I would guess secret agents or spies put ashore from submarines were both more common and had greater effect than a sub getting of a few rounds at a poorly seen land target, before it needs to flee.
Posts made by Herr Kaleunt
RE: Why Germany lost WWII
I think Germany lost the war because of Hitler.
There is a fair chance WWII would occur even without Hitler, because of the Versialles treaty which was so unfair from a German point of view. Without him and the nazi campaign he spearheaded, many Jews (and with them a bunch of scientists, whether they were Jews or not) would not leave Germany before the war. Many of them, maybe most of them, would have assisted their Vaterland during the time of war. They might not have gotten the a-bomb, but an earlier introduction of jet planes, rocket powered weapons, radar, better enigma services etc. could have made a great impact in German favor.
Without Hitler, the Wehrmacht could have gotten more weapons it needed, instead of weapon Hitler meant they were in need of, like the Fucke Wulf that became fighter bomber, instead of fighter. The generals could have made tactical retreats on the East front when needed, to places better suited for defence. That could have saved tons of materiel and personnel. A whole army would not have been lost at Stalingrad, most likely because Stalingrad would not be so important for the generals. The panzers in France on D-day would have been available earlier, because the gefreiter-in-chief would not have been inaccessible in time of need (any general would accept to be awakened when the enemy attack on a broad front).
RE: Older versions
There might be some rules on combining the old Europe & Pacific in the section House Rules here on the forum.
But I would advise you to get the 1940 E&P, 2nd edition, instead. More units, more countries/players, better map, more options, just far better.
RE: Annoying tactics and strategies?
Playing as Japan, I usually often found an oportunity to send a lone transporter with two inf or a tank to take Madagaskar. Hardly anyone see it coming. If the transporter was still alive after that, I send the tank or an inf to Africa, to go mad there. Normally there will be som US forces around to clear Africa again after a few rounds, but very seldom a transporter to take back Madagaskar from Japan.
RE: How would you have escaped from the Battle of Dunkirk, if you had to?
Like most of the chaps, evacuated on ships, to avoid capture.
RE: Your First WWII Book
I think my first proper book was about Norwegians volunteering to fight for the Nazis on the Eastern front. The book was red, with drawing of a stahlhelm and some barbed wire on the cover.
I remember better some of the first documentaries I watched, back in the days when Discovery Channel sent good documentaries and not just crap. They where called Battlefield and had a duration for almost two hours. Topics where the battle og Britain, battle for Atlantic, attack on France, Barberossa and so on. They delt with the commanders, their plans, the soldiers, order of battle etc… I’m nut sure how I would rate them today, since I didn’t have very much knowledge back then when I first saw them, but at least I remember them as being quite good.
RE: The Inherent Problem with Axis and Allies
….lack of supply was never an issue during WWII…
Oh yes, it was.
In old school Axis and Allies, this was a problem as I was once Japan and Germany was captured outright so before the big push against the Japanese, I just began to stack infantry on the home island until I couldn’t any more. I had around 78 infantry and refused to surrender until they beat it down to the ground.
I have seen this in a game too, but the stack was tanks in Japan :roll: The Allies invested heavy in research and eventually got rockets and heavy bombers. That Tokyo stack of tanks came down pretty fast.
RE: Capt Robert Moffat Losey
…that American pilot who got shot down in Norway…
No, he wasn’t shot down. From wikipedia:
…Losey and the chauffeur passed through Dombas, a strategic railway intersection, just as a German Luftwaffe bombing began. The two sought refuge in a railway tunnel with others, but once in the tunnel Losey stood where he could observe the bombing. After a bomb fell near the entrance to the tunnel, a fragment of it pierced Losey’s heart, killing him. In addition to Losey, five Norwegians were killed by the bomb, and 18 wounded.
He was in Norway as a military attache at the US embassy and not as a fighter pilot. Like most others, he was evacuating north from Oslo, when he got to Dombas. He was very interested in flying and Luftwaffe, and stood close to the entrance to see the planes.
RE: Help needed against Japan
If the ANZAC can get the Japanese out of Australia, maybe ANZAC could focus on submarines? Convoy the Japanese islands, threaten lone transporters, force Japan to invest in destroyers and keeping some airplanes at sea, away from Calcutta. Or ANZAC should invest in fighters and send them to Calcutta or Hawaii. It might be too late, though.
RE: IWNGU Hit Or Miss Dice have arrived in stock!
…certainly closer than the original samples we were given (which were very distinct)… we may just go to another manufacturer though and get the colors we were expecting…
Sounds like there is a breach of contract from the Chinese manufacturer. If you ordered yellow and orange dice, were shown dice in two colours, and then ended up with dice of almost the same colours, you didn’t get what the countract obliged the manufacturer to deliver. Couldn’t you then demand the manufacturer to fulfill his duties according to the contract?
But yeah, I know. Chinese law is not known for being… useful for both parties.
RE: IWNGU Hit Or Miss Dice have arrived in stock!
I like the feature with hit and critical hit. It doesn’t matter for OOB players, and at the same time opens up for some more nuanced house rules. I also like the “rainbow theme”, from a rather harmless white dice to the lethal black dice.
