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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/7/2015 12:19:41 PM)

Leningrad Front is now across the river, but supply still has to be ferried and makes it hard to advance at quicker pace:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/7/2015 12:19:52 PM)

10th Airborne Corps commander, Afanasy Beloborodov, improves his admin skill (6). 41st Army is renamed 10th Guards Army. 32nd Army is renamed 11th Guards Army. 7 heavy tank and 7 heavy SU regiments are formed. 4 separate tank regiments, 5 medium and 1 heavy (by mistake) SU regiments, as well as 1 mortar battalion are disbanded.

Strength:
men: 11 198 096 vs 3 450 533
guns: 197 385 vs 35 884
AFVs: 16 185 vs 6 467
aircraft: 21 666 vs 1 359

Trucks:
in units: 318 682 / 318 681 (100.00%)
in the pool: 280 482 / 250 031 (112.18%)
in repair: 103 595

Losses:
killed: 17 999 vs 12 179
captured: 357 vs 120
disabled: 223 vs -1 682
guns: 600 vs 602
AFVs: 123 vs 102
aircraft: 310 vs 144

Including:
in combat: 207 vs 84
from AA: 46 vs 0
on the ground: 0 vs 22
operational: 57 vs 38




morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/7/2015 12:20:25 PM)

This was the last turn played on 1.07.15, the next one was on 1.08.00.




morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/10/2015 5:53:02 PM)

Turn 181 (November 30th, 1944)

Mud, front is quiet:

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/10/2015 5:53:24 PM)

Same here, but the Germans give up Gleiwitz without a fight:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/10/2015 5:53:46 PM)

Minor adjustments of the line, Wrzesnia and Inowroclaw change hands:

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/10/2015 5:54:05 PM)

Bridgehead is expanded, but the rail bridges near Grudziadz are still not safe:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/10/2015 5:54:38 PM)

14th Air Army commander, Pavel Zhigarev, is promoted to the rank of General-Armii. 6th Guards Army commander, Vasily Gordov, is promoted to the rank of General-Polkovnik. 4 heavy tank and 2 heavy SU regiments are formed. 6 medium SU regiments are disbanded.

Strength:
men: 11 190 524 vs 3 447 360
guns: 197 454 vs 36 033
AFVs: 16 703 vs 6 545
aircraft: 21 706 vs 1 331

Trucks:
in units: 321 725 / 321 815 (99.97%)
in the pool: 273 424 / 224 438 (121.83%)
in repair: 109 186

Losses:
killed: 9 331 vs 5 561
captured: 684 vs 115
disabled: 3 139 vs -6 491
guns: no reliable data
AFVs: no reliable data
aircraft: 184 vs 86

Including:
in combat: 91 vs 34
from AA: 35 vs 0
on the ground: 0 vs 26
operational: 58 vs 26




morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/10/2015 5:55:10 PM)

Turn 182 (December 7th, 1944)

As the weather improves, the front moves again. Soviet riflemen stand in front of Komarom and Ersekujvar, which means the natural obstacles on the path towards Bratislava were conquered:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/10/2015 5:55:44 PM)

Red Army enters Germany proper and strikes towards Oppeln. Tank armies are brought closer to the front, their refit period is almost over now and they are ready to drive head on towards Berlin:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/10/2015 5:56:17 PM)

The front is near Poznan now, and it looks like the depth of German fortifications here is quite shallow:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/10/2015 5:56:48 PM)

Supply for the bridgehead is secure now, as Soviet units take Starogard and push towards Czersk:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/10/2015 5:57:13 PM)

Rifle corps start upgrading to '45 TOE. It turns out that 45 Guards Rifle Corps TOE contains a requirement for 48 SU-76M (an equivalent of 2 strong regiments or 2/3 of a brigade). With most light SUs in the brigades there will be not enough of them to fill the corps, perhaps some brigades will have to be disbanded. The front is getting shorter with every week, and it's harder and harder to make use of them on the frontline.

8th Army commander, Pyotr Pshennikov, is promoted to the rank of General-Armii. 4 heavy SU regiments are formed. 11 separate tank regiments, 4 medium SU regiments and 4 light SU regiments are disbanded.

Strength:
men: 11 236 834 vs 3 251 855
guns: 199 539 vs 36 530
AFVs: 19 095 vs 9 676
aircraft: 21 775 vs 1 309

Trucks:
in units: 327 144 / 327 145 (100.00%)
in the pool: 273 803 / 227 978 (120.10%)
in repair: 106 473

Losses:
killed: 19 633 vs 7 369
captured: 755 vs 79
disabled: 8 858 vs 857
guns: 734 vs 530
AFVs: 123 vs 95
aircraft: 224 vs 86

Including:
in combat: 152 vs 47
from AA: 31 vs 0
on the ground: 0 vs 19
operational: 41 vs 20




morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/10/2015 5:58:25 PM)

Since the gun/AFV counting rules have changed between 1.07 and 1.08 it's hard to relate numbers from older posts with these. Men and aircraft numbers should be OK.




loki100 -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/10/2015 8:05:16 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: morvael

Turn 182 (December 7th, 1944)

As the weather improves, the front moves again. Soviet riflemen stand in front of Komarom and Ersekujvar, which means the natural obstacles on the path towards Bratislava were conquered:


this is interesting, given that Cpt Flam may have over committed to the defense of Hungary you've made excellent progress on that sector




morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/10/2015 8:26:49 PM)

