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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…

More Blitzkrieg

I am getting closer to having all the parts assembled for Blitzkrieg and getting the game up and running. The maps are completely printed and cut (but need some slight trimming in a couple of places). The rules, orders of battle and game charts have been printed as well. This just leaves the counter sheets to be printed, mounted and cut. Just a little manual labor that my wife can handle. I can say that because she doesn’t read this blog.

The game cost $70 on DVD. Print costs for the maps have run $75. The cost of the maps may be cheaper if they are not made with glossy card stock. Rules and orders of battle were $43. Charts (b&w) were $11.61, while the color ones (which were fewer, but cost more to print) $10. The counters will likely run $41, but then there is cardboard and glue to purchase. A little time and effort, and the total cost, including the cost of the game is around $250. Read more…

Excitement in the Air, Part One

Europa is dead! Long live Europa!

Or is it?

The debate rages on over whether Total War, the long awaited revision of Fire in the East, will ever actually see the light of day. Communication from the company is a rare thing, the last update being posted way back on Valentine’s Day. Read more…

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