Some thoughts on next titles for the walk thru as we wrap up 1941.
Case Blue /GBII. While this game could sit in for the Entire East front almost, we want to use the Walk Thru WWII as an opportunity to experience a range of titles and how they treat various campaigns and operations during WWII. So for now we are done with CG/GBII.
Case Blue Play
I am almost certain that the CB/GBII ‘game experience’ /slash historical effort is done, how well ..meh. My latent and indeed expressed fear of poorly playing the Soviets probably came to fruition. That said a few errors on both sides probably mitigated the defensive play weaknesses to some extent. As a new player to OCS I am thankful to all the community for its assistance, also appreciative of the opportunity just to TRY and play this substantial game.
If Moscow was not isolated I think that there is lots more game to be played here, but Soviets must either Breakout or eat 95% of their supply to survive one turn. Thus I fear it is over! Full report to come. Excellent stuff.
[ A side note on sanity – playing a game a this scale solo to me was easier to do that attempting to coordinate a team of people to show up once a week or once a month.]
Switching to one of the later scenarios will for sure be on my list as we continue our Chronological walk thru of WWII.
Battles and Operations in 1942
So this means we shall move the clock forward on our Chronological Walkthru of WWII to January 1942.
At this stage of the war the action seems to move to the Pacific, and Eastern Front counter punch from the Soviets, we need to identify what is next on the list to play.
Early ’42 was characterized by the Moscow counter offensive and action in the early phases of the Burma campaign, the Philippines and Rommel began the El Agheila offensive. A long time ago I ran some of the Burma offensive, I do not want to revisit that solo.
I do not own titles for Baatan or know of any that I trust, and two plays of DAK2 put paid to a in depth revisit of Afrika [exception see below].
January then ends with the Siege of Singapore.
Lesson learned sometimes looking at the map for a while will prompt an experiment.
Sometimes going for broke creates opportunity, or drives a poor reaction.
29th Dec, Soviets reel from a last ditch German effort NE of Moscow. The Trace supply life line is now truly cut!
5th Pzr approaching from the South will pull back and consolidate control of the rail near it while the isolated trucks mean the Soviets will have to use the stores accumulated to feed its massive army.
More as the turn unfolds.