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Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/5/2018 9:20:42 AM   
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I know, another beginner AAR with this scenario. I suggest to claim the blame along with Don Lazov, his tutorial was based on this scenario and he challenged us beginners at the very end of it.
BTW, Don

Any tips welcome. Feel free.

So, Road to Leningrad. Played on easy mode with FOW on.

First I need a plan, or the draft of it.
The big picture is to drive to Leningrad, ok, I got that one. So Panzer vorwärts richtung Osten!

I will first deal with turn 1 and adapt after that.

Turn1 Objectives: Riga, Kaunas, Daugava river.





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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/5/2018 9:24:02 AM   
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Good luck!

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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/5/2018 9:28:58 AM   
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Terrain: clear / light woods.
Main problem is the Neman river, this will channel my units towards Kaunas and limit my freedom of movement.
Wooden areas west and south of Riga. No problem for the IDs, can be bypassed by the PzDs.




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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/5/2018 9:32:20 AM   
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After an initial air phase (some recon and mainly bombing 7 and 8 SAD ABs) the ground phase should be done in 3 steps.

1. Clear the front line with the infantry divisions (IDs).
2. Push the IDs forward. Try to encircle as many enemy units as possible, aim for the unit concentration east of the front line. Depending on enemy movements, push and trap units north of Liepaja (west of Riga).
3. Panzer Divisions (PzDs) will move east towards Riga and the Daugava river. Secure Daugavpils/Jekabpils crossings.

That's the plan. Let's see if this works for about one minute.


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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/5/2018 9:35:07 AM   
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Air phase.

That went well.
Some recon and airfield bombings.




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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/5/2018 9:36:52 AM   
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Losses are low (for the German side).





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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/5/2018 9:43:41 AM   
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Now the ground phase. Step 1!

I am very proud of the IDs.
The frontline is cleared, most of the enemy units were routed or shattered.



The IDs should be able to bag the SU units east of the start line.

The road to Leningrad is open!

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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/5/2018 9:47:55 AM   
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Losses are light.
6 SU units destroyed.






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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/5/2018 9:49:03 AM   
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Good luck!

Thanks, I will need it.

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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/5/2018 11:33:31 AM   
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IDs moved forward!

The idea is to move the 18th Army north and the 16th Army east.
Liepaja was cleared of enemy units but the infantry stopped short of town. A glance at the suburbs but nothing more, Visit of the city centre next turn...




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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/5/2018 11:40:10 AM   
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My circling maneuver didn't work as intended.
SU units were pushed back, either routed or destroyed. Can't complain too much. Mop-up ops will be easier.

Kaunas was taken by the II Corps. Town and east side secured.



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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/5/2018 11:44:27 AM   
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Losses are light but the grunts are a bit tired, that's a lot of walking/fighting already done.
4 more SU units eliminated, and a total of 10 units routed.

Railwork is in progress, that's gonna take a helluva time to repair it.

Time for an engine start and let's roll east.

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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/5/2018 1:12:38 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: xavutrecht

Terrain: clear / light woods.
Main problem is the Neman river, this will channel my units towards Kaunas and limit my freedom of movement.
Wooden areas west and south of Riga. No problem for the IDs, can be bypassed by the PzDs.



Good luck!

Remember crossing rivers also costs extra to panzers - so there are actually better routes for panzers that go through woods but cross fewer rivers.

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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/5/2018 5:02:56 PM   
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Remember crossing rivers also costs extra to panzers - so there are actually better routes for panzers that go through woods but cross fewer rivers.


Will do. Thanks.

So, PzDs rushed north and east.
XXXXI Pz Corps took Riga.
I know maybe not the smartest move to attack a big town with panzers... But Riga is under German control.

LVI Pz Corps moved east towards the Daugava river.
They pushed some routed units, HQs, and 8th SAD AB north and east.
Crossing and the town of Pavinas were taken.
Totenkopf reached the Daugava river near the town of Daugavpils but encountered some bitter resistance from Airborne units. PzD had to stop short of the town.

All objectives were reached and most of them taken, not too bad, let's think positive.
Another great news. Quite a lot of supply and fuel were captured. That's the icing on the cake.




Losses are still light, I think.
2 extra SU units eliminated and 3 extra one routed.

Turn 2 now, more thinking to do.

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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/5/2018 6:01:27 PM   
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Your opening is vulnerable to a counterattack which would isolate your pz corps and make the going very hard for the infantry next week. Your mobile divisions would still have fuel next week so there's no danger of a disaster but it's not great either. Against the AI you may get away with it.




