hammond (Allies) def. Stroid (Axis-11)
Stroid and I go way back to "dice" games and so we agreed to settle this game in the old fashioned way and went with "dice" instead of LL. For those who don’t play dice, please read the rest at your own risk.
Axis won the bid at 11 and acquired an inf and an extra transport in the Med. Unbeknownst to either of us, he would only have one chance to use it. Russia Rd1 was pretty normal, little less on WR, but an extra tank left on Ukr. Germany’s turn quickly yielded the first dicing of the game when 3 planes and a sub attacked the unsuspecting HMS Hood in SZ 13 and failed to score one hit while losing its sub and a plane. With the Hood still alive, it attacked Germany’s Med fleet with some air and sunk the bewildered Bismarck causing no damage to UK.
Allies quickly decided that it was a good time to put lots of pressure on Germany afterward and found the Allies in a good position surrounding Berlin and threatening to cut off Germany’s large stack in Karelia. This is where Stroid’s master plan came into effect. Instead of retreating to EE, he went on the offensive and threatened Moscow making the Russian tanks dizzy as they spun around trying desperately to get home for a defense. With the bulk of the Allies busy surrounding Berlin, Germany forced a battle on WR drawing every Russian man, woman, and child from Moscow itself into the battle which was barely won. This maneuver now known to History as the Stroid gambit, made for a very weak Russian defense with a light mixing of Allied units facing a Japan 60+ipc turn. Knowing how Stroid treats his conquered victims, the Allies after some debate, decided to fight on. The Allies fought with its hope of taking Germany with a double tap from UK and USA, while leaving Russia to fight a spirited defense to buy time (and save the women). The final battles went very well for the good guys in that the UK nearly took Germany by itself and Japan’s dice failed the Axis at the end in its attempt to take Russia in Round 10.
All accolades to my friend and adversary thanks for the game and good luck in the rest of the tourney.