From: Montréal, Qc
Most of us have some knowledge of what took place on the Eastern Front in the summer of 1943. In a nutshell, Hitler and his generals tried a big pincer movement around Kursk with the hopes of inflicting a hard blow by eliminating the troops in the salient. The russians had time to build up their defenses and, after the german offensive stalled, they counter attacked to succesfully push the germans back accross a broad front.
My friend and I tried to play the scenario in a first game where I played the Germans. I tried what was historically attempted by the Wermacht and the results were surprisingly accurate in terms of historical accuracy. From the north and from the south of Kursk, I sent my Pz armies to break through the russian defense with mixted results. After three weeks of continuous attacks, the Russians launched a counter attack that lead them to the gates of Kiev, eliminating all the best german units.
In this rematch I, still as the german side, will try something else: Having learned the hard way that there is no point in trying to attack the heavily fortified russian positions, the strategy will consist of luring the Russian into thinking that Kursk is still the primary objective but the true goal will be Moscow. (Note that we will write the after actions reports 4 turns after it took place in an effort to preserve sensitive information. )
The first step will be to soften the russian defense line between Smolensk and Tula by launching strong static attacks every where possible, especially between the Velikye Luki-Orel axe. Then, when I feel that ennemy entrenchment levels dropped, the plan is to swiftly throw the elite SS Pz divisions to the North of Bryansk in order surround the weakened Russian units of the area to make them surrender while the bulk of the Soviet Army will be too far away in the East and South to be of any help. Thus, Vyazma is the first primary german objective.
The problem comes from the fact that the German right flank will be exposed to a strong counter attack, that is why the capture of Vyazma has to be quick enough to allow some time to reorganize and strike back when the Soviets jump out of their fortification.
(edit 12-23-2010: Tried to correct some syntax and orthographic errors. English is not my usual written language)
< Message edited by pyguinard -- 12/23/2010 2:20:59 PM >