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Postby valter » Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:42 am

REPORT to Comrade General of the Army Nikolai Fyodorovich Vatutin, Commander Voronezh Front

5 July 1943 10:00 hours

Germans have succeeded destroying two units in my front line. The gap can not be closed but I am able to stay in position for another 6 hours (1 Turn) without any major danger. Reinforcements have arrived in place but German inderdiction may prevent them to take action on Turn 4. Mines in front of Stroitel front will be cleared from Germans, so the retreat is compulsory. It won't be easy cause movement is reduced to minimum from inderdiction so loses will be inevitable before any line of defense can be formed. However the rest of the front can stand, so no retreat plan is made

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In order to reinforce the front line many force replacements have been made. The task is to remain in place and if Germans try to clean the mines must suffer great loses.

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Vast amount of artillery pieces (some heavy among them) will arrive in the next 18 to 24 hours, hopefully before 1 LSSAH, 2 SSDR and 3SST Panzer Divisions reach Stroitel. Their target is to inflict major loses, compined with the numerous counter attacks from 89, 67, 90 and 71 Guards Divisions will eventually stop the advance. Our purpose is not to retreat fearther from Gostishevo and to completely defeat the German forces.

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In Meikhovo front German forces change their intentions from moving forward and instead are trying to break the line fearther south. Thus, the line in that sector has been greatly reinforced.

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Finally the KIA map

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Comrade Nikolai Fyodorovich Vatutin I and my staff are confident of the Facist defeat, and we assure our father Stalin that the motherland forces will be victorious!!!

General Chistyakov, commander of 6th Guards Army
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Postby Noakesy » Sat Aug 30, 2008 1:06 am

Report from Lt Gen Katukov (1st Tank Army)

Pressure on the 1st Tank Army is now becoming intense. A number of bunkers have been eliminated and worrying gaps are appearing in the line, and the burial detachments are now extremely tired. Our forces, in particular 10th Tank Corps, are taking immense losses, and our ability to withstand another day of this is questionable.

10th Tank Corps has started a localised tactical 'realignment' (withdrawal), although unless we are fortunate, and this is properly managed, it could be it leads to a rout or entire destruction of the eastern flank. A request has been made for support from the red airforce to slow down the chasing hun.

Bombers and artillery soften up the Hun before a localised counter-attack by 3rd Mech is launched, resulting in the destruction of two German units (one AT company and an infantry regiment, both from 167th Infantry) to the south west of Cherkasskoye.

Orders received from Vatutin are being followed to the letter, and 6th Tank Corps starts to move to cover the eventual destruction of the eastern front line. Assistance is sought from Guard Divisions to our west.
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Postby Doggie3 » Sat Aug 30, 2008 4:32 am

To: Comrade General of the Army Nikolai Fyodorovich Vatutin, Commander Voronezh Front

From: Comrade General-Lieutenant Victor Dimitrivich Kruchenkin, Commander 69th Army


Subject: Situation Report and Battlefield Appreciation, as at (turn 4).

1. All units in 69th sector rmain intact
2. 31st Rifle Div continues to occupy second line.
3. 78th Guards, pushed hard by 7th Panzer and 106th Infantry but still in reasonable shape. Three strongpoints lost.
4. 73rd Guards, hex 68.91 critical. Moved recon coy to join II/131 Regt (down to 1 step) and the AT coy.
5. All others moved north to ensure double occupancy in each strongpoint, had to leave 70.96 undefended but I don’t think the nazi has too much to hit this hex with
6. Moved 1st and 3rd Regiments of 270th Rifle through Shebekino to strengthen 1st line. They will arrive next turn, but at least will protect the river crossing.
7. We may want to consider blowing the bridge at 68.97 and redeploying two battalions from the far south.
8. Also may need to preposition 81st Guards Division further south in case the worst happens in 73rd sector.
9. If available, air support could be helpful against 67.91 or 67.92 (although looking elsewhere, it seems needed more to the north.)
10. Three artillery strikes for one hit against German infantry.

