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176 12/27/2020 4:07:00 PM Master ID = 19085 Game Deleted
175 12/26/2020 4:49:00 PM Winter 1942 Axis Message Thanks for the game Robert, and for being such a gentleman and enjoyable opponent.
I know the feeling - BtB has a steep learning curve in getting past the first few turns. The "all-OPs" strategy for the Axis is the most common approach. If the auto-victory isn't obtained, the Axis needs to have a stack of VPs to endure the long game.
Ideally, you'd want to get IE in on the first card play. Not having that through 3 turns made things rough for long-term prospects. That aside, getting in 2 RP plays safely along with flipping my armies in every battle were huge. The biggest factor in the Axis win in the end, I think, was letting me breach the south wall, lifting the Blau restrictions and then letting the Panzers run rampant. You might have considered making one or two SR plays to get Stalin out of Dodge and reposition once the breach was made. That said, I myself have a lot to learn in this game still...
I almost was ready to play my last card of Turn 3 for RPs and endure the winter, until I saw the opportunity. If you can make it to the first winter, you're usually OK and then can focus on the North African clearance and the rest of the war.
I am very into this game and wouldn't mind another casual match if you'd like, with sides reversed. Let's see if you can pay me back - interested?
Meanwhile I'll let Jeff know.

174 12/26/2020 4:32:00 PM Winter 1942 Allied Message in any case, bravo to you Fred for a sharp, clean win.

you will inform Jeff Lange ?

good luck in the subsequent rounds and thank you for your patience with me in this game. regards from maine, robert
173 12/26/2020 4:28:00 PM Winter 1942 Allied Message in my next hand i would have had card 2 (the 4 Fronts), Industrial Evacuation and Lend Lease. Needed these mucher sooner. oh well ... frankly, without your ever stopping your advance even once, and without the 4 fronts reforcement card, i doubt i could have won. it would be interesting to know what your average space activation per round was - it was surely over 3, perhaps near 4. mine was less.
172 12/26/2020 4:26:00 PM Winter 1942 Allied Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
171 12/26/2020 4:26:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied End Turn
170 12/26/2020 4:26:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Ops/Event #15: 3 / Casablanca
Treat all Neutral spaces as Allied for VP purposes. PREREQ: May play if Allies control Oran & Algiers, or Syracusa, & there are no Axis controlled spaces in Libya or Egypt. (Subtract 1 VP for each currently neutral VP space.)

Message from Allied:
this was the last card in my hand.

you win.

after 18 rounds of continues GE OPs, you have beaten me soundly - well done!
169 12/26/2020 10:23:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Message And now I recall you have Casablanca in your hand, so you don't have the event (Partisans).

So, let me know if I missed anything, otherwise it looks like the Soviet Union collapses and we can have some post-game commentary.
168 12/26/2020 10:09:00 AM Fall 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:
T3AX6

4 OPs:

Konotop - (GE11) to Voronezh via Kursk; GE8 to Millerovo

Saratov - PZ1 to Perm via Penza, Kubishev, Ulyanovsk, Kazan

Stalingrad - PZ2 to Ufa via Urbakh, Uralsk, Orenburg, Magnitogorsk

Kalach - auto-kill SUa in Serafimovich, no advance.

I think that cuts off everyone, with only the southern 2 fronts being able to get back into supply. There is an event you could play to save the rest, but then those 2 fronts would be eliminated. In any case, if I am missing something, I will deal with it as I have looked at this way too long... :-)
167 12/25/2020 9:36:00 AM Fall 1941 Allied Message Fred - take your time! and have a happy christmas - regards from maine -- robert
166 12/24/2020 10:21:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Well I am suffering from analysis paralysis studying the most efficient way to commit to a move...so, sorry for the suspense but not this evening.

Happy holidays :-)
165 12/24/2020 3:12:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message i looked it over for better than an hour.

without a 5 OPs, i can't stop you cutting supply to the 2 points on the east edge.

but if i can survive with a few units into the winter, you will be quite overextended.

i don't think i've seen you play even 2 2 OPs cards, so i'm hopeful you don't have more than a "3". if not, well, you beat me soundly with a much stronger game than mine!


