Tullius, we'll never know what happened or how. And therefore all of this is idle speculation. I want actual evidence. Nothing you've talked about here is news to me. But once again, taking these principles and translating them into destroying entire army groups is a big leap and requires much more information than has been given.
I've been begging for specifics on this for months and they haven't been forthcoming. Until they do, this is basically a nothingburger.
Moral of the story: if something seriously weird and bad happens to you in a game, for the love of God, document it. If you are too embarrassed to do so, then you have to live with the game as is.
We know at least lots of Pelton's divisions were annihilated (we're going to trust him, I guess). We also know he is an excellent player (at least offensively speaking)... And we also know TDV was some sort of psycho who was obsessed about these "special maneuvers", tricks or whatever
From the few pieces of information available I "guess" this sort of happened:
1. Pelton moved his best infantry & most armoured back to Germany for the March offensive.
2. This left him with very few reserves in the front line.
3. He was not expecting to need them as he anticipated moving back a couple of hexes each turn.
4. Instead of leaving before the first blizzard turn, he left probably on the first blizzard turn.
5. As a result, he was not able to have enough distance between his units and the Cav, which using single divisions, penetrated his lines and ZOC locked per above, many divisions.
6. And it snowballed from there.
As pointed out, we all try to do this, but it only works well against a German with few reserves to counter attack if needed.
Anyway, that's my guess.
1. I started retreating before the first blizzard turn as is my standard move the last turn of snow.
2. I had the reserves close to front, but did not receact fast enough as I had never seen the use of cav and tank units.
3. This blizzard army Flaviusx knows the basic make-up-allot of small cav and tank units. Its impossible to retreat fast enough vs this mobil army
4. Basicly a snowball effect yes.
If I was able to only lose less then 20 units I would have had a feild day come 42 as the SHC had basicly zero trucks and was losing an amazing amount of men the first 2 months of summer. I was unable to mount an offensive because of really low moral in 75% of my infantry units.
This blizzard O is a huge gamble for the SHC. The 2 keys for SHC is German losses and weakening German morale.
This tactic will never work again vs myself because I have seen it and have a counter now.
That is the one good thing about this game there are still things to try and play against even after 20+ games.
< Message edited by Pelton -- 6/21/2012 12:54:19 PM >
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