We remain committed to an aggressive defence of the motherland!

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31st Rifle Division occupy 2nd Echelon positions

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73rd and 78th Guards Rifle positions and the pressure from the Germans.

I am off for a personal tour to the front this weekend and will report back with our progress! (Meaning in RL I'm hiring a car and touring the battlefields of Kursk for 3 days!)

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Postby Talos » Mon Sep 22, 2008 5:21 am

To: All Army Commanders

From: Front Command

After having returned from the a quick tour of the eastern provinces to hurry along reinforcements i am now ready again to lead our troops to a glorious victory.

An initial appreciation of the position on the start of day 2 of the German offensive looks like we have a number of chances to inflict loses on the German war machine especially in the central sector. It seems a number of SS units have managed to overextend themselves and have left us with a chance for good counter attacking opportunities. Elsewhere units of the Raus Corps in the east have managed to penetrate the defensive belt but not in any great strength so far, while in the west very limited progress is being made by the Panzer Korps which should allow for an orderly retreat by units of the 1st Tank Army.

Will commanders please give an appreciation of their proposed plans for the morning operations. Some limited replacements are available for our infantry and armour units so please make request to front HQ for these. We also have one shock unit available for attacking and the initial thoughts are to send this to General Chistyakov and the 6th Guards Army.
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Postby Doggie3 » Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:00 am

To: Comrade General of the Army Nikolai Fyodorovich Vatutin, Commander Voronezh Front

From: Comrade General-Lieutenant Victor Dimitrivich Kruchenkin, Commander 69th Army


Subject: Situation Report and Battlefield Appreciation, as at 1800 hrs 5 JUuy 1943.

The Fascists have broken through the 69th Armies first line and have penetrated our entrenched positions. The 131st Guards Rifle Regt of the 78th Guards Rifle Division and their accompanying anti-tank and reconaissance companies have been destroyed by the combined attacks of two German divisions.

The suggestion of the 69th Army is as follows:

1. Allow the 40th Guards Rifle Regt of 78th Guards Rifle Division to move northeast to maintain a line with its fellow regiments, anchoring our left flank on the river.

2. 1st and 3rd Battalions of the 343rd Guards Regiment, 73rd Rifle Division move eastwards 1 hex to 69.92.

3. Move 1st Rifle Regiment, 270th Division north to cover 70.91 and 71.91. Their right flank would be against the river.

4. Alternatively, shorten the line and send the 1st Regiment to 70.92 and 71.92. This will almost certainly doom the 343rd Guards Regiment who would not have the saftey of secure flanks against the Germans.

5. These moves open a gap 4 hexes wide between the 73rd and 78th Guards Rifle Divisions, with the river the major barrier to a German advance. However, this may entice the fascist to move the the river and put his head in a bag, with both Rifle Divisions still strong on his flanks.

6. As extra cover, 3rd Regiment of the 270th Rifle Division could move to Chutaeveo and cover the gap, with 81st Guards Rifle moving through the second echelon to also cover this area.

The disadvantage is that the two divisions (73rd and 78th) will be split, and could be picked off one at a time. Also, there are no entrenchments or other fortifications in the areas suggested to be moved to.

The other option is to order a general withdrawl across the river to the second echelon.

Attached is a graphic demonstrating the suggested movements for the 69th Army.

There are several targets of opportunity for our artillery men, and the fascists at 68.90 and 68.91 look enticing.

We await your orders!

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Postby Talos » Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:58 am

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From: Front Command

Subject: Situation Report Morning 6 July 1943


After careful consideration Front command has ordered a staggered and phased withdrawal from the 1st line of defenses for 1st Tank Army and part of the 6th Guards Army, while hitting the German spearheads with lightning counter attacks as they over extend, 69th Army will remain in situ as German attacks so far along this sector have proved to be relatively ineffective. This tactic so far has proved to be very effective, catching German troops by suprise and inflicting a number of losses, though it is expected that enemy will develop counter measures. While this was happening along some quite areas of the front in the 1st Tank and 6th Guards Armies replacements have been added to some battle weary units to bring them back up to full combat effectiveness in preparation for future operations.

