From: Loches France (but properly part of England)
Now to the North. My plan was to pin Brian in the south, to make it easier up here by minimising the flow of reinforcements up here in the early turns.
Whether it was a result of my cunning plan or the reduction in the number of troops either side can rail, or both, the plan seems to be working. Recce showed that Pskov appeared to be empty apart from an already routed unit.My panzers were well gassed (thanks to having held them back on T2) and I suspect Brian underestimated how far they could go. Luckily Morvael's .07 hotfix meant that cities were no longer dense terrain, making the assault relatively easy for Manstein's corps as the only defender was the inf xx I had just kicked out of the fort to the west of Pskov. For once, the Luftwaffe did not lie. I had petrol to spare to clear the area near Pskov to make it very difficult for Brian to hug me too closely: not that he seems to have much there. I think the inf div visible in the the marsh is the 1 that started off in the fort W of Pskov.
I normally hope to take or surround Pskov on T4 or T5 with the hope of getting a bridgehead across the Neva on T7. This is the first time I've done it on T3, and a rare error by the great and all powerful Brian G.
As an aside, I notice that some AAR authors criticise their opponents directly. I do not agree with this for 2 reasons. Firstly, it seems a bit rude, especially when the opponent can't answer back because he is barred from the AAR. More importantly, if you say your opponent is useless, then you don't get much credit for winning. The Pathans have a saying 'you can measure the status of a man by the status of his enemies'. There are ways of critiquing one's opponent's play in a more subtle manner, and you can probably rely on someone else to say that your opponent is an idiot so you don't need to.
< Message edited by sillyflower -- 12/5/2015 10:07:32 PM >
Post: I am always fearful that when I put this game down on the table and people see the box-art they will think I am some kind of neo-Nazi
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