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  • The Exorcist
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    From KM to OKH-

    "Told you so."

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  • The Land
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    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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  • Nick the Noodle
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    Originally posted by Destroyer25 View Post
    We lost a Panzer Division... I'd hardly call that prepared.
    That is exactly the type of information that should not be posted .

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  • The Exorcist
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    What I need to know is; have they shot their bolt?
    It ain't over yet, for either side.

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  • Destroyer25
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    Originally posted by Nick the Noodle View Post
    I was wondering when the RN would turn up. Luckily we were prepared.
    We lost a Panzer Division... I'd hardly call that prepared.

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  • Nick the Noodle
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    I was wondering when the RN would turn up. Luckily we were prepared.

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  • Dashy
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    Im liking those odds.


    Im not liking their ships :C

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  • The Land
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    13 September 1940 - Turn 5

    Army Report

    17th and 33rd Divisions, along with 15th Panzer, attacked as ordered against the British line NW of Maidstone. As with yesterday's attack, the British were in well-fortified positions, including numerous pillboxes, anti-tank obstacles and machine-gun nests. In spite of a heavy bombardment by the Luftwaffe (hampered by cloud), our most determined attacks were beaten off with heavy losses, totalling 5,000 men. Positions remain unchanged.

    All the divisions engaged in this attack are now suffering from reduced readiness and the viability of future attacks against the British fortified positions must be considered carefully.

    16th Army HQ and 10th Pz Corps HQ landed successfully. However we must with the greatest regret report that 3rd Panzer Division was mauled by the Royal Navy during the crossing. Some men and equipment were recovered, and the Division will be reconstitute at a later date. However for the time being it no longer exists.

    Luftwaffe Report
    Bomber squadrons heavily engaged the enemy on the Kent front, and then played an important role in dealing with the Royal Navy's attack in the Channel. Losses were light (about 25 bombers and 20 fighters in total), and RAF resistance continued to be unimpressive. However our air units are starting to suffer from severe fatigue.

    Kriegsmarine Report
    Heavy fleet units performed bombardment missions as ordered, then retred to port for re-arming.

    On the British turn, the Royal Navy engaged in the Channel with a very large force of at least 60 destroyers, 15 cruisers and 5 battleships. These ships destroyed one KM unit off Cherbourg, and proceeded to savage our light forces and troop movements in the Channel. 8 destroyers and 3 'early destroyers' were sunk or damaged representing 50% of the Kriegsmarine's light unit strength. the RN also succeeded in sending merchant ships and barges carrying 3rd Panzer Division to the bottom.

    Between our destroyers and the Luftwaffe, we have succeeded in sinking a number of Royal Navy cruisers and destroyers and also inflicted heavy damage on RN capital ships. There are no confirmed sinkings of enemy capital ships but Warspite, Hood, Nelson and Rodney have all suffered heavy,possibly critical, damage.

    The RN appears to have retreated in the direction of Portsmouth and Scapa Flow for repairs and replenishment.

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  • The Land
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    12 September 1940 - Turn 4

    Heer report:

    Operations began at dawn against the lightly-held British positions at Ashford, which were easily overcome by 33rd and 7th Divisions.

    Later in the day we began an attack on the New Zealand Division positions near Maidstone. These proved to be very well dug-in with well-sited anti-tank positions and machine-guns, heavily supported by artillery and making best use of the water obstacle provided by the River Medway. The attack took on a dimension of the Great War as troops of all 4 divisions hurled themselves forward against these strong positions but to only minor tactical gains, in spite of tank and air support. Total casualties were 9,000 men killed and wounded and 38 tanks knocked out.

    13th Korps (17th and 33rd Divisions) at the north end of the line is capable of continued offensive action. 7th Korps (7th and 1st Mountain Divisions) East and South-East of the New Zealanders are at poor readiness and will not do their best if ordered to attack again immediately.

    15th Panzer Division is available this turn, 3rd Panzer will embark this turn as well.

    Luftwaffe Report

    As ordered, all available LW bombers attacked in close support of the ground forces and also harassed the depth of the enemy's position. Slight resistance was encountered from the RAF and we lost about 12 fighters and 20 bombers to all causes. A small number of enemy fighters were shot down. Additional bombers were committed towards the end of the day at the Army's request, but no Ju-87s. The Stuka formations are reporting improved readiness and will be able to engage the RN should it appear.

    Kriegsmarine Report

    Quiet. Supply operations continued uninterrupted. Little sign of the Royal Navy though there is some sign of activity from the Western Channel.

    Map: Positions at the start of Turn 5.

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  • Dashy
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    It looks like they are stationary, I don't think harrasment is necessary.

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  • Destroyer25
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    Originally posted by Dashy View Post
    Gah! canadians!
    Do you have forced available to harass enemy reinforcements that are en route? I don't want the Canadians entering the battle just yet.

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  • Dashy
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    Gah! canadians!

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  • The Land
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    11 September 1940 - Turn 3

    Heer Report

    17th Division, supported by 33rd Division and one Panzer detachment, attacked along the North Kent coast taking Sheerness, Sittingbourne and Faversham, an advance of some 20km (two hexes). The troops were well-supported by the Luftwaffe. The enemy were in strong positions and fought for the first time - casualties total 1000 men but both divisions remain in good shape.

    33rd Division has followed up the attack and 17th Division holds the rest of the line from Canterbury to Romney Marsh, though 1st Mountain Div is also in the process of unloading today.

    This operation has created a salient position which we may be able to cut off. However we have also encountered a second line of defence stretching from Sevenoaks to the sea. Beyond that second position is London. We know the British have the Canadian division in reserve South of London, a significant armoured force West of London, and many divisions still engaged in coastal defence.

    Theatre commander to advise next steps. Map here - hopefully the data on the counters is now familiar, you will note the lea ivision now has a light-green mark rather than dark-green, this indicates "starting to tire".



    Luftwaffe Report
    Raids were conducted on RAF airfields in Berkshire and Cambridgeshire. Total losses were 16 Me109s and 12 bombers for about 30 RAF fighters.

    There was also very heavy fighting over Kent as the RAF tried desperately to intercept our bomber formations. Perhaps 40 RAF fighters were shot down. Our losses, to both fighters and AA fire, were 36 fighters and 37 bombers of different models.

    One geschwader each of 109s and 110s has moved into Kent - both units were thrown into combat as soon as they landed and are now temporarily out of action.

    Steps are being taken to rest the most tired of our bomber formations.

    There has been no sight at all of the Royal Navy so far today but Stuka squadrons and their escorting fighters are on high alert.

    Kriegsmarine Report

    We have adopted a dispersed formation as discussed and will engage the RN with Luftwaffe support when it arrives.

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  • The Exorcist
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    Originally posted by The Land View Post
    Grey or black background - German

    Bluish detail with ships marked 4 5 - heavy cruiser
    Grey and black detail with small ship marked 1 3 - destroyer squadron
    huh...
    No markers for the TB units?
    It looks as if my stacking ideas didn't go over very well.

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  • Dashy
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    Looks like the Air War is shaping up nicely!

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