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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/3/2021 10:46:45 AM   
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Germany was not able to reform her lead Pz korps when supply was cut so the decision was made to assign reinforcements to the HQ's in order for the korps to be reinforced. The critical importance of this happening is of utmost importance and for the 2nd week in row this has not taken place. This has effectively blunted Germanys offensive in the east.


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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/4/2021 3:46:22 AM   
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Here's the current front line.




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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/4/2021 8:35:28 AM   
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For interest's sake I decided to reload last turn and just plot the main attack. I believe the results speak for themselves.

Last turn took me over 3 hours to play to ensure I get the best out of my troops. Seems like I am pissing into the wind as the reloaded turn took me 30 seconds to play and the results are much BETTER.




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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/5/2021 7:22:47 AM   
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The gap in the south has become much larger and essentially the whole southern half of the Soviet front has started a precipitate retreat. The temporary surplus of troops is railed in to help defend the Moscow and Leningrad approaches. A garrison is left behind to defend Kharkov but it may be unable to hold out for more than a week or two.

In the center and north the Germans are pushing forward relentlessly and have cleared most of the swamps that were supporting the Soviet front line. New defense lines are established in the hope they'll have time to dig in. Two divisions are sent through gaps in the German front line to harass the supply lines for the PzKorps threatening Vyazma; preliminary reports seem to indicate they were successful.

The VVS fighter force is also showing up in somewhat greater numbers this week. While we have no hope of contesting air superiority, every bomber destroyed or diverted is one less attack on our ground troops. With 9-10 weeks of good weather left in the year, the battles for Leningrad and Moscow are very much undecided and every small detail can make a big difference.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/5/2021 10:03:38 AM   
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31/8/41 Clear

All of AGN's attacks were repulsed this week with high German losses.

AGC secured there supply lines and launched probing attacks to test the Soviets defences.

AGS advances east but has made no contact with soviets. In fact AGS was not able to spot any units.

Pz korps of AGC and AGN have launched a joint operation but it looks like there efforts are in vane as no Soviet troops were cut off.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/7/2021 5:12:56 AM   
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The long southern retreat continues with the Kharkov garrison being railed out and sent to defend Moscow. The last positions next to Smolensk are abandoned as shock armies are formed and reinforced on the Moscow approaches. Everyone is bracing for the upcoming assault.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/8/2021 9:58:58 AM   
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Some minor attacks while German troops rest, refit and redeploy while they await supplies to reach the front lines.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/10/2021 4:20:37 AM   
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The Germans are uncharacteristically quiet this week as several PzKorps line up west of Vyazma and Rzhev. The Luftwaffe in particular seems to be completely massed up on the Moscow front. Small reconnaissance raids reveal a PzKorps that ran out of air cover in the Rostov area and only Finnish air groups defending the AGN air space.

The VVS decides to take advantage of the Luftwaffe dispositions by massing on the extreme flanks. In the south a spoiling attack on the exposed PzKorps is supported by bombers and inflicts significant damage. In the north an elite (by Soviet standards...) bomber group had been deployed last week to defend Leningrad. Due to lack of combat it is still in good shape and it gets sent on a raid against the Finnish airfields. Further fighter and bomber forces are deployed to support multiple spoiling attacks on AGN troops that trade casualties at an almost even ratio.

Several spoiling attacks are also ordered against AGC forces but, lacking air support, they prove much less successful.

Here are the losses this week (total doesn't include Soviet aircraft lost on turn 1):





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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/11/2021 1:06:18 AM   
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I've stitched together an animation of the June-July turns. (Since the game is ongoing I'm trying to keep the screenshots a bit behind to avoid revealing where the Soviet lines are.)




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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/12/2021 2:49:30 PM   
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14/9/41 clear.
With many delays and setbacks Germany has finally completed the reformation of her Pz divisions. This reformation has created 6 strong Pz divisions that have been sent to AGC. 3 Pz divisions were deployed east of Rzhev and another 3 Pz divisions west of Vyazma. Supported by the bulk of the luftwaffe a pincer attack between the 2 cities was launched cutting off 6 armies and shattering another 3 armies.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/12/2021 3:08:23 PM   
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14/9/41 clear.

Very big flak losses this week.

Losses Axis Soviet
980/4558 squads
396/890 tanks
109/3 AC

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/13/2021 4:40:39 AM   
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With the Luftwaffe fighter force diverted to the flanks the VVS is able to make a massive show of force in the center this week. Just in time as the Germans have made a very dangerous attack breaking through three defensive lines and surrounding multiple armies.

With one shock army shattered, one isolated and one in poor shape after retreating, the remaining four shock armies counter-attack the flanks of the enemy salient with massive bomber support. They are joined by pretty much every army on the Moscow front in contact with the enemy. While most attacks fail, at a critical spot east of Vyazma a PzKorps with Italian divisions gives way and shatters. This isolates the three strong PzKorps at the tip of the penetration.

Divisions are shifted around to reinforce the immediate Moscow defenses, hopefully the October rains are on time this year.

Losses this turn
Axis: 1652/140/907/421
Soviet: 1365/193/96/1125




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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/13/2021 2:11:58 PM   
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3 Pz korps in the Orel area have been sent north to attack the Soviets flank while establishing contact with the cut off German Pz divisions. This attack could have devastating results if follow up Pz korps have not secured critical areas.

