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Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 (no lovem... - 1/19/2018 11:34:34 AM   
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I have started a game of FITE2 vs loveman1 (an opponent I have already crossed swords with in TOAWIII in a FITE match). This AAR will take the format of short bulletins from the front at different flashpoints as and when the action intensifies or is relevant to the general conduct of the war.

I have just sent turn 4 to my opponent as the first few turns are just the annihilation of the border forces and a race to see how much the USSR can salvage from its forward positions. Decisions have been made as to where to place the initial speedbumps and where the MLR is going to be setup. Terrain is key in deciding where to try and make a stand. The terrain's defensive features will help in countering the Axis shock level. This last turn it is still at 120 and both Romania and Hungary have become active. As the game progresses I will detail my strategy but for the time being posts will be of a tactical nature and perhaps highlight some new game mechanics.

4th July 1941

As a review aufklarer units of the 3rd Motorised Infantry Division reached Daugavpils while recon elements of the 6th Panzer Divsion reached the suburbs of Riga. Bridgelaying units of the German 41st Panzer Corps repaired the bridge under fire and I fully expect the Germans to assault Riga next turn. Further south, isolated units of the 29th Corps hold out by the Neris River buying crucial time for their comrades further East.

Minsk is still in Russian hands while contact with the Lvov rearguard was lost this turn as Hungarian and Romanian units streamed across their borders and into the Motherland. 8th Corps and 13th Mountain Corps still resist the avalanche of Axis units around Stryy and Borislav.

In the extreme North of the country silence blankets the forest of Karelia but in the Arctic Circle, living its short Summer the sounds of war reverberate across the tundra.

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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 - 1/19/2018 11:50:09 AM   
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4th July 1941

Reports came flooding in to the HQ of the 14th Army in Murmansk, and these were also confirmed by aerial recon. The 100th NKVD Border Regiment had been reporting heavy attacks since before dawn. The early recon patrol was chased off by twin engined enemy fighters but not before radioing in the confirmation that German units had crossed the border and were engaging the pillbox and bunker complexes on the frontier with Finland.

Indeed the 100th Regiment was pinned downed and quickly encircled by elements of the German 2nd Gebirgsjager Division. Mountain infantry that would do well in the rugged terrain of the North. This unit was last stationed in Norway and its presence here must mean that Finland will no doubt enter the war on the Axis side imminently.

Northern Fleet, based in Polyarny, acquieseced to 14th Army requests for support and authorised the 1st and 2nd Destroyer Squadrons to lend naval gunfire support to the beleagured border troopers. 1st Destroyer Squadron (Grody, Gromky, Grozny and Gremyashchiy) followed by 2nd Destroyer Squadron (Sokrashitelny, Zabiyaka, Kapitan Belli and Kapitan Kern), raised steam and sped North North West to lend their guns in support of the defence. Further local units were put on high alert with the 14th Rifle Division immediately deploying forward. PVO and VVS units had flown in from the hinterland as the whole Northern Region was put on full alert. It seemed the Germans were attacking the full length of the border!






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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 - 1/19/2018 11:58:16 AM   
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One of the new game mechanics for aerial units comes in very handy in this situation. The first turns in FITE are sure death for Russian air units in the face of the huge shock penalties. The butcher's bill in turn 1 is huge and a good tactic is to retreat whatever has survived as far East as possible in order to rebuild. The Northern theatre, however, is one where parity can be met in these early turns due to the restrictions the Axis player has in relation to the units that can enter Finalnd.

As such several fighter and combat support squadrons were flown in to support 14th Army and Northern Fleet. This is were the new range setting mechanic comes in very handy. By setting a range that only encompasses the area of operations (as opposed to the default max range setting), aerial units will only engage in actions within this range setting; thus one can manage resources much more effectively and avoid aerial units getting involved in actions further away where at this stage of the game the Luftwaffe reigns supreme.

Losses for the actions over the Gebirgjagers were even with 8 losses on either side (FOW for the Axis number) but the new range setting ensures that air cover goes where the commander wants it to go and not randomly all over the map which only serves to attrite and destroy units.






