War in the East 2 Steel inferno - Army Group A - Part I: Race to the Caucasus AAR
Today we have for you the first After Action Report from the new Gary Grigsby's War in the East 2: Steel Inferno scenario pack! This report showcases play against the AI in the "Army Group A - Part I: Race to the Caucasus" scenario . This is a new 17 turn scenario which begins on July 25th, 1942 after the fall of Rostov and focuses on the drive to capture the oil-rich Caucasus region. The German player has to clear the Caucasus region, secure the Black Sea ports and try to capture the oil regions around Grozny and Baku, while holding Army Group B's right flank along the Kalmuck Steppe.
Historically, the fall of Rostov on 25 July 1942 allowed the Germans to commence Operation Edelweiss, designed to capture the oilfields at Baku. Army Group A was made up of 1st and 4th Panzer Armies, 17th Army, 3rd Romanian Army and supported by elements of Luftflotte 4. Initially the Germans made rapid gains, capturing Stavropol on 3 August, Maikop on 10 August, Krasnodar on 12 August and Mozdok on 23 August (in addition to planting their flag on Mount Elbrus on 21 August). However, supply problems and the diversion of formations to Stalingrad slowed the advance. By 11 September, the Germans had captured the bulk of Novorossiysk but were unable to fully dislodge the Red Army meaning the port couldn’t be used.
By the end of September, Soviet formations had successfully held the main passes into Georgia and stopped the German advance well to the west of Grozny. However, the Soviet forces in the region were too weak to attack until the Germans started to pull back in early 1943 after the collapse of the Stalingrad front.
For more information on War in the East 2: Steel Inferno, please see the produce page here.