From: Lochan nan balgair-dudh
So this turn sees my defence at Sviritsa dismantled.
The only marginally good piece of news is that he obviously lacked the MP to actually occupy the port. So that does provide me with a small chance.
So I push some formations into Sviritsa and launch a counterattack with the still powerful 34 Army units along the Ladoga.
Which proves to be a rather spectacular failure.
Now they would have lost anyway but I’d forgotten to check if their HQ was in range (it had been displaced in the Axis turn) so to add to their woes there were out of command range which is one reason why their effective combat power dropped from 9 to 2. Not that it would have made much difference.
Anyway, I do manage to regain the port and thus re-establish a line of communications to Leningrad.
In the southern sector, having taken on fresh units and recovered from the earlier beatings, 29 Army probes into the axis flank.
However, as maybe expected turn 9 confirms what was probably pretty obvious.
I’ve lost the key Leningrad hex
And Sviritsa is now firmly in German hands (so what is left at Leningrad is now isolated)
My one, rather forlorn hope is a counterattack by 34Army, led by 1 Tank Division
(which looks good in theory).
But not, unfortunately in practice
Well that was clearly a total disaster. We’ll play to the end, but I suspect in the remaining 8 turns Qitbuqa will take everything on the map. With no Leningrad distraction there is not much I can now do. So I’ll stop the AAR at this stage.
Well certainly some of placement, I lost 3-5 rifle divisions by not really thinking about where I wanted them to go. Not decisive, but then in this scenario it does feel as if the Soviets are waging war on a shoestring.
I probably over-loaded Leningrad, but then I wanted that not to fall to the sort of attack that took the main city hex in any case. In scenario terms I can see no merit to holding the Ladoga ports and losing the city (different of course in a campaign game). Equally I now wonder if effectively abandoning the southern sector was such a good idea.
Defending against an axis thrust that prioritises reaching the Luga is clearly difficult, and its not something I have come up with a solution to.
I think that first putting the weight of the non-Leningrad forces along the Volkhov will help. At leas that would avoid the problem I had in turn 4 when 27A was isolated to the west and my Mech Corps encircled.
I still think that once that had happened, I was right to counterattack with the view of cutting into my opponents supply and communication lines. I know I lost a fair bit but I also got a lot out.
Now since then, I’ve played some more and have an idea that might have offset the fundamental problem I faced. One real problem for the Soviets is low MP (add to that the low morale means high costs to enter enemy territory and Zones of Control). Well you can allocate additional supplies to a given HQ which in turn gives you extra MP. It might have been the case that judicious use of that option would have given me the means to seriously cut supply lines and/or reposition my forces as needed.
< Message edited by loki100 -- 3/15/2013 9:45:53 AM >
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