From: Denver Colorado
There are a couple units at Kaunas not on map. An AT btn and something. Iím not wild about this Ďencirclementí. Only forces west of Riga are near being cut off, but they have ports Iíd bet. Iím not sure what ancillary moves to conduct from the rear area. I have 3 divisions and some support troops left to move, and no idea how they can factor into the next 2-3 turnsÖ I attached Totenkopf to I Corps for 1 APÖ Will take some basic guesses there. Looks like itís on to Turn 2, more or less.
Noticed before turn ended that I had some units out of command, so I pulled them back/moved HQs around. I did not move any Army level HQs at all Turn 1Ö Figured stockpiles should be burned before I put the motor pool under such heavy pressure. Did not move any airbases, either.
My advance forces have low MPs due to low(er) fuel values overall compared to Turn 1. I knew my supply arrangement wasnít optimal; the question is always whether the sacrifices are worth it, and sustainable for operations. I didnít really check my fuel percentages on T1, so I canít make a very good projection ahead at what my start of T3 would look like for movement allowancesÖ WorryingÖ
I want to mess with trying to air resupply fuel to something. 3rd Motorized (closest to bottom) is at 72% fuel. Letís see if I can figure out this interfaceÖ I flew a transport missions to 3rd Mot. with Ju-52s 3rd Mot is back over 88 percent fuel. I guess it will only count next turn.
Iíve no idea yet the ROI for air resupply of forward units. I know the Germans did it pretty effectively in the early war. Oh well, good news, no interceptions by the Red Air Force yet. I hope theyíre all dead!
I spent a lot of time looking at the map, and actually moving my motorized units to see what I might do with them in terms of further envelopments. But in the end, I just re-loaded and now Iím going to do what I do and let the calls fall where they may. After recon and the air resupply o 3rd Mot., here is the western map (soft factor=supply):
Red circles are the hexes I want to own at turnís end. Yellow are forces I want to ensure are isolated at start of T3. I made a boo-boo in T1 in that I attacked units I was planning to isolate. Some of them routed east, but a good number apparently routed to the northwest. If that assessment is accurate, and my scouting reasonable, I have to assume that the Reds west of Riga are being supplied by port. There appears to be 3 ports able to supply that stuff out there. Nope, only two, and Mersrags and Tukums are NOT ports. This makes my life operationally easier. Relief.
I had thought I was going to have to move Totenkopf into Mersrags and perhaps even break it down. Instead, only need to take 2 Forts. Itíll be an interesting insight into differences between T1 combat and non-T1Ö
Operationally I need to hold Riga and Jelgava (SW from Riga, rail junction) between T2/T3. That looks like the job of the Mot. Division currently in Jelgava (36th Mot/XXXI Corps HQ). That means the whole of the corps holds back, or I burn AP to re-assign 36th Mot. (harrumph). Meanwhile Totenkopf and 269th Inf. Are similarly stretching away from their respective Corps HQs. Iím going to have to make a decision about command hierarchies THIS turn, and burn some admin doing it. Heck, even Himmler had ONE operational victory. Hope I donít do worse.
I can see whatís developed in the west and I think I have plenty of force to mop that up as a pocket over several turns subsequent to T2.
The East is another matter.
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