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149 1/18/2021 2:50:00 PM Winter 1942 Axis Play Strategy card as Event #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:
Axis 4.2
I think I'll get this event in place... Not sure if this play is too early. Time will tell.
148 1/16/2021 2:57:00 PM Winter 1942 Allied Message >> Per Rule 5.2 you are AOK

yeah, but we evaluate at end of Turn 4... :-)

So true! I was raised catholic (without my permission). The experience made me hyper-sensitive to the future. :)

147 1/16/2021 2:55:00 PM Winter 1942 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #3: 2 / Stavka
Cancels any Soviet Orders for this turn

Message from Allied:
AL AR 4.1 Event
FYI, the card in Vassal reads that this is a Yellow Event if Stalin is in Moscow. I played it accordingly. If that is incorrect, my moves will need to be retracted.
Orders cancelled for this turn.
M > Moscow, Voroshilovgrad
M 1/2 2SUL Moscow > Mozhaisk
M 2/2 SUL Voroshilovgrad > Stalingrad
146 1/16/2021 2:29:00 PM Winter 1942 Allied Draw Strategy cards Drew 6 to replenish hand to 7 cards.NOTE: The deck was reshuffled on this deal.
145 1/15/2021 7:18:00 PM Winter 1942 Axis Change Victory Points +2: from 9 to 11
Message from Axis:
I think it is +2 for Svestapol and Orel.
144 1/15/2021 7:17:00 PM Winter 1942 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 4.1

1 M Lublin: GE SCU, (GE2) Army moves Lublin -> Brest-Litovsk -> Baranovich -> Minsk *

2-3 M Bryansk:
GE4PzA moves Bryansk -> Roslav Yenya -> Gomel *
GE1PzA moves Bryansk -> Konotop *

4: M Kirovograd:
GE 6 Army moves Kirovograd -> Kremenchug -> Poltava -> Kharkov *
143 1/15/2021 6:57:00 PM Winter 1942 Axis Message Axis:None
Allied: Stalin!

Place Stand Fast in Voroshilovgrad, Kaluga, Leningrad.
142 1/15/2021 6:49:00 PM Winter 1942 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
4


Message from Axis:
Orders: Axis, Allied order
141 1/15/2021 6:45:00 PM Winter 1942 Axis Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
140 1/15/2021 6:44:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis End Turn
139 1/15/2021 6:44:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message > Per Rule 5.2 you are AOK

yeah, but we evaluate at end of Turn 4... :-)

> Winter is coming

... and your dudes are the Zombies.
138 1/15/2021 6:36:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Discard Strategy card Message from Axis:
Discard Card
137 1/15/2021 6:33:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Axis Turn 3 Replacements:
2 GE:
(GE9) Vlikiye Luki to full
(GE4) Smolensk to full

136 1/14/2021 11:40:00 AM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #9: 4 / US Build-up
Allows play of Allied Invasions, US 8th Air Force, US Reinf, BR8A(21) on any following turns. PREREQ: May play any turn after the turn of US Entry.

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

Message from Allied:
AL AR 3.6 Replacements
BR2, SU4

EoT
Per Rule 5.2 you are AOK

OoS - none that I see

AL RP
RU 4/4 2SUL EB > Moscow
BR full

holding 1 card

Winter is coming
135 1/14/2021 12:09:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #20: 2 / Kammhuber Line
Cancels effect of Bomber Command played this turn. PREREQ: May not be played after Turn 14

Replacement points: GE: 2, AX: 0

Message from Axis:
Axis 3.6
Replacements
134 1/13/2021 12:54:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message AL AR 3.5 ONE OPS
M > Vyazma

M 2 SUL Vyazma > Kaluga; M 1 SUL Vyazma > Mozhaisk

vlog updated
133 1/13/2021 1:08:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Message Looks just right to me Richard, thanks.

I posted a file, but if you already have started one, you can just continue it.

