A Veteran Returns
Jeff Martin showed no rust in racking up a championship after
returning to the convention after a long absence. .Staying with
a free-form format this year, the tourney had 10 players. The
free-form rounds showed that, even with rule modifications, the
Germans held an advantage over the Allies with nine wins in 11
Jeff was the top
seed for the semifinal round. With the perceived German advantage,
all four semifinalists agreed to a bidding system. If both players
wanted the same side, then they would bid for air power. For
the Germans, they bid the number of planes they would reduce
from their starting total - to be taken one from July, then one
from June, then alternating thereafter.
In the first semifinal, bidding was unnecessary as Jeff selected
the Germans and Alan Hayes the Allies. Alan invaded in the 15th
District at Dieppe. Continuing to blow the bridges surrounding
the area, Alan claimed Dieppe, Le Havre, Rouen, and Amiens.
Next up was St. Quentin and a paratroop drop for the sixth city
and victory. Alan was unable to capture St. Quentin and Jeff
moved on to the Final.
In the second semifinal, Robert Frisby bid 2 to play the Germans.
Doug Porterfield invaded at St. Malo. But in trying to grab
Brest and Lorient on the same turn, his attacks failed and the
units attacking Lorient were eliminated, leaving a counterattack
opening. Robert eliminated the only Allied Headquarters on the
mainland. On turn 4, the storm arrived and left the Allies with
too little to take and hold their remaining objectives, so Doug
In the Final, both players bid for the Germans. Robert's
bidding reached 5 before Jeff accepted, so Robert's German air
support for June and July was 4 planes each month. Jeff invaded
in the 19th District. Jeff pushed out from the Cannes area.
With a well-coordinated attack at the Rhone delta, he pushed
Robert into a defensive position. Retreating, Robert prepared
for the final battles at Perpignan and Toulouse (Jeff having
taken all of the other cities in the district). Jeff's paratroop
drop took Toulouse, but he was unable to take Perpignan. The
French partisans blocked the rail that Robert had planned to
use to deploy six divisions for the counterattack on Toulouse.
Without the railed-in troops, Robert counterattacked Toulouse
unsuccessfully on second impulse at 1-2 odds and the victory
went to Jeff.