Turn 3: The Russians continue to pressure in the salient, however, they suffer massive command failures, so are unable to achieve much more then an arrow to the knee. The Russian navy shows up, and pushes my rowboats with panzerfausts out of the mouth of Sevastopol harbour.
Using my mobile reserves, I manage to plug all but one of the holes. The 1st Panzer Army crosses the river at the armpit and is now in position to make some rapid advances towards cutting off the whole 6th army (its bad luck to be named 6th army)
Losses are starting to pile up on both sides...30k infantry loss for the Russians vrs 17k infantry loss for the Germans.
My opponent and I have played many, many wargames together, and would modestly rank ourselves somewhere around Manstien or maybe even Mars, the god of war
This is also our fourth attempt at a campaign. The first one (Case Blue) we gave up for the patch. The next one (trappenjagd) was loss because we realized the russians were going to get dismissed too easily. After some changes, (I added Izium to the list of cities before the Russians can go defensive) we started again. Again, the russians face dismissal and are unable to get out with Ambition, as his fails to take an objective same turn as he plays it. (gains 1 prestige, then loses some).
We restart again...this time I make ambition cheap (2 points), and reduce the odds of getting a minor report from 25% to 10%. We make it to June 27th, but game ends when the Russians cannot afford ambition any more, and are dismissed (still at Strategic Position 5).
This game, I remove Izium from the list. (so they cant drop anymore in position until one of the usual 5 cities are taken). However, I start the Russians at position 4, meaning if they get any minor objectives, they will be defensive. Should stop early russian dismissal...but could cause a large amount of russian prestige.
Also, in the previous Trappenjagd games, my opponent decided to save his army, and ran back slowly, giving up terrain to save units. This game he is standing and fighting.
< Message edited by LiquidSky -- 9/30/2012 7:52:19 PM >
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