164 12/24/2020 2:18:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message I can still cut off supply to most of the Soviets - any revision?

Remember that Axis attrition takes place after my last action round, not after yours.
163 12/24/2020 1:58:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Operations #6: 4 / FDR Declares War
Maybe played after Summer 41. US Enters the war. Allow play of US Build-Up.

Message from Allied:
AP 5

4 OPs

this will look strange, i know.

Mikhahlovska: Caucuses Front via Millerovo and Vorishilovgrad to Kamenskaya;

Vorozneh: Volkhov Front via Millerrovo and Kamenskaya to Rostov;

Moshaisk: SOV inf SCU to Gorki;

Kalinin: Mech Front (reduced) to Zabore (AP controlled now) and then back to Vologda. full supply restored to Leningrad and to Novgorod (for now, at least)

i am sad i didn't move that reduced front out of Stalingrad - i was hoping a 1-1-3 would survive. and i shouldn't have used that 5 card for RPs. oh well...

merry christmas, fred !
162 12/23/2020 9:46:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Change Victory Points +2: from 15 to 17
Message from Axis:
Stalingrad
Saratov
161 12/23/2020 9:46:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message PZ2 advances to Stalingrad
PZ1 advances to Saratov via Urbakh
160 12/23/2020 9:33:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Message Same to you :-)
159 12/23/2020 9:32:00 AM Fall 1941 Allied Message thanks for the note. no hurry on your advance - good luck with your day and regards from maine -- and again, happy holidays!
158 12/23/2020 9:19:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Message Hi Robert:

May be later tonight or more likely tomorrow sometime with my advance once I can get to my map. Meanwhile this gives you time to consider options for your next ply, which is crucial.
157 12/23/2020 9:16:00 AM Fall 1941 Allied Message GE inflict 5 loss on SOVs.

SOV West Front (reduced) to elim; SOV scu replacing it also to elim. 3 SOV scu's still in RB.

no loss to GE.

your advance?
156 12/23/2020 9:14:00 AM Fall 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
2


Message from Allied:
Stalingrad battle: GE attack then SOV defense
155 12/22/2020 10:15:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message **OOS threat to all Soviet forces.**

SUa in Novgorod OOS
LEN front in Leningrad OOS outside Leningrad


154 12/22/2020 10:13:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #9: 4 / Hitler Takes Command
Allow play of Totaler Krieg, Fall Blau, Zitadelle, Wacht am Rhein events. Prevents play of PzG Guderian. +2DRM to the Axis Order rolls.

Message from Axis:
T3AX5

4 OPs:

Vyazma - PZ3 to Rybinsk via Valdai, Vologda; (GE18) to Valdai; (GE16) to Kholm Demyansk

Rostov - GE17 to Kalach via Millerovo

Krapotkin - PZ2 to Kotelnikovo via Amravir, Elista, Kalmyk Steppes

Kotelnikovo - attack Stalingrad (6L vs 2L)
153 12/22/2020 6:50:00 PM Fall 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:
AP 4

replacements

shame to use this card this way, but ...
152 12/22/2020 2:45:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Change Victory Points +1: from 14 to 15
Message from Axis:
Kharkov
151 12/22/2020 2:44:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #10: 2 / Desert Fox
"+1 DRM" for any Ge Pz unit(s) attacking into or defending in a desert space.

Message from Axis:
T3AX4

2 OPs:

Cherkassi - (GE2) to Kharkov

Voroshilovgrad - PZ1 to Kotelnikovo via Kamenshaya, Salsk

150 12/22/2020 2:41:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message No, I have not beaten Michael and I think I only once went to Total War against his Axis. He is one of the game's top players.
149 12/22/2020 2:38:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message Fred, how can you defend such a long front with 4-5 fewer pieces? already there are gaping holes north of moscow and east of stalingrad.

were you able to win your game in that situation?
148 12/22/2020 2:36:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message I really don't think you appreciate how well you're doing. Against Michael Dauer I consistently had 4-5 fronts in the dead pile by now. :-)
147 12/22/2020 2:35:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message my die rolls have been wondrous.

i just hope i have some SOV units left by winter...
146 12/22/2020 2:33:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message from Hellfire Pass battle, 2 CW c advance into Hellfire Pass; 1 BR c stays in Buq Buq.
145 12/22/2020 2:20:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Your hot dice continue, I hope they cool down over winter...