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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 - 1/19/2018 3:12:42 PM   
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It will be interesting to watch the events of your game as compared to the game I
have with Brian. Not that we're in a contest or anything, I mean we can compare
your progress with what Brian does and match decision points to see differences
and compare the two approaches. Do you have a zoomed out view of the front lines?

I love the details in your AAR's....adds to the immersion we look for. Subscribed.

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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 - 1/19/2018 3:22:44 PM   
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ORIGINAL: cantona2
The first turns in FITE are sure death for Russian air units in the face of the huge
shock penalties. The butcher's bill in turn 1 is huge and a good tactic is to retreat
whatever has survived as far East as possible in order to rebuild. The Northern theatre,
however, is one where parity can be met in these early turns due to the restrictions the
Axis player has in relation to the units that can enter Finalnd.

How big was the butcher's bill in terms of numbers of planes? I'm gussing about 1500+

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ORIGINAL: cantona2
By setting a range that only encompasses the area of operations (as opposed to the
default max range setting), aerial units will only engage in actions within this range
setting; thus one can manage resources much more effectively and avoid aerial units
getting involved in actions further away where at this stage of the game the Luftwaffe
reigns supreme.

Great idea. Bravo. I'm going to start doing the same in my game. I like the way you
think. Remind me to never play against you.

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ORIGINAL: cantona2
Losses for the actions over the Gebirgjagers were even with 8 losses on either side
(FOW for the Axis number) but the new range setting ensures that air cover goes where
the commander wants it to go and not randomly all over the map which only serves to
attrite and destroy units.

I can understand your offensive forces using the range button to limit the scope of your
operations but I'm wondering if it isn't an advantage for defensive planes to use
the full extent of their range to get into as many furballs as possible.

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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 - 1/19/2018 4:02:28 PM   
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Larry,

1500+ indeed!

Frontlines I will post once the game has moved on a bit as this is more of a DAR than an AAR

At this point (look at the proficiency of the units in the screenie) the Red Air Force is going to be at the wrong end of any furball. For the moment the Red Air Force picks and chooses where it fights as it trains and rearms.

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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 - 1/19/2018 6:13:57 PM   
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Turns 3 and 4 see a massive reinforcement for the Red Army; nothing spectacular but certainly a LOT of units. Most of these however are recently rasied cadres or newly formed divisions. Take the 279th Rifle Division for example. Recently created and raised it has its HQ and three regiments. I like to base these in a built up hex with a rail in t to ensure a good flow of supply so that its ToE can fill up nicely. It may take a few turns and the situation and needs of the Front may mean that these units are railed West sooner than I would like; I do however like to have a good balance of units at the front, a second echelon of resting or divisions that are almost at 100% and a rear area for training and refitting.

Here is a screenie of the 1003rd Rifle Regiment, 297th Rifle Division currently awaiting equipment in an area far East of the frontlines.






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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 - 1/19/2018 10:27:05 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: larryfulkerson

quote:

ORIGINAL: cantona2
Losses for the actions over the Gebirgjagers were even with 8 losses on either side
(FOW for the Axis number) but the new range setting ensures that air cover goes where
the commander wants it to go and not randomly all over the map which only serves to
attrite and destroy units.

I can understand your offensive forces using the range button to limit the scope of your
operations but I'm wondering if it isn't an advantage for defensive planes to use
the full extent of their range to get into as many furballs as possible.


I think a lot of that depends on how strong your relative air force is. If you've got the numbers to maintain air superiority over much of the front cranking the range up to max or near max is reasonable. If OTOH your airforce is badly out numbered/out gunned keeping your fighters on a short leash to prevent them from being wiped out by excessive numbers of furballs and/or keeping most or all your air power concentrated on a limited portion of the map to attain local superiority is probably the safer course.

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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 - 1/19/2018 11:35:01 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: DanNeely
quote:

ORIGINAL: larryfulkerson
quote:

ORIGINAL: cantona2
Losses for the actions over the Gebirgjagers were even with 8 losses on either side
(FOW for the Axis number) but the new range setting ensures that air cover goes where
the commander wants it to go and not randomly all over the map which only serves to
attrite and destroy units.

