(being a report of the progress of a solo wargame campaign)
17th September 1939
Warsaw was bombed again.
St John’s cathedral was hit during Mass.
The Red Army invaded Poland from the east.
U-129 sank the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous off
south-west Ireland. The Royal Navy withdrew aircraft carriers from convoy escort
Game day 17 – France
1st Infantry Corps moved south-east to the border with Germany, with a view to also being closer to any potential move by Italy. The 1st Battleship Flotilla sailed to Oran on the north coast of Algeria (in anticipation of future events known to the game player).
Moscow concluded a cease-fire treaty with Japan, ending
conflict with Russian-supported Mongolian forces. Conscription was announced for Russian men
The first convoy left Canada for Britain. Canadian men aged 21-24 were to be
Game day 15: Japan
2nd Infantry Corps moved south away from Mongolia in support of 1st Infantry Corps. 3rd Infantry Corps on the Japanese homeland moved towards Osaka for embarkation. 1st Fighter Group flew to Manchuria (Manchukwo).
Pravda (The Russian newspaper: translation = “Truth”) launched a propaganda campaign against Poland. The Germans took Gdynya, west of Danzig.
U39 attacked the HMS Ark Royal in the Atlantic. The U-boat was sunk by accompanying destroyers.
Hungary significantly did not declare neutrality.
Game day 14: Britain supports France.
The 1st Infantry Corps of the British
Expeditionary Force disembarked in France.
The 1st Armoured Corps embarked for France. 1st RAF Fighter Group flew to north-east
The Convoy in the North Atlantic continued towards Canada,
where 1st Canadian Infantry Corps moved towards the coast for
embarkation. 1st Battleship
Flotilla sailed From Portsmouth into the North Atlantic while 2nd
Flotilla from Gibraltar headed for the South Atlantic.
Some tweaking of the rules.
After review, bearing in mind that each country’s turn represents
about 7-10 days, I have reviewed the movement rates. Henceforth, the following movement rates are
Infantry 2 squares per turn, Armour 3 squares per turn, Naval units 10 squares per turn, Fighters 12 squares per turn, Bombers 24 squares per turn. Air units must end their movement on friendly territory. They may move further but at a penalty of losing 1D6 points for each additional square moved.
My logic for the new movement rates is to allow land units more maneuverability, to allow bombing raids between the Britain and Germany to their opposing capital cities, and for a convoy across the North Atlantic to take two to three weeks, which was apparently the normal time period.
Germany announced a blockade of the United Kingdom. British codes were cracked, so they knew
where convoys would assemble.
India postponed plans for federation.
Game day 11: USSR begins to move.
USSR received 27 IPCs, but only one industrial centre existed, in Russia itself. The 8 IPCs were allocated to a new Infantry corps and a new armoured corps, ready for October 1st. Meanwhile, in agreement with the secret pact made with Hitler and Stalin’s plans for Finland, the Russian forces in Karelia, Caucasus and Russia began to move westwards.