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Lost Victories; The Battle of Stalingrad: Jan II, 1943 (Axis)


Axis northern sector (click to enlarge)

The Stalingrad front has collapsed. Only a few remnants of the 14th Panzer Army have survived. At this point, all the Axis wants to do is delay, delay, delay.

The reality is that the Axis front is shattered. There are gaps in the line miles wide, but fortunately, the Soviets are unable to exploit them. Read more…

Lost Victories: The Battle of Stalingrad: Jan I 1943 (Soviet)


The situation: Soviet initial phase (click to enlarge)

The Soviet turn begins with the Axis lines in disarray. The Soviets should be able to rush through and get into the Axis rear.

In a perfect world. The reality is that the Soviet supply lines are still very tight, especially in the northern sector. The circled area shows the rail line that the Axis are tenaciously hanging onto, refusing to leave and let the Soviets advance. I’m sure every post sounds like a broken record. The whole offensive hinges on this rail line. Read more…

Lost Victories: The Battle of Stalingrad; Jan I, 1943 (Axis)


It has been well over a year since anything was posted about this game. Several things have contributed to this, but the battle has raged on. Slowly, but it has raged on. Now I have to try to sort through the turns and remember what happened.

The German Sixth Army has been swept from Stalingrad, and the Soviets are starting to squeeze the pocket. In the north, parts of the Soviet line were starting to give under German pressure, but the Soviets poured reinforcements into the line to shore up the front lines.

In the end, the Soviets continue to put pressure on the Axis. The line in the northern sector is cracking. The south is completely vulnerable if the Soviets can reduce the Stalingrad pocket quickly. Read more…

Der Weltkrieg: The Battle of Tannenberg, September Turn 3 (September 9-12, 1914) and Post-Game


The Germans are now caught in the vice they so desperately wanted to avoid. Centered around Allenstein, the Russian First Army is pushing from the north, and the Russian Second Army is pushing from the south. Read more…

Der Weltkrieg: The Battle of Tannenberg September Turn 2 (September 5 – 8, 1914)


Two-fer today!

From this turn forward, the Germans no longer receive any reinforcements. The Russians still have the 10th Army HQ and three reserve/replacement divisions on deck.

As I stated in my last post, the Germans are in trouble. I simply took too long in destroying the Russian 2nd Army, and never destroyed it. Read more…

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