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Entry # Time Turn Player Title Entry
71 9/15/2021 10:43:00 AM Summer 1941 Allied Change Victory Points +5: from 10 to 15
Message from Allied:
Moscow
Sevastopol
Kharkov
Tula
Upcoming missed AL MO
70 9/15/2021 10:37:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #11: 3 / Italian Naval Sortee
Axis unit may trace full supply across SR lines to Tripoli/Tunis this turn. May place 1 combat or Move marker.

Message from Axis:
Yeah, that extra blocker was key, I really didn't want you to get in an event. =(

Rybinsk: 2PA to Moscow via Mozhaisk and Kaluga

Kirovograd:
4PA to Krasnodar via Nikopol, Perekop, Sevastopol, Kerch
1PA to Kharkov via Kremenchug, Dnepropetrovsk

Moscow:
GE16(A) autokills SU(a) in Ryazan, 2L vs 1s, no advance.
2PA autokills SUa in Vladimir, 5L vs 2s, advances to Penza via Tula and Ryzan

Stalin and BLAU threats, along with plenty of supply threats...
69 9/14/2021 10:04:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #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:
T2AL5

I have a feeling regarding what is coming, so I have no real answer. Meanwhile, I know I need to get this event in.

DES to Alexandria
68 9/14/2021 6:54:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Nope, I'm good.
67 9/14/2021 6:42:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message Just making sure you recognize the OOS threat that opened up? Probably minimal but may affect your move.
66 9/14/2021 6:05:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Yeah, two blockers was the good result. =(

Flip GE16A
GE16(A) advances in to Moscow
2PA advances into Rybinsk
65 9/14/2021 5:25:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message At least I got a flip out of it, and 2 blocking forces instead of 1 remain

6/4 AX win

Eliminate KAL, replace with SUa (4,0)

SUa retreats to Vladamir via Ryazan
(SUa) retreats to Ryazan via Vladamir

Loss and advance?
64 9/14/2021 5:22:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
5


Message from Allied:
Kalinin: Attack Moscow, 12L vs 4L
63 9/14/2021 5:21:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message For the record, that was of course AX5
62 9/14/2021 10:33:00 AM Summer 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:
T2AX2
Insterberg: GE9A() to Pskov
Minsk: 2PA to Kalinin via Orsha, Smolensk, Vyazma
Pskov: 3PA to Kalinin via Kholm, Novgorod, Valdai, Rybinsk
Kalinin: Attack Moscow, 12L vs 4L
61 9/12/2021 11:59:00 AM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Operations #1: 4 / Torch
Beachheads: Allied/US K-L,S. [BR1A], 2xUS Corps. PREREQ: US Build-Up. May not play after Sledgehammer

Message from Allied:
T2AL4

Kharkov - SUa to Voroshilovgrad
Dnep - VOL to Rostov
Kursk - SUa to Voronezh
Kaluga - KAL to Moscow
60 9/12/2021 11:22:00 AM 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:
Sorry, same play but as OPS/Event.
59 9/12/2021 11:22:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Return Strategy card to hand #12: 3 / Nordlicht

Message from Axis:
58 9/12/2021 11:21:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Operations #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:
T2AX4
Sorry for delays, Fred, lots of work/home stuff, too many tourney games, etc.

Zhitomir: GE17A to Konotop, GE2(A) to Poltava
Orsha: Vitebsk: GE16A to Kalinin via Rzhev and VL
Lublin: 1PA to Kirovograd
57 9/11/2021 5:47:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message Hey Tom:

Checking in. If you're busy, no pressure
56 8/31/2021 6:39:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Change Victory Points +1: from 9 to 10
Message from Allied:
Kiev
55 8/31/2021 6:38:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Operations #14: 5 / Lend-Lease
Allow play of Su Mech Fronts (31,37,39) on any later turn.

Message from Allied:
T2AL3

Sevastopol - SUa to Maikop
Gomel - CEN to Orel
Smolensk - KAL to Kaluga
Kholm - (LEN) to Vologda
Mozhaisk - RES to Yaroslavl
54 8/31/2021 12:21:00 PM Summer 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:
T3AX3
Let's get pumped up...