My best,
Mark
132 1/13/2021 1:04:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Message > Aside: the best way to assure the roll of a 6 is to play a combat card

Ain't that the truth! :-)
131 1/12/2021 3:11:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message correction:
eliminate GE (11) and its replacement c
130 1/12/2021 2:56:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message Kaluga results
5 LN each
AL eliminate the reduced SUL and its replacement c
AX eliminate GE11 and its replacement c
I will wait for your agreement before puzzling out another move
Aside: the best way to assure the roll of a 6 is to play a combat card
129 1/12/2021 2:50:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
6


Message from Allied:
Kaluga
AX 12L
AL 5L +1 drm CC#17
128 1/12/2021 2:49:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Combat #17: 2 / Zhukov
"+1DRM" for Su Offensive or Def fire.

Message from Allied:
for battle of Kaluga
127 1/10/2021 7:58:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #24: 3 / German Reinforcements
Place 1 PzC & 1 SS PzC ==> RB

Message from Axis:
Axis 3.5
3 OPS

1 M Orsha:
GE 16 Army moves Orsha-Mogilev -> Smolensk *

2 M Bobruisk:
GE 4 Panzer Army, Move moves Bobruisk -> Bobruisk -> Gomel -> Roslav Yenya -> Bryansk -> Orel -> Bryansk *

* Axis Control created in Orel
* VP x 1 moves 0 -> 1 *

3 C Bryansk:
(GE11), GE1Pza, GE4PzA vs. Kaluga
12L vs. 5L

Advance depends on results.
126 1/10/2021 7:48:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message 3/3
GE11 flips
Soviet Front flips
125 1/10/2021 7:48:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
1


Message from Axis:
Bryansk
AL 6L no CC v AX 10L

No Axis CC
124 1/9/2021 5:25:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Operations #23: 4 / Clearing the Scheldt
Allows Allied use of Antwerp supply PREREQ: May play if the Allies control Antwerp.

Message from Allied:
AL AR 3.4 OPS
M > Kalach, Orel, Mozhaisk
C > Kaluga

M 1/3 SUL Kalach > Billervo > Voronegh > Tambov;
SUL Kalach > Millervo > Voroshilovgrad

M 2/4 SUS Orel > Elets > Voronezh> Mikhaylovska

M 3/4 3SUL Mozhaisk > Vyazma

C 4/4 2SUL Kaluga > Bryansk
AL 6L no CC v AX 10L
123 1/9/2021 4:34:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #25: 4 / Stuka
All Ge attack vs. Su get +1 DRM this round. PREREQ: Maybe played in Summer/Fall 1941-43 only.

Message from Axis:
Prior to card:
RO 3 Army moves Sevastopol -> Perekop *

Marking prior controls:

Vitebsk either was occupied or converted control last turn.
* Axis Control created in Vitebsk
* Axis Control created in Kholm Demyansk
* Axis Control created in Cherkassi

Axis 3.4
4 OPS

1 M Cherkassi:
GE 17 Army moves Cherkassi -> Poltava -> Kharkov -> Kursk *
(GE Armor SCU) moves Cherkassi -> Poltova -> -> Kharkov -> Voronezh -> Elets -> Kursk
GE 11 Army moves Cherkassi -> Poltava -> Konotop -> Bryansk *

* Axis Control created in Poltava
* Axis Control created in Kharkov
* Axis Control created in Voronezh
* Axis Control created in Elets
* Axis Control created in Konotop

VP 9->10 for Kharkov

2-3 M Kiev:
HU 2 Army moves Kiev -> Cherkassi -> Poltava -> Kharkov *
GE 1 Panzer Army moves Kiev -> Chernigov -> Gomel -> Roslav Yenya -> Bryansk *

* Axis Control created in Chernigov
* Axis Control created in Gomel
* Axis Control created in Roslav Yenya

4 M Kholm Demyansk:
(GE 9 Army) moves Kholm Demyansk -> Pskov -> Velikiye Luki *
122 1/9/2021 4:05:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message 3/5
GE9 flips
Bryansk Front flips
121 1/9/2021 4:04:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
6


