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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/9/2018 12:47:56 PM   
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Here's the T23 front lines before I have moved anybody.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/9/2018 5:05:52 PM   
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The winter offensive should not be taken lightly. They come at you like lunatics. Make sure you are well prepared for it. BTW I also thought I could take Sevastapol 'on the bounce', but it was too tough.

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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/9/2018 10:03:13 PM   
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The winter offensive should not be taken lightly. They come at you like lunatics. Make
sure you are well prepared for it.

How hard could it be you ask....in my immediately previous game of D21 I did sort of
take it lightly and paid the price. I hadn't dug anybody in past 'D' and didn't have
any reserves standing by and the supply system collapsed so nobody was supplied, they
weren't overextended......they were out of supply. Nobody could disband as a result.
And like you said the Soviets came at me so hard about 25% of them evaporated on attack.
But I was driven back and lost a lot of stragglers and the slower units were caught and
destroyed. I estimate I lost about 1/3 of my army retreating. It was then that I
looked at the tracks for Elmer and misinterpetred what I saw and abandoned the game.
I have since learned to dig everybody in to 'F' at least, have some reserves handy for
those times that the Soviets actully break through the lines, and if possible have
more then one MLR....defend in depth.

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BTW I also thought I could take Sevastapol 'on the bounce', but it was too tough.

In a previous version of this scenario Sevastopol was empty, no garrison, no defenders
so I took a chance and launched some paratroopers to the hex next to the port to recon
what was in the hex and then dropped some paratroopers in the port hex capturing it on
the cheap. Rick has since produced the version I'm playing now that has defenders in
the port hex. D'oh. But it's still early September and the Bulgarian release isn't
until December 4, so I'm optimistic that the port shall fall with the help of the 11th
Army. Whose units are streaming to the Crimea as we speak. Some elements are already
there.

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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/9/2018 10:13:47 PM   
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This is a view of the Sevastopol situation right now. I've got units pressing toward
the port but I'm going to have to branch off to the east to force the Soviet units
into the narrow isthmus to bottle them up. THEN concentrate on the port. It's
probably going to take more units than are present for what I have in mind so I'll
take a look around for some more divisions. I can run some of those superflous divisions
from around Z-town into this AO.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/10/2018 8:42:13 AM   
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I finally succeeded in forcing the two main river crossings where the river bends,
D-town and Z-town. This is a good thing and opens a new theater for operations.
The Rumanians and Hungarians and Slovaks are going to head for Kharkov and the
11th Army will attempt to take out Sevastopol and bottle up the Soviets in the
narrow part of the isthmus. I'm optimistic about the operation to take down the
port.

Elmer has been launching airfield strikes here lately. I had some Stukas parked near
Odessa without any fighters in the hex with them and lost about half of them to
a particulaly harsh airfield strike. I've since learned to park some fighters with
the bombers.

