From: Bristol, UK
Quite a lot of preemptive retreating going on this turn especially in the South.Choosing the right time and how far to withdraw is a tricky business and I tend to err on the side of caution.I have to keep reminding myself that the goal is to slow my opponent down, not stop him dead.That way lies disaster.The best way to do this is to insure that a large chunk of your army remains on the board, especially the "good" divisions.Unfortunately the bulk of 55th corps have paid the ultimate price for getting too close to the fire this turn.18th army could probably have relieved them for a week but the counterattack would have exposed several divisions to encirclement by the built up pz corps around Vinnitsa.I choose to get them digging behind the river.I don't trust fortifications on their own, better to have some sort of solid terrain to base the defence on.I'm of the opinion that forts shouldn't be reducable in combat below level 1.
On the plus side, a motorised division is retreated to the East of Zhitomir which allows a loose encirclement to be thrown around the lead pz corps.
The weight of armour to the West of Velikie Luki also persuades me to retreat 22nd and 11th armies to more easily defended and less flankable positions.Majeloz is an excellent opponent but his strategy of attacking me here is a bit of a long shot I think.Although there are some advantages for the German player, especially the uncertainty of whether the target is Moscow or Leningrad, the superb defensive terrain more than compensates the Soviet player.
We're playing with random weather.I've never done so before, but I have the feeling that Matt has been lucky here because mud has only affected the european zones so has left him completely unaffected.
3 Arm and 2 HI are railed from Nikoleav and Krivoi Roi leaving behind just one HI in both cities plus everything that's left in Kiev.
9th corps is left in the Crimea to fortify the choke points and also acts as the main reserve in the South.I tend to cycle units in and out of the Crimea to gain strength, dig a bit and then asign them to a front line army as soon as they're strong enough.The two divisions in Odesa are also available as reserves if badly needed elsewhere.
< Message edited by timmyab -- 9/24/2011 12:22:45 AM >