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    The Thursday beta should not be used for serious gaming, there are too many issues with it yet.
    You might suddenly find yourself at war with the USSR over a Chinese partisan as an example.

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    I figured that I would let you know that I absolutely love this AAR and find it very inspiring for me to start an AAR of my own. I don't think I will until HOI3 has been massively updated though. Probably not until after an expansion, because 1.4 doesn't seem to be enough for me. Anyways, keep up the good work, and I'm gonna continue to lurk in the shadows!

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    Phew ! Finally caught up with the updates (I fell behind while on vacation).

    Great stuff, as usual. Keep them coming !

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharonJr View Post
    Uriah, how are your allies doing ? I finally stopped playing 1.4 beta when I saw Italy without any supplies since in the current implementation of 1.4 beta all supplies and fuel seem to be transfered to the faction leader (at least with Germany) as soon as there is a land connection.

    Basically it seems like the patch leads to single large supply network for all allied nations with land connections and once there is a land connection no more supplies will be send to ports. For some people playing the UK this lead to their forces in Africa being supplied from South Africa which - basically means not a lot of supplies - despite still ruling the Med including Gibraltar.

    For me this is currently a gamebreaker.

    CharonJr
    I have had a go at 1.4.2 - seems ok - horrific bombing casualties (make sure you have plenty of interceptors) and the annoyance of invisible units everywhere, but I got a pretty fair apporoximation of where I am currently. The supply network was a killer but seems to have been fixed in 1.4.2.

    Quote Originally Posted by Morrell8 View Post
    I WANT MOAR!!! Damned Western Australian barbarians! Always slower than us civilized Eastern Australian peoples. Btw what AFL team do you go for?
    I will gloss over the divisive Eastern States comments - we are too busy here sending our money over to keep the rest of Australia solvent.

    I should post another update today (up to end of September) and hopefully another before the end of the weekend (1-3 October).

    As I have one daughter a manic Dockers fan and another an slightly less enthusiastic Eagles supporter (of course the third daughter says it is all nonsense and why wouyld anyone bother) I have to stay completely neutral. There is no possibility of supporting a Melbourne team and even less a SA, Qld or NSW team.

    Quote Originally Posted by Surt View Post
    The Thursday beta should not be used for serious gaming, there are too many issues with it yet.
    You might suddenly find yourself at war with the USSR over a Chinese partisan as an example.
    I have got to roughly my current position without any real problems (though Australia wants to join the Axis). I won't play any further until the final 1.4.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brad1 View Post
    I figured that I would let you know that I absolutely love this AAR and find it very inspiring for me to start an AAR of my own. I don't think I will until HOI3 has been massively updated though. Probably not until after an expansion, because 1.4 doesn't seem to be enough for me. Anyways, keep up the good work, and I'm gonna continue to lurk in the shadows!
    Thanks for the kind words. Writing an AAR is a lot of work but it has its rewards. I definitely understand a lot more about the game by playing slowly and thinking about whay is happening and why.

    So when the expansion is released I will look out for your AAR.

    Quote Originally Posted by kigrwik View Post
    Phew ! Finally caught up with the updates (I fell behind while on vacation).

    Great stuff, as usual. Keep them coming !
    Thanks Kigrwik. (I am a little alarmed that you only read the AAR when you are at work!).




    Everyone - sorry about the hiatus (not often you get to use that word!) but I have been working out what to do with the new patch coming out. I have decided that I don't want to run the risk of a sudden crash down the track (by just transferring a save), so I will replay and swap over. I have got up to date, all the units and commanders are the same (well, about 98%), techs are pretty much similar, slightly larger army and very slightly different front line.

    Only major difference is that Japan has conquered the whole of China. But I always thought that Japan being beaten by Shanxi was pretty ahistorical. I had to help the Republicans a little (I reduced the strength of a lot of Nationalist units) but Franco was beaten.

    There will be a transitional story - part of the delay was my working out how to explain the differences.

    I will update to 3 October 1939, then the transition. Should take me 5-6 days. I am pretty confident that the final 1.4 won't be too far away, so I will resume at full speed after that.

    Thankyou for your perserverance, but I don't think I could have kept up the enthusiasm playing 1.3 knowing an improved version was available.

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    A Clerk’s War


    28th September to 30th September 1939


    The Luftwaffe must have been shaken by the twin attacks by the Armee de l’Air and the Royal Air Force. The number of bombing missions has dropped sharply recently, and seems to be picking up again only very slowly. At least the French bombers have been taught a lesson and we don’t expect them to interfere with our advance for at least the next few days.

