Turn 2 Results: Late 1936 [All Actions occur in numerical order.]
The firm Porsche builds two Factories.
The design manufacturer Henschel & Son decides to build the Panzer II Ausf B., adding nearly a quarter centimeter of armor on the front end with Armor Plating. - Henschel & Son Rolls for Effectiveness: Die Roll of 4 + 2 (Armor Plating) = Panzer Effectiveness of 6.
The Panzer II Ausf C never saw the light of day however, as Henschel & Son immediately took a page out of Porsche's book and implemented streamlining to their factory lines, ensuring higher quality without sacrificing quantity. - Henschel & Son Rolls for Effectiveness: Die Roll of 3 + 4 (Armor Plating, Streamlining) = Panzer Effectiveness of 7.
Panzer II Ausf C, designed by Henschel & Son
Similarly, Krupp worked on their own version of the Panzer II, inserting a 260 hp Krupp licensed built Daimler-Benz engine to increase both speed and range of their own Panzer II, already nicknamed Panzer II Kruppen. - Krupp Rolls for Effectiveness: Die Roll of 6 + 2 (Better Engine) = Panzer Effectiveness of 8.
Only days later, Krupp followed Henschel & Son's decision to up armor the Panzer II, dding nearly a quarter centimeter of armor on the front end with Armor Plating. - Krupp Rolls for Effectiveness: Die Roll of 5 + 4 (Better Engine, Armor Plating) = Panzer Effectiveness of 9.
Panzer II Kruppen prototype, late 1936
German design firms Krupp and MAN conducted research at the tail end of 1936.
No banking occurred at this time.
Porsche: Kama Tank School: Add two to your Panzer Effectiveness. The Kama tank school was a secret training school for tank commanders operated by the German Reichswehr at Kazan, Soviet Union. It operated from 1929 to 1933. The school was established in order to allow the German military to circumvent the military restrictions on tank research spelled out in the Treaty of Versailles.
Award Contract Phase
Breakdown - Porsche: 10 Panzer Effectiveness | 1 Factory | +1 Political Preference - Krupp: 9 Panzer Effectiveness | 4 Factories | 0 Political Preference - Henschel & Son: 7 Panzer Effectiveness | 1 Factory | 0 Political Preference - MAN: 6 Panzer Effectiveness | 3 Factories | 0 Political Preference
Wehrmacht Contracts: - Porsche roll 1d6 for Contracts Awarded: 3 - Porsche is awarded 3 Contracts (Panzer II Light Tank) based on their Panzer Effectiveness, given that they have 3 Factories this is the maximum they can take on. They receive $3 Reichsmarks.
- Krupp roll 1d3 for Contracts Awarded: 3 - Krupp is awarded 3 Contracts (Panzer II Light Tank) based on their Panzer Effectiveness, given that they have 3 Factories this is the maximum they can take on. They receive $3 Reichsmarks.
- Henschel & Son cannot roll as there are no more contracts remaining. - MAN cannot roll as there are no more contracts remaining.
[No Contracts Remaining]
Inflation Phase - Skipped during Peacetime.
Event Phase - No Events played.
War Status Phase
The Great Purge Purge trials, also called Great Purge, three widely publicized show trials and a series of closed, unpublicized trials held in the Soviet Union during the late 1930s, in which many prominent Old Bolsheviks were found guilty of treason and executed or imprisoned. All the evidence presented in court was derived from preliminary examinations of the defendants and from their confessions. It was subsequently established that the accused were innocent, that the cases were fabricated by the secret police (NKVD), and that the confessions were made under pressure of intensive torture and intimidation.
The trials successfully eliminated the major real and potential political rivals and critics of Stalin. The trials were the public aspect of the widespread purge that sent millions of alleged “enemies of the people” to prison camps in the 1930s.
The first trial opened in August 1936, while Genrikh G. Yagoda was head of the secret police. The main defendants were Grigory Yevseyevich Zinovyev, Lev Borisovich Kamenev, and Ivan Smirnov, all of whom had been prominent Bolsheviks at the time of the October Revolution (1917) and during the early years of the Soviet regime. With 13 codefendants they were accused of having joined Leon Trotsky in 1932 to form a terrorist organization in order to remove Stalin from power. The prosecution blamed the group for the assassination of Sergey Mironovich Kirov (December 1934) and suggested that it planned to murder Stalin and his close political associates. On August 24, 1936, the court found the defendants guilty and ordered their executions.
