From: Somewhere in the South Pacific.
Summary for July 10, 1941.
Now I Know that Playing games like WitP and WitE in Pbem, as the Japanese or Axis is a form of self abuse. But I am starting to wonder if I am witnessing my 1941 campaign against Jim, turning into a slow train crash. Because this first operational phase is not unfolding in the way I had planned it, practically in the south. But I am also sure that the fault is not in my strategy, or the tactics I am using. Or that problem is in any way with the game mechanics, or some particular ‘nerf’ that the developers have introduced in the latest patches.
No… I think that the situation I find myself in, stems solely from my opponent strategy and tactics. Which I think are proving very effective in slowing my momentum and in some places stopping me dead. His use of single division and single corps, in local and limited spoiling attacks is simply superb to witness. Then now in turn 4 his front line withdrawal from areas where I have breached his line, and my infantry have arrived support is sole destroying.
So the question now is can I bet him, can I build my momentum up again, and can I form some more pockets. Yes I think I can, but it is going to mean a major rethink, and a change in my overall strategy. I have to go after his strategy, to use it against him, to find the weaknesses in his snipe and withdrawal tactics. Because I can still pick the time and place of my axes of advance, as have still have the innovative.
Army Group North.
The Infantry of the 18th and 16th armies are just about up with 4th panzer group this week (turn), and will complete closing up with the enemy in the next week (turn). While the 4th panzer group made a few attacks to clear its supply lines, it basically held position to build up its supply situation. The TOE of the Mobile divisions of still high, and with the railhead now at Riga should be fully supplied next week (turn).
Army Group Center.
The 3rd panzer group successfully captured Vitebsk, and has a panzer and a motorized division installed in the city. While the 9th army is just about up with the enemy, and is in position to protect the flanks of the 3rd panzer group. Also the mobile divisions of the 3rd panzer group are all above 90%, and their supply situation is good.
Meanwhile to the south the 2nd panzer group has advanced to the River Drut opposite Mogilev, and with the support of the 4th army, will force crossings next week. The 4th army is now up with the 2nd panzer group, and is position to support and protect its planks. Also here the TOE of the 2nd panzer group’s mobile divisions is still good, and they will be fully supplied for the next advance. Also to the south the 2nd army has now formed up, and is rapidly moving forward though the Marches.
Army Group South.
The situation in the south is not ideal, and the advances of the 4th panzer group toward the east this week were very limited. Also the mobile divisions of this panzer group have been badly knocked about, and their TOE’s are all very low. So for this week they are going to rest and recover some of their strength, and any advances will be carried out by the 6th army.
Meanwhile the remnants of the trapped Soviet units remaining in the Lvov pocket were mopped up by the 17th army, with the help of Rumanian mountain and mobile units. The 17th army along with the Rumanian’s will now close up on the enemy, slotting in between the 6th army to the north and the 11th army to the south. The 11th army has only launched some local attacks, to gain its start lines, and will begin its main advance next week.
When you see the Southern Cross, For the first time
You understand now, Why you came this way