I sank the BB's near Sevastopol but there's some DD's left to target. The Soviets keep
running units into the AO through the narrow part of the isthmus so I really need to
stop that if I'm going to have any sucess at all. So that's my priority.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/10/2018 10:17:23 AM   
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I stopped the Soviet turn to get a peek at the losses screen and judging from the
number of rifle squads Elmer has on hand, I'm in for quite a ride this winter.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/10/2018 10:37:40 AM   
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Here's the T24 front lines before I have moved anybody.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/10/2018 10:43:25 AM   
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Here's some of the Axis losses so far. I'm going through HRS's like there's no
tomorrow but I've still got 2K on hand to play with. It's going to cost that and
more to take down Sevastopol probably.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/11/2018 12:32:31 AM   
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What started as a little hole has expanded into a bulge in the front lines as I try
to roll up the Soviet front lines in both directions. So far so good. I may be
able to destroy quite a few Soviet units this way. Maybe I should rail in some more
people to really follow up on this.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/11/2018 12:45:24 AM   
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I forced the river crossing at Z-town recently and now I'm streaming units across
the river and into what used to be the Soviet backfield, now a new front. I've got
the Rumanians headed east toward what I'm hoping is Kharkov. I'd like to take that
down next. Then Rostov and eventually Stalingrad.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/11/2018 12:53:52 AM   
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I forced all the Kiev defenders into a single hex, now to pound them some and then
take the hex with an all out assault from both sides of the river. Two or three
rounds ought to do it. One round to bombard and then maybe two rounds to attack.
The RR engineers are in the Kiev surburbs so it's pretty good timing that way.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/11/2018 12:16:50 PM   
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I've been moving units and the area around Sevastopol right now looks like this. I've
run a unit down to the bottleneck and drove a unit down toward the city and I flew a
strike on the ships loitering just offcoast and sank a BB and various other ships leaving
just 1 DD and 1 CA left. I'm optimistic that the port will fall.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/11/2018 1:28:18 PM   
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Here's the T25 front lines before I have moved anybody.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/11/2018 2:03:07 PM   
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Here's what's going on around Novgorod right now. I need to shift forces and turn
to face the threat although I feel like I have local superiority in this local
limited AO. This AO is split by the river and I've been fighting over the crossing
and it looks like I may have a permanent toehold on the east side.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/11/2018 2:12:55 PM   
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Here's the stuff I'm supposed to get next turn. In some cases I don't own the hex yet.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/11/2018 2:27:26 PM   
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Here's a quick peek at the Axis aircraft losses right now. Light losses in every
category except the medium bombers, the Ju-88s and He-111s. Those two categories
have high losses and I'm barely keeping up with production. Very few on hand. So
I'm thinking I need to cut back on the INT missions for a couple of turns since most
of that may not happen under my fighter umbrella. I've got the fighters on three-dots
and so far the losses aren't too high. I'll have to monitor that closely.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/11/2018 7:40:45 PM   
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This is the front lines in the north right now and the units from adjacent sides
are more evenly matched now and progress is nill in this area. The lines are mostly
stable and there's been artillery duels and light probes but nothing more. The
progress to be made will be somewhere else.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/11/2018 7:54:56 PM   
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This is what's happening around location code named "Veli Luki" and is NW of Mowcow
about 30 hexes. I've traced a path around the Soviet positions isolating them from
their LOC and cutting off their supply. That should help the take down process a
little bit. Supply isn't all that low in this area and operations are continuing.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/11/2018 8:31:35 PM   
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The supply situation around Kiev has improved a lot...that's probably because the rail
passes through Kiev and Kiev is clear of enemy units now. This will allow the operations
in this area to continue for a while. The supply levels further east of this image
aren't so generous however so I need to get the rail from Kiev to head east for a bit.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/11/2018 8:55:59 PM   
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I forced the crossings at D-town and Z-town and now I'm streaming units through them
into the Soviet backfield. They still haven't responded to the insult and I'm wondering
if they ever will. I guess I have to rub salt in the wound to get them to rush to this
area. Supply is low and there are other priorities I guess.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/12/2018 2:29:10 AM   
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Here's a look at Kiev right now. I thought I had cleared out the enemy from Kiev
but evidently I misremembered it and there's still one more tiny stack of stuff to
snuff. Lots of hard fighting going on in this AO as you can see from all the
pending battles. I'm catching a lot of Soviet stuff up against the river and I'm
slowly making it go away.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/12/2018 3:37:37 AM   
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Here's what's going on in the Leningrad area right now. I'm trying to squeeze the
Soviets toward the city and keep breaking down the divisions to have enough units
to stand the front lines. The CD guns at Leningrad are a pain in the neck. I wish
there was a way to target the bombers on a specific unit or a specific kind of
equipment instead of just s specific hex.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/12/2018 4:14:21 AM   
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Here's a spot in the front line about 30 hexes westnorthwest from Moscow where I am
lanching Operation Banana Pamarama to clear out all the Soviet units I have
successfully succeeded in surrounding a few Soviet units. As soon as they are gone
there will be more to do next. I'm finding that there's little groups of units that
are having their private wars and then there's sections of the front where there's
not a whole lot going on. It's not a fault, I'm not complaining, just an observation.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/12/2018 4:48:43 AM   
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The Soviets have started counter-attacking all up and down the front lines almost
everywhere simultaneously and there's been several setbacks and more than one
breakthrough and holes I'm going to have to fix. I'm thinking I'd better start my
winter preparations. Break the units down to stand on the front lines with full
division units backing them up on "T" status to help restore the front lines when
they get threatened seriously. Move up the arty to backup the defenders and clear
the LOC's to facilitate the flow of supply. Build more than one MLR if possible.
Get the recon and spare units to start the MLR entrenchments where possible and
straighten out the lines to make them contiguous and use the best terrain defensively
where possible. Stuff like that.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/12/2018 4:56:20 AM   
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Here's the T26 front lines before I have moved anybody.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/12/2018 5:06:10 AM   
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Break the units down to stand on the front lines with full
division units backing them up on "T" status to help restore the front lines when
they get threatened seriously.


You should use full divisions on the front lines during the winter. Divided units can't hold the line. If you lose your fortifications you are in trouble.

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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/12/2018 5:47:35 AM   
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Break the units down to stand on the front lines with full
division units backing them up on "T" status to help restore the front lines when
they get threatened seriously.


You should use full divisions on the front lines during the winter. Divided units can't hold the line. If you lose your fortifications you are in trouble.

That makes sense to me and you would know having experience with it recently. I'll so it.

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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/12/2018 9:32:52 AM   
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Operation Banana Panarama is proceeding NW of Moscow and here's another similiar
situation where the Soviets are surrounded and are being mopped up in what I'm
calling Operation Rooster Booster which is SW of Moscow. I expect the operation
to conclude shortly.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/12/2018 11:08:35 AM   
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I'm sneaking up on Stalino slowly. The supply levels are low in this area but
operations are continuing as we can. I've run into some stout resistance and
I'm in the process of defeating it to get possession of the city.




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RE: The Sun Also Rises ( D21 ) - 2/12/2018 11:15:40 AM   
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Here's Sevastopol right now. I'm slowly reducing the footprint of the S. defenders
so as to make the arty bombardment more efficient. I've sank all the S. ships and
I'm using the Stukas to bombard from the sky. Most of the CD guns have a lot of AA
equipment in the unit and that makes it tough to strike from the air because of the
losses. I've started using the high-altitude bombers instead. I'm estimating S.
will fall in about 10 turns or less.




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