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Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No-A-g... - 7/20/2012 1:09:41 PM   
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Hello,

This is my first AAR and only my second mp game. I started a mp game months ago and was quickly stalled as I was too new and didn't appreciate the finer points of the German War Machine. Now, after watching for many months and practicing (and reading Pelton), I have braved another and will document it as best I can.

In regards to a far reaching strategy, I don't really have one. I have a few basic ideas of what I want to do but I will consider myself an attacker of opportunity. My battle plan will be open and my tactics fluid. I will either establish my throne in Moscow or eat a bullet in 45. Let us begin:

Im still troubleshooting my picture posting....so standby for T2.

Edit: Ok so my first picture is rough...forgive me. These are T2 before German moves after Recon. This is the advance for AGN.




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/20/2012 1:25:40 PM   
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T2 Center

So here is the Center advance. I lucked out with a lot of routes and a very good bombing run. I bagged 3050 planes before advancing and got 500 level bombers. I specifically aimed for the "juicier" airfields further back.




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/20/2012 1:33:06 PM   
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T2 South

Here is where I really held my breath. My advance was ok, but I was almost counting on him to break the hold where my arrow shows. Ive never played Russia past T1 so I have no idea what they are capable of. Perhaps he was thinking of saving more units as I did hope to gobble up more if he tried to break the siege. I'll post kills and such on further turns...for now I felt happy to have a good start and figure out my AAR posts. Advice and feedback appreciated.




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/21/2012 10:18:19 PM   
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Back again to report T3 after my moves.

German High Command is coming to the reality that the Red Army is not going to be destroyed on the border and that the campaign is going to last into late Summer. OKH has called upon OKW to release more reinforcements to continue the pursuit. The Soviets have dug in behind Pskov, the Dnepr, and have projected forward in the South.

- In the North the bulk of 4. Panzer Gruppe has crossed the river guarding Pskov and is preparing for an attack to swing round and destroy the bulk of Leningrad's defenders.





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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/21/2012 10:21:36 PM   
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In the Center we are liquidating pocketed units with great success. The Soviets did delay the 4th and 9th armies for a turn but they are now freed up and on their way. 3. Panzer Gruppe crossed the Dauagvala(sp?) and 2. Panzer Gruppe has encircled a lone armor division and crossed the Berezina. Both Panzer Gruppes are demanding infantry forces to assist in crossing the Dnepr.






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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/21/2012 10:24:11 PM   
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In the South we chose encircling armies before huge land grabs. The fresh Panzer forces of AGS (reinforced by SS Division Reich) have lunged in a single pincer encirclement. We count appx 4-5 armor and perhaps half dozen more infantry units trapped. The Lwow pocket is almost finished and the drive to Kiev will commence now that the bulk of his armor is about to be toast.




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/21/2012 10:25:43 PM   
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Casualties German: about 55k
Casualties Russian: about 865k

All German TOE's will remain at 100 till armaments get low.

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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/22/2012 12:06:08 AM   
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Your rail repair in AGC looks just a liiitle bit too good - did you really repair hex 59,51?

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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/22/2012 12:13:46 AM   
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ORIGINAL: gingerbread

Your rail repair in AGC looks just a liiitle bit too good - did you really repair hex 59,51?


Not sure which one that is but I did load both AGC's rail guys on the same track. I maximized potential using them both. One is going towards Minsk the other towards Vitebsk.

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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/22/2012 12:33:33 AM   
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It's the hex SW of Vilnius. But then you could be OK, I did not consider a double up on that track.

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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/22/2012 3:32:33 AM   
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AGN is looking good so far.

AGC is ok, send every single new infantry division to this area. You need them to grind to Moscow. AGC is basicly dead in water for 5 turns. Why most GHC players send 2 divisons to AGN and 3 to AGS first turn.

AGS really needs 3 more pz divisions, but your doing good because SHC is fighting forward. Nice job on pockets.
Your RH is south I really dont care for going to hurt u late in summer.

Also set I Corp in AGN with Model as Corp commander and add a 4th 90 morale infantry unit

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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/25/2012 2:12:13 AM   
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Ok..so I skipped a couple turns, but didn't do a whole lot anyway. So far I have to say that the war is going superb and have had no major set backs. My few holds have been in areas of low importance. My main tactic so far has been to keep my strength concentrated and form smaller tight encirclements bagging 3-12 divisions per pocket/per turn. T4 was a bit slow....but T5 so numerous pockets formed.