Message from Axis:
Kholm Demyansk
AL 6A no CC v AX 5A
No Axis CC
120 1/9/2021 4:02:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Change Victory Points +2: from 7 to 9
Message from Axis:
Minsk and Svest to Axis
119 1/9/2021 4:01:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Hi Robert,

Please note that my orders were for only a single RO Army to advance on Svest. Fixing in the 'battle' file coming.
118 1/9/2021 3:22:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Operations #4: 4 / Soviet Reinforcements
Place 1st-6th Tank Armies ==> RB. PREREQ: Play 4 or more turns after Industrial Evacuation

Message from Allied:
AL AR 3.3 OPS
M > Stalino, Khaarkov, Moscow
C > Valdai

M 1/4 SUL Stalino > Rostov > Kamenskaya > Kalach
M 2/4 SUL Kharkov > Voroshilovgrad >Kamenskaya > Kalach; SUC Kharkov > Orel
M 3/4 2SUL Moscow > Mozhaisk
C 4/4 2SUL Valdai > Kholm Demyansk
AL 6A no CC v AX 5A
117 1/9/2021 2:46:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message Sevastopol results
AL 4LN SCU eliminated
AX 1LN no damage, R03, 4 > Sevastopol

You are going to run out of control markers.
116 1/9/2021 2:43:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
4


Message from Allied:
Sevastopol
AX 4L
AL 2S
115 1/9/2021 12:20:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Ops/Event #13: 3 / Krim
Cancels Su fort combat effects for 1 attack vs. Sevastopol.

Message from Axis:
Axis 3.3
Krim or Yellow 3 OPS Event

Prior to move:
* Axis Control created in Cherkassi

1 M Lublin:
* (GE 2 Army), GESCU moves Lublin -> Kovel -> Pinsk -> Bobruisk *

2 M Cherkassi:
GE 17 Army moves Cherkassi -> Kremenchug -> Dnepropetrovsk *
GE 11 Army moves Cherkassi -> Poltava *
(GE Armor SCU) moves Cherkassi -> Kremenchug -> Dnepropetrovsk -> Melitopol -> Nikopol *
* Axis Control created in Melitopol

3 A Perekop:
Romanian 3, Romanian 4 vs. Sevastapol
4L vs. 2S
Advance by (unflipped) Romanian army to take space if possible.
114 1/7/2021 5:03:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #2: 4 / Soviet Reinforcements
Place Don, Stalingrad, Steppe, & Voronezh Fronts. Place 4x Armies ==> RB

Message from Allied:
AL AR 3.2 Reinforcements
Don > Moscow
Steppe > Moscow
Voronezh > Tula
Stalingrad > Kharkov
4 SCU > RB

I think I have the named Fronts located as indicated; the names are difficult to make out even at max magnification.
113 1/7/2021 3:35:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #21: 5 / Herkules
Place an Axis control marker on Malta. May trace full supply by sea to Tripoli/Tunis. PREREQ: May not be played if Allied units are in Benghazi or Algiers.

Message from Axis:
Axis 3.2
5 OPS

Some starting control placement:
* Axis Control created in Odessa
* Axis Control created in Kirovograd
* Axis Control created in Tarnopol Rovno

1-2 M Odessa:
IT 8 Army moves Odessa -> Kirovograd -> Nikopol -> Dnepropetrovsk *
RO 4 Army moves Odessa -> Kirovograd -> Nikopol -> Perekop *
Axis Control created in Nikopol

3 M Kirovograd:
RO 3 Army moves Kirovograd -> Nikopol -> Perekop *

4 M Tarno/Rovno:
GE 6 Army moves Tarnopol Rovno -> Vinnitsa -> Uman -> Kirovograd *
GE 17 Army moves Tarnopol Rovno -> Vinnitsa -> Uman -> Cherkassi *
(GE Armor SCU) moves Tarnopol Rovno -> Vinnitsa -> Uman -> Kirovograd -> Kremenchug -> Cherkassi *
* Axis Control created in Kremenchug

5 M Slovakia:
(GE 2 Army) moves Slovakia -> Kovel -> Lublin *
112 1/6/2021 9:53:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Ach! Sorry, I read wrong column. You are correct, no flip.

