Turn 49: August 18, 1942. Weather: Raining shells and death upon the Russians.
Death of an army
During his wet turn, the Russians didn't do much. Suffering from Control failures in the Don Bridgehead, he was afraid to run, and bring notice to the poor state of his army. Unknown to him, I am about to launch a major offensive push on his bridgehead.
Mainstein plays Gamble, and it works! My Infantry Korp of 3 divisions gets a bonus of 44% on the attack..divisions which are well rested, near full strength, with full stocks of ammo. After air bombardment, I realize most of the Russian units are -25 on the defense, and my localized attack turns into a general offensive against the entire bridgehead.
The german offensive pushes 2 hexes forward, causing massive Russian casualties, even against full strength tank corps. Four breaches are made in his line. And in one spot, I even reach the Don itself, cutting the western most part off to form its own little bridgehead.
My stunning success comes from a convergence of several lucky factors. The control failure of not 1, but two armies that are in the beachhead. The weather being Mud the turn before. The bridges all being blown at the start of his mud turn. My infantry korp being fully supplied, full strength, and with full command points. Manstein with full command points.
“My logisticians are a humorless lot … they know if my campaign fails, they are the first ones I will slay.” – Alexander the Great