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US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/1/2017 11:48:14 PM   
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I'm starting to plan for the final battle of the US Campaign - Battle Royal.




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/1/2017 11:49:12 PM   
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A very urban battlefield. We have worked our way along the A1 to Bremen. No where to go now!




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/1/2017 11:50:04 PM   
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As usual, the VP locations are important.




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/1/2017 11:50:40 PM   
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Here is what I know about the Soviet forces...




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/1/2017 11:51:21 PM   
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My breakdown of their objectives in this battle ...




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/3/2017 12:48:53 AM   
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Soviet Option 1




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/3/2017 12:49:22 AM   
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Soviet option 2




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/3/2017 12:49:56 AM   
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And Soviet option 3...




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/3/2017 5:40:12 PM   
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Soviet – Thoughts/Deductions

The Soviets need to get at least 11,000 from the VP locations to secure a win in this scenario – or they need to destroy a significantly higher portion of my troops than I do theirs. To get to 11,000, they need to get Sagehorn and then push forward. Option 3 gives them the best chance of this, but I think that they will go with the more balanced option.

Most likely – Option 1
Most dangerous – Option 3

I’m not convinced that I need to race for Sagehorn. I’m thinking that I can let the Soviets take it, and even maybe, the forward VP locations in the South. Victory would then balance on the losses each side takes.

I think that I have overestimated the size of the Soviet push. They may have only 3 TRs, but with more fire support and maybe AHs.

It will be interesting to see if the Soviets are still in BTRs or if they have found some more BMPs. The Soviets have taken a pounding since crossing into West Germany.

As usual, taking out the Soviet Arty – there most powerful weapon in the 1st scenario – and their HQs is important. Also, separating their Inf from their tanks would be a good idea.




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/3/2017 5:40:43 PM   
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A look at my forces...




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/3/2017 5:43:05 PM   
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Thoughts

Overall, my force morale is good, some units need to resupply right away – or at least early on.

To win, I need to control probably around 15,000 to 20000 points for the VP locations. If I can minimize my losses, the lower end above will likely work. There are 13,500 points from VP locations that are fairly easily in my reach and 2-6000 that will be up for grabs.

Some motherhood statements:


Need to get recce out fast and as far East as possible – selecting observations points to help confirm the Soviet attentions.

Sagehorn may be the key location. Getting to it first and holding it, would likely ensure a really good result.

The low ground (valley) along the Wumme Sudarm river is intriguing. I would love to be able to get 2nd Armd Bn there and then attack the Soviets from the North.

I need to make sure that I do not unnecessarily send Inf out to hold ground without support. I’ve done that too much …

Ideally, I would let the Soviets come to me and then counter move to secure enough VP locations to get the win. Although, it can be very difficult to move the Soviets off a VP location once they have it. Thus, I need to think about quick counter moves to recapture ground (VP locations) lost to the Soviets, or I need to advance quickly and take the fight to the Soviets – get them off their game…

I would like to find a way to shape the battlefield to my advantage, pushing the Soviets into areas where I can hit them from their flanks and at a distance.

I like the rain – as I think that poor visibility is an advantage for me. Likewise, the night will be good for me, so slowing down the Soviets enough that the major battles are fought at night would be good.

I need to keep my AD elements forward – Soviets have used Hinds early in the last 3 scenarios.

I need to keep my HQs up with their units – not leading them into battle though.

I want to do better at keeping my arty units in play all game long. I want to use FASCAM and ICM early, to slow the Soviets down and reduce their power.

The last 3 scenarios have been over quickly. In each of them the balance of forces has been 1 to 1 or slightly in my advantage. In this scenario, the Soviets have a slight advantage which may mean that the battle will be more drawn out.

I need to remember what I have learned about movement. My initial moves may be assault orders – with some recce elements using hasty movement to get to their locations. The river in the South may mean that my Southern forces have a protected flank.

