From: Ottawa, Canada
As I usually do, here are some thoughts about the battle:
What did I do well?
My early moves with the airmobile units helped pave the way to victory. I was able to isolate and destroy the NATO units. This lead to some good gains and created big holes in the NATO defence.
Near the end of the battle, I was able to use the same units to seize key terrain in the rear – after drawing all the NATO forces forward. This cut the NATO supply lines and I captured key VP locations. It also ended up drawing the NATO forces West, which allowed my forces to resume their advance.
NATO’s air power can be overwhelming. Once, I remembered how to conduct air field attacks with my rockets I was able to really reduce the NATO air force’s ability to affect my operations. If I had started this earlier, I might have been able to maintain my own air force.
Response to NATO’s air mobile units
NATO launched a bunch of airmobile attacks into my rear areas in the middle of the game. This hurt my supply line and, since they took out some bridges, slowed my movement forward. I was able to surround and destroy these units, thereby removing the threat of their continued use.
What could I improve on?
Loss of momentum
Larry responded very well to my attack and I ended up in a stalemate for about 4-6 days (turns). I kept changing my mind on how to deal with this – using up supplies and needlessly moving forces around.
I thought I was going to get two more divisions – neither ever arrived – but I should have kept a reserve ready to respond to threats or to exploit openings.
I had trouble with a lot of the HQs not being able to move. The HQ would show movement points available, but then once I moved someone, the movement points would go to zero. Hard to keep the Division HQs up close to the battle when that happens.
Also, I have observed in a number of Cold War scenarios that the WP supply levels are really too low to sustain operations for more than the first few turns. This may be a reality and it does make it a big challenge to play the WP.
That was a lot of fun. Larry kept me on my toes and made the battle very interesting. I think I got a victory, but am not sure (this needs to be fixed in the PBEM play).
I wish that there were more Cold War scenarios at this scale. There were lots of options for me to fight the battle and I really had to work to beat Larry’s defence.