Eighty years on: 17th September 1939

(being a report of the progress of a solo wargame campaign)

17th September 1939

Historical

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 duties.

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).

Eighty years on: 16th September 1939

(being the report of a solo wargame campaign)

16th September 1939

Historical

The Luftwaffe bombed the Jewish Quarter of Warsaw.  Warsaw was encircled by German forces. 

Game day 16 – China on the offensive.

1st Mongolian Infantry Corps, without Russian support, moved south into China.

2nd Chinese Infantry (Nationalist) Infantry Corps moved north-west towards Peking (Modern Beijing).

1st Chinese Infantry Corps attacked 1st Japanese Infantry Corps. 6 attacks @1 vs 3 defends @2.  1 successful attack, no successful defends.  1st Japanese Infantry Corps retreated eastwards.

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Eighty years on: 15th September 1939

(being the report of a solo wargame campaign)

15th September 1939

Historical

Moscow concluded a cease-fire treaty with Japan, ending conflict with Russian-supported Mongolian forces.  Conscription was announced for Russian men aged 19-20

The first convoy left Canada for Britain.  Canadian men aged 21-24 were to be conscripted.

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).

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Eighty years on: 14th September 1939

(Being the report of a solowargame campaign)

14th September 1939

Historical

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 France.

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.

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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 in effect:

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.

Eighty years on – 13th September 1939

(being the reports of a solo wargame campaign)

13th September 1939

Historical

France:  Prime Minister Deladier forms a War Cabinet.  The stained glass windows are removed from Notre Dame cathedral.

Game day 13: Poland in crisis

2nd Infantry Corps in the north moved further eastwards in an attempt to swing to the south towards Warsaw.  3rd Infantry Corps remained in place defending the south of Warsaw.

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Eighty years on – 12th September 1939

(being the reports of a solo wargame campaign)

12th September 1939

Historical

The Anglo-French Supreme War council convened.  In Poland, the Polish army recaptured Lowicz from the Germans.

Game day 12: Germany renews attack in Poland

Moves and combat (from north to south)

  1. 2nd German Infantry Corps (6 attacks at 1) attacked 2nd Polish Infantry Corps (5 defends at 2).
  2. 1st German Tank Corps (4 attacks at 3) supported by 1st German Infantry Corps (6 attacks at 1) attacked 1st Polish Tank Corps (3 defends at 2).
  3. 2nd German Tank Corps (6 attacks at 3) supported by 1st German Fighter Group (6 attacks at 3) attacked 1st Polish Infantry Corps (1 defend at 2).
  4. 3rd German Infantry Corps (2 attacks at 1), attacked 3rd Polish Infantry Corps (4 defends at 2).

Results.

  1. 2 successful attacks vs 2 successful defends.  Polish retreat.
  2. 2+1 successful attacks vs 1 successful defend.  Polish eliminated.
  3. 0+5 successful attacks vs 0 successful defends. Polish eliminated.  Luftwaffe squadron return to Germany.
  4. 1 successful attack. 1 successful defend.   The Germans withdrew into Czechoslovakia.

Warsaw was now open to attack from the west. The bomber group moved east in preparation to bomb Warsaw. The naval fleet moved north in the Skaggerat.

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In the South Atlantic the commerce raider fleet moved out of the Rio Plata.

Eighty years on – 11th September 1939

(being the re[port of a solo wargame campaign)

11th September 1939

Historical

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.

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