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Allied Report for 25 July 1943 -- Turn 16

Postby JSS » Sat Jun 25, 2005 12:25 am

25 July 1943 -- Turn 16

With the supply system working properly for all three corps, Seventh US Army now builds momentum toward Palermo. Everywhere Seventh US Army pushes, it finds limited resistance… and with advances in the US zone, Second Br Army is able to go over to the offensive.

Seventh US Army

Starting Situation

Resistance in front of XXX Br Corps remains negligible.

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The defensive line facing the US Provisional Corps is understrength and vulnerable. A sustained advance is possible today.

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II US Corps is now well supplied and prepares to launch a major offensive.

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Operations Reports

XXX Br Corps continues to repair the road network in its sector and the recon element takes up a supporting position aflank the corps line of advance.

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The Provisional Corps breaks thru!. Bunker line is cleared and forces retreating are caught in a mountain pass and destroyed.

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By nightfall the Provisional Corps has its opposition on the run and unable to form a coherent defense.

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II US Corps conducts predawn movement and is able to easily penetrate the German lines. A regiment from 29th Pz Gd Division is attacked and nearly encircled. The German defenders must pull back or be cut off.

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Commonwealth Forces

Starting Situation

Offensive operations will be conducted today. German lines are thin along the Western British boundary line.

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Operations Reports

Second Br Army launches a pair of attacks aimed at disjointing the German defense. The first takes advantage of the thin defensive line.

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For the second day in a row, a regiment of 15th Pz Gd is mauled badly. Today the attack goes off in good order and casualties are light.

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Offensive operations will be possible from here on in the Commonwealth Zone. The Royal Navy is gearing up to move forward in support of offensive maneuver.

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Postby Wotan » Sat Jun 25, 2005 4:27 am

Question?

How did you get the British XXX Corps over to the other side of the map so quickly?

Im currently playig the AI and the US have hit heavy opposistion over on the western side of the Island.

So have the CW forces!
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Postby JSS » Sat Jun 25, 2005 4:46 am

XXX Corps was moved over in semi-stealth mode, first the lead regiment was pulled back out of the lines (to near Gela) and allowed to rest for a day. OP reserve for the Commonwealth has stayed nearly full due to lack of movement anyway.

The opposition was relatively light... so a US recon unit was able to clear enemy hex control ahead of the advancing Brit Division... still it took several days to move them into place.

You'll soon see a second division arrive. Took each unit two days of trucked movement to get into place... this was staggered as they moved forward one unit at a time.
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Postby Wotan » Sat Jun 25, 2005 6:49 am

So from turn 13 to turn 15 you can get thee units that far by saving fuel!

Good to know.
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Postby JSS » Sat Jun 25, 2005 7:25 am

Wotan wrote:So from turn 13 to turn 15 you can get thee units that far by saving fuel!

Good to know.


An infantry brigade with a healthy OP supply reserve can easily make the move with 2 days forced marching :evil: and 1 day riding trucks :D from the motor pool.
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Postby Twinkle » Sat Jun 25, 2005 2:28 pm

Axis turn 16 report

A terrifying turn with enemy attacks perfectly executed (dicing average 4.84 and a total A5-D6). Needless to say that I have no preparation for such destruction of my units and must withdraw at all threatened locations. Current goal is to hold Palermo for as many turns as possible, little else matters as long as the Messina defenders retreat in orderly fashion.

argh... I forgot to make a end of turn screen capture so you will have to do with these start of turn maps...

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Allied Report for 26 July 1943 (Turn 17)

Postby JSS » Sat Jun 25, 2005 9:30 pm

26 July 1943 -- Turn 17

Seventh US Army continues to advance in all corps areas; resistance consists of purely delaying actions. As part of the XXX Br Corps deception plan, Commonwealth forces consolidate lines and take a day of rest and refit… without units in contact, it will not be immediately obvious to the Germans that the newly arriving division is speeding West.

Operations of the different corps are now working in a coordinated manner. Pressure exerted by one corps is causing a distinct reaction by the Axis forces that allows neighboring corps to gain advantages.

Seventh US Army

Starting Situation

Resistance in front of both XXX Br Corps and the US Provisional Corps is very light. The delaying forces have pulled back overnight and further advances will be possible today.

