Axis and Allies 1914: World War I round 16 moves (1/7/2014)

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The front lines in Piedmont, after maneuvering in round 16.

Entering the 16th round of Axis and Allies 1914,

the session is enduring fatigue.  Momentum switches between the Allied and Central powers as the front wave of German and Austrian troops have been pushed back.   But large waves of reinforcements follow.  The war is dangerously heading towards stagnation tiring all powers.  This session kicked off on January 7, 2014.

Round 16 Austria-Hungary

“We need to neutralize the US pressure in southern France.  Meanwhile, we will reinforce the Ottoman Empire in hopes to slow the British advance there.  Finally, Austria must eliminate the British juggernaut army in Ukraine.  If we do that, we may end the war in a truce.”

IPC board: AH 39, RU 3, GE 47, FR 28, UK 67, OT 8, IT 4, US 23

Purchase and repair units
With 43 IPC, purchases 9 infantry, 2 artillery, 1 armor (cost 41, 2 left)

Movement
Bulgaria captures uncontested Romania with 1 infantry
Austria gains +3 IPC (AH 42) from Britain (UK 64)

Greece to Constantinople: 6 infantry, 1 artillery
Albania to Greece: 6 infantry, 6 artillery
Trieste to Albania: 3 infantry
Trieste to Venice: 3 infantry, 3 artillery

Lorraine contests Burgundy with 1 infantry, 1 artillery
Switzerland contests Burgundy with 6 infantry, 2 artillery
France loses -2 IPC (FR 26)

Vienna to Galacia: 11 infantry, 2 artillery

Combat
Battle for Burgundy
Austria captures Burgundy with 5 infantry, 3 artillery
Austria gains +2 IPC (AH 45)

Mobilize and income
All units mobilize to Vienna
With 2 in hand, collects 45 for a total of 47 IPC

Russia is out of the war.

Round 16 Germany

“Germany needs to overcome Britain’s 6-unit infantry per round into France.  If we push into Picardy, the Allied will have too much to defend Paris.”

IPC board: AH 45, RU 3, GE 47, FR 26, UK 64, OT 8, IT 4, US 23

Purchase and repair units
With 47 IPC, purchases 7 infantry, 2 armor, 1 battleship (cost 45, 2 left)

Movement
Belgium reinforces Picardy with 6 infantry, 1 artillery
Holland to Belgium: 8 infantry
Kiel to Holland: 6 infantry

Livonia captures uncontested Karelia with 1 infantry
Livonia captures uncontested Russia with 1 infantry
Poland captures uncontested Belarus with 2 infantry
Germany gains +10 IPC (GE 57) from Britain (UK 54)

Livonia to Poland: 1 artillery
Prussia to Poland: 2 infantry
Berlin to Prussia: 2 infantry
Berlin to Kiel: 4 infantry, 3 artillery

Combat
No combat declared.

Mobilize and income
All land units mobilize to Berlin
Battleship mobilizes to sea zone 10
With 2 in hand, collects 57, for a total of 59 IPC

Round 16 France

“Picardy is holding.  Burgundy is under fire. We have push for room before it’s too late.”

IPC board: AH 45, RU 3, GE 57, FR 26, UK 54, OT 8, IT 4, US 23

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

Movement
Piedmont captures uncontested Switzerland with 1 infantry
France gains +1 IPC (FR 27) from Austria (AH 44)

Paris reinforces Picardy with 5 infantry

Paris contests Burgundy with 2 infantry, 2 artillery
Piedmont contests Burgundy with 2 infantry, 2 artillery
Austria loses -2 IPC (AH 42)

Combat
Entrenched battle for Picardy
France left with 2 infantry, 2 artillery
Germany left with 1 infantry, 1 artillery
Entrenched

Battle for Burgundy
France left with 1 infantry, 2 artillery
Austria left with 1 infantry
Unresolved

Mobilize and income
All land units mobilize to Paris
With 0 in hand, collects 27, for a total of 27 IPC

Round 16 British Empire

“Britain needs to cut off the German supply line.  But we’re in trouble in eastern Europe.  The Ottoman will be vanquished, but at what cost?”

