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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn29 - 8/25/2016 10:16:06 PM   
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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn29 - 8/25/2016 10:16:26 PM   
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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn30 - 8/25/2016 10:18:50 PM   
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Turn 30

All quiet on the Eastern Front






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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn29 - 8/25/2016 10:21:51 PM   
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Except of course at the Crimea:

STAVKA expanded their break out even more without the follow up forces to back it up.

With reinforcements in place, including the undefeated Wiking, I decide to launch my own blizzard operation to threaten the Army north of the Perekop isthmus. One small LW corps was moved here as well to provide air cover, with 1 Jagdgruppe and 1 He-111 group.






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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn29 - 8/25/2016 10:25:40 PM   
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Also, just for some psychological warfare, I decide to sacrifice some trucks and panzers to attack the strongest units in the Red Army and rout 2nd Guards Rifle. This is done by units in the sector that was falling back. This should make it clear where the primacy lies this winter.






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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn31 - 8/25/2016 10:30:29 PM   
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Turn 31

Only Soviet activity is at Voronezh. I decide to execute some counter attacks and stand fast. Even if I am forced to withdraw one more time, the hinges will stay intact, so I am not fussed either way.






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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn31 - 8/25/2016 10:35:01 PM   
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The operation at the Perekop isthmus is a success and Zhukov's Army is now eingekesselt.

I can only imagine that STAVKA didn't think an operation by the Germans outside forts during first blizzard possible, as realistically, that break out should not have even tried to expand when reinforcements arrived. But I'll take this gift, it makes up for having to expose my best units to blizzard attrition for a few turns.








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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn31 - 8/25/2016 10:38:13 PM   
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Overview of captured equipment. We now have 3 full strength Bn.'s pf T-34's in the field.
Also, I decide to use this quiet period to reorganise the Army structure a little bit and replace Jodl with Reinhardt as commander of 3rd Panzer Army.

More turns later, off to watch more episodes of Soviet Storm; great Russian produced series of WW2 history.






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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn31 - 8/25/2016 11:52:22 PM   
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The Crimea is not a good place to launch Soviet offensives from. The supply situation is just not up to the level it needs to be to support sustained ops. This is not something new either.

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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn36 - 8/28/2016 4:54:47 PM   
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Fast forward to turn 36, one more turn of blizzard after this: In the last 6 turns of blizaard nothing really happens. Only things worth noting:

- I am suffering on trucks
- Darbymcd is sacrificing a lot of bombers with a sustained bombing campaign, most heavily in the Voronezh area where I also have a metric ton of 88mm FlAK, and 2 Corps worth of fighters stationed.
-I should mention that I forgot to state in my first post that we agreed to tactical para drops being allowed to create or relieve pockets.
- Zhukov's army caught north of Perekop is easily destroyed
- I use 2 HQBU during blizzard to break into the Crimea as with that Army destroyed this seemed the best time to try. Model was used for this and it barely succeeded.
- I plan 3 limited offensives for the 1 month of Snow in March:

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Targets are Yaroslav and/or Ivanovo. Mansteins Pz Corps is assigned to this operation. A North/South rail loop is present here, directly behind the front.






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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn36 - 8/28/2016 4:58:37 PM   
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At Tula I plan 2 pincers to remove a part of his front in preparation for Summer. The only sign that anything is planned is the formation encircled in blue. The southern pincer will jump off between Orel and Kursk. 3 Pz Corps are committed to this, with 1Pz and 1 Mot. Division in reserve to reinforce the most successful pincer.








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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn36 - 8/28/2016 5:04:24 PM   
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The most ambitious of the 3 offensives in the south. I hope to encircle a significant part of his forward divisions that are deployed North of Stalino. Unfortunately the Southern pincer is not yet ready with 1 Pz Corps transferring to Stalino from the Crimea and rail is lacking here. 1 FBD was used during blizzard to complete a line from Poland to Tarnopol in the Ukraine to have strategic redundancy, but this has slowed down rail building towards Stalino.
The Wiking remains in the Crimea to have some offensive capability. Note how I am occopying the the entrances to the Crimea with weak units to prevent strategic para drops here.






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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn36 - 8/28/2016 5:07:41 PM   
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Turn 36 production showing pools of A/C and AFV




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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn37 - 8/28/2016 5:11:11 PM   
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Turn 37, last turn of Blizzard. I am ready to launch my offensives next turn, witht he exception of at Stalino. The crucial Pz Corps there has not arrived yet, and all I have for mobile forces there are a strong Pz. Division and 2 motorised brigades.

See below the attack plan. Encircled in Red is where the Red Army seems strongest, on the shoulders of Voronezh. I have been doing tons of recon flights there for 6 turns to keep him there. The secondary objective of the 2 operations here is to hopefully force him to create a more unfavourable disposition of force in preparation of summer.

I did not do much recon this turn, so you are not seeing much of the red army.






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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn38 - 8/28/2016 5:16:15 PM   
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Turn 38, start of German snow operations.

