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78 7/8/2020 11:44:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Message I guess I will try the Allies this time, and let you handle the Central Powers.

I don't seem to be able to find a Cyberboard file for this game, so I guess I will be playing it on the VASSAL mod.
77 7/7/2020 10:20:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message I have set up about half of my board. What side do you want? I can create the Illusions of Glory ACTS game.
76 6/30/2020 8:23:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message I have the original game, and have downloaded the Living Rules and updated Player Aids. I usually play my games with Cyberboard.
75 6/30/2020 8:19:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message IoG sounds good. You can pick the sides. How will you play (Cyberboard, Vassal, physical game)? I ask because a lot of the original cards have errors. GMT issued corrected cards later.
74 6/30/2020 6:19:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message I hope you feel better. This virus has given me the heebie-jeebies more than once when I wake with a sore throat. It doesn't help that it is allergy season.

I would love to try either 1866 or IoG.

Let's go with IoG, since you have some experience with it. Also, I feel like I know what I should be doing in IoG, no matter which side I play. The same can't be said for 1866. I am not as well versed in the what was going on in Germany in 1866, so I will probably be stumbling around for a bit.
73 6/30/2020 2:45:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message I have a feeling I値l surrender as soon as I look at my board and confirm there is no way to bring my units back in supply.

Once I get home Monday, I値l confirm with you that I知 ready to start a new game. I致e been slightly sick, so I do not want to make any promises at this point (yes, paranoia).

I値l let you pick the game. I have not played 1866. I played Illusions of Glory once. I知 willing to play 1866 or IoG, however, just to let you know, IoG痴 rules are different than PoG, BtB, etc. The differences that I remember are:
- applying hits
- Replacements (RPs)
- Strategic Redeploy (SR)

Let me know what game you pick, so I can read the rules.
72 6/29/2020 5:16:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message OK, have a good vacation. We will pick up when you return.

Or not. This game is not going well for the Allies. If you would rather move onto another game, I am fine with that. I would love to play one of the other games you mentioned that I have yet to play, like 1866 or Illusions of Glory.

Your call.
71 6/29/2020 1:37:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message Just a reminder, I will be away until 7/6/20.
70 6/25/2020 10:25:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #4: 4 / Taifun
Axis places 4 Combat markers in any axis ocupied spaces (include. Multi-nationality spaces). +1DRM for all attack vs. Su this round. Allows Axis attack on Moscow. -1VP unless OKH Conference has been played.

Message from Axis:
AXIS #6

I'll try to complete the encirclement.

MOVE Perm: GE 3Pz to Penza.

MOVE Ufa: GEpzc to Kharkov.

MOVE Kalinin: GE 16th to Vladmir.

MOVE Smolensk: GE 18th to Kalinin.
69 6/24/2020 9:44:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #22: 5 / Operation Uranus
"+1DRM" for all Su attack this round. PREREQ: May NOT play during Spring Thaw

Replacement points: BR: 2, US: 3, SU: 5

Message from Allied:
Round 5

REPLACEMENTS
68 6/24/2020 6:56:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message The GE 4Pz advances to Tambo, going through Elets.

The GE 2Pz advances to Kharkov.

For its 2nd Combat, it attacks the SUa in Dnepropetrovsk. This should be an autokill. ON this advance, it will advance to Voronezh.
67 6/24/2020 5:58:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message Damage to allies is 3
Damage to axis is 2

SU Central is flipped and retreats to Tula.
66 6/24/2020 5:56:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
3


Message from Allied:
Kursk: GE 2Pz and GE 4PZ attack the OOS SU CEN Front in Orel.

GE 10L
SU 3L->2L.
65 6/24/2020 12:58:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Ops/Event #5: 4 / Panzergruppe Guderian
2nd PzA may make a 2nd attack this round after all combat have been completed. It may advance only 1 space after this 2nd combat. PREREQ: May not be played after Hitler takes command. May not be played during Spring Thaw.

Message from Axis:
AXIS #5

Play this as the OPS/Event

MOVE Kazan: GE 3Pz to Ulanovsk, Kuibishev, and then up to PErm.

