WW 1941 ME/ER-II/Crete Scenario Nov I 41 Axis EOT Dispositions

Mainland Europe off-map holding box [end of turn]:

.5 Italian inf Replacement Points (RPs) at the end of the Axis I. Phase and the Axis turn:  0 It inf RPs at the start of the Axis turn, +.5 It inf RP reinforcements this turn, = .5; no It inf RP expenditures or movement this turn from here.

3 German inf RPs at the end of the Axis I. Phase and the Axis turn:  1.5 Ger inf RPs at the start of the Axis turn, +1.5 Ger inf RP reinforcements this turn, = 3; no Ger inf RPs expenditures or movement this turn from here.

4 Ger ARPs at the end of the I. Phase and Axis turn:  3 Ger ARPs at the start of the Axis turn, and 5 Ger ARP reinforcements this turn, which is a  new air cycle.  1 Ger ARP is carried over from the old air cycle, making for a new Ger ARP total of 6.  The Ger ARP expenditure limit is now 2 per turn.  The Axis player receives .5 VP for forfeited Ger ARPs in the new air cycle accounting.  Next the Axis player expends two Ger ARPs to repair the Ger LW Ju 87 B  2D3  4-1/8 and the Ju 88A4  4B5  3-7/26 air units, taking them out of the Aborted Air Units Box of the Med/NA Replacement Pool.  This leaves the Axis player with a revised total of 4 Ger ARPs at the end of the I. Phase.

6 It ARPs at the end of the I. Phase and Axis turn:  2 It ARPs at the start of the Axis turn, and 6 It ARP reinforcements this turn, which is a new air cycle.  1 It ARP is carried over from the old air cycle, making a new It ARP total of 7.  The It ARP expenditure limit is now 3 per turn.  The Axis player receives .25 VPs for forfeited It ARPs in the new air cycle accounting.  Next the Axis player expends 1 It ARP to repair the SM 79-2  2B3  3-2/V/20 air unit, taking it out of the Aborted Air Units Box of the Med/NA Replacement Pool.  This leaves the Axis player with a revised total of 6 It ARPs at the end of the I. Phase.

 

In Sicily [end of turn]:

Licata (18A:0102) [point city/minor port]:

3-cap permanent airfield

MC 200  6F6  1/8 [inop.; turn reinf, placed at  Syracusa (18A:0702) at step 14 of the I. Phase; flew the fighter on a bombing air mission with the first Malta air attack early in the M. Phase; returned by flack; rebased here]

MC 200 6F6 1/8 [inop.; turn reinf, placed at Syracusa (18A:0702) at step 13 of the I. Phase; flew the fighter on a bombing air mission with the first Malta air attack early in the M. Phase; did an airfield bombing air mission; survived Valletta’s flack and added its modified airfield bombing tack factor, halved for Mud, to that of the SM 79-2 and the SM 84 B type air units’ tac factors; combined Hit; returned to base here]

SM 79-1 2B3 1-5/22 [inop.; began the turn at Tripoli (18A:0121); flew the Malta Status air mission with the second Axis air attack at Malta early in the M. Phase; returned by Valetta’s flack; rebased here]

 

Coast hex 18A:0403:

3-cap permanent airfield

Me 109F1  6F6  1/8 (Ger LW) [inop.; turn conversion done at step 14 of the I. Phase of the original Me 109E  7F5  1/7 air unit beginning the turn in the hex; flew the Escort air mission with the first Malta air attack early in the M. Phase, but the Br Hurri 2 F type air unit remained on the ground; returned to base here]

Me 109F3  6F7  1/8 (Ger LW) [inop.; turn reinf, placed at 18A:0603 at step 14 of the I. Phase; flew the Escort air mission with the first Malta air attack early in the M. Phase, but the Br Hurri 2 T type air unit remained on the ground; returned to base here]

SM 84  3B3  3-4/V/20 [inop.; turn reinf, placed at Licata (18A:0120), in Sicily, at step 14 of the I. Phase; flew the airfield bombing air mission with the first Malta air attack early in the M. Phase; survived Valletta’s flack and combined its halved tac factor, due to the Mud, with those of the SM 79-2 and the MC 200 air units; combined Hit; returned to base here]

 

Coast hex 18A:0603:

3-cap permanent airfield

Me 110D 5HF5 4-2/12 (Ger LW) [inop.; began turn at 18A:0403; flew the fighter on a bombing air mission with the first Malta air attack early in the M. Phase; survived Valetta’s flack and did the airfield bombing air mission; used the 2 column of the Bombing Table; Hit; returned to base here]

Ju 87B  2D3  4-1/8 (Ger LW) [operative; turn reinf, placed here at step 14 of the I. Phase; never moved]

Ju 87B 2D3 4-1/8 (Ger LW) [operative; turn ARP repair, placed here at step 14 of the I. Phase; never moved]

 

Syracusa (18A:0702) [reference city/minor port]:

3-cap permanent airfield

CR 42AS 3F3 1/8 [inop.; began the turn at 18A:0403; flew the fighter on a bombing air mission with the first Malta air attack in the M. Phase; returned by Valletta’s flack; rebased here]

 

Augusta (18A:0701) [point city/minor port]:

3-cap permanent airfield

 

Malta on the Nov I 41 Axis turn:

Malta Status: 11 at the start of the naval movement step of the M. Phase and at the EOT; 10, at the start of the turn, +1 for a Malta Status bombing hit done in the M. Phase prior to the naval movement step, = 11 at the start of the naval movement step.

