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  • Originally posted by The Purist View Post


    OKW to advise immediate reaction to Sardinian situation: leave the garrison to fight the best it can or send in Folgore and the German Fallschirmjagers.
    Leave the garrison to fight on their own.
    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy. -- Ernest Benn

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    • 8/42 - Good and Bad News

      This months update will cover a tour of all the Axis areas is order to aid in making some important decisions. Beginning in the west (Map 1) the defence of the French Channel coast line is currently manned by approximately 32 German and Italian divisons. The only reserves are the LVI Pz Corps near Rouen. Combined with the defence of southern France and north-west Italy (Map 2) the total Axis strength in France is 36 divisions. Some 6 of these divisions are surplus to the garrison requirements and a number of Italian divisions could be send back to Italy to aid in the defence of Sicily and the west coast.

      Over in Turkey (Map 3) AG B has made some large gains and is approaching Ankara from the north-west. Fatigue is an issue but the same should hold tru, to a slightly lesser degree, for the allied divisions. The main rail line has not been cleared and it will be necessary to turn part of the AG west to do so in order to advance the RRU further.

      AG A, attacking southwest along the rail line, has also made good gains and will now turn east to clear the rail line and meet with AG B in the centre. A decision that needs to be made is how much of a force to turn west to take Izmir on the west coast. The terrain near the port city is good for defence but it is probably best not to bypass this location. The balance of AG A will continue its attack south and then east toward the Taursus Mountains and the Syria.

      The two offensives in Russia have paid quite large dividends. AG Centre's attacks have reached the approximate line of Polotsk-Mogilev (Map 4) destroying numerous Red Army units in a number of small pockets. The artillery has reached AG North and can be in position to launch the attacks over the Dvina River in approximately 1 week. In order to assist with this limited offensive a pair of infantry divisions will be transferred north. OKW must decide whether to push the offensive further in AG Centre's sector.

      Down in the Ukraine AG South has penetrated the Russian front and established the required bridgehead over the Pivdenny Buh (Map 5). There are 2 SS Pz divisons and and 3 army Pz Gr divisions leading this attack supported by the available infantry forces. If the offensive is AG Centre's zone is to wrapped up, one of two transfer options should be made to reinforce the drive in the Ukraine. Option 1 is to transfer the one SS Pz and two army Pz divisions along with a new SS Pz division (in Koningsberg). Option 2 is to transfer the six army PZ Gr divisions to the Ukraine and leave two SS and two army Pz divisions in reserve behind AG centre. In the meantime the attacks by AG South will expand the bridgehead and secure the shouldders of penetration.

      The Red Army in the Ukraine has retreated in order to shorten the line and create reserves to line the penetration. No large Red Army formation have been spotted in the Ukraine beyond the large number of Rifle Corps supported by tank, mechanised and AT brigades.

      Finally, in Africa the army group has managed to gain a small breathing space in the south (Map 6 to follow). However, the successful allied attacks in the north will require a transfer of more strength to that sector which will require a further retreat to the Sousse area. It is intended to form a perimeter defence between Tunis and Sousse to hold the bridgehead in Africa for as long as possible. OKW will have to decide if the troops will be evacuated as possible or if this will be a "last bullet" situation. It appears the success in Turkey is coming a few weeks too late to effect the situation in Africa.

      It is still possible to use the parachute and airlanding forces to cover the evacuation and then withdraw most of the screening force by air. The final rearguard can be made up of expendable remnants of the army group. See the following post on "Mediterranean Air Operations" for the plan of evacuation.

      <<Map 1 - France and the coastal defenses>>



      <<Map 2 - The south coast of France>>



      <<Map 3 - Turkey 8/42>>



      <<Map 4 - AG Centre achieves its objective>>



      <<Map 5 - AG South begins to wheel north>>


      <<Map 6 - Tunisian Bridgehead contracts>>

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      The Purist

      Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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      • Mediterranean Air Operations - Evacuation of Africa

        The situation in Africa is likely irretrievable but the units involved are still managing to plug one gap after another and deny the allies a clean breakthrough. As noted previously the divisions are now almost in constant action and the fatigue is degrading their strength with each passing week, evry move to new positions and every battle fought.

        A directed by OKWs CoS the Axis air forces have concentrated in the Mediterranean in order to curtail allied naval and air activity. With the arrival of new production the situation in the Mediterranean will improve by II/8/42 and the allied air force compelled to yield or face increased losses. Current strength of the LW and RA stands as follows:

        South Front German APs - 26
        South Front Italian APs - 8
        APs en route from West Front - 10
        APs en route from East Front - 2

        Total APs available on South Front for II/8/42 - 38 German, 8 Italian = 46 AP

        Opposing this force on the south front are 17 CW and 6 US with a further 6 CW, 2 US on the West Front and 6 Russian APs on the East Front (all available for transfer to the south). Their total is 37 AP. This would appear to give the axis a decided advantage but once 5 APs are assigned to naval interdiction and 4 more to support ground operations in Turkey it will leave only 37 APs to challenge the allies possible 37. Parity.