The second trial opened in January 1937, after N.I. Yezhov had replaced Yagoda as chief of the NKVD. The major defendants were G.L. Pyatakov, G.Y. Sokolnikov, L.P. Serebryakov, and Karl Radek, all prominent figures in the Soviet regime. They and their 17 codefendants were accused of forming an “anti-Soviet Trotskyite centre,” which had allegedly collaborated with Trotsky to conduct sabotage, wrecking, and terrorist activities that would ruin the Soviet economy and reduce the defensive capability of the Soviet Union. They were accused of working for Germany and Japan and of intending to overthrow the Soviet government and restore capitalism. They were found guilty on January 30, 1937; Sokolnikov, Radek, and two others were given 10-year sentences, and the rest were executed.
At the third trial (March 1938), the prosecution suggested that the Zinovyev–Trotsky conspiracy also included Nikolay Ivanovich Bukharin and Aleksey Ivanovich Rykov, the leaders of the right-wing opposition to Stalin that had been prominent in the late 1920s. Yagoda was also accused of being a member of the conspiracy, as were three prominent doctors who had attended leading government officials. A total of 21 defendants were accused of performing numerous acts of sabotage and espionage with the intent to destroy the Soviet regime, dismember the Soviet Union, and restore the capitalist system. They were also charged with responsibility for Kirov’s death, and it was alleged that Yagoda had ordered the three doctors to murder the former secret police chief V.R. Menzhinsky, the author Maxim Gorky, and a member of the Politburo, V.V. Kuibyshev. Bukharin was accused of having plotted to murder Lenin in 1918. Although one defendant, N.N. Krestinsky, retracted his guilty plea, and Bukharin and Yagoda skillfully responded to the prosecutor Andrey Yanuaryevich Vyshinsky’s questions to demonstrate their innocence, all the defendants except three were sentenced to death on March 13, 1938.
Premier Joseph Stalin and Nikolai Yezhov, the latter of whom was purged in 1937
In addition to the so-called show trials, a series of closed trials of top Soviet military leaders was held in 1937–38, in which a number of prominent military leaders were eliminated; the closed trials were accompanied by a massive purge throughout the Soviet armed forces. Stalin’s liquidation of experienced military leadership during this purge was one of the major factors contributing to the poor performance of Soviet forces in the initial phase of the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. [Soviets: -3 Morale] [+1 Maximum Contracts]
[Players may send their Orders.] [Orders Received: Henschel & Son | Porsche | Krupp | MAN | Daimler-Benz]
You certainly have yoruself a really interesting concept here! Quite a refreshing take on NRPs. Happy to see that nobody went for Daimler and Benz so far, gotta love those engines they made. So if you still have a spot, there a chance I can still join in on the fun? Hope I'm not too late!
Turn 1 Results: Early 1936 [All Actions occur in numerical order.]
MAN finishes construction of two Factories. Henschel & Son finishes construction of two Factories.
No espionage occurred at this time.
Design manufacturer Porsche--anticipating future orders from the Wehrmacht, institute Streamlining to their development of the Panzer II tank currently being designed and developed to eventually replace the much smaller Panzer I. With compartmentalized production, Porsche workers were able to focus on two or three individual tasks on each tank, letting their coworkers worry about their own task and subsequently increasing workplace efficiency. - Porsche Rolls for Effectiveness: Die Roll of 6 + 2 (Streamlining) = Panzer Effectiveness of 8.
Porsche weapons factory, Bavaria, March 1936
Manufacturer MAN similarly submits a design for a Panzer II utilizing an Improved Gun to a 2 cm KwK 30 L/55. The 2 cm KwK 30 L/55 was a German 2 cm cannon used primarily as the main armament of the German SdKfz.121 Panzerkampfwagen II light tank. It was used during the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War. The KwK 30 also served as the basis for the 20 mm C/30, an aircraft variant that was mounted experimentally in some Heinkel He 112 fighters and proved to make an excellent ground-attack weapon during the Spanish Civil War. Direct ground-attack was not considered a priority for the Luftwaffe, however, and the cannon was not used on other designs. - MAN Rolls for Effectiveness: Die Roll of 4 + 2 (Improved Gun) = Panzer Effectiveness of 6.
