From: Hex X37, Y15
I am currently playing a grand campaign 42-45 PBEM as the Soviets. I didn't plan to write an AAR originally, but now I've realized that there are very few AARs of the campaign starting in 42. As the blizzard issues may cause people to think about playing campaigns starting in 42 I thought an ARR of a 42-campaign might be of interest. The situation at the start of the 42- campaign is rather interesting, and both sides have options for offensive action, the Germans more so than the Soviets of course.
As I start this thread we are on turn 14, but I will start from the beginning. I don't have any screeenshots earlier than turn 5 though.
The Germans started out with an offensive in the south with two prongs, one dirrected at Voronezh and one straight east from the Donets basin. Vorozhilovgrad fell on turn 1 and various smaller pockets of Soviet units were created, though none larger than a few divisions. The German advance to the northeast of Kursk was rather audacious for 1942 conditions, and I promptly counterattacked and routed an encircled SS-brigade (I didn't think the encirclement would hold, so I opted for giving them a good scare instead of starving them).
The Germans were unlucky in that there was mud on turn 2 in some areas, but the advannce continued generally along the same lines. I followed up the success against the SS-brigade with spoiling attacks against the northern flank of the drive towards Voronezh, which caused the Voronezh thrust to change direction and head north toward Tula instead, which I think was a mistake, as the area is crammed with Soviet reserves.
In the south the German thrust also turned north towards Boguchar, which was a relief for me. I was worried about Rostov, which was insufficiently fortified and defended. I think Rostov is a key in the South, if the Germans hold it, it oppens up a lot of threats that the Soviets have to guard against, in Soviet hands it is a threat to the German southern flank.
Here is a screenshot from the Voronezh area at the start of Soviet turn 5.
< Message edited by Tarhunnas -- 2/27/2011 11:12:10 AM >