Looking at the river, if the Soviets wanted to be sneaky, they could push units across the 2nd bridge from the East and run them on the South side of the river – this would not likely help them with securing VP locations, but could help with exiting forces…









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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/4/2017 8:00:33 AM   
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Looking forward to his Mike, I am on the 2nd mission of the campaign, enjoying it, I like how methodical your planning is...

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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/4/2017 11:34:39 PM   
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Hey Mike, are you playing the German or Russian campaigns next?

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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/5/2017 9:57:30 AM   
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highlandcharge,

Good question. I'm not sure. There are a couple of interesting scenarios out there that I will likely try before another campaign.

I'm glad that you enjoy these AARs. They really help me with my planning and are fun to do.

All the best,

Mike

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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/5/2017 9:58:14 AM   
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US Option 1 - Forward defence




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/5/2017 9:59:14 AM   
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US option 2 - let's be aggressive




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/7/2017 9:27:21 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: MikeJ19

highlandcharge,

Good question. I'm not sure. There are a couple of interesting scenarios out there that I will likely try before another campaign.

I'm glad that you enjoy these AARs. They really help me with my planning and are fun to do.

All the best,

Mike


I'd vote for the Red Hammer campaign. I'm planning for the 1st scenario and need some ideas

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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/14/2017 10:12:52 AM   
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Galahad78,

I think that before I try a campaign as the Soviets, I would need to try some of the scenarios. I have never tried to manoeuvre such large forces - let alone tried to fight with the long command times associated with the Soviets - that is a huge challenge.

I think I will try some of the stand alone ones next.

Thanks,

Mike

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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/14/2017 10:13:44 AM   
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After too much time away, here is the 3rd US option




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/14/2017 10:14:13 AM   
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And the comparison of the options




I posted this one too quick and had not finished with the slide...

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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/14/2017 10:19:35 AM   
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Here is a more complete version of the comparison - with an analysis that reflects the right scenario...




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/22/2017 4:53:00 PM   
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Finally found some time to play ...

Thoughts

Option 2 is the one that gives me the best chance to win. I can disrupt the Soviet advance, seize some VP locations and hopefully punish the lead Soviet forces early.

I’m making a slight change in the Option, moving the 2nd Armd to the North and the 4th Inf into the middle. This would permit me to use the valley/depression along the Wumme river in the North more effectively and maybe I could hit the Soviets farther to the East.

I’m going to send my Cobras along the Weser River to strike the Soviets far to the East – coming out on the Eastern side of the woods that at South East of Sagehorn

My Arty is going to place minefields near Fischerhude by the bridges to slow the Soviets down if they come in from the North.

I’m expecting the Soviets are going to come quickly and in force – I need to remember this and not be surprised.

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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/22/2017 5:31:23 PM   
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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/22/2017 5:31:51 PM   
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Here they come in force ...




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/22/2017 7:24:09 PM   
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Having fun...




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/22/2017 7:25:07 PM   
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Going well - the Soviets are adapting




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/22/2017 9:05:22 PM   
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Game over ...




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/22/2017 9:06:00 PM   
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Here is the overall kills...




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/22/2017 9:06:40 PM   
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The result for the campaign




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RE: US Campaign - Battle Royal - 6/22/2017 9:08:44 PM   
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AAR

What did I do right?

Switching the 2nd Armd Bn to the North was a good idea. I was able to deal more effectively with the Soviet threat from the North.

The overall plan was good – get into location quickly and then eat up the Soviet attacks.

I used Assault movement to get my forces in place initially and that worked well.

Delaying the engagement of the Cobras was a good idea as it allowed me to take out a lot of the Soviet AD systems.

What could I improve on?

I left at least one HQ behind in the initial deployment – not a good idea.

Should have switched the tanks of 2nd Armd into hold tasks earlier. I would likely have taken less damage.



Thoughts on the scenario/game

This scenario was fun. It did not last long, but it was really nice to see my plan come together. Overall, it was short and sweet!

The campaign was fun too. It was very cool using the same units through 5 scenarios and I was able to better understand how to use them. I’m happy with the outcome of the campaign, would have loved a decisive result, but a tactical one was the right answer.



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