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Postby Fantassin » Sat Oct 23, 2004 9:48 am

Axis Turn 2 AAR – February 10, 1944 (PM) - Thaw ground and bleak weather (no air interdiction).

In the pocket:
Up north, Martynovka and Voroblyevka towns were placed under german control and in the west, the 88th ID pushed back some enemy infantry over the small river. Southeast, the soviet tank breakthrough and air interdiction put a lot of units out of supply. Unable to counterattack this armored thrust, the pocket HQ opted for a hasty redeployment of all forces behind minefields and detachments. Steblev had to be abandonned. The 5th SS PzD was rushed back from the northwest to counter this threat. Image

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The 13th PzD took position along the river, orders are to prepare for river crossing if ground condition change to frozen. Near Olkovets, a strongpoint was overruned and a furious assault by the 11 PzD and supporting infantry resulted in the capture of the southwest quarters of the city. Further west, the 1st PzD could not let pass the opportunity to overrun two Soviet Tank units defending the road to Zvenigorodka. The four regts supported by 16 Pz Recon pivoted west and crushed the two Allied units. Image

South front center and west:
On the road to Lizyanka, a major offensive by 198th ID, 17th PzD and 24th PzD overran two regiments of the soviet 2nd Guards AB defending in marshes and then destroyed two more units on the path to the city.

Around Votilevka, the 1898th SU thrust was quickly dispatched by a combined attack by the 34th ID, an assault infantry rgt and the 1st SS Pz rgt. With the withdawal of the Soviet 16th Tank Corps, GHQ have now good hopes to succeed holding the town for two or three more days. Image


Lots of overruns this turn resulted in seven more kills. These overruns occured in marsh, forest or town. I tried to keep the CRT odds under the maximum (like 8-1 in marsh) to get a lot of non-DR results so that defenders can be destroyed before retreating.
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Postby Robjess » Wed Oct 27, 2004 4:42 am

Progress?
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Postby JSS » Wed Oct 27, 2004 5:46 am

Robjess wrote:Progress?


This one also is completed. Fantassin is revealing the results turn by turn, reality game show style.
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Postby Robjess » Wed Oct 27, 2004 5:48 am

Arhh ok is the winner still a secret then? (well it is to me anyway :))
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Postby Fantassin » Wed Oct 27, 2004 6:00 am

Read Stromcrow's posts from previous page if you want some insight, or wait for me to continue this AAR. :)
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Postby Fantassin » Wed Oct 27, 2004 9:15 am

As Aberdeen seems not to be able to continue this AAR, I will succinctely write Allied report from my point of view

Allied Turn 2 AAR – February 10, 1944 (PM) - Thaw ground and bleak weather.

Around the pocket:
In the west the Soviets stiffen their defences and extend them to the north. In the south and west, three attacks were made, involving each time elemnts of our 57th ID. Two were repelled but the last one forced our troops to withdraw. Fortunately, due to numerous minefields and detachments, the enemy could not exploit the opening.
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From Zvenigorodka to east of Votilevka, the russians slowly withdraw to establish a new defensive front. The area between Olkovets and Lizyanka was reinforced by the 18th and 20th Tank Corps. Intelligence point out that these two formations received numerous replacements, but could not give any hints on the 16th Tank Corps whereabouts. A major assault was launched against Votilevka and the 1st SS defenders had to temporary fall back. 1st SS commander swear he will personally lead the counterattack in order to retake the town.
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Postby Fantassin » Thu Nov 18, 2004 8:11 am

Sorry for such delay. Anybody still reading this AAR?

Axis Turn 3 AAR – February 11, 1944 (AM) - Thaw ground and bleak weather (no air interdiction).

