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Post  DT on Thu May 23, 2013 7:30 pm

It is been a long while..... since the last time
but i have had some spare time to start a new battle.

The scenario i have chosen is Volga of S.Nacucchi.
I have been out of PG for many months....so it is going to be a hard task.
The scenario is completly unknown for me..or at least i dont remember anything about it (or at least lot of time since i play this)

Lets go!!! Lets see if i can arrive at the Stalingrad gates in this first TRY!

Turn 1:
Attack all over the map just to check the enemy defenses ...I took down 7 infantry units and an tank unit
Here is the strategic map after the Axis first turn:

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Mstrat11

and here the air units in the strategic map:

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 2mstra10

A dangerous enemy armour concentration is located at the north of Stalingrad.....our exhausted troops that arrived to the Volga are not prepared for an enemy counterattack!!

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 1pic110

Strong defense at the south of Stalingrad in Bebetovka

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 2pic110




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Post  DT on Sat May 25, 2013 2:46 pm

Turn 1 AI MOVEMENT:

Air offensive in the North of Stalingrad close to Orlovka

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 1pic1r10


At the North of Stalingrad 4 enemy tank units T34 destroy one of our precious Pz IIIJ. 3 of the T34 are weakened from 12 to 8 and the fourth from 12 to 11.....but they got their prize ..our unit is destroyed!
One of our Stukas is catched by an AA and weakened to 4 strenght points.
Many enemy artilleries shot on us all over the front causing damage to our units



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Post  DT on Sat May 25, 2013 2:57 pm

Turn 2:

ITS RAINING!!!!

Pressing all around the front. Defensive Position in the North East of Stalingrad. 3 Fortifications are destroyed

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 4pic211

Attacks on Baburkin (West)

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 2pic210

Attacks on Ielchi (South)

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 3pic210

Total Enemy Losses:

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Post  DT on Sat May 25, 2013 7:11 pm

Turn 2 AI MOVEMENT:

The enemy attack seriously at the north of Stalingrad!

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 1pic2r10

North counterattack with T-34 close to Orlovka

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 2pic2r10

A lost infantry in Bebetovka
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Post  DT on Sat May 25, 2013 7:45 pm

Turn 3:

Strategic map indicating the direction of axis movement (blue) and the axis resistence lines (red lines)

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 1pic310

Orlovka hard battle!
VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 2pic310

Baburkin Victory!!

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 3pic310

Preparing the assault to Marinovka!

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 4pic310

Crossing the river close to Karpovkajka

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 5pic310

Assault on Ielchi ..bad news! important fighter losses close to Ielchi

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 6pic310

And the final losses inflicted are:
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Post  DT on Sun May 26, 2013 8:52 am

Turn 3 AI MOVEMENT:

In the south we finally lost our Focke Wulf fighter... a painful loss!!

In the north the enemy tank formations attack heavily on our defensive line.....we need air support and reinforcements soon or they will crush our defensive line!
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Post  DT on Sun May 26, 2013 10:53 am

Turn 4

Strategic map after 4 axis turn

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 1pic411

Air and Antiair Action in the north of Stalingrad close to Orlovka!
Getting down an enemy fighter and hitting hard a T-34

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 2pic411


Assault to Marinovka progress slowly

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 3pic411

preparing the assult to Zybenko

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 4pic412

Two enemy planes (A fighter and a tactical bomber are getting down at Ielchi

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List of enemy losses

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Post  DT on Sun May 26, 2013 2:47 pm

Turn 4 AI movement

Pz III is not attacked after our movement to the back line a T-34 is crushed against an antitank, but we lose the northern airfield.

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 1pic10

a T-34 is involved in a rugged defense against one of our grenadier units!

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 2pic10

Two infantry units lost in an enemy counterattacl to Ielchi

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Post  DT on Tue May 28, 2013 6:07 pm

Turn 6 of 20

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi 1pic11

At the North of Stalingrad, we fight in the recently lost airfield

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi North10

We start the offensive in the axe Orlovka-Spartakovka

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Orlovk10

Attacking from the north (orlovka) to the city and airfields of Gumrak

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Gumrak10

Attack on Karpov

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Karpov10

Surrounding movement of Bol-Rossoscha

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Bolros10

Attack to the surroundings of Bebetovka destroying some artillery guns!

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Post  DT on Thu May 30, 2013 7:59 pm

Turn 7 of 20

Strategic Map after the 7th Aix turn

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At the North of Stalingrad we retake the airfield and stop the enemy offensive

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Pic110

A Tiger in Orlovka and we take some good positions close Spartakovka, preparing the assault to Stalingrad from the North

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Pic210

We try to Control Gumrak and their airfields close to the city of Stalingrad but enemy T-34 are ready to counterattack

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Pic310

Assault to Bol_Rossoscha Moving eastwards towards Stalingrad city

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Bol_ro10

Surrounding Karpovka

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Bebetovka

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Post  DT on Fri May 31, 2013 4:39 pm

Turn 7 AI of 20

Enemy Counterattack on Spartakovka

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Post  DT on Fri May 31, 2013 5:21 pm

Turn 8 of 20

Strategic map in 8th turn moving towards the Core of Stalingtrad!

