The Allies At War USA (Matt), UK (Joe), France (Mike) vs The World Version: Patch 1.4 Modifications: None Difficulty: Normal Objective: Prevent the Axis from taking France. Defeat the Axis. The World on February 4th, 1940 is a violent place. The Germans Annexed Austria and Czechoslovakia while forming an Alliance with the Italians and Japanese. The Italians successfully conquered Ethiopia and Albania while Japan took over the Chinese Warlords. Asia is a place of bloody battles. The Guangxi Clique Warlord has become a puppet of Japan while Yunnan has outright joined the Axis. Communist China joined the Commitern before being conquered, bringing the Japanese into conflict with the Russians. The indepandant war is Epic in scale, from Sinkiang in the West to the East Coast of Russia in the East. It is hard to tell who is winning the war though the Japanese have advanced into Russia. Russia had been engaged in war with Finland too, but has returned to Status Quo on that front and - as best as our spies can tell - are now marching Armies to the East to deal with Japan. Europe is not much different. Expansionist Germany devoured Poland with its military might, invoking war against the Allies who had been joined by the ever powerful USA a few years before. Allied forces managed to move into Belgium and secure most of its territory, though the Germans made an error in not attacking US forces - which took several months to fully mobilize due to a manpower shortage. Italy soon joined the war by declaring war on Greece - a member of the Allied Forces - though there has been no movement on that front. American Troops stationed in Egypt are moving into Eastern Libya, while French forces in Tunisia are moving into Western Libya. The first parachute drop of the war, involving the US 82nd Airborne Division, successfully captured the port of Benghazi in Libya. British Forces in East Africa have slowly started to move into Somalia and Ethiopia. British Forces in India - few as they are - prepare for the enivitable invasion by the Yunnan, Guangxi Clique, and Japanese - the Japanese can not be out of the war vs. the Allies for long, after all. With the initial onslaught defeated, Allied Supreme Command are starting to make plans for a large scale counterattack. French forces are already moving into Norther Italy, and Italian Libya will soon be subjugated. American Commanders are pushing for an Invasion of Italy, wanting to eliminate the Italians and gain a new border - and avenue of attack - on Germany through Austria. Opening such a front will force German Troops from Western Europe to deal with the new threat. British High Command is pushing for a direct assault on the Germans, ignoring the Italians. So many plans, so little time. One thing is agreed upon however - a Summer Offensive into Occupied Holland. The plan is high-risk but also high-reward. Its very possible that such a push could open the doors to Germany, or just cost the Allies several hundred lives. The Plan is quite simply and has been broken down into 3 Phases. (USA Troops = Dark Blue, French Troops = Light Blue, UK Troops = Red) Phase 1: Attack the province of Namur, freeing up two complete Armies on the border by shortening the front in Belgium. These troops will then form part of Phase 2. Phase 2: The second part of the attack is the most crucial and could present an opportunity to push deep into German (an attack of opportunity). American Paratroopers, in the initial part of the Phase, are to parachute behind German Lines and secure the city of Eindhoven. Depending on resistance and enemies behind lines, it will be possible for the paratroopers to move on foot towards Arnhem. British forces will be attack Eastwards from the Coast, along the river that is currently forming the front line with German Troops in Holland. They will link up with the American Troopers as American Troops (freed from Phase 1) push northwards in from Belgium. The goal of Phase 2 is to push back to the original Dutch Border, using the rivers in the area as an added line of defense against a German Counter Attack. Phase 3: If Phase 2 is at all successful, a US Marine Invasion of Amersfoort (next to Amsterdam) will help cut off German troops in and around Amsterdam, allowing Allied Forces to avid a direct assault on said troops. The success of this 3-Phase Attack could go a long way to ending the war in Europe before Christmas.