23 Feb 2012

Axis and Allies turn Two: We shall never Surrender

Before I continue with the war report,  I thought I'd give you, fellow citizens, an idea of how combat works in Axis and Allies.

Combat is resolved by declaring all units that enter an enemy territory. In this case, three Russian infantry, one artillery and two tanks engage two German infantry, two tanks and a fighter.

Each unit has a different attack and defence rating. Infantry attack on a 1 but defend on a 2 unless supported by artillery in which they attack on a 2. Artillery attacks and defends on a 2 whilst tanks attack and defend on 3's. Fighters attack on a 3 and defend on a 4. This means you have to roll less than or equal to the required number to register a hit and destroy an enemy unit.
All forces are then moved to the 'battle board' with attackers on one side and defenders placed on the other. The board is divided into columns which represent the rolls required to hit on.

The attacker rolls first and, in this hypothetical battle, they roll two dice for their unsupported infantry resulting in a 1 and a 3. As infantry attack on a 1 this causes a hit so the defender chooses a unit to move to the casualty zone of the battle board. Next, the Russians roll two dice for their artillery and the infantry that it is supporting which produces a 4 and 6 so no hits there. They then roll two dice for their tanks needing a 3 or less and score a 1 and a 4.
So the Russians cause the destruction of two German units which move to the casualty zone. The defender chooses which units to place there, normally the cheapest costing units, so we'll say he elects his two infantry divisions to lay down their lives for Hitler. They can still fight back however, as all combat is assumed to take place at the same time.
The Germans then roll two dice for their theoretically dead infantry and score a 1 and a 5. They then roll two dice for their tanks which produces a 4 and a 6 for no hits. Finally, they roll one die for their fighter which requires a 4 or less which rolls a 4. So to recap, both the Russians and Germans suffer two casualties.

After one round of combat, the Russians now have the choice to press the attack or retreat.

At the start of turn 2, the Soviets purchase two tanks and six infantry. They then send one infantry unit into an unoccupied Norway from Leningrad resulting in instant assimilation. The Red Army then rumbles out of the Caucasus to attack Ukraine S.S.R. I commit five infantry, one artillery and one tank. These are supported by two fighters that fly in from Russia with two tanks and an artillery advancing from West Russia. The Germans have at their defence two infantry, one tank and one fighter.
The battle ends with the Russians losing two infantry.
In the non-combat phase I move four infantry from Russia to reinforce West Russia, continue to move troops towards India and my fighters land in the Caucasus. I then place two infantry and two tanks in the Caucasus with the remaining infantry in Russia.

Operation Uranus: The Soviet Union takes the Ukraine
Joe gets the German war economy to produce four tanks, five infantry and a fighter to counteract his loses.
He sends a tank from Germany via a transport in Sea Zone 5 to retake Norway which results in mutual casualties, meaning the Russians still control it.
The Kriegsmarine, comprised of two U-boats and a destroyer, moves from Sea Zone 7 to Sea Zone 8 to engage a British battleship and American destroyer.
Submarines have a first strike capability meaning that if they score a hit (2 or less) the destroyed unit is instantly removed from the battle board and cannot retaliate. Fortunately for the Allies, they both miss but the destroyer scores a hit and Dave elects his battleship, which takes two hits to destroy, to suffer the damage. The combined Allied fleet then scores two hits and Joe sends his U-boats to the deep. He then retaliates with his destroyer. Dave and I agree to take the American destroyer as a casualty but it is avenged as the German navy is sunk, leaving the British battleship unscathed in the Atlantic.  
The Germans then send in the Luftwaffe, comprised of two fighters and a bomber to support two infantry that advance from Belorussia into Leningrad. The Soviet infantry divisions are wiped out but take a German infantry regiment with them. Leningrad falls and the Axis are one step closer to victory.

900 days of siege: Leningrad falls to a German advance
Inspired by the Royal Navy's performance, The British send three infantry against two Japanese infantry stationed in French-Indochina and sends them fleeing. Unfortunately, this is the best the British do this turn.
Dave sends a bomber to clear out the lone infantry division in Leningrad but the bomber, which attacks on a 4 or less, misses then Joe rolls a 2 meaning that Dave's bomber is destroyed.
Meanwhile, the successful British forces in Libya advance into Algiers where they are repulsed by the German infantry and artillery garrisoned there.  
Dave then moves a transport carrying a tank and infantry to Sea Zone 4 then places three tanks in India and a bomber in the U.K.

Arctic Convoy: the British send troops to assist the Russians
Japan starts its turn by purchasing a bomber and an industrial complex. Nick then sends units from Manchuria into unguarded Western Soviet territories. He then attacks Sinkiang from China but the Chinese infantry supported by Soviet infantry repel the attack whilst a counter-attack into French-Indochina results in loses for both sides.
Nick then places his bomber in Japan and builds his industrial complex in the East Indies.

The Sun rises in the North?: Japanese forces strike into Russia
America again tries to research long range aircraft and fails. It then spends its remaining IPC's on a bomber and an industrial complex.
The U.S. navy then moves into Sea Zone 45 and engages the Japanese fleet stationed off the Solomon Islands. U.S. forces comprise of a submarine, two destroyers and a battleship supported by two fighters from the Hawaiian Islands. The I.J.N. consists of a submarine, destroyer and a carrier with one fighter on-board. The Japanese fleet is destroyed at the cost of an American fighter and submarine.
The Americans then move their Hawaiian carrier to pick up the fighter circling above whilst transport units move across the Pacific. A bomber flies from the Eastern U.S. to land in the U.K.
I then place the new bomber in the Eastern U.S. and the industrial complex in Sinkiang.

"I fear we have awoken a sleeping giant": the U.S. navy sinks a Japanese fleet
So ends 1943 stay tuned for 1944.

John, Supreme Allied Commander

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