But I’m also very worried about the yellow and orange looking to much alike. Is it possible to get a picture of them in daylight? Albeit most of our games are played in dark cellars or indoor in the evening… And battles where 2 and/or 3 hits are needed I would assume are the most common battles. So yellow and orange dice that are hard to tell apart, could really open up a ton of faulty throws and disputes.
RE: Gauging interest in customized Hit/Miss dice (Update: ORDERED!)
I think producing dice like this is a good idea.
RE: Historically stupid people
There is evidence that Roosevelt purposely drew Japan into the war. One example would be moving the Pacific fleet to Hawaii when it would have been safer to remain based on the West Coast. Another is that none of the USA’s most modern vessels were moored in Pearl harbor on December 7th. The latest equipment, including all carriers, just “happened” to be elsewhere that day.
Good sir, this is not evidence at all. At best it could only be circumstantial, but I think even that would be pushing it.
I’ve been reading up on this “U.S. provoked Japan to attack U.S”-theory, as it was rather new to me. I don’t find it convincing.
My general impression of the theory is that is seems very much based on a U.S. point of view. Which can be OK, but it becomes too narrow. Thinking Japan had no other option that attacking after the embargo was at force, seems to generally underestemate the value of diplomacy and international trade.
Also it seems based almost entirely on hindsight. FDR did this or that, which led to certain consequences. Accordingly, the consequences were wanted. Isn’t this too shallow? It almost looks like conspiracy theories, everything is part of someone’s great plan. Nothing happens by coincidence and the other party’s actions are always anticipated and desired…
For example Hoover’s book, which I only know through the article. Hoover seems to argue it was a waste for U.S. to get involved in the European theatre, since Nazi-Germany never could conquer the Soviet, because of the vast distances, hard winters, mud on the Eastern front and so on. Sure, it is easy to say after the war, when the outcome is well known. But I strongly doubt the common understanding late 1941 or even early 1942 was in line with that. At that moment Nazi-Germany had conquered half of Europe, practically never lost any considerable battles or failed hugely in any way yet - maybe apart from battle of Britain, if the Sealion-threat even was off by then.
And Hoover seems to argue that the U.S. should only send enough material to U.K. to neutralize the Sealion-threat. Well, who during the war knew exactly the amount of required materials? Tranferred to the conflicts of today, the question would have been how much materials and men the U.S. would need to defeat the taliban 15 years ago. Or to stabilize Iraq? Maybe some skilled military official could give an estimate. And still be completely off, as he would of course fail to predict the firing of the Iraqi army and the consequences thereof. Or fail to see the Arab spring, which led to the civil war in Syria, which made room for the ISIS, which destabilized half the Middle East including Iraq. It is easy for someone to come up with the answer in 10 or 50 years time. But when the heat is on? Hindsight!
RE: United States
Does anyone here think that the US would have declared war on Germany in WW2 if Germany hadn’t declared war on the U.S. after Japan bombed pearl? Personally I don’t think the public would have allowed congress to declare war against Germany, but it is an interesting debate to be had. Because the public sentiment at the time was to be isolationist and stay out of the war. When Japan attacked the U.S. then congress passed the vote going to war against Japan, but do you thing the U.S. would have declared war against Germany too if Germany hadn’t declared war against the U.S.?
Yes, I do think the US would eventually be dragged so much into the war in the Atlantic, that they finally had to formalize it with a DoW. German subs were attacking US ships already, some US naval vessels were escorting Allied ships already. In the Atlantic US and Germany almost was de facto at war. Like WW1, I think it was only a question of time before the US had to do something. Ad pressure and begging from UK and Soviet, and I think it would have been impossible for the US to stay out of war with Germany as long as Germany was allied with Japan.
RE: HBG Themed WW2 & WW1 Dice
I voted for “I want other items (please list)”, among others.
Young Grasshopper had this great idea in one of his very informing videos. We need coloured dice with hit markers. For example:
- ordinary BLUE dice with one side marked with a crosshair, explosion, skull or something to indicate a hit/kill
- ordinary GREEN dice with two sides marked as said
- ordinary YELLOW dice with three sides marked as said
- ordinary RED dice with four sides marked as said
- ordinary BLACK dice with five sides marked as said
The point is that the different colour of each dice represents a differant number of hits.
If I attack with two inf, one art, one tank and one tac, I today have to roll
- one dice @ 1
- two dice @ 2
- one dice @ 3
- one dice @ 4
That is four rolls and I must remember how many hits for every roll. Then the oponent does the same thing. This takes time.
However, if HBG had dice as explained above, I could simply grab one blue dice, two green, one yellow and one red. I could roll them all at once, in one throw. And then just count the total number of crosshair, explosions or whatever the dice are showing to represent hits.
This would save a lot of time in each game!! Subs, AAA, offshore bombardment etc might need to be rolled individually, but we would still save a lot of time on all other combat rolls.
Young Grasshopper also said that the combat board should have different colours for each section, to make it easier to see what colour we should roll for @ 2 and so on. That would be nice, but I don’t think that is needed, after we learn the colour of the dice representing two hits on it’s six sides.
RE: Question about damaged carrier and planes landing
Then I get it. Cheers.