From: Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
I have managed a big pocket near Rostov as the sovs pushed to cut it off and attack Stalino. They pulled back from all the bulges north of Moscow after that which stymied my plans a little. The AI aint like it was back on release ;) I plan to attack Leningrad as there are only two hexes I need to isolate it. The Defences are however MASSIVE and 4th panzer army bounced off an attack near Pushkin.
As the army is such a shambles, I’ve set everything to 50% TOE and pulled 18th army off the line, set to 85% TOE and refit to build-up. I am manually moving Pioneers to the army (never manually managed SU's before so this is another learning experience for me). Hopefully in 2-3 weeks I can start pounding. I will move loads or airbases near and pound the hex first before each 6-9 div attack. That should wear him down. Rebuilding "proper" panzer armies but AP's too low for much large scale reorganising.
I am torn between large 'proper' panzer armies (3 x mech corps, 1 inf corps), or just moving mech corps around the whole front wherever needed. The problem with the latter strategy, is although it allows for more small pockets, you always seem to fall into the "if only I had ONE MORE PANZER DIVISION" trap of attempting large pockets). hmmmm.
If the Leningrad gambit works I will use it as a template for a winter offensive to take Moscow. It’s all about hitting his manpower centres I reckon as the AI has moved all juicy Armaments to the mountains. Got to keep his OOB static if possible or abandon the offensive and do a "pelton wall" over the winter.
Failing that, rage quit ;)
< Message edited by coolts -- 3/30/2012 10:46:31 AM >
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