Flip 3P(A) in Pskov
Flip 1P(A) in Lublin
Flip PZ(c) in Cherkassi

Uman: Autokill SU(a) in Kirovograd, 4PA advances in.
TR: GE6A to Chernigov via Kiev
Tarnow: GE17A, GE2(A) to Zhitomir
B-L: GE4A to Orsha

Threat to BLAU spot, Maikop.
53 8/30/2021 7:49:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message The (SUa) from Luga will go to Moscow instead.
52 8/30/2021 6:50:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Strategic Redeployment #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:
T2AL2

SR:

Moscow - Stalin to Kuibischev
Luga - (SUa) to Novgorod
Kiev - SUa to Elets
Dnep - SUa to Kursk
Smolensk - SUa to Kharkov

Best I can think of to do against the might of the Gregorio horde...
51 8/30/2021 8:15:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Message WRT to luck: Yes, opening cards have a big impact on Allied play. IE is important but sometimes it doesn't get in; losing Stalin is, IMHO, the game loser for the Allies. Similarly, I think losing North Africa early is also a huge negative for the Axis.
50 8/30/2021 8:11:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Message Uman: 4PA dvances into Uman, PZ(c) advances to Cherkassi.

Moscow/Stalin threat.
49 8/29/2021 9:21:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message And no, I'm not backing out of this one...even if it gets really ugly again :-)
48 8/29/2021 9:21:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message I will await your advance decision vs. Uman before my move.

At this point I have to ask - how much of the opening turns is determined by card draw and dice? How often does skill overcome that among high level players?

I didn't get a 5 OPs on the first turn and it is quite obvious I don't have IE in the first two hands. Not complaining but...just wondering statistically how much luck has to play into the opening turns of BTB.
47 8/29/2021 9:18:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Change Victory Points +1: from 8 to 9
Message from Allied:
Odessa
46 8/29/2021 9:16:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Change Victory Points -1: from 9 to 8
Message from Allied:
Taifun
45 8/29/2021 9:16:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message 3/2 AX win

Eliminate (SW), replace with SUa (5,0)
Flip PZc

SUa retreats to Kirovograd (assuming you advanced to Odessa)
44 8/29/2021 9:15:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message Advance into Pskov and Odessa. (Iím away from map, wonít be able to access until tomorrow.)
43 8/29/2021 9:14:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

1
2


Message from Allied:
Vinnitsa: Attack Uman, 6L+1 vs 3L
42 8/29/2021 9:14:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message SUa eliminated

Advance?
41 8/29/2021 9:13:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
5


Message from Allied:
Galatz: Attack Odessa, 1L+1 vs 2s
40 8/29/2021 9:13:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message Make that (LEN) to Kholm, (SUa) to Luga
39 8/29/2021 9:12:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Message 4/3 AX win

Flip LEN and SUa

(LEN) retreats to Luga
(SUa) retreats to Kholm

Flip PZ3

Advance?
38 8/29/2021 9:10:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
3


Message from Allied:
Dvinsk: Attack Pskov, 4L+1 vs 5L

37 8/29/2021 7:37:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Play Strategy card as Event #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:
T2AX2
Kind of a weird time to play this but...

Vitebesk: Autokill SU VL, no advance.
Dvinsk: Attack Pskov, 4L+1 vs 5L
Galtez: Attack Odessa, 1L+1 vs 2s
Vinnitsa: Attack Uman, 6L+1 vs 3L
36 8/29/2021 10:45:00 AM Summer 1941 Allied Message Yeah, probably not a good idea to let you waltz in there, even if I don't think you will next round. Not having a 5 OP turn 1 hurts. I'll miss that SUa from Riga (that would have otherwise went to Narva).

KAL to Leningrad instead of Kiev - over to you
35 8/29/2021 10:40:00 AM Summer 1941 Axis Message Just to be sure - Leningrad is empty and accessible?
34 8/29/2021 10:28:00 AM Summer 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Event #24: 3 / Soviet Reinforcements
Place Brynsk, Kalinin, & Volkhov Fronts. Place 3x Armies ==> RB.

Message from Allied:
REVISED T3AL1

I still think this is the right play, I need these guys on the map now

Revised positions:

BRY to Smolensk
KAL to Kiev
VOL to Dnep

RB (6,0)
33 8/29/2021 9:40:00 AM Summer 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from Allied:
TR:

AL firing on 2S
32 8/29/2021 9:39:00 AM Summer 1941 Allied Return permanently removed Strategy card to hand #24: 3 / Soviet Reinforcements

Message from Allied:
I totally didn't mark the TR advances on my map before this play, so revising now before your next play
31 8/27/2021 5:01:00 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:
T2AL1

BRY, KAL to Smolensk
VOL to Odessa

RB (6,0)
30 8/27/2021 4:56:00 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:
T2AX1
Kaunas: GE16A to Vitebsk, GE18A to Orsha
Vienna: GE2(A) to Tarnow, PZc to Kovel via Lwow
Minsk: 4PA to Kovel via Bobruisk, Pinsk, Zhitomir
Dvinsk: 3PA autokills SUa Riga, advances into Riga and then back to Dvinsk