The Luftwaffe and the VVS are in fierce and bloody battles. The luftwaffe bombed 2 soviet airfields but the bulk of her bomber force was used to soften up soviet ground troops

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/16/2021 4:41:04 AM   
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The bulk of the VVS heads back to Siberia for a well-deserved rest and the troops in the Rzhev-Vyazma area are pulled back into the Moscow defenses. New shock armies are deployed into the last fortified lines before the city. A desperate breakout attempt by units encircled near Vyazma encounters weak Rumanian units that had followed the German armored attack from Orel this week and unexpectedly succeeds. We will see if any troops manage to escape across the Oka river next week.

The Leningrad and Rostov fronts have been quiet lately. Axis forces are approaching Tula and Voronezh.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/16/2021 12:27:13 PM   
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Last week germany attacked a critical hex with the objective of cutting off soviet troops but attacking and winning the battle of a hex does not give you control of the hex. This allowed all Soviet troops to retreat and avoid encirclement. A big pill to swallow for such a small error.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/17/2021 3:06:27 AM   
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Yes the same thing happened to me the turn before when attacking the PzKorps SE of Rzhev. It retreated east but didn't lose supply the next turn. Static attacks don't shift control apparently.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/17/2021 3:11:48 AM   
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Soviet meteorologists predict heavy rains and the beginning of the rasputitsa season next week. The shock army that had broken out last week took heavy losses but managed to retreat across the Oka to safety. A second army that was following behind was not so lucky and had to surrender. The front was otherwise quiet, only minor positional adjustments to report.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/18/2021 5:04:02 AM   
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Nothing to report as both sides are stuck in the mud. The rain is expected to continue next week too.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/19/2021 4:35:38 AM   
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09/11/41 Snow.

AGN & AGC

Germany is quite confident it has the forces to reach the gates of Moscow but due to the lack of winter uniforms taking the city is another matter.
Germany has placed her Pz divisions in reserve and wait for winter supplies to reach the front before attacking.

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3 Pz divisions have moved in the direction of Rostov and has only encountered light resistance. The city should fall next week.


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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/21/2021 3:47:02 AM   
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The Soviets got really lucky with the weather in this game. First an extended rainy season and now blizzard in mid-November. The Axis have played very skillfully so it's a shame that random events (partisan attack, extended bad weather) have taken away 4-5 turns from the "normal" campaign season.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/22/2021 5:53:18 AM   
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16/11/41 Blizzard

Germany is in full retreat on all fronts.

Germany was toying with the idea of creating armored traps to counter attack the advancing Soviets but this plan was cancelled as its success was to weather dependent.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/22/2021 6:04:17 AM   
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German troops halt there retreat and counter attack the pursuing Soviets.

The lack of German armor and the increasing number of Soviet armor formations committed against AGC is a major concern.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/25/2021 3:18:42 AM   
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The Germans have established strong defensive lines for the winter. The Soviets tried to approach them during the brief spell of blizzard in mid-November but the weather turned to snow and we got pushed back with multiple shatters and heavy losses. A second, more cautious advance is ordered in anticipation of the blizzard resuming next week.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/26/2021 1:26:36 AM   
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The blizzard is here, hopefully to stay for a while. VVS activity in the Leningrad area identifies two empty PzKorps. A general advance is ordered except for the Kursk area where the Germans have attacked through the blizzard with heavy Luftwaffe support and pushed back two armies with heavy loss. Some more empty korps are encountered particularly in the Vyazma area where a massive preplanned attack falls flat. Heavy resistance is encountered in the Pskov and Stalino areas.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/26/2021 1:05:05 PM   
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14/12/1941 Blizzard.

The effects of the mid November blizzard is starting to become clearer now.

The Soviets are getting a head start converting there railways. This will reduce the effectiveness of the well prepared German defensive position. The defensive positions are now too close to the front. The Soviets will be able to assault the German defensive lines earlier and with a much better supplied army.

Germany options are as follows. Hold ground and suffer very high casualties or give up ground in order to preserve the army.

The next 2 months will be very critical for Germany.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/27/2021 12:42:45 AM   
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Velikiye Luki is liberated this week but Bryansk and Stalino hold against strong attacks. Small advances along the rest of the front with a combination of elaborate attacks on abandoned positions and bloody ambushes by undiscovered korps.

Soviet meteorologists bring good news for the Axis, next week will be muddy.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/28/2021 3:19:34 AM   
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21/12/1941 Mud

Germany reorganized her front line expecting minor Soviet activity.

No action this week.


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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/28/2021 3:31:05 AM   
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28/12/41 Blizzard

The Soviets launched a massive attack last week along the entire front supported by the VVS. Germany was mistaken to expect only light soviet activity in the mud and has suffered very high losses in areas where troops were in transition.

Expecting the Soviets to have low supplies and being disorganized after there offensive Germany counter attack very aggressively pushing back the Soviets along the entire front.

Losses
Axis/USSR
802/4557 Squads
5/236 Armor
59/1027 Guns
354/560 A/C

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/29/2021 2:22:55 AM   
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Almost all Soviet attacks fail this week except for the one on Bryansk. The Germans seem to have found the recipe to fighting well in blizzard. Only Soviet units have shattered during winter so far.

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RE: Battle of the titans - 7/29/2021 10:26:00 AM   
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4/1/42 Blizzard

German attacked along the entire front again this week.

A counter attack was launched between Kharkov and Stalino and it was repulsed.

A attack was launched in the Kursk area and was repulsed once again.

A counter attack was launched in the Brynask area retreating the defenders.

A attack was launched in the Smolensk area retreating the defenders.

2 attacks launched in the Pskov area retreating 2 armies.

The Soviets supply lines are starting to reach the German front lines. We expect the Soviets will be able to muster greater strength as every week passes while our own positions are lacking entrenchment, manpower, supplies and materials.










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