From: Washington, DC
Manstein, I was NOT thinking about you, believe me. I was being sarcastic, indeed... But NOT with you ...And given that quite many disagreed (that thread I had opened in the War Room), that's where the sarcasm comes from...
Cutting off spearheads like this is a no-brainer and I am not sure who you think you're being sarcastic with? I don't recall anyone ever saying not to cut off panzer spearheads, especially in these opening turns, because there is actually very little to lose, a handful of rifle divisions, big deal.
And I don't understand why you say that cutting them off earns Tarhunnas a turn? It is not as if they are immobile for their turn if you cut them off, because unless the German is completely incompetent or unlucky, he will be able to reopen supply as the first step in his next turn, and presto, the "cut-off" panzers are now in supply and resume their advance.
Sure it is worth doing because you force his follow-on forces to reopen supply instead of doing whatever he wanted to do with them, and because his spearhead units will lose some supply for their next turn, but I really see such "encirclements" as being of pretty limited utility (although worthwhile, because you don't have much to lose). If I'm not right, someone please correct me.
< Message edited by 76mm -- 5/15/2011 8:12:10 PM >