I can understand your offensive forces using the range button to limit the scope of your
operations but I'm wondering if it isn't an advantage for defensive planes to use
the full extent of their range to get into as many furballs as possible.

I think a lot of that depends on how strong your relative air force is. If you've got the
numbers to maintain air superiority over much of the front cranking the range up to max or
near max is reasonable. If OTOH your airforce is badly out numbered/out gunned keeping
your fighters on a short leash to prevent them from being wiped out by excessive numbers
of furballs and/or keeping most or all your air power concentrated on a limited portion
of the map to attain local superiority is probably the safer course.

I quite agree with everything you said. So the policy in contengent on the situation.

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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 (no l... - 1/20/2018 10:43:35 AM   
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The axis schwerpunkt for Army Group North has reached the suburbs of Riga. Bridges over the Dvina were blown and what has been saved from the Baltic Military District is manning a sort of line on the river as well as fortifying the city. As the screenshot below shows the broken rail sort of gives away the axes of advance. I am in not doubt that the rest of 41st Panzer Corps will show up in strength next turn and look for a way across the river. 3rd Motorised Infantry Divison has also reached Daugavpils further to the SE and its crossing has also been fortified.






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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 (no l... - 1/20/2018 10:49:41 AM   
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The only main Soviet force left West of the Dvina is a group of stragglers, one could even say a kampfgrppe! centered around the HQ of the 29th Corps. They are tying down elements of 4 German Divisions near the Neris River. Cut off from the realtive safety of the Dvina Line they buy time for their comrades in arms. The presence of the 20th Panzer Division indicates that mobile and fast enemy units must be close to Minsk, some 120 KM to the SE.

Note on the screenie the number of blown bridges in the area. A Soviet player is well advised to blow as many bridges as possible in the flight East. They will eat MP's and force the Axis player to divert bridging and engineer detachments to repair them. Try as much as possible to get any bridge over a major river and those bridges that have rails on them to maximise the disruption of the Axis supply network. As a side note Willie and I have chosen the no partisan option.






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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 (no l... - 1/20/2018 10:54:56 AM   
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It is not only the Red Air Force that gets mauled in the opening turns. This screenie shows the state of the 3rd Mechanised Corps on the 4th July 1941. Stationed in the general vicinity of Vilnius its lies smack across the main axes of advance of Army Group North and the left wing of Army Group Centre. Few of its units made it out of the maelstorm as you can see, though historically it was involved in the Battle of Raseiniai and the infamous single KV-2 that held off the 6th Panzer Division for a day (its armour making it impervious to all anti tank weapons at the time) was part of the 2nd Tank Division, 3rd Mechanised Corps.




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6th July 1941

The Wehrmacht crosses the Dvina on either side of the town of Ogre where the HQ of whats left of the 8th Army is holed up. 3rd SS Motorised Infantry Division and elements of 41st Panzer Korps stride the river while in Riga the defenders dig in deep into the urban area. Artillery strikes bracket the German crossing points with even 180mm railway guns pommeling the landsers as they try to cross the Dvina.

THe fast fording of this first speed bump has caused a rethink of strategy at STAVKA with several divisions placed further down the river entraining fast to positions further East. Other units are digging in and will hold the enemy to buy time for more troops to rail in from the hinterland.






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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 (no l... - 1/20/2018 4:24:55 PM   
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In the Arctic Region the Luftwaffe carried a raid on the main airfield at Murmansk with 16 planes being destroyed, however the Germans lost several aircraft as well with several ME 109 and ME 110 wrecks dotting the tundra around Murmansk. Northern Fleet was once again requested to support operations in the area by the release of 1st and 2nd Destroyer Squadrons for a daring night bombardment of the Luftwaffe base at Kirkenes in Northern Norway. It was believed that surprise night attack would catch the Germans unawares on the ground. The attack was scheduled for 1:00am of the 6th July.






