From: Laramie, Wyoming
Turn 2 recap.
General situation - I find that my long term investments in perpetual motion machines and cold fusion have left that foreign bank account a bit dry, since that is the case hostilities continued. My FW 200 is still on the tarmac ready to fly to Dakar and then on to Natal as soon as my latest stock sale goes ahead.
North - I am slowed a bit by Russian Swamp-Loggers who did not hear the order to retreat. Their machines are no match for my units, but their sales of alligator shoes and Cajun foods slow down my souvenier hunting motorized units. Still, by turn's end, Pskov is close to being encirled as both XXXI and LVI Panzer corps are ready to pounce. In a failed move, instead of fuel being airdropped, the Luftwaffe drops off 10,000 tonnes of suppositories.
Center - Success! Vitebsk is taken by a coup de main. The huge push of turn one and the focus of the defenders south and east of Minsk means the 3rd Panzer Group could roam far and wide till their gas gave out. ZOCs across the Dnepr (they will be gone I am sure), and Minsk surrounded by 2nd Panzer Group. The infantry ends most of the Bialystok pocket, but is too shagged out by the combat and demands vacations on the French Riveria before marching to the front.
(Both Center and North will have to rest, I am sure - two turns all out will mean horrible fatigue and no gas. Oh well, the game was fun for a bit north of the marshes.)
South - Here my idiocy indeed meant that the Lvov pocket was breached. The defense is still forward though, along the line of forts (bit of the Stalin Line?) that come pre-packaged in game. Reclosing the pocket was easy enough, and a bit of the new defenses were encircled (we shall see how strongly, I suspect not enough). The Kovel Pocket did hold, but in an ongoing theme reducing the pocket was a nightmare as retreat was the order of the day for the Russians (even through ZOCs), and so not much else happened for these units.
The real coup was that the Romanians have been unleashed, and they are entering the fray with a string of "held" assaults against forts and general ineptitude. We have agreed to a house rule of no invasions west of Odessa until 1943, thus guaranteeing I will be stuck with the Romanians until then at least.
Overall, not as bad as I feared, not as good as could be.
Pictures will follow when I can muster the will.
"The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny."
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