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Ms810

a Tiger moving towards Spartakovka trying to help the allied troops to cross the river to push towards Stalingrad!

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Sparta11

Gumrak airfields taken!

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Gumrak11

Battle in Karpovka growing in intensity

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List of total losses after 8th turn

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Post  DT on Fri May 31, 2013 6:48 pm

Turn 10 of 20

Strategic map after 10 turn.....in the Surroundings of Stalingrad!

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Sm1210

Assault on Goroditzche!!! Spartakovka taken!.... next objective the Tractor Factory in Stalingrad!

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Gorodi10

Stalingradiski Taken! close to Mamai hill

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Mamaih10

Karpovka close to fall !

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Tough Battle in the streets of Bebetovka!

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Post  DT on Fri May 31, 2013 7:42 pm

Turn 12

Assault on Pitomkin

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Battle in the Tractor Factory

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Battle close to Mamai Hill

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Mamai_10

Approaching to South Station at the south of Stalingrad

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Tough Battle on Bebetovka keeps on

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Post  DT on Fri May 31, 2013 8:04 pm

Turn 13

Strategic map
Attack on Stalingrad city!

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Tractor Factory taken after tough battle and a Tiger is taken down to 4 strength in the factory
Barricady works is the next objective!

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Tracto11

Preparing the assault to Mamai Hills

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Mamai_11

Preparing the assault to the South Station

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi South_11

Bebetovka bloody battle!

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Post  DT on Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:31 am

Turn 15


Just only 5 turns and the battle is rough in the core of stalingrad!

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Stalin11

Barricady Works taken now moving towards the Central Station

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Barric10

The Univermag stores will be the last objective...... but it is going to be difficult to arrive in time!

VOLGA of S.Nacucchi Univer10

South Station taken!

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Bebetovka battle at its height!

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Total losses after the 15 th turn

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Post  DT on Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:01 pm

Turn 16


Bebetovka taken!

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Red october taken moving towards the central station and the Stalingrad Harbor

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Battling In the way towards the Univermag stores

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Post  DT on Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:20 pm

Turn 17

Final resistence!!

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Post  DT on Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:31 pm

Turn 18
It starts to Snow


The final resistence close to the univermag stores

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Post  DT on Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:58 pm

Turn 19

After bombardement of 6 artillery units on the Univermag stores we enter the last objective of a frozen and snowy Stalingrad!

VICTORY!!! cheers

Observations:
After some months without playing a PG game it has been a nice tough battle.
Silvio┬┤s scenarios always were top quality and in this case i have enjoyed it a lot.
At the start i had serious doubts i was going to achieve the objective specially when i discovered the enemy deployment in the north of 4 T-34 units and where i had to take a defensive position. Another headache was how to confront the Bebetovka Assault that took me the whole scenario length.
Of course the AI in PG is not very clever and used its armour units not very wisely and also didnt use wiselly the big enemy forces entrenched in the Stalingrad city.

The Stalingrad fortifications and the intered T-34 were tough to beat!, but it was nice to take the Mamai hills and the Tractor Factory!.
Or level bombers did a good job suppressing the AA enemy power ..so that our stukas could do a nice job.

An important point is that it started to snow just three turns before end....of course if i have had worse weather conditions the scenario would be probably tough to win!.

About the scenario adjustments i put them in normal settings ..of course if i would put the enemy in advantage in the adjustments the battle would have been probably a more difficult confrontation.

It is also nice when you have a first contact with a scenario you never played before or one you played a long time ago as you dont know the enemy starting deployment and it becomes difficult to prepare your strategy.....and quite more challenging.

Now i have in mind to play it from the Russian side!, Just to check how it would work. In this case id adjust some advantage in the enemy axis settings.

A nice interesting thing to do would be to adjust it for a human against human battle..... but these days is difficult to find people how may be interested in PG.
Many guys like to play individual campaigns where they develop their full strenght core units, feeling themselves as good generals as they have big formations of 5 stars tigers :-) But you can lose a very important thing..... when you have a good performance and your core becomes full strenght more of the latest campaign scenarios may lose their challenging features and may become boring....thats why i like not only to play campaigns but nice single well balanced scenarios.

In my taste is that some historical scenarios if they are going to be played for two human players must not be balanced for a fair equal battle as DUELS (there are some posted in Tortoise page and they are interesting). I want to say that if im going to play Stalingrad as Axis i would expect a worked victory in difficult conditions specially at the end where i arrive with exhausted troops to the boundaries of a highly entrenched and defended city. As Soviet i would expect a battle where i have to defend, to resist and where i can take some riskes in small countterattacks with the objective of getting some extra time to defend the Capital.
if i dont have that feeling...... i dont feel the historic atmosphere bounded to this bloody and heroic battle!

OF course this is an opinion and there is a wide range of opinions and tastes in life.

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See you in the next Battlefield!!




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