Axis and Allies 1942: War report round 1 (10/22/2012)

The European Theater after one round.

This is a game session report for Axis and Allies 1942 Second Edition.  The condition for victory is total, meaning all opponents capitals are captured or surrender.  This war started on October 22, 2012.

*** First Round ***

“The foot soldier is the heart and backbone of the Motherland.  And everywhere he shall be!” – Stavka High Command

U.S.S.R. begins with 24 IPC and calls from reserves 8 infantry divisions.  [Cost 24] Its opening strategy consists of giving the motherland some breathing room putting space between the German invading armies and its industrial complexes.

Soviets begin by an assault into Ukraine which ends miserably losing all forces.  West Russia [2] is CAPTURED with 1 armor and artillery left to hold.

Their lone sub joins the British fleet in the North Atlantic.   Armor and Infantry divisions reinforce Karelia.  Third infantry division joins Buryatia shoring up Eastern Russia.  One infantry moves into the Caucasus.

All three Industrial Complexes (IC) receive their fair share of infantry.  Soviet Union receives 26 IPC.

“Our enemies will embrace us until we suffocate.  Time we push back.”  – German Wehrmacht

With 40 IPC, Germany calls up 8 infantry divisions, 1 artillery, 1 armor, and 1 submarine.  [Cost 40]  Its strategy is taking risks early and put the Allies on the defensive.

From Finland and Germany, Karelia [2] is CAPTURED in an AMPHIBIOUS assault including a cruiser bombardment.  A pair of subs take out a British cruiser off the shores of Gibraltar.   A pair of German subs are lost contesting the British fleet in the North Atlantic taking the Soviet sub with them.  From Italy, Trans-Jordan [1] is CAPTURED from the U.K. in an AMPHIBIOUS assault.  The German battleship takes out the U.K. destroyer easily.    West Russia [2] is RECAPTURED by infantry as supporting fighter wing and armor together fail to contribute.  (Together they went 0-for-6 in attack roles)  In a bold move, Caucasus [4] is CAPTURED from an array of forces pulled from Europe.   Russia’s AAA gun takes down 1 of 3 aircraft.

Germany shores up ground forces in France and Northwest Europe with Infantry.  Norway is abandoned for Finland.   Forces evacuate Algeria into Libya to prepare for an advance from Egypt that may or may not happen.

Italy is reinforced with infantry, artillery, and a submarine.  Germany receives the balance with one armor and 7 infantry divisions.  They collect 47 IPC.

“Our hands are full!” –  British High Command

With 30 IPC, United Kingdom manufactures 2 armored divisions, an aircraft carrier, and calls up an additional infantry division.  [Cost 29]  Its strategy is to make a stand at Burma keeping the Japanese from advancing into India.  Meanwhile, it tries to salvage the Middle East from Germany’s invasion of Trans-Jordan.  They must open a landing zone for the United States.

From United Kingdom, they conduct an uncontested AMPHIBIOUS attack and CAPTURED Norway [2].  Two fighter wings and a bomber from U.K. launch a naval offensive in the Baltic Sea, SZ-5.  Germany loses both cruiser and a transport while U.K sacrifices a fighter unit.  From Eastern Canada, an AMPHIBIOUS attack escorted by a destroyer into Morocco FAILS miserably.   From Persia, one infantry unit and two fighter wings RECAPTURE Trans-Jordan [1].   Out of Eastern Australia, an AMPHIBIOUS assault CAPTURES New Guinea [1] with support of a cruiser bombardment.  Japanese infantry is caught off guard inflicting no casualties.   A sub patrols the South Pacific seas (SZ-44) looking for a Japanese sub which submerged and eluded them.

An infantry division moves into Alaska.   Stationed in South Africa, the infantry unit marches into Rhodesia.   Moving out of India, 1 infantry and its AAA defend Burma.

All ground units take foot in India while the new carrier is christened off the shores of England near its battleship and transport (SZ-6).  U.K. collects 33 IPC for a total of 34.

“The world is in chaos.  Let the other SOB sort it out!” – Imperial General Command

With 30 IPC, Japanese mobilize an infantry, armor,  destroyer, sub, and transport.  [Cost 30] It looks to wreck havoc in the Pacific dissuading the allies from a methodical strategy.

Japan strikes the U.K fleet off the shores off India to VICTORY.  A minor naval battle near New Guinea brings Japan VICTORY.  From Japan, an AMPHIBIOUS attack CAPTURES  the Soviet Far East [1].  It is supported by bombardment by battleship.  The Empire CAPTURES Buryatia [1] with an AMPHIBIOUS attack from Manchuria and Japan despite their fighters striking once in 5 chances.

Following its combat moves, two infantry moves into Manchuria protecting the lone fighter wing stationed there.

All reinforcements mobilize in Japan as it collects 31 IPC.

“This will require a couple of giant punches.  One firmly planted into the Atlantic, the other – Pacific.” – Supreme Allied Command

With 42 IC at its disposal, The United States begins production for 4 infantry, 2 transports, an armor, and artillery.  [Cost 36]  It begins a plan to thin the Japanese fleet while finding a foothold anywhere across the Atlantic.

The American Navy sends a fleet to challenge the Japanese in the South Pacific (SZ-49).  The major naval battle ends in DEFEAT for the U.S. and 1 Japanese cruiser remains.  From Eastern United States, an AMPHIBIOUS invasion CAPTURES Morocco [1].

The fleet consolidates off the shores of Alaska while from Eastern U.S. a fighter lands on the carrier there.  Two infantry and a bomber takes root in Alaska.   Cruiser west of the Panama Canal, gets its order to join the Atlantic fleet.   It’s Midwest reserves moves eastward.  The Flying Tiger wing (China) lands in Burma shoring up the “Bamboo Firewall”.

Two reserve infantry are stationed in Eastern United States.  The balance stationed in the West.  The U.S. collects 43 IPC for a total of 49.

Alaskan shoreline becomes a sudden focus in the war. Both Russian liberation and American security is at stake.

Analysis

The Soviet Union with its carefully chosen moves is at the brink of defeat.  Germany benefited from risk-taking but will its concession of Morocco and Norway be a detriment?  The United Kingdom is playing defense and losing control of the Pacific theater.   Japan, ignoring China, tries not to upset the defensive balance waiting for odds to improve.  Meanwhile, its advances into Siberia forces the U.S. fleet to think Northward.  The United States begins to ramp up its Industrial might preparing for waves of troops making a difference globally. 

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