TURN 46 - APRIL 30, 1942 - ALL MUD
The Fuhrer is pleased to announce the pinning of swords on General der Infantrie Maxmillian Von Weichs's Knights Cross of the Iron Cross. The General has recovered his great honor after being dismissed following 2. Armies thrashing in the previous blizzard. Against the Fuhrer's best judgement, Weichs was assigned command of the 11. Army for the coming Crimean Offensive. Weichs and his men delivered the Fuhrer, and the people of Germany, a much needed victory.
One of several smaller offensives had been planned to start off summer 42 in order to build morale and weaken the Red Army. For this post I will only post the Crimean campaign. (The rest is all mud anyway).
I had slowly been building up the 11. Army for this offensive: 3 Infantry Corps, XIV Panzer Corps borrowed from 1. Pz Army, and an adhoc Mtn Corps with the 1st and the newly arrived 5th Mtn divisions. Also, the Romanian 4th Army was assigned screening duty and flank protection. The attack started with the Romanians launching several preliminary assaults to breach outer defenses (or soak up the enemies ammo). After the ground lay littered with Romanians the 11. Armies spearhead, headed by the 22nd air landing division with 2 companies of Stug's blasted a hole in the line. The Soviets crumbled. Only 1 of the 11. Army's Corp was needed to open a corridor. Recon showed minimal reserves.
My first goal was to swing round and sever the bulk of the Coastal army from supply. The 14th Panzer did this with ease. My final motor division was assigned the job of grabbing as much territory near Sevastopol as possible. To my great surprise and delight, A-game had left Sevastopol completely empty. My motor troops took the city without a drop of blood loss. This was a monumental victory for the Reich. Haul includes 11 Infantry divisions and a separate tank brigade. Total axis losses around5-6k. Total German losses under a 1k.
Lets face it: This is one time where Random weather blessed the axis.