From: Living in the fair city of Melbourne, Australia
Yep, sure. The 8th Mech was moving all the time. The situation was changing rapidly, and so were the decisions by SWF and 6th Army (Soviet) commands. During 22-26 the 8th Mech was moving from one area to another, preparing to launch attacks here and there, but never launching any, in fact. First, on June 22nd it (according to pre-war plans) left its garrisons and moved west, concentrating in Sambor, as 26th Army's reserve. At night 22-23 it started moving to the region near Lvov, closer to the direction of the main German thrust, as SWF command grasped the initial impression of it by the end of day, and ordered the Corps to subordinate to 6th Army. By mid-day 23rd the corps partially concentrated there, and partially was yet on the move, when the 6th Army commander ordered it to move now west, into the Lvov bulge, and accompany 4th Mech in repelling German attacks within Army's boundaries. The Corps moved there, to the west and arrived by midnight 23/24. Early morning 24th the Corps received the order to move back, east of Lvov again, and concentrate in Brody area and accompany 15th Mech there. This time the road was much harder, with a lot of roadblocks caused by retreating civilians, columns of 32nd Tank Division (of 4th Mech) moving the same narrow roads, Ukrainian nationalists uprising in Lvov itself, and so on, so that the 8th Mech finished assembling in Brody area only by the end of next day, June 25th. By the time it was finally engaged in combat on June 26th the corps moved about 500 km and lost up to 50% of its vehicles.
In my South-West 41 scenarios (many years ago, in a galaxy far away), it was a challenge for designer to choose among the ahistorical course of actions, when 8th Mech is available to Soviet side early on and moves straight to the Brody-Dubno-Lutsk triangle from the start, or historical variant, when the corps artificially delayed to represent its long journey.
Hmmm, have you checked the scenario? I'd certainly appreciate the opinion of a more experienced designer. Criticism is welcomed :)
It's funny but I actually placed 8th Mech Corps west and north of Lvov (Mech Corps in the scenario are deployed in the positions I've gathered they were within 24-36 hours of Barbarossa start). Seems I got it about right, though it would be good to revise the vehicle and tank strength levels.
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