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The 8 destroyers of the Northern Fleet let lose with their 5 inch guns for the large part of two hours. Plotting the shots in darkness was difficult but the airfield was due south of lighthouse situated at the headland at the entrance to the Kirkenes fjord and gunnery officers where using its light to direct the fire of the ships. Though no visual assessment of the immediate damage could be ascertained aerial reconnaisance had confirmed at least 4 burning wrecks on the field and the lack of Luftwaffe presence over the ships at dawn as well as the lack of air strikes on the Red Air Force bases in the area meant the raid was a good one. An extra ration of Vodka was crated to the tin cans upon their arrival courtesy of the local VVS commander!






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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 (no l... - 1/20/2018 4:44:21 PM   
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This post is for Larry:






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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 (no l... - 1/20/2018 4:52:31 PM   
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This post is for Larry:

Thanks but it's zoomed way to far out to be useful. Thanks for the effort though.

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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 (no l... - 1/20/2018 4:58:14 PM   
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Larry, my MLR will run the line Narva-Melitopol and will use the main rivers as the anchor. In the North Lake Peipus is a great barrier and the land bridge between its banks and the Gulf of Finalnd has a super river behind which stands Narva and its fortified line. Further south the line of the Velikaya River; the forest between Opochka and Polotsk; then the Southern Dvina and a heavily fortified Orsha/Vitebsk gap. The line then follows the Dnepr River South to Kiev and then follows the river upto Zaporozhye. Another heavily fortified line will link the bend of the river with Melitopol. I know this sounds a very advanced line but there are substantial forces at Minsk and Odessa that will act as Festungs until the last bullet. The Soviets benefit from excellent internal lines of communication and I rail in upto 7 divisions per turn to the various front lines. I used this strategy to good effect in my last FITE game versus Willie and he is already one turn behind schedule. I have managed to get most of my Southern Army out of immediate danger and the retreating units will flesh out the line until arrivals from the East. Several mechanised and mobile units are on railways awaiting where they will be needed. The timely arrival of cannon fodder (erm I mean militia units) act as a great stop gap.

My airforce is coming back to strength and their a TON of new units in the Ural factories building up. The success of this strategy depends on how much my bridge blowing and the speed bumps and Minsk and Odessa slow Willie down. As soon as his shock levels come down he will feel the pinch in the supply dip and in ZOC penalties. Yet the old adage of all plans are FUBARed when contact is made is hovering at the back of my mind...

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Larry, my MLR will run the line Narva-Melitopol and will use the main rivers as the anchor.
In the North Lake Peipus is a great barrier and the land bridge between its banks and the
Gulf of Finalnd has a super river behind which stands Narva and its fortified line. Further
south the line of the Velikaya River; the forest between Opochka and Polotsk; then the Southern
Dvina and a heavily fortified Orsha/Vitebsk gap. The line then follows the Dnepr River
South to Kiev and then follows the river upto Zaporozhye. Another heavily fortified line
will link the bend of the river with Melitopol. I know this sounds a very advanced line
but there are substantial forces at Minsk and Odessa that will act as Festungs until the last
bullet. The Soviets benefit from excellent internal lines of communication and I rail in upto
7 divisions per turn to the various front lines. I used this strategy to good effect in my last
FITE game versus Willie and he is already one turn behind schedule. I have managed to
get most of my Southern Army out of immediate danger and the retreating units will flesh out
the line until arrivals from the East. Several mechanised and mobile units are on railways
awaiting where they will be needed. The timely arrival of cannon fodder (erm I mean militia
units) act as a great stop gap.

My airforce is coming back to strength and their a TON of new units in the Ural factories building
up. The success of this strategy depends on how much my bridge blowing and the speed bumps and
Minsk and Odessa slow Willie down. As soon as his shock levels come down he will feel the pinch
in the supply dip and in ZOC penalties. Yet the old adage of all plans are FUBARed when contact
is made is hovering at the back of my mind...

All of that sounds great. I assume you're resting your aircraft right now and that soon you will
unleash them and I'm wondering what you're using as a trigger for when to use the aircraft again.

