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Posted on Nov 20, 2004 in Armchair Reading

Braunschweig – An After Action Report Part V

By Zachary Hutchinson

Figure 23-4

Here the Germans have crossed the last mountains, thus passing into Georgia near Kardanik. T’bilisi is unguarded and within reach. Everything that would normally garrison the city was thrown forward into defense of the mountain passes. Even being far from home, it’s hard to gain unit superiority over the Germans south of their Rostov starting lines. I chose to give them T’bilisi because I could never have held it without committing half of Fortress Baku – and probably not even then.

Figure 23-5

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The Battle for Kutaisi! It’s probably one of the more insignificant battles of this entire scenario, but I just couldn’t pass up a chance to give the Soviet Marines their due. It all stems back to an elevator ride I took with a drunken Soviet Marine back in the mid 90s in Yaroslavl.

Figure 23-6

Here you see the only passes through the mountains still under Soviet protection – if only the last few feet. Once the Marines break and run I assume the Germans will send up something to break up my defense. I don’t need a supply line here. All the objective hexes along the coast have supply points. It will mean a fight to the death.

Figure 23-7

Last, but not least, is a shot of the heroic Black Sea Defense. Stalin has issued that all participants will be awarded a medal which is being prepared just for them‧an order of the highest esteem. The counterattack looks now able to recapture Sochi! What a blow to the German morale!

(To read part six in the series, click here).

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