Case Blue: Bwheatley vs 'The Russian Rat' abulbulian (no abulbulian)
Greetings herr general. High command would like you to conduct a naval operation to unhinge the defense's of Rostov faster
My staff have extensive experience preparing naval operations, I ordered the production of a naval doctrinal plan for you. This operation requires you to play the 100pp naval assault card for Optimal impact, which will be well worth its cost and add the additional goal of accelerating a drive on Baku. But the operation retains flexibility and can be carried out without the card, if resources are not available.
The targeted date for this operation commencement is between turn 7-12
operational assault hubs: 2 Southern Kerch(with card only) 1 Northern Mariapol (with or without card)
Each operational assault hub will be fully prepared with
-defensive artillery emplacements, primarily 2 Kerch though (offensive ones placed at 2 Kerch).
-two landing flotillas each
-Support craft at each
-Airforces including fighters and divebombers.
-An korps or army headquarters for each landing force
-Anti aircraft guns either with the division or independent
Rear airfields will be staffed with level bombers and additional divebombers / fighters.
This operation requires airforces are flown to support it from the north a turn before the commencement. And preferably additional airforces prior to that to clear the soviet navy. Resigning their headquarters shouldn't be necessary.
Primary goal of fighters is the destruction of the soviet airforce prior to the landing assault, they will fly sweeps and recon to draw out the soviets and lower their readiness. if the soviets are not intercepting they will attack the planes on the ground from any spotted airbases. At the landing date they will all provide air cover on maximum intercept.
Primary goal of divebombers is the destruction of the soviet fleet, and during the operation attacking any opposing forces facing the landing.
Primary goal of level bombers is the destruction of the soviet fleet, the destruction of soviet airforces on the ground, additional recon.
Air transports should remain on station and on call to supply landing forces in the eventuality a port can not be secured immediately. And will fly in reinforcements once an airfield is captured.
Fleets are to remain in port at all times covered by defensive forces. Enemy fleets are to be harassed from air extensively and only engaged when they are close to port and with low readiness from air or naval attacks. Any soviet vessels that enter the sea of Azov are primary targets the intention of which is to turn the sea into German controlled waters. to facilitate this it will be necessary to remove the soviets port of Taman as a viable port.
Taman : Will be shelled from 2 Kerch by large caliber siege howitzers and other large caliber artillery, the intention is to sink any soviet vessels sheltering there, remove their reach from the sea of Azov and destroy the ports capacity to receive or send supply and forcing any soviet garrisons out of the city. the shelling must commence before the operation to be effected asap. The fleet is also to be re-based there under their cover asap. moving along the ports on the southern side of the peninsula from Alushta and Yalta.
From 2 Kerch under the artillery cover one half the fleet will be re-based to 1 Mariapol when the coast is clear, the fleet arriving when you play the naval reinforcements card will make its way to 2 Kerch under cover of Romanian naval escorts and aircover, following the ports again, the reinforced fleet should arrive at 2 Kerch roughly the same time the original fleet reaches 1 Mariapol.
Land force doctrine:
The divisions will be placed at the embarkation points, inside or outside the port they don't have to embark from the port if the have ap's left. The remainder that are not of immediate vitality to the attack will be placed guarding key supply points and as an emergency quick reaction force, they will remain within reach of rail transport at all times so they can be ferried to the ports for pick up when needed.
The primary assault(s) will retain strategic flexibility and come in two main axis with a naval card, or one axis without. Northern landing zones from 1 Mariapol and southern landing zones from 2 Kerch.
Northern landing zones:
Primary Target Yeisk
Alternate target: Prihorsko, Azov
Northern landing will have Yeisk as the primary target. Two secondary targets available as alternate locations if the primary proves untenable or obsolete. The goal of this northern landing operation is to unhinge and envelop Rostov. Each port should be reconnoitered before landing to determine which target is favorable. The fleet with troops will need to end its turn prior to attack outside the port so it can affect a landing in one turn. You will envelop the port if garrisoned from the rear, and leave naval forces blockading the port entrance to prevent resupply by sea as well as guarding transports. The landing force must take anti aircraft guns either with the landing division or independent for additional air protection, all fighters will be placed on max intercept during the landing phase after being rested. After the port is out of supply if garrisoned it will be stormed from land after air attack. After the port is taken we estimate we can ferry about two divisions to the port as reinforcements every two turns.
Time for launching operation Earlier the better to unhinge Rostov. IF any of the ports are weakly garrisoned, or if the soviet navy is neutralized from the sea ahead of time this operation can launch early and or before the Southern landing operation, or alternatively, by itself without the naval reinforcement card.
Southern landing zones: (with naval reinforcement card)
Primary Target: Taman
Alternate targets: Prihorsko, Novorossik
Southern landing will have Taman as the primary target. Two secondary targets available as alternate locations if the primary proves untenable or obsolete. The goal of this Southern landing operation is to Provide cover for the southern flank of the northern landing zone, and to launch a drive to Baku earlier, as well as serving as a strategic base for further naval operations in the Black sea. Each port should be reconnoitered before landing to determine which target is favorable. The fleet with troops will need to end its turn prior to attack outside the port so it can affect a landing in one turn. You will envelop the port if garrisoned from the rear, and leave naval forces blockading the port entrance to prevent resupply by sea as well as guarding transports. The landing force must take anti aircraft guns either with the landing division or independent for additional air protection, all fighters will be placed on max intercept during the landing phase after being rested. After the port is out of supply if garrisoned it will be stormed from land after air attack. After the port is taken we estimate we can ferry about two divisions to the port as reinforcements every two turns safe from naval interdiction.
Commanders: Each primary assault will have at least one korps assigned. Commanders with the resupply card should be assigned if available. These generals will save their command points up prior to the landing assault, they can use the points to attack any roadblocks or ports, or offer resupply or movement bonus'. The headquarters should embark with the primary assault to give immediate command bonus if opposition is expected.
The earlier the operation can be launched the better. Preparations are to begin immediately.
High command trusts in you Herr general do not disappoint us.
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