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All of that sounds great. I assume you're resting your aircraft right now and that soon you will
unleash them and I'm wondering what you're using as a trigger for when to use the aircraft again.
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i normally wait for shock levels to return to normal and them move fighters in first. it is important to raise proficiency levels asap and then once they are at about 50-60% I begin to have a regular rotation between the front and rear areas. Bomber units and attack aircraft are mostly in the North and around Moscow or Leningrad. They then concentrate at the axes of advance when the Red Army is benefitting from higher shock bonuses (eg December counter offensive).

However if things are bad at the Front everything including the kitchen sink is sent forwards to dam the flood

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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 (no l... - 1/21/2018 9:39:19 AM   
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Soviet air losses analysis 6-7-41

It is a common feature of many Barbarossa and Ost Front scenarios to see immense losses being suffered by the PVO and VVS regiments of the Red Air Force in the opening salvos; as indeed happened historically. The surprise the Germans achieved in their attack meant most aircraft based in European Russia were caught on the ground by bombers or totally outclassed and decimated if they were able to get into the air.

The game mirrors this by allocating extremely low proficiency rates to Red Air Force units, high shock value in favour of the Axis and have a lot of airfield strikes precoded for turn 1. All these simulate several historical factors. Firstly the qualitative advantage enjoyed by the Luftwaffe, especially the Jagdflieger, over their Red Air Force opponents. This gap was only closed gradually by the costly price paid in blood. Secondly, the high Axis shock causes a lot of reorg for the Russians (Air Shock starts at 150 for the Germans and remains above 100 until December '41) this in turn means a lot of planes are caught on the ground in the initial air strikes on 22nd June. Indeed (reading direct from scenario notes here) the Soviet air shock value for the first three turns is set at 5! Hence the importance to fly everything as far East as soon as they come out of reorg, even if there is only one plane left as the unit can rebuild from that cadre.

As such at the end of turn 5 the combined losses of Soviet aircraft stands at 3166 planes. The pic below shows the main losses and you will note the the fighter arm in Western Russia ceased to exist after the first two days of battle. The bomber arm and strike aircraft came out of it realtively lightly but what use are bombers without escort. The husbanding of air resources is a very important matter for the Soviet player in the first few turns and its re-entry into combat must be carfeully managed.




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9th July 1941

Two main events this last turn. The urban centre of Riga has fallen at great cost to the 254th Infantry Division. Soviet forces still hold on to the eastern part of the city but are being outflanked by elements of the 6th Panzer Division. A valuable heavy artillery unit was railed out but STAVKA has ordered the 22nd Corps to fight to the last man. The Ogre position holds, barely, and the Germans should push out into Northern Latvia this coming turn. Rearguards are carrying out a scorched earth policy as they retreat denying the enemy crossing points and railway bridges.

In Belarus substantial elements of Army Group Centre approach Minsk from the North and South. Two motorised and one Panzer Division have advanced to the city in the North via Molodechino while in the South further mobile elements have moved through Dzerzhinsk to hit the fortified region SW of the city.






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Western Front has amassed a substantial amount of artillery in defence of Minsk. The Soviet God of War made its presence felt across the battlefield as the defenders of Minsk delivered the first blow of the coming battle. Artillery regiments and batteries opened up across the defensive perimeter visiting death on the Fascists. SS Das Reich was a choice target for many of the gunners and the SS troopers suffered substantial losses under the weight of shell being delivered on them. Though less effective against armoured formations, the barrage served to disrupt and destroy the efforts the Germans were making to prepare for the forthcoming assault. Observers in the high ground ahead of the main artillery emplacements kept on sending fire reports and this aided the guns in delivering an accurate shelling.

In game turns I carried out 5 rounds of bombardments on an over crowded stack that had largely infantry in them. Artillery units now have a 'weight of shell' value and I have found that heavy shells on over crowded stacks (yellow and red yield better results), that are largely composed of soft targets in open emplacements can deliver some telling blows. The effect dug in and fortified and armoured units is less, though artillery helps to 'soften' up a target by lowering the level of fortification






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13th July 1941

German forces make their first assault against the Minsk defensive line targetting the Northern and Southern Flanks of the first defensive belt. It has not all gone their way!

