Giving up the Dnepr line near Kiev was a questionable call. That opened the door to what has happened here. Are there many Soviet units being pocketed? Seems not to be the case, just the Soviet side giving up a lot of ground.
I am afraid I disagree.
If you compare advance in the south in all 3 recent Pelton games, you will see, that it was fairly similar until turn 6.
What made the difference was Mike's ability to keep his panzers supplied far beyond my ability to contain them. Repeatedly my positions were flanked, stretched and pierced. There was no stop-gap in German advace, that would have enabled me to consolidate my positions.
If I defended Dnepr with forces at hand I would have lost more units and in the longer run result would be same at best (possibly worse). If I kept more forces in the south, I would greatly limit my chances of success near Leningrad.
I wanted to eventuate industry not only from Kharkov and Stalino but from Zaporozhe and Dnepropetrovsk too while simultaneously successfully fighting in the north. I gambled and lost, thanks to Mike tactical and logistical skill, but I disagree, that abandoning middle Dnepr is in general bad idea.
< Message edited by Kamil -- 12/16/2014 8:26:34 PM >