In the pocket:
West defensive positions are now clearly established in front of Soviet lines. Orders are to stay in place and to locally counterattack Soviet probes. In the south , 14th PzD and 72nd ID continue their withdrawal north-east to reinforce the Korsun Airfield defensive cordon. Image

South front center and east:
A slow retreating regiment of the 2nd Gd Airbn was overruned by our panzer troops, but with a lot of enemy reinforcements engaged between Olkovets and Lisyanka, no hope for a breakthrough was left on this front. 1st and 16th PzD were consequently ordered to show a strong presence and keep busy as many russian divisions as possible. Probable presence of the Russian 16th Tank Corps North of Lisyanka was reported by advanced elements of the 198th ID. Image

South front west:
As promised by 1st SS commander, a major assault spearheaded by his division successfully expelled the Russians out of Votilevka. Further east and as initially devised, the 24th PzD seconded by 17th PzD, 198th ID and various independant units started to shift its axis of attack from Lisyanka to Votilevka-Medvin road. They drove north repulsing a soviet 5th Mech Rgt, isolating a small division of mixed infantry and combat engineers in the process.
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Only one kill this turn (13 since the begining). Still waiting for "good" weather.
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Postby Islander » Thu Nov 18, 2004 9:44 am

I say keep it up, it is quite interesting. :)
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Postby Vampire » Thu Nov 18, 2004 7:34 pm

Hi Fantassin,

still reading, keep it up, I like it!

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Postby Fantassin » Fri Nov 19, 2004 9:39 am

Thanks guys ... continuing Allied report from my point of view

Allied Turn 3 AAR – February 11, 1944 (AM) - Thaw ground and bleak weather.

Around the pocket:
A light probe was made in the northwest, probably to check our determination to defend here. In the south Steblev (evacuated half a day ago) was finally captured by the enemy. The Soviets now accentuate their efforts towards Korsun Airfield with two major attacks from the southeast. Our forces fell back in good order and the russians advanced along the road leading to the airfield.
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South front:
Soviet High Command continue to reinforce the frontline between Olkovets and Lizyanka and the reappearing 16th Tank Corps finally came out to take defensive positions in front of Lisyanka. In the West, the russian 3rd Tank and 5th Mech Corps mounted a new assault against Votilevka and once again, we were forced to evacuate the town.
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Postby Fantassin » Mon Nov 22, 2004 12:00 pm

Axis Turn 4 AAR – February 11, 1944 (PM) - Thaw ground and bleak weather (one air interdiction).

Freezing weather was anounced for the night and frozen ground expected for tomorrow morning.

In the pocket:
The soviet probe in the Northwest was heavily repulsed. One of the Ersatz btn is send along the south river to make russian believe it would cross and capture Kidanovka. Around Korsun Airfield our defensive perimeter is shrinking slowly but surely.
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South front center and east:
The 198th ID entrench itself in front of the newly deployed 16th russian Tank Corps. A good assault was executed against Olkovets but failed to dislodge its defenders. In anticipation for the tomorrow's better ground conditions, both 11th PzD PzGrenadier regiments were redeployed near the Gniloi Tikich river. Their mission will be to cross it and overrun the support and weak enemy units east of Zvenigorodka. 13th PzD will do the same coming from the east and engineers were already in place to allow crossing for our panzers. To prevent possible enemy redeployments, the Luftwaffe was ordered to interdict the area.
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South front west:
From the upper grounds southwest of Votilevka, two devastating attacks were made. The first to the southwest sent the enemies in full retreat, the second overruned the soviet 5th Mech brigade defending the town lefting it no time to retreat. The entire brigade was destroyed and the town re-taken.
Further east, after the surrendering of the pocketed enemy infantry, the 24th PzD, helped by KG Baeke and various other units turned full northwest to strike at the two russian armored corps threatening Votilevka.
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Four more kills this turn including 1 Mech brigade. Wish exauced, "good" weather is coming.
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Postby Twinkle » Mon Nov 22, 2004 1:01 pm

Fantassin wrote:Sorry for such delay. Anybody still reading this AAR?


sure we do, it's a great read. keep it up, thanks a lot.

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Postby Graf Starhemberg » Mon Nov 22, 2004 3:15 pm

Fantassin wrote:Sorry for such delay. Anybody still reading this AAR?


Every day!
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Postby NoTalent » Mon Nov 22, 2004 10:57 pm

Hi

this is a superb report, I will read it as long as you wish to take the time
to type it up.

cheers

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Postby Joe » Tue Nov 23, 2004 7:36 am

Yes excellent!

Which art program do you use to illustrate?
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