The northern pincer was the most successful one with both 14th and 20th Motorised Infantry Divisions making a small dent in the first defensive line as they were able to dislodge the 168th Rifle Division from its positions. The attack however lacked impetus in the face of the defenisve supporting artillery and though some ground was gained the German position was not strong enough to prevent a reshuffle of units and fresh regiments reinforced the line.






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The Southern pincer, however has not been so lucky and the 34th Infantry Division has been severely mauled by the 100th Rifle Division holding positions around Slabada.

The 34th Infantry Division attacked into the face of the massed artillery of the Western Front. German infantry were mowed down by accurate and well placed barrages while the riflemen of the 100th fought back from well prepared positions. A long morning of fighting ebbed out around midday as the Germans were seen to retreat under the cover of smoke shells. Bodies in feldgrey covered the field infront of the Russian lines as the acrid smell of cordite, blood and death drfited on the midsummer breeze. The 100th had also suffered but it was clear from the lack of a second attack later in the day that the Germans had received a bloody nose!






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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 (no l... - 1/23/2018 6:13:51 PM   
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The new combat chart paints a very accurate picture of the action and it is clear that the support the artillery was able to provide was a key factor in the battle. It is clear that a well dug in unit with ample artillery support can overcome its disadvantages in proficiency vis a vis its enemy. Perhaps Willie underestimated the strength he will need and I am sure he will rectify next turn.

The battle chart however is clear. A loss rate of 56% and over 150 infantry squads destroyed. It will be seen how long the Minsk speedbump can hold and how long I can keep Willie thinking that this is the MLR. There is a small scree on units North and South to give the impression of a longer line. I hope to gain at least gain two turns to able to further strengthen the line to the East.




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RE: Bulletins from the Front - Fire in the East 2 (no l... - 1/23/2018 6:16:24 PM   
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Indeed it was not the only action in which the Axis suffered. Heavy fighting aroung Ogre in the North (which still holds!), further attacks on the Minsk perimeter and a forcing of the Daugavpils position has bled the Axis as the Red Army begins to bare its teeth for the first time. Here you can see the major battles of turn 7 and there effects.






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As a general overview here is the state of play at the end of turn 7 with my MLR shaping up nicely. The red blobs to the East of Moscow are Gorki and Kazan where the Red Air Force is replenishing. As units come online in the Urals I let them replenish for a few turns then fly them to Gorki, Kazan or the the Moscow area to keep them close to possible deployment areas.




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Soviet counters have once again been a further bombardment of German positions to the South of Minsk. Red or yellow stacks are the targets of priority to maximise the possible number of casualties from shelling. Willie, however has been very careful to spread his units out. Das Reich was once again pumelled and the battered 34th Infantry was also given some special attention!

The Dvina line is all but given up. Riga's defenders are holed up in a pocket in the East of the city and the Daugavpils crossing has gone, though two airborne regiments stubbornly hold out. Several engineer and pontoon units are retreating through Latvia and Estonia blowing up as many river crossings as possible as the terrain turns marshier as it approaches Lake Peipus. Bessarabia has been given up and advanced Romanian units are on the West bank of the River Dniester though they are yet to cross; the spearheads of Army Group South are still 100km away and this has permitted the bulk of the South West Front to retreat East via Vinnitsa and entrench on the Dnepr Line. Odessa has been fortified and strengthened and will be the southern speed bump. There is enough strength on show to give Willie food for thought if he wants to leave it to wither on the vine as he rolls eastwards. Kiev is also fortified though it stands as a bastion in forward of the MLR. 6 full strength Infantry Divisions, 2 Cavalry Divisions, 1 Naval Brigade and 3 regiments of artillery have all been railed West to reinforce the line. The Soviet player is well advised to make use of his excellent internal lines of communication!

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Readaars,

I need some adivce please. It is the start of turn 8 and I have a couple of theatre options. One is to disband the 1941 mechanised formations and the other is to centralise the artillery. Can some one shed some light on the effects of each please? If I disband the 41 Mech formations there will be gaps in my MLR. As to the artillery; i have painstakingly re positioned the artillery to support the defence and do not want to lose a lot of the work. However if there is a long term gain then I can take the short term hit.

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