Valletta hex (18A:0407) flack this turn: 7 (3 intrinsic, + a total of 4 for the two Br 0-1-8 hv AA IIs’ 2 flack factors each, as this turn these two ground units are in special general supply via the 5 gsp’s successfully sea transported from Gibraltar and Suez to Malta on the Nov I 41 Allied turn).

On this turn Malta Status air missions to the Valletta hex would roll on the 3 column of the Antiaircraft Fire Table, shifted two columns to the left, Per WW Rule 37I2a.

There were 5 gsp’s present in the Valletta hex at the start of the Axis player turn, and 5.5 REs of ground units on Malta. At step 11 of the I. Phase the Allied player designated the 0-4 Cons X MC unit as definitely Red U-2. The Br Hurri 2 F type air unit based at Valletta is in “special air unit supply” per WW Rule 24I3-Allied Malta Special Air Unit Supply. Four of the gsp’s beginning the turn at Malta were generated at Gibraltar on the Nov I 41 Allied turn and sea transported to Valletta in the M. Phase of that turn; the 5th gsp was generated at Suez.

 

Libya [{beginning of the turn}/end of turn]:

Tripolitania Garrison Box:

0-1-6* Inf III 290 GaF

0-1-6* Inf III 340 GaF

0-1-6* Inf III 350 GaF

0-2-6* Inf III 330 GaF

 

Tripoli (18A:0121) [clear terrain dot city/major port hex transportation line junction coast hex]:

Axis Supply Terminal marker

fort marker

0-8 Cons III Afr (Ger) [began turn at 8A:4718; in the naval movement step of the M. Phase it did a non-amphibious embarkation onto a Med NTP; embarked undisrupted; in the naval movement step of the M. Phase this Med NTP spent 150 naval movement points embarking and using inshore movement (only) to end the M. Phase still at-sea at beach hex 18A:1427; in the E. Phase naval movement step it continued using inshore movement and eventually arrived here, where it disembarked]

0 pos flk unit AA=3 [Italian]

1 step of attack supply [turn reinf; began turn at step 14 of the I. Phase at the mainland Europe off-map holding box; sea transported to here embarked on 3 turn reinf NTPs; disembarked here and remained in the hex]

5 steps of attack supply [began turn here; never moved]

2.5 Ger arm Replacement Points (RPs) began turn here; remained in the hex, neither moved nor expended]

1.5 Ger arm RPs [began the turn at step 14 of the I. Phase in the mainland Europe off-map holding box; sea transported to here in the naval movement step of the M. Phase, in 3 turn reinf NTPs; remained in the hex, neither moved nor expended]

4.7 It inf RPs [began turn here; remained in the hex, neither moved nor expended]

3.25 Ger inf RPs [began turn here; remained in the hex, neither moved nor expended]

BR 20M 3NB4 2-5/24 [inop.; began turn here; flew the Malta Status air mission with the second Axis air attack at Malta early in the M. Phase; Miss; returned to base here]

{BR 20M 3NB4 2-5/24 [Nov I 41 Axis turn Withdrawal, per the WitD Axis OB booklet]}

SM 79-2 2B3 3-4/V/20 [inop.; turn ARP repair, placed at Misurata (18A:1022) at step 14 of the I. Phase; flew the Airfield Bombing air mission with the first Axis air attack at Malta early in the M. Phase, and survived Valletta’s flack; added its halved tac factor, due to the Mud, to those of the SM 84 and the MC 200 air units; combined Hit; returned to base here]

 

18A:0122 [Castel Benito; clear terrain secondary rail line hex, S of Tripoli]:

3-cap permanent airfield

 

Homs (18A:0522) [rough terrain point city/minor port road junction coast hex]:

vacant at the end of the M. Phase

 

Misurata (18A:1022) [clear terrain point city coast road hex]:

1-cap temporary airfield

 

18A:0925 [clear terrain road hex]:

1-6 Tnk II 52 [an Oct I 41 Axis turn reinf; it had remained in the mainland Europe off-map holding box until the naval movement step of the current M. Phase; at that time it embarked onto a Med NTP and was sea transported to Homs (18A:0522), where it disembarked and admin moved through two coast road hexes to 18A:0722; exploited to here]