    The lack of heavy bomber support didn’t affect General von Bock who has launched a three-prong attack on General Lyttleton who has been given responsibility for the province of Buchy. With a division attacking from each of Beauvais, Abbeville and Berck, Lyttelton’s units (one of which is on the verge of collapse) will be hard pressed to stay their ground. Von Bock messages to OKH are almost jocular in tone – he obviously expects any resistance to be minimal.



    Battle of Bruchy



    General von Bock included this photograph in a despatch from his headquarters. These British Bren Carriers are the best armour that Lyttleton’s men have to oppose his three divisions.


    The next couple of days were a bit of a panic for me, but nothing connected with the activity at the front line, at least not directly. I was told to be prepared for a flight to France, and to take a small group of experienced members of my team, all of whom must be fluent in French. The only other thing I was told was that it was anticipated that there would a large amount of records to be sorted and analysed at top speed, and that I and my selected staff could be away for some time.

    At the same time, there was a huge amount of activity in the Fuhrer’s office, with security officers rushing about madly, the telephones in use continually. Officers from the Fliegerstaffel des Fuhrers were constantly dashing in and out of the Kanzlei building, secretaries were in tears as orders were changed several times an hour, drivers loitered on the pavement as their masters attended crucial meetings.



    The Fuhrer will travel in his personal FW 200C V1 “Immelman III”. It has been fitted with a private cabin for the Fuhrer.



    I will probably travel in a Ju 52/3M of the Fliegerstaffel des Fuhrers. I suspect I will not have a private cabin, but I am hoping to get a seat.


    I have seen it all before. This is standard when the Fuhrer decides on short notice that he wishes to alter all his plans and make a trip outside the pre-war borders of the Reich. My guess (though it is nearly a certainty) is that General von Blomberg has assured the Fuhrer that our troops will take Paris within the next few days, and that the Fuhrer intends to make a speech to the nation from a prominent landmark in the French capital. It is not important that the French armies continue to fight – by having the Fuhrer appear on radio and film from Paris we will appear to have already won.

    This would tie in with my orders to be prepared to travel. Even if the French are already destroying records as fast as they can, they cannot eliminate everything. My job will be to catalogue everything we can capture, and identify those documents that will be of use in the future. A high pressure job, but maybe I will get a few hours to look around Paris. I toyed with the idea of taking my secretary, Gisela, but it could be little hard to justify, and the other staff would be sure to talk. Perhaps I could get her some French perfume? She works so hard and deserves a small reward.

    One benefit of the turmoil (and the still to be announced absence of the Fuhrer and most of the Cabinet) is that the month-end Cabinet meeting has been postponed again. Every cloud has a silver lining.

    The last day of the month started with two victories, von Bock in Buchy and von Brauchitsch in Vitry-le-Francois. Von Bock had the easiest win of the two, losing only 142 in driving out Lyttleton’s 14,000 men. The British lost 858. Von Brauchitsch’s 24.Infanterie faced three divisions and suffered 1,013 casualties while inflicting 1,689. The end result, however, was the same: we advance closer to Paris and the Allied armies continue to retreat in disorder.

    During the afternoon, General Bergmann and his 14.Infanterie attacked the BEF in Nemours. Although outnumbered, Bergmann has been ordered to keep up the pressure on the Allied forces, and not allow them a moment to recover their moral or get reorganised. Even though he is not expected to deliver a victory, he seems very confident, and is quite disparaging when he reports the condition of his opponents. I believe he used the word “rabble” several times in one radio message after capturing a small town. General Hutton would not be pleased, and nor would the officers and men of the 55th Infantry, who together with the 14th Mountain Brigade, are the unfortunate recipients of Bergmann’s mocking comments.



    Battle of Nemours


    General Guderian is a very different officer, very formal in his reports. In any case, he is no position to laugh at his enemy. The French in Verdun are in fairly good condition, and are fighting on what they consider to be virtually sacred ground. Verdun has almost mythic importance in the French army, with General Nivelle’s “Ils ne passeront pas” going into history as a rallying cry. I am sure those words were included in General Arlabosse’s directive to his troops, the 1ere Division and 3rd Armour Brigade. Guderina’s 1st Leichte Panzer Division is going to have a tough job dislodging nearly double their number from such a symbol of French resistance.



    Battle of Verdun



    This bomb missed the British Valentine, but the 3rd Armour Brigade must prepare to endure heavy air bombardment while attempting to hold off Guderian’s tanks


    Friedrich-Willich’s Gebirgsjagers had no such problems in taking Romilly – the French simply abandoned the province and he marched in.