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II US Corps looks to continue offensive operations today. 29th Pz Grenadier escapes encirclement but is no longer able to put up coordinated defense. A large gap is forming between it and the HG Pz Division. That gap will be exploited today.

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Operations Reports

The Provisional Corps presses the attack against a weak Italian blocking force. They quickly throw down their weapons. Provisional Corps will move to contact in the direction of Palermo.

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By nightfall the Provisional Corps has re-established contact; its opposition is utterly unable to form any kind of a coherent defense.

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II US Corps clears blocking position (lightly manned bunker complex) and prepares to exploit the gaps in the German lines. Of note in this view is the vastly improved supply situation that is allowing uninterrupted offensive operations.

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The withdrawing regiment from 29th Pz Gd Division is attacked again and now is badly mauled.

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The German defenders must again pull back and also must bring up strong reinforcements to prevent a breakthru.

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XXX Br Corps builds combat power as the first two regiments of the arriving division reach the Corps area.

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Commonwealth Forces

Starting Situation

No offensive operations will be conducted today. Germans have broken contact and assumed a strong defensive line running behind the riverline South of Catania. CW forces will take advantage of this situation to rest and hide the transfer to XXX Br Corps.

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Operations Reports

The new line will be hard to break given past experiences on the plain. US success should pull forces away from the line and allow movement to Catania.

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Postby Twinkle » Sun Jun 26, 2005 12:43 am

Axis turn 17 report

sorry, just a small note as my defenders around Palermo deperately try to put up a figth for a day more...

HG division have to retreat from its exposed position. 29th PzGr retreats back as a regiment is in total disarray. And the troops south of Catania moves back as well...

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Palermo area, end of turn
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south area, start of turn
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Allied Report for 27 July 1943 (Turn 18)

Postby JSS » Tue Jun 28, 2005 10:19 pm

27 July 1943 -- Turn 18

Seventh US Army’s advance becomes unconstrained before Palermo. II US Corps reports a significant withdraw, as does Second Br Army (no reports of enemy forces on plain of Catania). It promises to be a good day :twisted:

Seventh US Army

Starting Situation

Resistance in front of both XXX Br Corps and the US Provisional Corps has withdrawn into Palermo.

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II US Corps will gain significant territory today. A bunker complex with a garrison is left by the Axis as a parting gift before another withdrawl.

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Operations Reports

The Provisional Corps presses the attack against a very weak Italian blocking force. The Italians again quickly throw down their weapons. Provisional Corps will move to Palermo.

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By nightfall the Provisional Corps has Palermo surrounded and its artillery support cut off. XXX Br Corps continues to build combat power as the first two regiments of the arriving division are positioned for offensive operations.

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II US Corps clears another blocking position (lightly manned bunker complex) and prepares to pursue the retreating Germans.

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The German defenders cannot escape and will be quickly removed in the morning. Strong forces are seen arriving from the British sector.

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Commonwealth Forces

Starting Situation

No offensive operations will be conducted today. The deception plan will be maintained for another day (until XXX Br Corps attacks).

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Operations Reports

Bridges are repaired in preparation for offensive operations tomorrow. Significant forces are reported in II US Corps Zone. The line will be much more receptive to British overtures :twisted:

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Postby Twinkle » Tue Jun 28, 2005 10:34 pm

Axis turn 18 report

Palermo is worth 100 VPs per turn, due to its key status as the major city on Sicily, so a lot of effort is spent on keeping the city as long as possible. At least for some more turns... :) The whole Aosta division as well as some quality regiment from other Italian divisions. A SS battalion is keeping them all in check, no retreat, no surrender is the order! I feel very well prepared for anything that General JSS can throw at me.

Palermo area, end of turn
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Messina defenders from north to south are:

(-) Asietta light division – holding the beach road
Herman Göring division – north of Nicosia
29th PzGr division – mostly in Nicosia
2 regiments of the 1st FJ division – holding hills south of Nicosia
(--) Liverno division – supports 1st FJ, as well as doing vanguard actions taking them to prison
Napoli division – holding hills between 1st FJ and the Catania plains
Kampfgruppe Schmaltz – holding the plains
15 PzGr division – holding the plains
(--) 206 Coastal division – holding the plains
213 Coastal division – holding the plains

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-- I am placing minefields in the vicinity of Catania... will defend behind and not move a step backwards.

