Brother Against Brother ... in
The Frisby brothers squared off in the final for the fourth
consecutive year. Robert won as the Germans in 2000, and
Bradford won as the Germans in 2001 and 2002. This year
Robert prevailed as the Germans. Is anyone seeing a trend?
The Allies invaded the Netherlands, destroying the Rotterdam
fort on a 4-1 with a +2 DRM. They also seized Amsterdam
and attacked the dyke hex on second impulse. The Germans
began sending reinforcements to the area, and reoccupied Rotterdam
with air support.
On June II the Allies seized Nice with a Ranger landing and
air lifted a paratroop division to defend the city. They
also dropped paratroops east of the dyke hex to speed the advance
on Groningen. The Germans lacked the strength to attack
Nice, but they launched several counterattacks in an effort to
contain the Allied forces in the Netherlands.
On June III the Allies took Cannes and moved three infantry
divisions into southern France to hold Cannes and Nice.
The Allies would hold these two cities for the duration, although
German forces prevented them from taking additional cities in
For the next several turns fierce battles raged near Rotterdam
and Groningen as the Allies sought to expand their beachhead,
and the Germans counterattacked to push them back. Several
Allied 4-1 and 5-1 attacks on German panzers in the Netherlands
failed to yield DEs. As a result, nearly all of the German
armor survived to slow the Allied advance and launch a number
counter attacks. The Allies tried to take Bremen with a
daring paratroop assault, but due to unlucky die rolls all of
the paratroops were destroyed in the landings or in the battle
with the Bremen Volkssturm.
On July I a storm slowed the Allied advance, as more German
troops converged on the Netherlands. By July III the Allies
held Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Cannes, and Nice, and needed only
two more cities to win. With no more paratroop or Ranger
landings available, and only Groningen within reach, the Allies
In the semi-final round, Robert Frisby played against Bill
Riggs. Frisby's Allies invaded the 7th Army district and took
Cherbourg on June I. The Allies gradually expanded their
beachhead and eventually took every city in the district other
In the Quarter-final round, Robert Frisby played against Chris
Godfrey. Godfrey's Allies invaded the 7th Army district and took
Brest on June II and Lorient on June IV. The Germans formed
a line that prevented the Allies from taking St. Malo or Rennes,
and a paratroop and Ranger assault on Caen failed to hold the
city due to German counterattacks.
In the first round, Robert Frisby played against Jim Tracy.
Tracy's Allies invaded the 1st Army district and took La Rochelle
on June II. The Allies took Bordeaux but were unable to
destroy the fort in A16, which had been reinforced with German
Panzer units. The Allies eventually took six cities, but
were unable to hold them against German counterattacks.
This year the Germans won the majority of the games, even
with the rule modifications designed to even the play balance.
Next year it may be desirable to further modify the rules to
achieve better play balance.