Kovel: Autokill SUa TR, you get 2s return fire.
4PA, PZc advances to Vinnitsa, GE6A into TR

**Kolomyja OOS**

Heading offline for the rest of the evening.
29 8/27/2021 4:47:00 PM Summer 1941 Allied Draw Strategy cards Drew 4 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
28 8/27/2021 4:47:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Draw Strategy cards Drew 5 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
27 8/27/2021 4:47:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Message T2 MOs: WAlly and None
26 8/27/2021 4:46:00 PM Summer 1941 Axis Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
1


Message from Axis:
T2 Orders (AL/AX)
25 8/27/2021 4:46:00 PM June 1941 Axis End Turn
24 8/27/2021 4:46:00 PM June 1941 Axis Discard Strategy card Message from Axis:
23 8/27/2021 4:46:00 PM June 1941 Axis Discard Strategy card Message from Axis:
22 8/27/2021 4:46:00 PM June 1941 Axis Discard Strategy card Message from Axis:
21 8/27/2021 4:46:00 PM June 1941 Axis Discard Strategy card Message from Axis:
20 8/27/2021 4:42:00 PM June 1941 Allied Message WES and replacement SUa (3,0) eliminated in Bialystok as usual (OOS)
19 8/27/2021 4:40:00 PM June 1941 Allied Message Holding 3 - to you for discards and end of/start of turn
18 8/27/2021 4:40:00 PM June 1941 Allied Discard Strategy card Message from Allied:
17 8/27/2021 4:40:00 PM June 1941 Allied Discard Strategy card Message from Allied:
16 8/27/2021 4:40:00 PM June 1941 Allied Change Victory Points +1: from 8 to 9
Message from Allied:
SF violation at Lwow
15 8/27/2021 4:40:00 PM June 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:
T1AL6

Nope, didn't get a 5

4 OPs:

Vittebsk - SUa to VL
Leningrad - LEN to Pskov
Pinsk - SUa to Kiev
Lwow - (SW) to Uman
14 8/27/2021 4:28:00 PM June 1941 Axis Message Not an auspicious start for the Germans.
13 8/27/2021 4:27:00 PM June 1941 Axis Message Kaunas:
3PA advances to Dvinsk via Vilna
16A,18A advance into Kaunas

Courland:
4PA advances to Minsk

As always, WES is OOS.
12 8/27/2021 1:56:00 PM June 1941 Allied Message 6/4 AX win

Eliminate NW, replace with SUa (4,0)
Flip GE9

SUa retreats to Pskov via Riga

Advance decision?
11 8/27/2021 1:55:00 PM June 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

4
5


Message from Allied:
Kaunas:

AX on 15L +1
AL on 3L +1
10 8/27/2021 1:55:00 PM June 1941 Allied Play Strategy card as Combat #17: 2 / Zhukov
"+1DRM" for Su Offensive or Def fire.

Message from Allied:
Kaunas
9 8/27/2021 1:54:00 PM June 1941 Allied Message 4/4 tie

Flip PZ1 and SW
8 8/27/2021 1:53:00 PM June 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
5


Message from Allied:
Lwow:

AX on 3L +1
AL on 5L
7 8/27/2021 1:52:00 PM June 1941 Allied Message One less GE garrison unit, but wasted my 6 again

GEc eliminated
6 8/27/2021 1:52:00 PM June 1941 Allied Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from Allied:
Brest-Litovsk:

AL firing back on 2s
5 8/27/2021 1:51:00 PM June 1941 Allied Change Victory Points +1: from 7 to 8
Message from Allied:
Minsk
4 8/27/2021 1:45:00 PM 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:
And so it begins.

Yassi: GE11(A) autokills SUa in Chernovitsi and advances in.

Lublin: GE6A autokills SUa in Kovel and advances in. 1PA attacks Lwow, maybe this time I'll get a flip. 3L+1 vs 5L.

Warsaw: All attack Brest Litovsk. GE4A and GEc advance into BL. 2PA advances to Minsk via Baranovich. (You get 2c return fire.)

Insterberg: Attack Kaunas w/GE16,18A in Memel, 15L+1 vs 3L. Take flip from GE9A.

Memel: 4PA autokills SUa in Courland, advance TBD.
3 8/27/2021 1:34:00 PM June 1941 Axis Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
2 8/23/2021 10:53:00 PM June 1941 Allied Draw Strategy cards Drew 7 to replenish hand to 7 cards.
1 8/23/2021 10:53:00 PM June 1941 Allied Message Hey Tom:

I decided I would try and see how well I do as the Allies against you again, after that last session. Go ahead and draw whenever you feel ready to start.

Good luck (I'll need it)

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