Panzer II Ausf B, manufactured by MAN
German manufacturers Krupp, Henschel & Son and Porsche spent very little downtime, instead sending their engineers to get to work on developing new technologies to win potential new contracts for the Wehrmacht.
Krupp engineers go back to the drawing board, 1936
- Krupp receives three Event/Technology (Research + Focused Effort). - Porsche receives two Event/Technology (Research). - Henschel & Son receives two Event/Technology (Research).
No banking occurred at this time.
Award Contract Phase
Breakdown - Porsche: 8 Panzer Effectiveness | 1 Factory | +1 Political Preference - MAN: 6 Panzer Effectiveness | 3 Factories | 0 Political Preference - Henschel & Son: 4 Panzer Effectiveness | 1 Factory | 0 Political Preference - Krupp: 4 Panzer Effectiveness | 4 Factories | 0 Political Preference
Wehrmacht Contracts: - Porsche roll 1d3 for Contracts Awarded: 2 - Porsche is awarded 1 Contract (Panzer II Light Tank) based on their Panzer Effectiveness, given that they have only 1 Factory this is the maximum they can take on. They receive $1 Reichsmark.
- MAN roll 1d3 for Contracts Awarded: 3 - Porsche is awarded 4 Contracts (Panzer II Light Tank) based on their Panzer Effectiveness, given that there are only 2 Contracts remaining, that is the most they receive. They receive $2 Reichsmarks.
[No Contracts Remaining]
Inflation Phase - Skipped during Peacetime.
Event Phase - No Events played.
War Status Phase Spanish Civil War
The Spanish Civil War was a military revolt against the Republican government of Spain, supported by conservative elements within the country. When an initial military coup failed to win control of the entire country, a bloody civil war ensued, fought with great ferocity on both sides. The Nationalists, as the rebels were called, received aid from Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. The Republicans received aid from the Soviet Union, as well as from International Brigades, composed of volunteers from Europe and the United States.
A well-planned military uprising began on July 17, 1936, in garrison towns throughout Spain. By July 21 the rebels had achieved control in Spanish Morocco, the Canary Islands, and the Balearic Islands (except Minorca) and in the part of Spain north of the Guadarrama mountains and the Ebro River, except for Asturias, Santander, and the Basque provinces along the north coast and the region of Catalonia in the northeast. The Republican forces had put down the uprising in other areas, except for some of the larger Andalusian cities, including Sevilla (Seville), Granada, and Córdoba. The Nationalists and Republicans proceeded to organize their respective territories and to repress opposition or suspected opposition. Republican violence occurred primarily during the early stages of the war before the rule of law was restored, but the Nationalist violence was part of a conscious policy of terror. The matter of how many were killed remains highly contentious; however, it is generally believed that the toll of Nationalist violence was higher. In any event, the proliferation of executions, murders, and assassinations on both sides reflects the great passions that the Civil War unleashed.
Republican militia take aim at a passing Nationalist aircraft, September 1936
The captaincy of the Nationalists was gradually assumed by General Franco, leading forces he had brought from Morocco. On October 1, 1936, he was named head of state and set up a government in Burgos. The Republican government, beginning in September 1936, was headed by the socialist leader Francisco Largo Caballero. He was followed in May 1937 by Juan Negrín, also a socialist, who remained premier throughout the remainder of the war and served as premier in exile until 1945. The president of the Spanish Republic until nearly the end of the war was Manuel Azaña, an anticlerical liberal. Internecine conflict compromised the Republican effort from the outset. On one side were the anarchists and militant socialists, who viewed the war as a revolutionary struggle and spearheaded widespread collectivization of agriculture, industry, and services; on the other were the more moderate socialists and republicans, whose objective was the preservation of the Republic. Seeking allies against the threat of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union had embraced a Popular Front strategy, and, as a result, the Comintern directed Spanish communists to support the Republicans.
