Handsome (Axis+9) wins vs Brennan (Allies) by Allied surrender in round 22. A long, tense, close and very challenging game. Allied got a good start with 1 Art 3 ARM's surviving in Ukr after R1, despite the 1 INF bid there.
Germany's difficulties followed up with a G2 loss of BMB vs a lone UK TRN.
The Allies then went hard for Africa, and harrassed Germany with constant raids vs the poorly defended Atlantic wall. At the same time minor Russian forces delayed the Japanese progress in Asia. The Japanese choose to hurry to help Germany keep some IPC's from Africa and at the same time keep the Suez closed.
Germany on it's side, moved it's available forces East to threaten the oilfields and force the Russians to keep as many unit as possible away from Japans campaign in Asia. Resulting in an combined UK/US landing in France already in round5. Germany's panzers had to retreat to defend the Fatherland.
Then many rounds of dancing arround EE/Balkans/UKr/Bel followed for Germany, all while the Allied TUV and unit advantage kept growing. The Strategic situation, however was still favoring Axis, the pressure from 2 sides slowly increased towards Russia.
In round 10 the time was beginning to run out for Axis and a desperate plan was made. A combined threat against The Russian front in Cau, made US move a big army into TJ to help Russia keep its factory. That might have been the crucial turningpoint for the game. Axis left Cau alone, Germany withdraw once again, and Japan chose to destroy the American stack. Thus evening out the TUV advantage a bit, and also allowed Axis to keep Suez shut. In Round 13/14 the next crucial battle took place, when Russia destroyed the advancing Japanese Army in Kaz, retreating to Moscow and left Cau to Germany.
In round 18 Moscow finally fell after the 6th Army commited a suicide attack to make way for a follow up attack from Japan.
Allies still had a little TUV/Unit advantage, but the change in production/income and the loss of 17 Allied FTR in the Battle for Moscow, while Germany still was well defended, forced an Allied surrender a couple of rounds after.
I want to thank Brennan for a long, exciting and fantastic entertaining game. He showed great sportmanship and was a true gentleman to play. He also put up a hell of a fight.