IPC board: AH 42, RU 3, GE 57, FR 27, UK 54, OT 8, IT 4, US 23

Purchase and repair units
With 67 IPC, purchases 13 infantry, 2 artillery, 2 armor, 1 transport (cost 65, 2 left)
Battleship repaired off of London

Movement
Sevastopol captures uncontested Tatarstan with 1 infantry, 1 artillery
Gains +1 IPC (UK 55) from Germany (GE 56)

Persia to Sevastopol: 2 infantry
Arabia reinforces Trans-Jordan with 2 infantry, 1 artillery
Mesopotamia (sz-29) reinforces Trans-Jordan (sz-28) with 1 transport (1 infantry, 1 armor)
sz-28 to sz-29: 1 transport bridges 2 infantry from India to Mesopotamia
India to Persia: 2 infantry, 3 artillery

Ankara contests Smyrna with 4 infantry, 7 artillery, 1 armor, 1 fighter
Ottoman loses -2 IPC (OT 6)

Ukraine contests Moscow with 6 infantry, 4 artillery, 4 armor, 1 fighter
Germany loses -6 IPC (GE 50)

London contests Belgium with 3 transports (3 infantry, 3 artillery) and 1 battleship
Germany loses -3 IPC (GE 47)

Combat
Entrenched battle for Picardy
Britain left with 2 infantry
Germany left with 1 infantry, 1 artillery
Entrenched

Amphibious assault into Belgium
British battleship ineffective
Germany repels Britain with 5 infantry
Germany gains +3 IPC (GE 50)

Battle for Moscow
Britain captures Moscow with 6 infantry, 4 artillery, 4 armor, 1 fighter
Britain gains +6 IPC (UK 61)

Deadlocked battle for Trans-Jordan
Britain captures Trans-Jordan with 4 infantry, 1 artillery, 1 armor (after absorbing 1 hit)
Britain gains +1 IPC (UK 62)

Epic battle for Ankara
Britain sends 4 infantry, 7 artillery, 1 armor, 1 fighter with air supremacy
Defenders stands with 4 infantry, 2 artillery
Britain rolls 11 hits, defenders 5 (1 absorbed)
Britain captures Ankara with 1 infantry, 6 artillery, 1 armor, 1 fighter
Britain gains +2 IPC (UK 64)

Mobilize and income
London mobilizes 6 infantry, 2 artillery, sea zone 9 launches 1 transport
India mobilizes 7 infantry, 2 armor
With 2 in hand, collects 64, for a total of 66 IPC

Round 16 Ottoman Empire

“The British push, we push back.  If we can destroy their artillery outside the capital we ensure our survival several more rounds.”

IPC board: AH 42, RU 3, GE 50, FR 27, UK 64, OT 6, IT 4, US 23

Purchase and repair units
With 8 IPC, purchases  1 infantry, 1 artillery (cost 7, 1 left)

Movement
Constantinople captures uncontested Ankara with 1 infantry
Ottoman gains +3 IPC (OT 9) from Britain (UK 61)

Combat
None declared.

Mobilize and income
All units mobilize to Constantinople
With 1 in hand, collects 9, for a total of 10 IPC

Round 16 Italy

Italy concedes the round.

Round 16 United States

“Complicated maneuvers throughout France, we continue to thwart the Central powers until France can recover and counter.”

IPC board: AH 42, RU 3, GE 50, FR 27, UK 61, OT 9, IT 4, US 23

Purchase and repair units
With 23 IPC, purchases 3 infantry, 1 artillery, 1 transport (cost 19, 4 left)

Movement
Piedmont reinforces Burgundy with 2 artillery, 1 fighter
Marseilles reinforces Burgundy with 2 infantry, 1 artillery
Marseilles to Piedmont: 1 infantry (totaling 2 there)
sz-16 to sz-2: 2 emptied transports off the shore of Canada
sz-8 to sz-2: 2 emptied transports off the shore of Canada
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)

Portugal (sz-14) to Piedmont (sz-17): 2 transports (3 infantry, 1 artillery)
Central powers naval mines were ineffective

Combat
Entrenched battle for Picardy
United States left with 2 infantry, 1 artillery
Germany left with 1 infantry
Entrenched

Unresolved battle for Burgundy
US with air supremacy
United States overruns and captures Burgundy with 2 infantry, 3 artillery, 1 fighter
France gains +2 IPC (FR 29)

Mobilize and income
All units mobilize to the United States
With 4 in hand, collects 23, for a total of 27 IPC

Round 16 ends
IPC board: AH 42, RU 3, GE 50, FR 29, UK 61, OT 9, IT 4, US 23

Analysis

With 10 battles, half declared by Britain alone, Picardy continues as a bloody patch of Earth during a stagnant war.  The Allied powers make inroads in southern and central France while Britain is over matched in eastern Europe with large infantry of Austrians trying to circle them.  The war is not breaking for either side, only momentum swinging back and forth like a pendulum.

 

 

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