 

Sirte (18A:1727) [clear terrain point city coast road hex]:

fort marker

3-cap permanent airfield

one step of attack supply [began turn at 18A:1023; in the E. Phase it spent 11 SMPs exploiting along the road to here]

Ju 88A4 4B5 3-7/26 (Ger LW) [inop.; turn ARP repair, placed here at step 14 of the I. Phase; flew the Malta Status air mission alone in the third Axis air attack at Malta early in the M. Phase; Hit; returned to base here]

 

18A:2730 [clear terrain coast road hex]:

3-cap permanent airfield

one step of attack supply [began turn at Sirte (18A:1727); in the E. Phase it spent 10 SMPs exploiting along the road to here]

 

El Agheila (18A:2930) [clear terrain point city coast road hex]:

1-cap permanent airstrip

 

Agedabia (18A:3327) [clear terrain point city road junction hex]:

1-cap permanent airstrip, w/ a hit of “Desert Rat” commando damage

0-6 Cons III 5 A [began turn at Bengasi; admin moved southwards down the coast road to here]

one step of attack supply [began turn ay 18A:2730; in the E. Phase it spent 2 SMPs exploiting along the road to here]

 

Bengasi (18A:3121) [clear terrain reference city/major port transportation line junction hex]:

3-cap permanent airfield

12 port damage hit markers

4 pos flk AA=1 [Italian; began turn here; never moved]

1-6 Inf III A [began turn here; unsupported breakdown component of the 3-6 Inf XX 25 Bol; never moved]

one step of attack supply [began turn here; never moved]

He 111H4 4B4 2-7/22 (Ger LW) [inop.; began turn at Derna (18A:4116); late in the E. Phase it air transferred to here]

 

Soluch (18A:3222) [clear terrain point city secondary rail terminus hex]:

3-cap permanent airfield

 

18A:3617 [rough terrain road hex]:

3-cap permanent airfield

 

18A:3618 [Maraua; rough terrain road hex]:

3-cap permanent airfield

 

Derna (18A:4116) [rough terrain point city/minor port coast road hex]:

3-cap permanent airfield

3 port damage hit markers

6 Inf XX HQ A [began turn here; unsupported breakdown component of the 3-6 Inf XX 25 Bol; never moved]

0-6 Lt AA II AA=1 38 [began turn here; never moved]

1-6 Hv AA II AA=1 29 [began turn here; never moved]

1 Ger inf RP [began turn here; neither moved nor expended]

1 It inf RP [began turn here; neither moved nor expended]

 

Ain el Gazala (18A:4518) [clear terrain point city coast road hex]:

3-cap temporary airfield

8 Inf XX HQ 102 Trn [began turn here; never moved]

1-6 Inf III A [began turn here; never moved]

Me 110F  6HF6  1/13 (Ger LW) [inop.; turn reinf; placed at Augusta (18A:0701), at Sicily, at step 14 of the I. Phase; late in the E. Phase it air transferred to here]

G 50bis 3F3 0/10 [operative; began turn here; never moved]

Ca 311 2B2 1/L/14 [operative; began turn here; never moved]

 

18A:4618 [clear terrain coast road hex, SE of Ain el Gazala]:

1-6 Inf III B [began turn here; unsupported breakdown component of the 3-6 Inf XX 55 Sav; never moved]

 

18A:4520 [sand hex]:

1-6 Inf III B [began turn here; unsupported breakdown component of the 3-6 Inf XX 55 Sav; never moved]

1-8 Mot Art III 1 AC [began turn here; never moved]

1-8 Mot Art III 3 AC [began turn here; never moved]

 

18A:4619 [clear terrain hex]:

0-1-6* Inf III 280 GaF [began turn here; never moved]

 

18A:4719 [clear terrain hex]:

1-8 Mot Inf III 65 [began turn here; never moved]

1-8 Mot Inf III 66 [began turn here; never moved]

1-8 Mot Art III 2 AC [began turn here; never moved]

 

18A:4718 [clear terrain coast road hex; SW of Tobruch]:

fort marker

3-cap temporary airfield

6 Inf XX HQ B [began turn here; unsupported breakdown component of the 3-6 Inf XX 55 Sav; never moved]

0-1-10 Mot Lt AA II AA=1 617 (Ger) [began turn here; never moved]

2-3-6 Art III 24 C [began turn here; never moved]

Ju 87B 2D3 4-1/8 [operative; Italian; began turn here; never moved]

Ju 87B 2D3 4-1/8 (Ger LW) [operative; began turn here; never moved]

 

18A:4818 [clear terrain road hex; S of Tobruch]:

3-cap temporary airfield

1-6 Tnk II 4 [began turn at 18A:5018; didn’t move in the M. Phase; exploited to here]