    Looking at the position maps prepared at the end of month, it looks to my untutored eye as though Paris is doomed. The French have only two or three units able to reinforce the capital, and those are of questionable fighting ability, each having lost several battles in the last week or so. The bulk of the French Army is trapped far to the east, and cannot possibly breakthrough in time to relieve the capital. So within days I hope to be sightseeing in the Avenue des Champs-Elysees.

    Bombing summary

    28th September

    Vitry-le-Francois: Sperrle with 1 x Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 65
    Vitry-le-Francois: Dorstling with 1 x Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 149
    Vitry-le-Francois: Sperrle with 2 x Bf 109G, 4 x He 111: 172, 84

    29th September

    Vitry-le-Francois: Dorstling with 1 x Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 80
    Buchy : Sperrle with 1 x Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 70, 130, 149
    Vitry-le-Francois: Dorstling with 1 x Bf 109G, 4 x He 111: 188, 190

    30th September

    Vitry-le-Francois: Udet with 2 x Ju 87G: 41
    Vitry-le-Francois: Sperrle with 1 x Bf 109G, 2 x He 111, 2 x Ju 87G: 147
    Nemours: Dorstling with 1 x Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 144



    Fall Zentrum at end of 30th September 1939
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    DAMN Poor misguided Westerners Tisk tisk tisk.

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    Are you plannning on giving Rommel some real tanks?
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    Nice update, and good luck for the transition.
    I think that our hero should get Gisela some chocolate also, it works every time.
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    Good to know you are working on it Uriah. But a final version of 1.4 might still take some time because there a quite a few problems with 1.4 beta like annex crash bug etc. But you are right to continue in 1.4, this AAR still has a long way to go and the better the game, the better the story!!

    All the best to you Down Under!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uriah View Post

    Thanks for the kind words. Writing an AAR is a lot of work but it has its rewards. I definitely understand a lot more about the game by playing slowly and thinking about whay is happening and why.

    So when the expansion is released I will look out for your AAR.
    Thank you, I'll definitely let you know when I finally get around to starting it. I have been reading books about WW1 and WW2 non stop since I heard that HOI3 was coming out and have been extensively preparing for my AAR. I really enjoy the format you have chosen for this AAR, although honestly I was considering something similar. Keep up the good work!

    EDIT: I'm a HUGE fan of broad summary posts. Perhaps in the meantime, while you are waiting for a final 1.4 patch, could you give us a summary of Germany? I would really appreciate it if you could tell us your current OOB including the leaders, and deployement. Also, what is the status of your spy rings, and the spy reports on your current enemies? What's your IC, occupation pollicies, and production? How about a Tech overview? I know I'm asking for a lot, but it is really nice to get occasional overviews like this so that I can better understand the setting of this AAR. The more info the better I would say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uriah View Post
    Thanks Kigrwik. (I am a little alarmed that you only read the AAR when you are at work!).
    I would've caught up faster if I did my reading at work ! No, I only (well...mostly) read at home but during my vacations I try to stay completely "away from keyboard".

    Good luck with the 1.4 transition, your readership awaits with bated breath (but don't rush it either, it would be a tragedy if your game ran into a systematic crash).

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    A Clerk’s War


    1st October to 3rd October 1939


    With events building to a climax, I have returned to my habit of being one of the first staff in the Reichskanzlei. So I was probably one of the first people in the Reich to know that our Fallschirmjagers were to go into action. All over the building the “early birds” were telling newcomers that the order had gone from OKH itself: the 1st Fallschirmjagers were to board their Ju 52 transports at Antwerp aerodrome and prepare for immediate combat.

    I have to admit that I have a strange fascination in this newest of all methods of fighting. To leap out of an airplane from thousands of metres, parachute to the ground and, taking an enemy by surprise, seize key positions. It seems quite magical to an old foot soldier like me. But like most things in the army, I suspect that the soldiers would tell you a much different story. The reality is more that, if your ageing rust-bucket of a transport plane survives being shot down by enemy fighters, you are then hit by anti-aircraft fire over the target, you are helpless as you drift down completely exposed and when you land, you are outgunned and outnumbered by the enemy.

    Still, everyone who heard the news was more excited by what this meant: our first airborne attack would be the capture of Paris! I did notice some of the Luftwaffe and Heer officers (mainly those with front-line experience) looking concerned, so maybe I was not the only one to avoid being so swept up by enthusiasm as to forget or overlook the risks. I hope that those young boys are not heading to disaster: so many things could go wrong.

