If you are referring to conducting a pincer movement by two divisions meeting up at Plyussa, I did consider making the attempt.
However, as the Soviet morale at this point in time is pretty poor, it would cost me about five extra MP's to move adjacent to an enemy division. When you combine this with the low Soviet MP in 1941, I believe that a prerequisite for success of the pincer movement is that the German unit two hexes out from Plyussa is not a fighting unit. If it is, I do not belive I would have the MP's to conduct the attack cutting off German supplies.
What the image I posted does not show is the 20 recon attampts I did in order to find out the unit type of that unit (they all failed). I do realize that I could just open Pelton's AAR and see it for myself (before the game, he told me I could read it if I wanted to). I consider that to be "gamey" though, and so I refrain from doing that. I've read the thread, but I ignore the images Pelton posts.
So, I was faced with the uncertainty of the unit type. It could be an airfield, but that would have shown to my 20 or so Recon attempts. It could be an HQ, but the HQ's have a lot of MP's so why would the Germans place it unprotected when there is no need to? Finally, it could be an infantry division. I believe it is and based on the advances of other infantry divisions south of Lake Ilmen it is more than likely that infantry could be in that position to cover the southern flank of the German spearhead.
Finally, I decided against making the attempt, as it would likely cost me two divisions and in the unlikely event of success (I rated it below 5% at that point) it would give me one turn of supply cutting for the German spearhead. The math simply didn't add up, and I decided against trying the move.
Please note, that I'm not saying that I made the right decision here. I simply state my arguments for making the decision I did, and I will leave it up to you to decide for yourself if you think I was right or wrong.
I do agree with you in that this game is about forcing the hard decisions on your opponent, but I also believe force preservation during the first few turns allows me to do that much more effectively later on. This belief is based on my current experience level and may change at a later point. If I did do a forward defense at this point in time, I would just risk major encirclements and throwing the campaign in a few short turns.
But my level of aggression may well change now. I have received turn five from Pelton, and although I haven't yet made any in depth analysis of the situation, I do think I have a few options for shifting gear.
We will see.
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Adolf Hitler, on the eve of Barbarossa.
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