From: Denver Colorado
So I’ve posted the Center and North screenshot already, and hopefully I’ll remember to post the south after recon (earlier pic was before recon). Administratively, I begin by sending any Recon that is on a LW airfield direct to reserve. I really want them out on the Army airbases, but I’ve learned over time that since you have no real shortage of Recon in 1941, and a stack of airbases can make it impossibly hard to select the group you want to transfer, so it’s simpler just to fly them to reserve.
Ultimately, there’s no point having recon on LW airbases. It is a drain on support elements that combat aircraft need. And even with 9 air units, your Support need is usually lower than what is generically available. Toward that end, I lower the Army airbases to 90 TOE (will check later how that washes out over time).
Note to the simple-minded (like me): when you set all aircraft to night missions, you can’t conduct recon… I hope this tip saves you 5 minutes of anguish. You’re welcome.
Looking over the F11 screen, Pelton conducted 1 Recon… After recon, he has gone into 1986-Nato in the south (ZoC blanket – is that linebacker? I forget the title). I do hate that strategy. In the center, he’s making a line at the Berezina north and south. In the north, he’s defending the Velikaya tooth and nail exactly as I would do.
At start of turn, I flew roughly 550-600 tons of fuel, most of which went to 57.Panzer and 41.Panzer. Transports all made 3 sorties (4 Ju-52 groups). That will serve them better now than later. For those not familiar with my stance, I make no mistake about showing that I am serious about Leningrad. 57.Panzer is committed, and will join 4.PzGrp probably this turn. 2.Army will also be committed to AGN, and most of my early divisions will go in to fill AGN. I do not Low-Ball Leningrad, and if I ‘over-commit’ I have some experience with how to recover from that well.
In the south, where I face a formidable defense, I fly 320 tons to 46.Panzer corps using 3 Ju-52 groups (that are in better shape than the north’s). The bombers fly to 48.Panzer, along with a few ready Ju-52s, and 270 tons go through.
Army group center, meanwhile, gets nothing from the skies.
I decided to start my division/army record-keeping on Turn 2, because I’m seeing such a forward-oriented defense early. Keeping records is the best way to predice whether a hasty will work (or whether you need a 2 or 3 stacked-hasty attack – which I abbreviate SHA).
I change up some HQ leaders. 1.Corps is the premier driver for Leningrad, and gets Model (right out of Pelton’s Axis guide, of course – it works). And I decide I’m doing 11.Army early.
Army Group North and center are relatively straight-forward on Turn 2, at least with the infantry: full speed ahead, with pocket clearing as governed by the need for efficiency. For me, the Turn 2 goal is unequivocally hex X73, Y34, the town of Ostrov south of Pskov, on the east-side of the Velikaya.
Spring 2018-Playing: Demyansk Shield: Frozen Fortress; Advanced Squad Leader,
Rulebooks: ASL (always ASL), Holland'44, Demyansk Shield: Frozen Fortress