Game Session #6 - November 14, 2008

National Capital WiF


Preliminaries

Interim Victory Totals
Stephen (Ge) +6.5
Jonathan (It/Ja) +10
Pablo (CW/US) -8
Christopher (USSR/Fr/Ch) -8.5


Game Session #6

July/August 1940

1 September 1940
Memorandum

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

RE: Summary of Political and Military Events, 1 July - 31 August, 1940

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

Impulses this Game Session

Initiative
Allies roll 2. Axis roll 5+2=7. Axis win.

Axis elects to go first.

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

Allied 2
CW naval, USSR combined, Ch mini-land, Fr pass

Axis 3
Weather = 2
Ge/Ja land, It combined

Allied 4
CW/USSR combined, Ch mini-land, Fr pass

Axis 5
Weather = 7
Ge/Ja combined, It land

Allied 6
CW/USSR/Fr combined, Ch mini-land

Axis 7
Weather = 2
Ge/Ja combined, It pass

Allied 8
CW/USSR combined, Ch mini-land, Fr pass

Axis 9
Weather = 3
Ge naval, Ja land, It pass

Allied 10
CW/USSR combined, Ch mini-land, Fr pass

Axis 11
Weather = 4
Ge/Ja land, It pass

Allied 12
CW/USSR combined, Ch mini-land, Fr pass

Summary

Lending

The US lends oil to Britain [5 US oil to CW].
The US and UK continue to woo USSR with resource shipments [US, CW each ship 1 res to USSR].

Germany increases its commitment to bolstering Italy [Ge lends 5 res, 4 oil to It].

The Battle for Britain

With one major enemy defeated, the German OKW turned its attention to Britain. Wave after wave of bombers flew over British airspace: an attack on RN forces in harbour in Plymouth on 1 July which failed [ CW calls off], strategic air raids on London (German bomber shot down) and Glasgow (no appreciable damage) on 4 July, strategic air raids on London (no result), Southampton [1 pp lost] and Manchester [1 pp lost] on 11 July, air raids on London [no result], Glasgow [1 pp lost] and Edinburgh [1 pp lost] on 22 July, and more air raids over London [1 pp lost & RAF ftr shot down] and Glasgow [1 pp lost] on 29 July.

In addition to the effort to strangle British shipping in the Battle of the Atlantic, German fleet and air power deployed into the North Sea on 1 August in an effort to fight the Royal Navy. The result was an escalating deployment of German and British assets to the North Sea until the Royal Navy finally tactically surprised the Kriegsmarine in a battle on 21 August in which the Blucher was sunk and the Deustchland damaged in exchange for a Danish cruiser being sunk. Faced with such an ignomious defeat, the KM fled the North Sea.

For their part, the British began bringing troops from overseas to England in anticipation of an invasion, including picking up DeGaulle's HQ formation from French Guyana.

The Battle of the Atlantic

Italian submarines deployed throughout the Atlantic in an effort to sink British convoys, completing their deployment by 14 July. However, they made no significant progress, even joined by German U-boats and, in the Faroes' Gap, by the Scharnhorst by 12 August - indeed, after an engagement with RN naval air on 13 August, the Scharnhorst had been sunk and Italian submarines in the Gap had been badly damaged.

German and Italian forces railed to maintain supply in Brest and Bordeaux, soon to serve as bases for Axis submarines.

European Activity

Throughout July and August the German Heer was steadily redeployed towards Yugoslavia to finish off the campaign there. No substantial progress, however, was made due to the German logistical commitments to the air war over England and the naval war in the North Sea and the Atlantic.

The Vichy French deployed some convoys to ship in overseas resources from West Africa and Algeria.

The USSR continued to bring the veterans of the Persian campaign back to Ukraine, including Zhukov's HQ, along with the air forces committed there, and replacing them with third-line garrison forces.

The Mediterranean

On 1 July, Italian naval air bombers flew into the W. Med to hunt for RN forces. On 2 July they engaged and sank the Canberra. The British response was to sail forces to the W. Med and the central Med to hunt for Italian fleet. The offending naval bombers were shot down while on patrol on 8-9 July.

The main body of the Regia Marina deployed on 12 July into the central Med to hunt for British forces, however with the loss of more aircraft [LND shot down, pilot dies] in an air battle on 13 July, the RM forces flee back to the safety of their harbour in Trieste. Royal Navy carrier air bombs La Spezia, destroying some merchant shipping [1 cp sunk, 2 aborted].

In a follow-up effort to their attacks in June, the British attack an Italian irregular formation [TERR] that was snaking up towards Cairo from the south. Although they have armour forces available, the British elect to use frontal assault tactics [CW chooses assault] and sends in their Egyptians. The attack, lasting from 28 through 30 July, is bloody but a success [2/2 result, 2 Egyptian TERR die].

China

The Japanese launched three ground strikes on Sian, on 2 July [GARR hit], on 20 July [no result] and on 31 July [Mao hit]. While preparing to lay siege to the city, they brought in reinforcements and more planes. Once the disruption of Mao's HQ formation was confirmed, the assault began. The city was taken after a bloody battle from 1-3 August [2/2 result]. Aftwerwards, several Japanese formations raced forward in an attempt to cut off the Communist city of Lanchow from its resource base.

For their part, the Chinese waited for the Japanese hammer blow to fall, then redeployed to plug up the hole in the line that the fall of Sian created. The Communists also redeployed to prevent the Japanese rush in the Gobi from accomplishing its objective.

The United States

American newspapermen reported of Japanese atrocities in the fall of Sian [+1 chit]. Otherwise, there was little activity from the Americans.

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