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Postby Strax » Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:12 pm

Good luck gentlemen may the best man win.
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Postby sorcerer » Fri Jun 16, 2006 1:42 am

January 25th 1944 (pm) (turn 2)

A Fiesler Storch was sent over the areas where communication has been lost. The remants of the artillery unit were easily sighted, while the unsuspecting tank destroyers remained oblivious to the carnage just outside the operating area of their left flank. Sat in the clear they will not last for long. A further recon flight tomorrow morning will be made.

Elsewhere the forces in front of Slatopol are ordered in various directions, with the local area on the map barely recognisable under the swathes of re-drawn temporary defense lines. Reinforcements are allocated appropriately.

Further north, contact is broken off from a whole host of Russian units, as our units make another strategic withdrawal. One infantry unit that took losses in this morning's contact, is supported by another unit in its new position.

Some reserves are released tomorrow morning as High Command finally believe us here at HQ that this is a significant Russian attack. SS Wiking, an infantry division plus a Feldstraffe unit will be available.
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Postby sorcerer » Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:43 am

January 26th 1944 (am) (turn 3)

The Fielser Storch returned to the area only to observe as expected the burnt out shells of the tank destroyers. Unfortunately it seems only a few of their number managed to fire up before the Russian forces overwhelmed then. Only a few conscripts got what they deserved for those questionable tactics. :roll:

However when the Fiesler Storch returned to airfied near HQ its tail area was splattered with holes. The pilot reported a concentration of enemy planes which was a foretaste of what was to come. So when the newly deploying 14Pz division started to move towards their new positions a horde of Sturmoviks quickly sent them rushing back into cover. With movements in and around Slatopol delayed until the Sturmoviks went away the Feldstraffe unit, was brought up to help hold Slatopol. Instead of using the promised Luftwaffe support to chase the Sturmoviks, HS129's were called for to attack a road further north, where elements of the 20th Guards Tank and another Tank Division are resting for this morning after last nights attacks.

These attacks were particularly brutal coming in waves of T34's, infantry and engineers. Our elite infantry supported by Stug III's repulsed each wave, with acceptable casualty levels.

Just before dawn, the front on the west side of the area under HQ command was attacked. Apart from a Fusilier unit which was sent rushing from the front line, casualties were light. In revenge a unit of Stug tank and the Fusilier infantry hit back at a unit of Russian conscripts who had ventured into an exposed position. The conscrip unit's effectiveness as a fighting unit has been crippled for a good few days our forces were happy to report.
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Postby Noakesy » Fri Jun 16, 2006 5:05 pm

Excellent stuff, all sounds very exciting. In KP it's surprising how useful sub-standard units are, they are not that good in BiI at all I'm afraid to report :roll:
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Postby sorcerer » Fri Jun 16, 2006 7:47 pm

Extract From A Report On The 18th Feldstraffe

It should be made clear to command that this unit is not strong enough to be a regular front line unit or be tasked with holding the line. If it is deployed in such a way it will be quickly be overrun.

We would recommend the Feldstraffe unit is used in a support role, possibly with one of the many understrength infantry divisions in the area. This will enable the regular infantry to conduct defensive or delaying actions while the men of the Feldstraffe unit prepare trenches and fortify positions.

The unit is currently located...
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Postby Aberdeen » Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:42 pm

Sorcerer,

regardless of the outcome of our match, i must applaude you on your commentry - it's great reading and i'm playing the game !!!!

Keep it up (i only wish i was capable of such prose :cry: )
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Postby sorcerer » Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:52 am

January 26th 1944 (pm) (turn 4)

The Sturmovik induced confusion around Slatopol meant the defenses were rapidly arranged for the onslaught of tank and men. Unfortunately this gave the Russian artillery the change to strike in combination with a tank division at our three understrength infantry units defending the northern suburbs. By mid afternoon two units had been lost in continuous waves of exploding rockets....while the third was preparing to retreat when a final wave of T34's rolled in to to eliminate the few soldiers remaining.

In the west the situation was just as grim as an infantry unit was attacked by the majority of the 5th Guard Tank Divison. Performing very poorly their strength diminished quickly against repeated attacks from various directions until the village they occupied was lost along with the unit.

