From: NYer living in Boise, ID
hehe, the benefit of our hindsight couldn't be shared with you of course, but I have to say Scar is making up well for his former mistakes (then again the mistakes were cool and welcome, it makes the whole game much more interesting to watch, not like some generic clockwork stuff).
Although I quite understand your need to fall back everytime to avoid big losses, are you sure you're actually battling his units everywhere you can? Honestly, considering most of these divisions are not going to do anything valuable defending anyway, I think that every opportunity to have to even slightly blunt his spearheads should be taken. Every vehicle, every tank counts, every supply expended to defend against you is something he won't have when he goes on the offensive. I'd rather bleed him even when odds are dire, just for the sake of not ending up with useless supplyless units slowly dying inside of pocket.
Don't forget beachheading supplies for your fellows in your pocket too!
Fishbed - yeah, could probably be a bit more aggressive in "quieter" portions of the front. I've "scrubbed" two limited counter-attacks. Each was overcome by crisises in the Orel-Voronezh area, requiring the moving of forces. One was a limited attack near Yelna, east of Smolensk - designed to tie down forces building up near Orel. The other was in the south against Rumanians - designed to force commitment of German forces. Both of these "limited" offenses would have required the commitment of an army - in order to "relieve" attacking troops in their fortified positions, and to establish a reserve in response for the expected counterattack.
In any case, really didn't want to reposition an army's worth of troops for at best, minimal gains. I'd rather focus uncommitted troops to redundant fortified positions expanding outward from Moscow. If he doesn't launch a snow offensive, he'll likely head that route in '42, so I best prepare now. The challenge is going to be leaving troops garrisoning the forts (I hope to use mainly brigades) during the blizzard offenses.
So, except for limited counter attacks in response to his penetrations, I'm staying on the strategic defensive until blizzard hits. I'd welcome other ideas of course......
< Message edited by IdahoNYer -- 8/18/2012 12:32:20 AM >