Jim D Burns
From: Salida, CA.
Turn 3 - 7/3/41
3 heavy industry evacuated from Mogilev. 3 heavy and 3 armaments evacuated from Gomel. 3 armaments evacuated from Kirovograd. 3 Armaments evacuated from Krivoi Rog.
Almost all Soviet air groups are back on map this turn. The low experienced squadrons are at rear area bases for training.
50-60 AP's were spent building Sapper Regiments, 3 regiments for each Army/Front.
About 2/3rds Ė 3/4ths of the new divisions that arrived this turn went to the north to defend in the Leningrad area. I left most of the divisions on the rail lines to help them flesh out. Next turn theyíll move south into the rough terrain hexes northeast of Pskov.
Tallinn gets a full strength division this turn and now boasts a respectale 22 defense. The axis will now have to divert a sizable force to take it. I may send another division next turn to replace the NKVD unit.
As I mentioned last turn, the defenses south of Pskov could be cracked with effort, and my opponent threw pretty much his entire panzer force in the area at it to get across the river. Luckily for me he didnít touch 3 of my forts on his side of the river and the divisions I had in those forts had really nice movement points available this turn due to near max fuel and supply levels.
The northern division was able to move out and back to cut off the northern part of his panzer spearhead (see arrows on screenshot). The southern division had to expend extra moves however to go an additional hex to seal off the back door, so it wasnít able to march back towards my lines.
There are at least 5 of his mobile divisions now isolated in the bridgehead he made, so hopefully his attempts to exploit the breach next turn will be minimal. With no recon this turn, I have no way of knowing how close his infantry is, but my guess is itís getting pretty close to my lines by now So I expect Iíll be hit pretty hard next turn.
In the center the German lines remained pretty much stagnant, which means he probably did build ups for his panzer HQís. So I moved some divisional sized units closer to his panzers to create ZOCís in every hex on the west side of the Dnepr. This will hopefully force him to engage all/most of my units on the west bank before he tries to breach the Dnepr.
The critical bend in the Dnepr on the south side of the land bridge got another division this turn, so it now has a defense of 7. Fresh armor units from Moscow arrived and went to help defend the land bridge. Almost all armor and motorized units are set to reserve, so Iím hoping the land bridge can tie him up for at least one turn.
Near Minsk my isolated Cavalry division marched north and forced an airbase to rebase.
In the south Iíve had some fun the past few turns messing with the Germans near Tarnopol, but fun time is over. With the Lvov pocket now firmly closed (probably 40,000 Ė 50,000 men trapped) and his infantry catching up to the panzers, itís time to start trading some space for time. So Iíve now begun to pull back to the east.
I couldnít quite pull back as far as I wanted this turn due to movement limitations of some of my units that were involved in the fighting around the northern edge of the Rumanian border. Hopefully it doesnít cost me too much.
He again ignored my 2 infantry divisions on/near the fortified mountain southwest of Rovno this turn, so I reopened their pocket on the north side with one division and tried to isolate his troops near Rovno with the other. A weak armor division was used to try and meet up with the division but the last hex was just out of reach.
In the far south, if the hex control overlay is to be believed, my opponent still hasnít left Rumania with his units. I decided to keep some of my forces along the Rumanian border for one more turn to keep the axis from doing any rail repairs towards Odessa for one last turn. Next turn theyíll have to pull back as well.
On a comical note, my devious plan to try and get a few mountain units in the Lvov pocket to evacuate east via route-move failed miserably. All routed units stayed inside the pocket and most rallied this turn even though isolated. But all the fighting in the south did allow me to save all of the mountain divisions that started near Rumania, so it isnít a total wasted effort down south.
< Message edited by Jim D Burns -- 9/27/2012 2:08:48 PM >