Game Session #3 - October 19, 2008

National Capital WiF


Previous Game Sessions
Game Session #1 - October 10, 2008
Game Session #2 - October 17, 2008

Preliminaries

Interim Victory Totals
Stephen (Germany) -.5
Jon (Japan/Italy) +9
Pablo (USA/CW) -5.5
Christopher (USSR/France/China) -3


Game Session #3

November/December 1939

1 January 1940
MEMORANDUM

FROM: NKVD-GUGB Directorate of Intelligence
TO: EYES ONLY - TOP SECRET - Comrade Stalin, Comrade Askwithovich

RE: Summary of Political and Military Events, November 1 - December 31, 1939

Great Stalin, Comrade Askwithovich,

Below is a summary report of the principal military and political events surrounding the general European conflict and the Sino-Japanese War.

Impulses this Game Session

Axis 9
Weather 6
Ge combined, Ja land, It combined (conjecture)

Allied 11
USSR/CW/Fr combined, Ch mini-land, USA pass
Allies end the turn. No initiative shift.

Summary

Fall Gelb

German reserves and reinforcements from the Polish campaign were hastily thrown into battle in mid-December by OKW. In an emergency session of the Reichstag on 12 December, Hitler denounced the Dutch government and people, proclaiming them to be little more than British puppets. As such, he announced that hostilities were to break out between the two countries. True to form, however, the Germans struck early in the day, crossing the border at 5:45 AM. Wehrmacht forces encountered no serious resistance until they invested Amsterdam.

The Kriegsmarine, in the meantime, had sailed, with troopships laden down with infantry to help attack Amsterdam - or perhaps Rotterdam? - via amphibious assault. However, the Royal Navy was waiting for them as they approached the Dutch Coast, and a running battle broke out from 14-15 December as the Germans fled. The troopships, the Gneisenau and the Admiral Hipper were all severely damaged during the battle but were able to escape as night fell on 15 December [AMPH, the two ships damaged]. The Germans made a good account of themselves against the Royal Navy, inflicting similar damage on three battleships [3 CW BBs damaged].

Even without the extra support, the Wehrmacht assaulted Amsterdam from 16-19 December, easily prevailing against the outnumbered and outgunned Dutch defenders, who held out just long enough for the Dutch Royal Family and other senior government figures to escape to England.

It is believed that the Germans decided to invade the Netherlands, despite the poor weather, because they felt there was little or no chance of British intervention given their apparent focus on the Mediterranean.

The Strategic War

Italian submarines were patrolling the sea lanes looking for Allied merchant shipping without any success in mid- to late December. In the Baltic, French cruisers were once again at sea searching for German convoys - they found instead German combat ships, and the Duguay Trouin was sunk on 23 December.

French bombers launched a "Christmas raid" on Stuttgart from 24-25 December, delivering bombs down the chimneys of the city's homes and little else [no result].

The Mediterranean Theatre

The Allies had the initiative for the remainder of December in the Mediterranean, with Royal Navy and French warships searching in vain for the Italian fleet that was keeping supply lines open to the besieged port of Olbia.

The British Army and other Commonwealth forces launched an offensive from 26-30 December in an attempt to dislodge the Axis defenders. The assault penetrated the outer defences and inflicted losses, but the inner defences held out and by 31 December the CW armies had returned to their starting positions, disorganized and running low on munitions [—/1 result, Ge inf lost].

The Middle and Far East

The Red Army's deployment in the Caucasus continued throughout December. In China, the Japanese, crossing the river, launched an attack on KMT positions north of Sian. The Nationalist forces were experiencing supply problems due to the weather and their distance from Chungking, and they wre rapidly annihilated during the battle throughout 13-18 December [2 Nationalist armies lost].

In response the Chinese factions adjusted their lines to head off a strategic breakthrough.

The United States

President Roosevelt and Secretary of War Frank were able to parlay the unprovoked German invasion of the Netherlands into additional Congressional influence in favour of their interventionist stance [+1 chit]. As a result, after much deliberation, just before breaking for Christmas, Congress authorized bi-monthly budgets for purchasing raw materials to be shipped to China, the British Commonwealth, and France, drawing heavy protests from the German and Italian ambassadors [US passes Resources to China, Resources to Western Allies (and I believe tension was generated from at least one if not both of these)].

End of Turn

Production
Note: These numbers are conjecture.
Germany 12 bp; Japan 13 bp; Italy 4 bp. Axis total 29 bp.
USA 11 bp; CW 12 bp; USSR 7 bp; China 5 bp; France 4 bp. Allied total 39 bp.

Convoy Points Lost - Running Total
CW 5, France 2, Germany 2


January/February 1940

1 March 1940
MEMORANDUM

FROM: NKVD-GUGB Directorate of Intelligence
TO: EYES ONLY - TOP SECRET - Comrade Stalin, Comrade Askwithovich

RE: Summary of Political and Military Events, January 1 - February 29, 1940

Great Stalin, Comrade Askwithovich,

Below is a summary report of the principal military and political events surrounding the general European conflict, becoming known in global presses as the Second World War, and the Sino-Japanese War.

Impulses this Game Session

Initiative
Axis rolls 7+1 = 8; Allies roll 8. Allies win.