        On I/8/42, 25 German APs are assigned Air superiority, one German and four Italian APs are carrying out air-sea interdiction and four Italian APs are flying ground support in Turkey. As noted the 12 APs are still en route from other fronts. The allied air forces did not fight during this week.

        This may be the time to begin the pull out of the weakened German Pz and Pz Gr divisions followed by the full strength divisions as the situation requires. The Italian Folgore and German 6th Fallschirmjager divisions can land their regiments within the Tunis-Sousse perimeter and form a screen with the current ground forces. As the ground forces are drawn down the parachute formations and rearguard units can contract the bridgehead to the final port of Tunis. Once the last of the troops are withdrawn the parachute formations can be airlifted out before the final collapse of resistance.

        The current nine German divisions in Africa are all of high quality Pz, Pz Gr or motorised infantry and they will be needed in northern Italy and southern France for future operations. It is possible that not all will be saved but it is the opinion of the HQ staff of Army Group Africa that, when the time comes, the attempt should be made.
        The Purist

        Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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        • Allied Attacks on Channel Coast

          The allies have attacked the channel forts near Boulogne and Dieppe, landing with five divisions (all remaining amphibious capacity). Allied APs are also interdicting the rail lines and junctions en route. This has the look of a large scale raid designed to draw troops either from Russia or from Turkey,... maybe both. The Italian infantry divisions survived the attacks but the fortification were destroyed.

          1) The only ports in the immediate area are Calais, Dunkirk and Dieppe but the fall of these could lead the allies to try for the major ports of Antwerp or Le Havre.

          2 ) If there are no objections the local forces will cordon off the landings for now while local reserves are railed in. There are seven German infantry divisions west of the Seine as well as the LVII PZ Corps near Rouen. Italian divisions in the same sectors can take over the German positions along the coast. There does not appear to be a need to pull troops from other sectors yet.

          3) There are two more infantry divisions in northern Italy and southern France that could be used. Further, there is an SS Pz (9SS), army Pz Gr and 5 infantry divisions coming out of production at the end of the month. These could be diverted temporarily to France to help drive out the raiders. It could take a month to six weeks to clear the landings but the allied troops will probably withdraw before facing heavy attacks.

          4) If air transfers are to be made OKW will have to make that call. The allies have deployed their 31 APs in the west while the LW has 38 in the Mediterranean alongside the 8 remaining Italian. The LW could be transferred in and force a fight on the allies while the Italians continue to harass the allies in the south. The allied air force cannot be on both fronts at the same time.

          <<The Allies land five divisions in France>>

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          • 9/42 - The pieces are set and the attacks ready

            The good news is all in the east. The main attack in Russia will push off immediately in the Ukraine (Map 1) and a secondary attack towards Mogilev will accompany it (Map 2). If the Mogilev attacks starts suffering losses due to Russian strength it will be stopped, IRPs and MRPs are a getting thin with attacks in three sectors (including Turkey) and the need to keep Africa going as long as possible. Turkey going well but infantry losses have mounted and the momentum is dropping as the troops tire (Map 3)

            In the west (Map 4) the troops should finish concentrating in a couple of weeks and it will be seen if the allies want to make a fight of things. In Africa (Map 5) the fighting may end sooner than expected,... the perimeter is weakening at an accelerated pace now.

            <<Map 1 - AG South>>



            <<Map 2 - AG Centre>>



            <<Map 3 - Turkey>>



            <<Map 4 - France 9/42>>



            <<Map 5 - African Swan Song?>>

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            The Purist

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            • So the Bear makes its first appearance in Turkey.
              Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy. -- Ernest Benn

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              • very interesting. i wish i could've joined in from the start.
                "We have no white flag."

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                • What's the current air count?
                  Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy. -- Ernest Benn

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                  • A Conundrum - Quick update

                    The Red Army has jumped hard this week. Just as the panzers redeployed to deal with the Riga penetration they have launched a heavy attack down by Mogilev. They have committed Rifle, Tank and Mechanised corps to this attack and even if they don'y show there is probably some artillery support. No losses though, just retreats,... which means the odds weren't too high or the Russians had bad luck.

                    The Reds also struck down by Odessa with another force of rifle corps and tank/mech bdes (similar to Riga) and have penetrated the line with light forces. The forces in the area should be able to drive them back with some pz gr divisions from the main attack near Kiev.