Both the Nationalist and Republican sides, seeing themselves as too weak to win a quick victory, turned abroad for help. Germany and Italy sent troops, tanks, and planes to aid the Nationalists. The Soviet Union contributed equipment and supplies to the Republicans, who also received help from the Mexican government. During the first weeks of the war, the Popular Front government of France also supported the Republicans, but internal opposition forced a change of policy. In August 1936, France joined Britain, the Soviet Union, Germany, and Italy in signing a nonintervention agreement that would be ignored by the Germans, Italians, and Soviets. About 40,000 foreigners fought on the Republican side in the International Brigades largely under the command of the Comintern, and 20,000 others served in medical or auxiliary units.
German involvement in the Spanish Civil War of 1936 commenced with the outbreak of war in July 1936, with Adolf Hitler immediately sending in powerful air and armored units to assist General Francisco Franco and his Nationalist forces. The Soviet Union sent in smaller forces to assist the Republican government, while Britain and France and two dozen other countries set up an embargo on any munitions or soldiers into Spain. Germany also signed the embargo but simply ignored it. The war provided combat experience with the latest technology for the German military. However, the intervention also posed the risk of escalating into a world war for which Hitler was not ready. He therefore limited his aid, and instead encouraged Mussolini to send in large Italian units. Franco's Nationalists were victorious; he remained officially neutral in the Second World War, but helped the Axis in various ways from 1940 to 1943, even offering to join the war on 19 June 1940 in exchange for help building Spain's colonial empire. The Spanish episode lasted three years and was a smaller-scale prelude to the world war which broke out in 1939.
Spanish Panzer I tanks, October 1936
German support for General Franco was motivated by several factors, including as a distraction from Hitler's central European strategy, and the creation of a Spanish state friendly to Germany to threaten France. It further provided an opportunity to train men and test equipment and tactics.
[German Reich: +1 Morale] [Allies: -1 Morale] [+1 Maximum Contracts]
I still feel all dirty though. I'll Take Daimler-Benz AG, but i'd be more comfortable with something based else where. If i cant be allies then can i atleast be someone like either Norway under occupation, or fascist Italy before it had its crisis of conscience. (as improbable as it may be that they had a competent military industrial system.) I can take either Beretta or Fiat. I wanna be a bouncy Italian man with a moustache!
I understand that none of us here are nazis, we're just history and military buffs.
Currently, Daimler-Benz AG is the only German arms manufacturer left to choose.
Remilitarization of the Rhineland n October, 1933, Adolf Hitler withdrew Germany from the League of Nations and claimed he had done so because of the failure to reach agreement about disarmament. Hitler argued that under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles Germany was militarily weak. He said that Germany had been willing to keep to this state of affairs if other countries disarmed. As this had not happened, Germany now had to take measures to protect herself.
In the months that followed, Hitler trebled the size of the German Army and completely ignored the restrictions on weapons that had been imposed by the Treaty of Versailles. By 1935, when it was clear that no action was going to be taken against Germany for breaking the terms of the treaty, Hitler felt strong enough to introduce military conscription.
Adolf Hitler knew that both France and Britain were militarily stronger than Germany. However, he became convinced that they were unwilling to go to war. He therefore decided to break another aspect of the Treaty of Versailles by sending German troops into the Rhineland.
Soldiers of the Wehrmacht march into the Rhineland, March 1936
The German generals were very much against the plan, claiming that the French Army would win a victory in the military conflict that was bound to follow this action. Hitler ignored their advice and on 1st March, 1936, three German battalions marched into the Rhineland.
The French government was horrified to find German troops on their border but were unwilling to take action without the support of the British. The British government argued against going to war over the issue and justified its position by claiming that "Germany was only marching into its own back yard." [German Reich: +3 Morale] [Allies: -1 Morale] [+3 Available Contracts Remaining]
[Actions are sent via PM. Fulfilled and appreciated through IC.] [Actions Received: Krupp | Porsche | Henschel & Son | MAN]
The Wehrmacht is a fierce fighting machine but as it hands out contracts for Panzers, Tank Destroyers and Self-Propelled Artillery, your design firms will have to innovate and fight for the best weapons of war. The goal of the game is not to win the war--although this is certainly possible--but rather to end the game with the most Gold, which will be converted from Reichsmarks.
