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RE: Glorious spring SNOW 44 apr 42 - 2/15/2019 3:15:24 AM   
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April grind begins

Here a heavy attack. I even had the aircorp in support.




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RE: Glorious spring SNOW 44 apr 42 - 2/15/2019 3:17:47 AM   
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Near Tula

I forget to take unit off reserve and they are thrust into the action




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RE: Glorious spring SNOW 44 apr 42 - 2/15/2019 3:19:08 AM   
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final south

no way to overcome the distance between the front lines to do any damage.




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RE: Glorious spring SNOW 44 apr 42 - 2/15/2019 3:20:00 AM   
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Kursk final I push northeast of Kursk as best as infantry can attack




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RE: Glorious spring SNOW 44 apr 42 - 2/15/2019 3:20:58 AM   
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final Orel

I stay in place where I am dug in leaving open space in the clear hexes.




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RE: Glorious spring SNOW 44 apr 42 - 2/15/2019 3:22:15 AM   
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final north

I did not use all my armor this past turn.




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spring MUD t45 apr 42 - 2/15/2019 3:25:15 AM   
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Mud returns

I still launch a 6 sided attack upon surrounded Stalino




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RE: spring MUD t45 apr 42 - 2/15/2019 3:26:00 AM   
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German Air plane production




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RE: spring MUD t45 apr 42 - 2/15/2019 3:28:01 AM   
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Top Secret report:

All German armor positions end of April 42.

Spread out. Russian recon has been light the past 2 months. Not sure HYLA knows how disbursed I am.




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t46 mud - 2/17/2019 1:34:04 PM   
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air assets update

also oob is about 3.8 german. Russian 5.8




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RE: t46 mud - 2/17/2019 1:36:40 PM   
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final last April turn.

next turn the yellow area is clear. I will attack with my tanks . I expect a retreat first.




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RE: t46 mud - 2/17/2019 1:38:28 PM   
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Final north positions

next turn is mud in both north zone.

The stage is almost set......







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RE: t46 mud - 2/17/2019 4:46:42 PM   
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Will you focus on just taking Leningrad for the summer or will you go for two objectives eg: one is Leningrad and the other one is in the south? How are losses looking?

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RE: t46 mud - 2/17/2019 7:56:13 PM   
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quote:

Will you focus on just taking Leningrad for the summer or will you go for two objectives eg: one is Leningrad and the other one is in the south? How are losses looking?





I am ok on kills. My fighter fatigue will be issue as I fear very heavy Russian air war. I

Yes I will try for Leningrad. Depending upon how long that takes (if even possible), I will do something far south as I must get Rostov asap.
If another opportunity shows itself I can switch but movement of tanks and assets means only one offensive besides Leningrad.

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47 may mud up north - 2/17/2019 7:58:36 PM   
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I spot Russian recon and attack. Bad move. No wonder my attacking air bases is down to 3 per year.




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RE: 47 clear down south - 2/17/2019 8:00:27 PM   
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as I attack south I run into a double reserve activation scout




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RE: 47 clear down south - 2/17/2019 8:01:33 PM   
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still I capture a few brigades. hopefully trapped




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47 final middle - 2/17/2019 8:03:22 PM   
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orel area final.




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RE: 47 final middle - 2/17/2019 8:06:23 PM   
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final north

Raise THE CURTAIN

I train in another Infantry corp and 2 or 3 more armor/mech divisions




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RE: 47 final middle - 2/17/2019 10:05:03 PM   
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One worry I would have at this point is that the Soviets have enough manpower to create corps while still having enough stuff to cover hexes. My intuition is that the Soviets are about to get strong rather quickly and move toward Red Army 2.0 sooner than later. I watch this AAR with much anticipation.

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RE: 47 final middle - 2/18/2019 4:15:33 AM   
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Take this advice with a large pinch of salt. I only ever play against the AI due to time/response/availability issues. So I'm aware things are very different playing against a human.

