Axis and Allies 1914: World War I round 14 moves (1/7/2014)

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The fall of Rome.

Will the steam run out of Germany’s advance on Paris?  Have the Austrian supply line been cut in Italy?  Do the Ottoman see their demise?  The fourteenth round may give clues how long the struggle will last.   As each power play out their moves, we wait for the British Empire to play theirs.  This session kicked off on January 7, 2014.

Round 14 Austria-Hungary

“We have one last splurge from our treasury.  We must overwhelm our enemies with massive infantry numbers.  Austria will ignore troops cut off at Marseilles, France for German cooperation in Tuscany.”

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

Purchase and repair units
With 50 IPC, purchases 12 infantry, 3 artillery (cost 48, 2 left)

Movement
Venice contests Switzerland with 1 infantry, 1 artillery
US loses -1 IPC (US 20)

Venice reinforces  Tuscany with 4 infantry, 1 artillery
Trieste to Venice: 6 infantry, 2 artillery
Trieste to Albania: 6 infantry, 1 artillery
Bulgaria to Constantinople: 1 infantry, 2 artillery
Albania reinforces Greece with 2 infantry, 2 artillery
Vienna to Trieste: 6 infantry, 6 artillery

Combat
Battle for Switzerland
Austria overruns and captures Switzerland with 1 infantry, 1 artillery
Austria gains +1 IPC (AH 36)

Deadlocked epic battle for Tuscany
Austria sends 5 infantry, 5 artillery, 1 fighter and air supremacy
Italy stands with 5 infantry
Austria rolls 7 hits, Italy 1
Austria captures Tuscany with 4 infantry, 5 artillery, 1 fighter
Austria gains +2 IPC (AH 38)

“Germany is three hits from taking Rome.”

Deadlocked battle for Greece
Austria captures Greece with 3 infantry, 4 artillery
Austria gains +2 IPC (AH 40)

Mobilize and income
All units mobilize to Vienna
With 2 in hand, collects 40 for a total of 42 IPC

Russia is out of the war.

Round 14 Germany

“We roll well and we take Rome, vanquishing Italy.  Germany will be able to finance a second front, defending our eastern flank.  It will be an endless war if we’re able.  The Central powers can only win after enduring a protracted war.  This session has only started!”

IPC board: AH 40, RU 3, GE 44, FR 28, UK 57, OT 15, IT 12, US 20

Purchase and repair units
With 45 IPC, purchases  8 infantry, 1 artillery, 1 cruiser, 1 sub (cost 43, 2 left)

Movement
Belgium reinforces Picardy with 2 infantry, 4 artillery, 1 armor
Holland to Belgium: 2 infantry, 6 artillery
Kiel to Holland: 6 infantry, 1 artillery

Poland contests Livonia with 1 infantry, 2 artillery
Britain loses -2 IPC (UK 55)

Prussia to Poland: 2 infantry, 1 artillery
Berlin to Prussia: 2 infantry
Berlin to Kiel: 8 infantry
sz-10 to sz-5: 1 cruiser, 1 sub

“Germany cuts off British transports from Russia.  For at least a round.”

Tuscany contests Rome with 2 infantry, 1 artillery, 2 armor
Italy loses -3 IPC (IT 9)

Combat
Unresolved epic battle for Picardy
Germany sends 3 infantry, 9 artillery, 1 armor, 1 fighter and air suprmacy
Defenders stands with 5 infantry, 2 artillery
Germany rolls 9 hits, defenders 3 (1 absorbed)
Germany captures Picardy with 1 infantry, 9 artillery, 1 armor, 1 fighter
Germany gains +2 IPC (GE 46)

Battle for Livonia
Germany and Britain both left with 1 infantry each
Unresolved

Epic battle for Rome
Germany sends 2 infantry, 1 artillery, 2 armor
Italy stands with 3 infantry
Germany rolls 3 hits, Italy 1 (absorbed)
Germany capture Rome with 2 infantry, 1 artillery, 2 armor
Germany gains +3 IPC (GE 49) and 9 IPC (11 in-hand)

Mobilize and income
All land units mobilize to Berlin
Naval units mobilize to sea zone 10
With 11 in hand, collects 49, for a total of 60 IPC

Round 14 France

“Germany is breaking through.  We have to hold their tails in Picardy.  The fall of Rome does not bode well for the resorts in southern France.”

IPC board: AH 40, RU 3, GE 49, FR 28, UK 55, OT 15, IT 9, US 20

Purchase and repair units
With 28 IPC, purchases 8 infantry, 1 artillery (cost 28, 0 left)

Movement
Burgundy reinforces Marseilles with 2 artillery

Burgundy captures uncontested Lorraine with 1 infantry
France gains +2 IPC (FR 30) from Germany (GE 47)

Burgundy contests Picardy with 2 infantry
Paris contests Picardy with 7 infantry, 2 artillery
Germany loses -2 IPC (GE 45)

Combat
Deadlocked battle for Marseilles
France left with 6 infantry, 2 artillery
Germany left with 1 infantry, 1 artillery, 1 armor
Stalemate

Epic battle for Picardy
France sends 9 infantry, 2 artillery
Germany stands with 1 infantry, 9 artillery, 1 armor, 1 fighter and air supremacy
France rolls 6 hits, Germany 6
France left with 3 infantry, 2 artillery
Germany left with with 1 infantry, 3 artillery, 1 armor, 1 fighter
Unresolved

“France keeps Germany from advancing.  Our allies will reinforce.  The dangerous German artillery decimated.”

