Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Unity of Command - Gameplay Notes - 2nd Kharkov Scenario - Operations Plan

Supposedly, the Russians blundered into a trap with their deep penetration south of Kharkov  ...


The Izium salient has a very mobile but relatively weak head (6th Cavalry Corps, the tip of the Soviet spear) and a particularly strong right shoulder (21st and 23rd Tank Corps). I'm told to "move in for the kill" into the Izium salient, but I have butterflies in the stomach.



The Soviet offensive prior to the start of this scenario seriously threatens the whole German supply network. The supply sources north and west of Kharkov have a limited range of 2. The supply source south of Kharkov, with a range of 10 is the only source that one can trust with feeding a major offensive. Unfortunately, this south supply source is threatened by the Soviets' advance west of Izium.



So, it is imperative to destroy the Soviet forces east of Izium in order to secure the flow of supplies in the entire theater and to launch offensive operations to capture objectives north of the salient.

The operations plan is to encircle and destroy enemy forces in the Izium salient by a double pincer movement  with all armored/mechanized units available (heavy arrows in the maps above and below) and by supporting/shaping offensive operations with infantry units (light arrows in the maps above and below). Once objective Izium has been secured and enemy forces weakened enough to not pose a threat to our supply sources, resume offensive operations due north (dotted heavy arrow in the maps above and below).


Yes fellows, during the first weeks of this operation I'm sinning of lack of aggressive spirit in the front line north of Kharkov. But I need all offensive power on the Soviet salient.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Cheers,





9 comments:

Mike said...

Looks like a good plan, JC, but you know what they say about plans...

Olav said...

I bought this. Now you might say its a bit simpler than WitE :)

I found this article regarding the battle of Rzhev in 41. The topic still seems to emit very strong emotions.

http://www.historynet.com/film-spurs-russia-to-squelch-criticism-of-soviet-war-tactics.htm

There is a scenario in WitE depicting this battle. Hey, if you ever get the time you know what to do..... pbem galore.

JC said...

Hi Mike,

Played the scenario and, indeed, plenty of surprises. :( I will be wrapping up the AAR soon.

Olav! How you doing? It's a lot simpler than WitE, but surprisingly it has legs for what it is.

Thanks for the article: saved it for lunch time reading at the cubicle. :)

Cheers,

Mike said...

How does this game match up to Panzer Corps?

Bryan said...

JC,

Do the game encompass all of Operation Barbarossa, or just certain battles and campaigns?

Olav said...

Ill answer for JC;

The game encompasses the Case Blue campaign and the Kharkov 3rd battle.

Olav said...

I assume youve added some much needed support to your italian flanks yet? :)

Andrea Proietti said...

Can I ask you what application you have used to draw the plans on the maps?

JC said...

Hi Andrea,

That's Photoshop.

Cheers,