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Battle of the titans - 6/12/2021 6:24:10 AM   
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K62 messaged me and we started a game with me playing as Germany. Having not played for over 10 years will make it a interesting game.

Germany has just completed turn 8. Germany's performance to date has been poor as they are making an endless amount of avoidable mistakes. It will take some time to loosen up the rusty joints and remove the cobwebs!!



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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/12/2021 1:51:26 PM   
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is battle of the titans a scenario of War in Russia?


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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/12/2021 2:18:19 PM   
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AGN & AGS conducted minor operation while they reset and refit.

AGC Launched its attack in the Vitebsk area encircling the city and 5 korps. The attacks to capture the city and encircled troops was repulsed.

Having troubles taking screenshots as all files are to big.

I am do not know why the screen shot is so big on this post.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/12/2021 2:32:50 PM   
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Its just a subject title I used as K62 and myself were very active players many years ago.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/12/2021 5:12:52 PM   
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Here's the Vitebsk maneuver from German turn 8. Several armies are surrounded with minimal hope of relief and also a shock army shattered in the fighting. The only silver lining for the Soviets is that the resistance of the Vitebsk garrison prevented some rail line conversion this turn.




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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/12/2021 5:21:21 PM   
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If you use Ctrl-F5 for the screenshots I find they're not that big. Otherwise you may need to use an image editor like Paint to scale them down.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/12/2021 6:29:19 PM   
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We're currently on turn 8, here are the first five turns. I have a hazy recollection that my standard defense method back in the day was: retreat to the Dnepr with weak mechanized corps fighting a suicidal rearguard action. This part seemed to work OK. I don't really remember much about the northern sector but tried to set up a road block around Pskov. Ultimately this did slightly delay the Germans but those troops get surrounded turn 6 and surrender turn 7. So that's probably not the optimal play in opposing AGN.





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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/14/2021 1:12:00 PM   
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I was not able to take screenshots using Ctrl-F5.

It has been a huge relearning curve coming back to the game after so many years. I will list some points where Germany has fallen short.

Air force has been set up incorrectly and this is currently being addressed. Some things can simply not be undone.
Failure to correctly set up panzer and INF korps.
Failure to set up assault korps for specific objectives.
Reserves left in pools and not sent to the front.
Failure to rail move reserve divisions to the front.
Issuing orders in the incorrect order. Example... Moving HQ's prior to launching air missions. Moving korps and blocking troops that are plotting.
Not setting HQ's replacement level higher than 50%.
Running low on OP points.
Not recalling how rail conversion works.
Not having clear and defined objectives.

My biggest concern is how to fight in the blizzard as I remember blizzard is brutally unforgiving.







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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/15/2021 10:32:40 AM   
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Germany's main effort this week was launched in the south.
Panzer formations in the Kiev area along with Pz formations west of Dnep launched a attack with the objective of encircling the Soviet formations defending the river line. The river crossings east of Kiev failed to close the pincer.

AGC mopped up the encircled troops around Vitebsk and advanced east wards.

AGN are slowly advancing waiting for the INF korps to reach the front lines.

Losses Ax/SU

2608/20940
935/6429
236/7605
497/5630





Red dots= Pz korps intended objective.
Blue line = Pz korps objective reached.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/16/2021 6:34:55 PM   
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The Ctrl-F5 captured images are saved in a folder. Under Windows the default is

%userprofile%\AppData\Local\DOSBox\capture

It can be changed in the configuration file.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/21/2021 11:29:53 PM   
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Due to K62 and myself being very rusty at the game we both decided to restart.


Due to the PBEM bug Germany reloaded her 1st turn. Doing this has resulted in missing airfield attack reports and will reduce total Soviet plane losses.

I have decided not to bang on and just show screen shots.

6/22/41

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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/21/2021 11:31:17 PM   
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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/21/2021 11:32:46 PM   
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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/23/2021 12:21:38 AM   
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Start of turn 4.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/23/2021 12:23:42 AM   
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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/23/2021 12:24:29 AM   
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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/24/2021 4:18:27 AM   
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7/13/1941

After a disastrous battle on the frontiers resulting in the destruction of numerous divisions, the Soviet 2nd echelon regroups to attempt defense of the Dnepr river line. Strong Axis armored forces are reported in position to attack Pskov, Vitebsk, Mogilev and/or Kiev next week. Will the hastily entrenched positions hold? With many of our best tank divisions already destroyed and the Red Air Force on a crash training course in Siberia the outcome seems doubtful. But we will at least make the fascist invaders pay in blood for each kilometer.

The one bright spot is in the extreme north where the Leningrad Front has seemingly stopped the Finns on the Saimaa canal line. They've only engaged in a few bombing raids this week and did not attempt a river crossing. Hopefully the situation continues as our troops work hard at entrenching this strong natural position.

House rules:

1. A unit can not change HQ's if it has received special supply.
2. A target may only be bombed 3 times. Failed attempts do not count.
3. The soviet HQ ́s at 3 hexes (or less) from the east border are in Siberia and cań't be air attacked. The air units in these HQ ́s can ́'t fight, they must be in training mode.
4. Finns can't move south of hex (39,5) until Leningrad falls. Then Finns can move as far south as Novgorod. (No limits east or west.)

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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/24/2021 10:23:52 AM   
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7/20/41 Clear

Losses
Axis/USSR
187/1978 Squads
156/277 Tanks
19/741 Arty
71/90 A/C

A very aggressive plan was put forward to high command that involved transferring Pz divisions to different Pz korps. The uncertainty of the Pz divisions arrival in battle was a risk to great. AGC instead launched a limited offensive in the Mogilev sector with the objective of capturing a bridgehead over the Dnieper.