3/1 AL win

Flip PZc, retreat to Mechilli via Bir Hacheim

Advance?
144 12/22/2020 2:18:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
3


Message from Axis:
Hellfire Pass:

AL on 5S
AX on 3S
143 12/22/2020 1:58:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Operations #21: 4 / British Reinforcements
Replace Desert Army (must be on map in full supply) w 8th Army. Remove Desert Army from play. PREREQ: Play any turn following the turn US Build-up is played. Desert Army (5) must be in play

Message from Allied:
AP 3

4 OPs

Buq Buq - 3 BR/CW corps attack Hellfire Pass. 5 SCU vs 3 SCU.

Kharkov: Volkhov Front to Vorozneh;

Kursk: SOV inf scu to Serafimovich (next to Stalingrad); SOV Mech Front (reduced) to Kalinin.

Mozhaisk: SOV Kalinin Front (reduced) to Elets.

over to you for Allied MO battle resolution and your round 4. thanks for your patience.
142 12/22/2020 1:45:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message thanks for clarification on GE(18) and GE(16). i have them w/GE 3PZA in Vyazma.


141 12/22/2020 11:24:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Message No worries, I don't think we are making bad time. The first few turns of this game take a lot of thought and considering we are in the middle of Turn 3, we are doing good.
140 12/21/2020 9:23:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message hi fred - very long day here with a bazillion little things. rather than rush a move tonight, i will send something tomorrow, hopefully in the morning before i head off to a 3 hour volunteer stint with local salvation army. apologize for the delay - best, robert
139 12/20/2020 8:05:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message So you're right, I never got you my loss at Kaunas. Probably would have attacked this round anyway but darn, I think you've flipped me in almost every combat!

So GE16 was flipped from Kaunas, and I will flip GE18 now for this combat.

(GE16), (GE18), PZ3 advance to Vyazma (SF removed)

OOS warning once more for the northern forces.
138 12/20/2020 4:21:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message no problem - whenever you have a chance.

and i apologize again for my many errors up to this point.
137 12/20/2020 4:18:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Hmmmm....may be my error. Will have to verify later and let you know.
136 12/20/2020 4:12:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message I don't show where you ever flipped GE16 either.

however, i also have no record of how you absorbed the loss from the Kaunus battle on turn 1 (post 16) in which GE16 and GE18 had attacked.

post 20 i asked the question but i don't see an answer. i think i flipped GE18 then.

what do you think?
135 12/20/2020 4:00:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message ok, i will try to read the blippin' columns correctly.

GE on the 13 LCU column with a "2" inflict a 4 loss on the Sovs. flip Kalinin Front and the Sov inf SCU.

Sovs on the 5 column with a "3" inflict a 3 loss on GE.

Sovs now retreat 1 space to Moshaik.

your loss and your advance?
134 12/20/2020 3:57:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message I do not show where I ever flipped GE16
133 12/20/2020 3:54:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
3


Message from Allied:
Vyazma, GE attack and then SOV defense
132 12/20/2020 3:54:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message not trying to hold us up, but i think in smolensk you have 13 LCU attacking, not 15 LCU as GE(16) is reduced.

i'll do die rolls to keep us moving along.
131 12/20/2020 2:02:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #22: 4 / German Reinforcements
Place PzAA at Tripoli. Remove 1 supplied Pz Corps in Libya/Egypt to RB.