Thanks to the open south flank I was able to unhinge Axis defenses several times, when I had the tank armies on hand there, that is. Later it was a slog, unstoppable but slow. Actually his infantry in Hungary was not that strong, they relied more on natural obstacles and numerous mobile units in reserves rather than numbers. I agree it's worth defending this land, first to keep Hungarians in the war for as long as possible, then to keep the VP triangle of Wien, Bratislava and Budapest under control. Actually, I needed those cities to bring the VP below 35. And Wien has important factories. It all boils down to defending the passes of Carpathian Mountains I think. It was a mistake IMHO cpt flam didn't fortify the southern ones in Rumania and gave me free entry into Hungary (though he had a few turns to counteract, where all I had there was 1 Rumanian Army).




morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/12/2015 7:17:57 AM)

Turn 183 (December 14th, 1944)

Resigned Germans give ground, it's useless for them now, as their allies have already abandoned them:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/12/2015 7:18:19 AM)

Strong push by Kirponos forces yields Ostrava and a bridgehead near Ratibor, which will be crucial for the planned surprise attack. Oppeln holds barely for now, saved by a timely intervention of 10th Panzergrenadier Division:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/12/2015 7:19:32 AM)

Plain and simple frontal infantry assaults along the front are executed to lull the Germans into a false sense of security, thinking they can slowly withdraw giving back minimum amount of ground:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/12/2015 7:20:02 AM)

Danzig, along with Gdynia, Czersk and Koscierzyna are captured. The Germans have no fort lines to fall back to and no reserves, luckily for them there are no mobile forces to exploit that weakness:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/12/2015 7:20:21 AM)

First four air divisions are promoted to guards status: one fighter (76th IAD), one bomber (19th BAD), and two assault (47th and 6th ShAD).

2nd Air Army commander, General-Maior Aviatsii Aleksandr Novikov, is promoted to the rank of General-Leitenant Aviatsii. 2nd Baltic Front commander, Marshal Sovetskogo Soiuza Semyon Timoshenko, improves his infantry skill (6).

Strength:
men: 11 421 113 vs 3 216 342
guns: 201 470 vs 35 852
AFVs: 21 317 vs 9 508
aircraft: 21 674 vs 1 297

Trucks:
in units: 333 345 / 333 346 (100.00%)
in the pool: 259 671 / 248 772 (104.38%)
in repair: 114 100

Losses:
killed: 42 622 vs 7 224
captured: 820 vs 132
disabled: 2 475 vs 1 881
guns: 1 193 vs 571
AFVs: 290 vs 145
aircraft: 164 vs 76

Including:
in combat: 93 vs 41
from AA: 27 vs 2
on the ground: 0 vs 12
operational: 44 vs 21




morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/13/2015 7:43:36 AM)

Turn 184 (December 21st, 1944)

A sudden return of mud offers welcome respite to the battered German forces:

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/13/2015 7:44:00 AM)

Wehrmacht gives up Ratibor without offering resistance, which plays into the hands of Soviet generals, as they require this city to execute their plan:

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/13/2015 7:44:33 AM)

Fuehrer declared Posen a fortress city, thinking it will bolster the morale of defenders. But their can't escape their fate, Poznan will be captured soon:

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/13/2015 7:45:14 AM)

All is quiet now, but not behind the front, as supply, fuel and ammo is distributed to the troops and huge depots are assembled, to support the coming attack. In the rear, new all-cavalry Shock armies prepare to join the fray as soon as the weather clears. A fully equpped cavalry corps has nearly 160 AFVs, including 21 IS-2 heavy tanks, making them a potent force:

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/13/2015 7:45:31 AM)

Strength:
men: 11 453 923 vs 3 240 631
guns: 202 016 vs 36 158
AFVs: 22 395 vs 9 486
aircraft: 21 743 vs 1 351

Trucks:
in units: 335 329 / 335 330 (100.00%)
in the pool: 251 555 / 237 545 (105.90%)
in repair: 120 225

Losses:
killed: 25 795 vs 3 381
captured: 582 vs 215
disabled: -6 787 vs -5 816
guns: 796 vs 191
AFVs: 64 vs 40
aircraft: 289 vs 96

Including:
in combat: 228 vs 46
from AA: 21 vs 0
on the ground: 0 vs 20
operational: 40 vs 30




morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/13/2015 7:46:54 AM)

Turn 185 (December 28th, 1944)

With Sopron captured, Hungary is fully occupied now, and the Red Army enters Austrian (German since 1938) territory:


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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/13/2015 7:47:43 AM)

First phase of the Berlin operation begins. It's also the most dangerous one, as the tank armies have to be deployed to the front first and the enemy will have a chance to gather some reserves, before they will be able to strike deep into his lines. The goal is to execute an envelopment of those hostile forces that are fighting around Breslau, strike hard north-west from Neisse towards Liegnitz, along the unprotected Sudeten Mountains, and connect with the second force attacking west from Krotoszyn towards Liegnitz. The plan is to encircle significant enemy forces in Schlesien, and bypass German defences on the Oder river line, striking north-west from Liegnitz, through Sagan, Kottbus, and Zossen to Berlin:

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/13/2015 7:48:10 AM)

Northern group prepares for the strike as well, meanwhile infantry with some help from cavalry units pushes the enemy along the front, preparing to take Poznan:

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morvael -> RE: Russia! Why not? (Morvael welcome) (3/13/2015 7:48:36 AM)

Germans give up Pommern and retreat towards Stettin, with Red Army in pursuit. It seems the enemy do not want to be cut off here, but they are mistaken. The final blow will fall in the south:

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