Game Session #5 - November 7, 2008

National Capital WiF


Previous Game Sessions
Sessions 1-4 as described in previous posts.

Hallowe'en
No game is played on Hallowe'en (something to do with the host having small children who will be going trick-or-treating).

Preliminaries

Interim Victory Totals
Stephen (Ge) +.5
Jonathan (Ja/It) +9
Pablo (USA/CW) -6
Christopher (USSR/Fr/Ch) -3.5


Game Session #5

May/June 1940

1 July 1940
Memorandum

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

RE: Summary of Political and Military Events, 1 May - 30 June, 1940

Below is a summary of the ongoing wars in Europe and China, in particular the collapse of the French government and the armistice between Germany and France.

Impulses this Game Session

Initiative
Allies roll 1. Axis rolls 7.
Allies demand re-roll.
Allies roll 6. Axis rolls 1+1 = 2. Allies win.

Allies elect to go first.

Allied 1
Weather good (not on record)
CW/USSR combined, Fr land, Ch mini-land

Axis 2
Ge/Ja land, It combined

Allied 3
Weather good (not on record)
CW naval, USSR combined, Fr land, Ch mini-land

Axis 4
Ge/Ja land, It combined

Allied 5
Weather = 9
CW/USSR combined, Fr land, Ch mini-land

Axis 6
Ge/Ja land, It combined

Allied 7
Weather = 3
CW/USSR combined, Fr land, Ch mini-land

Axis 8
Ge/Ja land, It combined

Allied 9 Weather good (not on record)
CW/USSR combined, Fr pass, Ch mini-land
Allies end the turn (initiative shifts to +2 Axis)

End of Turn
Losses (bp): Ge 5, It 7, Ja 9, CW 19, Fr 21, USA 0, USSR 3, Ch 7
Production (bp): Ge 17, Ja 16, It 8, CW 22 (estimate), Fr 9, USA 10, USSR 15, Ch 5

Summary

Lending

The United States continues its resources shipments to the Allies [5 res to CW, 2 to France].
The Commonwealth ships oil to France, while the French, as repayment for the thus-far urequited resource shipments, provide a large-scale shipment of finished goods [CW lends 1 oil to Fr, Fr lends 4 bp to CW].
Trade agreements are enacted between the Allies and the USSR as part of the Allied effort to isolate Germany diplomatically [CW, Fr both lend 1 rest to USSR].

Germany continues sending material aid to Italy [3 oil, 2 res, 1 bp to It].

Nazi-Soviet Pact

By this time, it has become clear from the Red Army's main deployment (in the Ukraine in the border zone with German-aligned Rumania) that the USSR is deploying to check perceived German perfidy [stuffing the border]. The Great Stalin was most displeased with the German political activity in Rumania. In addition, there has been suspicion that Germany helped to encourage the Vladivostok Incident. Finally, the interest taken by the Western powers in 'wooing' the USSR has had an effect.

Over the two months of May and June the Red Army forces expanded in the Ukraine border area as well as in Lithuania.

Persia

With its redeployments complete, the Red Army crosses the border on 3 May into Persia, as Stalin declares war on the country the same day. Soviet bombers disrupt the Persian defenders in Tehran [CAV flipped]. The city falls in a bloody assault [1/2S result, INF lost, CAV killed] from 12-17 May. Red Army forces then marched south to occupy the Persian oil fields along the Gulf, reaching the coast by 28 June. The elite forces used in the campaign begin deploying to the Ukraine while poor-quality forces are brought in to garrison the country.

The Sino-Japanese War

On 8-9 May, Japanese bombers struck Sian, disrupting Mao's HQ formation. The IJA launched an assault [Ch calls assault] into the mountains east of the Seczhuan region from 10-14 May, but is bloodily repelled [2/1 result], with the disorganized and demoralized Japanese returning to their starting positions by 15 May.

After the Chinese adjust their own lines to reinforce the weakened mountain positions, the IJA reassesses the situation, and, with another successful groundstrike on Sian on 22 May [corps flipped], launches an assault on the city on 24 May. This attack is also bloodily repelled [2/2 result], with the Japanese elite combat engineers being annihilated during the battle, which ends 28 May.

The exhausted Japanese Army does little more than adjust its positions and bring in reinforcements through June, while Japanese strategic bombing raids on Chungking and Chengtu fail.

The Battle of the Atlantic

Italian subs set sail from La Spezia for various destinations on 5 May, including Faroes' Gap and Cape St. Vincent. The subs in Cape St. Vincent are chased away shortly thereafter, returning to la Spezia. Fortuitously for the Axis, the confusion generated by the Royal Navy's convoy cycling leads to heavy merchantmen losses [3 cp sunk, 2 aborted from Faroes' Gap].

There was little other action as German subs remained in port for lack of oil (which was all being used by the Heer and Luftwaffe), until German bombers, freed up by 23 June from use in France, attempted a strategic air raid on London with no result.

The Mediterranean

Action in the Med resumes over 9-10 May as Italian and RN forces clash in the W. Med. The Liverpool is sunk while Italian fleet elements suffer light damage [It ca aborted]. A large RN force sails into the Med from 14-16 May, threatening air attack on the Italian fleet in La Spezia.

The Italian Primo fleet puts to sea on 25 May to avoid being bombed in harbour and attempts to engage the RN, crippling a RN cruiser [ca damaged] while the Vittorio Veneto is chased away [aborted] during a short, sharp fight on 27 May.