2-1-8 Lt Arm III 32 [began turn here; never moved]

3-4-6 Art III 5 A [began turn here; never moved]

CR 42 3F3 0/9 [operative; began turn here; never moved]

 

18A:4918 [clear terrain coast road hex; SE of Tobruch]:

3-cap temporary airfield

fort marker [completed on the Sep I 41 Axis I. Phase]

5-8* Inf XX 90 LA (Ger) [began turn here; never moved]

2-3-8 Art III 16 C [began turn here; never moved]

3-4-8 Art III 221 (Ger) [began turn here; never moved]

Me 109F1 6F6 1/8 (Ger LW) [operative; began turn here; never moved]

MC 200 3F4 1/8 [operative; began turn here; never moved]

MC 200 3F4 1/8 [operative; began turn here; never moved]

 

Tobruch (18A:4817) [clear terrain point city/standard port w/ a strong natural harbor; unimproved fortress hex]:

3-6 Inf XX 17 Pav [began turn here; never moved]

0-6 Cons III 10 A [began turn at Derna; admin moved to here]

1-10 Mot Hv AA II AA=2 I/33 (Ger LW) [began turn at 18A:4918, SE of Tobruch; didn’t move in the M. Phase; exploited to here]

MC 200 3F4 1/8 [operative; began turn here; never moved]

{CR 42 3F3 0/9 [Nov I 41 Axis turn Withdrawal, per the WitD Axis OB booklet]}

1 step of attack supply [turn reinf; began turn at step 14 of the I. Phase at the mainland Europe off-map holding box; sea transported to here embarked on 3 turn reinf NTPs; disembarked here and remained in the hex]

one step of attack supply [began turn here; never moved]

 

18A:4919 [clear terrain hex]:

9-10 Pz XX 21 (Ger) [began turn here; first moved southwards along the Giarabub road hex down to Oasi di Giarabub (19A:0327), recapturing for the Axis all the previously Allied-owned Giarabub road hexes; exploited back to here]

3-8* Arm Cadre 132 Ar [began turn here; never moved]

5-8 Mot Inf XX 101 Tre [began turn here; never moved]

 

18A:5018 [clear terrain hex]:

9-10 Pz XX 15 (Ger) [began turn here; in the M. Phase it regular moved SE, first to 19A:0724 and then ended its move at Siwa road hex 19A:0725, capturing several Siwa road hexes along the way; exploited back to here]

2-10 Mot Inf III 288 SV (Ger) [began turn at 18A:3622; admin moved along the road to 18A:4618; exploited to here]

2-10 Mot Inf III 7 B [began turn here; in the M. Phase it regular moved eastwards along the road, entering the Porto Bardiya hex and the Halfaya Pass hex (19A:0419), capturing both for the Axis, and ended the M. Phase at the Halfaya Pass hex; exploited back to here]

1-10 Mot Hv AA II AA=2 I/18 (Ger LW) [began turn here; never moved]

1-10 Mot AT II 605 (Ger) [began turn at 18A:4918; didn’t move in the M. Phase; exploited to here]

3-10 Mot Inf III 115 (Ger) [began turn here; never moved]

 

Porto Bardiya (19A:0318) [clear terrain unimproved fortress/point city/minor port road terminus coast hex]:

unimproved fortress

5 port damage hit markers

Axis controlled by the end of the M. Phase

 

Crete [end of turn]:

Khania (18A:4403) [rough terrain reference city/standard port road terminus coast hex]:

3-cap permanent airfield

G 50 3F3 0/6 [inop.; began turn at 18A:4718, SW of Tobruch; late in the E. Phase it air transferred to here]

Ju 87B 2D3 4-1/8 (Ger LW) [inop.; turn reinf: Return, placed at Syracusa (18A:0702), on Sicily, at step 14 of the I. Phase; late in the E. Phase it air transferred to here]

 

Erakleion (18A:4903) [rough terrain reference city/standard port coast road hex]:

3-cap permanent airfield

 

On Scarpanto [end of turn]:

Scarpanto (19A:0701) [rough port point city minor port hex]:

3-cap permanent airfield

 

At Rodi [end of turn]:

Rodi (20A:2230) [clear terrain point city/standard port coast hex]:

3-cap permanent airfield

 

20A:2331 [rough terrain coast hex]:

3-cap permanent airfield

 

Med/NA Replacement Pool [{beginning of the turn}/end of turn]:

1 x 2-6 Inf XX 60 Sbr

1 x 2-10 Mot Inf III 10 B

1 x 2-1-8 Lt Tnk III 3

2 x 1-8 Lt Tnk X 1, 2

5 x 1-6 Tnk II 1, 3, 5, 6, 21

1 x Para Inf III Tonini

3 x 0-1-6* Inf III 300 GaF, 310 GaF, 320 GaF

1 x 3-4-6 Art III 24 dM

3 x 2-3-6 Art III 10 C, 20 C, 21 C

1 x 1-6 Art III 23 C

1 x 3-4-6 Art III 8 A [Jun I 41 Axis turn reinf; sunk in sea transit to Libya that turn by Allied anti-shipping, per the Naval Table]

