asl3d -> RE: Barrikady Factory Battle in Stalingrad (12/10/2018 5:26:49 PM)
It's the best story I've read for a long time.
Stephen Ambrose and Antony Beevor are beginners in front of this narrative full of epic and emotion. I loved it.
Another thing would be the opinion of Friedrich Paulus, commander of the sixth German army. I would think that he received another frustating report, that his officers are not capable of overcoming the resistance of an enemy who had always distinguished for abandoning their combat positions upon hearing the first shot ...
Commander, there is no other option than to try again!!!
I attached the operation map of the scenario.
The red line was roughly the front on October 18, 1942. The Germans still did not have in depth in the main buildings of the industrial complex of the Barrikady Factory. The Soviet resistance was being very intense and increasingly firm.
The yellow line was approximately the front on October 20. The Germans had made some progress, especially in the north and west of the Barrikady Factory. As you could see in your attack the price they had to pay was very high.
The Germans attacked in minority (81 vs 108 units; odds 4: 5). The planned progress lines are the yellow arrows. The main weight should be carried by the Panzergrenadiers of the 14th and 24th Panzer Division, with a few support vehicles. Their halfsquads are the ones that have to lead the attack to detect the enemy, and the still powerful squads have to try close combat versus the Soviets as soon as possible.
Commander, you have little time (8 turns) before the Soviets organize a counterattack.
The orange circles are the main pockets of Soviet resistance. They are formed by increasingly weakened units that have received replacement units of lower quality each time. Especially, the 883th Regiment of the 193th Rifle Division has a notable weakness, as it consists of a combination of Soviet Shtrafniki Militia Criminal Squad, Soviet Conscripts Rifles Squad, and Soviet Second Line HS Rifles.
The crimson circles are the Soviet rearguard. There is the 114th Regiment of Rifles of the Guards, of the Soviet elite unit 37th Division of the Guards, formed by a mix of Soviet Guards Squads, Soviet Siberians Squads, and Soviet Mountain Guards Squads.
Commander, if your attack does not progress quickly you risk the powerful Guards Division making a counterattack and your attack will be stopped again.
Finally, the victory is achieved by the side that, at the end of the scenario, has in its power more Hexes de Victory. On turn 1, the Germans have not Victory Hexes and the Soviets have all (39).
Commander, to win you need to conquer at least 20 Victory Hexes. There are 18 victory hexes in the industrial buildings located beyond the historic front line on October 20.
Commander, if your men conquer any of those buildings you will be worthy of the Iron Cross.