T6..Before German moves or Recon. Two pockets formed. A total of 4 Rifle and 2 Tank divisions. Im very glad these held b/c he is putting a lot of strength in the North. Im skeptical of actually going for Leningrad. You may laugh, but Ive never taken Leningrad vs the AI (although I have only played on challenging 90 vs 110). However, I am pocketing a lot more units vs a human so I may load 18. Armee to the gills with sappers and stug's and go for it. My other plan was to seal it off as quickly as possible and release 4. panzer gruppe for Moscow. Thoughts?




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/25/2012 2:14:57 AM   
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T6 lets not forget the Finns.

Here we bagged a lone infantry division. He broke the loose pocket this turn but the pocket will be sealed shut this turn. Also got a security unit in Vyborg. Every bit helps right?




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/25/2012 2:21:34 AM   
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T6 Center

Here I had great success. I was a bit worried tbh. Last turn I had the 2/3 PZ Groups bunched together in the middle in front of Vitebsk with no real way to go. One small Corps of 3pz formed a bridghead NW of Vitebsk earlier but that terrain sucks and they mad no headway. Luckily (for me) my opponent left a huge opening between the Dnepr and Smolensk allowing nearly the entire 2. Panzer through. All together we formed 2 pockets and cleared the upper bend of the Dnepr. We also cut off 2 rifle division on the West end but they broke the hold. Lets see if we can trap the rest this time.

Total haul:
6 Rifle, 2 Motor divs, and 2 Tanks.




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/25/2012 2:28:51 AM   
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t6 South

Here we saw 1.pz with plenty of mps and CV with a fair output. 11. Armee bagged a Tank Division while all 3Corps of 1.pz worked in unison to bag 2 Tank, 2mot, 2 Rifle, and a sec brigade. The Lwow pocket is still ongoing but all remaining German troops are heading East. The Slovakians and Hungarians can finish the rest. With much of his strength gone I expect to be across the Dnepr on T7. 1.Pz is still plenty strong and his Southern Front has been in a retreat..reeling from blows. So far all is good.




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/25/2012 2:30:41 AM   
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Kills

10 to 1 in all aspects.




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/25/2012 2:35:14 AM   
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Production.

Ill probably take my time and look at my TOE's carefully this turn. Here's my production.

BTW- Can someone tell me why Germany has 85% by its name?




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/25/2012 12:43:54 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Disgruntled Veteran

BTW- Can someone tell me why Germany has 85% by its name?



When u look at the production(not the pools) u see the entire production of x country. In this case germany. Since not all of the german production went to the east front there are a modifier that changes yearly, to account for that. So in the case of 1941 u get 85% of the production going to ur pools.

For Czech/Polish manpower only. There are after the 85% are a further modifier where only 8% of what is tranfered from those pools are recieved in the german manpower pool.

Hope it helps,

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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/29/2012 3:06:37 PM   
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Alright so Disgruntled Veteran is back to update his AAR. I took a few turns off because its not really feasible for me to update with every turn but I should have an AAR to the end. My heart sank when I received T8 back form my opponent (along with his partially glib comment:- ))

Losses to date:
Axis:200k
Russians 1.65

Armaments: 58k

1 HQBU to date (Not that it did me a lot of good) See Below:

Ok so all my pics are T9. Before German moves but after Recon. Here's the Finns:

He's committing 8 Rifle divisions to holding me in the North. Im honestly fine with this as thats a whole Sov army that I don't have the smash. Personally I think thats a bad call for the Soviets but to each his own.





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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/29/2012 3:09:46 PM   
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Here's the North.

On T7 he had a solid line on the Luga. I smashed the hell out of it and got all of LVI Panzer Corps across but fell 1 hex shy of trapping them all. Nearly all escaped. Besides that I did manage to clear away his units and have had tremendous success in direct battle. I've never taken Leningrad before, but I feel Im going to give it all this game.




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/29/2012 3:15:20 PM   
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In the Center. Not sure what a good measure of success is. VL is still active and a minor offensive by the SU encircled an entire Corps. Bad Flank protection by me but the pocket will be easily broken and he will likely lose a few units as a result. South of Smolensk I bagged 7 divisions but tied up 2 + 3 Pz Gruppes.

Partisans have severed 1 of my 2 lines...2 turns in a row. Not really bad but an annoyance.




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/29/2012 3:43:47 PM   
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Finally in the South .....sigh!