Message from Axis:
T3AX3

4 OPs:

Sevastopol - GE17 to Rostov via Melitopol

Kiev - PZ1 to Voroshilovgrad via Stalino; GE6, (GE11) to Konotop, one via Poltava and one via Chernigov

Tarnopol - GEc to Kiev; (GE2) to Cherkassi

Smolensk - attack Vyazma (15L vs 5L)
130 12/20/2020 1:52:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message PZ4 in Roslav, not PZ3
129 12/20/2020 1:52:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message GE16 is un-flipped/full in Smolensk

Roslav only has (GE4) (which took the loss) and PZ3

Otherwise correct
128 12/20/2020 1:46:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message again, my apologies.

trench 1 moscow. rest of my 4 OPs unchanged. we need to keep the game moving. i need to re-read rules.
127 12/20/2020 1:42:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message to recap, on my board i show:

in elim box: SOV Central and Reserve Fronts and 14 Sov inf SCUs;

in Vyazma: Kalinin Front and a full-strength Sov inf SCU;

in RB: 4 SOV full-strength inf SCUs.

in Roslav: GE4 PZA and GE4. (I'm guessing GE4 absorbed the 4 loss from your round 2 attacking.)

in Smolensk, stand-fast space: GE(16), GE18, GE3 PZA.


126 12/20/2020 1:39:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message You can't dig level 2 trenches on Turn 3 - any adjustment?
125 12/20/2020 1:36:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message by golly, they can dig.

trench 2 in Moscow.
124 12/20/2020 1:36:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allied:
NW Front trenching roll
123 12/20/2020 1:36:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Operations #5: 4 / British Reinforcements
Place Desert Army ==> Alexandria, Cairo, or Basra. Place 1 CW Corps ==> RB. Allows play of Br8A(21) on any following turn.

Message from Allied:
AP 2

4 OPs

Rostov: West Front (reduced) to Stalingrad;

Stalino: RU inf scu to Kursk;

Alexandria: CW corps to Buq Buq.

Moscow: Kalinin front to Vyazma. Northwest Front still in Moscow tries entrench roll.
122 12/20/2020 1:34:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Return Strategy card to hand #15: 3 / Casablanca

Message from Allied:
121 12/20/2020 1:34:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message jeeez - i kept looking at the 5 column for the SOVs at Vyazma.

the Central Front (reduced) goes to elim box to hold Vyazma space. replace with a Sov inf SCU.

i will need to change my cardplay. you'll see that next. again, my apologies.
120 12/20/2020 11:34:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Message GAH I am looking at the dice backwards - it is a 5/4 AX win

So, back to what you originally stated, flip RES and eliminate (SUa), and you have options for another step or retreat. Sorry
119 12/20/2020 11:33:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Message CORRECTION:

For 6 losses, you have to eliminate RES front - replace with SUa (4,0)

You now have the option to flip the replacement SUa or eliminate the existing (SUa) to hold, or retreat.

This may cause a revision to your move so I will wait.
118 12/20/2020 11:31:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Message Vyazma was a 6/4 AX win

Retreat or eliminate (RES) to stay?

I will flip GE4 for my loss
117 12/20/2020 8:08:00 AM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Operations #15: 3 / Casablanca
Treat all Neutral spaces as Allied for VP purposes. PREREQ: May play if Allies control Oran & Algiers, or Syracusa, & there are no Axis controlled spaces in Libya or Egypt. (Subtract 1 VP for each currently neutral VP space.)

Message from Allied:
AP 2

3 OPs

Rostov: West Front (reduced) to Stalingrad;

Stalino: RU inf scu to Kursk;

Alexandria: CW corps to Buq Buq.

hope you are having a nice weekend - regards - robert
116 12/19/2020 8:25:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message it looks to me like each side lost 5.

Central Front flips, and SOV inf SCU (reduced) to elim.

GE army flips. which one?
115 12/19/2020 8:18:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
6


Message from Allied:
Vyazma battle: GE attack, then SOV defense
114 12/18/2020 9:25:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Ops/Event #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:
T3AX2

Event + 4 OPs:

Flip (PZ3) in Smolensk, (PZ2) in Krapotkin, and (PZ1) in Kiev

Slovakia - (GE2), GEc to Tarnopol

VL - PZ4 to Roslav via Rzhev

Kirovograd - RO3 to Nikopol via Dnep

Roslav - attack Vyazma (9L vs 4L)
113 12/18/2020 9:09:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Yep, sometimes all it takes is a trench in Moscow to secure the Allies for the long game.

