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Sunday, 13 September 2020

The next moves of my Eastern Front/Great Patriotic War play-test mini-campaign

The situation on 30th June 1941


The weather for July is DRY, therefore each turn represents three days.

1st July to 3rd July 1941
The next card turned over is the Five of Diamonds and the Russians can move one formation one grid square.

Remnants of 2nd Rifle Division move into G8.


4th July to 6th July 1941
The next card turned over is the Seven of Clubs and the Germans can move one formation one grid square.

In this instance, the 1st Infantry Division advances into F7 ... and then into G7 as they are moving along a road, which doubles their move. The 1st Infantry Division has occupied Riga.


7th July to 9th July 1941
The next card turned over is the Ace of Hearts and the Russians can move all their formations one grid square.

Remnants of 2nd Rifle Division move into H9.

Remnants of 1st Tank Corps also move into H9, and thus joins up with 2nd Rifle Division.

1st Rifle Division moves into I9.


10th July to 12th July 1941
The next card turned over is the Four of Diamonds and the Russians can move one formation one grid square.

1st Rifle Division moves into H9, and thus joins up with the remnants of 2nd Rifle Division and 1st Tank Corps.


13th July to 15th July 1941
The next card turned over is the Jack of Clubs and the Germans can move two formations one grid square.

1st Panzer Division moves into G10.

2nd Infantry Division moves into H10.


16th July to 18th July 1941
The next card turned over is the Six of Diamonds and the Russians can move one formation one grid square. Instead, they choose to reorganise and dig in where they are currently located.

19th July to 21st July 1941
The next card turned over is the Two of Hearts and the Russians can move one formation one grid square. Instead, they continue to extend the fortifications they are constructing at their current location.

22nd July to 24th July 1941
The next card turned over is the Ace of Clubs and the Germans can move all their formations one grid square.

1st Panzer Division moves into G9.

1st Infantry Division moves into to H7.

2nd Infantry Division moves into I10.


25th July to 27th July 1941
The next card turned over is the King of Spades and the Germans can move all their formations up to a total of five grid squares.

1st Panzer Division (G9), 1st Infantry Division (H8), and 2nd Infantry Division (I9) converge on H9, attacking the Russian defenders from three directions at the same time ... and not from the direction of Vilno as the Russian expected!


The mini-campaign has reached a stage where a massive battle of encirclement now needs to be fought. The German formations are the attackers, and the Russians will be defending a fortified position ... although the fortifications may be pointing in the wrong direction!

6 comments:

  1. Hello there Bob,

    This is shaping up to be a really good run through of your system and it feels absolutely bang on it the historical stakes. The map looks really good and I am looking forward to the battle!

    All the best,

    DC

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    1. David Crook,

      Cheers! The play-test has thrown up a couple of things that might require a few minor tweaks to be made to the way the campaign system works, but there is no need for a drastic re-write of the rules.

      I’m not sure when I’ll be able to stage the battle, but hopefully it won’t be too long.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. The map is working really well and the battle looks to be a pretty big affair. Can't wait to read the AAR.

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    1. Steve J.,

      Hopefully I’ll manage to stage the battle within the next fortnight.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. The map movement is producing interesting results Bob that seem very "real". Are you going to play one huge battle or divide it up into different sectors?

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    1. Maudlin Jack Tar,

      The way the map movement works needs a bit of tweaking, but the results indicate that everything seems to be going in the right sort of direction to be a simple workable campaign system.

      I’m not quite sure how I’m going to stage the battle as yet. I might do each German attack separately, but if I can get hold of a terrain cloth that has more squares (16 x 16 would be ideal), I might be able to stage it as one large battle.

      All the best,

      Bob

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