AAR of EUROFRONT-II, Game 2 

 

This is our second game of Eurofront-II.
As we made several errors in our first attempt, we started over keeping the same positions as in game 1.

The Axis side will be played by Bo (Oberkommando East) and Rasmus (Oberkommando West). Axis players, Bo on the left.

The allies are played by Jan (Wallies) and me, Oskar (Sovjets). Allied players, Jan on the left.


 

  September 1939 to august 1940 (played: 16. January to 23. January 2007)  
 

September 1939


Poland, end of september 1939


Assault on Finnland


Finnland, final phase


Norway, initial landings


Benelux, initial phase


Benelux, second phase


France, first phase


France, the going gets tough


 


This is our second attempt at Eurofront-2, and again we decided to play it Gentlemenstyle, meaning that takebacks of obvious errors are allowed (if possible to revert) and both sides warn each other to oncoming events and the like. Just as expected, the game has a steep learning curve and our first game ended after a year of gametime with the germans having experienced several major setbacks, largely due to misunderstanding the rules.













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(16. january 2007)

September-39 The polish setup is a variant, where the second line is as far to the east as possible at Radom. This way, it should be all but impossible - with a german standard setup, to sourround Warsawa in the first forthnight of the game. The Germans activate a HQ3-blitz and a THQ against the Poles. The main attack lies against Katowitz and the area NW of it, while all the polish units in reach are attacked. The germans break through and in the second blitzphase, they attack Radom, out of combatsupport with 2 units. Radom holds. Warsawa is for now left alone. The Allies and the Sovjets shuffle units around, the Poles strengthen Radom with another unit.
the second forthnight (German blitz) sees Radom assaulted by 4 armored corps and Warsawa is engaged as well. At Radom the polish defenders deal 3 damage to the germans and last through both Blitzphases with a single step surviving! Warsawa is still not surrounded.

October-39 With good weather in the east, the germans activate 2 HQ and finish the job in Poland., Warsawa is surrounded. The sovjets move towards the Curzonline. the second forthnight sees german units leaving Poland and setting up the Curzonline. Warsawa falls, Poland surrenders.











November-39 snow in the east. Russia plays the Curzon Line event and moves in to close the gaps, troops arrive at Leningrad. The Germans move troops around. The second forthnight is all mud and nothing happens.

December-39 Sovjets declare Winterwar. They play a HQ2-blitz and assault the finnish positions at Vyborg and NE of it. the main focus is at the 2 defenders at Vyborg, who turn out to have 5 steps, while the Vyborg-NE area only holds 2 steps. The finns do good damage at Vyborg, but the defender at Vyborg-NE is reduced to 1 step. On the Northfront, the russians move forward everywhere. The finns react by sending the Mannerheim-HQ and a unit to the Area NW of Vyborg, to form a second line.
the second forthnight sees another russian HQ2-blitz, crushing the defender and attackng the position Vyborg-NW in open terrain with their Mech.


January-40 The germans havent asked for armistice yet, overlooking the possibility of the russians breaking through and take undefended Helsinki. So the russian play their 3rd blitz HQ, attack and crush the defenders and in the second phase take Helsinki. Finnland surrenders to Russia. After that, all sides pass.

February-40 The russian do not play S1 yet, as the allies prepare for norway. Aside from that, everybody passes this month.









(23. january 2007)

March-40 The germans play Denmark submits and DOW Norway. A triple Blitz sees landings in Oslo, Trondheim and longrange landings in Narvik and Bergen. Oslo and Bergen fall, so the surviving defenders in Narvik and Trondheim are unsupported (both reduced to 0). In the secon phase the germans land unopposed in Christianssand. The Allies respond by sending troops to Narvik and Tromsų and 2 more corps go to France. Russia shuffles armies around. The second forthnight sees more units coming to Norway and closing in on Narvik. Norway is defeated as the last remnants die unsupported. The Allies pass.

April-40Dietl activates in Oslo, moving the corps under his command northward. The germans position themselves in the West. The Allies pass. The second forthnight sees more northward movement in Norway. Allies pass.

May-40The OKW activates to move units in Norway, while the allies pass. The second forthnight sees the first attack by Dietl against Narvik, the defending canadian Mech (4) gets reduced 2 step for no german losses. The allies pass.




June-40 Activity in the West. The Axis DOW's Belgium and the Netherlands and Blitz with a HQ-3. Liege holds despite paradrop (This seems to be very crucial, as Brussels cant be surrounded that way, which in turn leads to the french moving into Belgium (including strenthening Brussels) and will be hard to demoralize), the Ardennes hold the initial onslaugt, while Amsterdam falls to 3 armorcorps. In Norway Dietl renews the attack against Narvik, each side taking a hit. In the second Blitzphase the germans succed in taking the Ardennes and Liege, while engaging the step-4 inf in Brussels. The Allies respond by marching into Belgium setting up tough defenses and supporting Brussels. The second forthnight sees the germans change their attack to the Maginotline at Metz (Blitz) instead of plunging head-on into the thick anglo-french lines (where the only defenders NOT having double defensive fire is the british infantry). The initial attack does 6 (3 air, 3 armor) damage, while recieving 1, reducing the Fort to 2. In the second blitzphase, the german move in more armor, the airstrike gets 2 hits in, the defending fort does 1 hit and the armor hits back with 3 hits. Thus, the fortress barely survives as strength 1 (This was very close, as the germans had 10 armor doing 3 damage. If they had done 4 damage, the fortress would have fallen, the french demoralized and with disrupted HQ, the french wouldn't be able to form a new line effectivly). The Allies respond by moving troops southward to plug the threatening gap.























July-40The Germans activate another BlitzHQ-3 and Dietl in the north. They engage at Phillipsville and Mons, mainly to bind the allied troops there. The renewed assault on Metz does 5 hits on the defenders, while recieving only 1. At Mons the defenders do 6 hits, killing both attackers and at Phillipville the defenders do 6 hits on the 2 infantry attackers! During the second Blitzphase, The attackers do 4 more hits at Metz (2 get absorbed by the Fort). The Allies and Russians shuffle troops around. The second forthnight: A German Blitz-2 is launched at Metz, resulting in 5 hits on the fort, reducing it to 1, but the defenders got in 3 hits themselves. The second bltzphase: The assault does 6 damage to the defenders (6 armor doing 5 damage!, while recieving 2 damages. So the fortress finally falls, 2 single step defenders reamin. The allies response with a Blitz on their own to reinforce Metz heavily, weakening the northern defenses.









August-40The germans launch another Blitz-3 at Metz. Despite the Luftwaffe doing 2 hits, the defenders respond with 11 doublefire, doing 8 hits! All attackers are killed, 4 armored corps gone (Damn, I should have rolled for russian mobilisation after all :-) )! To make matters even worse, the Germans - testing the weakend line at Phillipsville and Mons - take 6 hits at Mons and another 5 at Phillipsville. The German army is devastated, both morally and militarily. THE GERMANS CEDE THE GAME!




Final comment: This was a much closer thing at France. Had the Metz Fortress fallen earlier, France would surely have fallen, beeing almost immobile. In the end it all comes down to not taking Liege in the first Blitzphase (in June), thus not getting Brussels, which again means the french wont become demoralized. Norway went much better this time, we all learned a lot there. Beeing sick of playing Russia only in the early stages of WW2, I ask to get another position. For details see the next AAR.