While this is happening Front Command has also ordered reserves to take up positions along the 2nd defense line.

Troops positions at the end of this mornings movement are displayed in the following maps for most part.

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Postby Talos » Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:34 am

From: General of the Army Nikolai Fyodorovich Vatutin, Commander Voronezh Front

To:
General-Lieutenant Katukov, (1st Tank Army)
General Chistyakov, (6th Guards Army)
General-Lieutenant Victor Dimitrivich Kruchenkin, (69th Army)


Comrades it seems the facist invader has made very limited progress against our forces, the main blow in the past few hours has been against Kruchenkin's 69th Army which has resulted in some losses but nothing serious. Overall our plan is working to slow the German advance and inflict losses on the invader in preparation for our counter attack which is now being planned.

Major combat assets have been made available for use during the next few hours in form of:

1 shock attack
3 Air Interdictions
3 Air Strikes
2 Medium Bomber Strikes

In addition 4 infantry and 2 armor replacements are available as replenishments for your battered units, please make front command aware of how many of the limited replacements you require.

Orders for the coming hours.

General-Lieutenant Katukov, (1st Tank Army)
You are to continue with the planned withdrawal of your forces as previously stated. With the enemy losing contact with the majority of your forces, forced march's may now be a practical option to retreat your troops to the 2nd defensive line and or the major river. To help you in this you have been allocated 1 Air interdiction to use as you deem fit on your front to slow the German advance.

General Chistyakov, (6th Guards Army)
Germans troops of the SS Panzer Corps plus supporting units are maintaining heavy pressure along the majority of your front, though no major loses have been incurred yet. Continue with the phased withdrawal to our second line defensive positions, though you are to take the opportunity where present to destroy German forces that have become over exposed. To help you in these endevers you are allocated 2 Air interdiction to help slow the German advance and the following combat support 1 shock attack, 3 Air Strikes and 2 Medium Bomber Strikes to help pick off the German spearheads.

General-Lieutenant Victor Dimitrivich Kruchenkin, (69th Army)
It seems that units of Army Detachment Kempf made a major push along your sector of the front. With the 1st line defensive positions now breached in a number of places you are order to withdraw units in the south behind the river line and safeguard the approaches to Shebekino. Where possible withdraw your remaining forces north along the 1st defensive line to the forest. Units caught in between are to try and make their escape where possible or to stand and die in their bunkers.

General Order to all Army Commanders. Artillery can now be used where appropriate to hit German forces though the priority remains German artillery. Do not leave artillery units unused especially where they are entrenched in bunkers.

Order of movement will be 1st Tank Noakesy, 6th Guards Valter, 69th Doggie and Vorozenh Front Talos

Any questions or observations please back to front command.
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Postby Talos » Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:23 am

From: General of the Army Nikolai Fyodorovich Vatutin, Commander Voronezh Front

To:
General-Lieutenant Katukov, (1st Tank Army)
General Chistyakov, (6th Guards Army)
General-Lieutenant Victor Dimitrivich Kruchenkin, (69th Army)


Comrades it still seems the facist invader is making limited progress against our forces and has even retreated a few kilometers in a number of places.

Combat assets available for use during the next few hours are as follows:

2 Shock Attacks
1 Air Interdictions
1 Air Strikes

In addition 5 infantry and 3 armor replacements are available as replenishments for your battered units, please make front command aware of how many of the limited replacements you require.

Orders for the coming hours.

General Chistyakov, (6th Guards Army)
Germans troops of the SS Panzer Corps plus supporting units are still maintaining heavy pressure along the majority of your front, though no major loses have been incurred yet. Continue with the phased withdrawal to our second line defensive positions, though you are to take the opportunity where present to destroy German forces that have become over exposed. To help you in these endevers you are allocated 1 Air interdiction to help slow the German advance and the following combat support 1 shock attack, you also have first use of the close air support if needed.

