From: Belgium, residing in TX-USA
OK I'm gonna tackle Directive 21... with some personalized thingies
D21 afficionados will notice some differences between the official release and my private mod, which is gonna stay in-house and is in no way meant as criticism on Steve and Rick's superb design
The changes I made are purely my take on some aspects of D21 and include: ...
-D21 team's latest changes to Leningrad arty activation turns are included
-Map changes... for a future update Rick kindly included some suggestions I gave for map adjustments.
-Soviet PO tracks adjusted to work with the map changes
-Changed icon colors to the schemes I'm used to in my eastfront mods, keeping in mind the schemes needed for D21 withdrawal events
-Germanized Axis OOB naming
-Added an HQ in the Turkish and in one German fomation
-Formation Support levels: All Germans on Free or Force depending on formation size.. Finns on Force, other Axis minors on Army
The Red Army support settings remain the same but use of brown as the basic unit color may increase co-operation levels.
-Lowered proficiency for the LW Feld Divisions by 5%
-Romanian 5 Grupul starts with 24x He-112 (no replacements, but will receive Me109), unit enters on turn 4
-No late war 128mm guns in the Axis static units starting line-up...
And then there's this one in order to take away some freedom of decision making to the Axis player...
-"The Hitler Factor": Additional optional house rule ...
During certain time frames in the winter Axis units will not be allowed to voluntary disengage or retreat in order to get more hexes between them and the enemy, EXCEPT for units which occupy a non-bridged river hex.. Those units may attempt to move behind the river. Furthermore, encircled units may not attempt to break out, they have to hold or improve their positions. This represents Hitler's insane orders to hold ground, no matter what.
OK as I never played FITE or D21 in depth it's best to come up with some kind of general outline of what I wanna achieve.
Let's start with phase one.
Plan Marcks may be my best bet of dealing the Ruskis a decisive blow in 1941.
AG Nord will simply clear a path to Narva and dig in. Its panzers will then transfer to AG Mitte for the northern attack on Moscow
AG Sud will try a dash to Kiev, destroy all rezistance there and then converge on Moscow.
The weight of the attack will come from a reinforced AG Mitte which cannot be allowed to be diverted
11th Army and the Rumanians have to take Odessa and seal of the Crimea
The Hungarian and Rumanian air units will only be used sparsely as they will be needed to fill the gaps later on when a bunch of LW units withdraw.
The Finns attack towards their stop lines and I'm not gonna waste too much energy on Murmansk
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