Monday, February 20, 2017

End of the Surprise turn:

Playing this game is a lot like work! Here it is, Monday afternoon already. Following are four shots showing the four border MDs after the Soviet reaction.

Baltic Special MD activated as Northwestern Front

Wow, what a mess. The Germans should be able to take Riga, and even reach Tallinn or Narva by the end of the Jun I 41 turn. The Germans were able to punch a couple of holes, and made extensive use of ants to encircle and destroy the 8th and 11th Armies. The tactic is sleazy, but effective.
The Soviets rolled a critical fail for their reaction, so everybody who could move had to, and every hex had to be closer than the last. That actually worked out well, in a way. Note the 67th RD along the coast.
But in balance, the Northwest Front is a disaster.

West Special MD activated as Western Front

For the most part the Soviets held the line here in the center. Heinz "Admiral Akbar" Guderian is yelling "It's a trap!" Panzergruppe II looks like it's in trouble, but the limited ZOC rule lets it trace its supply line over and through AGNs zone. The Germans killed a lot of units too.
The Soviets rolled a 3 (regular fail), so they could choose to move, but they had to move forward, I interpreted that to mean that as long a they were at least one hex closer to the border after moving, they were in compliance with the rule. The Soviets sealed the holes in their line, and have Guderian in a bit of a pickle.

Kiev Special MD active as Southwestern Front

The unstoppable force meeting the immovable object. There was a lot of combat here, but no forward progress. However, the mountain corps may turn the land and encircle the L'vov defenders.
The Soviets rolled a 4, same result as above. This allowed them to seal the border pretty well, and put some fearsome mech corps in the way of Panzer Group 4.

Odessa MD mobilized 9th and 18th Armies.

Although the Romanians haven't moved yet, the Soviets got luck and have a success here. They can move half their MA. They chose to pull back in the southern end, but overall have established a good line on the Prut.

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