Just one week remains in our global WWII campaign, Operation Critical Hit. Players worldwide have been playing games of Bolt Action, Blood Red Skies, and Victory at Sea, and each result has made an indelible mark on each of our four campaign maps. The Allies have secured victory week-on-week thus far, with the fourth week being no exception. However, their margin of victory was diminished over the previous week so the glimmer of hope remains for the Axis if they put in a strong showing in the final week. You have until 18th September to submit your results!
This is the penultimate edition of War Stories, in which we recap the goings-on of the previous week and showcase just a few of the games that took place over land, sea and air. If you’d like your battle highlights to be featured in the final instalment of War Stories next week, make sure to include a short write-up of your Week Five battles during the results submission process on the Operation Critical Hit website, and be sure to include some photos of the tabletop action! You can also share your experiences directly if you prefer on the dedicated Operation Critical Hit Facebook Group.
Although it’s the last week, it’s not too late to get involved if you have yet to do so. Sign up via the below link, play a game of Bolt Action, Blood Red Skies, or Victory at Sea, and have your games contribute to the final result! Play at participating stores, and you’ll also have a chance to get a hold of the campaign’s special miniature, Redcap, Corps of Military Police. Alternatively, you can get this figure for free when purchasing any of our WWII-based starter sets from the Warlord Games Webstore, but only until the end of the campaign!
Now here’s an interesting one… The Axis actually performed better in Bolt Action this week in this theatre than their Allied foes (and in fact, total Bolt Action Axis victories across the entire campaign now exceed Allied victories!), in a reversal of the situation of the first three weeks. However, they were completely unable to capitalise on this vital statistic, with the Allies securing victory in the air and at sea. This is a real demonstration that it is only by the utilisation of Combined Arms warfare that a side can best claim victory in any given theatre.
The Axis were somewhat able to recoup last week’s losses in the Pacific in Week Four, but not at all to the level they had enjoyed in the first two weeks of the campaign. The Pacific theatre had effectively been acting as a counterweight to complete Allied dominance in North-West Europe, but with a strong Allied showing last week, and having knocked the Imperial Japanese Navy off their pedestal in Victory at Sea, the Pacific wasn’t quite the anchor for the Axis in the overall balance of power it had been in previous weeks. Once again, a number of hexes went uncontested, it takes just one victory on any such hex to tip the balance of power in the region, and overall…
The Eastern Front
The overall distribution of results changed little from last week on the Eastern Front. The ocean again went uncontested, whilst the Allies controlled much of the skies. All three Bolt Action hexes were claimed by Axis forces, again showcasing their flurry of spectacular results – but is it too late for this statistic to make a difference to the final results next week?
The Mediterranean echoes the results in North-West Europe, with the Axis securing all three Bolt Action hexes and the Allies all Blood Red Skies and Victory at Sea hexes. Though the cumulative score difference across all three systems was a measly three victory points, it is once again the way these results have been arrayed on the map that has made the difference here, and once again secured an Allied victory in the region.