No advance noted. I will go to my next play.

Thanks!
111 1/6/2021 9:51:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message Hi Mark,
Unless I am looking at the wrong Fire Table, I show a 1 on 5L to result in 2LN, which I believe would not cause the Volkhov front to be reduced.
In either case, no advance.
110 1/6/2021 9:39:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Soviets send a rebuke to the German spearheads!

5/3
GE4 flips to (GE4)
SU Volkhov Front flips to (SU Volkhov)

Axis retreat 2:
* GE 4 Army moves Vyazma -> Roslav Yenya *
* GE 4 Army moves Roslav Yenya -> Smolensk *

Advance?
109 1/6/2021 9:35:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
1


Message from Axis:
Vyazma: 6L vs. 5L
108 1/6/2021 9:34:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Hi Richard,

Excellent. Thanks for the correction. The lack of Mech really adds an interesting element to the game (I think), giving the Axis an initial advantage they likely need to be competitive. Makes the reinforcements bringing the Soviet Mech into the game all the sweeter for them... :-)
107 1/6/2021 10:56:00 AM Fall 1941 Allied Message Whoa! Mark, the moment I saw your message, I recalled the rule. However, while I was setting up the move, it didn't occur to me, possibly because I have no mechanized units. Out of sight, out of mind, as the saying goes. Thank you for your assistance. I will make two small changes to the orders described in ACTS #103. The combat order for Mozhaisk is replaced with a move order at Rzhev. A 6/5 firing factor will accomplish all I was looking for from the 9/5 firing factor so why kill more people than necessary. I have updated the vlog file to 021.1_Allied_3.1 OPs. Thanks again.

AL AR 3.1 5-OPS
M > Moscow, Dnepropetrovsk, Armavir, Rzhev
C > Kaluga

M 1/5 SUL Moscow > Kalinin > Valdai; SUL Moscow > entrench
M 2/5 SUS Dnepropetrovsk > Kharkov
M 3/5 SUL Armavir > Krapotkin > Rostov > Stalino

<><> M 4/5 SUS Rzhev > Kalinin <><>

C 5/5 2SUL Kaluga > Vyazma
Al 6A, no CC
106 1/5/2021 11:57:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Message Hi Richard,

Without Mech, no multi-space attack can be made. Please see top of page 10 of rules:

MULTI-SPACE COMBAT: Combat is normally between two
adjacent spaces. Units in other spaces may attack in combination
with the first attacking space as long as there is a
mechanized unit in each additional attacking space which
is also attacking the defending space.

EXAMPLE: If Soviet units attack a German unit from three
adjacent spaces, two of those spaces would have to contain an
attacking Tank Army or Mechanized Front.

Please advise how you would change the move. You may play a different card if desired, or even not take OPS as desired.
105 1/5/2021 3:52:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Message Level 1 trench > Moscow
104 1/5/2021 3:52:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from Allied:
Moscow entrench roll
103 1/5/2021 3:52:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Operations #16: 5 / Sledgehammer
Beach head: Allied A-B,D. [Br1A], 2x US Corps. PREREQ: Play after US Build-Up. May not play after Torch.

Message from Allied:
AL AR 3.1 5-OPS
M > Moscow, Dnepropetrovsk, Armavir
C > Mozhaisk, Kaluga

M 1/5 SUL Moscow > Kalinin > Valdai; SUL Moscow > entrench
M 2/5 SUS Dnepropetrovsk > Kharkov
M 3/5 SUL Armavir > Krapotkin > Rostov > Stalino
C 4/5 SUL Mozhaisk > Vyazma
C 5/5 2SUL Kaluga > Vyazma
Al 9A, no CC
102 1/5/2021 1:27:00 PM Fall 1941 Allied Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
101 1/5/2021 12:16:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #7: 5 / Hedgehogs
Place 3x lvl1 Trench markers in Full Supply spaces w Ge Armies in Su. All GE units in Su may use no retreat option this turn.

