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Drang Nach Osten - PBEM Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/16/2007 3:41:51 AM   
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I've started a Russia 41 game as Germany and this is the AAR. My opponent shall remain un-named. It's my 2nd time playing Germany, and I think his 2nd time playing Russia - it should be interesting!

Highlights of the first turn include:
- All reachable Soviet air killed on the ground
- Fortress hex north of Leningrad taken by Finns
- All available bridgeheads seized other than the one near Odessa
- Creation of new army group (Romanian) in the far south and renaming of Romanian to Army Group Southeast

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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/16/2007 3:48:59 AM   
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The Finns launched an assault on the fort northwest of Leningrad after air bombardment by the Finnish air force. The fort falls!






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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/16/2007 3:50:47 AM   
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Army Group North bursts across the river - surrounding a Soviet tank group and pushing north toward the river crossings over the Dvina.

Army Group Center manages to pocket many Soviet corps...but unfortunately an airstrike on a strong Soviet tank formation accidentally destroys the main bridge that AGC will need..... :(







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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/16/2007 3:52:49 AM   
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Army Group South pushes hard toward Kiev, leaving some pocketed troops to the south that will have to be cleaned up later. Some air assets assist AGC.






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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/16/2007 3:54:41 AM   
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The bridgehead near Odessa holds despite a heavy panzer attack on the crossing. I should have sent some air support for this attack. However other spearheads push across bridgeheads successfully. A new army group (Army Group Romania) is formed and staffed. This results in a readiness loss but it's something that has to be done so I wanted to get it out of the way before heavy resistance is encountered.






NOTE: This is the end of Turn 1 posts.

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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/16/2007 4:37:48 AM   
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 Very nice...
I was actually thinking of doing this one next. Great choice!

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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/16/2007 11:59:03 AM   
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But you play a human or is this a russian AI ?

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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/16/2007 2:20:16 PM   
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I thought about playing this before, but seems way too overwhelming. Good luck!

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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/16/2007 4:06:05 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: seille

But you play a human or is this a russian AI ?

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But you play a human or is this a russian AI ?

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Hi Seille,

It's a human - an opponent I found on this board. I don't play the AI anymore - too boring. :)

JJ

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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/16/2007 4:08:38 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Westheim

I thought about playing this before, but seems way too overwhelming. Good luck!


Hi Westheim,

The first couple of turns as Russia take a long time. The first turn as Germany takes a long time. After that I think turns decrease in time pretty quickly. I'm in a PBEM game as Russia in 1942 and my turns take maybe 30 minutes to do.

It's a really fun scenario from either side for sure.

JJ

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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/16/2007 4:17:49 PM   
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I started with Turn 1 about 45 minutes ago and I'm through with my units now. But - are your screens above from Turn 1 or 2, because I fell short basically everywhere compared to your efforts.

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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/16/2007 4:34:52 PM   
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Ah - they are from turn 1. I haven't posted turn 2 yet - waiting on my opponent to get the turn back to me. :)

I can mail you the file so you can open as Russian and watch what my moves were if you want me to? PM me w/ your email if you want me to mail you the file.

Best
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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/16/2007 5:45:51 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: jjdenver
It's a human - an opponent I found on this board. I don't play the AI anymore - too boring. :)


That´s good since i don´t want to follow AI AAR´s - too boring

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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/17/2007 6:58:10 PM   
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[TURN 2]
In there north there hordes of pocketed Soviets and a blown bridge to repair.





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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/17/2007 6:59:53 PM   
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[TURN 2]
Most of the turn for AGN and AGC is spent eliminating Soviet pockets. I probably should have left some of them un-touched but I got caught up in the turn and didn't step back to consider it until too late. This means I'm not up to the Dvina crossings in force nor up to Minsk in force this turn.




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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/17/2007 7:03:47 PM   
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[TURN 2]
The south is similar - lots of pocketed Soviets that I should probably leave alone for the most part.





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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/17/2007 7:07:22 PM   
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[TURN 2]
But in the south as well I spend too much time eliminating pockets




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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/17/2007 7:10:26 PM   
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[TURN 2]
My biggest mistake on turn 1 was not building enough trucks so now on turn 2 I still don't have the trucks necessary to motorize most of my units.

Here are kills for my turn 2.