You listed WEST eliminated in Vyazma when it is flipped in Rostov - let's eliminate CEN front instead in Vyazma.

I will flip PZ3 in Smolensk for my loss
112 12/18/2020 8:23:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message now that was a lucky roll. trench 1 in Moscow.
111 12/18/2020 8:22:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

1


Message from Allied:
Moscow trench roll
110 12/18/2020 8:22:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Operations #20: 2 / Paradrop
"+1DRM" for Offensive fire. Maybe used once per turn only.

Message from Allied:
AP 1

2 OPs

Tula: Bryansk Front to Kaluga;

Moscow: Caucuses Front via Tambov to Mikhaylovska. Other 2 fronts still in Moscow try an entrench roll.
109 12/18/2020 8:07:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message Rostov - looks like GE inflicted a 3 loss on the SOVs and the SOVs inflicted a 3 loss on the GE.

West Front flips and GE2PZA flips.
108 12/18/2020 8:05:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
4


Message from Allied:
Rostov battle: GE attack and then SOV defense
107 12/18/2020 8:04:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Combat #10: 2 / NKVD Boosts Morale
"+1 DRM" for defending Soviet Units.

Message from Allied:
for the battle at Rostov
106 12/18/2020 8:03:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message Vyazma: it looks like GE inflicted a 6 loss on the Sovs.

West Front to elim. flip the SOV scu replacing it to stay in the space.

SOVs inflict a 5 loss on the GE. not sure which army you want flipped.
105 12/18/2020 8:01:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
6


Message from Allied:
Vyazma battle: GE attack, then Sov defense
104 12/17/2020 8:29:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Change Victory Points +1: from 13 to 14
Message from Axis:
Sevastopol
103 12/17/2020 8:28:00 PM Fall 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:
T3AX1

Event + 4 OPs:

Dvinsk - PZ3 to Smolensk

Zhitomir - PZ2 to Perekop

Smolensk - attack Vyazma (15L vs 6L)

Perekop - attack Sevastopol (6L vs 2C), auto-kill SUa; GE17 advances to Sevastopol (SF marker removed, fort destroyed), PZ2 advances to Krapotkin

2nd PZ2 attack - attack Rostov (4L vs 3L)

To you to resolve Vyazma and Rostov
102 12/17/2020 6:36:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message SF markers on

Smolensk;

Kerch;

Perekop.

thank you for your encouragement, but it's ugly on the mapboard. over to you -- and always, good luck in our game!
101 12/16/2020 8:59:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Hitler Orders and AL MO

To you for SF placements
100 12/16/2020 8:59:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
2


Message from Axis:
T3 Orders:

AX
AL
99 12/16/2020 8:58:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
98 12/16/2020 8:58:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message You have all your fronts on the map. You are doing extremely well, trust me. I'm not saying that you shouldn't be nervous - you're supposed to be as the Soviets early. But you did pretty much what you had to on Turn 2, in my eyes...and I am positive I didn't optimize my own moves. That Blau space was too attractive :-)
97 12/16/2020 8:53:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
96 12/16/2020 8:53:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message i am sliding to total defeat in the East, replacements or not. it's not pretty.

and i have to survive another 6 rounds just to get to winter ??? my goodness....
95 12/16/2020 8:52:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied End Turn
94 12/16/2020 8:51:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Discard Strategy card Message from Allied:
93 12/16/2020 8:48:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Go ahead and decide if you want to discard and you can end turn
92 12/16/2020 8:48:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Discard Strategy card Message from Axis:
91 12/16/2020 8:47:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Change Victory Points +1: from 12 to 13
Message from Axis:
Missed AL MO
90 12/16/2020 8:47:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message SUa in Kolomyja eliminated from attrition.

