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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/19/2015 12:43:09 PM)

Dzialdowo and Plonsk are now in Soviet hands. In Eastern Prussia Osterode and Deutsch Eylau are put to the torch. Elbing will be next, already a lot of buildings in the city burn, after the god of war (artillery) speaks:

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/19/2015 12:43:35 PM)

Six tank armies from central Poland are withdrawn to rest and refit near Wlodawa on the Bug. Tank numbers across the board (in tank, mechanized and cavalry corps) are catastrophically low after the summer campaign. It's crucial to rebuild the armored forces (almost from scratch), before the last jump to Berlin:

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/19/2015 12:44:26 PM)

1st Belorussian Front commander, Mikhail Kirponos, is promoted to the rank of Marshal. 15th Air Army commander, Nikolai Papivin, is promoted to the rank of General-Polkovnik. STAVKA commander, Boris Shaposhnikov, improves his morale skill (8). 1st Guards Army commander, Kuzma Podlas, improves his infantry skill (6). 49th Army commander, Mikhail Sharokhin, is dismissed and replaced by Lev Dovator. 1st Airborne Brigade is renamed 2nd Guards Airborne Brigade. 1 rifle corps and 2 light SU brigades are formed.

Strength:
men: 11 091 170 vs 3 938 612
guns: 195 517 vs 39 145
AFVs: 12 956 vs 6 156
aircraft: 21 429 vs 1 560

Trucks:
in units: 288 589 / 288 590 (100.00%)
in the pool: 280 146 / 215 476 (130.01%)
in repair: 102 662

Losses:
killed: 20 077 vs 19 473
captured: 87 vs 48 074
disabled: 5 857 vs 2 533
guns: 542 vs 1 373
AFVs: 391 vs 100
aircraft: 377 vs 279

Including:
in combat: 208 vs 152
from AA: 98 vs 51
on the ground: 0 vs 34
operational: 71 vs 42




morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/19/2015 1:19:57 PM)

Turn 172 (September 28th, 1944)

Tank armies make a 40 mile-long advance, but the road to Budapest is closed by multiple defensive lines. Foot forces reach Tisa and reorganize for an assault:

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/19/2015 1:20:32 PM)

2nd Ukrainian Front reaches Kassa, but any further advance across Slovakia will be very difficult. It seems the fate of victors from Kalach and Boguchar is to waste their final months of the war hauling heavy equipment across mountain ranges. In Subcarpathia, the Red Army enters Jaslo, Debica and Tarnow:

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/19/2015 1:21:19 PM)

Four fronts push the enemy back in central Poland, but their advance is slowing down. The hardships of summer and withdrawal of armored support is taking its toll on their offensive capability:

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/19/2015 1:21:57 PM)

Only two Prussian cities remain in German hands - Marienburg and Marienwerder - but no "Mary" will help them to escape their fate. However, it's clear for the officers in the staff of Leningrad, 1st and 2nd Baltic Fronts, that it will be impossible to ford lower Vistula before autumn. Supply problems slowed them down during summer, and the opportunity was lost:

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/19/2015 1:22:12 PM)

All front commanders visit Moscow for talks in the STAVKA, and are informed of the next steps to be taken in the war. Western Allies, for so long blocked in Normandy, made huge gains last month. They have liberated France and reached the Rhine. Luckily, their ill-planned Market-Garden airborne operation failed, so they have no bridgehead across this major river. If that plan would succeed, they could be in Berlin before the end of the year! Prestige of Mother Russia and Father Stalin requires that it will be the Red Army which takes Berlin first and slays the German beast. Therefore, the forces, which are now between Warsaw and Nowy Sacz in Poland, will have the utmost priority for replacements and supply from now on. All mechanized forces are to be moved there (after a period of rest & refit in the rear), and as many Guards, rail and artillery units as possible will join them. Their goal will be to advance through Schlesien and Wielkopolska, directly towards Berlin. All other parts of the front (mainly those in Hungary now) will be secondary, and the goal of forces present there will be to tie as many German units as possible and advance slowly on foot. It woould be good if they could capture Wien, with its multiple factories (having a weekly capacity of 55 Bf-109, 8 Panther, 1 Jagdtiger and 100 trucks), but it's of no consequence in the greater scope.

50th Army is renamed 9th Guards Army. 4th Tank Army commander, Aleksei Rodin, is promoted to the rank of General-Leytenant. 1st Ukrainian Front commander, Fyodor Kuznetsov, improves his mech skills (4). 37th Army commander, Filipp Golikov, improves his mech skills too (5). 3 breakthrough artillery divisions are formed. 15x P-47D Thunderbolt replace 9x P-40N per week in the Lend-Lease deliveries from next month.

