Decisive Campaigns:Case Blue – 2nd Kharkov Turn 8

Here it is… the last turn.

Germany: Turn 8

When we last left our Germany Army Soccer team playing the 5-4-1 defense, well.. Look up.

This is the south

Losowaya must be protected at all cost, and honestly, it will be. The soviets didn’t make any good moves to fortify it and i’m going to break their backs here for my minor victory.

But first, lets look at the causalities.

This is what I like about grognard games. When you’re playing an RTS or normal strategy game, they’re just units. I don’t know if its just me, but I really do get frustrated when I lose a unit in these types of games. It really does put the idea of war in perspective for me. Because of my incompetence, 34600+ men are dead under my command. It also makes you think about the other side. Under my orders, I have killed 41900 men.

And i’m going to kill more. Like I said, this is presents a different perspective on video games for me, which is why I became such a grognard addict. It made me read a lot of history, and I sorta do care about my little digital dudes.

Anyway, rant over. Lets finish this up.

I put more units in the town and set up to take out that stack that really wants to connect for supplies. It’s not happening. under my watch.

There’s not much left to do in the South. I make attacks to push them away from the town. It is secured. I am sure of it. I’m a little sad that I was so close to Izium. Oh well. Next time.

In the middle I bomb the cut off tanks just in case, and move around more units for defense.

Up north I let the men rest. No more deaths. They entrench and relax. We have won. It was bloody but we have won. Oberst Heyhellowhatsnew has seen enough bloodshed this past week.

This is the map at the end of the turn:

This is the map of the end of the Soviets turn:


They throw everything they can at me… all in vain.


This is our death toll. Rest in Piece, friends and foes.

Decisive Campaigns:Case Blue – 2nd Kharkov Turn 7

Germany: Turn 7

When we last left our inept German army, this was the map:


Oberst Heyhellowhatsnew had a dream last night… he was visited by the ghost of Hitler (who was not dead at the time) who told him that it’s about the VPs, stupid. And then Hitler took out a device he called an iPad and showed Oberst HHW a motivational “youtube video”

MOTIVATION

And thus, the current plan has changed. For you see, when I woke up, I looked at the battlemap once more and saw this:

And then I looked at this:

I then realized I was one VP away from a minor victory. I have 2 days to capture Losowaya, something I should have done a long time ago.

We’ll worry about the middle later, they’re not important anymore. Lets go to the south first.

Losowaya is protected by two poorly entrenched troops.

So lets take it

In my excitement I only got the bombing. Sorry, anyway as you can see, we win the battle

Thank you Romania! We now have our 64th VP point. Now we must hold it for 2 turns. So lets make some moves to secure that.

I apply some pressure west of the town by attacking the 317th. The attack succeeds and we encircle any units that may cause any trouble in the south. No supply for you guys!

Right away you can see that my main trouble will come from the 411th, 317th, and the 6th army who will of course try to liberate that town. I need to bloody their nose a bit.

I had a screen cap of a very bloody battle for the 6th, but I lost it. Sorry :( But I got the punch I needed to make sure they wouldn’t mess around with the town.

There is nothing I can do about the 317th right now, but lets see what I can do with the 411th

Not a good battle, but it was necessary to hurt them. This is what I end up with

It’s the best I could do with what I have left unfortunately. I’ve played terrible all game. And as Donald Rumsfield once say, you “You go to war with the army you have—not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.”

Okay, still in the south, I want to pressure the right side of it too, just in case the AI gets coy. This is what is known as a “feint”. I think. I just made it up, it’s probably not really a feint.

I harass the 335th

I want the AI to think i’m still going for Izium. Is that possible? I wonder. Lets hope so.

Holy crap they hold. Note to self. YOU HAVE CARDS, USE THEM.

After some movements, the South now looks like this

Now about that middle

I don’t know how to tell you this 1/3 44th… but you’re going to have to sacrifice yourself for the Reich. We will tell stories about your bravery.

As you can see, the issue is that I need to close that gap the Russians opened and play defense. I am satisfied with my points. Now we defend.

So, last night after I posted my last AAR post, I stared at the pictures for 15 minutes
and knew what I had to do.

Cut off the 44th and bomb the tanks to hell.

“…to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.” (Please note this clever call back from a few AAR posts earlier ;)

Thats it for those tanks. I want to weaken them so they stay out of supply and not attack

Now my plan is to weaken any unit that might try to save them. I want to stop their advance and make them stay put. I bloody some noses some more

Our attacks have not been perfect (sorry I got too amped up playing the game and forgot to take screen caps), but they were necessary to throw off the soviets and make them think less about attacking.

Now onto the north:

I really don’t care about the north. I make some arty attacks and thats it, just to throw them off. They aren’t going to push. I do make note however that the next time I play this game, I should think about taking Woltschasnk.

I attack the 84th just to shrug them away.

Yes I attacked with Engineers. We are desperate at this point.

And this is how the north ends up.

