Note: The After Action Report of War 54 cannot properly be told without reporting on the actions and preparations of War 53.
Operation Big Ben
With the Axis in England and knocking on London’s door during War 53, the Allied High Command quickly began planning for what soon would be War 54. As planning took shape, we realized we needed better organization all around, as well as doing something different. Better communication was established so the number crunchers began to crunch the numbers. The Strategists began to draw up plans. All our soldiers began to build comradeship through organizing squads and training new players. As we materialized our efforts, an interesting phenomenon began to develop. The Allies began to push the Axis back. The more we united, the more territory we began to take. This cohesive organizing began to spread throughout the ranks of the Allies. On day 33 of the war, we manage to punch a hole through the center of the Axis lines leading to the capture of Berlin. The push through Europe was a dose of medicine that the Allies needed after a solid two months of losing wars.
The Axis did mention to have a tank resupply issue. The Allied High Command’s analysis is that the game builds went from 67301 to 68520 over the span of War 52 to 54. Among those builds, Heroes and Generals reintroduced factories. Factories resupply the vehicles. When the factories were overran, Supplies weren’t getting to the Assault Teams. This was happening to the Allies as well, but since we were capturing more territory than we lost, the residual effects weren’t completely noticed.
With a well oiled Allied machine, we prepared for War 54.
Operation Bull Frog
The plan called for predesignated objectives to be captured to establish and secure a front line. We encouraged new players to help fill in the gaps and all objectives were reached with a mild gain in the North. Players from different time zones carried the torch and a breakthrough in the North developed. We faced a lot of battles and the push ended near Brandenberg.
The Axis retaliated and the Allies began losing ground. It was clear the Axis was going for our Northern airfields. The counterattack was quick and hard, but the Allies bore down holding the front from the North to the South with a combination of bull rushes on the ground and leap frog movements through the Air.
On Day 3 – 23:30:00, the Allies launched Operation Uppercut which exploited a hole developing in the Axis’ southern line. We began to make a dent. On the field of battle, the Allied squads were growing in numbers and through teamwork, new players quickly learned to become united cohesive units and morale was at an all time high among the ranks.
Most of the front lines were bottle necked with thousands of Axis and Allied soldiers. Finding a second hole, the Allies prepared for Operation Bear Hug.
Operation Bear Hug
On Day 6 – 08:35:00, the Allies used a combined push, squeezing the flanks in both the North and South. We managed to break out of Hamburg and Hamburg North as well as began pushing out from Handover. With this concentrated push, we were able to capture airfields in both the North and South. With a break in the North, the Allies fought and captured Rostock then turned South for the final blow to Berlin.
Little over an hour after taking Rostock, we fought the main road south all the way to Oranienburg and into Berlin. At 08:30:00 on the 12th Day of the War, Berlin fell to the Allies.
In reflection of the war, Allied High Command watched the itself integrate with the Allied community as whole. Lines of communication became fluent and after several months of constant Axis domination, we found ourselves being a competitive fight force among all aspect of Heroes and Generals.