    As if to confirm my worst fears, the first news of enemy action this Saturday involved fighters of the Armee de l’Air. Basset and his two Groupes de Chasseurs attacked Udet’s Stukas over Nemours early in the morning. The air battle was brief and the Ju 87Gs completed their mission with only light losses, but I had to wonder what would happen if the fighters intercepted the lumbering “Tante Jus” with their precious cargo.



    Air Battle of Nemours


    I need not have worried. 1st Fallschirmjager took off as planned just before dawn, and was soon over Paris, having not seen a single enemy plane. (I wondered if the early bombing raids by the Luftwaffe may have been a ploy to draw off the fighters). When the parachutists hit the ground, they met virtually no resistance. We had believed the city to be held by a full division, but we discovered from prisoners that the 7eme Division that had been given the responsibility had actually been evacuated from the front as it was unable to continue fighting. Its men were exhausted, and more importantly, their morale was non-existent. At the first shots, they fled, leaving the economic and cultural centre of France in our hands.



    1st Fallschirmjager Division leaves its Ju 52 transports over Paris


    Our luck continued, as there was no counter-attack. I suppose the French were not sure what had happened, but a determined attack would have placed our lightly armed if highly trained Fallshirmjagers under pressure. It would be some time before sizeable reinforcements with heavy weapons could cross the Seine, and we were very vulnerable. But as the hours passed and no attack came, everyone in Berlin began to relax.



    Fallschirmjagers are quickly in action


    Late in the afternoon Basset and his fighters returned, but they had missed their opportunity for a free run at defenceless targets. They successfully intercepted Sperrle’s Heinkels, though the French pilots may have been surprised to find several hundred Messerchmitt Bf 109G fighters flying escort. Our Gustavs were a match for the mixed fighter groups, and Sperrle’s bombers were untouched as they continued to support Guderian’s attack on Verdun.



    Air Battle of Verdun


    As dusk fell on a momentous day, the French quietly abandoned Nemours, leaving 96 dead behind. Bergmann was quick to claim victory, but anyone could see that the surrender of the province was linked to the fall of Paris. With his left flank open, Hutton has wisely withdrawn his men before he was trapped.

    On the 2nd, a new motorised division (14.Infanterie (mot)) was deployed in Bitburg. Although we have taken Paris, the French and their allies still have hundreds of thousands of men under arms, and nobody thinks that they will give up easily. We must keep them off balance and in retreat, and every soldier will be required. And if he has motor transport, he is twice as valuable!



    The arrival of a new motorised division in recently occupied Bitburg is an occasion for some public celebration: Ministers Frick and Goebbels are very conscious of keeping the population enthused


    As I expected, I also received orders (direct from Minister Frick) that I and the nominated members of my team had been seconded to the Office of the Fuhrer, and would be expected to fly to Paris at dawn on Tuesday (the 4th of October). My staff were very excited, as for most it would be their first trip outside Germany. I was more relaxed: I have had enough of foreign adventures.

    Before the Battle for France commences, it seems as though there will be a brief but unofficial pause. Very little happened on the 2nd, a couple of small battles continued but most units appear to be catching their breath. The Luftwaffe must have been pushing its crews to the limit in the build up to the airborne attack on Paris. On Sunday not one combat flight was flown, and on Monday the 3rd I received notice of only five bombing missions, despite the whole front erupting as the Heer moved to crush French resistance.



    Maintenance for aircraft (like these hard-working Stukas) and rest for pilots is the Luftwaffe’s priority for at least one day


    No less than five separate battles began during the day, as 13 divisions moved into contact with the enemy.

    General Dietrich was the first to attack, sending his troops into Longuyon. From Arlon, 2nd Panzer and 13 and 29.Infanterie (motorised) drove forward, while from Neufchateau 2nd Leichte Panzer swung into action. His opponent, General Doyen, has a mixed French and British force totalling nearly 34,500 men. Numbers are evenly matched, and our Panzers can expect a more spirited defence than they have encountered in the drive through Belgium.



    Battle of Longuyon


    In Chaumont, General Ludke’s 58.Infanterie will also have a fight on their hands, as they take on General Giraud’s two infantry divisions. Our intelligence, however, is that the French units have lost much of their heavy equipment and their communications have broken down, and that the defence will be brittle. OKH would be surprised if they last two days.