I double check my defenses and get ready to pass the turn. This is how the board looks:


I take a deep breath, and hope it plays out how I want it to.

This is what the map looks like after the Soviets move:

They do exactly what I want them to do. They only commit to one battle. The pocket blobs up. The next turn is the last turn and we’re going to play prevent defense on this one.

Decisive Campaigns:Case Blue – 2nd Kharkov Turn 6

Germany Turn 6:

When we last left Colonel Wilhelm Klink and the gang, this was the map:


The major problem lied here:

With the 44th encircled.

After taking a couple of days off to clear my mind, I realize the overall situation isn’t so bad. The only group that stands in the way between the 44th and my units are


So, we’re going to soften them up a bit with an Air bombardment meant to hurt infantry (See i’m learning y’all!)

Now to remember which one kills all their mans

For future reference and for people newer to the game myself and for future reference to myself:

Fighters are best used for recon, attacking enemy airfields and escorting bombers and dive bombers. Aka these guys, their icon is JG:

Dive bombers are for artillery and tanks. Aka these guys, their icons are StG and SchG:

Level bombers are for infantry and other soft targets. Aka these guys, their icons are KG:

What do StG, SchG, JG, and KG stand for? Don’t ask me, i’m an American, I was taught that only the US beat the Nazis! And we did in the battle of Pearl Harbor too!

Anyway, since this is an important mission, we’ll have fighter escort our level bombers, aka KGs (Do wait I do, use mnemonics.. KG stands for Kill Guys, because thats what they do, get it?!) and JGs (Jumping Grapes… I couldn’t think of anything better).

Lets hope this works

So it kinda did? Maybe? There is an airfield somewhere I don’t know where but as soon as I find it I am going to make it into a crater.

These jerks still have a high level of entrenchment so i’m going to arty them too. I hope all artillery is the same unlike planes. I mean it would make sense right? Giant explosion boom, no more cover.

Then again, I used to think that fighter planes could mow down infantry because all my education came from hollywood movies.

Prepare the bombardment!

Yahooo! Entrenchment is down to single digits and its time to liberate our boys in the 44th

Godspeed, gentlemen:

Success!

Sorry i couldn’t capture the battlescreen, I was too excited. DC:CB

Ok, now for Operation Get the Eff out of that spearhead.

Unfortunately, Operation GTFO is stymied by a disease called lack of movement points. I do strategic transfers for some of the 44th. We’re not out of the woods yet as this spearhead is still surrounded by nasty Russians just waiting to kill us.

As so we must think of a good defensive plan that combines making sure the 44th still has an exit route, but a way to give the soviets a punch in the nose so they think twice about attacking that lone unit… hmm

I decide that i will take out the 270th and the AT unit, and then move my 297th to secure the area around Chugulev, since they have very big angry stacks there and we need to form up some sort of line again to protect the city.

Arty the 270th:

Airstrike:

Attack:

There was a tank division that was near the town (the 24th) that bothered me. I decided to punch their nose a bit.

But they had flak

Anywho, after a bunch of movements, this is what we end up with:

Note that I think this line is shaky at best. I even tried to blow the bridge to town. I failed. *shakes fist at Schultz*

Now onto the south, or what I like to call, feel good time for me because I get to attack and kill and drink out of soviet skulls for what they did to me in the middle

The first attack I make is against the 335th. The idea being that I want to encircle Izium and take the Donetz.

The 384th does its job and we move up. What I really WANTED to do was block that rail line, but alas, movement points.

Next up we’re going to tighten these lines up.. Dear god what was I thinking when i first started this scenario.

Anyway, we’re now going to attack the 3/3 regiment of the 333rd. That was the 2/3 regiment or whatever is encircled and can be ignored.

Arty party! (not shown, took the wrong pic)

Attack:

They panic because they see my bulging muscles Everything is going according to plan (I make these plans up on the fly, which is why i’m the worst general.)

Lets move up a bit:

And then attack some more.

I am going to attack the 106 because it provides favorable panzer ground as opposed to their 333rd since its mountainous.

We end up with something like this in the South. This is fine. Izium will soon be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.

Now up north. I don’t even know what the Soviets are doing up North.. which probably means I should recon next turn.

They abandoned their positions, to help with the middle and south.. I think. All i’m going to do here is move around a bit

And with that, the movement is done.

Here is the map at the end of my turn

Here is the map at the end of the Soviets turn:


Fun fact: I don’t think i’ve ever had a turn after the soviets have gone when I don’t say “Goddammit”

Decisive Campaigns:Case Blue – 2nd Kharkov Turn 5

Turn 5 Germany:

Obviously i’m annoyed that the soviets were able to accomplish those two counteroffensives despite the terrible weather. The most important thing is to save the 44th.

But how?

I decide that breaking a line through their 248th is the best way to get the 44th out of trouble, or at least some support.

I start off with my fighters to attack the airfields of Balakleja.

I forget to screen the cap but there are no fighters to intercept me, I cause some casualties for the soviets.