-- And it is extremely fun to blow up all bridges that my enemy is repairing.

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-- German step reinforcement available is 3 infantry and 3 panzers, so situation is indeed very good.

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Allied Report for 28 July 1943 (Turn 19)

Postby JSS » Wed Jun 29, 2005 12:02 am

28 July 1943 -- Turn 19

Seventh US Army runs into stiff resistance today. CW forces are slowed by newly destroyed bridges and an inability to control the plain. Progress will be limited. At least the Royal Navy finally rejoins the fight.

Seventh US Army

Starting Situation

Resistance in front of both XXX Br Corps and the US Provisional Corps is surprisingly stiff at Palermo.

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II US Corps will push hard to gain territory today and attempt to cut the island in half (matching the Provisional Corps achievement yesterday). Italian regiment blocking 45th Infantry Division will be dealt with today.

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Operations Reports

The Provisional Corps and XXX Br Corps reaches the outskirts of Palermo only to find the city streets heavily fortified. The entire city is a bunker. A stalemate will likely exist until the US Navy weighs in…

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II US Corps hits the blocking position hard… and again…

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The island is now cut in half at two locations and II US Corps left flank is secured.

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Commonwealth Forces

Starting Situation

Commonwealth forces are faced with a frustrating situation. The repaired bridges are damaged overnight by saboteurs.

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Operations Reports

Offensive operations are postponed for a day as bridges are once again repaired. Control of the plain will be necessary to hold the bridges.

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Postby Cpt. Feathersword » Wed Jun 29, 2005 12:15 am

Nice AAR, the bridge blowing shenanigans is particularly entertaining :lol:
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Postby Twinkle » Wed Jun 29, 2005 1:10 am

"Commonwealth forces are faced with a frustrating situation. The repaired bridges are damaged overnight by saboteurs."

:) :D :D 8)

I just had to do it!!!
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Postby Twinkle » Wed Jun 29, 2005 1:12 am

Axis turn 19 report

I defend, and Palermo holds for another turn... no strongpoints gone so supply in all hexes. Only small adjustments at other locations as my defences feel stable enough as long as no more allied units can attack. So current planning calls for static defence until Palermo goes down.

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P.S. got to blow some more bridges AGAIN!!!

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Allied Report for 29 Jul 1943 (Turn 20)

Postby JSS » Sat Jul 02, 2005 9:11 am

29 July 1943 -- Turn 20

Seventh US Army will have a hard slugfest from here on... Palermo is a fortress and II US Corps must push through mountainous terrain to reach Messina. CW forces are again slowed by newly destroyed bridges but will take action to control the plain. Finally the US Navy sails to re-enter the fight.

Seventh US Army

Starting Situation

Fortress Palermo will be systematically taken down starting today. The Royal Navy Monitor supporting the Western Naval force arrives and will lend support. The US Navy support element will be on station tomorrow.

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II US Corps will push hard again to gain territory in the North and to maintain contact with the withdrawing Axis defenders.

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Operations Reports

The Provisional Corps and XXX Br Corps pound Palermo and breach the outer ring of fortifications. When the heavy guns of the US Navy arrive tomorrow the two corps will begin taking out the city’s defense force.

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II US Corps hits the blocking position a final time…

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Near the Northern coastline II US Corps hits a blocking Italian unit. It must withdraw overnight or be surrounded.

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By nightfall US II Corps regains contact and prepares for continuing offensive operations.

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Commonwealth Forces

Starting Situation

Commonwealth Forces find a true silver lining in an on-going dual over the bridges on the plain… the Catania defenders have busied themselves on diversionary action whilst the CW forces build strength, conduct auto-timed replacements, and are now prepared to move out onto the plain and establish control. Caution will certainly be the watchword after so many debacles in the sector…

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Operations Reports

Bridges are once again repaired. Initial steps toward full control of the plain are successfully executed (limited hex control allows digging in).

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Naval Situation and Capabilities

Now that the Royal Navy has joined the fight let’s take a quick look at what they bring to the fight…

There are three significant capabilities now added:

1. Two shift attack artillery support,
2. On and off road interdiction,
3. Strongpoint reduction.

The main limitations are range of fires inland and a very limited zone of action (Northern limit is good for Catania but will not support operations at Messina).

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The US Naval force will make half the trip to Palermo today. It should be on station early tomorrow.

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