    Battle of Chaumont


    General Gain in Gamaches is not expected to last anything like two days. His 19eme Division is under attack from Eicke’s 28.Infanterie which is flushed with victory and should make short work of the disorganised and demoralised French. Eicke will push the front line further down the coast, hoping to capture any port capable of handling British reinforcements (or evacuating retreating units).



    Battle of Gamaches


    On the other side of Paris to the retreating General Hutton, General Slim faces a relentless foe as he struggles to hold Vernon. General von Amann has his own 17.Infanterie, but attacking with him from Beauvais are Engelbrecht’s feared 4th Gebirgsjagers, veterans of innumerable hard-fought battles. As if that were not enough, von Kuchler’s “Falkenberg” division, renowned for its determination to win at all costs, is forcing its way forward from Clermont. Against 30,000 experienced and confident soldiers, Slim has 16,000 men, what remains of the 2nd and 56th Infantry Divisions. Von Amann aims to be on the banks of the Seine within 24 hours.



    Battle of Vernon


    The final battle of the day was also the biggest in terms of total soldiers involved. Just under 75,000 men will clash in Montmedy, as Generals Model and Conde determine who will control the province. Model has three divisions in Phillipeville (5th Panzer, 44 and 19.Infanterie Division) and 1st Gebirgjagers in Neufchateau. Conde also has 4 divisions, but in addition he can call on 4eme Armee headquarters to supply a few thousand infantry, even if they are of low quality. The Panzer IIIs of 5th Panzer will find the forest roads of Montmedy difficult terrain, and Conde’s men, although not fresh, are in reasonable shape. This could be bloody affair, and the Luftwaffe will not be able to find targets easily if the French use the available cover wisely.



    Battle of Montmedy


    As I started to pack up what I would need for my flight to Paris tomorrow, General von Amman sent a short note to OKH: he has reached the Seine and there are no Allied troops still fighting north or east of the river. My next report will be from Paris!

    Bombing Summary

    1st October

    Nemours: Udet with 2 x Ju 87G: 43
    Verdun: Sperrle with 1 x Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 43
    Nemours: Grauert with 2 x He 111: 71
    Verdun: Dorstlng with 2 x Bf 109G, 4 x He 111: 93, 68
    Nemours: Udet with 2 x Ju 87G, 2 x He 111: 123

    3rd October

    Vernon: Dorstling with 1 x Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 76
    Gamache: Sperrle with 1 x Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 84, 172
    Vernon: Grauert with 2 x He 111: 103
    Gamache: Sperrle with 1 x Bf 109G, 4 x He 111: 129




    Fall Zentrum complete: Paris is ours

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morrell8 View Post
    DAMN Poor misguided Westerners Tisk tisk tisk.
    I bet the rest of the readers weren't aware that Australia has been teetering on the brink of civil war for years!


    Quote Originally Posted by Modo View Post
    Are you plannning on giving Rommel some real tanks?
    I think Rommel and a lot of others leaders will be re-assigned after the fall of France (assuming France does fall - in the transition there are an awfulk llot of Allied divisions left!

    Quote Originally Posted by Karaiskandar View Post
    Nice update, and good luck for the transition.
    I think that our hero should get Gisela some chocolate also, it works every time.
    I don't know the originator, but I have always found (or should I say heard) "Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker" so maybe a bottle of Veuve Clicquot?

    Quote Originally Posted by BoemsiBoemsie View Post
    Good to know you are working on it Uriah. But a final version of 1.4 might still take some time because there a quite a few problems with 1.4 beta like annex crash bug etc. But you are right to continue in 1.4, this AAR still has a long way to go and the better the game, the better the story!!

    All the best to you Down Under!
    Thanks BoemsiBoemsie: I have had a run with 1.4 RC3 and nearly all the problems I saw seem to have been addressed (a few invisible partisans and crasjh on exit still there). But then I didn't get any of the CTDs that others apparentyl got many times. Most of those seemed to relate to annexation (dissolving hex ownership) and I see that this has been fixed.

    In my experience RC 1 and 2 have the longest intervals between release, the next are usually "mop-up" exercises to clear inadvertent errors. So I am hoping for a final Ver 1.4 sometime next week.

    I have my 1.4beta save game and will run 1.4 on a clean version so it should go OK (all my other Paradox games beta saves have been compatible with finals, so I have my fingers crossed. If necessary I will replay again: a bit boring but having done it once I can probably speed through: I know the important decisions. Trade is the PAI.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brad1 View Post
    Thank you, I'll definitely let you know when I finally get around to starting it. I have been reading books about WW1 and WW2 non stop since I heard that HOI3 was coming out and have been extensively preparing for my AAR. I really enjoy the format you have chosen for this AAR, although honestly I was considering something similar. Keep up the good work!

