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Hello and welcome to my 4th serious attempt at an AAR. I will be playing the Soviet Union with a 1941 on normal/normal using the new community-made game: Arsenal of Democracy. It will be writen as a more or less history book style, but I might also make an attempt at incorporating other AAR styles, specifically adding narrative bits, likely told through letters, diaries and what-not. Anyway, let's cut the bullshit and get to the AAR shall we ?

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(1914-1941)

When Tsar Nicolas II plunged the Russian Empire into war in 1914, no one could after predicted the dire consequences this would have for this great nation. Indeed, many thought that the great “Russian Steamroller” would make short work of the German Imperial Army. Instead, