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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 11:27:18 AM   
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In the extreme South I'm compelled to stand and fight and pillage the D&Z-town screen and defences to bolster 9th Army.
Judging the movement cost to high for an outflanking maneuvre I feel safe to only lightly screen the Dnepr further NE.
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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 11:28:31 AM   
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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 11:28:50 AM   
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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 11:29:06 AM   
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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 11:29:44 AM   
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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 11:59:08 AM   
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TURN 6

Just when I'm starting to think I've gotten at least some degree of controle over the flow of the game, the point is once again driven home that I'm facing a top notch opponent. Again his speed of action and relentless drive and energy comes to the fore with ruthless efficiency. This time in the North and South.

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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 12:06:59 PM   
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Outright dissaster befals Southern Fronts 9th Army.
All goes down the drain when 26th Cavalry divs routes after it's first combat. The bastards should be shot to the last!
This gap is quickly exploited by the Wiking division which, even after it's exertions of last week, has plenty of movement to spend and closes the trap on 9th Army pinning it to the Black Sea. To make matters even worse, the Wiking has enough movement to flip 4 hexes to the East making any attempt at relief impossible. That is to say if I would have anything to attempt a relief with, which I don't. All told, 9 inf. div, 3 Cav and 3 airborn brigades are cut off. To make matters absolutely distastefull, I have no airbase in the pocket.

With 9th Army bottled up (one of the strongest Armies I have with many 50/50 morale/experience divsions) my whole Southern flak is open with virtually nothing to plug the gap. In addition, the Crimea has now become undefendable. Bad, bad, bad!

Yes, that was really stupid of me
But these are the type of things you can get away with against a lesser opponent, I must stop underestimating this guy!






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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 12:17:49 PM   
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Already in a bad mood I look further North for some good news, but find only more annoyance.
Again, with incredible speed he shifts direction and outflanks my carefully planned staged retreat from the Sula-Psel-Vorksla line, putting even my planed stand at Poltava in doubt. Even worse, no industry in Kharkov has been evacuated yet...
His mobility is frightening!




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 12:23:58 PM   
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Moving along further North, finally some good news. His panzers finally took a break after 5 weeks of constant action, allowing his infantry to move up.
Although all is not perfect, 29th cav division left as part of the screen is attacked and triggers the commitment of 14 Tank division from reserve! Rats, lesson learned, screen units should not be attached to armies with divisions in reserve!

All in all though, another good turn in the center.




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 12:30:45 PM   
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Mollified a little by the situation in the Center I move up North, only to drop right back into a horrible mood
Again he does the one thing I don't want him to do and attacks the hex on the junction between 11th and 24th armies, with a unit from the 7th independent Army in the mix as well. Failing enough AP's to sort out the C&C mixup last week I had no choice but to leave it like that. I'm wondering whether a sorted out C&C would have tipped the balance in my favor but that is water under the bridge. I lose the battle and he is over the Luga and threatening to outflank my whole defence by driving down the Volkov. A very unhealthy state of affairs indeed!






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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 12:31:20 PM   
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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 1:07:34 PM   
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Still cursing myself for my stupidity I swear holly oaths never to let him surprise me again! An oath I will not be able to keep, but hey
In the extreme South I pillage the forming Wolga MD 30th Army protecting Sumy of it's best divisions and move in whatever I can scrape together of undermanned and undertrained divisions and put up a weak line on the Molochna. I'm not really expecting him to be in a possition to really drive East immediately but you never know.
Somehow I also find 5 divisions to garrison Sevastopol and assign them to Southern Front's Coastal army.
9th Army has strict orders to fight and die to the last for the Motherland by making as big a nuissance of itself as possible and protracting its unavoidable demise for as long as possible and thus, binding down as many enemy troops as possible.






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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 1:19:32 PM   
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To the North I cannot resist the urge to hit the 25th Moterized Division just West of Lubny. I know I shouldn't as it means not all divisions will get far enough East to get them out of harmsway, but he has been very carefull in avoiding counterattacks this is the first real opportunity I get.
And yes, I feel better now, even if only till the next turn

I decide to hugg up to him this time while I man the Poltava line and dig in. I also decide to sacrifice 3 almost depleted newly formed divisions and place the at Kremenchug. Hopefully he'll expend some energy in that direction. C&C is a mess but I just don't have the AP's to solve it in this state of constant flux. It'll just have to do.

On the positive side, his infantry is at least a march behind, probably 2, so whatever he does will be unsupported. At this point, I'm not even thinking about his panzers running out of fuel ever...








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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 1:22:58 PM   
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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 1:42:50 PM   
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In the Center there is another oppertunity to hit back which I most certainly can't resist. He carelessly marched 2 infantry divisions where I can actually completely surround them
On one side I place an NKVD unit I've been retreating and saving for just this opportunity, and as luck might have it, a cavelry division has just enough movement to zoc ooze behind and close the ring. Eventhough the attack is a success, it is still bought at a very high price! Still, feeling much better I move up North

Gernally speaking I have now reached my next main line of resistance and will fight with all I have to at least delay him for several turns. Unfortunately, the need to put the strongest units at the right place forces me to mingle Western and Reserve front units all over the place. I'm not happy with that at all and eagerly await Orel MD's transformation to Bryansk Front and it's associated AP to sort things out.
The battle for Moscow is about to begin in earnest!




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 1:43:37 PM   
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combat report of attack in previous screenshot.





