Axis and Allies 1914: World War I round 13 moves (1/7/2014)

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The front lines in western Europe after 13 rounds.

Axis and Allies 1914 round 13,

The Central powers come closer to Paris as the British Empire has the unenviable responsibility to defend France and vanquish the Ottoman.  The United States still has yet to prove their contributions to the war.  After twelve rounds, we wait for hints of conclusion to this long war.   This session kicked off on January 7, 2014.

Round 13 Austria-Hungary

“Italy will fall.  The Americans and their allies will be pushed into the Mediterranean and we can continue without this illusion of a second, undefended front.  We realize the British will steal our resources from the east..  We hope Paris will be taken before our economies are affected.”

IPC board: AH 46, RU 3, GE 45, FR 30, UK 43, OT 17, IT 9, US 20

Purchase and repair units
With 46 IPC, purchases 6 infantry, 6 artillery (cost 42, 4 left)

Movement
Serbia to Bulgaria: 1 infantry, 2 artillery
Albania reinforces Greece with 1 infantry, 2 artillery
Piedmont reinforces Tuscany with 1 infantry
Venice reinforces Tuscany with 1 infantry, 2 artillery, 1 fighter
Trieste to Venice: 5 infantry, 2 artillery
Vienna to Trieste: 12 infantry, 3 artillery

Piedmont contests Marseilles with 3 infantry, 1 artillery, 3 armor
France loses -2 IPC (FR 28)

Combat
Unresolved epic battle for Tuscany
Austria sends 3 infantry, 6 artillery, 1 fighter and air supremacy
Italy stands with 7 infantry, 1 artillery
Austria rolls 6 hits, Italy 4
Austria left with 1 infantry, 4 artillery, 1 fighter
Italy left with 1 infantry, 1 artillery
Deadlocked

Battle for Marseilles
Austria rolls 2 hits, France 1 (absorbed)
Austria left with 3 infantry, 1 artillery, 3 armor
France left with 1 infantry
Unresolved

Mobilize and income
All units mobilize to Vienna
With 4 in hand, collects 46 for a total of 50 IPC

Russia is out of the war.

Round 13 Germany

“We’re running out of time. We still have a strong supply line into France but we’ll have to watch our back as the British sneaks behind us.  Having a naval presence is imperative to deter the Allied powers into thinking about an amphibious assault too close to Berlin. ”

IPC board: AH 46, RU 3, GE 45, FR 28, UK 43, OT 17, IT 9, US 20

Purchase and repair units
With 45 IPC, purchases  10 infantry, 1 cruiser, 1 sub (cost 45, 0 left)

Movement
Piedmont reinforces Tuscany with 2 infantry, 1 artillery, 2 armor

“Germany will lose southern France.  This pivot puts our forces to good use.  The fall of Rome will free Austrians to join the race to Paris.”

Belgium contests Picardy with 6 infantry, 5 artillery
Piedmont contests Picardy with 1 fighter
France loses -2 IPC (FR 26)

Holland to Belgium: 2 infantry, 4 artillery, 1 armor
Kiel to Holland: 2 infantry, 6 artillery
Prussia to Poland: 1 infantry, 2 artillery
Berlin to Prussia: 2 infantry, 1 artillery
Berlin to Kiel: 6 infantry, 1 artillery

Combat
Deadlocked epic battle for Tuscany
Germany sends 2 infantry, 1 artillery, 2 armor
Italy stands with 1 infantry, 1 artillery
Germany rolls 1 hit, Italy zero
Germany left with 2 infantry, 1 artillery, 2 armor
Italy stands with 1 infantry
Stalemate

Epic battle for Picardy
Germany sends 6 infantry, 5 artillery, 1 fighter and air supremacy
Defenders stand with 4 infantry, 3 artillery
Germany rolls 6 hits, defenders 5
Germany left with 1 infantry, 5 artillery, 1 fighter
Defenders left with 1 British infantry
Unresolved

Mobilize and income
All land units mobilize to Berlin
Naval units mobilize to sea zone 10
With 0 in hand, collects 45, for a total of 45 IPC

Round 13 France

“Allied holdouts at Picardy, Marseilles, and Tuscany is fortuitous.  We are blessed with another round without German encroachment.    This may be the moment the war will turn. ”

IPC board: AH 46, RU 3, GE 45, FR 26, UK 43, OT 17, IT 9, US 20

Purchase and repair units
With 29 IPC, purchases 7 infantry, 2 artillery (cost 29, 0 left)

Movement
Paris reinforces Burgundy with 2 artillery
Paris reinforces Marseilles with 7 infantry

Combat
Entrenched battle for Burgundy
France overruns and recaptures Burgundy with 3 infantry, 2 artillery
France gains +2 IPC (FR 28)

Mobilize and income
All land units mobilize to Paris
With 0 in hand, collects 28, for a total of 28 IPC

Round 13 British Empire

“The war won’t end this round.  But we can make the Central powers think about the ending.  Impeding German advance, stealing their industrial production, and squeezing the Ottoman are keys to victory!”

