Actually I had no fun playing on with Morris after he forced me to stop my AAR and he didn’t want to continue in public, so we finally had a stalemate at turn 63. Well, I still don’t get why this happens, but anyway, here come the last four glorious turns:
Turn 60 | November '42
Russians do a hard counter attack in the South killing 2 Panzers, 2 Mech and 2 Romanian INF... Especially at Kursk russian bombers had a very good day it seems.
Interesting situation in the North and the Middle... nobody home! Every Red Army soldier went to the South! Wehrmacht will take the opportunity and launch operation Typhoon against Moscow.
The Russian MECH dies in the bugy-harbor. But well, this is the only single unit Morris looses to the bug ... our goal will be to attack the Western group and prevent them from fleeing to Caucasus.
Free Frech start there uprising at Agadir. But our troops are well prepared for them... fire at will!!!
Bismarck down to 1 step… we’ll have to find a way to get her out of there…!
Eleven Axis INF-Corps march on Moscow from different directions. No Russians in sight... what will Morris do?
Some Luftwaffe air units send North too, in the South we will just fall back and there is nothing to do for them in the next turns.
Also three additional reserve Inf-Corps have been railed to Moscow region ... they will ether look after our flanks or push through Moscow too ... depending on Morris reaction.
Russian FTR killed with 3:0 steps! Hurray!
And retreating in line on the whole front. Like this Morris will have no chance to attack us in force as ZOC is preventing him to follow.
Morris wrote: yes , I planed to start the attack from oct 1942 , but unfortunately it was all fair weather until Dec ! Otherwise the all southern Axis troops would have almost all be killed !
Actually I would have done the same style retreating as soon as bad weather sets in. No way killing my Southern group at all.
Our FTRs were repaired as Morris has not many Russian FTRs in a good shape to cover his Bombers.
And at the same time we start to rail some Panzers to a safe zone where they can rest and need no oil. They won’t fight in Winter anyway.
In Charkow the second Airborne division starts to dig in.
First Russian Corps encircled...
Agadir back in our hands! Now the Free French have to wait for their western Allies to supply them... but they won’t come!
Bismarck is save for this turn! It took almost half an Hour to find this single HEX were she is safe...
Rest of the fleet ether repairs or sails back to safer waters.
Casualties... and Killcounter, Turn Eleven Barbarossa:
SU: 1 FTR, 1 Mech (Iran)
Total: 2 FTR, 5 Pz, 11 Mech, 38 Inf, 1 FJ, 62 Gar
AXIS:2 Pz, 2 Mech, 2 rom Inf
Total: 5 Pz, 4 Mech, 2 Inf
Turn 61 | 14. Dezember '42
At Moscow it seems Red Army tries to implement some kind of defence. Not enough to make us stop though... also Morris should yet not expect our Bombers here!
Tula empty ... we’ll take the present!
In South quite quiet. Russians probably repaired their Air Force… good for our troops… they’ll just retreat further and keep the ZOC-line intact.
Well, just one single bombed Romanian Corps… that’s all for the first Russian Winter-turn…
British FTR given up … but a nice chance for us to encircle the next two Russian units…
All quiet here … just some news: Morris breaks our house-rule and again stations a strategic bomber at Canaries. (At that time/turn everything was still harmonious)
What happend here? The next Allied suicide cruise?? Supply the Free French?
Red Army defence perimeter with help of Luftwaffe destroyed! Scouts report: defenders of Moscow not dugged in and two more INFs in sight!
Further retreating in the South, this turn only the Southern Russian tank is able to attack, rest is prevented by ZOC.
Again Panzer railed away, on Northern wing some repairs; maybe Morris gives us an opportunity for a counter here?
Italian Airborns get a defence commander, not much more we can do for defence of those cities.
After that turn severe winter sets in… Germans are vulnerable now. What a Luck we are not in attack range… (Did I just say luck??
We start some landing skirmish here... maybe we can attract some Russian INFs?
FTR stationed in North Persia to improve our spotting there...
And: last British unit destroyed in Middle East … that makes 5 Infs, 1 Mech, 1 Pz, 2 FTR, and some Gars killed here!
Next Red Army soldiers encircled. No active hostile troops in the area... only a single GAR walking to Tabriz.
We try to kill the Northern Free French … the FTR needs that HEX to attack the American StratB which still sits on Canaries.
Pz and MECH left alone… maybe Morris really risks some ships to supply them??
By the way: SUBs find the hostile „fleet“ just two DDs probably looking out for our SUBs?
Bismarck savely on the way to Basra now… also Littorio makes it home to a save harbor. And a new Italian BB is welcomed in Axis fleet!
Casualties...and KillCounter, Turn twelve Barbarossa:
SU: 3 Inf (who would have guessed?!?!)
Total: 2 FTR, 5 Pz, 11 Mech, 41 Inf, 1 FJ, 62 Gar
Total: 5 Pz, 4 Mech, 2 Inf
Turn 62 | Januar '43
Patisans spawn in Kalinin … annoying!
Moscow: Red Army is running! This is our chance to get the city! Actually it seems that Soviets have trouble with producing enough units and repairing everything at the same time...