MOVE Kaluga: GE 2Pz to Kursk, going through Roslav-Yenya and Bryansk along the way.

MOVE Hellfire Pass: GEpzc to Sidi Suleiman and then back to Hellfire Pass. This completes the OKW MO.

COMBAT Kursk: GE 2Pz and GE 4PZ attack the OOS SU CEN Front in Orel. The combat is GE 10L vs SU 3L->2L.
64 6/23/2020 10:11:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Strategic Redeployment #4: 4 / Soviet Reinforcements
Place 1st-6th Tank Armies ==> RB. PREREQ: Play 4 or more turns after Industrial Evacuation

Message from Allied:
Round 4

Thanks but I値l keep my move the same. I知 not sure what I should do anyway.

Place one SU scu from the Reserve Box into
Sverdlovsk
Chelyabinsk
Dnepropetrovsk
Rostov

My Reserve Box now has two SU SCUs.
63 6/23/2020 9:21:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Also, I know you mentioned that you a little rusty with the game, so I am not sure you were familiar with this type of Axis play. If you want to re-do your last Action Round, I am fine with that as well.
62 6/23/2020 9:20:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message The result all of this will put the Soviet units in Moscow, Tula, Orel and Gorki OOS. And the units in Leningrad are in Fort Supply.

It's kind of a flimsly OOS situation, as the Soviets have many options to get those units back in supply.

But this is what the Germans do in Turns 2 and Turn 3. Do all this blitzing with the panzer units in order to try and encircle the Soviets.
61 6/23/2020 9:14:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #6: 4 / Panzer Refit
Flip any 3 reduced strength Pz units (Army or corps) to their unreduced sides. No space containing an affected Pz unit may be activated this round. PREREQ: May not be played during Spring Thaw.

Message from Axis:
AXIS #4

This is going to be a little crazy.

MOVE Kalinin: GE 3Pz to Rybinsk -> Vologda -> Sharya -> Vyatka -> Kazan.

MOVE Luga: GE 16th to Kalinin. GE 1Pz to Yaroslavl, converting Tikhvin-Volkhov and Zabore along the way.
GE 2Pz to Kaluga, converting Vyazma along the way.

MOVE Stalingrad: GEpzc to Urbakh ->Uraisk -> Orenburg -> Magnitogorsk -> Ufa

COMBAT Kremenchug: GE 4Pz attacks the SUa in Dnepropetrovsk. This should be an autokill. The GE 4Pz advances Poltava -> Konotop -> Kursk.
60 6/21/2020 4:04:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message Place Steppe in Moscow.
59 6/21/2020 3:18:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Saratov is Axis-controlled.
58 6/21/2020 3:14:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message Also place four SU SCUs in Reserve Box. Reserve Box now has six SU SCUs.
57 6/21/2020 3:13:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #2: 4 / Soviet Reinforcements
Place Don, Stalingrad, Steppe, & Voronezh Fronts. Place 4x Armies ==> RB

Message from Allied:
Round 3

Place:
Don in Gorki
Steppe in Saratov
Stalingrad in Leningrad
Voronezh in Tula
56 6/21/2020 3:11:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message Damage to allies is 4
Damage to axis is 2 , no damage

Flip Liningrad. Eliminate (Leningrad) and replace with scu to cancel retreat.
55 6/21/2020 3:07:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
3


Message from Allied:
Luga: GE 16th, GE 1Pz, and GE 2Pz attack Leningrad.
GE 15L->>9L
SU 3L.
54 6/21/2020 3:00:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Change Victory Points +2: from 11 to 13
Message from Axis:
for Saratov and Stalingrad
53 6/21/2020 3:00:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message The GEpzc went through the following:

Voronezh -> Tambov-> Saratov (+1VP) -> Urbakh -> Stalingrad (+1VP)
52 6/21/2020 2:58:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Ops/Event #12: 3 / Nordlicht
Axis units may attack Leningrad. Axis unit may only attack Leningrad this round. PREREQ: May not be played during Spring Thaw.

Message from Axis:
AXIS #3

I'll play this for the Event.

