air or on the ground, by enemy action. Three regiments landed successfully.

    Naval
    Intense operations were undertaken by the entire fleet, with Luftwaffe support to clear the Solent. These succeeded in destroying a large number of British destroyers, sinking the crippled Warspite and forcing Revenge to seek port for emergency repairs. However the cost was serious. Kriegsmarine strength will be posted in the Social Group.

    A small number of British destroyers still remain in the W Channel. Even this small number of ships would be capable of inflicting serious damage on amphibious forces.

    Air.
    LW was totally committed to support of the naval preparatory operation. Very strong resistance was encountered over the Isle of Wight, Solent and Hampshire with at least 100 RAF fighters committed of which two dozen were shot down.

    Our losses were heavy with 37 Stukas, 15 other bombers and 11 fighters lost.

    Bomber formations are now very tired an this pace of operations cannot be sustained much longer. Full report available on request.
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    • #77
      From KM to OKH-

      "Told you so."

      end of message.
      "Why is the Rum gone?"

      -Captain Jack

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      • #78
        Originally posted by Exorcist View Post
        From KM to OKH-

        "Told you so."

        end of message.
        No you didn't.

        And if you have any decent advice please share it.
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        • #79
          Actually, I did, but I didn't want to give anything away on this thread.

          It's in the social group.
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          -Captain Jack

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          • #80
            Originally posted by Exorcist View Post
            Actually, I did, but I didn't want to give anything away on this thread.

            It's in the social group.
            There is a good reason why we didn't go for several landings, and stuck to one landing only.
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            • #81
              15 September 1940 - Turn 7 (End of German turn)

              Right gentlemen.

              First the good news.

              We still hold Portsmouth and have succeeded in shipping across 7th Panzer Division in its entirety along with parts of 8th Inf. These forces, along with the remaining paratroops, are poised to act from Portsmouth as required.

              We have also succeeded in taking Brighton with an amphibious assault and most of 34th Division is ashore there.

              We have also inflicted further damage on the RAF, both against fighter formations and bombers committed against us.

              In other areas our achievements are more limited and there are clearly serious challenges ahead.

              The Western wing of our landing force, aimed at Portland and Bournemouth and consisting of 6th and 256th Infantry Divisions and escorted by the damaged Scharnhorst, encountered Royal Navy destroyers in the middle of the Channel last night, supported by torpedo-bombers and long-range fighter aircraft at daybreak, and was destroyed. Scharnhorst was torpedoed twice and while still afloat is headed to Kiel for long-term repairs. Gneisenau inflicted some damage on the RN in retaliation and a number of enemy bombers were shot down.

              In the centre of our landing, 8th Infantry supported by two amphibious panzer battalions and the Fallschirmjager made a combined assault on Southampton but were beaten off by determined resistance. We still hold some pockets of the beachead which may form the basis for a continued amphibious assault, and tomorrow we may be able to employ 7th Panzer in this area, which is crucial to the safety and expansion of our beach-head in Portsmouth.

              28th Division also made an amphibious assault in the area of Chichester and Hayling Island, to the East of Portsmouth. This assault failed.

              26th Division is at sea with the intention of carrying out an amphibious landing at Shoreham, west of Brighton, but it may be diverted.

              Decisions
              6th Army staff propose to concentrate on clearing and establishing a continuous beachhead between Portsmouth and Brighton (4 hexes). This is required if the new landings are to form any basis for future operations and has the additional virtue of focusing our effort against Home Guard formations during the rest of the landing phase, rather against Regular Army positions. 7th Panzer would perform a spoiling attack against the Canadian Division which is moving towards Portsmouth from the North East. If successful these operations would still form the basis for a future breakout.

              Gneisenau would give these operations as much naval protection as possible but there is no guarantee that there will not be further losses from Royal Navy action.

              The Luftwaffe's bomber formations remain very tired but are still providing some assistance to both land and navy forces. A full strength report will be provided in the Social Group in due course.
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              • #82
                No map?
                A wild liberal appears! Conservative uses logical reasoning and empirical evidence! It's super effective! Wild liberal faints.

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                • #83
                  Maps? MAPS?

                  Oh I suppose so.

                  Here is the assault made by the units whci hreached the right side of the Channel...



                  And here is a view of the area of both landings after we succeeded in establishing a toehold on the South Coast.

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                  • #84
                    Our glider units seem to be spread?
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                    • #85
                      Yes, parachute and glider units disperse when they land, and one unit was cut off by the Canadian Division's counter-attack.
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                      • #86
                        Crisis

                        Grave news.

                        Portsmouth was counterattacked by a strong British force including what appear to be virtually all the British Army's heavy tanks supported by several divisions of infantry.

                        Our forces in the town consisted of 7th Panzer Division plus the remains of our parachute infantry.

                        While our troops fought bravely, we had had little time to prepare our positions and the bulk of our force was overrun or forced to surrender. A small amount of parachute infantry now holds Portsmouth Harbour but given the situation it would appear foolhardy to disembark any more troops at Portsmouth as they will inevitably be lost.

