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Month: October 2018

1942 FEB II Axis Turn

Signal  Feb 1942 Edition

The Kremlin is ours! The desperate and heroic struggle of our troops on the Moscow front has reaped its rewards today as our banners were unfurled over the once proud capital of the Bolsheviks hordes!

Of course the soviet leaders including Joseph Stalin have long since fled like the cowardly dogs they are.

Soon all of Moscow will be ours and the dawn of the 1000 year Reich will be plain for all to see!

In other news troops of Army Group North have taken Kalinin and pushed 50 miles behind the enemy lines and in the northern arctic our hardy mountaineers have cut the only escape south for the defenders of Murmansk.

This is truly an epic day for the Reich and testament to the faith of our glorious leader, Adolph Hitler, in the German people.

Finland & Army Norway: German mountain troops concentrate and mount a risky low odds attack which retreats the soviet defenders and gains a foothold on the rail line just 30 miles south of Murmansk.

In the south the Finns also try to break the deadlock by attacking the feared 10th Soviet Mech corp. A HX results in the corps’ destruction and lays this nemesis to rest.

Axis Feb II 1942: Murmansk cut off

Axis Feb II 1942: Murmansk cut off

AGN: The attack on the battered and unsupplied defenders of Kalinin aided by the siege train from the earlier Kharkov assault smashes the defenders and the adjacent fort and rips a wide gap in the front. German armoured stacks exploit overrunning the weak defenders shielding the northern shores of the Volga lake system and push 3 hexes past the city.

AGC: The German’s again attack the central Moscow Hex but this time have marshalled an assault stack of 30 points (after terrain adjustment) The defending NKVD troops convert the DR result to an EX but the Germans extract all losses from other attackers and the Assault stack overruns the two Soviet cadres and takes the central Moscow hex in the exploitation phase.

The Axis stack surrounded just north of Tula breaks back to their own lines unaided and the breach is sealed by strong mech forces.

Axis Feb II '42: : Swasticas over the Cremlin

Axis Feb II ’42: : Swasticas over the Cremlin

AGS: The mud brings a welcome relief to the hard pressed defenders just south of Kursk and at Orel 6 infantry divisions rebuilt this turn in the city rush to bolster the defence. (This expends almost 2/3 of the German accumulated inf RPs)

11th Army & the Crimea. No action this turn as the Axis forces await rail conversion and the destruction of the Soviet Fleet before any assault can begin.

Axis Feb II 1942: Breakout of encircled Axis Armored Corps

Axis Feb II 1942: Breakout of encircled Axis Armored Corps

Air War: The Axis launch a number of offensive and defensive operations designed to isolate parts of the battlefield. The line to the north of Kalinin is cut in two places and harassment hits are placed to prevent troops moving in across land.  South of Leningrad however the results are less successful with no rail hit for a loss and an abort of two JU88As. Two swamp hexes are successfully harassed to limit Soviet infiltration.

In the centre continued efforts are made to interdict the rail network supporting the Soviet advance but the proliferation of Soviet engineers in the area means this will be a slight hindrance at most.

In the south despite earlier misgivings the Axis launch large raids against the Baltic fleet and successfully eliminate a heavy cruise and river flotilla supporting Sevastopol. At Odessa results are less successful with soviet fighters eliminating a Ju88a, aborting another and returning a third. One hit is scored against a heavy cruiser.  Total Soviet fleet supply transport capacity is now less than the combined requirements for the front line troops at Odessa and Sevastopol.

Battle Report:
Automatic attacks = 4 Diced combats = 4
Losses;  Soviet Isolated = 4, Non isolated = 71
German: 20,   Finnish = 5,

World War II Armed Forces –

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Date: Oct 15th, 2018

The Year of the Gold Dragon

We’re grateful for being able to provide you with yet another War in the Desert game report. This one was played and written up in the summer of 2018 by Bill Jenman. Since the game was mainly played to test some modifications of the Malta status number, the second half of the game report, from March 1942 onward, is summarized, nevertheless it makes for a good read. You can find it as WitD AAR No 3 in the archive, as always.

1942 FEB I Soviet Turn

The Soviet steamroller ploughs on pushing further west against stiffening German opposition. Kursk defenders hold firm and the line holds but in the centre a panzer division and infantry stack is carded and a modest breakthrough just south of  Tula surrounds more German mech.

Finland and the North. The Soviet relief column pushing north up the main line brushes ‘Nord’ aside and advances towards the 7-6 inf XX astride the rail line . To the East German/Finnish forces try to reconnect with the stranded inf division.  It is now a race between German troops at Murmansk and the Soviet relief column driving north which will determine the fate of the most northern Soviet city.

Leningrad Front: Pressure builds as more and more Soviet troops pour south from the assembly point in the city.   Guards and Naval troops swell the ranks and provide much needed winterisation effects to this secondary front. Most are not in place this turn and existing forces manage to push back on the left flank down the old boarder but stall in the swamps forming the eastern flank of the drive.

Soviet Feb I 1942: The Soviet Steamroller advances

Soviet Feb I 1942: The Soviet Steamroller advances

Moscow More political troops bolster the capital’s defence but just north Kalinin awaits  inevitable German occupation.

Voronezh Front.  The offensive south of Tula proceeds as the introduction with a German airfield immediately south of Kursk repelling a Guards Calvary assault. A Rumanian division which stood alone to screen a gap between here and the fortified line shielding Kharkov is obliterated. In total the Soviets launch 5 attacks on this front this turn.

SE AAR 01 - Soviet Feb I 1942

Soviet Feb I 1942: The Soviet Steamroller advances

Rostov Front. All quiet here and in the Crimea.

Air War Learning from their adversaries the Soviets launch a series of deep raids against the German rail net. They successfully isolate the norther line to the front and Leningrad but the line from Kursk to Kiev remains intacked.

Combat results
Auto attacks = 2, Diced = 6
Losses German isolated = 3, Non isolated = 40
Rumanian = 4.
Soviet = 13