Turn 72: October 1, 1942. Weather: Frosty in the north, toasty in the south, with scattered snow.
The last few turns have all been clear. In fact, I believe we only had two rain turns in all of September. The Russians have been friskier then normal, attacking and counter-attacking more aggressively. What usually happens is I will take a hex and end up surrounded on three sides by Russians. (Losing around 300-500 men) The Russians will counterattack, and push them back. (losing readiness, and anywhere from 1000-4000 men). I will attack one wing of his attack, and take it (losing about 100 guys). Until the Russians can no longer attack.
I finally captured the fortification line the Russians built north of Stalingrad, which I will use as my own shield, along with the fortifications he built in front of Stalingrad. As for attacking the city itself, I used Manstein and a gamble, along with an attack card on a division to get a 73% attack bonus to take the south most light urban hex. After four more turns, I will gamble again, and use my artillery to try and take the first urban hex.
I was slowly, but surely pushing north from the Don until this frozen hell appeared. No more of that. I will probably have to pull back 'slowly' to straighten my line.
A word about the weather. I notice that the rivers all seem to be downgraded one level.. The Volga is now like a Major River for movement/supply costs. A major is like a medium...and so on. I am going to have to investigate this further, as I thought the rivers would 'disappear' in winter. Like the swamps.
I am still pushing towards astrakhan, but the Russian determination to stop me at all costs is making it very difficult to make headway. With the fall of the Fortifications by Stalingrad, I am moving III panzer down to assist the Rumanians in pushing across to the railine, but that won't be for a week.
Over all, my army is starting to look a bit tattered. Under OOB, German Infantry, the average infantry division is missing 20 strength points of infantry. I am missing on average 60 tanks out of every panzer division. And I am still getting only 300 infantry a turn replacements..and my infantry card is worth over a hundred.
I played the Avoid Stalingrad card, as Oct. 1st was the deadline for my second attempt, and I wish no further attempts. I will next play avoid Grozny and then Avoid Poti, so that I can go on a more defensive posture.
Well..here it is, the map. I like how there is snow in the hills, but not the plains around Millerowo.
“My logisticians are a humorless lot … they know if my campaign fails, they are the first ones I will slay.” – Alexander the Great