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Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/18/2019 10:12:26 AM   
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It has been a while since I played FCS, but with Southern Storm coming I want to get back to this game. This game is unique in its approach and the time and space issues are great.

I decided to try the Brits as they hold on against a Soviet tank rush.




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/18/2019 10:12:54 AM   
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A look at the ground




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/18/2019 10:13:33 AM   
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I wish that I had more information on the enemy, but oh well




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/18/2019 10:13:57 AM   
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Soviet option 1




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/18/2019 10:14:20 AM   
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Soviet option 2




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/18/2019 10:14:45 AM   
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Soviet option 3




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/18/2019 3:56:45 PM   
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Looking forward to seeing the rest. Thanks for the AAR!

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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 1:23:05 AM   
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Capn Darwin,

It is very nice to be playing again.

Here is a look at the British forces




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 1:23:32 AM   
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Here is the first option




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 1:23:55 AM   
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The second option




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 1:24:17 AM   
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The final one




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 1:24:45 AM   
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Here is the commander's decision




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 1:25:14 AM   
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The last one for tonight - the initial deployment




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 9:26:00 AM   
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The early part of the battle




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 9:26:42 AM   
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The Soviets are taking on lots of damage




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 9:27:25 AM   
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My losses mount




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 9:28:07 AM   
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They have captured the Northern edge of the bridge




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 9:29:12 AM   
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They are in the town




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 9:30:05 AM   
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Soviet tanks in town are destroyed




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 12:58:46 PM   
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My guess on the eastern force is that they are having problems trying to get an engineering order off for a bridge while under fire. If you have a save game file from this time point, I would like to see it and verify the hypothesis. Great AAR as well.

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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 8:00:21 PM   
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CapnDarwin,

You are right, they were building bridges to get across the river! Not on this post, but on the next one.




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 8:00:51 PM   
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Here they are across the river




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 8:02:17 PM   
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The Soviets soon decided that they had lost too many units.




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 8:04:12 PM   
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AAR

What did I do right?

Artillery minefields – I laid them as the battle progressed and they helped slow down, and whittle down, the Soviet attackers.

My initial plan was okay. Deploying a squadron across the river helped take on the Soviets early. Having subsequent squadrons come into Resenbach to hold worked well, too.

I had recce watching the area where the Soviets forded the river, that meant that I saw them coming and was able to react fast enough.

What could I improve on

My artillery had only limited amounts of ICM, I should have held the one mission until a critical time or an very congested targeted showed itself.

I need to monitor ammunition levels better. A couple of times I had units resupplying at the wrong time.

I should have had my Bn HQ set to move randomly from the start. It kept getting hit with arty fire because I never moved it!

Air support – I used it right away and it got shot down. I would have been better off to wait until I had destroyed some of the Soviet air defence units and then launch attacks. I had the time and targets were available.

Final thoughts:

This scenario was fun. The Soviet plan was okay, they should have tried spreading out and going for the fording site earlier. My reinforcements all arrived in the nick of time. It was a good scenario to play after not playing for over a year.





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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 8:06:54 PM   
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I thought about playing this as the Soviet player. Decided to try out the river crossing first, to get a better understanding of the situation without the Brits firing at my units.

I gave some units orders to cross the river and others to close with the river bank




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 2/19/2019 8:09:01 PM   
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Here you can see that my units that I sent to move across the river, arrived on the edge, built a bridge and then crossed. This is great!

There is no version of this scenario to play as the WP against the computer, so I will look for a different option.




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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 3/1/2019 7:20:46 AM   
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Very interesting.

Do you think 30 minutes is too few to build a bridge? Are specialized equipment and vehicles "implied" in the Build Bridge action regardless of unit composition?

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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 3/1/2019 9:55:24 AM   
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I'm not sure. I was not an engineer and they do not have engineers portrayed in the game. I assume that for the game purposes, an engineering element (bridging) was attached to the Soviet companies trying to get across the river. 30 minutes seems reasonable ...



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RE: Soviet Tank Rush - Brits - 3/1/2019 10:43:09 AM   
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Engineers are abstracted in the game and the time is based on bringing up the asset to the area, scouting a good crossing point and then dropping the bridge. Steve Overton, our scenario guru, was an engineer in the 80s so we do have a good idea of how the operations go.

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