This was my most diificult turn to date because of 1) the challenges in each AG center (and the crimea) and 2) getting ready for the three weather changes.
My biggest frustration when I was a NEWBIE (not to say I still play like one, occassionally) was I would learn isolated facts, but not have a feel for an organized approach (using the facts.)
vandev has an active War Room discussion on his present blizzard experience, but I want to share some thoughts on planning for it.
All the top players constantly stress that the Germans have to retreat before the Russian onslaught during blizzard . And very few NEWBIES take their advice and prepare for it. I start now (turns 13-14) visualizing where I'll be at the end of winter. Pelton likes to plan a retreat 1 hex a turn in front of Moscow, and 2 hexes a turn south of Tula. So using that as a standard I plan where that might be 10-14 turns down the road.
So I plan what infantry units, under what Army/Corp HQ's, will be holding a sector of the front. I plan 1 unit a hex south of Tula and 2 per hex north up to Lake Lagoda. Now's the time to organize. When the confusion of mud and snow hits as the German attack continues (which it must), that is one less problem to face. Corp's need to be a max out as well as armies. The other HQ's go to weather safe havens. Pelton likes 4-8 of the best infantry units out of the weather to perserve their morale. Against the best Russiand I don;t think it's possible.
I then organize the studs. Not the Pz's (that discussion is coming up) but the Mountain units. They are the studs for the Axis during blizzard. I hold them in reserve and send them either piece meal to the main Russian advances or en masse to break isolation pockets. They total 9 units ..6 German regiments (each of the 2 div with 3 SU's) and 3 Romanians.
Next the Pz. You have roughly 7 Pz/Mech Corp. I put 4 close to divided sectors of the front and 3 in weather safe haven; but close to the front in case of breakthrus.
I reduce all TOES on turn 12-14 to 75%, except for the Pz's and studs. This reduces the horrible impact of blizzard attrition by reducing the troops so exposed.
I then send all SU's to army group HQ (in safe haven) for their protection during blizzard. Their absence affects the infantry/Pz CV little.
I send all planes to reserve and airfields/HQ's to safe havens except 4 units filled with fighters sent to operate in a sector.
As the snow turns pass by, I fan the units out to the density I desire in each sector.
And the Finns hold up north.
Then I pray.
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