Mobilize and income
All land units mobilize to Paris
With 0 in hand, collects 30, for a total of 30 IPC

Round 14 British Empire

“The British Empire is still effective.  Our goals is to reinforce Picardy, buying time until our grand army marches far from India sweeping all who oppose them.  We have much in our treasury, but we’re forced to reinvest in the fleet.”

IPC board: AH 40, RU 3, GE 45, FR 30, UK 55, OT 15, IT 9, US 20

Purchase and repair units
With 57 IPC, purchases  11 infantry,  1 armor, 1 battleship, 1 sub (cost 57, 0 left)

Movement
sz-9 to sz-5: 1 battleship, 1 cruiser
London (sz-9) reinforces Picardy (sz-9): 3 transports (6 infantry)

Moscow captures uncontested Belarus with 2 infantry
Britain gains +2 IPC (UK 57) from Germany (GE 43)

India (sz-29) to Trans-Jordan (sz-28): 1 transport (2 infantry)
sz-28 reinforces Arabia (sz-29): 1 transport (1 infantry, artillery) from Mesopotamia

Sevastopol captures uncontested Romania with 1 infantry, 4 artillery, 4 armor, 1 fighter
Britain gains +3 IPC (UK 60) from Austria (AH 37)

Mesopotamia to Sevastopol: 3 infantry

Mesopotamia contests Ankara with 6 infantry, 6 artillery, 1 armor, 1 fighter
Ottoman loses -3 IPC (OT 12)

Persia to Mesopotamia: 4 infantry, 1 artillery
India to Persia: 1 artillery (groups with lone infantry there)

Combat
Epic battle for Ankara
Britain sends 6 infantry, 6 artillery, 1 armor, 1 fighter and air suprmacy
Ottoman stands with 9 infantry
Britain rolls 8 hits, Ottoman 4 (1 absorbed)
Britain left with 3 infantry, 6 artillery, 1 armor, 1 fighter
Ottoman left with 1 infantry
Unresolved

Naval battle for sea zone 5
Britain sinks all German ships with 1 damaged battleship, cruiser

Unresolved battle for Arabia
No hits rolled by either side
Britain left with 2 infantry, 1 artillery
Ottoman left with 1 infantry
Deadlocked

Mobilize and income
London mobilizes 6 infantry, sea zone 9 launches 1 battleship, 1 sub
India mobilizes 5 infantry, 1 armor
With 0 in hand, collects 60, for a total of 60 IPC

Round 14 Ottoman Empire

“We have to smash the British forcing them to split forces.”

IPC board: AH 37, RU 3, GE 43, FR 30, UK 60, OT 12, IT 9, US 20

Purchase and repair units
With 16 IPC, purchases  4 infantry,  1 artillery (cost 16, 0 left)

Movement
Smyrna contests Trans-Jordan with 5 infantry, 1 artillery
Britain loses -1 IPC (UK 59)

Constantinople reinforces Ankara with 4 infantry, 1 artillery

Combat
Battle for Trans-Jordan
Ottoman left with 3 infantry, 2 artillery
Britain left with 2 infantry
Unresolved

Mobilize and income
All units mobilize to Constantinople
With 0 in hand, collects 12, for a total of 12 IPC

Round 14 Italy

Italy concedes the round.

Round 14 United States

IPC board: AH 37, RU 3, GE 43, FR 30, UK 59, OT 12, IT 9, US 20

“Our supply lines had dwindled and it will take us another round to springboard into Europe.  For now, its about protecting Picardy.”

Purchase and repair units
With 22 IPC, purchases 4 infantry, 2 artillery, 1 transport (cost 22, 0 left)
Battleship off of London repaired

Movement
Picardy (sz-8) to Canada (sz-2): 1 emptied transport
Canada (sz-2) reinforces Picardy (sz-8) with 1 transport (2 infantry)
United States to Canada: 2 infantry
United States (sz-1) to Portugal (sz-14): 3 transports (4 infantry, 2 artillery)
sz-16 to sz-13: 3 emptied transports
Piedmont reinforces Marseilles with 2 artillery

Combat
Stalemate epic battle for Marseilles
United States sends 1 infantry, 4 artillery, 1 fighter and air supremacy
Austria stands with 1 infantry, 1 artillery, 1 armor
US rolls 3 hits, Austria 1
United States liberates Marseilles with 1 infantry, 3 artillery, 1 fighter
France gains +2 IPC (FR 32)

Mobilize and income
All units mobilize to the United States
With 0 in hand, collects 20, for a total of 20 IPC

Round 14 ends
IPC board: AH 37, RU 3, GE 43, FR 30, UK 59, OT 12, IT 9, US 20

Analysis

With 13 battles, including the fall of Rome, the Central powers experience both momentum and fatigue.  Austrian front lines are fractured, vulnerable, but have a large waves of infantry following.  Both the Austrians and Germans can take vulnerable French territory, but only with weakened armies ripe for counter-attack.  Meanwhile, the Ottoman are busy fending off the British hoping Austrian reinforcements buys them time.  The fate of the war rests in British offense in the near east and British and American defenses in France.  However, with the economic might of the Central powers, the war may not be ending soon.

 

 

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