Message from Axis:
Axis 3.1
5 OPS

1-2 M Yassi:
RO 3 Army moves Yassi -> Kishinev -> Uman -> Kirovograd *
GE 11 Army moves Yassi -> Kishinev -> Uman -> Cherkassi *

3 M Tarnow:
GE 17 Army moves Tarnow -> Lwow -> Tarnopol Rovno *

4 M Vilna:
GE 9 Army moves Vilna -> Dvinsk -> Pskov -> Kholm Demyansk *

5 M Vitebsk:
GE 4 Army moves Vitebsk -> Smolensk -> Vyazma *
100 1/5/2021 12:05:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Message Stalin orders are not so harsh this time, as only Leningrad is adjacent, so it gets one.
99 1/5/2021 12:04:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Message Axis: None
Allied: Stalin orders
98 1/5/2021 12:03:00 AM Fall 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
4


Message from Axis:
Orders: Axis, Allied dr order
97 1/4/2021 11:56:00 PM Fall 1941 Axis Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
96 1/4/2021 11:56:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis End Turn
95 1/4/2021 11:55:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Discard Strategy card Message from Axis:
94 1/4/2021 11:53:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message - 2 GE Replacements for Axis
-
Vitebsk: (GE4) -> GE4
Yassi: (GE11) -> GE11

- Some spaces attrition to Axis control, removing the Soviet Trenches as well.
* Axis Control created in Lwow
* Axis Control created in Kolomyja
* Axis Control created in Chernovitsi
* Axis Control created in Vinnitsa
* Axis Control created in Kishinev
* Axis Control created in Minsk
- +1 VP for Minsk
* VP x 1 moves 7 -> 8 *
* Axis Control created in Tallinn
* Axis Control created in Narva
93 1/4/2021 10:41:00 AM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #8: 2 / Fortified Boxes
"+1 DRM" for Allied Units defending a desert space.

Replacement points: BR: 1, US: 1, SU: 2

Message from Allied:
AL AR 2.6 Replacements

SU OOS organized by unit type
SCU x5 Tallinn, Minsk, Lwow x2, Chernovitsi > EB
LCU x2 Minsk, Kishinev >EB + 2 SCU RB > EB

AL RP
SU [7] 2 LCU 4/7 EB > Moscow
3 SCU 7/7 EB > RB

BR [3] flip to full LCUs in Alexandria, Cairo, Basra
92 1/4/2021 12:17:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Message Very disciplined on the Lend-Lease. I did the same in my first game, and I think it paid off.
91 1/3/2021 4:12:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message I was aware of Minsk being oos, but didnít think to put a marker on it. I wanted to get Lend/Lease played as an event before I was tempted to play it otherwise. Thanks for verifying.
90 1/3/2021 4:00:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message No Axis units OOS that I see.
89 1/3/2021 3:57:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Event #23: 4 / Axis Satellites
IT8A ==> Odessa, HU 2A ==> Kiev. PREREQ: May play if Axis controls Kiev & Odessa in Supply.

Message from Axis:
CP6
For the Event
88 1/3/2021 3:54:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message I forgot to mark Minsk OOS on my last move, but I hope it is obvious. If you need to re-do Allied 5, happy to backtrack.
87 1/3/2021 11:04:00 AM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #14: 5 / Lend-Lease
Allow play of Su Mech Fronts (31,37,39) on any later turn.

Message from Allied:
AL AR 2.5 Event
86 1/3/2021 12:20:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #8: 2 / Hitler Declares War
Add 1 VP. US Enters the war. Allow play of Allied US Build-Up card. PREREQ: May play after Summer 41.

Replacement points: GE: 2, AX: 0

Message from Axis:
Axis 2.5
Replacements as well.
85 1/2/2021 2:18:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from Allied:
vlog in DB
84 1/2/2021 2:15:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message I concur with the VP count
83 1/2/2021 2:15:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Replacement Points #25: 5 / Enigma
The Axis player must show the Allied player his hand. PREREQ: May not be played if Allies control any space in Greater Germany. May not play during Spring Thaw.

