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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/13/2019 11:34:09 PM   
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Turn 3 / Impulse 1:

The Russians start to integrate their new units into the front and fall again a few hexes back.

The situation in the north:




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/13/2019 11:37:57 PM   
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And the south:




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/14/2019 12:08:04 AM   
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Turn 3 / Impulse 3 (Axis):

The Germans walk up new arrived units from Germany - but in the rain it is a slow process. HQs strain to provide supply to front line units and often fail. German attackers move up to the Russian lines but there are no attacks.

However, the weather clears for Impulse 5. This is the situation at the start of the 5 impulse (or end of the 3rd).







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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/14/2019 12:09:22 AM   
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The situation at the beginning of the 5. impulse in the south




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/14/2019 11:42:41 AM   
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A slower press forward but being able to move and fight again in the next impulse is always better than getting disorganized due to movement. Especially early in the turn. If the weather clears next impulse (which it did in your game) your disorganized units can't move and fight that impulse.

So next time, accept the slower press forwards (or backwards). If the weather clears, your units will have the necessary movement points to reach the enemy's position and can fight (or you can run away from out of the dreaded Stuka's short range).

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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/16/2019 5:45:13 PM   
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Thanks for the comment - I think I did get two German units disorganized because of movement - but it was an oversight on my part and not done intentionally. When I noticed it several phases later and I did not want to rewind the tape and redo it and decided to live with the consequences of not paying enough attention.

I believe the disorganization was caused by moving when out of supply during the rain.

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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/16/2019 8:22:16 PM   
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Turn 3 / Impulse 5 (Allies):

The weather is fine.

The Russians railed in some reinforcements from Eastern and Far East Cities. They made a few front line adjustments. But there was either no need to fall back yet or units were disorganized from previous fighting and refused orders to fall back.

Turn 3 / Impulse 6 (Axis):

The Germans moved up once more and engaged two Russian hexes - one in the north and one in the south. The Luftwaffe conducted no ground strikes since one of the two defenders in each hex was already disorganized. This is the northern attack plan:








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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/16/2019 8:24:10 PM   
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And v. Rundstedt's maps in the South:




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/16/2019 8:29:40 PM   
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The Luftwaffe flies in all available Ground Support. (Especially the attack near Minsk requires some help.) There are still several Russian bombers available to provide ground support themselves. But the Luftwaffe is confident to derive them back before then can affect ground combat.

However, the Luftwaffe overestimated their capabilities and while German bombers could provide support, the German fighters failed in their mission near Minsk. One of two Russian bombers did provide ground support resulting in undesirable attack odds.

The air combat near Minsk:




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/16/2019 8:36:58 PM   
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The air combat in the south was more successful for the Luftwaffe but not as critical as the one near Minsk. The Russian air force lost another bomber unit.

The Russians considered the wisdom of using unescorted bombers but decided that given the short time frame of this scenario it does not make sense to wait until fighters become available again very late in the game. So they may as well use them now.




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/16/2019 8:41:22 PM   
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Ground combat near Minsk was ugly but considering the odds the Germans got off lightly.




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/16/2019 8:42:57 PM   
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The ground combat in the south was successful for the Germans:




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/16/2019 8:45:17 PM   
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As we are approaching the end of the turn the Germans also railed in some slow units that started the turn in Germany as reinforcements and did not make much progress so far.

Also, the Italian corps that so far helped pin down 2 Russian armies in the Pripet Marches was replaced in this role by a German Militia. This freed the Italians to join the main front.

This is the situation in the north at the end of the turn:




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/16/2019 8:52:20 PM   
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The situation in the south. German planners think about how to best take Odessa which is defended by two fairly strong Russian units. But perhaps they just bypass it. (Have to review the rules here - not sure how to go about it or what game mechanics are available to the attacker).






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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/19/2019 10:40:57 PM   
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Turn 3 / Impulse 7 (Allies):

Near Riga, the Russians have to fall back to prevent German units that have infiltrated the lines free access to Estonia. However, it will make Riga more vulnerable.






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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/19/2019 10:43:56 PM   
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In the Ukraine, the Russians defensive line looks healthier. But the units here have to defend in open terrain and are generally weaker and won't last a sustained offensive.




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/19/2019 10:47:50 PM   
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Turn 3 / Impulse 8 (Axis):

The Axis gathers its forces for a last effort for this turn and try to take Riga as well as break through in the Ukraine. Two hexes are attacked.

The first is Riga where the Luftwaffe provides heavy ground support. German fighters can destroy the last organized Russian bomber who heroically tries to prevent the fall of the city.

Air Combat at Riga:




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/19/2019 10:49:36 PM   
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The attack on Riga is successful:




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/19/2019 10:51:09 PM   
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Luftwaffe ground support in the Ukraine is unopposed and this attack is also a success for the Germans:




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/19/2019 10:53:35 PM   
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Three more Russian land units could be destroyed by the Germans and the Russians defenses become very weak while the width of the front widens that the few remaining Russian units have to hold. Russia must hope for bad weather and the turn to end soon.

The situation in the North at the end of Impulse 8:




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/19/2019 10:54:24 PM   
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The situation in the south:




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/20/2019 9:19:48 PM   
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Turn 3 / Impulse 9 (Allies):

The weather turns nasty again:




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/20/2019 9:24:20 PM   
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The Russians do very little since many of their units are disorganized and others stayed with them to provide protection against attacks. (no pictures)

Turn 3 / Impulse 11 (Axis):

Given the weather it is unlikely the Germans will get another turn. So land units behind the front rushed east in the rain and did not mind if they did become disorganized this late in the turn. The Germans advanced only in a very few hexes and strengthened the front line.

The Axis conducted no attacks since many units were out of supply because of the weather.

This is the (almost) unchanged situation at the end of the Impulse.




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 6/20/2019 9:25:45 PM   
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The situation in the south:




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 7/14/2019 7:11:47 PM   
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Turn 3 / Impulse 13:

The Russians did receive one last action in which the out of supply motorized unit in the Pripet Marches moved one hex east in order to escape. The Russian HQs also re-organized just in case. But the turn ended here.

Turn 3 / Impulse 1:

The Germans win the initiative but the weather turns nastier.




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 7/14/2019 7:15:23 PM   
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Turn 4 /Impulse 1:

The situation at the start of the turn in the south. It is worth noting that unrest in German occupied Russia/Ukraine resulted in the appearance of Partisans. (There was only one hex where they could enter behind German lines.)




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 7/14/2019 7:51:36 PM   
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Turn 4 / Impulse 1:

Despite the weather and urged on by the approaching winter the Germans declare one attach in the north and south each.

The attack in Latvia goes relatively well (9) and eliminates all defenders but the attacking German units are disorganized early in the turn again and one Prussian Militia unit had to sacrifice itself to ensure success. But units following have now access to Estonia.




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RE: Solitaire Barbarossa - A Beginner Stumbles East - 7/14/2019 7:58:45 PM   
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The attack in the south failed completely (3) and a Rumanian militia was lost (and all attackers disorganized) with no compensation whatsoever.




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