From: Chicago, Illinois
Good feedback Klydon; I think I had a good March offensive, and acheived my objectives: Kill Russians, and set myself up for Spring.
The Wehrmacht is in better shape than I could have hoped so far, though as you say, AFVs are a constant problem (there is no way, IMO, for the Germans to get to 3,000 AFVs by Summer of 1942, without sitting out part of summer 1941). I have really tried to baby my Panzer formations, but it's impossible to keep from losing tanks.
Most of my veteran infantry is 20-40% below TOE, but not much I can do about that.
We now have 5 turns of MUD, and the question is how to use those single CLEAR turns. I am hesitant to create large pockets during those turns, as active Russians can easily break them, then you are really screwed for the Mud. (BTW, because of that, this is the last non-random weather game I will play).
Expanding the bridgehead over the Don is one obvious move during those CLEAR turns, but otherwise, not sure what to do. Probably just blow-up some trenches, and push him back.
I am not posting a MAP, because not much is going on. I hold the 2-hex bridgehead over the DON, and I won't be pushed out of it. I moved some Infantry over, so it's rock-solid at this point. That is a good thing, as the River melts behind me.
The HUNGARIAN 2nd army will move to the KURSK sector in front of Voronezh, to take over some frontage. I am also forming 3rd Romanian Army (by adding an Infantry Corps, and keeping the Mountain Corps) around Belgorod, to fill in the gaps of 6th Army sector, and make 6th Army more "Offensive". 4th Romanian Army is guarding the Crimean Exits (with support from a German Corps).
At the moment, my Panzers are concentrated near Voronezh, Orel, and the Donbas. I plan to move them more to the Donbas come summer, but I don't want to move everyone wholesale yet, because that will tip my hand.
I am also shifting more Infantry from 6th and 17th Army, to give me "slots" for the fresh infantry divisions that are coming in the next couple months. I want to have the FRESH ones available for offensive, so they can take losses. Divisions that are somewhat depleted are going to quiet sectors, like the FAR NORTH (where most of the FInnish Army is in the process of being relieved).
I am trying to keep Army HQs from getting overloaded, and barely doing it in the South, mostly by transferring Germans to Finnish command, and overloading 16th, 18th, and 9th Armies. Not sure what I'll do when 11th Army goes away; maybe De-Panzer 4th Panzer. 3rd Panzer Army is already 3 Infantry Corps, and 1 Panzer Division.
< Message edited by Q-Ball -- 11/29/2011 9:37:59 PM >