1-8 Aslt Eng II 31 G [participated in the Tobruch attack on the Oct I 41 Axis C. Phase; part of the combat EX loss]

3-6 Inf XX 27 Brs [eliminated in ground combat at Porto Bardiya in the Oct II 41 Allied C. Phase]

4 x 0 pos flk unit AA=1 [Italian]

Med/NA Aborted Air Units Box:

{SM 79-2 2B3 3-4/V/20 [repaired this turn w/ an It ARP expenditure; aborted on the Nov I 41 Allied turn by E Med NTP AA fire at a Naval Patrol air mission target hex]}

Ju 88A4 4B5 3-7/26 (Ger LW) [aborted by Tobruch’s flack when flying the GS air mission to the Tobruch target hex on the Oct I 41 Axis C. Phase]

Ju 88A4 4B5 3-7/26 (Ger LW) [aborted by Tobruch’s flack when flying the GS air mission to the Tobruch target hex on the Oct I 41 Axis C. Phase]

{Ju 88A4 4B5 3-7/26 (Ger LW) [repaired this turn w/ a Ger ARP expenditure; aborted in air combat by a bypassing Allied Intercepting fighter in the Oct II 41 Allied C. Phase]}

{Ju 87B 2D3 4-1/8 (Ger LW) [repaired this turn w/ a Ger ARP expenditure; aborted by an Allied airfield tac bombing air mission Hit in the Oct II 41 Allied E. Phase]}

Med/NA Command Eliminated Air Units Box:

vacant

 

Axis Near East Command

  • On the Jul II 41 Axis turn the Vichy French Levant surrendered to the invading Allies, per the Allied player’s Variable Levant Surrender Table dice roll, done at step 13 of the Axis I. Phase. At the start of the Aug II 41 Axis turn all cities in the Levant were finally Allied-owned, and there were no remaining Axis forces anywhere in the Levant or in the Near East. And so at step 12 of the Aug II 41 Axis I. Phase, all land hexes in Syria and Lebanon were declared Allied owned.
  • The Iranians surrendered in the Aug II 41 Axis I. Phase.
  • This Axis turn, At step 2 of the I. Phase, the Axis player did the Fawzi al Qawukji action die roll, per WW Optional Rule 39E4, and came up with a 4: “Fawzi does not change mode and moves randomly during the upcoming movement phase.”

 

In Armistice Syria [end of turn]:

21A:4621 [stony desert hex]:

Guerrilla unit Fawzi (Bandit) [guerrilla-capable bandit unit, in guerrilla mode; began turn here; per the Fawzi al Qawukji action die roll, “Fawzi does not change mode and moves randomly during the upcoming movement phase;”  but due to the direction (towards hex 21A:4332) and the MP allowance roll (a 3), the Fawzi unit in guerrilla mode cannot move this turn]

 

In pro-Allied neutral Iraq [end of turn]:

  • In the 1941 ME/ER-II/Crete Scenario the pro-Axis Iraqi coup automatically occurs in the Apr I 41 Axis I. Phase.
  • The Iraqi coup collapsed at step 4 of the I. Phase of the May II 41 Axis turn, when the Allied player rolled the dice checking for an Iraqi Coup Collapse, using the Variable Iraqi Coup Collapse Table, per WW Rule 38J5. The Iraqi army then surrendered and all its forces were removed from the maps. All Iraqi hexes became Allied-owned, except Mosul, which at that time contained a Ger LW air unit. This Ger LW air unit subsequently evacuated Iraq later in the May II 41 Axis turn. On the following Jun I 41 Allied turn a Br ground unit gained control of the Mosul hex, and thus the Allies had complete control of all hexes in newly pro-Allied Iraq.

21A:4318 [clear terrain hex]:

Guerrilla unit Fawzi (Bandit) [dummy guerrilla-capable unit, in guerrilla mode; began turn here;  per the Fawzi al Qawukji action die roll, “Fawzi does not change mode and moves randomly during the upcoming movement phase;” but due to the direction (towards 21A:4218) and the MP allowance roll (a 1), the dummy Fawzi guerrilla unit cannot move this turn]

 

Turn Activity:

At step 2 of the I. Phase the Axis player does the Fawzi al Qawukji action die roll, per WW Optional Rule 39E4, and comes up with a 4: “Fawzi does not change mode and moves randomly during the upcoming movement phase.”

