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.

Decisive Campaigns:Case Blue – 2nd Kharkov Turn 4

Where we last left our totally not evil german heroes


We are told its snowing and raining heavily this round, thus, limited movements. Which is good since I can re-arrange (a little) my units based on suggestions given by you lovely people. But bad because I WANT TO ATTACK DEATH TO ALL COMMUNISTS..

Ahem.

So, we start with a very, very, very thorough examination of our map so move our units into the best position as possible to continue to push next turn.

By the way, here are the causalities so far

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As a babby grognard I say this is great! I killed more than they killed me. But I know deep down inside I could have done better. There are many notes for me to write to German parents back home that due to the leadership of General Heyhellowhatsnew, their child died because he was ordered to attack up a hill with a wrench for the glory of the Reich.

Anyway, back to the map. Lets start with out HQs and see how far they are from our front so they can maximize smashing for our units.

Since this is primarily no combat turn, I will just show you the movements I made:

In this image, You can see I moved the HQ units up and tried to reposition the units close to the link (namely the 389th) to prepare for their attack next turn (weather permitting)

Again, I move my HQ units closer to the link, as well as move my panzers closer to the bridgehead the 44th currently holds. You can also see that I reconed quite a bit this turn to see what is ahead. It only appears to be one line of defense which is great.

I plan on bombing Izium as instructed to get rid of their Soviet airforce next turn.

This last turn again shows me moving up the HQs and repositioning units to take the town next turn. I save my commander points so that they can use offensive cards next turn. I want to break the Soviets back on turn 5. I have had enough of them…

In fact:

From this picture, I might be able to do a pincer move that cuts off the soviets’ front in the middle. That’s a long term goal if all goes well. But it ends with the 60th and 44th to meet in the middle and high five each other.

This is the map at the end of my turn:


This is the map after the Soviets move:


They cut off my bridgehead on the 44th and breakthrough the line up north. Sigh

Goddammit why did they get good attacks during a SNOW AND RAINFALL TURN

Decisive Campaigns:Case Blue – 2nd Kharkov Turn 3

Turn 3 for Germany:

When we last left our incompetent heroes:


The Soviets broke through our line because I left a gap open. Don’t do that. Don’t be an idiot like me please.

Now Walther Heitz,the HQ of the 6th army and Krasnograd are in big trouble. We must resolve this first.

There are 25 soviet tanks and 1400 cavalry units surrounding the HQ so far.

I move the security forces back onto the HQ hex and move the 105th to the 2nd’s flank.

Now I need to decide which is the greater threat. It’s the tanks imho. So lets bomb them.

There are no artillery units nearby, so we can only use planes. Great.

I also split up the 3rd to make a new line so the soviets can’t break through north

The idea is to destroy the tank division and cut off their 2nd and use the 213th security forces to stop their advance..

Ok here we go.. Attack tank time.

Phew, they are broken

The end result is a new line that is created to block any advance. Heitz uses an entrench card to make it harder for them to break through hopefully when the soviets play their turn.

Now onto the parts of my plan that I think are actually working

The Soviets really didn’t do much on the bottom, so now it’s time for me to take Barenkowo.

Arty and Air do its job and now its time to attack

Wootles! We win

Now time to re position are troops

I think long and hard on this. I want the Donetz, but I don’t want to leave Slawj exposed. I’m thinking of whether or not to be patient :/

But before I decide on that for this turn, there was another Soviet break through the line

Same thing, Arty and Air. Now the attack

Another win! They are defeated. Now to reinforce that line.

There’s not much I can do than this. Walther von-gibbergabber (there are a lot of german officers named Walther apparently?) plays a defense card to help out.

Up north you can see I am moving the 389th closer and closer. I would like to make a counter offensive and take Woltzchanks

Ok, back to decide whether or not to be aggressive down south or pass the turn

I can’t help myself and decide to be aggressive. Cross your fingers

I win!! and I do some unit adjustment. I’m hoping that my attacks in the South cause the Soviets to back off their offensive, then rock them in the north and counter attack in the middle.

I play my cards and this is the map before I pass my turn:


And this is what it looks like when the Soviets have moved


It’s not as bad this time, they do a lot of re-positioning and only make a few attacks. It seems like they are trying to get to Chugulev now.