Merchants of Death - Krupp (Heyitsjiwon) - Established Industry: Begins the game with 4 Factories. The Krupp family, a prominent 400-year-old German dynasty from Essen, became famous for their production of steel, artillery, ammunition, and other armaments. The family business, known as Friedrich Krupp AG, was the largest company in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. It was important to weapons development and production in both world wars. One of the most powerful dynasties in European history, for 400 years Krupp flourished as the premier weapons manufacturer for Germany. From the Thirty Years' War until the end of the Second World War, they produced everything from battleships, U-boats, tanks, howitzers, guns, utilities, and hundreds of other commodities.
The dynasty began in 1587 when a trader named Arndt Krupp moved to Essen and joined the merchants guild. He then began buying vacated real estate from families who fled the city due to the Black Death and became one of the richest men in the city. Over the next three centuries his descendants began producing small guns during the Thirty Years' War and over time gradually acquired fulling mills, coal mines, and an iron forge. During the Napoleonic Wars, Friedrich Krupp founded the Gusstahlfabrik (Cast Steel Works) and began producing smelted steel in 1816, turning the company into a major industrial power. The foundations were laid for the steel empire that would come to dominate the world for nearly a century under his son Alfred. Krupp became the arms manufacturer for the Kingdom of Prussia in 1859 and later the German Empire.
Krupp was also a revolutionary company that paved the way for workers rights. Alfred pioneered a system in which if the worker pledged loyalty to the company, he would be offered an unprecedented amount of benefits and social programs including on site technical and manual training, accidental, sickness, and life insurance, housing (sometimes free), recreational facilities, parks, schools, bath houses, and department stores. Widows and orphans were guaranteed pay if their husbands and/or fathers were killed.
- MAN (Skylar) - Namebrand: All Rolls for Contracts are +1. MAN traces its origins back to 1758, when the "St. Antony" ironworks commenced operation in Oberhausen, as the first heavy-industry enterprise in the Ruhr region. In 1808, the three ironworks "St. Antony", "Gute Hoffnung" (English: "Good Hope"), and "Neue Essen" (English: "New Forges") merged, to form the Hüttengewerkschaft und Handlung Jacobi Oberhausen, which was later renamed Gute Hoffnungshütte (GHH).
In 1840, the German engineer Ludwig Sander founded in Augsburg the first predecessing enterprise of MAN in Southern Germany: the "Sander'sche Maschinenfabrik." It firstly became the "C. Reichenbach'sche Maschinenfabrik", which was named after the pioneer of printing machines Carl August Reichenbach, and later on the "Maschinenfabrik Augsburg". The branch Süddeutsche Brückenbau A.G. (MAN-Werk Gustavsburg) was founded when the company in 1859 was awarded the contract for the construction of the railway bridge over the Rhine at Mainz.
In 1898, the companies Maschinenbau-AG Nürnberg (founded 1841) and Maschinenfabrik Augsburg AG (founded 1840) merged to form Vereinigte Maschinenfabrik Augsburg und Maschinenbaugesellschaft Nürnberg A.G., Augsburg ("United Machine Works Augsburg and Nuremberg Ltd."). In 1908, the company was renamed Maschinenfabrik Augsburg Nürnberg AG, or in short, M·A·N.
While the focus initially remained on ore mining and iron production in the Ruhr region, mechanical engineering became the dominating branch of business in Augsburg and Nuremberg. Under the direction of Heinrich von Buz, Maschinenfabrik Augsburg grew from a medium-sized business of 400 employees into a major enterprise with a workforce of 12,000 by the year 1913.
Locomotion, propulsion and steel building were the big topics of this phase. The early predecessors of MAN were responsible for numerous technological innovations. The success of the early MAN entrepreneurs and engineers like Heinrich Gottfried Gerber, was based on a great openness towards new technologies. They constructed the Wuppertal monorail ("Wuppertaler Schwebebahn") and the first spectacular steel bridges like the Großhesseloher Brücke in Munich in 1857 and the Müngsten railway bridge between 1893 and 1897.
The invention of the rotary printing press allowed the copious printing of books and newspapers and since 1893, Rudolf Diesel puzzled for four years with future MAN engineers in a laboratory in Augsburg until his first Diesel engine was completed and fully functional.