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

Message from Allied:
AL AR 2.4 Replacements
82 1/2/2021 2:34:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Change Victory Points +2: from 5 to 7
Message from Axis:
Capture of Minsk & Odessa +2, bid -2
81 1/2/2021 2:27:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Message Think VPs are this:

Start w 7
Bid of 2 to Axis, goes to 5
Axis capture of Odessa, Kiev, +2, back to net 7.
80 1/2/2021 2:26:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Message VP for capture of Kiev
79 1/2/2021 2:23:00 AM 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:
Maybe a little un-focused progress in the South/Ukraine... Falling into historical traps maybe.. ;-)

2.4 Axis

5 OPS
All Moves

1 M Bialystok:
(GE4) moves Bialystok -> Vilna -> Dvinsk -> Vitebsk *

2 M Vitebsk:
GE16 moves Vitebsk -> Orsha-Mogilev *

3 M Dvinsk:
GE4PzA moves Dvinsk -> Vitebsk -> Orsha-Mogilev -> Bobruisk *

4 M Tarnow:
(GE Arm) moves Tarnow -> Radom -> Lublin -> Kovel -> Tarnopol Rovno *

5 M Kovel:
GE1PzA moves Kovel -> Pinsk -> Zhitomir -> Kiev -> Uman -> Kiev *

* Axis Control created in Uman
* Axis Control created in Kiev
* Axis Control created in Dvinsk

* Out of Supply created in Kishinev
78 1/1/2021 2:36:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message Good afternoon Mark,
First, thank you for your patience while I embarked on my odessey to ferret out the meanings of the SU SW rule. I have it now. I appreciate it.
Second, since I see no advantage to advancing, I will stay put in Minsk. Nice town.
Finally, I updated the vlog you made to tidy the board. It is named 012_Allied_2.3 post combat

All yours. I do believe I hear the revving of tank engines.
77 12/31/2020 10:02:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Hi Richard,
For whatever reason, did not see your file in DB, so I created one with your 2.3 in it.

pausing to hear about your advance before Axis 2.4

my best,
Mark
76 12/31/2020 9:59:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message 4/3 result
GE 4A flips
SU West flips

(GE4) retreat 1 to Bialystok.

Advance?
75 12/31/2020 9:58:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

3
3


Message from Axis:
Baranovich
Al 5A + 1drm CC #20 v AX 5A
74 12/31/2020 9:51:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Hi Richard,

On your last message: Exactly!

It may help to note that in the physical game, you just replace the Mech front counter with the Inf front counter once it goes to the Elim box.

Onward!
73 12/30/2020 6:48:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message Hi Mark,
Okay, I think I am converting the mayonnaise to jelly. The non-replaceable dot on the original unit means it is out of the game once eliminated, which had me thinking along this reduction line:
5-3-4 SW mech > (3-3-4 SW mech) > 3-3-4 LCU > (2-3-3 LCU) > 2-1-3 SCU > (1-1-3 SCU), which also explains the automated action in VASSAL

However, as you point out the rule states the replacement takes place in the Eliminated Box.ĒThe Soviet Southwest Front 5-3-4 is replaced in the Eliminated Units Box with the Southwest Front 3-3-3 when eliminated.Ē Which means the action in VASSAL is incorrect because the replacement does not take place on the map, and the reduction path for the unit is this: 5-3-4 SW mech > (3-3-4 SW mech) > 2-1-3 SCU > (1-1-3 SCU). Consequently, the 3-3-4 LCU is only available as a replacement.

72 12/30/2020 4:33:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Just making sure we are on same page. I will check your DB file. My understanding is that by taking the 2nd step, the Lwow will get Russian Army SCU on board, and the Eliminated/To-be-rebuilt box will get the 3-3-3 Infantry Front, per the rule you referenced.
71 12/30/2020 4:16:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Hi Richard,

To be clear, to stand fast the Front would go to a SCU for the extra step loss required, correct.