As expected hostile forces could not really attack our units, most losses were due to bombings.
Morris brings in a 7-step INF corp in reaction to our transport… nice its not at Moscow then. Actually this is a INf which was fleeing from Petrosavosk region some turns ago ... does STAWKA not build new troops?
DDs still on suicide course andFree French INF starving at the coast line.
Kalinin: Partisan survives ... annoying again!
Moscow: encircled and (non-dugged-in) Airborne down to 3-steps. Moscow will not resist long!
Russian INF at Kursk destroyed, our units form a ZOC line… so no counterattacks possible again! (well, let’s hope there are no Tanks in Lipetzk or Voronezh)
Rest of the frontline on retreat in line … again Morris will almost not be able to attack... except our fortress-cities... our fanatic Airborns are dugged in there commanded by their Def-commanders. Let’s hope they will cost Red Army some time!
Some Mechs railed back… we were planning our Spring offensive in the region of Odessa! Red Army should reach there just in time (five turns) if they keep the same speed ... (which they will as we don’t leave them another choice).
Luftwaffe rebased to Romania, time for repairs and upgrades…
Russian Rail-capa going down as Moscow is attacked!
Overview oft he Eastern front. In the Reich one can see two Panzer-corps. Dose will be upgraded to SS next turn. Another Pz is already being upgraded to SS. And a third Pz is under construction, and will be upgraded as well in 2 turns. This will give us at least 4 SS Panzer-corps and 5 regular ones for the Spring offensive. Together with our additional ground and Air forces we guess Morris will (would) have a hard time stopping us.
Not much happend here. Just some bombings and another feint-landing set up.
Hex for the FTR turned grey again & Convoy attacked by our SUBs. Fleets is being repaired and Stukas stay in the region as we are not sure what Morris will do with his two DDs.
3rd Naval Lab build… they are doing such ago job, why not provide some new weapons in the future…
And… casualties... and KillCounter: Turn 13 Barbarossa:
SU: 1 Inf, 1 Gar
Total: 2 FTR, 5 Pz, 11 Mech, 42 Inf, 1 FJ, 63 Gar
Total: 5 Pz, 4 Mech, 2 Inf
Well, and that was the magic turn … after this Morris wanted a re-start form Turn 49 ... you know the rest of the story. Only one more turn was played, pictures made by a friend of mine, because I wasn’t in the mute anymore:
Turn 63 | Januar '43
No counterattacks at Moscow. City has been given up!
Oh, and well… Morris killed the first two Axis units during his winter-offensive. And how he did! Two dugged in Airborne with DEF-commanders killed at almost no losses for the Red Army (compared to Axis/Finnish losses at Moscow). Next time I would retreat the Airborne too, it makes no sense leaving them there, if they defend so badly!
No reserves send to the Caucasus by the enemy. Well then let’s start invading for real!
No repairs on the still at Canaries sitting StratB … Americans building up a new fleet?
In three attacks (DD, FTR, STRB) only one hit on our SUB… well luck seems to turn away from the Airborne and goes to the divers
Moscow captured!!! Thanks to our Finnish comrades who did most of the work as they have appropriate winter-equipment (but took high losses too)!
Also Jaroslawl captured by the Finns.
Partisans killed to be sure our retreat will be in order once it is necessary.
And in the South: going back in ordered line… what else?
Overview again … building for the Spring offensive. And actually I have to say: I understand Morris frustration: we have the room to fall back, there is nothing he can do and while he is perusing we safe oil and build up, oh and capture Moscow ...
In the Russian North still no units in sight … would have been a nice place for a spring offensive too!
Airforce moves forward here, and more Units for landings are deployed.
The two Pz going to the Eastern Front… we wanted to make a hard punch on the Russians in Summer `43. Al in all it would have been 10 Pz, 10 TACs, 8 MECHs, 12 FTRs and 30 INFs in Russia. Additional troops would make pressure from the Caucasus (2 MECH, 8 INF, 3FTR and 3 TACs)... from my point of view Soviets have not a chance to win this game.
Bismarck safely arrived in Basra!
The Situation in the Atlantic: 7 BBs, 4 DDs and 10 SUBs stationed here ... we estimate Morris to have 6 ships in total at the moment.
Finnaly the FTR reaches the position to chase away that buggy STRB!
Well, and as all ends, we can play with open cards: two German CVs would engage the next Atlantic battle…
Some words to production and oil too: Axis have a total of 280 PP / turn and 100 Oil ... I would guess that’s more than Allies have in total... ?!
For the last time casualties and KillCounter:
Turn 14 Barbarossa:
SU: 1 FJ
Total: 2 FTR, 5 Pz, 11 Mech, 42 Inf, 2 FJ, 63 Gar =3685 PP
ACHSE: 2 FJ
Total: 5 Pz, 4 Mech, 2 Inf, 2 FJ = 775 PP
AXIS MAYOR VICTORY
For the victory parade in Moscow the latest Tigers of the heavy Panzerabteilung 502 have been railed in!
Well, thats it... thank you for reading and hope you did enjoy my AAR !!
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