Operations in the late afternoon could have taken on a more reactive and offensive outlook. However these opportunities were declined and units once more pulled back, forming a new defensive line in the East.
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Postby sorcerer » Sun Jun 18, 2006 2:28 am

January 27th 1944 (am) (turn 5)

At first light this morning an armed patrol took the Sd Kfz 223 command radio car to check on the communication lines to HQ. With no reports of Russian attacks coming in overnight, it was suspected local partisans had been in action. But the patrol found nothing and as the sun rose across the surprisingly white snow covered steppe all our units reported in from the same positions with no enemy contact recorded.

Delighted with the situation, further orders were given to continue the strategic withdrawal in the East. Further reinforcements were allocated and a new defensive line taken up, the troops thankful for the brief lull in combat and the establishment of a more or less continous line for the first time in months.

However at HQ we are aware that many of these units remain understrength and will take significant reinforcements to bring back to full strength. Therefore the scant replacements will have to be allocated only to priority units. During the morning replacements arrived and were sent to:

3rd Panzer Divison // Panzergrenadier-Regiment 394
11th Panzer Divison // 33rd Panzer-Regiment


Under the very able command of Oberst Rudolf Lang and Generalleutnant Wend von Wietersheim it is expected that these reinforcements will play a significant role in strengthening the strategic withdrawal over the coming days.
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Postby sorcerer » Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:36 am

January 27th 1944 (pm) (turn 6)

Imbeciles!!! As the first shells from a huge artillery battery rained down on a unit of the 34th Infantry division they decided that instead of keeping their heads down and toughing it out, they would vacate the village and thus avoid the barrage. Wrong! A far greater barrage was delivered from HQ questioning the so called 'elite' status of this infantry unit

Backed up with some much needed reinforcements, this unit was now to prove its status by spearheading the attack. Objective: to recapture the village.

Thankfully the Russians had little time to reinforce their positions or dig in, with our tanks ripping through the flimsy barricades constrcuted by the Conscripts. Only one tank was lost, after it dared to venture to far off the small track and into a swamp. By mid afternoon only a small force of Russian engineers held on to the far end of the village. This time the elite infantry did their job. The tanks then swung round to the South to provide cover for vehicles which were to tow out the stricken tank.

Russian conscripts then emered out of the swamp, probably still under orders to reinforce the village. While the tanks cut down the startled conscripts the recovery was completed.

Elsewhere, in the East little contact was recorded. The one exception was the South East where due to some questionable deployment an infantry unit was overrun. The remaining units here were regrouped.
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Postby sorcerer » Mon Jun 19, 2006 6:17 am

January 28th 1944 (am) (turn 7)

As the darkness of the night began to give way to the first rays of light, the rumbling that had been growing in the distance finally materialised in front of the new defensive positions. Russian forces emerged and were just preparing to attack our positions when order was given to continue the strategic withdrawal.

In the West, forces held onto yet another generic village that was deemed strategically important. Against the massed strength of the 5th Guards Mechanised Divison and a heavy artillery barrage, two infantry units performed their task with great efficiency.

Soldiers along the front have been surprised by the authorised withdrawals as well as very little combat. While High Command has less appreciation for this move it has enabled our infantry to regain strength and the chance for Panzer crews to conduct some routine maintenance while reinforcements are drip fed into their defensive positons.
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Postby sorcerer » Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:10 pm

January 28th 1944 (pm) (turn 8.)

There will be no report on this afternoon's developments. Just after dusk the Commander left from the airfield near HQ on a Ju52. With a destination of High Command the Commander hopes his request in person for further reinforcements will be accepted.

- 2iC.
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Postby sorcerer » Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:53 am

January 29th 1944 (am) (turn 9)

With my return to HQ delayed by a group of Sturmoviks marauding to the West of Korsun and my flight re-directed to another airfield this is an extract from a message I sent through to HQ.

''Amazingly, High Command has sanctioned the release of many Panzer Divisions!! However they will not be arriving today and they will be far from full strength. But these units will play a key role in strengthening the front lines and further improve morale of our forces thus increasing the chances of protecting our strategic objectives''.

With copies of the orders to the Panzer Divisions in hand I have secured top priority and the next available transport will be taking me back to HQ.
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Postby Strax » Tue Jun 20, 2006 4:34 am

Sorcerer,
Have you ever thought about writing historical novels?
Some of your reports has really had my heart pumping.
As though I was there! :) [/img]
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Postby Joe » Tue Jun 20, 2006 8:03 am

Yes, its very exciting!
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Postby Graf Starhemberg » Wed Jun 21, 2006 2:30 am

Yeah, a very good reading...thanks for that. I check the thread every day for the latest news.
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