MOVE Minsk: GE 1Pz and 2Pz to Luga. GE 3Pz to Kalinin, moving through Velikiye-Luki and Rzhev.

MOVE Kharkov: GEpzc to Stalingrad (+1VP). The FALL BLAU restrictions are lifted.

COMBAT Luga: GE 16th, GE 1Pz, and GE 2Pz attack Leningrad. The combat is GE 15L->>9L vs SU 3L.

No CC's.
51 6/21/2020 2:32:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #16: 5 / Sledgehammer
Beach head: Allied A-B,D. [Br1A], 2x US Corps. PREREQ: Play after US Build-Up. May not play after Torch.

Replacement points: BR: 2, US: 3, SU: 5

Message from Allied:
Round 2

REPLACEMENTS
50 6/21/2020 2:23:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Change Victory Points +2: from 9 to 11
Message from Allied:
Odessa and Kharkov.
49 6/21/2020 2:21:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message No hits to axis.
48 6/21/2020 2:21:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from Allied:
SU scu defends in Odessa on 2 scu column.
47 6/21/2020 1:57:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #14: 5 / Fall Blau
Axis places 5 Combat markers in any axis ocupied spaces (include. Multi-nationality spaces). +1DRM for all attack vs. Su this round. Allows Axis attack Stalingrad, Maikop, Armavir. PREREQ: May play after Hitler Takes Command.

Message from Axis:
AXIS #2

MOVE Lublin: GE 1Pz to Pskov. GEpzc to Uman, traveling through Kishinev and removing the trench along the way.

MOVE Kiev: GE 3Pz to Vitebsk, traveling through Chernigov, Gomel, and Orsha-Mogilev along the way.

COMBAT Pskov: GE 16th attacks SUa in Luga. This should be an autokill. Advance the GE 16th into Luga. Also, the GE 1Pz attacks the SUa in Kholm-Demyansk. This is also an autokill. Advance the GE 1Pz to Minsk.

COMBAT Vitebsk: GE 18th attacks the SUa in Smolensk. This should be an autokill. Advance the GE 18th into Smoloensk. Also, the GE 3Pz attacks the SUa in Velikye-Luki. This should also be an autokill. Advance the GE 3Pz to Minsk.

COMBAT Uman: The GE 4Pz and GEpzc attack the SUa in Odessa. The combat is GE 8L->5L vs SU 2S. The SUa will die, but it has a chance to flip the GEpzc. Advance the GE 4Pz first to Odessa (+1VP), and then to Kremenchug. Advance the GEpzc, or (GEpzc), to Kharkov (+1VP).
46 6/21/2020 11:35:00 AM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #3: 2 / Stavka
Cancels any Soviet Orders for this turn

Message from Allied:
Round 1

Cancel SU MO.

Kishinev: SU South moves to Nikopol.

Gomel: SU Central moves to Orel.
45 6/21/2020 11:03:00 AM Summer 1941 Allied Draw Strategy cards Drew 4 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
44 6/21/2020 11:02:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Change Victory Points +1: from 8 to 9
Message from Axis:
for Kiev
43 6/21/2020 11:02:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Change Victory Points +1: from 7 to 8
Message from Axis:
for Minsk
42 6/21/2020 11:01:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #16: 5 / Speer
Allow play of 5th Pz & 6th SS Pz A & Final Production Surge event. PREREQ: May not play after Totaler Krieg.

Message from Axis:
AXIS #1

MOVE Vienna: GE (2nd) to Tarnow, joining the GE 17th. GEpzc to Lublin, joining the GE 1Pz.

MOVE Kaunas: GE 16th to Pskov, moving through Riga. GE 18th to Vitebsk.

MOVE Brest-Litovsk: GE 4th to Bobruisk.

MOVE Dvinsk: GE 3Pz and GE 4Pz to Kovel.

COMBAT Kovel: Two attacks. In the first attack, the GE 3Pz and GE (6th) attack the SUa in Tarnopol-Rovno. This should be an autokill. Advance to GE (6th) into Tarnopol-Rovno. The GE 3Pz to Kiev (+1VP).

