From: Tucson, AZ
Hey all, yesterday night i finished my take on Tannenberg 14 with the Russians, and... did anyone manage to win it and how?
German troops are able to just smash through your troops and fragment them with ease unless you sit on 100% fortifications. They also seem to have almost as much troops, and the ability to travel freely and fast through rich supply lanes to hit you everywhere at once.
My first take was to move Samsonov to the North, and by turn 3 the Germans attacked me before i even reached the lakes, with Rennenkampf's army still on the reinforcement list. Obviously, the Germans were faster than anticipated, so i decided to have another go.
This time i entrenched Samsonov in the south, behind rivers and within fire support range from my forts. Meanwhile, i tried to put up an entrenched MLR just west of the lakes and the NE corner of the map, behind which i would try to move southward most of Rennenkampf's army.
By turn 3 the Germans stormed Rennenkampf's lines and i wasn't able to contain them. Only with multiple stacking units and 100% entrenchment and several Tactical Reserve units i was able to repel some attacks. I tried to outflank the advancing Germans with Cavalry and maybe take out HQs and artillery, to no avail. Meanwhile, Samsonov was under attack, though my heavily entrenched lines behind the river held with no problems. Recon attempts with his cavalry saw several units moving south so i couldn't try anything funny.
After turns of grueling battle, with Rennenkampf's troops being slowly pushed through the lakes and his reinforcements needed just to plug the holes in the line, i tried to push north with half of Samsonov's army. The cavarly saw no units in the German backfield, so i thought the Germans had concentrated their forces against Rennenkampf.
Bad idea. I was able to destroy a couple German units, but as soon as i reached the town with the objective just behind the border, Germans swarmed me from every direction. I had no entrenchment, so every field battle saw even German Irregulars and cavalry just push aside and fragment my infantry with ease. I was barely able to pull back and avoid a total encirlement.
Meanwhile, the Germans smashed Rennenkampf's army to piecies.
In the end, i suffered a defeat, although i suffered less casualities than the Germans. But if the scenario didn't end at turn 14 the Germans would have been able to completely destroy me, because there was no way for me to win or even draw any open battle. Their troop quality was just too much, and my supplies were horrible even close to my supply sources while Germans enjoyed better supplies on their forward echelons than i have 4 hexes from my sources.
So, are there Russian commanders that can suggest me some strategy?
I'll post screenshots this evening to explain myself better.
I played Tannenberg so long ago that I don't remember the situation but from your description I understand that it's WWI and the Germans are attacking the Soviets?
Sounds like the Soviets need to build a solid MLR ( main line of resistance ) and put some infantry on the second row of your front lines in 'T' mode to help hold the line. And especially important is putting some arty behind the front line troops to help stiffen the front lines a little. You're going to need stacks of units to deal with the Germans. Their proficiency is higher than yours and a single Soviet unit by itself isn't strong enough to stand up by itself against the German units. I'll have to play it again....see how I do.