Decisive Campaigns:Case Blue – 2nd Kharkov Turn 1 Part 1

This AAR was featured in the Matrix forums under “The “What am I doing wrong AAR” for 2nd Kharkov”

During this time I asked other players for help. The forums are very friendly, so throughout this AAR you will slowly see me getting the hang of things and MAYBE win!? The AAR was completed today and if you googled it you’ll find the results, but I wanted to post them here. It’s literally a coming of age story as I progress through the AAR. I’m quite proud of it.

Lets begin:

I will be playing the AI on these settings.

I will be Germany.

Before we go any further this is what happened during 2nd Kharkov

The Second Battle of Kharkov, so named by Wilhelm Keitel,[8] was an Axis counter-offensive against the Red Army Izium bridgehead offensive conducted 12–28 May 1942, on the Eastern Front during World War II. Its objective was to eliminate the Izium bridgehead (Russian: Изюмский плацдарм) over Seversky Donets, or the “Barvenkovo bulge” (Russian: Барвенковский выступ) which was one of the Soviet offensive’s staging areas. After a successful winter counter-offensive that drove German troops away from Moscow, and also depleted the Red Army’s reserves, the Kharkov offensive was a new Soviet attempt to expand upon their strategic initiative, although it failed to secure a significant element of surprise.

On 12 May 1942, Soviet forces under the command of Marshal Semyon Timoshenko launched an offensive against the German 6th Army from a salient established during the winter counter-offensive. After initial promising signs, the offensive was stopped by German counterattacks. Critical errors by several staff officers, and by Joseph Stalin himself, who failed accurately to estimate the 6th Army’s potential and overestimated their own newly trained forces, led to a successful German pincer attack which cut off advancing Soviet troops from the rest of the front.

Because it was a Soviet surprise attack, they go first.

Turn 1 Soviets

As you can see they have decimated my line

My plan is to close that pocket of advance in the middle and push them back for this turn.

Ok so my first goal is to close that gap

So I will use a combination attack of arty, air power to weaken the 253 stack and then attack with the 62nd and 108.

I’m not sure which are the bombers. I think they are the fat planes so I will pick those.

Ok here we go

I lost the screen shot of the results unfortunately and don’t know how to get them back, but this is me moving into position to attack that stack now that they have been artyed and aired

This is what i’m attacking with…

Here we go

Somehow I win. I am happy

I cut them off, but I am a little mad at myself because of the empty hexes I leave the AI with. Also you can see that I made a few strategic transfers.

Now onto my second problem

The 337th is advancing and I need to stop that.

I decide to close that gap by attacking the 337th hex with 2 units

Arty and Air attack again, no need to show that. Except I realize I have no Arty. The air units do okay and its time to attack

I attack with this and cross my fingers

I win and cut them off.

In the mean time. I have more options to address this turn which are:

What the hell do I do with the bottom

And the top

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