At step 11 of the I. Phase, at Malta, 5 of the 5.5 ground unit REs there are in special general supply by virtue of the 5 gsp’s at the Valletta hex. The two Br 0-1-8 hv AA IIs are certainly in special general supply, as is also the Br 5 pos flk unit in the adjacent Malta hex. The Br 0-4 Cons X MC is the single Allied unit at Malta designated as definitely Red U-2. On Cyprus, the two Allied inf IIs at Nicosia (20A:3414) remain technically Black U-2 this turn.  But these two inf IIs draw special general supply via the single gsp beginning the turn on the island, at the port of Larnaca (20A:3513).

At step 14 of the I. Phase the Axis player does some Ger and It ARP repairs and rebuilds. He is careful not to spend in excess of his ARP spending limits.  See the text above or the pictures below for more details.

At step 22 of the I. Phase neither side flies any CAP, Harassment, or Naval Patrol air missions.

Prior to the naval movement step of the M. Phase, the first thing the Axis player does is send a series of 3 separate air op air raids to the Valletta hex (18A:0407), at Malta. The first one is his persistent threat of a tac air bombing of the Valletta airfield, and this time he has no less than 4 F type air units flying the fighter on an air bombing air mission, including the formidable Me 110D 5HF5 4-2/12 (Ger LW) air unit.  In addition to these fighters on a bombing mission, the Italian SM 79-2 2B3 3-4/V/20 and SM 84 3B3 3-4/V/20 air units are also in the air mission group.  This mission group is escorted by the two strong Ger LW Me 109F1 6F6 1/8 and Me 109F3 6F7 1/8 air units.  In a move that could turn the carefully planned Axis air mission into a Wiley Coyote cartoon farce, the Br Hurri 2  5F5  1/9 air unit refuses to patrol or intercept it, seeing that the Axis player has sent both his Me 109F type air units on the Escort mission, and that the entire mission force will now be compelled to endure Valletta’s 7 factor flack shot, and the anticipated airfield tac bombings of the survivors will be halved by the Mud weather.  Malta’s flack returns two of the Italian bombing fighter air units, but after combining the remaining air units into two groups, each with a 2 tac bombing total, the lucky Axis player rolls a 5 and 6, scoring two hits, aborting the operative Hurri 2 air unit based at the airfield and also upping the airbase damage at Valletta’s 3-cap permanent airfield from 1 to its maximum of 3.  The Axis player had not expressly intended to destroy completely the airfield’s capacity, but that’s the way things turned out.  The main objective of this air raid was to abort the Allied fighter unit either in air combat or on the ground.  The second Axis air attack at the Valletta hex is a Malta Status bombing air mission, using the remaining It BR 20M 3NB4 2-5/24 air unit, and also the It SM 79-1 2B3 1-5/22 unit; but one is returned by Valletta’s three factor flack shot (for Malta Status air missions) and one rolls a Miss on the Bombing Table.  On the third Axis air attack, the Axis sends the recently ARP repaired Ger LW Ju 88A4 4B5 3-7/26 air unit, based at Sirte, on a second Malta Status bombing air mission, and this time scores a Hit, which was one of the Axis minimum objectives.

After completing his three big Malta air attacks, the Axis player commences with his naval movement, with the Malta Status number now jacked up to 11; and he rolls lucky for all the cargo naval groups.  A turn reinf step of attack supply and the 1.5 turn reinf Ger arm RPs safely arrive at Tripoli and are disembarked from turn reinf NTPs. Another turn reinf step of attack supply, using turn reinf NTPs, is sea transported to Tobruch.  In a minor mistake that busted former German logistics quartermaster sergeant Klink to corporal and made him a guard at a POW camp in mainland Europe, the turn reinf It 1-6 Tnk II was sent to Homs rather than Tobruch, using a Med NTP, but the EA game reporter had nothing to do with it.  Finally, in a last minute change of plans, and using a second available Axis Med NTP, the Axis player embarked the Ger 0-8 Cons III Afr from beach hex 18A:4718, SW of Tobruch, and sent it on a slow boat inshore waters (only) scenic coastal sea cruise to Tripoli, where it arrived and disembarked in the E. Phase naval movement step.  It did not get disrupted in its beach embarkation, but that is of no particular matter for the Axis player, as the main thing will be its condition in the upcoming Nov II 41 Axis turn.