The three things I notice are:
1. The presence of low quality (German) commanders. I've seen several in battle reports that have only 5 Inf rating, with no more than 6 Morale rating and also low admin. I guess you have other uses for Admin points, but I make leader replacement quite a high priority until I have at least 6Inf/6Mor everywhere, preferably 7s with one rating, or with also at least 6 Admin. In every German combat corps at least. I saw Jodl commanding one attack, he's a 3/3 Mech/Inf!

2. There often seems an enormous CC jumble, with units from multiple Armies interspersed thoroughly. I''m sure you are being careful about HQ proximity etc, but maybe that is having some effect?

3. I notice a lot of 'white' units. Which means they are not attached to any army, at best to an army group or even OKH. While there can be overloading problems, I find it makes a big difference getting these attached somewhere.

As I said, I only play against the AI, so this advice may be already well understood, or not entirely relevant. But those things stood out for me.

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RE: 47 final middle - 2/18/2019 5:03:45 AM   
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Russians will be in Paris by spring ‘45 the way this is going. Sorry Brian, but this is a bit of a mess from the German perspective. 🧐. Entertaining as an AAR though so thanks for sharing and I’m looking forward to seeing if you can turn it around in ‘42.....a bit of rest and refit after a long winter can do wonders.... that and maybe 3-4 nukes might just do the trick. 😊👍

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RE: 47 final middle - 2/18/2019 6:25:40 AM   
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If everyone else is coming with their advice, I'll offer mine as well.

I think you are right in trying to take Leningrad. While the move is the obvious one, you will need to get the Finns into the war to free up German resources elsewhere.

However, the attack on Leningrad will soon devolve into a slugfest with heavy Soviet defenses on virtually every hex between you and the city. The Soviets will also concentrate heavy air forces in the area, which means your attacks will suffer great attrition. You will need to stop wasting your air force and concentrate virtually everything in this area.

The Soviets will assist this with a series of heavy counterattacks elsewhere (especially as the Luftwaffe can not intercede). You need to be prepared for this.

On the ground, the "good" news are that your Panzers will not be very usefull in attacking the swamps, rivers and urban hexes of this area. Using infantry at 100% TOE, with "Refit" and stuffed full of Pioneers will probably be the way to go. This will also save your Panzers for the battles to the south.

As for who will win: In history, Adolf argued (in late 1944) that the Germans would win the war, with the Battle of the Bulge. I do think your chances of winning at this point is greater than Adolf's at that point. Besides, giving up would certainly not improve your chances.....

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RE: Glorious spring SNOW 44 apr 42 - 2/18/2019 7:26:36 AM   
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I think you're probably looking at a difficult game from here on unless you can achieve a pretty hefty series of encirclements between now and the next mud; your biggest problem is that in the south, where there are few troops, there's relatively little worth taking. If HYLA is determined to have a patchwork defence there, don't press it - transfer some corps up north and go for a big kessel before you hit Leningrad?

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RE: Glorious spring SNOW 44 apr 42 - 2/18/2019 11:04:03 PM   
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Have no fear Brian, good solid tactics will get you though.

...and give us a great drama.

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RE: Glorious spring SNOW 44 apr 42 - 2/19/2019 2:23:22 AM   
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is Moscow possible before October 42?

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answers - 2/23/2019 3:24:38 AM   
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Moscow is possible in 42. So says OKH

I've not spent ap on promotions I don't want to risk losing a good rating (Probably a bad strategy)

I seem to have plenty of promotion candidates available. how long till they would get promoted on their own?
I have no clue as to these natural promotions

I like messy. It confuses the other side.

cc is a mess. But I am trying to keep hq's within proper limits. The rumanians have been detached to Rumanian high command.

The Hungarians are part of Southern force and thus I need to take Rostov.
I have 3 or 4 German corp hq which are direct to OKH.

Paris in 44. ha! The Rhine works both ways.!


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turn 48 May 14th - 2/23/2019 3:27:08 AM   
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The south pocket holds.




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RE: turn 48 May 14th - 2/23/2019 3:28:29 AM   
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Weather forecast is clear next two weeks in Central Soviet Zone.

We plan accordingly






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RE: turn 48 May 14th - 2/23/2019 3:30:13 AM   
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I needed to bring in panzers to finish off the south pocket due to the mud. I wanted this group removed from my rear area.




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