I think my Dad may finally break my streak. Despite having a phenomenal start following D-Day, some unfortunate rolls (retreating Nazis & bad weather) and poor strategic choices have been costly. The US armor getting bogged down by trying to cut around the south of the Massif Central to get behind the German lines only to get bottled up in the Rhone & Saone Valleys has probably hurt me the worst. I should’ve launched my second invasion against Marseilles rather than La Rochelle, but I wanted to mix it up a bit. There were also some minor mistakes that proved major, like having an HQ just one hex shy of being able to land paratroopers in Antwerp; if I’d been able to do that, I could have landed several armor divisions behind the fleeing Wehrmacht. Instead, I’m having to fight for every inch of ground, and my dad has made the best of the terrain in eastern France.
I don’t know if I’m “losing” or if I’m going to lose the game, but I’m faring much poorer than the Allies did historically. This map is shows operations from late August to mid-September. The green is about how far I’ve managed to push and the purple is where my Dad’s line is holding. It’s the end of October and I haven’t reached the Siegfried line.
We’re going to try to wrap things up this weekend.