Next we’re going to arty the first 248th and then bomb them

Arty did good, now for the air pain

Nothing really. But now we are ready to attack.

For some reason, despite me moving two panzer divisions into the area, only one unit can attack. Great.

Luckily we win. Now onto the other 248th.

There are no arty units in the area, but we use our last bombers. Not a lot of damage.

I am going to go through my HQ units to play an offensive card. It is crucial we win this to free the 44th.

Again i’m annoyed that only the 44th can attack. I am very worried. Lets cross our fingers.

We lose. I’m too annoyed and forget the screen cap.

The other plan was to use the 113th to sweep around and save them. So.. lets try that

We win and now we must move units to occupy the hex

Unfortunately this is the furthest we can go. I can only pray the 44th survives just one more turn so we can save them.

I turn to the south to avenge my fallen brothers

We are going to destroy their 33rd.

The attack is successful and they retreat

Now its time for 335th unit to die

They do. And now the last 333rd unit over the town.

“For Frodo” (Frodo was a favorite soldier in the 44th)

We run out of AP. They still have the hex. Notice when i’m annoyed at losing I forget to take the screencap. Heh.

This is the South after some movement and an poorly thought out attack out of frustration at 333rd

Onto the north

I am going to attack the 169th.

The bombardment goes well.

Now onto the ground attack

SUCCCESS!

At this point i’m in gives no fucks mode. You can tell because i’m getting irritated and want to kill everything. I’m not thinking straight. Which is another reason why to just play one turn a day when you’re just starting out.

I am going to attack the 244th

It’s a draw. I’m playing sloppy and I know it. I could have played a card to have a better turn out. Grr. Everyone please learn from my stupid mistakes.

I get more aggressive. I want to attack the 2nd. I want revenge.

I make some more dumb attacks and this is what we end up with in the middle. I am done with the turn. I need to stop playing angry and frustrated.

This is the map at the end of my turn:


This is the map at the end of the Soviet turn:


The Soviets have countered my counter-offensive to their counter-offensive.

Decisive Campaigns:Case Blue – 2nd Kharkov Turn 5 – Interlude

Germany Turn 5: Interlude

Oberst Heyhellowhatsnew is alone in his office cleaning his maschinenkarabiner, deep in thought and grief over the latest soviet counter-offensive. When suddenly, his second in command, Oberstleutnant Lily Sloane, bursts into his office.

Oberstleutnant Lily Sloane: You son of a bitch.

Oberst Heyhellowhatsnew: This really isn’t the time!

Lily Sloane: Okay, I don’t know jack about operational warfare, but everybody out there thinks that staying here and fighting The Soviets is suicide! They’re just afraid to come in here in say it!

Heyhellowhatsnew: The crew is accustomed to following my orders.

Lily Sloane: They’re probably accustomed to your orders making sense!

Heyhellowhatsnew: None of them understand The Soviets as I do! No one does. No one can.

Lily Sloane: What is that supposed to mean?

Heyhellowhatsnew: Six years ago, they captured me and took me into their “collective”. I had their marxist documents implanted throughout my brain. I was linked to the hive mind Lenin. Every trace of individuality erased. I was one of them. So, you can imagine my dear that I have a somewhat unique perspective on The Soviets and I know how to fight them. Now, if you will excuse me, I have work to do.

Lily Sloane: I am such an idiot. It’s so simple. The Soviets hurt you, and now you’re going to hurt them back.

Heyhellowhatsnew: In our training, we don’t succumb to revenge. We ubermensch have a more evolved sensibility.

Lily Sloane: Bullshit! I saw the look on your face when you shot those Soviets in Chugulev. You were almost enjoying it!

Heyhellowhatsnew: How dare you?

Lily Sloane: Oh, come on, Oberst! You’re not the first man to get a thrill from murdering someone! I see it all the time!

Heyhellowhatsnew: GET OUT!

Lily Sloane: Or what?! You’ll kill me?! Like you killed Soldat Lynch?!

Heyhellowhatsnew: There was no way to save him.

Lily Sloane: You didn’t even try! Where was your evolved sensibility then?!

Heyhellowhatsnew: I don’t have time for this!

Lily Sloane: Oh, hey! I’m sorry! I didn’t mean to interrupt your little quest. Captain Ahab has to hunt his whale. . .

Heyhellowhatsnew: What?

Lily Sloane: You do have books at the academy. . .?

Heyhellowhatsnew: This is not about revenge. . .

Lily Sloane: Liar!

Heyhellowhatsnew: This is about saving the future of humanity from communism!

Lily Sloane: OBERST, CALL OFF THE DAMN OFFENSIVE!

Heyhellowhatsnew: NO! NOOOOOOOOO!! (smashes his Maschinenkarabiner into a glass case containing gold models of the panzer tanks) I will not sacrifice the 44th. We’ve made too many compromises already. Too many retreats. They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate countries with communism and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn HE-AH! This far, no further! And I, will MAKE THEM PAY for what they’ve done!

Lily Sloane: You broke your little tanks.