General-Lieutenant Victor Dimitrivich Kruchenkin, (69th Army)
It seems that units of Army Detachment Kempf after making a major push along your sector of the front have spent the proceeding few hours in mopping up operations leaving your remaining units free to dig in at new defensive positions. You have been allocated 1 shock attack (air strike if not used by General Chistyakov)for support in combat operations against enemy units along your front (some units of 7th Pz look ripe for an attack) but final decisions on combat operations are yours.

General-Lieutenant Katukov, (1st Tank Army)
You are to continue with the planned withdrawal of your forces as previously stated. Take the opportunity to engage the spearhead of German forces as a some recon units look vunrable and a number of armour and mech units are within range of direct file.

Order of movement will be 6th Guards Valter, 69th Doggie, 1st Tank Noakesy and Vorozenh Front Talos

Any questions or observations please back to front command.
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Postby Noakesy » Mon Dec 08, 2008 3:50 am

Excellent, my advance toward the rear will continue at full pace, perhaps with one or two shots to dent the fritzes confidence :D
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Postby Doggie3 » Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:33 pm

Orders understood Comrade General.

I will review the situation in detail and post intentions and results here.

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Postby valter » Sun Dec 14, 2008 6:05 am

REPORT TO GENERAL NIKOLAI FYODOROVICH VATUTIN

6 July 1943 10:00 am

- Our forces keep retreating at Stroitel front. Nothing major is expected to happen in the next 12 hours.
- Artillery pieces have gathered in place and the bombardment have started. We are not at full strength yet.
Reasons of delay: 1. Mud
2. Lack of petroleum-every 12 hours must stand to re-supply
3. Some units are in the phase of entrenchment
I have asked for a detail report on this matter but I believe the delay is unavoidable.
- The three following images show the situation of the Stroitel front and the deployment of the artillery, 11 in total so far. I am expecting another 4 in the next 48 hours.

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- The Meikhovo front on the other hand is full of opportunities. Three units have been destroyed, one of them an infantry division. The Germans as I have stated in operation “WORMHOLE” keep a thin defense. As the time passes their situation becomes more and more difficult. An unexpected attack will bring them in a desperate position. It is possible to drive them as far as Belgorod city! 295 and 387 regiments are ready to take part in this operation. I have given to them detailed instructions and are waiting for my command. We can cancel all their plans in one single movement.

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- We have a major issue of how to keep the AT and AA units out of the German sight. Many of them are moved far away from the front, and the rest of them are entrenched together with un-entrenched infantry.

END OF REPORT

General Chistyakov, commander of 6th Guards Army
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Postby Talos » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:31 pm

FRONT REPORT FROM GENERAL NIKOLAI FYODOROVICH VATUTIN 6th July 1943 10.00am

Operations have continued to be successful against the invader and all is proceeding according to plan. :D

Front command took direct action this morning along part of the the 69th Army front against units of the 7th Panzer Division resulting in the destruction of 2 units. The unused close air support was used to make an unsuccessful attack on an enemy arty unit that had strayed from cover. :(

Current plans will remain in operation until the enemy changes tactics or until army reserves are released for a counter attack.

No end of turn maps as to much could be gleaned of Russian troop movements especially in the 1st Tank and 69th Army sectors.
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Postby Noakesy » Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:01 pm

Talos wrote:No end of turn maps as to much could be gleaned of Russian troop movements especially in the 1st Tank and 69th Army sectors.


Indeed, those dastardly spies could be anywhere :wink:
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Postby Talos » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:40 pm

Just a quick not to say our next turn has arrived and will forward it on when i get home tonight for comments.
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Postby Noakesy » Sat Jan 31, 2009 12:20 am

Now, before anyone says anything, I have to say "I'm not a cheat". But, I can see from each day looking at "new posts" on the forum that the fritz players have probably posted nothing. To be fair, we've posted very little. Takes a bit out of the process by not letting people know what a hash or otherwise we're making of things? Just a thought. :?



ps I'm not a cheat........:D
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