In the second attack, the GE 4Pz attacks the SUa in Pinsk. This should be an autokill. Advance the GE 4Pz to Uman.

The (SW MECH) Front in Lwow and the SUa in Kolomyja are now OOS.
41 6/21/2020 10:47:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Message Axis: OKW MO

Allied: Soviet MO
40 6/21/2020 10:46:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
3


Message from Axis:
Mandated Orders rolls

DR#1 - AX MO roll

DR#2 - AL MO roll
39 6/21/2020 10:45:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Draw Strategy cards Drew 3 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
38 6/21/2020 10:45:00 AM June 1941 Axis End Turn
37 6/21/2020 10:45:00 AM June 1941 Axis Discard Strategy card Message from Axis:
36 6/21/2020 10:44:00 AM June 1941 Axis Discard Strategy card Message from Axis:
35 6/21/2020 10:44:00 AM June 1941 Axis Message ATTRITION SEGMENT

WEST Front in Bialystok dies OOS. It takes a SUa from the RB with him [3.0]
34 6/21/2020 10:42:00 AM June 1941 Axis Message A 4/4 tie.

Flip SW MECH Front. Flip GE 6th Army.

No retreat / advance.
33 6/21/2020 10:42:00 AM June 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
5


Message from Axis:
Kovel Combat

DR#1 - SU attack roll at 5L

DR#2 - GE defense roll at 5L
32 6/21/2020 10:41:00 AM June 1941 Axis Message Actually, we still have a combat to resolve.
31 6/21/2020 10:37:00 AM June 1941 Allied Message I will keep three cards. You can end turn.
30 6/21/2020 10:36:00 AM June 1941 Allied Discard Strategy card Message from Allied:
29 6/21/2020 10:35:00 AM June 1941 Allied Discard Strategy card Message from Allied:
28 6/21/2020 10:35:00 AM June 1941 Allied Discard Strategy card Message from Allied:
27 6/21/2020 10:35:00 AM June 1941 Allied Message I now have card 24. Now I will discard cards, now that we are in the 泥raw Strategy Card Phase.
26 6/21/2020 10:29:00 AM June 1941 Allied Draw Extra Strategy card
25 6/21/2020 10:29:00 AM June 1941 Allied Draw Extra Strategy card
24 6/21/2020 10:29:00 AM June 1941 Allied Draw Extra Strategy card
23 6/21/2020 10:28:00 AM June 1941 Allied Draw Extra Strategy card
22 6/21/2020 10:28:00 AM June 1941 Allied Draw Extra Strategy card
21 6/21/2020 10:28:00 AM June 1941 Allied Draw Extra Strategy card
20 6/21/2020 10:27:00 AM June 1941 Allied Discard Strategy card Message from Allied:
19 6/21/2020 10:27:00 AM June 1941 Allied Discard Strategy card Message from Allied:
18 6/21/2020 10:26:00 AM June 1941 Allied Discard Strategy card Message from Allied:
17 6/21/2020 10:26:00 AM June 1941 Allied Discard Strategy card Message from Allied:
16 6/21/2020 10:26:00 AM June 1941 Allied Discard Strategy card Message from Allied:
15 6/21/2020 10:25:00 AM June 1941 Allied Message Ok , thanks. I have not played in a while and I don稚 think I知 that good at this game anyway, so it might be a cakewalk and boring game if I didn稚 get to draw a reinforcement card. I値l keep my Industrial Evacuation card play the same.
14 6/21/2020 9:54:00 AM June 1941 Axis Message Hmm, it would be tough for the Allies with a Soviet Front card.

Why don't you just use the re-draw now? I'm sure you would have kept the INDUSTRIAL EVACUATION card as the one card you could have kept. The two CC's that you played didn't change the result of the combat any, so there's nothing there. I would be OK with you discarding the rest of your hand and doing your re-draw.

What do you say?
13 6/20/2020 10:04:00 PM June 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #7: 5 / Industrial Evacuation
May not be played if Moscow has ever been occupied by an Axis unit.

