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Postby Twinkle » Thu Jul 21, 2005 11:24 am

Axis turn 24 report

A couple of units in a not so healthy positions coupled with the risked of having some units flanked near Mount Etna prompt me to withdraw my own flanks while keeping my center in contact with the enemy.

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Allied Turn 25 Report

Postby JSS » Thu Jul 21, 2005 11:39 am

3 August 1943 -- Turn 25

Both Allied Armies see a significant withdrawal under the cover of darkness. Only along the army boundary is forward resistance strong.

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Starting Situation

Germans have yet again broken contact. It will be another day of movement to contact. Advances along the Northern Coast will be limited due to the vast plain and blown bridges which must be repaired today.

Note: The trailing elements of XXX Br Corps will finally close on the Commonwealth sector today.

Also of note below is a very clear depiction of the US Naval advance limit… they are done contributing…

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Operations Reports

The Provisional Corps and II US Corps move out with plans not only to find and fix the enemy but also to assault exposed positions.

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Commonwealth Forces

Starting Situation

Lead elements of XXX Br Corps find strong resistance located nearby. XIII Br Corps sees no opposition along the coast. They must traverse across several stretches of plains (or go along the mountain side).

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Operations Reports

XXX Br Corps again tests the strength of the German defenders. A bunker complex under construction (and nearly completed) is taken out. Stocks of Nebelwerfer rounds are seized and the artillery unit should be out of the fight by morning.

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End of Day Positions

Both Armies have regained contact for now. Strength is building but fatigue has reached a critical point. At a time when the US Seventh Army is exhausted, its infantry regiments must move and fight in mountainous terrain. It will be nearly impossible to do much more than remain in contact.

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Postby Twinkle » Mon Jul 25, 2005 12:48 pm

Axis turn 25 report

Short withdrawals and placing some detachments will do for today... :)

Note that I have well over 1 division worth of good German troops behind my lines if JSS tries something as nasty as a troop landing behind my brave defenders.

The combined air interdiction, bridge blowing and detachments should make next day relatively painless...

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Allied Turn Report for 4 Aug 1943

Postby JSS » Mon Jul 25, 2005 1:48 pm

4 August 1943 -- Turn 26

Germans seem to be stuck to same play in their play book… Both Allied Armies see a significant withdrawal under the cover of darkness. Only along the army boundary is forward resistance strong.

Seventh US Army

Starting Situation

The German pullback continues… It will be another day of movement to contact. Advances along the Northern Coast will be limited due to the vast plain and blown bridges which must be repaired today.

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Operations Reports

The Provisional Corps clears a weak strongpoint and moves to occupy the plain. II US Corps assaults a position near the boundary with Second Br Army.

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Commonwealth Forces

Starting Situation

Lead elements of XXX Br Corps keeps contact with German forces in sector. XIII Br Corps identifies a line of resistance along the coast. They must again traverse across several stretches of plains to reach the defenders.

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Operations Reports

XXX Br Corps again tests the strength of the German defenders. XIII Br Corps is prepared for the assault on a coastal town and shows how differently things might have turned out South of Catania if their earlier attacks had been arranged properly.

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End of Day Positions

Messina seems an objective too far. Attacks are successful but only gain limited terrain. The amphibious force continues to report strong defenses along the Northern beaches, combined with the extended withdrawls they are unable to identify a point where the German lines can be breached. A raid on Messina is out of the question as a huge fortified zone surrounds the city.

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Postby Joe » Mon Jul 25, 2005 2:30 pm

What is the projected score at the moment?

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Postby JSS » Mon Jul 25, 2005 4:03 pm

Joe wrote:What is the projected score at the moment?

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At turn 26 is a Marginal Axis lead still with the score:

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I need to collect 98 points to reach a draw.
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Postby Twinkle » Tue Jul 26, 2005 2:34 pm

Axis turn 26 report

Another turn of doing same as last turn... this fight is since long over, next battle will be on mainland Italy. :evil:

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Allied Turn Report for 5 Aug 43 (Turn 27)

Postby JSS » Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:43 pm

5 August 1943 -- Turn 27

Germans defense remains a tough cat-and-mouse game of pull back and wait...