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Battle of Mogilev
Yellow lines = movement
Red lines = static attacks


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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/24/2021 10:27:44 AM   
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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/24/2021 10:28:58 AM   
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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/24/2021 12:57:11 PM   
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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/25/2021 5:11:04 AM   
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Two heavy blows this week. First, the fascist invaders have forced a Dnepr crossing in the Mogilev area inflicting heavy casualties on some of our best units. Second, Comrade Stalin in his infinite wisdom has decided to disband the Soviet mechanized corps. As a result, we are already seeing the panzer divisions advance much more aggressively without fear of being cut off.

In the north and south strong enemy forces appear poised to assault Pskov and Kiev soon.

On the positive side, the Finnish front still holds.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/25/2021 9:43:56 AM   
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7/21/41 Clear

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714/2052 Squads
501/1215 Armor
45/949 Arty
65/291 A/C

AGN objective this week was to encircle the city of Pskov and to rest and refit a Pz korps to the very north. A undetected shock army east of Pskov ambushed the lead panzer korps halting its attack.



AGC objective this week was the capture of Smolensk and the encirclement of a shock army and a Korp. Guderian reinforced both lead panzer korps with 2 panzer divisions each and with such overwhelming forces the objectives were achieved.



AGS objective this week was to cut off Kiev but failed to cross the river.




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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/26/2021 5:05:42 AM   
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In a lightning strike the German forces capture Smolensk and shatter several strong Soviet formations in the process. The battle of Smolensk has begun. Stavka orders all reserves into a general counterattack to weaken the exposed PzKorps. The attacks proceed in a disjointed manner with heavy casualties on both sides. One spot in the Panzer corridor that is only defended by infantry yields and we succeed in isolating 4 PzKorps in the Smolensk area. They are expected to free themselves next week but the delay will allow us to reinforce the road to Moscow.

In the north the Leningrad Front abandons Pskov and the Saimaa Canal line to shorten its front line. Most of the troops previously facing the Finns will be deployed to defend the swamps west of Novgorod against the Germans instead. Intelligence reports have indicated that the Finns do not intend to attack Leningrad.

In the south the defense of the Dnepr in the Kiev area is reinforced.

Losses this turn
Axis: 547/42/271/18
Soviet: 415/106/27/481






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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/26/2021 2:00:50 PM   
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3/8/41 Clear

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557/2222
138/700
37/905
348/2941

The Soviets have committed there air force to the battle of Smolensk with devastating results. Battle reports show that massive amounts of bombers have supported Soviets ground attacks inflicting massive damage on the Germans but they lacked fighter escorts. German intel reports suspected that 3 HQ's in the Smolensk area were reinforced with bombers and a HQ near Moscow providing air cover for the bomber HQ's. German air recon confirmed this. Bomber formations supported by long range fighter bombers engaged the Soviets in the air and then bombed all 4 airfields.

AGN advanced to the Soviets new line of defence but has not engaged the enemy.
AGC has restored supply to the cut off Pz korps while the infantry korps move towards the front. A shock army was cut off and surrendered.
AGS has captured a weakly defended Kiev and the bulk of her slow moving infantry korps advance east.


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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/29/2021 2:16:10 AM   
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The Soviet air force has been wiped out a second time in the battle of Smolensk but it has played a crucial role in slowing down the advance on Moscow. It flies back to Siberia to reorganize, hopefully in time to make another showing this year.

Otherwise a pretty quiet week on the Soviet side. Kiev, Vitebsk and Velikie Luki are abandoned as we have no hope of holding them much longer. The pressure is maintained on the narrow corridor leading to Smolensk but further attacks are postponed in the absence of air support. The Vyazma area is reinforced. Stavka leaves the capital to avoid interfering with the defensive works.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 6/29/2021 1:43:30 PM   
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Very little action on the eastern front.

Hitler has forbidden to discuss the unexpected events that have occurred this week and has set up a command post to anilaise and counter such events in the future.


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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/1/2021 1:03:18 AM   
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An eerie calm descends over the Eastern Front as Soviet preparations for the defense of Moscow continue. Surprisingly front line intelligence reports no German supply columns have reached Smolensk this week. As puzzled intelligence officers examine this information it appears a partisan attack has occurred NE of Minsk severing the northern Minsk-Mogilev railway. However the southern Minsk-Mogilev line appears intact as well as the one from Zhitomir. Stavka is not quite sure what to make of this information. A division is sent through an apparent gap in the frontline to investigate the intact railway and potentially cut it. However it is ambushed by an unseen German korps and its chances of further survival seem faint.

Only minor adjustments in the front line and redeployment of reserves to report otherwise.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/1/2021 1:03:01 PM   
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17/8/41 Clear.

It has been confirmed....

Last week partisan activity has cut the supply lines to AGC.

This event has halted the german offensive and Im unsure if it can regain the momentum that is needed. This turn has shown that the ground gained and the enemy units destroyed was not worth the tanks lost.






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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/3/2021 7:04:27 AM   
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The Germans have breached the Dnepr line in the Kiev and Dnepropetrovsk areas. Faced with the prospect of encirclement Stavka orders a strategic withdrawal. We're still holding small sections of the Dnepr in the Gomel and Poltava areas. We've lost some ground in the Leningrad, Rzhev and Vyazma areas but the second line held in most places without major breaches.

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