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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/17/2007 7:12:09 PM   
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[TURN 3]
The Soviets abandon Riga and fall back before AGN - thus there is no combat as AGN can only chase.

AGC seizes a bridge along the Moscow highway east of Minsk.






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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/17/2007 7:16:50 PM   
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[TURN 3]
AGS sets up for an assault of Kiev next turn but is unable to do anything else this turn.

AG Southeast advances rapidly on Dnepropetrovsk hoping to seize the crossing before the Soviets can defend it strongly.

AG Romania successfully assaults Odessa despite a very strong Soviet defense. A bridge is also built to use next turn in the advance.

Many pockets Soviet troops are simply left behind. I haven't tried leaving this many before so I'm not sure if this is a good idea but I feel like I have to make up ground since I really messed up my truck builds on turn 1. I'm now behind schedule and trying to catch up. The Soviet factories are churning out units I know so the clock is ticking.





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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 12/17/2007 7:19:23 PM   
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[TURN4]
On the Finnish front the Finns just struggle to hold onto their gains. Frontline units are reinforced.




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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 1/15/2008 5:58:39 PM   
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[TURN4]
AGN encounters very heavy Soviet resistance and large armored formations on the Novgorod highway - no attacks are able to be made.




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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 1/15/2008 6:03:22 PM   
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[TURN4]
There is heavy combat around the Vitebsk bridges with the Soviets succesfully holding the bridges.

Farther south Orsha is assaulted by AGC and taken then panzers push into the suburbs of Smolensk.

On the southern flank of AGC, crossings are seized near Gomel setting up a hopefully rapid advance on Bryansk and Orel.




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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 1/15/2008 6:06:18 PM   
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[TURN4]
AGS launches a massive assault on Kiev preceded by heavy artillery and air bombardment. The assault succeeds and Panzers move forward across the Dnepr, engaging in large armor battles on the east side of the river.

Dnepropetrovsk is seized by AG Southeast.

North of Parakop AG Romania assaults a river crossing then repairs the bridge but encounters what look like heavy Soviet defenses and a destroyed bridge at the Dnepr.





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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 1/15/2008 6:09:30 PM   
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[TURN 5]
AGN engages in heavy combat with large Soviet tank formations SW of Novgorod, clearing the highway but leaving large Soviet formations intact north of the highway.

Demyansk is seized by an infantry corp but the situation is perilous because that corp will probably be cut off next turn by a nearby Soviet tank corp.

Air is staged forward to a hastily constructed airfield and an infantry corp also moves forward, prepared to relieve the Demyansk defenders if they are cut off next turn.





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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 1/15/2008 6:11:37 PM   
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[TURN 5]
AGC seizes Smolensk in heavy street fighting. A Panzer thrust north of Smolensk makes progress but fails to seize a bridge.

South of Smolensk a tank army is cut off.




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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 1/15/2008 6:13:37 PM   
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[TURN 5]
AGS races toward Kharkov.

AG Southeast sends a column north and successfully assaults Krasnograd on AGS's southern flank then turns back south again and heads toward Rostov.

AG Romania makes no progress, satisfied to construct some roads along the west side of the Dnepr and engage in air and artillery duels.




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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 1/15/2008 6:25:35 PM   
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[TURN 6]
As I open the turn it's obvious that the Soviets have made some counterattacks and also met my air cover. It looks like I lost a lot of ground units but won the air battles.




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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 1/15/2008 6:28:39 PM   
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[TURN 6]
AGN penetrates the Soviet line north of the Novgorod highway despite heavy Soviet tank formations but is unable to exploit far. However the combination of attacks near Novgorod and a thrust north from Demyansk (after reducing a Soviet armor kessel west of the city) cuts off the large Novgorod garrison.




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RE: Drang Nach Osten - Russia 41 (German AAR) - 1/15/2008 6:32:47 PM   
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[TURN 6]
A thrust by a panzer corp on the north flank of AGC seizes Rzhev and destroys many Soviet planes on the ground.

There is a large Soviet line dug in east of Smolensk but heavy fighting by most of AGC manages to break it by turn end.

Farther south Bryansk is seized by AG Tula.

The large Soviet losses inflicted by AGC the last 2 turns are difficult to overstate. It is hard to see how the Soviets will be able to muster a strong defense of Moskva after these battles.




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