Seventh US Army

Starting Situation

The German pullback continues unabated… It will be yet another day of movement to contact. Advances along the Northern Coast face the same challenges as the pervious few days… extended plain and blown bridges which must be repaired. It would be very easy to become overextended along the Coast.

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Operations Reports

The Provisional Corps pushes hard but cannot regain contact with the fleeing Germans…
II US Corps moves forward, but progress by the exhausted troops in the mountains is limited.

Commonwealth Forces

Starting Situation

XXX Br Corps will have a tough time regaining contact with German forces in sector. XIII Br Corps still faces the line of resistance along the coast.

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Operations Reports

XXX Br Corps goes all out to regain contact with the German defenders; they are only partially successful. XIII Br Corps is prepared again to attack and goes for decisive results…

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They walk away from the attack up Mt. Etna with a truly Pyrrhic victory (net A6-D4)… the sharp edge of the British offensive capability is left on the mountainside.

End of Day Positions

US forces are unable to regain contact. They are utterly exhausted (limited or no reserve Ops)… they encounter expertly placed defense detachments and minefields.

Commonwealth forces face a similar situation on the Western side of Mt. Etna… Germans can pull back and delay such that maintaining contact is impossible. XIII Br Corps has used up its offense capability. The Axis will escape thru Messina.

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Postby Joe » Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:00 pm

It seems to me that capturing Messina is impossible against a competent player.

Therefore victory is dependant upon the swift capture of Catania and Palermo.

The destruction of axis units will also help the scoring

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Re: Allied Turn Report for 5 Aug 43 (Turn 27)

Postby Twinkle » Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:02 pm

JSS wrote:They walk away from the attack up Mt. Etna with a truly Pyrrhic victory (net A6-D4)… the sharp edge of the British offensive capability is left on the mountainside.


PYRRHIC???? Losing combats steps for killing a 4 step units during one turn is hardly ever PYRRHIC. It is if anything a great victory and gives VPs, something that combat steps does not!
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Postby Twinkle » Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:03 pm

Axis turn 27 report

More of the same... will soon start shipping troops away from Sicily. :)

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Allied Turn Report for 6 Aug 43 (Turn 28)

Postby JSS » Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:08 pm

6 August 1943 -- Turn 28

Axis defenders have pulled further still...

Starting Situation

The German pullback will be impossible to close for US forces. XIII Br Corps will again be in a position to reach and engage the Axis… but their striking power is low.

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Operations Reports

US Seventh Army is unable to close with the enemy…

A detailed report is received of the difficulty facing the amphibious force.

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Patton pays a visit to II US Corps to see why their units are not attacking. When the highly motivated 82d Airborne Division can’t make the hike he knows this battle is lost…

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As is so often the case in war, XIII Br Corps makes another push to see if the Axis aren’t hurting as badly as the Commonwealth forces. Despite superhuman efforts only yet another Pyrrhic Victory is achieved…. (undoubtly the single most frustrating double 6 I’ve seen!)

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End of Day Positions

US forces are again unable to regain contact; its not even close.

The last strength of the Commonwealth forces drained away today…

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Re: Allied Turn Report for 5 Aug 43 (Turn 27)

Postby JSS » Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:13 pm

Twinkle wrote:
PYRRHIC???? Losing combats steps for killing a 4 step units during one turn is hardly ever PYRRHIC. It is if anything a great victory and gives VPs, something that combat steps does not!


Ahh, but when I need to kill 3 units and/or breakthru the defensive lines, losing all combat power getting the first unit is not a good thing. :shock:
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Postby Twinkle » Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:48 pm

very true... so the Brittish forces are now without any attacking power at all? all reinforcements spent?

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Postby Guest » Wed Jul 27, 2005 5:30 am

Come on guys, we need to support our players. Twinkle WILL win if it carries on like this. But, even though i assume all is lost for JSS, he did play fantastically well against a great opponent, and if this was the free land variant JSS would have a 50/50 chance of winning. Btw, on Husky even though it only reaches turn 30, it says this with Palermo (i think).
: VP's
Turn 11-15 : 15 VP's
Turn 15-39 : 100 VP's
Where was the 39 brought up?
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