As for the It 0-6 con III unit beginning the turn at Derna, the Axis player postponed its intended port damage repair project there due to the unexpected mud weather in the E weather zone, where Derna is located, and instead admin moved it to Tobruch, to repair the hit of airfield damage in that hex.  In admin moving it along the coast road he made sure to expend 2 admin movement points moving through road hex 18A:4216, which is in the E weather zone.  The Ger 0-8 Cons III Afr, beginning the turn at coast hex 18A:4616, which was originally intended to do the Tobruch hex airfield damage fix, instead does a beach embarkation on an Axis Med NTP and voyages back to Tripoli.  This is done to be either poised to someway participate in a Malta assault operation on the Nov II 41 turn, weather and other circumstances permitting, or else do some airfield construction work in the Tripoli zone.  Those construction activities would be to build 3-cap temporary airfields at the Tripoli and Homs (18A:0522) hexes and increase the Misurata 1-cap temporary airfield to a 3-cap airfield.  If a 1941 Axis sp op at Malta is cancelled, then the construction of these airfields helps out, I think, in a 1942 Axis sp op.  Finally, the other It 0-6 cons III at Bengasi (18A:3121) admin moves southwards along the road to Agedabia (18A:3327) in order to repair the damage hit there and also increase its cap to a 3-cap permanent airfield.  Then it will probably move to El Ageheila (18A:2920) and increase that 1-cap permanent airstrip to a 3-cap permanent airfield.

As usual, the Axis player sends one of his It c/m units to gain Axis control of the contested Porto Bardiya and Halfaya Pass hexes, and also gain Axis control of some of the diminishing number of coast road hexes separating the two opposing forces in the Western Desert.  He also sends his two Ger Pz XXs to first seize all the Allied-owned Girabub (19A:0327) road hexes and several of the remoter Siwa road hexes.  Rommel would have likely broken down his pz XXs into smaller units for this secondary operation, in order to save petrol, but in the board wargame the Axis player needn’t worry about this particular supply detail.  Capturing for the Axis the several Siwa road hexes admittedly may be superfluous in hindering any Allied plans in that direction, as only a single 1 RE Allied ground unit is need to recapture the road hexes for admin movement along the Siwa road in the same M. Phase.  But in the event of a much larger Allied ground movement scheme simultaneously done at the Libya-Egyptian border area, this small thing might become an irritating problem, and so the Axis player leaves no stone unturned to protect his position in eastern Libya.  That is also why he chose to capture Siwa road hexes farther south, rather than some closer to the main Allied body; but he could not reach the remote Siwa Oasis hex (19A:0627) itself.

The Toburch zone has been largely stripped of potential Axis DAS assets for the next Allied turn, most of those assets now being at either Sicily or in western Libya.  By the end of the E. Phase one of the turn reinf Ger LW Ju 87B air units is even at Crete, along with the It G 50 F type air unit, to maybe give it some protection.  This air maneuver was done for possible Axis Naval Patrol air mission use on the upcoming Nov II 41 Allied turn.  The Axis player hopes he won’t regret his air deployments next turn.

As far as the planned Axis sp op for Malta on the Axis player’s next Nov II 41 turn is concerned, it all depends on the weather die roll and if there is Mud in the E weather line, and if there are rough seas in the Mediterranean Sea zone.  But even then, the operation may be cancelled after the Axis player does a careful board rehearsal of the air-drop operation planned at Malta rough terrain hex 18A:0307, presently containing a Br 2-6* Inf X and a 5 pos flk unit.  Of course there are many good Europa-as-written considerations why the 1941 sp op at Malta should not be attempted, as present Europa rules logic seems to imply that Malta is negligible in the world war, other than the Malta Status number.  The 5 pos flk unit at 18A:0307 was sea transported to Malta on the Oct I 41 turn, coming from the Allied ME Command turn reinf Arrivals.  In any event the 1941 option is studied for the sake of pertinent WW Rules analysis related to the Malta issues currently under discussion.

To the Allied player’s ire, he cannot air transfer to Valletta, at Malta, in the E. Phase, his Br Bftr 1C 6HF5 1/S/21 air unit, currently based operative at Damaphur (19A:2716/20A:5027), in the Egyptian Delta area, due to the 3 damage hits at the 3-cap permanent airfield at the Valletta hex.  For now it must remain where it’s at, which may not be such a bad place for it to be.  Of course it can certainly be argued that air transferring it to Valletta now is only sending it on a one-night sleep-over there before it is subsequently placed into the Aborted or Eliminated Air Units Box of the Malta Command Replacement Pool, but that’s how the Allied player plays his game, at least this time.  He wants to show the Axis that at the hot spot he’s full of fight.

 

Commentary:

This will be the last EA game report for the unfinished WW 1941 ME/ER-II/Crete Scenario project.  In its earlier worked-out concept, done prior to the current EA reported wargame, a Nov I 41 Allied turn ending was envisioned, taking into consideration the Nov II 41 Operation Crusader at-start turn date for Peter Rogers’ WitD “Operation Crusader: Auchinkeck’s Offensive – November, 1941” Europa Battle Scenario, published in TEM#55 and Frank Watson’s same at-start date for his earlier WD “Operation Crusader” Europa Battle Scenario, published in TEM#31.  It is tempting to press forward the new Scenario’s end turn, to maybe either the end of the Jan I or Jan II 42 game turn, but not now.  In any event, there exists a WW 1941 ME/ER-II/Crete Scenario draft Rules text that I haven’t worked on since beginning the EA game reports that needs some hard work done on it while the current wargame is still fresh in mind.  There is also in existence both an Allied & Axis new Scenario OB, from the Mar II 41 Axis turn to the Nov I 41 Axis turn.  All this will likely eventually be published at the Greg’s Game Board website, and I will let the EA know when this happens.