    EDIT: I'm a HUGE fan of broad summary posts. Perhaps in the meantime, while you are waiting for a final 1.4 patch, could you give us a summary of Germany? I would really appreciate it if you could tell us your current OOB including the leaders, and deployement. Also, what is the status of your spy rings, and the spy reports on your current enemies? What's your IC, occupation pollicies, and production? How about a Tech overview? I know I'm asking for a lot, but it is really nice to get occasional overviews like this so that I can better understand the setting of this AAR. The more info the better I would say.
    I am sure many others have thought of similar, but I chose this format because it seemed easier to cover the whole war while also having a narrator with a personality.

    I will be giving a summary of the positrion after transition: how much detail depends on a few things:

    When final 1.4 releases (how much time before I can play again - though I am playing AOD at the moment)
    Whether my save is 100% compatible (I only have so much time, and if I have to replay again then it has an impact)
    How enthusiastic I am and how long the enthusiasm lasts (I suspect I will be keen to start the summary but I always prefer to play than to write)
    How much I think the readers will bear (I know for some people too much detail just isn't enough, but I do worry about the casual reader who may recoil in horror)

    Quote Originally Posted by kigrwik View Post
    I would've caught up faster if I did my reading at work ! No, I only (well...mostly) read at home but during my vacations I try to stay completely "away from keyboard".

    Good luck with the 1.4 transition, your readership awaits with bated breath (but don't rush it either, it would be a tragedy if your game ran into a systematic crash).
    During vacations I try to maintain my keyboard time, but it very difficult when travelling.

    I am being careful about the transition: everything is being saved so that even if I crash I can at least get back where I was. As far as I can see, the transition shoudl be OK - unless Johan introduces a massive change on RC4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uriah View Post
    I don't know the originator, but I have always found (or should I say heard) "Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker" so maybe a bottle of Veuve Clicquot?
    Oh yes very good idea indeed (quite expensive but as we say in France "Quand on aime, on ne compte pas.": When you love, you don't count the cost")
    Btw great job with the Fallschirmjäger Division over Paris, a very serious blow for the French for almost no losses on your side!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karaiskandar View Post
    Oh yes very good idea indeed (quite expensive but as we say in France "Quand on aime, on ne compte pas.": When you love, you don't count the cost")
    Btw great job with the Fallschirmjäger Division over Paris, a very serious blow for the French for almost no losses on your side!
    My French is much better than my German, so I could actually understand that. (At least I didn't think it meant "When one loves one isn't a Count".)

    I think German soldiers may get a special deal on champagne this week in Paris.

    No-one was more surprised than me: I could see a single French unit in Paris and just thought it would be a reasonable risk to land my Paras: if they got into trouble there were two adjacent unitsthat would probably help. But when they landed I pressed "Go to" on the Battle Alert and it disappeared: I had won. So I believe the unit must have been deployed there after shattering elsewhere and had no org at all and just reshattered as soon as combat began. (I could go and search my records for the unit but that would be too much even for me).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uriah View Post
    No-one was more surprised than me: I could see a single French unit in Paris and just thought it would be a reasonable risk to land my Paras: if they got into trouble there were two adjacent unitsthat would probably help. But when they landed I pressed "Go to" on the Battle Alert and it disappeared: I had won. So I believe the unit must have been deployed there after shattering elsewhere and had no org at all and just reshattered as soon as combat began. (I could go and search my records for the unit but that would be too much even for me).
    Fortune favours the bold.
    No you'll have to hold Paris, but it seems to be quite possible.
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    Gisela=Wife?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karaiskandar View Post
    Fortune favours the bold.
    No you'll have to hold Paris, but it seems to be quite possible.
    Well, we'll all have to wait and see (including me) as the capture of Paris is the point at which I decided to do the transition. I am writing the transition update now but will probably not post it unitl 1.4 released in case I ahve to make adjustments (in other words, replay the whole thing again!).

    Quote Originally Posted by Morrell8 View Post
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    The Possibliltes are endless!
    Don't encourage me - I can just see a future update:

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    I wonder where Himmler and his division are. Didn't read anything about him since Poland. Back then, he did fairly well, to everybody's surprise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baltasar View Post
    I wonder where Himmler and his division are. Didn't read anything about him since Poland. Back then, he did fairly well, to everybody's surprise.
    All will be made clear - for a long time he was left in Poland.

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