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Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstein63 ... - 10/19/2011 2:14:00 PM   
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This will be a short AAR dealing with my attempts as the Soviet Supreme Military Commander to destroy & or to inflict as much damage as possible on the Axis forces that are facing me. This game was started with the 1.04 patch & at the moment we are running 1.05.32 beta & will upgrade as necessary. Game turn 25 is about to commence.

At the moment I am waiting for my opponent to send back his part of the turn so there will be no pictures in this post but I will post pictures in subsequent posts

GENERAL OVERVIEW

Axis forces have advanced eastwards but have failed in their attempts to capture both Lenningrad & Moscow (Lenningard has been isolated but still supplied through lake lagoda). They have however captured a line running from Tula to Voroshilovgrad & Tanarog Soviet forces in these area's have been falling back in order to shorten the front line & to free up forces for our winter counter offensive. Preliminary assaults have already taken place to the west of Moscow & in the Lenningrad / Volkov area, which is designed to identify weak points in the line & to destroy or damage his forward fortifications (Arial recon has not picked up any major fortifications behind his front line)

OBJECTIVES

STAVKA has issued limited objectives for this offensive namely the towns of Berlin Budapest & Bucharest I however believe even such a modest set of objectives may be beyond the reach of our forces. & have therefore prepared contingencies.

i. Restore Land supply line to Lenningrad

ii. Recapture Novgorod & pocket as many Axis units east of the Volkov river as is possible

iii. Where possible tie down & isolate German armored formations (assume that these will be held in reserve behind Axis front line forces)

iv. extensive use of arial recon to identify possible reserve groupings (maximum effort given to VVS interdiction missions)

v. Recapture Tula & Kaluga & advance toward Smolensk

vi. Recapture Voroshilovgard advance toward Kharkov Kursk & Stalino

vii. Possible breakout from Crimea in support of advance toward Stalino

The plans are set the forces are ready 'Cry Havok & Let Loose The Gerbils Of War'

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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/19/2011 3:10:47 PM   
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STAVKA has issued limited objectives for this offensive namely the towns of Berlin Budapest & Bucharest I however believe even such a modest set of objectives may be beyond the reach of our forces. & have therefore prepared contingencies.


Your defeatism disgusts me deeply STAVKA needs to send a drunk general with a gun to your HQ to "encourage" you.

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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/19/2011 10:16:13 PM   
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[ STAVKA needs to send a drunk general with a gun to your HQ to "encourage" you.


They did but he tripped over one of the gerbils of war & broke his neck
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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/19/2011 10:54:25 PM   
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[ STAVKA needs to send a drunk general with a gun to your HQ to "encourage" you.

They did but he tripped over one of the gerbils of war & broke his neck


Ah, damn gerbils

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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/19/2011 11:05:15 PM   
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Order of Battle 4th December 1941






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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/19/2011 11:20:59 PM   
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Frontline as of 4th December 1941 please note that I have removed the weather graphic as well as combat values & Front designations. As you can see the Axis Commander has withdrawn some of his forces. so I will be able to link with Lennigrad & recapture Voroshilovgrad without having to engage in combat






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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/19/2011 11:22:45 PM   
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More front line




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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/19/2011 11:24:13 PM   
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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/19/2011 11:37:08 PM   
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Front line from Tula to Voronezh




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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/19/2011 11:42:07 PM   
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Front line Voroshilovgrad




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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/19/2011 11:44:06 PM   
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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/19/2011 11:49:05 PM   
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Some of my objectives will fall easily but others will be more difficult to acheive. I need to identify where the german tank formations are & try to get him to commit them to the front line where I can attempt to envelope & destroy them. which I hope will curtail any offensive actions on his part in the summer of 1942.
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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/23/2011 1:07:38 AM   
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Soviet forces have begun the winter offensive Lenningrad Front has linked up with the main front line ( this was due to the Axis withdrawing rather than any action on our part. this is the situation in the Lenningrad area




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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/23/2011 1:11:19 AM   
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Volkhov Front has also launched an offensive with the objective of linking with the Lenningrad Front at Novgorod




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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/23/2011 1:17:41 AM   
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To help with the Volkhov Fronts offensive Nortwestern Front has committed the 10th Airborne Brigade to an airlanding behind Axis lines managing to disrupt the railway link & threataning nearby airfields & HQ's. I hope that this may force him to withdraw troops from the front line to protect against any further airborne opperations.