                    However, in the north is the real situation. How do you want me to deal with this latest penetration. There is not enough pz reserves in the north to deal with both attacks at once.

                    Let me know by tomorrow and I'll get the game moving forwards again.

                    <<Fire Brigades>>

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                    • Hey just a game mechanics questions. so with the Germans controling one of the rail lines to the north of them on the map. All supply runs thru the more northern one right. So my question is what happens if that one is cut.

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                      • We have a port up north of there too.

                        The mechanics of supply in this game are very, very complex. Im not sure myself how it really works.

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                        • I was just trying to figure it out so I could figure out what I would do if I was you guys. I was wondering if you hit the hinge point in there attack if you could make it north fast enough to cut there supplies and force them to withdraw on there own or bag a few of them.

                          BTW Purist I it would be interesting when it done to see an AAR at critical points that could be used as teaching points for the game.

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                          • Both sides must be able to trace a clear LOS to eaither an MSU, port or railhead. The range for this count varies with weather, terrain and nationality. In the present situation the Red Army is not really under much threat of having its supplies cut due the strength of their positions north of the river. Cutting them off is only possible if the Germans attack the flanks of the salient and the Russian just sit and do nothing. Doing nothing has not been been the STAVKA teams MO thus far.

                            As for an AAR,... not likely. This game is huge in scope and about the most I could do is comment on the various strategies adopted by the various teams. Being a wargame and reliant on combat results tables, the same moves could be made in a different game with different results.
                            The Purist

                            Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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                            • Update 10/42 - Winding down the summer campaign

                              Ok,... pardon the delays guys but RL concerns have interrupted all week.

                              Bad news first. As has been expected, Corsica and more importantly, Africa, have fallen. About the only good news there is the fact that only two motor divisions were lost by the Germans in the evacuation (2nd and 13th Motor, both 6-10s). two pz, one pz gr and two 7-10 motor escaped as battlegroups and are being slowly and painfully refitted in the field.

                              What this means for the Mediterranean front is that the defences are a bit thread bare. Maps 1 and 2 show the situation in southern Italy and Sicily as well as northern Italy and southern France. That being said, an entire pz corps from Africa was sent to France to help get rid of the allied Flanders beachheads and can be returned to southern France or Italy.

                              <<Map 1 - Southern Italy>>



                              <<Map 2 - Northern Italy>>



                              Map 3 shows the situation Yugoslavia. The partisans in the north have all but been destroyed and the campaign to eliminate the cadres before they can turn into full units has been successful if somewhat expensive (German IRPs and Italian garrison divisions). What remains of the partisans are all combat units that have retreated into Bosnia and the Albanian mountains are are likely out of reach until spring of 1943 (the weather will soon shut operations down.

                              <<Map 3 - Insurgency>>



                              Over in Turkey the allied position looks like it has pretty much caved in for the moment (map 4). To the west the Turks are about to lose their last strong postion in the northwest along with 5 divisions in a pocket (just forming but they can't get away). Both army groups in Turkey will push on hard for the balance of the season but it will be in opposite directions. AG A will turn west toward Izmir while AG B drives on the Tarsus mountains (likely held by reforming Turkish divisions). A number of German divisions will have to be diverted to guard the eastern flank against Russian attacks. The extent of Red Army involvement in Turkey is not yet known but soon will be.

                              <<Map 4 - The Turkish Theatre>>



                              Up in the Ukraine (Map 5) the attacks northward have about run their course. The panel on the right of the screen shot shows the fatigue level of some of the units, however, with roughly four weeks of good weather left it is probably worthwhile to push on and try to take some more ground south of the marshes. Further north (Map 6) the Rusiians have pushed a little further forward but don't seem intent on pushing too hard. Near Riga they have started to dig in and it may not be possible to drive back the bridgehead with the strength available. Again, the panel to the right shows the fatigue level of troops in that sector. Despite that, a number of Russian corps have been sent packing reduced to battlegroups with a like number of divisions and brigades destroyed as well. German infantry losses have been modest despite the need to both defend and counterattack.

                              <<Map 5 - The Ukrainian Front>>



                              <<Map 6 - Belorussia and Latvia>>



                              Finally, in the west the allies have evacuated France (Map 7,... ooops, can't post 7 maps,... see following thread for west front situation.). Sadly, there was never enough strength there to hurt them but had they stayed it may have been worthwhile to risk low odds attacks to cripple a few divisions but failed attacks would have been expensive. I'll post a total number of divisions and types in northern France in the 'bunker' tomorrow or Thursday.
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                              • Map 7 - The Western Front

                                <<Map 7 - The Allies retreat>>

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