Matrix Games Forums

Forums  Register  Login  Photo Gallery  Member List  Search  Calendars  FAQ 

My Profile  Inbox  Address Book  My Subscription  My Forums  Log Out

D-Day to the Ruhr

 
View related threads: (in this forum | in all forums)

Logged in as: Guest
Users viewing this topic: none
  Printable Version
All Forums >> [New Releases from Matrix Games] >> The Operational Art of War IV >> After Action Reports >> D-Day to the Ruhr Page: [1] 2 3 4 5   next >   >>
Login
Message << Older Topic   Newer Topic >>
D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:45:12 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
D-Day to the Ruhr - a West Front monster scenario depicting the Allied Invasion of North West Europe beginning with the D-Day Invasion of June 6, 1944 and culminating with the capture by the Western Allies [WAllies] of Germany's Ruhr Industrial Region. We will be playing the WAllies vs. the German Programmed Opponent [PO, aka Elmer].
The scenario is not in your main directory, it can be had here:
http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=4378627
I'll be using the Graphics Mod found here:
http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=4378126

The Jump Map:




Attachment (1)
Post #: 1
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:46:14 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
A very important Scenario Rule. Allied units in the Red may not move or attack. Orange or Yellow Allied units may move but not attack. Light Green or Green Allied units may move and attack. The game engine can't monitor this, so it is up to you to remember!




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 2
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:47:07 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
We'll refer to the briefing every now and then. There is a Scenario Document included in the zip, which can also be accessed by the Documentation Button in the Scenario Briefing in game. At first, a few important items.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 3
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:47:54 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
See the note at bottom left, I'll be doing the main invasion in this area of Northeast Brittany instead of the historical Normandy area. Initial objectives will be the five beaches [Excluded on Turn 1], with the goal of getting the two minor ports [Red Stars] as quickly as possible. The ultimate objective is the Major Port of Brest, which is some distance to the west.
Red/White Circles are German Supply Points. Blue/White Circles are Allied Supply Points [these don't come into play until June 8th so we will cover them then].




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 4
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:48:36 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
The WAllies assault forces are all arranged in southern England, they have six assault divisions and their accompanying naval support units.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 5
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:49:24 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
This is a complex scenario and it took me a while to figure out how to be successful over the first couple of turns so I thought it might not be a bad idea to provide an outline that might help out others. I am glad I did because I haven't played this in several years and I can't remember any of it. I'm not trying to tell anybody what to do, its just if you haven't played this one before the first couple turns can be a lot to handle and the outline might help.
I'll be using the '2D Huge' map view for most of this AAR. We won't see as much but what we will see will be clear and easy on the eyes.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 6
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:50:08 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
Remember that you started in Hotseat, so make sure to pick the German side for the computer.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 7
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:50:52 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
Step 1 complete at the US assault beaches.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 8
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:51:35 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
Step 1 complete at the British/Canadian assault beaches.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 9
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:52:32 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
I can't remember if it is better to stack up all the naval units in one hex, or if it is better to spread them out. I'll go with the historical deployments, the Allies had the supporting ships arranged by their ranges [rocket ships and destroyers in close, battleships out further].
US Task Force U is shown in position here, US Task Force O will move up to similar positions, and the British Task Forces will move up to similar positions in their zones.
Its quite a few naval units to move. If you hit 'CapsLock' they will move faster.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 10
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:53:27 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
Now scroll up to England where there are four bomber groups [one bomber group pictured below]. As suggested in the inset from the briefing, I will bomb for four rounds, two bomber groups will hit one target each, the most important targets first [in this case the Red Iconed Coast Units because they have the longest range and generally stronger guns]. Each bomber group will hit its target at Limit Losses, meaning the bombings should only last two rounds, after which I can evaluate the results, then hit them again to get the four rounds in. [This is just a suggestion, you can do what you want, TOAW is very flexible].




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 11
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:54:28 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
The results are pretty good I guess, the Coast Guns took some casualties. Only three rounds were spent instead of four, which really has no matter here. The bombers are all down to 60% Supply [inset], and if I continue to use them they will not recover to 100% for next turn. So I will leave them for now, that's my choice, you may choose different.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 12
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:55:07 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
Now we'll have the Naval Units do some bombardments. I'll go heavy at the Red ones again and see what kind of results I get for the first two rounds. But I'll also hit some of the blue ones, including that island in the shot below because I think I'll hit it with the 1st Special Service Brigade to see if I can eliminate it.
by the way, the point to all this is that the Coast Guns will be able to fire on turn 2, so any of my units in the water and within their range will be in trouble.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 13
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:55:54 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
This shows the Naval Bombardments only. A few of them came to nothing. I guess I'll have to concentrate a little more next turn. The naval units are only down to 70% Supply and I've only burned half the turn. With five rounds left I could do some more damage but I want all my ships and planes to be at 100% Supply to start the next turn so I will end it.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 14
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:56:53 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
Turn 2 - I have plotted Naval and Air Bombardments, and now will make the Airborne Assaults. There is a section in the Scenario Document concerning Airborne units. There is a Scenario Rule that Airdrops are restricted to the initial drop hex and the six surrounding hexes for each formation. Note that there are 'Pathfinder' units for each formation that may be dropped first. Use them if you want, I don't.
The US 82nd and 101st AB Div's will target these two areas, I think for obvious reasons.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 15
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:57:36 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
The British 6th AB Division targeted this area and the drops went ok even though two units went into reorg. The US drops also went well although all of the US Paras went into reorg.
Now the Amphibious units will disembark and begin attacking.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 16
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:58:08 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
The US assault went very well, with all units getting ashore. There is 60% of the turn left so a little more damage can be done.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 17
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:58:55 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
In the Br/Can zone there are mixed results, all of the beaches were taken but not all units made it ashore. The 1st SSB had no luck taking the island. For the time being any reinforcements from England [Blue Circles] will linger outside of the Coast Gun range. They will usually take heavy casualties if they try to get to the beaches until they are cleared.
Some of the naval units went below 50% supply so I will stop those from firing until next turn, but don't forget the bombers, they leave at the end of this turn so use them up!