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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/6/2018 8:11:52 AM   
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Thanks.
Let's find out and press the end turn button.

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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/6/2018 8:25:49 AM   
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Turn2.

It looks like I got lucky, SU units didn't try to cut my lines of supply.
The only thing I saw was a unit moving near Plavinas.
Map looks a bit empty. Where did they go?



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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/6/2018 10:14:32 AM   
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First, let's find where those SU units went.
I found them!
It appears they didn't move much. The central pocket looked the same, units at the same place. Same for the north, I didn't notice any SU units escaping.

Bombing of the 7 SAD AB went well enough. It's not the blast of turn 1, but I was satisfied. Air losses were 2/62.



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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/6/2018 10:24:28 AM   
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Ground phase was not as exciting as turn 1 one.

The infantry moved forward, secured the lines, and chased some SU units in the process.
PZDs consolidated the bridgeheads and waited for the IDs to catch-up.

7 SAD AB had to relocate to Kardla (SW of Tallin).
8 SAD AB had to relocate to Pskov.
A pity I can't overrun an enemy AB, that would be fun!

6 units destroyed during this turn.
VPs count is still in the axis favor but I have to hurry, clock is ticking.



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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/6/2018 10:26:20 AM   
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Question:

Is it a good idea to move the air units forward?
I moved some fighters to Siauliai. This should provide more air cover, Me-109 range is not that great.

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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/6/2018 10:40:09 AM   
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Turn2 SU.

SU air unit dropped some supply.
Axis AF flew 2 interdiction missions.

Air losses were Axis 1 / SU 2.

No ground combat. No enemy movement spotted.



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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/6/2018 10:52:02 AM   
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Basically the further away from railheads you sent your airframes the less they can do as they get less fuel

Most efficient placement is to put airbases close to railheads then use staging bases to extend the reach of your air power while still keeping them far back from an opponents bombing runs and keeping your planes nice and fueled up

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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/6/2018 10:53:22 AM   
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Good job so far mate my first attempt at this scenario was a complete mess

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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/8/2018 8:25:08 AM   
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Turn 3.

Recon showed that the AI will form a defensive line around Pskov and along the Velikaya river.
6th, 8th SAD ABs, and 5th VVS AB were spotted near Pskov.

The region south of Pskov looked clear of SU units.

My objectives for this turn will be:
1. To take Pskov with my PzDs.
2. Move II and XXVIII Inf Corps towards Velikie Luki.
3. Keep moving the rest of the IDs north and clear the rear area.
4. Relocate the air units to provide effective air superiority.




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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/8/2018 8:34:29 AM   
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Pskov was taken by the Pz Corps after some heavy fighting south of the town. It's not over yet, the 163rd Mot Div hold its ground south of the city.
6th and 8th ABs had to relocate.

IDs encountered light resistance from 179th Rifle Div and AB Div on the way to Velikie Luki. Progress wasslow due to terrain.

Air units and HQs moved forward.
The rear area looked clear, supply should go quite smoothly.

Achieved this turn, Pskov was taken, 6 SU units destroyed, front line is quite solid (I hope).



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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/8/2018 8:37:05 AM   
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Turn 3. Soviet phase.

AI some units moved towards Pskov. A lot of re-supply done by the SU Air Force.




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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/8/2018 11:42:31 AM   
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Turn 4,German.

I should now clear the area around Pskov, keep moving north with the infantry, and continue the push towards Velikie Luki.

I messed with the location of my fighters, 20 hexes is a short range, so no airfield bombing.
I planned some ground unit bombings to reduce the level of entrenchment.




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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/8/2018 12:32:45 PM   
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Pskov is clear of SU units.
German units kept moving north and east.
Difficult to keep all the units well organized and moving in an efficient and logical way.

Losses are light, I guess, less than 9000 men were lost and less than 50 AFVs. Air losses are very light, 23 vs 722.
VPs are still in favor of the axis 103 vs 54, but the VP locations are taking their toll.




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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/8/2018 12:34:35 PM   
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And the Finish armed forces are joining the fight.
First breakthrough.
Not the most efficient one but let's hope that will divert some Soviet forces to the north.





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RE: Road to Leningrad. A newbee attempt to tackle GAIA - 1/8/2018 1:18:53 PM   
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Turn 5.

I think I found most of the SU units!
That's gonna be a tough nut to crack.



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