T6 saw me take a decision to use the Gassed up III pz Corps turn south to bag units instead of a river crossing prep. TBH a T6 crossing wasn't going to happen. I might have made a hole but I couldn't have crossed and held it.

Well the haul in the South was 12 divisions except the units continued to resist and broke the pocket. 1 pz regiment was defeated and the pocket blew open. Well on T8 he did it again. He opened the pocket and isolated all of III pz Corps. Very frustrating but not fatal imo. Now, on T9, all my infantry is prepared to open a hole and I know this pocket will be sealed permanently this turn.




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/31/2012 8:26:50 PM   
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T11 After German moves

-Russians holding Finnish line in the North. Again, some Russian explain this to me. Why would you waste 8 Rifle divisions holding back my thin Finnish line? I hope every Russian player does this. A full strength rifle army wasted. Otherwise AGN slugs ahead at Leningrad. I took Novgorod where I committed 10 divisions and had a hell of a battle. I really want to release a panzer Corps toward Moscow soon, but this guy has put everything in the North. Every battle has reserves (almost) and its bloody as hell.






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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/31/2012 8:35:30 PM   
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T11 Center

I formed an identical Rzhev salient (see Insert) Inside I bagged 3 Rifle and a Motor Division. My strategy was to clear the flanks while rail and infantry caught up. More importantly he's stubbornly clinging to VL. The natural gap between Group North and Center. Its hell fighting straight through this spot so I figured I would pry his left flank lose. If he doesn't withdraw this turn Ill delay my Moscow approach to bag at least a dozen divisions.

In the South 2px Group bagged a dozen division behind Gomel. He stubbornly tried to hold that gap. It did pull 2pz Group South, but not as far as historical. This turn 2pz turns back North and bags a lone Rifle division.

The swamps are finally isolated along with 3 Cavalry divisions and an unknown formation. I might just let them starve until after November.




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/31/2012 8:41:57 PM   
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T11 South after Moves.

The bridgehead from T9 now explodes outward. We trapped a Tank div, 2 Rifle divs, and 4 airborne Brigades. More importantly we flipped a lot of hexes and are ready for a HQBU next turn. Still only 1 buildup to date. Maybe thats a mistake..I dunno but Ive put my tanks to good use.

I made another bridgehead across the Dnepr West of big D town. Its tying down a lot of units from both sides. Hopefully I can put it to my advantage. The 11th army is looking to cross the Dnepr further South. Do I go for the Crimea? Probably not but I want to capture the straights for fort builds.




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 7/31/2012 8:44:20 PM   
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Losses to date.

I got to give it to A-game. Hes fighting forward.




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 8/5/2012 12:18:25 AM   
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T13 North

After German Moves.

Group North Wins several routes with overwhelming odds. Appx 1/3 engineers and stug's are assigned to Lindeman's L Corps and Models I Corps. Both Corps' are on refit and have high morale. I had thought about ditching a few panzer Divisions to beef up the assault on Moscow but I want to make sure Leningrad falls. Im going to knock them out to free up the front....if I have it in me. Keeping myself to 3 deliberate attacks per turn I should have no problem sealing Leningrad's fate before Blizzard. I know everyone says it falls but I've yet to actually do it. My key is to only launch 2-3 massive deliberate attacks per turn using 3 full hexes of troops. I always outnumber him 3-1 to help avoid reserve activations.




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 8/5/2012 12:26:39 AM   
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T13 Center

Here I saw the 2 panzer Groups largely isolated last turn. Soviet Cavalry can be a pain in the ass. However, even with low MP's, I managed to reseal a pocket and activate my second HQBU. Both new panzer Divisions are also halfway to the front.

2nd PZ is slogging its way back towards Moscow.




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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 8/5/2012 12:32:02 AM   
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T13 South.

Making decent progress. All in all A-game is doing a great job of fighting forward. Losses at end of T13.

Axis:348k
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RE: Disgruntled Veteran (Axis) vs A-Game (Commies) No... - 8/10/2012 11:59:20 PM   
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T16 AGN before German Moves.

A bit late to be assaulting Leningrad, but I took Kolpino last turn and rested L and I Corps. The main assaults will start now and hopefully a bridgehead can be formed. While I may not destroy Leningrad before Mud Im sure I can isolate it. The Volkhov is the River Front. LVI PZ Corps was detached and sent South to join PZ Group II.




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