During 1921, the majority of M.A.N. was taken over by the Gutehoffnungshütte Actienverein für Bergbau und Hüttenbetrieb, Sterkrade (GHH), (founded 1873). Through well-directed equities and acquisitions of processing industries, e.g., Deutsche Werft (1918), Ferrostaal (1921), Deggendorfer Werft und Eisenbau (1924), MAN advanced to a nationwide operating enterprise, with a workforce of 52,000 by 1921.
At the same time the GHH's economic situation worsened. The causes for this were, among others, the reparations after World War I, the occupation of the Ruhr region and the world economic crisis. In only two years the number of MAN employees sank from 14,000 in the year 1929/30 to 7,400 in 1931/32. While the civil business was largely collapsing, the military business increased with the armament under the National Socialist regime. GHH/MAN enterprises supplied diesel engines for submarines, tanks (Panzers), cylinders for projectiles and artillery of every description. MAN also produced gun parts, including Mauser Karabiner 98k rifle bolts. Their Waffenamt code was WaA53, and ordnance code was "coc".
The MAN works in Augsburg, which produced diesel engines for U-boats, and the MAN works in Nuremberg, which built 40 percent of Germany's Panther tanks, were often the target of massive Allied bombing attacks during World War II.
- Porsche (Murtox) - Ferdinand Porsche: Starts the game with a Talented Engineer. Ferdinand Porsche founded the company called "Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH" in 1931, with main offices at Kronenstraße 24 in the centre of Stuttgart. Initially, the company offered motor vehicle development work and consulting, but did not build any cars under its own name. One of the first assignments the new company received was from the German government to design a car for the people, that is a "Volkswagen". This resulted in the Volkswagen Beetle, one of the most successful car designs of all time. The Porsche 64 was developed in 1939 using many components from the Beetle.
During World War II, Volkswagen production turned to the military version of the Volkswagen Beetle, the Kübelwagen, 52,000 produced, and Schwimmwagen, 15,584 produced. Porsche produced several designs for heavy tanks during the war, losing out to Henschel & Son in both contracts that ultimately led to the Tiger I and the Tiger II. However, not all this work was wasted, as the chassis Porsche designed for the Tiger I was used as the base for the Elefant tank destroyer. Porsche also developed the Maus super-heavy tank in the closing stages of the war, producing two prototypes.
- Henschel & Son (LordZell) - Underground Factories: Factories cannot be destroyed by Events. Henschel & Son (German: Henschel und Sohn) was a German company, located in Kassel, best known during the 20th century as a maker of transportation equipment, including locomotives, trucks, buses and trolleybuses, and armoured fighting vehicles and weapons.
Georg Christian Carl Henschel founded the factory in 1810 at Kassel. His son Carl Anton Henschel founded another factory in 1837. In 1848, the company began manufacturing locomotives. The factory became the largest locomotive manufacturer in Germany by the 20th century. Henschel built 10 articulated steam trucks, using Doble steam designs, for Deutsche Reichsbahn railways as delivery trucks. Several cars were built as well, one of which became Hermann Göring's staff car. In 1935 Henschel was able to upgrade its various steam locomotives to a high-speed Streamliner type with a maximum speeds of up to 140 km/h (87 mph) by the addition of a removable shell over the old steam locomotive.
Early in 1935, Henschel began manufacturing Panzer I tanks. During World War II, the firm was responsible for license production of the Dornier Do 17Z medium bomber, and in 1939–1940 it began large-scale production of the Panzer III. Henschel was the sole manufacturer of the Tiger I, and alongside Porsche the Tiger II. In 1945, the company had 8,000 workers working in two shifts each of 12 hours, and forced labour was used extensively. The company's factories, which also manufactured narrow-gauge locomotives, were among the most important Allied bomber targets and were nearly completely destroyed.
- Daimler-Benz AG (Open) - Foreign Labor: Can receive +1 Contracts than Factories owned. Daimler-Benz AG was a German manufacturer of motor vehicles and internal combustion engines, which was founded in 1926. An Agreement of Mutual Interest – which was valid until 2000 – was signed on 1 May 1924 between Karl Benz's Benz & Cie. and Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft, which had been founded by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. Daimler had died in 1900, and Maybach had left in 1907.
