|The Soviets are packing and fleeing up north!|
There is also that sharp thorn at Kharkov, which hurts my pride more than my logistics.
|Re-capturing Kharkov was not difficult. In this screenshot, the Soviets pull out a corps from the 6th Army from the narrow salient east of Kharkov in order to reinforce a defensive position southwest of Kupyansk.|
|Speeding up the operations beyond my comfort level. The 60th Motorized Division and the 22nd Panzer Division making a desperate dash towards the north-most objective (Olkhovatka). The Soviet forces near Kharkov have been completely destroyed.|
|The final screen. Obliterated the Soviets and bought all the real state, but just too late ...|
This was a great scenario and it taught me that no matter how important the main effort and decisive operations are, it takes a good amount of supporting effort and shaping operations to achieve victory. One of my biggest failures was to not harass the Soviets with my left wing. Although the Soviets kept a sizeable amount of infantry corps opposing my left wing, they were totally free to move their other high mobility/shock troops wherever they wanted, including Izium, where I placed my bet for a quick victory. A limited push with my left wing would have spooked the Russians into diverting some of their best troops north, making my drive to Izium more quick.