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Furor Teutonicus! 1944 GC as Axis - 4/8/2013 12:22:03 AM   

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Took my first GC as the Axis by accepting a '44 GC a few weeks ago.

Soviets absolutely mauled AGC to start. I was able to break pockets on successive turns, but with so many units pouring west, and Hitler's orders for units elsewhere to stand fast the OKH could only watch in horror as AGC dissolved in the first few weeks of summer.

Permission was received to relocate some panzer divisions reporting to AGNU from the Lvov sector to help blunt the ranging Soviet armored formations, and stabilize the line.

Potential salvation for Germany arrived on July 20th, as Hitler was killed in a bomb blast at Wolfsschanze. Freed of the dictators irrational inputs the General Staff look for a way to save Germany.

First order of business was evacuating the units manning the northeastern extent of the line. These orders, issued belatedly because Hitler refused to entertain the notion of withdrawal while he was alive, was only issued in time to save the Narva Detachment Army, and part of 18th Army.

4th Panzer Army, citing the obvious signs that the Soviets were about to launch another major operation toward Lublin, requested and received permission to pull back to the Wieprz river.
1st Panzer Army's infantry formations likewise retreated behind the Zolotaya Lipa river, and conducted a fighting withdrawal through the hills utilizing the successive river lines.

The withdrawal prevents the Soviets from utilizing their enormous artillery build up to open the offensive, and so the Red Army begins moving northwest, essentially unopposed, toward Warsaw. The lead elements actually pass west of Brest Litovsk and reach the Bug.

Model constructed an ad hoc line of pickets along the river, and requested the return of some of the panzers that so recently moved to back stop AGC. With almost nothing between the Soviet's southern spearhead jutting toward Warsaw the general staff make a desperate plea to Guderian to assume overall command on the Eastern Front.

"Without the initiative, we are doomed," he tells them after being briefed on the current situation. "With the Anglo-American forces on the Continent Germany will be crushed. We must regain the initiative in order obtain any kind of peace terms that don't result in the destruction of the Fatherland."

General Jodl briefs the attending generals on Operation Eclipse, the Allied plans for dividing post-war Germany. Several attendees note that their ancestral homes are in the Soviet sector.

Guderian looks down at the situation map and makes an instant decision. The 'Warsaw Salient', created by the push northwest by 1st Belorussian Front and 1st Ukranian Front must be isolated and destroyed. Only then can credible defensive positions be created in Prussia.

Orders are sent out and all the panzer divisions so recently redeployed to AGC are again entrained, this time to gather at Stolin, in the Pripyat marshes. The Hermann Goring Panzer Division joins the remaining elements of 1st Panzer Army near Lvov. Scouting cavalry find that Red Army has largely vacated the area, putting almost everything into the advance.

There was insufficient rail capacity to also retrieve the panzers from 6th and 8th Army, but they will be moved to Lvov as rapidly as possible to assist in maintaining the southern pincer and reducing the pocket.

The decision is made to leave some of 4th Panzer Army's infantry in Lublin, with the hopes of encouraging the Soviets to continue their push west to capture the city and its defenders. The concentrations at Lvov are likely to go unnoticed, but there is considerable concern than the activity in the Pripyat will not go unobserved, in no small part due to the reconnaissance efforts of the cavalry and infantry pathfinders to clear the swamps.

The stage is set thusly:

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RE: Furor Teutonicus! 1944 GC as Axis - 4/8/2013 12:46:52 AM   

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Guderian's plan:

From the Pripyat swamps Neva Detachment Army and the III SS Panzer Corps will move in support of the elements from 1st Panzer Army to the south while the cavalry continue pushing their screen southeast into the swamps.

The bulk of 1st Panzer Army, with XI SS Panzer Corps, will break due east at Lvov, between the rivers, before hooking back north/northeast to turn 1st Ukrainian Front's flank.

The panzers of 6th and 8th Army located farther south will be brought up by rail to Lvov to help maintain the cauldron compel the surrender of the captured units as rapidly as possible.

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RE: Furor Teutonicus! 1944 GC as Axis - 4/8/2013 1:05:22 AM   

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The Rumanians have surrendered! German panzers, repositioned to be relocated by rail, are able to re-open lines of communication, but Army Group South Ukraine is in serious trouble. Annoyingly, their treachery has cut the rail lines to the Fatherland, and the panzers are compelled to begin a long road march to reach working rail lines. The panzer reinforcements will be delayed by at least a week, and much of Army Group South Ukraine's infantry may not be able to make it back to Hungary at all...

As hoped 1st Belorussian and 1st Ukranian Fronts continue sticking their collective heads farther into the noose. The Lublin garrison is encircled, but manages to battle through gaps in the Soviet lines and re-open supply routes.

Unfortunately the buildup in the Pripyat has indeed been detected. The Red Army has dispatched several Guards tank, mech, rifle and even a cavalry corps to try and block the movement of the northern pincer from Stolin. Too much time will be lost trying to fight through this force which has regained the edge of the swamp. To complicate matters the Soviet advances have succeeded in severing the rail lines to Stolin, so it will require a road march to reposition.

Instead of pushing southwest the panzers are forced to drive back to Brest-Litovsk and then battle their way south to link up with the southern pincer.

The southern pincer, presumably undetected by Soviet recon, has much better success in meeting objectives and manages to not only create the desired breakthrough, but also overruns several soviet airfields to obtain desperately needed fuel.

Due to the time lost with the road march and redirection of the northern pincer the pocket is not very secure. OKH expect the screen dispatched to thwart the northern pincer will be able to lead an assault and re-open supplies to 1st Belorussian and 1st Ukrainian Front. With some luck a stronger encirclement can be achieved the following week and the liquidation can begin.

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RE: Furor Teutonicus! 1944 GC as Axis - 4/8/2013 1:18:57 AM   

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In a move that surprises everyone the Kremlin requests a cessation of hostilities. The reasons can only be guessed at, but perhaps the recent setback and news of Anglo army success in breaking out of Normandy convinced Stalin that he cannot win the race to Berlin and he decided to try and preserve as much combat strength for the post war world as possible.

Final situation map available:

Note the massive number of divisions and regiments being reconstituted in Germany to man the Eastern Wall. AGC and AGN were truly destroyed in the Russian summer offensive. Would have been fun to try and fight it out after taking down 1st Belorussian and 1st Ukrainian Fronts, but with the defection of the Rumanians it was very likely many more infantry divisions were going to be trapped.

Soviet units known to be in the pocket:

18 Rifle Corps (3 Guards)
10 Tank Corps (5 Guards)
6 Tank Brigades (2 Guards)
4 Mech Corps (2 Guards)
2 Gds Cav Corps

Numerous artillery and engineering detachments on map as well, but not tallied.

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RE: Furor Teutonicus! 1944 GC as Axis - 4/8/2013 1:37:17 AM   

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You close that pocket and its game set match nice move.


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RE: Furor Teutonicus! 1944 GC as Axis - 4/8/2013 4:24:32 AM   


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is this against AI?

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RE: Furor Teutonicus! 1944 GC as Axis - 4/8/2013 1:04:37 PM   

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is this against AI?

Nope, server game, normal settings.
I did play one other '44 campaign, as Soviets, where Axis morale was set at 150, but that opponent quit after 4 turns when I finally broke open the lines.

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