I'm on work and not on my TOAW-Computer either, so I cannot post screens, but Minsk is written *Minsk* in the scenario (I thought this means: production center) - and I'm sure I got a "industry destroyed" in the news report when I took the city. Why is this, when there is no reduction? The historical date of the capture of Minsk does not mean much, I agree I don't think it's possible to get there in two turns, and there is no need to be there at the historic date.
Supply on the other hand is a problem. Of course I tried my best to make use of the opening turns. I am at the very beginning of turn 11, and my units stand 140 km west of Bryansk, on the eastern outskirt of Smolensk and 80 km of Leningrad. Rail lines are not even established to Riga, far less Minsk. At this speed of repair I will loose the war in '41 due to supply problems. My spearheads get 3-6 supply a turn. Even if I don't move, it would take them until summer 1942 to refill I would suggest, that the player get's 2-3 rail engineers which he can move. The rest may stay with the engine, but so at least the player would have the feeling he could do something about this supply-desaster Otherwise I doubt I get a railway to Kiev earlier then 1942.
What about losses? As I wrote, I got quite far within the 10 turns. Therefore I was very pleased, that only 50 PzIV were lost so far. This was, until I thought about my replacement rates I only got 30 new panzers in 10 turns... Same is true to HRS. Panzers I may take out of the frontline and give some rest. But infantry I can't. My reserves are decreasing already. Still 3500 HRS on the hand, but getting 431 a turn and loosing 1000 a turn is not too good.
Please note, I just want to discuss it. I'm far from criticising the scenario or its balance. If others have played D21 for 3.4 without this problems, then it is simply my fault. But we have to keep in mind, that this ist the „golden age“ of Barbarossa. The Wehrmacht will never again be so superior to the Sowjets, having so much shock on a regulary base, having so „few“ opposing russian counters. I make no (ok, a few, but really not very much) „head-on“ attacks at strong russian positions, but still – even easy victories cost me dearly. I don’t know, if the version for TOAW 3.4 has been tested very much, but we all know the balance of power will shift towards the SU. If the germans cannot even replace their losses of the first few month, they will not stand a 400 turns scenario, I fear…
Again I'd like to mention, that all this is just my personal oppinion. If you say: "Everything is perfect, play better!" it's fine with me But it's a great scenario and I would be sorry, if it's over after the Russian winter offensive, because germans have no troops left
Edit: In the german forum I found an D21-AAR (started 2010). The screens show: It's version 3.2 - and the german replacement rates are the same as in the 3.4 version of D21. I regard it a problem, as the defensive has grown much stronger in 3.4. Of course the SU will face the same problem, maybe even worse, as Elmer is not too clever. Still I regard it as a serious balancing-problem.
Edit 2: Oberst Klink was so nice to have a look on the railway-issue. He thinks to remember, that the Bautrupps have to be embarked to work. Iirc this is not mentioned in the briefing. Can anyone clarify this?
Edit 3: Back home Regarding Minsk:
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