From: Berlin, Germany
T12, 04.02.1943 before Axis operations
The Seminar is over and it is time to resolve the cliffhanger. The Soviets conduct a two pincer offensive at Voronesh, isolating two Hungarian division and a regiment, destroying fortifications and rail lines while winning many battles. It is the first major Soviet offensive since T1 attack, every other operation was of very limited scope (taking 1-2 hexagons) or in response to Axis offensives.
The problem was that I saw the Southern pincer last turn but underestimated the MP (Soviet trucks shortages) and expected a normal grinding attack further South, while completely missing the Northern pincer. The Soviets had quite a number of weak units there for the the last month but sneaked in stronger formations which were difficult to identiy in this chaos. In addition I did not pay enough attention to fort level developement, which frankly is a bit difficult considering the length of the front.
I do not expect to lose formations due to this but the lost fortifications, wins for the Soviets (guards farming) and loss of unrecoverable morale is punishment enough.
The Hungarian generals disappoint but General Ernst Hell does a good job, preventing the Soviets from forming a tight pocket wall. He will get some medals.
Elsewhere, the situtaion is much better. I plan to destroy some fortifications and to Retake Rshew with operation Locomotive to reconnect the rail hexagons there for better supply. The priority this turn will of course be to react to the developements at Voronesh.
I also included some general information screenshots. Aircraft pools are fine except for tac/dive bombers, I could also use some more short range recon.
Annoying is the unused pool of Tiger tanks, the engine should be more flexible here, swapping some medium tanks if there are to many heavies. And some for fighter aircraft exports to R,H&F would be nice too.
< Message edited by EwaldvonKleist -- 9/15/2019 9:40:11 PM >