Strength:
men: 11 122 716 vs 3 860 403
guns: 195 798 vs 38 624
AFVs: 13 517 vs 6 231
aircraft: 21 451 vs 1 428

Trucks:
in units: 291 720 / 291 720 (100.00%)
in the pool: 285 233 / 211 280 (135.00%)
in repair: 99 967

Losses:
killed: 29 814 vs 17 176
captured: 87 vs 18 636
disabled: 1 840 vs 2 875
guns: 513 vs 1 039
AFVs: 666 vs 199
aircraft: 198 vs 73

Including:
in combat: 83 vs 45
from AA: 52 vs 4
on the ground: 0 vs 10
operational: 63 vs 14




loki100 -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/19/2015 6:07:45 PM)


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ORIGINAL: morvael

Six tank armies from central Poland are withdrawn to rest and refit near Wlodawa on the Bug. Tank numbers across the board (in tank, mechanized and cavalry corps) are catastrophically low after the summer campaign. It's crucial to rebuild the armored forces (almost from scratch), before the last jump to Berlin:

[image]local://upfiles/22250/2388D5C90A2649FD8B58698AD657C7C1.jpg[/image]


you really have ground down your tank forces over the Summer, but then the reward has been to really gain a lot of valuable terrain in SE Poland




morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/19/2015 8:26:43 PM)

Yeah, but it was strange to see all slots at 100%, with the exception of tanks. I blame low T-34/85 production and poor swap routines (it was still under 1.07), as 700 Shermans were happily sitting in the pool.




charlie0311 -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/19/2015 11:39:19 PM)

You two are the greatest thing since "sliced bread", well almost.




morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/20/2015 7:28:48 AM)

Turn 173 (October 5th, 1944)

1st Rumanian Army fords Danube, to take vast and undefended areas south of Lake Balaton. Even though supply will be limited, moving slowly over pontoon bridges it's worth taking the ground without combat. What's a bit of rumbling in an empty stomach (from hunger), compared to a stomach full of lead (from enemy bullets)? 15th Guards Tank Corps reaches the outskirts of Budapest, and several enemy divisions are in danger of encirclement near Cegled:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/20/2015 7:29:06 AM)

Kassa and Presov in Slovakia are taken by armies of 2nd Ukrainian Front. Meanwhile 1st and 3rd Belarussian Fronts are inching ever closer to Cracow and Nowy Sacz, breaking the will to fight of an entire Hungarian corps. No wonder that the Magyars do not want to fight in Poland, on the land of their friends from 1848, while their own homeland is under assault now:

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/20/2015 7:29:23 AM)

Heavy combat in central Poland, German lines are up to 50 miles deep here. Without tank support, the infantry of the Red Army is able to bend them only, but not break them:

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/20/2015 7:29:42 AM)

Plock and Sierpc are captured. 4th Shock Army reaches mouth of the Vistula (which, by the way, is incorrectly placed on the map, the river should head north, directly to the Bay of Danzig):

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/20/2015 7:30:01 AM)

7th Independent Army commander, Vasily Badanov, improves his initiative (6). 7th Tank Army commander, Semyon Krivoshein, improves his morale skill (6). 8th Air Army commander, Sergei Rudenko, improves his initiative (6). 2nd Belorussian Fronty commander, Vladimir Kurdyumov, is dismissed and replaced by Semyon Budyonny. 49th Army commander, Lev Dovator, is dismissed and replaced by Konstantin Baronov. 5 guards rifle corps are formed.

Strength:
men: 11 150 652 vs 3 831 765
guns: 196 832 vs 38 629
AFVs: 13 324 vs 6 429
aircraft: 21 590 vs 1 669

Trucks:
in units: 292 833 / 292 833 (100.00%)
in the pool: 291 650 / 211 533 (137.87%)
in repair: 96 956

Losses:
killed: 35 343 vs 22 175
captured: 107 vs 577
disabled: 2 463 vs 7 505
guns: 720 vs 1 227
AFVs: 1 155 vs 255
aircraft: 358 vs 128

Including:
in combat: 182 vs 60
from AA: 96 vs 6
on the ground: 0 vs 23
operational: 80 vs 39




morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/20/2015 7:35:21 AM)

This AAR entry marks an important boundary.
1) This is where the Polish version for my friends ends, and since now I no longer have a luxury of taking ready text and just translating it to English, but I have to write it from scratch (first in Polish), also having to examine the saves for units built/disbanded/destroyed/leader changes. This doubles the amount of work required to produce one entry.
2) Mud starts soon and there are a few boring months of pushing the enemy back slowly, while reorganizing armored and cavalry forces for the last push. I assume the next 10 diaries to be a bit boring.
3) There is exactly 20 turns to the end of the game left.




morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/21/2015 12:11:54 PM)

Turn 174 (October 12th, 1944)

Hungary lost the will to fight completely and surrendered, even though their capital is still in Axis hands! West of Danube the ground is wet now, but east of it, it is still possible to fight. 66th Army enters the suburbs of Budapest, while the tank armies are used to encircle two German divisions near Cegled, one regular and one Volksgrenadier:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/21/2015 12:12:29 PM)

Nowy Sacz is captured without problems, as the Germans withdraw, now that their allies have disappeared and the front was gravely weakened:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/21/2015 12:12:53 PM)

Grind in central Poland is underway, Lodz will be soon captured:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/21/2015 12:13:17 PM)

Eastern Prussia is now entirely conquered, even as Luftwaffe makes a rare appearance. 2 FW 190F escorted by 10 Bf 109G-14 try to interdict 64th Rifle Corps, but are chased off by 4 Yak-9T, losing both bombers in the process. Perhaps over 400 anti-aircraft weapons present in the area of attack are the culprit. Oh, how the mighty have fallen:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/21/2015 12:13:27 PM)

49th Army commander Konstantin Baronov is dismissed and replaced by Zigmunt Berling. 10th and 11th Tank Army HQ is formed.

Strength:
men: 11 150 675 vs 3 411 869
guns: 196 981 vs 35 546
AFVs: 13 134 vs 5 976
aircraft: 21 492 vs 1 411

Trucks:
in units: 292 822 / 292 821 (100.00%)
in the pool: 298 460 / 206 977 (144.20%)
in repair: 95 041

Losses:
killed: 22 935 vs 17 764
captured: 86 vs 45
disabled: -1 675 vs 845
guns: 475 vs 875
AFVs: 510 vs 154
aircraft: 188 vs 63

Including:
in combat: 86 vs 41
from AA: 42 vs 2
on the ground: 0 vs 2
operational: 60 vs 18




loki100 -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/21/2015 12:44:00 PM)

overall feeling in that update that your offensive is starting to accelerate again, even if you are on the verge of winter mud for a few turns




morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/21/2015 12:53:32 PM)

Half of the ground taken is given freely... my own exploits are medicore.




morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/22/2015 8:55:35 AM)

Turn 175 (October 19th, 1944)

1st Rumanian Army takes Kaposvar. Tank armies strike north, trying to make an opening for the infantry to towards Ersekujvar. Battles will be difficult there, as the terrain is really friendly to the defenders here, with multiple rivers, mountans and rough terrain (but still it's the easiest way towards Bratislava):


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/22/2015 8:56:00 AM)

Even the early snow, not mud, is able to slow down the Red Army, which is reorganizing itself to attack Cracow:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/22/2015 8:56:30 AM)

It takes 29th, 32nd, 44th, 54th and 61st Armies a full week (and several thousand casualties), but Lodz is captured by tooth-and-nail close quarter fighting:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/22/2015 8:57:07 AM)

Germans are slowly pushed behind Vistula, as Soviet armies regroup, consolidate and send their rifle divisions to the rear, with the goal of forming some new rifle corps:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/22/2015 8:57:25 AM)

23rd Army commander, Ivan Bagramyan, improves his mech skill (6) and is appointed to lead 10th Tank Army. His previous post is given to Pavel Korzun. 58th Army commander, Ivan Chernyakhovsky, is appointed to lead 11th Tank Army. His previous post is given to Pyotr Shafranov. 11th Army commander, Rodion Malinovsky, is promoted to the rank of General-Armii. 56th Army commander, Mikhail Gerasimov, is promoted to the rank of General-Armii. 52nd Army commander, Mikhail Kovalev, is promoted to the rank of General-Polkovnik. 26th Army commander, Fyodor Kostenko, improves his initiative (5).

Strength:
men: 11 181 293 vs 3 374 128
guns: 197 445 vs 35 310
AFVs: 13 227 vs 5 930
aircraft: 21 549 vs 1 489

Trucks:
in units: 294 700 / 294 700 (100.00%)
in the pool: 298 743 / 214 496 (139.28%)
in repair: 96 038

Losses:
killed: 18 195 vs 12 521
captured: 247 vs 16 695
disabled: 1 727 vs -1 223
guns: 445 vs 865
AFVs: 738 vs 107
aircraft: 251 vs 111

Including:
in combat: 133 vs 69
from AA: 58 vs 1
on the ground: 0 vs 13
operational: 60 vs 28




jwolf -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (2/22/2015 12:54:13 PM)

Too bad about the map error with the Vistula -- I guess that's one thing you can't fix. The Hungarian surrender happened just as (so it seems) the Wehrmacht is starting to crumble. Good luck in the final push.




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