Heh, ok. Well, I ran into the Russian winter reinforcements and got chopped up. I had to stop my head long rush to the east and form up my lines. I kept trying to go on the attack, but it would always be the same:
I would punch through, cut off and kill a couple stacks of enemy troops, then have my flanks get rolled up by hoards of new Sovs, forcing me to fall back and reform lines. This happened for about a couple of weeks, when it slowly dawned on me that I was slowly being forced back, and my retreat was starting to pick up momentum.
Two things then occurred to me. One, when I then started paying attention to the southern areas and realized that once I took Astrachan in the SE, not much else was happening down there. Two, as I was rumbling down the road SE of Novorossisk that whenever I hit a group of Russian defenders, they would just collapse immediately. I pulled what troops I had together in the SE and started south, counting on the fact that the southern Russian troops seem to have no idea what was happening up north and were in no mood for fighting.
The Russian 'line' stiffened somewhat near Baku, but by throwing a unit as a wedge, knowing that it would get cut off but then be reconnected then next turn when I attacked from another angle, I was able force the defenders off the peninsula and open up Baku.
I call this the 'hail mary' play because I was seriously over extended up north. My mad rush east had captured a lot of ground, but my troops were scattered and exhausted. The Russian counter attack caught me by surprise, and I was too aggressive early against it.
At the rate I was having to retreat to keep from being outflanked, I would have lost Stalingrad probably late March. After 3 months of reckless adventuring, Baku was my only hope of salvaging a win.
Below you can see the start of Operation: Hail Mary.
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