At the bottom of it all, it was a love of the board wargaming hobby that compelled me to do all this game reporting labor, along with the fact that it was AH’s Afrika Korps game got me interested in board wargaming, while a teenager.  The WordPress website facility has been free, and I am grateful to them for the opportunity to do my little internet website thing using their fine product.  The camera used in the gameboard photos was a retirement freebie.  The new computer and printer used to develop the game reporting website and type the game reports were long overdue personal gadget expenses, and are used mainly as a home computer system apparatus for internet access, emailing, and other stuff.  There might be a final WW 1941 ME/ER-II/Crete Scenario game report “retrospect” or some such EA posting done.

I sincerely thank HMS for having their EA website forum available for fans like myself to use to talk about Europa with its global audience.

Greg Bartels

 

Note:  In all the pertinent game report photos indicated in the Nov I 41 Axis turn game report, disregard one of the two Italian BR 20M B type air units based at Tripoli and the Italian CR 42 F type air unit based at 18A:4818.  These two Axis air units were supposed to be Withdrawn in the I. Phase and this was neglected to be done.

 

Nov I 41 Axis end of the Initial Phase dispositions: eastern and central Libya, Sicily, and Malta
Nov I 41 Axis end of the Initial Phase dispositions: eastern and central Libya, Sicily, and Malta

 

Nov I 41 Axis end of the Initial Phase dispositions in the Western Desert region
Nov I 41 Axis end of the Initial Phase dispositions in the Western Desert region

 

Nov I 41 Axis end of the I. Phase dispositions in the Western Desert region; alternate view
Nov I 41 Axis end of the I. Phase dispositions in the Western Desert region; alternate view

 

Nov I 41 Axis end of the Initial Phase dispositions: eastern half of Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, most of Trans-Jordan, the western half of Syria, and Cyprus
Nov I 41 Axis end of the Initial Phase dispositions: eastern half of Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, most of Trans-Jordan, the western half of Syria, and Cyprus

 

Nov I 41 Axis end of the I. Phase/M. Phase/EOT dispositions: northern parts of Palestine and Trans-Jordan, Lebanon, most of Syria, and the western region of Iraq
Nov I 41 Axis end of the I. Phase/M. Phase/EOT dispositions: northern parts of Palestine and Trans-Jordan, Lebanon, most of Syria, and the western region of Iraq

 

Nov I 41 Axis end of the I. Phase/M. Phase/EOT dispositions: most of Iraq and the western region of Iran
Nov I 41 Axis end of the I. Phase/M. Phase/EOT dispositions: most of Iraq and the western region of Iran

 

Nov I 41 Axis naval movement step of the Movement Phase action details: the Malta air raids &amp and the cargo naval group movements
Nov I 41 Axis naval movement step of the Movement Phase action details: the Malta air raids and the Axis cargo naval group movements

 

Nov I 41 Axis end of the naval movement step of the Movement phase dispositions: western half of Libya, Sicily, and Malta
Nov I 41 Axis end of the naval movement step of the Movement phase dispositions; also end of the Movement Phase: western half of Libya, Sicily, and Malta

 

Nov I 41 Axis end of the Movement Phase dispositions: the Western Desert region, part of the Delta area, and Crete
Nov I 41 Axis end of the Movement Phase dispositions: the Western Desert region, part of the Delta area, and Crete

 

Nov I 41 Axis EOT dispositions: western half of Libya, Sicily, and Malta
Nov I 41 Axis EOT dispositions: western half of Libya, Sicily, and Malta

 

Nov I 41 Axis EOT dispositions: the Western Desert region, Crete, and Scarpanto
Nov I 41 Axis EOT dispositions: the Western Desert region, Crete, and Scarpanto

 

Nov I 41 Axis EOT dispositions: eastern Libya, the western half of Egypt, and Crete; alternate view
Nov I 41 Axis EOT dispositions: eastern Libya, the western half of Egypt, and Crete; alternate view #1

 

Nov I 41 Axis EOT dispositions: eastern Libya and most of Egypt; alternate view
Nov I 41 Axis EOT dispositions: eastern Libya and most of Egypt; alternate view # 2

 

Nov I 41 Axis EOT dispositions: the Western Desert and Crete; detail
Nov I 41 Axis EOT dispositions: the Western Desert and Crete; detail

 

Nov I 41 Axis EOT dispositions: off-map display details
Nov I 41 Axis EOT dispositions: off-map display details
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