Message from Allied:
Round 6

I forgot about rule 4.4 last paragraph, so hopefully I draw a reinforcement card next turn.

Lwow: SW tank atks Kovel.

Mozhaisk: Reserve moves to Moscow.

Riga: SU scu moves to Luga.

Pskov: SU scu moves to Kholm.

Vitebsk: SU scu moves to Velikiye.
12 6/18/2020 11:21:00 PM June 1941 Axis Message Flip the GE 9th in Insterberg.

Advance the GE 16th & 18th into Kaunas. Advance the GE 3Pz into Dvinsk, converting Vilna along the way. The GE (9th) stays in Insterberg.

As for the Courland combat, advance the GE 4Pz to Dvinsk, joining the GE 3Pz there.
11 6/18/2020 8:57:00 PM June 1941 Allied Message Over to you for hits on axis and advances for Kaunas battle and Courland battle.

I have not played in 1 to 2 yrs, so if you think I may be breaking a rule, please speak up.
10 6/18/2020 8:55:00 PM June 1941 Allied Message Damage to allies is 6
Damage to axis is 4

Eliminate Northwest in Kaunas. Replace with SU scu. SU scu retreats to Pskov.
9 6/18/2020 8:52:00 PM June 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
5


Message from Allied:
Insterberg & Memel: The GE 3Pz and GE 9th from Insterberg, plus the GE 16th and GE 18th from Memel, atk NW Front in Kaunas.

GE 20L, +1drm
SU 3L..+2drm (2combat cards)
8 6/18/2020 8:50:00 PM June 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Combat #10: 2 / NKVD Boosts Morale
"+1 DRM" for defending Soviet Units.

Message from Allied:

CC for Kaunas battle.
7 6/18/2020 8:50:00 PM June 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Combat #17: 2 / Zhukov
"+1DRM" for Su Offensive or Def fire.

Message from Allied:

CC for Kaunus.
6 6/18/2020 8:47:00 PM June 1941 Allied Message Eliminate SU scu. No damage to Axis.
5 6/18/2020 8:47:00 PM June 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
3


Message from Allied:
GE (11th) and RO 3rd attack the SUa in Chernovitsi.
AX 5L, +1drm
SU 2S
4 6/18/2020 8:34:00 PM June 1941 Allied Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
3 6/18/2020 11:39:00 AM June 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Event #1: 5 / Barbarossa
Axis places 5 Combat markers in any axis ocupied spaces (include. Multi-nationality spaces). +1 DRM for all Ge attack vs. Su this round. Cancels Su Trench No Retreat option & Def 1R effect for entire turn. PREREQ: Play on Turn 1 only. May not play if Von Paulus Pause has been played.

Message from Axis:
AXIS #6

Place Combat Markers on Yassi, Lublin, Warsaw, Insterberg, and Memel.

COMBAT Yassi: GE (11th) and RO 3rd attack the SUa in Chernovitsi. The combat is AX 5L, +1drm vs SU 2S. Any loss to the RO 3rd. The GE (11th) will advance into Chernovitsi.

COMBAT Warsaw: The GE 2Pz and GE 4th, but not the GEc, attack the SUa in Brest-Litovsk. This should be an autokill. Advance the GE 4th into Brest-Litovsk. The GE 2Pz advances to Minsk (+1VP).

COMBAT Lubin: The GE 1Pz and GE 6th will attack the SUa in Kovel. This should be an autokill. Advance the GE 6th into Kovel.

COMBAT Insterberg & Memel: The GE 3Pz and GE 9th from Insterberg, plus the GE 16th and GE 18th from Memel, attach the NW Front in Kaunas. The combat is GE 20L, +1drm vs SU 3L.

Afterwards, the GE 4Pz in Memel will attack the SUa in Courland. This should be an autokill. The advance will be dependent on the results of the Kaunas Combat.
2 6/18/2020 11:27:00 AM June 1941 Axis Message GE (1st) in Calais.

GE (7th) in Rheims.

SF Markers on Lwow, Kolomyja, and Kishinev.

1 6/18/2020 11:17:00 AM June 1941 Axis Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 to replenish hand to 7 cards.

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