Axis demands re-roll (initiative shifts to 0).

Both sides roll 1. Allies win. Allies elect to go first.

Allied 1
Weather = 10
Fr/USSR combined, CW naval, Ch mini-land

Axis 4
Ge land, Ja combined, It naval

Allied 7
Weather = 6
CW/Fr/USA/USSr combined, Ch mini-land

Axis 9
Ge land, Ja/It combined

** Allied 11**
CW/USSR combined, Fr land, Ch mini-land
Allies end the turn (initiative to +1 Axis)

Summary

Lending

American and British raw material and oil shipments are sent to France to boost that country's war effort as the main land war with Germany is believed to be iminent [2 US res, 1 CW oil to Fr].

France and Britain, for their part, provide a similar aid package to China [1 CW res & 1 oil, 1 Fr res to Ch].

German oil and munitions shipments continue crossing the Tyrol into Italy [1 Ge oil, 2 bp to It].

The Western Front

For most of January, the Western Front is quiescent as the Heer brings its forces into position. Little happens save for French infantry forces in Algeria returning to France. On 8 February, however, the Germans invade Belgium and Denmark. Hitler does not disappoint: German forces roll across the border, despite heavy snows, in the dark of the early morning, catching the Belgian defenders quite by surprise. It is not until the Reichstag resumes during 'banker's hours' that day that the Führer announces that he is declaring a state of war between Germany and Belgium - true to form, the Belgian provocation is daring to suggest to the British and French that they might need assistance to fend off what appears to be a coming German invasion. The Danes? Allowing French warships to travel through their territorial waters to sink German shipping.

The German forces, slowed by weather [well, by ZoCs], press into Belgian territory and seize Liege by 12 February. By 17 February they had completed the redeployment of significant Axis bomber forces from the Med and the East to the front. The Allies respond quickly, as the Belgian army moves into Brussels to defend their capital, while the French Army moves up into the Ardennes, into Antwerp, and in Flanders. This manoeuvring, in addition to the logistical difficulties imposed by the weather, slows the Germans and they make no significant progress for the rest of the month. Also delaying the Germans are Allied airstrikes on German positions from 18-20 February, with the French disrupting army-level artillery formations southeast of Brussels and the RAF wreaking havoc on [flipping] Rundstet's Army Group command and an infantry corps.

In Denmark, there is no hope of Allied assistance, and the Germans overrun the whole country. The Danish cruisers escaped while the Danish merchant shipping was - conveniently for England - based in Iceland.

The Mediterranean

The Royal Navy sailed its convoy defences in early January, as well as sailing a fleet to blockade Sardinia. The RN chased away an Italian cruiser after damaging it and RN carrier air forces chased away German bombers during an engagement from 3-4 January, temporarily closing up the sea lanes of supply to Sardinia. The Italians are able to re-open it by 19 January when their own fleet set sail, assisted by newly-deployed German bombers and rumoured to have transports laden with Balbo's command outfit. The Royal Navy is unable to intercept or engage this new force and Balbo is able to debark into the besieged port of Olbia by 15 February. For their part, the Germans brought a force of elite alpine troops to Olbia via air transport, braving the Royal Navy carrier air arm.

With the Sardinian campaign at risk of stalemate, the British launch an assault on Olbia from 22-27 February. This fails bloodily [net 15, 2/1 result].

The Battle of the Atlantic

Italian submarines sail to various parts of the Atlantic and along the African Coast in January in what turns out to be a vain effort to find and sink Allied merchant shipping.

Allied Strategic War

A French cruiser sortied from Brest on January 20, reaching the Baltic by January 22 and failing to find German merchant shipping. When the Baltic was cut off from the North Sea by the Germans, the French captain elected to have his ship and crew interned in Sweden. French bombers caused damage to key industrial facilities in Stuttgart in a raid on 23-24 January [1 pp lost].

The USSR

Aside from some limited redeployment of troops towards the Persian frontier and the deployment of reinforcements to the Ukraine, the USSR carried out little military activity.

The Sino-Japanese War

While the Chinese do as little as they possibly can, the Japanese launch a series of attacks after landing reinforcements in southern China in mid-Jnauary, seizing Changsha in a potent assault over 19-25 January and the forests southeast of Kweiyang using their seemingly unstoppable WWI-style infantry stormtrooper tactics [Chinese call blitz, -/1B result].

The only downside for the Japanese is that the Chinese air force bloodies the IJN's nose in an air battle over the forests near Kweiyang, shooting down two squadrons of carrier airplanes [cvp1, cvp0 & pilot lost].

Japanese diplomatic pressure on the British and French colonial administrations in the Far East leads to a cessation of their raw materials shipments into China [Ja closes Burma road politically].

The United States

The Americans are oddly quiet during this period, although pro-Allied sentiment was strengthened by Axis aggression. Perhaps Roosevelt has spent too much political capital in 1939 and needs to bring more Congressmen around to the interventionist side?

End of Turn

Production

No reliable production figures available.

Losses

Axis: Ge 2, Ja 3 (incl. cvp0), It 4
Allied Fr 3 (lost ca), CW 4, Ch 4

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