Initial Phase: Due to the appearance of Axis forces in Asturias, the garrison of Galicia is activated.
One border and one security regiment appear in La Coruna. The 21st Infantry division and 62nd Artillery regiment are reformed with manpower drawn from men that have managed to escape Axis attacks (7 Inf RPs spent, 1 left). The Infantry appears in Madrid and the artillery comes on in Valencia.
Ground works and strongpoints are completed outside the suburbs of Madrid in quick time by the 1st Construction regiment with the aid of the residents of the city. (Fort in 2710). Partisan units become active in eastern Spain. Attacks are made against strategic rail hexes in 33:3521, 33:2502 and 33:1933. Only one attack succeeds, against the newly regauged line in 3521.
All the German Ju88s and He111s are assigned to naval patrol.
Movement Phase: The British transports in Plymouth embark the 1st Heavy AA brigade, 2 Artillery brigades and the 25th Infantry brigade. These all sail down to Cadiz where they are offloaded. All the ships then refuel in the port. Two unescorted Spanish transports head out of Mellila north to Plymouth, where they embark 2 resource points and end their movement there. From Cartagena a naval transport and a submarine slip out under cover of darkness to avoid enemy aircraft. The submarines rebase to Gibraltar, while the transport heads to Arrecife on the island of Lanzarote. It embarks the 133rd Infantry regiment and heads back east across the Atlantic, ending movement in sea box SC:G1.
In the Canary Islands, more forces are embarked for transfer to the mainland. The 138th Infantry regiment departs from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the 239C Infantry regiment sets out from Las Palmas di Gran Canaria, and the 132nd Infantry regiment is dispatched from Puerto de Cabras on Fuerteventura. All 3 units are disembarked in Malaga, and the transports end movement there.
Portugal: Portuguese forces remain on standby for the moment, no movement is performed.
Britain: The 1st Heavy AA brigade that landed at Cadiz travels overland to Gibraltar. The 7th and 8th Artillery brigades, 25th Infantry brigade and 1st Tank regiment administratively move to join the1st Canadian division in Cordoba. From outside Gibraltar the 3rd Engineer brigade moves forward to Jaen, joining the Spanish 3rd Construction regiment.
On Gran Canaria, all units remaining on the island move into Las Palmas Di Gran Canaria. Likewise, all remaining units on Tenerife move into Santa Cruz De Tenerife. In Spanish Morocco, the ZMO Engineer regiment administratively moves up the road from Melilla to Xauen. The 2O Cavalry regiment which was also stationed in Mellila hops on trucks and is taken to Ceuta.
In the Madrid sector, the 21st Infantry division moves north to secure the important mountain pass in 2412. It is joined there by the 1st Engineer regiment and the 41 Exp Infantry division that rails north from 3622. The 1st and 4th Construction regiments move into the secondary Madrid hex, swapping places with the elite 13th Infantry division. The 1st Light Armoured regiment is tasked to leave the city and head south via administrative movement to join the British 1st Tank XX in 3618. The nearby 5th Light Armoured regiment also joins the mobile stack in the hex. The 42nd Artillery regiment is sent from Cordoba by rail to reinforce 2711.
In front of Valencia, the 32nd Infantry division is ordered to form a screen in the mountains in 3533. Along with the 82nd Infantry division it forms a narrow coastal defense line. The last remaining regiment belonging to the 71st Infantry division falls back to 3633, where it makes up a second line that is unable to be overrun. To the north of Valencia is a critical mountain pass that needs to be guarded. The 43rd Artillery regiment is dispatched from Valencia, and it meets up with the 38th Infantry regiment that trails in from Malaga, and the 82nd MG regiment from Jerez de La Frontera.
In the southern reaches of Spain, the Gibraltar defenses take further shape. The 93rd Infantry division moves up to guard the important rail line that runs through the Cordillera Penibetica at 33A:3918. The 92nd and 91st Infantry divisions take up positions at 3617 behind the Guadalquivir river, adjacent to the British armour. This armour is reinforced by another Light Tank regiment, the 2nd which moves from Sevilla. Right in front of the Rock, the 101st Infantry division, 86th and 89th MG regiments, and the 74th AA regiment bunker down in the fortifications that have been constructed in 3726. The 101st Infantry division stays behind in 3825 for the moment.
3 British bombers rebase from the UK to Malaga. 2 Blen 4s and an A-22 arrive on long range transfer.
Combat Phase: No combat
Exploitation Phase;The Spanish transports in the UK bring their embarked Resource Points back to Spain. One is disembarked at Ceuta, and the other is offloaded in Algeciras. The British transports in Cadiz return to Plymouth, along with their Spanish escorts. They prepare to receive crated fighters. 2 Spanish transports and 1 Landing Craft sortie from Malaga to arrive in the Canary Islands. The transports dock at Las Palmas di Gran Canaria while the LC moves on to the port of Santa Cruz de la Palma.
End of Turn Summary
Barcelona fell quicker than anticipated although the EX result at least gave the Germans something to remember it by. The main problem now is going to be supply, as the forward elements of the German Army are close to their supply range limits. Valencia and 1 hex of Madrid are still needed before the Germans can achieve the magic 10 rail capacity on the Iberian rail net. Spanish casualties continue to be high, but the Gibraltar zone is starting to look reasonably well defended.
- Spanish Unisolated – 0
- Spanish Isolated – 0
- Spanish Air 0
- German Unisolated – 0
- German Isolated – 0
- German Air – 0
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