Lwow and Courland convert to AX

Getting replacements in on Turn 2 is huge for the Allies, I almost never find the time against a good AX player. That said, losing the VP from the missed MO could hurt, but you're not playing a top player :-)
89 12/16/2020 8:38:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message AP replacements

flip CW corps in Cairo, Alexandria;

SOVs: rebuild West Front in Rostov; Northwest Front rebuilt in Moscow.

i count 11 SOV SCU still in elim and 6 SCU in the RB.
88 12/16/2020 8:27:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message i don't see any OOS AP units - am i missing any?
87 12/16/2020 8:27:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #4: 4 / Soviet Reinforcements
Place 1st-6th Tank Armies ==> RB. PREREQ: Play 4 or more turns after Industrial Evacuation

Replacement points: BR: 2, US: 2, SU: 4

Message from Allied:
AP 6

play as replacements.

you will get another 1 VP. probably last time i can afford that, but it's so grim on the Eastern Front.

how many straight OPs have you played? it must be at least 22 or 23.
86 12/16/2020 8:06:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #23: 4 / Axis Satellites
IT8A ==> Odessa, HU 2A ==> Kiev. PREREQ: May play if Axis controls Kiev & Odessa in Supply.

Message from Axis:
T2AX6

4 OPs:

Kremenchug - GE17 to Perekop via Dnep, Nikopol

Maikop - PZc to Kerch

Chernovitsi - (GE11) to Kiev

Roslav - auto-kill SUa in Bryansk, no advance

**OOS threat to Vyasma, Novgorod, Stalino**

Also, reminder that you still have an AL MO
85 12/16/2020 7:42:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Operations #8: 2 / Fortified Boxes
"+1 DRM" for Allied Units defending a desert space.

Message from Allied:
AP 5

2 OPs

Poltava: South Front via Konotop and then Kursk to Orel

Dnepropetrovsk: SOV SCU to Melitipol then Rostov (converting both back to AP control) and ends in Stalino.
84 12/16/2020 7:29:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message got it on Leningrad limited supply. thanks.
83 12/16/2020 6:34:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Change Victory Points +1: from 11 to 12
Message from Axis:
Maikop
82 12/16/2020 6:34:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #15: 3 / Wolfpacks
Allied hand size reduced by 2 for the next draw phase. PREREQ: May not be played after ASW Victory.

Message from Axis:
T2AX5

3 OPs:

Orsha - GE4 to Roslav via Gomel

Vinnitsa - GE17 to Kremenchug

Nikopol - PZc to Maikop via Melitopol, Rostov, Krapotkin, Krasnodar

81 12/16/2020 6:25:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Leningrad would be in limited supply in the fort, but if I cut the fort off and the unit leaves the fort, it is out of supply.
80 12/16/2020 6:10:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message I think that was the right move (though I am far from an expert) - you wanted to get the reinforcement played on Turn 2. I was trying my best to delay it, but needed another 5 OPs I think.
79 12/16/2020 6:07:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #24: 3 / Soviet Reinforcements
Place Brynsk, Kalinin, & Volkhov Fronts. Place 3x Armies ==> RB.

Message from Allied:
AP 4

playing as an event. I will live with the Blau risk for now.

Kalinin Front to Moscow;

Brysnk Front to Tula;

Volkhov Front to Kharkov.

3 SOV armies to RB - six SOV armies there now.

on Leningrad, i will keep limited supply in the fort, if i understand the rules. hope you are having a nice holiday season. certainly know where Essex is.
78 12/16/2020 5:45:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Hi Robert:

I am in Essex, one of the suburbs of Baltimore.
The Blau threat is that I could sacrifice my PZc to occupy Maikop. Once I do that, I can attack the Blau spaces possibly later without even needing to play Fall Blau. Occupation of any of the 3 Blau spaces voids the need to play that card.
77 12/16/2020 5:28:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message Hi Fred -

got your move. i will send my round 4 shortly but i had a question. you mentioned the Blau threat remains. in post 63 it shows you played Blau card as OPs, not an event. did i misunderstand?

many thanks and regards. by the way, where are you in the Balto area if you don't mind my asking?

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