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 18
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 11:59:34 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
Down to 20% of the turn left, all of the ground units are out of movement points, so the few bombers with a few bombs left will drop them and the turn will end. The US zone looks pretty good. Next turn we've got to link up with the paras in the north and also concentrate on eliminating coast batteries so that reinforcements can land safely. Hopefully no German units can reach St. Brieuc so that we can capture it without a big fight.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 19
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 12:00:14 PM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
In the Br/Can zone things also look fairly good. Many of the coast guns were eliminated, including the one at the port of Cancale. The paras are linked and that area looks secure, but the Canadians didn't really do much to block any German movement into the area from the east. We'll see how much of a problem that creates.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 20
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 1:37:59 PM   
hingram


Posts: 127
Joined: 2/6/2002
From: SW Virginia
Status: offline
I found the ships were not very effective at bombardment. They seemed to do a little better at Combat Support.

_____________________________

Hank

If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 21
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 5:44:37 PM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
Turn 3 - All of the original Air Units have withdrawn and are replaced by new ones. They arrive in Rest mode, so take a few minutes and assign them missions.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 22
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 5:45:21 PM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
Some other units also arrive, so check the Reinforcement Schedule to see where they are.

And don't forget to drop the Airborne Reinforcements like I did




Attachment (1)

< Message edited by sPzAbt653 -- 6/20/2018 5:46:04 PM >

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 23
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 5:47:35 PM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
These three divisions [center inset] will be released this turn [could of done it last turn but forgot, the perils of doing an AAR!].
As you can see by the top inset, each division brought in as a reinforcement reduces the Allies Supply Level. The bottom inset shows the current Supply Level.
The 'DDbriefA' document contains a list of the historical timetable for units arrivals in France. It is not mandatory by any means, just a reference for anyone interested.




Attachment (1)

< Message edited by sPzAbt653 -- 6/20/2018 5:51:57 PM >

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 24
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 5:48:20 PM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
End of Turn 3 in the US Zone. The beach head looks secured, movement will now be outward to expand it. The main objective is the major port of Brest off to the west, but we must also head south to cut off the peninsula from reinforcement.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 25
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/20/2018 5:49:59 PM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
Remember the Scenario Supply State Rule! Therefore, two of the British Armoured Brigades could not move or attack this turn, and the Canadians on the far right could move but could not attack.
The 1st SSB carried on and captured that island, and enough enemy coast guns were eliminated to allow follow up units to get to the beaches unmolested. This is very important for obvious reasons, but also because the Germans have six or seven Panzer Divisions in France and they are all veteran formations [or at least have veteran cadres] and we can expect some or all of them to show up at any time. By choosing this location for the invasion I hope that they will not arrive for a few turns.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 26
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/21/2018 1:38:41 AM   
MikeJ19


Posts: 2662
Joined: 1/29/2014
From: Ottawa, Canada
Status: offline
Steve,

Thanks for sharing. I'm going to enjoy watching your battle unfold.

All the best,

_____________________________

Mike

Retired Gunner

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 27
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/21/2018 2:46:39 AM   
nelmsm1


Posts: 1008
Joined: 1/21/2002
From: Texas
Status: offline
Looking forward to this

_____________________________

Cruz 2020

(in reply to MikeJ19)
Post #: 28
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/21/2018 3:11:29 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
Thanks guys.

Turn 4 - The Mulberries have arrived, so let's look at the supply situation. In the top half of this shot, we see the Allied Supply Points and their value as a percentage of the overall supply level [the inset shows that level, and note that it has dropped since last turn when it was 50, due to the units that were released by Theater Option]. Note that the best Supply Point [45, in the top hex row] is having no effect as it is not connected to anything [the road over the water is broken]. The bottom part of this shot shows the actual supply delivery, before other considerations. It is bad, but that is ok because this is only representing the supplies that the assault units could bring with them. The Mulberries have arrived and next we will see what to do with them, and we'll see their effect next turn.




Attachment (1)

(in reply to nelmsm1)
Post #: 29
RE: D-Day to the Ruhr - 6/21/2018 3:12:16 AM   
sPzAbt653


Posts: 8767
Joined: 5/3/2007
From: east coast, usa
Status: offline
The two Mulberries are in England, load them onto ships and ...




Attachment (1)

(in reply to sPzAbt653)
Post #: 30
Page:   [1] 2 3 4 5   next >   >>
All Forums >> [New Releases from Matrix Games] >> The Operational Art of War IV >> After Action Reports >> D-Day to the Ruhr Page: [1] 2 3 4 5   next >   >>
Jump to:





New Messages No New Messages
Hot Topic w/ New Messages Hot Topic w/o New Messages
Locked w/ New Messages Locked w/o New Messages
 Post New Thread
 Reply to Message
 Post New Poll
 Submit Vote
 Delete My Own Post
 Delete My Own Thread
 Rate Posts


Forum Software © ASPPlayground.NET Advanced Edition 2.4.5 ANSI

0.141