                        The British also attacked our beachhead at Brighton and were beaten off, though 34th Division suffered heavy casualties in doing so. At least two more British divisions are forming up to counter-attack.

                        It is possible to reinforce Brighton and also probably to conduct landings which will expand the Brighton beachhead. However any forces we land will likely face a heavy counterattack by the enemy's armoured formations which are deployed W and N of Portsmouth.

                        It may be the time to conclude that our second landing has been a failure, to divert further reinforcements to the Kent area, and to consider the direction of future operations.

                        Map: Portsmouth landing area, start of Turn 8, showing corps-strength British forces surrounding Portsmouth, and another corps forming up on the railway line N of Brighton.

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                        • #87
                          NB. Intelligence suggests that the British have withdrawn troops from the Western Counties and some from East Anglia to operate against this landing.

                          The immediate question is what to do with the 8th, 28th, 26th and 34th Divisions which are all largely at sea.
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                          • #88
                            To lift out spirits ...




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                            • #89
                              I've just posted in the Social group.
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                              • #90
                                Originally posted by The Land View Post
                                Order of Battle:

                                Units from 6, 9 and 16. Armees comprising:
                                * 18 x Infantry Division - 17,000 men lavishly equipped with machine guns, AT guns, and mortars. Integral artillery support includes 105mm and 75mm howitzers and a small number of 150mm infantry guns.
                                * 2x Mountain Infantry Division - somewhat more likely equipped than Infantry Divisions.
                                * 7th Flieger Division: 4x Parachute regiment, 3x glider regiment. Regiments are stronger than regular infantry regiments and more capable of independent operations. (NB these formations are under Luftwaffe control until they land in England).
                                * 4x Panzer division, 2x motorized division, 2 independent motorised brigades.
                                Panzer divisions have a tank strength of 120 tanks, a mixture of Pz III, Pz IV,Pz II and Pz 38t plus a strong motorised infantry component. Motorized troops have a much lower rifle strength than a leg infantry division, but heavier integral support, including a small number of Sturmgeschutz. On the whole a motorised infantry division is a little less effective than a leg division.
                                * 4x independent Amphibious Panzer battalion - each has a strength of 80 amphibious tanks and should be used to support the initial attacks. They have no infantry component.
                                * 3x Army HQ formation - these are rear-area units which can improve supply to nearby units, and also conduct engineering tasks like rail repair.
                                * 12x Corps HQ formation - Corps HQs have two regiments of 150mm artillery. They also have the same supply effects as Army HQs but have no engineering ability.
                                Originally posted by The Land View Post
                                Transport and supply are immense challenges for this operation. Much of this is handled by manual bookkeeping, because TOAW3 isn't quite up to it. This briefing tells you want to know how this is handle behind the scenes let me know.


                                Transporting the Army across

                                The invasion will rely heavily on improvised transport. These converted barges, trawlers and so on are very slow and vulnerable. Priority transport is not only limited by the shipping available but by the space on the landing beaches.

                                A certain amount of 'priority' transport which does not suffer these hindrances will become available once the Army has secured a large enough port.

                                The game is divided into "phases" for the sake of transport capacity. The number of divisions of transport available depends on which phase you are in.

                                Phase starting - number of Divs of improvised transport
                                T+0 / Turn 1... 8 divisions
                                T+3 / Turn 4 ... 4 divisions
                                T+6/ Turn 7 ... 4 divisions
                                T+9/ Turn 10 ... 3 divisions
                                T+12/ Turn 13 ... 2 divisions
                                T+19 / Turn 20 ... 2 divisions
                                Each subsequent week (7 days) ... 3 divisions.

                                For these purposes, Panzer and motorised divisions have twice the weight of an infantry division. HQ units have half the weight of an infantry division.
                                Also bear in mind that the amount of space to unload on beachheads is limited: each anchorage hex can only receive one regiment per turn.

                                If at the start of a phase the German army has taken one or more of the "major ports" then the German team gets an extra division worth of transport capacity per phase, which isn't restricted by the improvised transport special rules. This transport can only go to a major port. But acquiring more than one major port doesn't mean you get any additional transport capacity.
                                So on turn 20 you can have a total of 28 divisions transported to England, plus the parachute force. In reality fewer divisions will be shipped but also a number of HQs.

                                OKW needs to determine priorities for shipping ofor the initial invasion and the subsequent reinfocement of the beach-hea.

                                Supply.

                                Supplying units in England depends on retaining control of the sea along which supply can move. In game terms this means the German navy needs to occupy one or more of the hexes immediately off the English coast marked as German supply points. On the start of any turn where this is the case, that hex will act as a supply centre for German units. That means supply will be traced along any functioning railroads at full value, then along roads and across other hexes at a lower value.

                                Units have a supply value representing their stocks of fuel and ammunition, so losing supply for a turn or two is not necessarily a disaster - but long period of supply disruption will have a very negative effect on offensive operations, and if supplies are cut off altogether, any units of the German Army remaining in England will inevitably be destroyed.
                                This is what we have to work with, less losses of course.
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