StuccoFresco -> RE: Kharkov 1942 - Soviet side (4/4/2019 6:35:29 PM)
TURN 11 and 12
The Germans bombard my lines in retailation for my massacres, but their fire is dispersed, and my units aren't too stacked, so losses are acceptable. Unfortunately, they also manage to break my lines south of Petrovskoe with relative ease... A Panzer Battalions and a Panzergrenadier Regiment cross the river, and other 3 Panzer Battalions along with an infanterie Rgt and a motorized one park themselves near.
Further west, Fedorovka's MLR isn't attacked anymore, and I decide to reinforce the flanking move when I found the Romanian HQ along with three artillery units that seems ready to be engaged.
In the north and center the situation is definitely better: i manage to encircle and destroy a German regiment in the middle, and along with new reinforcements from the Southern Front, I form another assault group that would try to locate the disappeared 6th Armee. I'm close to lnking the Fedorovka-Petrovskoe forces with the Northern forces, but I don't want to be hit in the flank by Von Paulus' troops.
My flanking move in the southwest fails when German motorized troops punch my units in the face and force an hasty retreat. I pull them back to the MLR and abort the idea of a flanking attack.
I decide that Fedorovka's MLR is not in danger, so I relocate around 500 artillery piecies to the Petrovskoe's one and I shell enemy troop's concentrations for the whole turn, badly mauling them. Once again, the sheer numbers of Soviet artillery proves itself very effective.
Given how devastating my artillery concentrations are, I decide to use them in the northern front too. I'll bomb the Krauts for a couple turns before trying a full breakout from my bridgeheads. Meanwhile, my armored units hunt German artillery in its backfield, and makes me pondering if a run for his supply point may be worth the risk.
In the center, I decide to form a new MLR south of Kupiansk, closer to where I think Von Paulus' 6th Armee has "vanished". With this move, i manage to link up with the 6th Army. A lone armored battalion runs south just east of the "danger zone" and opens a path for supplies coming from the point east of Izium.
Remember when I said Fedorovka's MLR wasn't in danger? I was wrong. Several German strong regiments advance from the south and makes contact. Other enemy units keep advancing toward Petrovskoe. The III Motorized Korp punches a hole in my MLR just south of Krasnopavlovka and threatens the whole MLR. Fortunately, several frontal assaults are repulsed with heavy losses.
I manage to isolate the northern German troops from their supply point with an armored spearhead, but when I try to do the same to the 6th Armee, my tanks spot the XXXXIV Korp guarding the Donetsk River line...
What's worse, when I try to move some cavalry over my left flank, I found a German flanking move that threatens Fedorovka's MLR. I order a quick counterattack to isolate and destroy the Panzergrenadiers that broke my lines: I can't allow them to engage my artillery.
The situation looks dire.