Also, did you post a file to DB, or should I just work from mine?

thanks man.
Mark
70 12/30/2020 2:33:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Combat #20: 2 / Paradrop
"+1DRM" for Offensive fire. Maybe used once per turn only.

Message from Allied:
for Baranovich
69 12/30/2020 2:33:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #11: 3 / Sorge
May place move/combat marker on 2 Soviet spaces. Allow play of Siberians

Message from Allied:
AL AR 2.3 Event/2 OPs
M Kolomyja; C Minsk
M 1/2 SUs Kolomyja > Lwow
C 2/2 SUL, SUs Minsk > Baranovich
Al 5A + 1drm CC #20 v AX 5A
68 12/30/2020 2:30:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message The SW will stand fast as ordered in Lwow; replaced by SUxxxxxSW
67 12/29/2020 8:49:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message > I am beginning to think that the assassination of Stalin would be the easier course to take

I wouldn't let Stalin hear those thoughts... usually results in involuntary lead poisoning.
66 12/29/2020 8:47:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message 4/2
- SU XXXXX flips
- GE PzSCU flips

You can cancel the retreat by going to a SCU from reserves, or retreat 2 to Chernovitsi.
If you hold fast, the (special) SW Front is replaced by the 3-3-3 non-mech in the elim box.

If you decide to retreat, I will have some advances.
65 12/29/2020 8:36:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
1


Message from Axis:
Lwow: 6L vs. 5L
64 12/29/2020 8:36:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #2: 4 / Von Paulus Pause
Axis places 4 Combat markers in any axis ocupied spaces (include. Multi-nationality spaces). Cancels Su Trench No Retreat option this round. Axis must take 2x 1 OPS rounds on Turn 2. Cancels Winter 42 effects. PREREQ: Play on Turn 1 only. May not play if Barbarossa has been played.

Message from Axis:
Would love to charge Moscow, but just not enough forces against too many Russkis...

Better try to clear up the rear a bit.

2.3 4 OPS
1 M Slovokia:
2 M Vienna:
3 C Tarnow:
4 C Kovel:

1 M Slovokia:
* GE SCU moves Slovakia -> Tarnow -> Radom -> Lublin *

2 M Vienna:
(GE 2 Army) moves Vienna -> Ostrava -> Miskolc -> Slovakia *
GE Armor SCU moves Vienna -> Ostrava -> Krakow -> Tarnow, joining Combat

3 C Tarnow + 4 C Kovel:
GE17, PzSCU, GE1PzA vs. Lwow { SW Front, Trench 2 }

Base is 12L vs. 5L
Out of Supply makes this 12L vs. 4L
Trench 2 makes this 6L vs. 5L

Since RU are OOS, no Combat Cards allowed, so I can safely roll this up.
63 12/28/2020 9:24:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message AP AR 2.2 OPs -- these orders replace the errant SR orders in ACTS #59

M > Lennigrad, Valdai, Gomel, Moscow

M 1/4 SUL Valdai > Mozhaisk
M 2/4 SUL Gomel > Kaluga
M 3/4 SUL Leningrad > Valdai
M 4/4 SUL Moscow > Tula; Moscow > Kaluga

I am beginning to think that the assassination of Stalin would be the easier course to take.
62 12/28/2020 9:11:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message My bad, Mark. I remember reading that sentence in the rules because I remember thinking that the parenthetical throws the meaning of the sentence into the ditch where it evidently left me in the tall grass. Fortunately, I have been making 2 or 3 plans per turn and will go with the original one, which I should have played in the first place. Thanks for your assistance.
61 12/28/2020 8:20:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message p.s. In PoG, 3 of the 4 SRs would also not be allowed.

In PoG you can SR out of the box to:
- a space on-board where you have a unit of that nationality already (like you did with Valdai here)
- a nations capital
- a nations supply source (supply symbol)

Looks like they changed it up in BtB to be:
- Urban center
- Capital
- Supply Symbol

which ultimately is more restrictive.
On top of that, there are the Rule 12.5 Nationality Specific rules, which opens up the possibilities for British and US Units, especially to beachheads.

