From: Chicago, Illinois
Question: I see some people (like Q-Ball) committing the 17th Army to combat in a straight forward plunge towards Lvov, while others just leave enough to guard the frontier without committing to combat west of the Bug. Wouldn't it be best to not commit to border battles with units that are going to be pocketed? (This applies in the AGC area as well.) Why fight them when they are strong? Why not wait until they are weaker in following turns?
Hey, another AE brother over here! Love your AARs C and G, no lazy carriers over here though.....
If you don't send 17th Army down that Mountain chain straight-off, all the units along it are going to get away. You really need to cut that rail line, or they'll just jump on the nearest train and get away. The more I think about this, the more I think you need to plunge 17th Army South/SouthEast to block retreat for alot of the Soviet forces, or they live to fight another day. Better to attack Turn 1 and take them out.
In AGS, you really need to prioritize killing units, particularly Tanks, as the Reds start with a surplus down there. Failing to address that will get you bogged down.
In the shot I sent, they are not yet isolated, so earliest is turn 3 before they are liquidated. On the flip side, you can probably finish them off with OKH Reserves or the Slovaks, which are perfect clean-up troops.
To COMRADE Ps point, the stuff I posted assumes a "AGC FIRST" strategy; only using the limited stuff in AGS. It's a "Bare Minimum" start move. I also didn't use air support, though I also didn't bother nuking the Red airfields first, so that might make a difference in the positive, if there is no Red air support.
2nd ACR: One of the Tank Divs I hit DID rout. Not as good as isolation, but puts that unit firmly out of it for awhile. It lost a pile of tanks, and probably is UNREADY for a couple turns. A Mot Div also routed.
< Message edited by Q-Ball -- 1/21/2011 2:33:31 AM >