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OCS Case Blue - scenario 7.8

Game OCS Case Blue
Scenario scenario 7.8
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October, 1942

October 1st, 1942

Meteo

North South Flight
Dry Dry Normal

Axis

The 3rd Fallshirmjger regiment of the 7th Div has been successfully dropped on the south oild field of Makop, quickly joined by the tanks of the 5th SS Panzer Regiment of the SS Viking. The 3rd Mot Div is not far, coming from Krasnodar through the woods to cut the 58th Army in Labinskaya.

The Kerch straits Soviet defenders are now cut from ground supply, only linked by the port of Tammam', but the assault guns of the 245th batallion are in light of sight, followed by the paratroopers. The hope to get the Maikop oil fields before the coming mud start to slowly come back...

Soviet

The Kerch straits garrison are regrouping in Tamman.

The defences are reorganizing around Maikop.

October 5th, 1942

Meteo

North South Flight
Dry Dry Normal

Axis

Maikop is taken by the elite troops of the 7th FJ Div.

Stavropol' is surrounded.

The paras are progressing to the Kerch straits.

Soviet

Evacuation of the Maikop area.

October 8th, 1942

Meteo

North South Flight
Dry Dry Normal

Axis

Maybe the last sunny days of the summer, it's time to prepare for the Soviet massive counter-attack, probably after the mud and probably just after...

Soviet

Continuation of the evacuation of the Maikop area. The reinforcement are taking position slowly before the winter offensive. Finally, Stalingrad has been safe all the the summer long

October 12th, 1942

Meteo

North South Flight
Dry Dry Normal

Soviet

Time to break the Damocles sword of the Soviet double move to come: the Soviet plays first.

The relief are coming to help Maikop garrison to resist and even to rescue Stavropol'.

There is a very big hole between the north and South German armies, just in front of Rostov. It will be a pain to defend... and a pain to retreat quickly all the south troops in case of Russian attack there... and Russian troops are just coming.

Axis

The Kerch straits is now German from both side... at the very moment where the German thinks to evacuate the South to avoid to be cut in front of Rostov...

October 15th, 1942

Meteo

North South Flight
Dry Dry Normal

Soviet

The reinforcements are reinforcing the defence in the area of Maikop. The Germans are still unable to get the floof od oil form the oil fields.

The troops are gathering in front of Rostov menacing in three direction: the road to Maikop, the road to Milerovo, the main road to Tsimlanskaya.

Axis

Novorossirsk finally taken, where the German find a lot of supplies...

Around Maikop, the Russia are still there and reinforcement are coming.

Facing Rostov, a first curtain of troops build a thin defence line. It looks like retreating from the South Maikop, Krasnodar and Novorossirks is a serious option. Sad...

October 19th, 1942

Meteo

North South Flight
Dry Dry Limited

Soviet

Furious counter-attack from the 4th Motorized Corps and the 58th Army East of Maikop.

In the same time, the Manych is easily crossed by the 51st Army, sending the 16th Tank Corps toward Mechetinskaya. The road to Sal'sk will be cut soon and the Panzer there will have to go back quickly, as all the troops south of Don!

I do not think the German can win, from now.

Axis

Alarm! The 16th z and 29th Mot Div comes back fron around Sal'sk and try to close the door through the Manych, in vain.

On this other side of the Don Steppes, the 22nd Pz goes south to cut the rail from Stalingrad, and even destroy an infantry division in strategic mode and capture a depot. The roads to Stalingrad and Elitsa are cut.

The 13th Panzer failed to repulse an incursion near Mechetinskaya.

Unfortunately, Maikop is finally evacuated, at the very moment when the oil engineers were able to begin to pump the precious resource... A counter attack is launched by the 16th Mot and the SS Viking Div on the rear of the Soviet tanks.

More reinforcements are crossing the Kerch straits to establish a solid beach head and keep Novorossirsk, Tuapse and Krasnodar.

The whole strategic situation is openly changed: the roles are reversed. The coming mud can bring some other changes.

The coming month is very important, before the arrival of new Panzer divisions around the November, 22th. Will hte German be able to resist?

October 22nd, 1942

Meteo

North South Flight
Dry Dry Normal

Soviet

Fortunately, the weather is dry and the Soviet have the initiative, avoiding a double German move who potentially could have stopped the coming assault on the Manych and the road to Rostov.

The Manych door stays open. The 4th Mot Div continues his advance northward. Everything is ok.

Axis

The retreat from Maikop continues, with some less disorder.

The fight in front of Rostov, to block the Manych crossing, continues too. On the other side, the 22th Pz retreated, unable to cut safely the rail from Stalingrad, retreat to cover the rest of the army.

October 26th, 1942

Meteo

North South Flight
Mud Light mud Limited

Soviet

First mud! Pretty late but it announces the coming autumn and winter.

Crossing of the Manych temporary stopped by the mud (and the Germans).

The 4th Mot Div continues slowly its advance.

Axis

The door is almost closed on the Manych.

October 29th, 1942 Last turn

Meteo

North South Flight
Mud Light mud Normal

Axis

The 16th Pz finish the job to close the Manych crossing. The 79th Mot Inf Rgmt cross itself the river to detroy the Russian artillery deployed behind and to cut the supply.

The mud gave some rest to the German and permit them to face the future with more confidence.

The Stalingrad airport received the visit of He 111 and Stukas that almost annhilited it and destroyed all the long-range bombers there. Only the transport aircraft has been saved from the fire.

Soviet

The progression on the Armavir-Rostov road continues slowly.

The battle for the Manych crossing seems to end with a draw as a result, taht means a little strategic victory for the German as their are not more menaed by an encirclement of the South.

New bombing of Stalingrad. The planes are safe but the newly hastly built facilities were not solid enough.