60 12/28/2020 8:09:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Hi Richard,
SR's work a bit differently in BtB than they do in PoG. One of the areas is in destinations to which you can SR out-of-the-box.

12.4 SR and the Reserve Box
OUT OF: Units may SR out of the Reserve Box into any space
in their home country (and then stop) containing a friendly Capital,
Supply Symbol or Urban center in Full Supply, within the
stacking limit. This does not include Syracuse, which is a limited
supply source.

So I think the SR you just did would be a no-go, in all 4 cases.
Let me know how you would like to adjust, including options like playing a different card, or playing the same card for different purpose.

Don't worry, between the two of us, we should get the rules for this puppy figured out.

my best,
Mark

59 12/28/2020 2:43:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Strategic Redeployment #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:
AL AR 2.2 SR
SR x4 from RB

SR 1/4 SUs RB > Valdai
SR 2/4 SUs RB > Mozhaisk
SR 3/4 SUs RB > Kaluga
SR 4/4 SUS RB > Pryansk
58 12/27/2020 1:45:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message I forgot about this rule:

11.52 Terrain and Advance: Mechanized units must stop their
advance when entering a Forest, Mountain, Fort or Swamp
space.

Which means I would not advance 2PzA from Smolensk to Vyazma. I would just forgo that to get my 2nd attack on Orsha.

Sorry, still working through the learning curve.
57 12/27/2020 1:34:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message vlog posted.
56 12/27/2020 1:28:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Guderian presses ahead, but despite urging from Hitler, decides to clean-up the flanks before heading gang-busters for Moscow.

OKH turns a greedy eye to creating a pocket in Minsk!

my best,
Mark
55 12/27/2020 1:28:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message I concur with the oos SUs in Tallinn. I hope they donít have to eat their shoe leather.
54 12/27/2020 1:26:00 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 Action 2 moves Axis Card Play Action -> Other Event *

- Play Guderian for 4OP Yellow card
Yellow OPS:
-

1: M B-L: GE 4 Army moves Brest-Litovsk -> Bialystok -> Baranovich *
* Axis Control created in Bialystok

2: M Insterberg:
GE 9 Army moves Insterberg -> Kaunas -> Vilna

3: M Vilna:
GE 2 Panzer Army moves Vilna -> Dvinsk -> Pskov -> Velikiye Luki -> Vitebsk *
* Axis Control created in Velikiye Luki
Joins combat in Vitebsk

4: A Vitebsk
Combat at Smolensk:
GE16, GE2PzA vs. SU-Army; 9L vs. 2S mod to 6L vs. 2S by Urban. Worst case is 3/2, so auto-kill, with possible 3 space advance by Mech
2PzA only advances -> Smolensk -> Vyazma -> back to Smolensk.
* Axis Control created in Vyazma

2nd attack per Card:
GE2PzA vs. Orsha; 5L vs. 2S; Worst case is 2/2, SCU elim. No advance.
53 12/27/2020 1:00:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Hi Richard,

Yeah, I was hoping the Stalin Orders placement at least give you some pause... :-)

One thing I just noticed, partly because I forgot how supply works through port. I think the Soviet SCU in Tallinn is OOS now as well. It can trace through the port, but doing so does not lead to any Soviet supply sources.
52 12/26/2020 2:40:00 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:
AL AR 2.1 Event
Brynsk > Leningrad
Kalinin, Volkhov > Moscow
3SUs > RB

Oh boy, Mark. Those standing orders give one cause for thought. Haha, I now regret mentioning them.
vlog to DB
51 12/25/2020 11:32:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message I saved a 2nd .vlog file to our Dropbox with it adding the Orders markers.
50 12/25/2020 11:31:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Axis: None
Allies: Stalin Orders

I'll place the markers in: Minsk, Orsha, and Kishinev

Keeping my Turn 2, Round 1 exactly same.

Thanks!

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