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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 6:49:05 AM   
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Those map plans look very optimistic!

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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 8:26:39 AM   
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Always aim high! You can always adjust downwards later and pretend it was the intention all along

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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 10:12:52 PM   
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TURN 25

First Blizzard turn. Before Russian moves.




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 10:15:20 PM   
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Center.




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 10:17:09 PM   
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Tula & Voronezh Axis.




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 10:18:14 PM   
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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 10:27:22 PM   
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Soviet moves, South close up.
At the Southern flank he retreats a couple of hexes but I have no problem closing up and launch quite a bit of attacks, including a few deliberates. Most succeed but a delinberate attack against his 22nd Airlanding Div reminds me of the price of failure. 4.5K versus 200 or so Germans...
Actually, if there is one recipy for success that I think is close to foolproof it's the numbers game. Forget about CV's (well not always think 3 or 4 to 1 and upwards in pure bodies involved and you'll probably succeed.

Overall, I have no problem staying in contact with his retreating divisions, good.





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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 10:30:38 PM   
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Around the Voronezh Axis I barely manage to keep in contact to the South, thanks to the armoured brigades. To the North, he manages to disengage, in part thanks to the large movement penalty of having to cross the Don before it is frozen solid. But the hunt is on.




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 10:34:01 PM   
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Tula axis. I can barely keep in contact as he falls back West. N-C Front advances 3 to 4 hexes and Zocs the retreating germans.
Further North, Bryansk and Western Front get in position to start the attack towards Kaluga.




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 10:39:39 PM   
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The Northern drive gets under way smoothly although I again score a costly held because I underestimate the importance of bodies in the assault versus pure CV strength.

But all in all a good start. 2nd Shock and 20th Army (formed from Moscow reserves) are attached to Volkhov Front and are moving down to join the party.
32nd Army slightly further West prepares to reinforce the NW Front drive.

One hex is repaired, 3 more to go before Kalinin is back linked to the rail net.

Further North, nothing really happens. He falls back a couple of hexes, I follow.




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 10:43:36 PM   
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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 10:43:57 PM   
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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 10:44:20 PM   
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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 10:44:52 PM   
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Units. We both disband a few things.




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 10:52:00 PM   
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TURN 26

Overview South.
Again he falls back a couple of hexes everywhere. I'm assuming he's trying to delay me by preventing to far an advance but at the same time allowing no, or few, deliberate attacks.




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 10:53:11 PM   
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North Overview:




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 10:59:01 PM   
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South, after Sov moves.
I manage to bridge the gap quite easily and also launch a deliberate and several hasties. It's quite clear already that if 12th Army would not have 4 Cav corps attached, he would have been able to disengage the tired and weak infantry North of Voroshilovgrad. This flank seems very weak.

I'm very close to his first real defensive belt just to the West of Stalino. This will be the first test of strength.

The first major city is liberated...




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 11:05:27 PM   
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On the Tula - Kaluga axis, I make progress, the Cav Corps get in a few hasties and Tula will fall shortly. Even so I need to go faster!

Overall, I zoc lock 3 infantry divs and a Rum Mountain Brig. As he writes me, that seems to unsettle Sebastian a lot.




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/13/2012 11:12:08 PM   
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On my right flank is where most of the action is for the moment. NW Front's 32nd Army joins the attack (formed from the reserve East of Moscow), while the Cav Corps of 2S join the fray in Kalinin's Front area. Already though, Sebastian is reacting to the changing situation and units before Moscow are redeployed to face this new develloping threat. Still, his extended left flank seems pretty weak...




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/14/2012 4:33:21 AM   
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quote:

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Always aim high! You can always adjust downwards later and pretend it was the intention all along


That's the General Montgomery way to do it!

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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/14/2012 9:31:34 AM   
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quote:

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quote:

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Always aim high! You can always adjust downwards later and pretend it was the intention all along


That's the General Montgomery way to do it!


I have to distance myself from this remark, I'm sure you understand

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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/14/2012 9:41:51 AM   
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TURN 27

Before Sov moves, South, close up.
For the first time during blizzard I'm very close to his units at the start of the turn. As usual (although I haven't mentioned it before) he counter attacks wherever possible. In the red circle he routes the mountain division and 2 armoured brigades using serveral Pz, inf & moutain brig.
Further North, he routes a cav division. Both times this enables him to free a zoc locked unit. His extreme *right* flank doesn't look very strong...




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/14/2012 10:06:41 AM   
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Voronezh axis, overview.
Again he falls back...




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/14/2012 10:15:36 AM   
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Tula - Kaluga axis.
In the red circles he each time counter attacks a division and each time the result is a route.
Further North, 3 armoured brigades are pushed back, one routes but the other 2 are of high quality and manage to retreat over friendly units. It seems that units from 56 morale upwards can do this. Good to know.
Still, he seems intent on disputing every inch here, which is perfect, I need to get an oportunity to attack, get some guards, and start increasing the body count.






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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/14/2012 10:22:28 AM   
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North, close up.
Again he falls back on his left but stands futher East. Again he launches a massive counter attack and 2 divisions route.
Even in the harshest period of Blizzard he keeps on counter attacking whenever he can. I'm pondering whether this is to my or his advantage. Sure, he might get some morale (alhtough if I recall each attacks also costs him 1 point), but the net result is, I can just put new divs in the line but his divisions will get even more fatigued and disrupted making them easier targets for my attacks.




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Finally, Western Front, the strongest in the field, is ready for the attack!




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/14/2012 10:43:14 AM   
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Soviet moves.
His first major defensive line is breached without problems and is irrevoquably lost. Unfortunately, I don't have the movement points to attack the third hex (red circle) or I might have been able to take his 2nd line by surprise. Further North, I launch deliberate attacks where I can. His losses are substantial as are, off course, mine.




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/14/2012 10:50:45 AM   
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Voronezh axis.
Again he falls back out of reach in the center.
On the flanks I manage some hasties against breakdowns of the LAH and DAS SS divisions which gives a a great deal of satisfaction.
In the red circle, a new "armoured" Corps is formed. Hopefully they can help to keep in contact and disrupt his retreat.






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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 4/14/2012 11:00:44 AM   
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Tula - Kaluga axis. Here things are happening. Western Front makes its presence felt with a vengeance. Although not is all rose and sunshine. In the red cicled combat, I lose 7.K versus 4k Germans. In the yellow circle, a hasty attack fails and I "exchange" a further 3K versus 111 axis soldiers. But overall, I'm happy with the results. 2 German divisions are zoc locked and will be lost unless he stays and fights, which would suite me nicely.

Further North, just South of Moscow, I occupy the terrain he gave up and launch one succesful attack using the 4A of WF (Western Front). Pressure is mounting all along the front and it's clear he is redeploying forces from the center to his flanks, in turn, making the center vulnerable to attack.










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Rzhev axis. A slow catch-up turn. Kalinin Fronts forces are already feeling the strain of constant movement and combat. Volkhov Front is not in a position to attack except with the Cav Corps. NW front, has some bad movement rolls and can't deliberately attack and I decide not to hasty. To risky and the cost of failure is too high.
Rzhev is tanalizingly close and seems empty and ripe for the taking. It almost seems to good to be true...

Red circle, 4S is formed from stavka reserves. Next turn, the RR to Kalinin should be repaired, so I'll wait and rail them straight into the fight next week.






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