At Yaroslav I learn an important lesson; Operating a solo Panzer Corps is a waste of resources.. I can already see how things here will fall short of objectives. At least it will force some sort of Soviet reaction and force using some rail points to evac Yaroslav and Ivanovo industry, which is all still there.






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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn38 - 8/28/2016 5:18:22 PM   
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At Tula the offensive starts well, although I had to redirect my southern pincer towards a shallower objective as the forces opposing it were too strong to reliably force a breakthrough.






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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn38 - 8/28/2016 5:21:19 PM   
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At Stalino I contemplated to wait for the southern pincer to be ready, but the Snow season is too short for such luxuries.

The offensive is launched. An easy breakthrough and good progress in the north, but the southern pincer flags, we are unable to create the crucial 3 Hex breakthrough. The panzer corps that was in transit has now arrived though.






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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn38 - 8/28/2016 5:33:07 PM   
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See below relevant data for this first offensive turn since mud.

- Stuka losses are again unsustainable
- Ground Combat losses are noticeably higher than in summer.
- I am very short on trucks
- In the air, I lose 6% of the luftwaffe, but destroy 12% of the VVS.
- I again turn off ground support at the end of my turn, to prevent unnecessary stuka losses.

Edit: With seasons changing I again reorganise TOE settings to prevent excessive usage of manpower/armaments where it is not needed. The logistics phase this turn a lot was used to bring units back up to strength after blizzard, but that is fine. I consistently have all support units using the 88mm FlAK at high TOE as it is so good.







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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn38 - 8/28/2016 5:34:21 PM   
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More tuns later. Darbymcd now has turn 40.

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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn29 - 8/28/2016 11:00:04 PM   
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How did bombing HQ turn out..as I am thinking of including it in my next game?


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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn29 - 8/28/2016 11:10:49 PM   
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hmm, not much impact as of yet, I think it will be more of an impact late game when the red airforce is dominant. It is really hard to gauge the impact as it happens during your opponent's turn. Probably best tested in a late game scenario playing against yourself.

We agreed to both para drops and HQ bombing as it is realistic for the Soviet player to have that capability.

I guess with the amount of disruption that bombing causes, you could cripple leadership rolls late game, but whether or not overpowered; it really depends on the mechanics/maths involved. For now, I am just being diligent, stacking my HQs with 88s wherever there is a strong VVS presence.


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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn39 - 9/3/2016 12:49:28 PM   
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Turn 39

Second turn of my limited snow offensive.

At Yaroslav I lack the strength to accomplish any real objectives:







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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn39 - 9/3/2016 12:54:10 PM   
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Much better progress at Tula.

Pockets are not huge, but that wasn't the objective. I want to weaken the Red Army further in preparation for summer while keeping my lines short for mud.






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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn39 - 9/3/2016 12:56:34 PM   
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At Stalino the southern pincer is still having difficulties; the problem here is that I played this turn too hastily and neglected to do some proper calculations.

I really want to close a pocket next turn, so I can clear it in the last turn of snow.

The units encircled in red appear to be the rawest of recruits; very weak units. His stronger units in the south are the ones in danger.






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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn39 - 9/3/2016 12:59:36 PM   
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In the air, I am able to keep my losses very manageable. To be honest, I have no clue what the effect is on my opponent of the how I have been conducting my air war. Comparing to other AAR I do believe I am doing a very good job at keeping my losses light, thereby keeping the Luftwaffe strong with high morale/experience. So far the only air groups that have been spent are 1 Stuka Group, 1 He-111 squadron and 1.5 Ju-88 groups.








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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn39 - 9/3/2016 1:00:34 PM   
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Overview of the South:






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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn39 - 9/3/2016 1:07:04 PM   
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Turn 40, 3rd turn of snow and the last turn I can be offensive before having to organise the front for mud.

At Yaroslav, lack of movement points and the terrain persuades me to swing North to Yaroslav, as there is no way I will be able to reach Ivanovo AND not be in an unfavourable position for mud.

During mud I'll decide whether or not to relocate the Pz Corps here.






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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn39 - 9/3/2016 1:09:06 PM   
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At Tula, the pockets held and the infantry is used to clear them. I move towards Ryazan and remove a few more forts west of Tamboy.






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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn39 - 9/3/2016 1:12:32 PM   
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At Stalino I took a good while this turn to calculate the best approach to closing a pocket, as I really do not want to be on pocket duty during mud, and I redirect the Northern pincer towards a shallower breakthrough to link up with the Southern pincer. Maybe not so daring, but the result is a success and the LSAH had high enough MP to cross from north to south to make the pocket secure.








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RE: Aditia vs. Darbymcd Turn39 - 9/3/2016 1:17:17 PM   
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In the far north, STAVKA has realised that the Finns are having morale problems and organises a successful attack.

I can plug the line, but I need to take some action to ameliorate the situation. I plan to create a rotational system between the front and Leningrad garrison duty to rotate units with low morale out of the line. I have good rail in the area so all I need to do is find buffer forces during mud to setup the rotation.






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