The Royal Navy's carrier air arm, unable to target the main fleet, instead attacks Italian ships in Olbia and Libya on 31 May, with limited success [ca aborted in Olbia, no other result]. The Italian cruiser in Libya flees to join the fleet in the central Med, evading detection by RN forces. The Italian cruiser in Olbia is reorganized by Balbo's HQ formation for potential future redeployment.

The British send armoured forces to Egypt, which reach Alexandria on 4 June. The British Army, stripping a corps from Malta to bring reinforcements to Egypt, advances against the tentative Axis advance along the coast, crushing the Italian army deployed there on 27-29 June with the kind of blitzkrieg warfare that the British saw used against the French over the previous two months.

The Battle for France

Gort debarks in Antwerp on 3 May, completing the BEF's deployment to the Western Front as the French, in response to the late-April attack by Germany, adjust their lines to optimize their defences. An RAF attempt to disrupt German forces on the front fails ignomiously [CW lnd shot down].

The Luftwaffe, in the meantime, replenished and rearmed, wreaks havoc on the French army, causing widespread chaos and confusion across the line [corps + at gun flipped east of Lille, corps flipped southeast of Lille, MOT & at flipped further southeast] while the Italian air force does not achieve a similar success bombing French positions in the Ardennes. This air assault takes place from 10-11 May.

German panzers fall upon the disorganized French forces on 12 May, breaking the remaining French in Flanders [-/2B result, INF shattered] and encircling the BEF during the breakthrough. The panzers reach the Channel coast on 15 May. A French fighter squadron is shot down attempting to defend the skies above the beleaguered Flanders forces [pilot lives].

The French readjust their lines from 14-19 May in a desperate attempt to hold the surging Germans at bay. They cannot contain the panzers, which race south and cut Lille off from the main line by breaking the French forces to the southeast [another -/2B result] during a short, sharp battle from 21-22 May.

By this time, the French government is in a state of collapse. The decision is made to evacuate the government to the spa town of Vichy and declare Paris an open city. French troops leave Paris by 28 May to prepare for this action as a new government is formed under Pétain. The French are in retreat in all sectors, trying to form a stable line somewhere to hold off the Germans long enough.

Before Paris can be declared open, the Germans, perhaps informed of the opportunity by spies, launch another crushing blitzkrieg attack on 4 June, this time on the French armoured forces guarding the approaches to Paris. The battle ends on 8 June with a decisive German victory [-/2B] and breaking-through German panzers roll into Paris unopposed on 10 June. Simultaneously, a German assault into Alsace-Lorraine from 7-11 June succeeds with light losses [1/1, Ge takes hex].

With this latest catastrophe, Pétain's government sues for peace with Germany on 12 June. The Germans accept. French forces move to form what they believe will be the new frontier [to block further German advance] as French and German negotiators meet - in the railway carriage where the 1918 Armistice was signed - to work out the details of the new 'Franco-German arrangement', while the British, seeing the writing on the wall, withdraw Gort's HQ from Antwerp. The collapse of the French, and the impotent British response to the war on the Western Front, sees Chamberlain's government fall. Churchill is appointed Prime Minister on 21 June.

One French general, DeGaulle, proclaims a 'Free France' which would carry on the struggle at Britain's side.

The final blow of the war in the West is struck from 18-24 June, as the Germans surround and destroy the meagre British forces remaining in Antwerp. The last Allied presence on the Continent is extinguished with the fall of Antwerp. Gloomy observers in England and elsewhere, noting intelligence reports of massive U-boat & naval bomber construction by Germany (as well as German marine training) believe that England will fall soon - perhaps next summer.

The United States

Roosevelt's interventionist stance is greatly aided by the shock of the rapid collapse of France and the ebullient Churchill's public declarations that England would fight on to the bitter end against Nazi tyranny. However, at this time the US does not undertake any new measures to assist either the UK or China.

The Establishment of 'Vichy' France

The armistice negotiations take place from 13-29 June, and the following details are worked out:

  • Germany occupies a band of French territory along the Atlantic seaboard and north of the Loire and Lyons [level 3 - standard - Vichy]. The remaining area of France remains under French control. As the French government is based in Vichy, this French rump state becomes known as 'Vichy' France.
  • The German Kriegsmarine demands and is given the French troopship forces, which are partially dismantled for ease of transportation to Germany [Ge demands TRS].
  • Most of France's colonial possessions remain loyal to the mother country, with Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, Indochina, Madagascar, the West African colonies, and assorted other territories aligning with the Vichy administration.
  • The French colonies in Equatorial Africa, French Guyana, and in the Pacific, on the other hand, rebel and declare their loyalty to DeGaulle's Free French government-in-exile. DeGaulle sets up the 'official' capital of Free France in Cayenne in French Guyana [based on both the fear of a German attack on England and the opportunity of proximity to the United States].
  • The other concessions extracted from the Vichy government are unrequited resource shipments from France [1 res], oil from France's trade agreement with Iraq [1 oil], the use of French industrial installations [1 factory] and unrequited materiel and munitions shipments from France [1/2 of France's remaining production].
  • The peace treaty between Vichy France and Germany is signed on 30 June. However, the scope of German demands is such that Vichy loyalty in the event of hostilities between Vichy France and the Allies cannot be guaranteed [Vichy loyalty 8].
  • With British assistance, DeGaulle sets up an army HQ formation in Cayenne [HQ-A DeGaulle built by France, becomes Free French & arrives as reinforcement in Jul/Aug] and much of the French merchant marine sails to Cayenne to join the Free French cause [Fr also picks up 4 cp].
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