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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/23/2011 1:26:21 AM   
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Zukhov's Kalinin Front has created a small gap in the Axis lines but has so far been unable to exploit. Recon has Identified combat units to the north of Kaluga, composition is unknown but at least 1 motorised division is present. 17th & 10th Panzer Divisions were forced to retreat from an attack by the 31st Army with the loss of 64 tanks.




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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/23/2011 1:30:06 AM   
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Western Fronts 10th Army has launched its first attacks but has not been able to make any headway against determind Axis opposition




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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/23/2011 1:35:31 AM   
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Here is an overview of the front from Lenningrad to Moscow showing attacks by Lenningrad, Northwestern, Volkhov, Kalinin & Western Fronts




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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/23/2011 1:42:50 AM   
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No combat opperations took place in the areas occupied by The Bryansk , Southwestern & Southern Fronts apart from advancing into contact with Axis forces & extensive recon of the Stalino area.




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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/23/2011 1:56:38 AM   
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I am relatively happy with how things have gone. I don't have the manpower to attack all the way up & down the front line & I do not intend to build very many extra units as I would rather keep the manpower back in reserve. I will continue to reinforce both the Lenningrad & Moscow areas but I will deliberarley keep the South looking weak so as to entice him into making his major effort in that area. (assuming that he just doesn't do a turtle)
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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/26/2011 11:28:51 PM   
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TURN 26

Offensive Continues Lenningrad front is attemting to clear German units from Mna in order to re-establish a rail link with Lenningrad as I have some Heavy Industry & some Armement factories that I would like to evacuate. Lenningrad Fronts 20th Army Continues advancing on Both sides of the Volkhov River the 55th Army is slowly pushing forward from Lenningrad while the 23rd Army remains in defensive positions.

This is the first time that I have played the Soviets during the blizzard turns & I must say it is a lot harder than I expected. I can bring power to bear & generally force the German units to fall back but I don't have the mobile arm availiable to be able to get into his rear areas. I could push Tank brigades through but even in blizzard he should be able to nuteralise them.

Anyway here is the Lenningrad , North Western & Volkhov fronts note the two Stavka reserve Army's the 28th & the 2nd Shock. If I manage to actually breakthrough the front line these two Army's will be transferred to North Western & Volkhov Fronts contol respectively to continue the advance.




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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/26/2011 11:48:31 PM   
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Kallinin Front Continues its slow advance towards Vyazma with Moscow MD's 4th army Supporting it & also Supporting Western Fronts 10th Army's drive on Kaluga. I expect that my opponent will fall back & renew his front line. So I will have to continue to 'knock on the door' in the hope that something breaks. Also I am sure that he has at least one Panzer Korps in this area that I would like him to commit to the front line rather than have it sitting & resting in reserve.




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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/26/2011 11:59:51 PM   
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Westen Fronts 1st Shock Army Avances towards Tula where we have identified one Motorised & two Panzer Divisions defending the city Bryansk front has started to attack to the south of Tula & I have commited the 1st Cavalry Corp to that area to try & prise open his defences. I have reinforcements moving to the area which will arrive next turn.




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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/27/2011 12:14:21 AM   
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Nothing happening at the moment in the South just arial recon of his front lines. I want to attack towards Stalino but need to wait for my forces to build up as most of the Armys are still refitting The German 1st Panzer Armee is resting in or around Stalino which makes it a tempting target but I do not want to over commit as this is where I want him to attack when the weather improves




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RE: Soviet Winter Opperations Dec41 to March42 (Manstei... - 10/30/2011 1:21:20 AM   
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TURN 27

Still pushing back the Germans in front of Lenningrad but the terrain does not make it easy




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