Correct: it was a very good team. We were lucky to find the right people and, in a different situation, we'd have won but, alas...
Thanx 4 your answers. You confirmed my suspect: S1914 always required plenty of effort but now it's simply become impossible (for me and the likes of me) to compete.
This is pretty much the opinion of all my allies (I was one of the last ones to give in, other did so sooner as they realised what this map was like) and other players in this game too. In fact, I've heard from a few people and that's the general opinion of most of them: the game is now only palatable for those players willing to spend more than significant amounts of time and money on it OR you can just enjoy the first stages knowing that you won't get to the end (that's what I usually do).