Turn 68: September 23, 1942.
Well...I spent the first week of September trying to push North from Stalingrad, using the Volga to cover my right flank. But it seemed like I was running into every Rifle Division the Russians owned..most of them at full strength. Finally, I noticed that the Russians were massing tanks at several different parts of the front, and I was forced to pull back to a line.
The Russians attacked south of Stalingrad, and caused some pretty massive casualites, as much as 25% of the strength of a division. However, I counterattacked on my turn causing even greater losses on his attackers (due to lower readiness/entrenchment). Along the Don, where I had 4 hexsides (or 3 and he crossed the river), I would attack his concentrations, with large loss of Russians.
But it is like putting your fingers in a dike...I know I cannot maintain a defence for long before something would give...
Enter THE SS.
Secretly I railed the 1st Panzer army with all the artillery to Voronezh. And stacked it underneath existing units so that a casual glance at the map would not reveal their presence.
(NOTE: it is a good idea to use the zoomed in mode to quickly scan a front. It will reveal troop concentrations very easily)
Two turns ago, with the Russians massed for several attacks along my front, I unleashed the SS and 4 panzer divisions, after a fierce artillery bombardment. The LAH division pushed 5 hexes behind his lines, with the Wiking, the Slovaks Fast division, and 2 panzer divisions following.
Last turn, I isolated 5 rifle divisions, and mopped them up this turn.
The front now looks like this:
I have also noticed that all the tank corps that were massing on the front have disappeared..no doubt being railed to cause me some grief in the North.
< Message edited by LiquidSky -- 3/15/2013 8:55:42 PM >
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