Game Session #4 - October 24, 2008

National Capital WiF


Previous Game Sessions
Game Session #1 - October 10, 2008
Game Session #2 - October 17, 2008
Game Session #3 - October 19, 2008

Preliminaries

Attendance
Pablo is absent this game session. Christopher plays the entire Allied side.

Interim Victory Totals
Stephen (Germany) +.5
Jon (Japan/Italy) +9
Pablo (USA/CW) -6
Christopher (USSR/France/China) -3.5


Game Session #4

March/April 1940

1 May 1940
MEMORANDUM

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

RE: Summary of Political and Military Events, March 1 - April 31, 1940

Great Stalin, Comrade Askwithovich,

Below is a summary of the ongoing Second World War in Europe and the Sino-Japanese War in Asia.

Impulses this Game Session

Initiative
Allies roll 1. Axis rolls 10+1 = 11. Axis wins.

Axis elects to go first.

Axis 1
Weather = 7
Ge land, It/Ja combined

Allied 3
CW/USSR combined, Fr land, Ch mini-land, US pass

Axis 5
Weather = 5
Ge combined, Ja land, It naval

Allied 7
CW naval, Fr/USSR combined, Ch mini-land, US pass

Axis 9
Weather = 10
Ge/Ja land, It combined

Allied 10
CW naval, Fr/USSR combined, US/Ch pass

Axis 11
Weather = 4
Ge/It land, Ja combined
Axis ends the turn. Initiative shifts to even.

Summary

Lending

Congress authorizes the purchase and shipment of vast amounts of raw materials bound for England and France [US 2 res to Fr, 5 res to CW]. For their part, the British continue to send oil to assist French operational capacity [CW 1 oil to Fr].

Oil and munitions continue to rail south through the mountain passes [Ge 1 oil, 2 bp to It].

The Battle of the Atlantic

Italian and German submarines set sail on March 17 for various targets in the Faroes' Gap, Cape St. Vincent, and Cape Verde Basin. Their attempts to find and destroy Allied merchant shipping do not bear fruit, and the Italian submarines operating in Cape Verde Basin are destroyed by RN forces [1 sub sunk]. Eventually, Italian subs score some successes in Cape St. Vincent [1 cp sunk 1 aborted] in April. RN forces were deployed in convoy defence by 3 April.

Eastern Europe & USSR

The Red Army redirected Zhukov's HQ formation to the Caucasus in advance of planned operations there as well as adjusting the reserve forces in Ukraine. In response to an Italian manoeuvre on 1 April, in which Italian mechanized forces are strategically redeployed to East Prussia, the Red Army speeds up its timetable for occupying the Baltic States. Red Army formations enter Lithuania unopposed and the incorporation of the Baltic provinces into the Soviet Union takes place without delay.

China and the Pacific

In early March, Japanese reinforcements are shipped to southern China. Japanese air attacks from 5-6 March against Chinese army formations in Sian and the central plains do not result in the desired effect, although the Chinese air force is destroyed [ftr lost, pilot lives]. In late March, the Japanese air force once again fails to get results in ground strikes. The IJA demonstrates its superior mobility tactics in attacking the mountains [Ch calls blitz] east of Kwei-Yang [-/B result] in a battle from 23-28 March.

Japanese forces occupy an empty Chengchow on 12 April.

The Dutch colonial administration, no doubt due to the crushing defeat of the home country, appears to be losing its grip on the Dutch East Indies, for armed brigands, some of which have nationalist leanings, take over Palembang and the oil refineries and extraction sites in the vicinity. They do not destroy this infrastructure, apparently hoping to use it for ransom in some sort of negotiations [partisans appear in Palembang during end-of-turn, denying the CW the use of NEI oil].

The Mediterranean

Italian forces sail into the Western Med on 2 March. French naval forces engage them on 3 March, and a French cruiser is sunk. While Britain is distracted by events on the Western Front, the Italians deploy in greater strength, sinking the Duke of York on 17 March and just barely failing to engage inferior RN forces in the central Med [CW avoids combat] around the same time. The CW responds with a larger force in the Westen Med which does not find Italian forces there in early April.

The German alpine forces in Sardinia cross the straits to Corsica as a German infantry formation is brought into Olbia from Italian troopships.

The Italian fleet finds and heavily damages the Yugoslav cruiser in the central Med on 12 April, while an Italian cruiser is chased back to port. The RN and French battle fleets deploy in force to the Central Med by 18 April, and RN naval air forces damage the Italian troopships at sea and chase away the rest of the Regia Marina the next day.

The Western Front

The volatile spring weather means a slow but steady pace of German offensive activity in Belgium. Axis air forces are busy in early March, striking at Allied positions in Antwerp and Brussels, with the entire Belgian contingent in Brussels being disrupted and a single corps in Antwerp sharing their fate. A German fighter squadron is destroyed over Brussels as Luftwaffe formations fly in to support an attack on that city from 6-10 March, taking the city in a well-executed assault [net 24].

In response, the BEF deploys to Antwerp and the French adjust their lines in Belgium. French bombers try to disrupt the front-line German positions on the outskirts of Brussels on 12 March but is chased away by the formidable Bf109s. As bad weather sets in by 17 March, little happens aside from the Germans bringing up air forces from Italy to the Western Front. The French continue to adjust during the bad weather in late March.

The weather clears up by 5 April, and the Germans launch a series of ground strikes in Flanders and France. These all fail, although French fighters flying in defence are destroyed [pilot lives]. The vaunted panzer forces are sent into action against France's armoured formations from 7-9 April, achieving limited results [-/R result]. In addition, French forces destroy a German bomber attempting to support the offensive [pilot killed].

As bad weather sets in again in late April, the Germans adjust their lines in preparation for better weather to come. The Italians bring up forces to support the offensive as well [railed to Belgium].

The Belgian government fled Brussels in advance of the German attack on that city and established a government in exile in London [Belgium conquered, new home country UK].

The United States

Congressional and public opinion is swayed by the USSR's occupation of the Baltic States [-1 chit], generating substantial new anti-Communist sentiment, and by Japan's occupation of Chengchow (Japanese troops, having held back from occupying the city for some time, are unable to restrain themselves when they do capture it) [+1 chit].

Nevertheless, in the interests of developing international goodwill among the neutral states, Roosevelt convinces Congress to open trade relations with the Soviet Union [Resources to USSR]. This move is met with surprise in Berlin [tension]. Much more easily swallowed (by Congress) is the authorization of aircraft contracts with China [China builds Aircraft] which meets with protests from the Japanese ambassador and is seen in Tokyo as undue interference by a supposed neutral power [tension].

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