Both companies continued to manufacture their separate automobile and internal combustion engine marques until 28 June 1926, when Benz & Cie. and Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft formally merged - becoming Daimler-Benz AG (Aktiengesellschaft) - and agreed that thereafter, all of the factories would use the brand name of "Mercedes-Benz" on their automobiles. The inclusion of the name Mercedes in the new brand name honored the most important model series of DMG automobiles, the Mercedes series, which were designed and built by Wilhelm Maybach. They derived their name from a 1900 engine named after the daughter of Emil Jellinek. Jellinek became one of DMG's directors in 1900, ordered a small number of motor racing cars built to his specifications by Maybach, stipulated that the engine must be named Daimler-Mercedes, and made the new automobile famous through motorsports. That race car later became known as the Mercedes 35 hp. The first of the series of production models bearing the name Mercedes had been produced by DMG in 1902. Jellinek left the DMG board of directors in 1909. The name of Daimler as a marque of automobiles had been sold by DMG - following his death in 1900 - for use by other companies (Daimler Motor Company and Austro-Daimler). Since the new company, Daimler-Benz, would have created confusion and legal problems by including Daimler in its new brand name, it therefore used the name Mercedes to represent the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft interest. Karl Benz remained as a member of the board of directors of Daimler-Benz AG until his death in 1929. Although Daimler-Benz is best known for its Mercedes-Benz automobile brand, during World War II, it also created a notable series of aircraft, tank, and submarine engines. Daimler also produced parts for German arms, most notably barrels for the Mauser rifle. During World War II, Daimler-Benz employed foreign labor.
Action Phase. There are 6 Actions a player may take. During a turn, a player selects two actions to take. The First Action is taken twice. The Second Action is taken once. - #1 Build: Increase the number of Factories you own by 1. - #2 Espionage: Select a Technology that another Company has unlocked. Roll 1d6. Must beat the number assigned to steal that technology. Does not re-roll for Effectiveness. - #3 Event/Design: Play 1 Event/Technology card, must select it as an Event or Technology. - #4 Research: Generates 1 Event/Technology. - #5 Bank: Turns all Reichsmarks into Gold. - #6 Focused Effort: Can only be played Second. Allows you to take another First Action.
Example * Company 1: - First Action: Research & Research - Second Action: Event/Design (May play one Event/Technology).
Award Contract Phase 1. Every Company has it's own Panzer Effectiveness, Tank Destroyer Effectiveness and Self-Propelled Artillery Effectiveness ranging from 1 to 50. 2. The Allies and the Soviets have their own Effectiveness level also ranging from 1 to 50. 3. There is a Maximum Available Contracts and Contracts Remaining. 4. During the Award Contract Phase, every player automatically rolls 1d6 and then based on the Effectiveness Chart (below), will receive that many contracts for each of their three units. 5. A Company can not take more Contracts than Factories. 6. For every Contract received, that player receives 1 Reichsmark.
Example: 1. MAN has a Panzer Effectiveness of 5 and Porsche has a Panzer Effectiveness of 6. 2. On the Award Contract Phase, there are 7 Maximum Available Contracts and 7 Contracts Remaining. 3. Because Porche's Panzer Effectiveness is higher, they go first and roll 1d6. They receive 4, which means they receive 4 Contracts and $4 Reichsmarks. 4. MAN goes next and rolls 1d6, they receive 1. They are awarded 1 Contract and $1 Reichsmarks. 5. Contracts are then added as Maximum Available - Contracts Remaining. 6. In the case of ties, please refer to Preference Rating. 7. Preference Rating is the sum of Aces + Endorsements + Engineers + Events (This Turn).
Event Phase 1. Events played take effect this turn.
War Status Phase 1. War Status Events are played this turn.
Inflation Phase 1. Inflation takes effect this turn. GM rolls 1d6. 1-2 = No change 3-4 = Inflation increases 25%. On Even Numbers on the Track, all Companies existing Reichsmarks are decreased by 25% Rounded Up, on Odd Numbers on the Track, all Companies existing Reichsmarks are decreased by 25% Rounded Down. 5-6 = Inflation increases 50%. On Even Numbers on the Track, all Companies existing Reichsmarks are decreased by 50% Rounded Up, on Odd Numbers on the Track, all Companies existing Reichsmarks are decreased by 50% Rounded Down.