Concerning the 41-42 soviet Winter offensive in FITE then I agree that a retreating soviet player have a large intact force to smash the german player.
In my opinion, then the only way to counter this as the german is to pull out all of your Panzer divisions before the offensive and keep them mobile and on rail to plug any developing soviet breakthroughs. You should also divide ALL you infantry into their subunits. The loss in overall Combat numbers isnt that bad compared to the problems a breakthrough can create. Put the first line on minimise losses, second line on limit losses and the last line on ignore losses. Spread out you artillery. The amount of losses the soviet player takes is around 5-1, and even with his superior manpower production he will soon start to hurt.
Also in the first 15-20 turns of the soviet offensive, he dosent have that many tanks and when he gets his reinforcments to the front for the last 10 turns, the Germans get tons of flak 8,8 cm units to insert into the most stressed sections of the front. Overall the soviets will have advanced 3-5 hexes and Burnt alot of manpower.
When summer comes you will be able to encircle All those juicy soviet tank armies and hopefully survive another Winter.
I still think there should be some reason to make a drive towards the caucasus in 42 as the germans, there isnt really any in the current scenario.
About the drive towards Caucasus.
You are right that on the face of it there is little reason to go there (I am not sure there were good reasons historically either).
But anyway: if you go there, and you cut the rail line running along the Caspian sea, (maybe with some recon troops) the Russians will be at 50% supply down there making it a good place to kill some Russians.
If you actually take Baku, you will put the Caucasus front out of action since it reconstitutes there. And you get a bonus unit containing:
1000 120mm Mortar sGrW 42
175 7,5cm L/11.8 LeIG 18
24 T-34/76 M43(c)
72 10,5cm L/28 LeFH 18 M
48 8,8 cm L56 FlaK 36/41
24 T34/76 M41(A)
36 15cm L/30 sFH 18
220 50mm Mortar LeGrW 36
24 10,5 L/52 s K 18
44 7,5 L/19,5 Geb G 36
Now I agree that is not much.
In 1942 I think the Germans should attack where they can kill a lot of Russians. And that could be in a place that is relatively poorly defended - the Caucasus might be such a place. If not then attack somewhere else :)
Thanks for the reply.... bum bum bum. The effect and the rewards are not bad but not super either, I agree that it makes the southern trust acceptable if the overall situation allows such a trust.
Ive been wondering about the Italians in the summer of 1942; the axis get a large Italian army. But I cant find any information on when it is withdrawn. Is it tied to an event or a precise date?
< Message edited by FaneFlugt -- 3/11/2021 9:51:02 AM >