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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 1:50:56 PM   
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Unfortunately there are no counter attack opportunities up North. His unexpected shift to my left in the direction of Novgorod cannot be ignored and needs the strongest possible reaction I can muster. As things pan out, the only way I can build up a solid defense is by taking divisions from my right ,and overall shifting units from my right to the left. This leaves the right undermanned but by flipping back some hexes I hope it will go undetected. It's not like I really have a choice, I cannot be strong everywhere, and I certainly cannot allow a drive down the Volkhov so I have to take risks.






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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 3:49:48 PM   
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To finish turn 6, overview North & Center.




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 4:07:28 PM   
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TURN 7

Only just recovering my mood , and thinking that it can hardly be worse then last turn, I somewhat hesitantly open the next turn.
What I find ain't pretty...
Overview North & Center:





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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 4:17:01 PM   
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Up North, he sniffs out my weak right flank like a hounddog and blows a hole in my defenses for his panzers to infiltrate and exploit, cutting off a sizeable portion of 28th Army in the process. Luckily, he is unable to penetrate my North-South line established to safeguard against this eventuality. Still, the Luga line is irreparibly broken.
With some bad luck neither stack defending the river neglect to retreat into the swamp hex behind, which would undoubtedly have complicated things somewhat.
The attack you're seeing is made by no less than 6 infantry divisions of 4 different Corps, including a division of 9th Armee's VIII Corps. So it seems that in addition to the 7th Panzer Division Sebastian has also sent an additional infantry Corps up North in a bid to quickly capture Leningrad.






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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 4:30:47 PM   
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In the Center he hurles the combined might of Panzer Group 2 & 3 at the Belyi corridor with the hopes of landing a knockout blow and succeeds in pushing back my defenses 2 by 2 hexes but fails to completely route the defenders who are battered and bruised but don't break. But it was a close call indeed.
In the red cicled combat my best division (45th inf., 58/58 morale/exp)) committed from reserve but was not able to tip the scales in my favor.

In a typical SJ80 maneuvre, he shifts direction from left to right with tremendous speed and energy, striking before the defenses can solidify but this time I succeed in halting him before he can reach the operational depths. A substantial victory, but at a price.




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 4:40:35 PM   
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In the South a veritable hasty attack slugfest!
In the end he takes the bait but I lose more than I bargained for. 3 good divisions who participated in last weeks attack on the 25th Mot. are herded into the pocket, together with the weak divisions I moved there. The cost for a small moment of happiness is steep!

However, the good news is I have managed to occupy the Poltava line in strength, although substantially reduced by the losses along the way and the cut of divisions. Relief of the pocket is impossible, but I have become used to that by now.






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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 4:45:54 PM   
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Further South, 9th Army is putting up a brave fight and fulfulling its role admirably.
To the East, to my disbelief, Sebastian pushes South and bounces the Molochna river line at it's extreme Southern tip before it is good and well established. The LAH performs the attack while Wiking, only just relieved from pocket duty sprints accross and establishes the bridgehead! Guderian would have been proud!




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 5:13:48 PM   
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As usual, the Northern pocket can't be broken for lack of movement points and units in a possition to do so.
The only thing to do, is give up the Luga line and establish a North-South definsive line anchored on Leningrad in the North and Novgorod in the South. I manage to put up some decent defensive stacks but need to pillage 27th and 31st Armies defending against a right hook do do so even further. Many divisions are CV 1 now and are in need of some R&R but I can't spare them as they need to dig the next defeinsive line I am sure to need very soon.
In addition, the chronic lack of AP's prevents me from building FZ to help with the digging, at 8 AP's a pop, they are way too expensive in the early phase of the game to be used frequently.
It's not enough, but there just nothing more than I can do. To compound things even further, I must send units to guard against the Fins who will make their appearance soon. Sigh.




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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 5:25:56 PM   
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Although I was able to halt his drive through Belyi, I'm not out of the woods yet. I redeploy units from the my center and left flank to shore up the Belyi corridor. I also give up VL and retreat further East but keep my lines on the Mezha. I really try to deploy in depth, with multiple lines and Zoc traps.
As you will see on the Overview screenshot shortly, a fair amount of what I assume is 4th Armee infantry is heading into the empty space towards Kursk/Orel. This is rather strange as I do not have the impression he has all that much infantry in the center. I know he sent VIII Corps to help in the North so I'm thinking happy hunting, and God speed, you'll find nothing but empty space!

Things are definitely coming to a head in the Center and it is do or die. If he breaks through and can establish a good sized pocket which can't be broken, next stop will be Moscow and there will be very little I will be able to do about it. I have no prepared defenses beyond Rzhev. In fact, appart from a frontline 2 deep, I have virtually nothing behind. Not a pleasant state of affairs!

I also notice 2 new Panzer Divisions in the Center, 9th and 16th, which both seem to have been transfered from the South.








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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 5:40:45 PM   
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In the South I spend the turn sorting out the C&C mess as best as I can and assign Zakharov as the commander of 16th Army, the strongest remaining army I have down South.
The Poltava line is occupied as strong as I possibly can and I resist the temptation to attack the 1st Cav. division who's pointing its finger in my direction. Grrr.






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RE: 41-45GC GLVACA (Sov) v SJ80 (Axis) - NO SJ80 - 3/26/2012 5:44:14 PM   
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Further South I try to block his brigdehead and shore up the defenses as best as I can. I do slip a Cav div around the LAH to keep him on his toes, he should not take me for granted, I want him to work for it




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Note that the Axis are down to 1146 operational runners!




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