IPC board: AH 46, RU 3, GE 45, FR 28, UK 43, OT 17, IT 9, US 20

Purchase and repair units
With 46 IPC, purchases 8 infantry, 1 artillery, 1 transport 1 battleship (cost 46, 0 left)

Movement
Persia captures uncontested Mesopotamia with 10 infantry, 7 artillery, 1 armor
India joins Mesopotamia with 1 fighter
British gains +3 IPC (UK 46) from Ottoman (OT 14)

India (sz-29) contests Arabia (sz-29) with 1 transport (1 infantry, 1 artillery)
Ottoman loses -1 IPC (OT 13)

Karelia captures uncontested Livonia with 2 infantry
Karelia captures uncontested Moscow with 2 infantry
British gains +8 IPC (UK 54) from Austria (AH 38)

sz-6 reinforces Picarcy (sz-9) with 2 transports bridges 3 infantry, 1 artillery from London
sz-17 to sz-28: 1 battleship, 1 emptied transport
India to Persia: 5 infantry, 1 artillery

Combat
Amphibious battle at Arabia
Britain and Ottoman both left with 1 infantry
Unresolved

Deadlocked battle for Sevastopol
Britain easily captures Sevastopol with 1 infantry, 4 artillery, 4 armor, 1 fighter
Britain gains +3 IPC (UK 57)

Mobilize and income
London mobilizes 6 infantry, sea zone 9 launches 1 battleship, 1 transport
India mobilizes 2 infantry, 1 artillery
With 0 in hand, collects 57, for a total of 57 IPC

Round 13 Ottoman Empire

“As read in history books, the British are coming!  They are weakened at Smyrna, we attack there making the Allied powers panic over the road to Africa.”

IPC board: AH 38, RU 3, GE 45, FR 28, UK 57, OT 13, IT 9, US 20

Purchase and repair units
With 17 IPC, purchases 4 infantry, 1 artillery (cost 16, 1 left)

Movement
Constantinople to Ankara: 5 infantry
Constantinople reinforces Smyrna with 2 infantry
Syrian Desert reinforces Smyrna with 1 infantry

Combat
Deadlocked battle for Smyrna
Ottoman captures Smyrna with 5 infantry, 2 artillery
Ottoman gains +2 IPC (OT 15)

Mobilize and income
All units mobilize to Constantinople
With 1 in hand, collects 15, for a total of 16 IPC

Round 13 Italy

“They’re closing in.  We have at least 2 rounds to put up a fight.  We need help! ”

IPC board: AH 38, RU 3, GE 45, FR 28, UK 57, OT 15, IT 9, US 20

Purchase and repair units
With 9 IPC, purchases 3 infantry (cost 9, 0 left)

Movement
Rome reinforces Tuscany with 4 infantry

Combat
No combat declared.

Mobilize and income
All units mobilize to Rome
With 0 in hand, collects 9, for a total of 9 IPC

Round 13 United States

“We have many options for southern France.  We will disrupt German supply lines.  The strategy is giving the British time to move their armies across eastern Europe and crush the Ottoman.”

IPC board: AH 38, RU 3, GE 45, FR 28, UK 57, OT 15, IT 9, US 20

Purchase and repair units
With 20 IPC, purchases 5 infantry, 1 artillery (cost 19, 1 left)

Movement
Burgundy captures uncontested Switzerland with 1 infantry
United States gains +1 IPC (US 21) from Germany (GE 44)

Burgundy liberates uncontested Piedmont with 3 infantry, 2 artillery
Italy gains +3 IPC (IT 12) from Austria (AH 35)

Portugal (sz-14) reinforces Marseilles (sz-16) with 3 transport (3 infantry, 2 artillery, 1 fighter)

Canada (sz-2) reinforces Picardy (sz-8) with 1 transport (2 infantry)
Picardy (sz-8) to Canada (sz-2): 1 emptied transport
United States to Canada: 2 infantry

sz-10 to sz-9: 1 damaged battleship
Portugal (sz-14) to United States (sz-1): 4 emptied transports

Combat
Unresolved epic battle for Marseilles
United States sends 3 infantry, 2 artillery, 1 fighter and air supremacy
Austria stands with 3 infantry, 1 artillery, 3 armor
United States rolls 2 hits, Austria 2
United States with 1 infantry, 2 artillery, 1 fighter
Austria with 1 infantry, 1 artillery, 3 armor
Deadlocked

Mobilize and income
All units mobilize to the United States
With 1 in hand, collects 21, for a total of 22 IPC

Round 13 ends
IPC board: AH 35, RU 3, GE 44, FR 28, UK 57, OT 15, IT 12, US 21

Analysis

A limited round of 9 battles, it saw the Central powers come within one unit each of three crucial contests from taking new territory.  Within one territory from the capitals of France and Italy, the front lines of  Germany and Austria are breaking and they may need to regroup.  The Ottoman have drawn their line from Smyrna to Ankara to hold back the British juggernaut armies.  The British Empire, becoming an economic powerhouse as it sweeps the former Russian empire, is not too far from affording a grand invasion fleet that will put the war away.

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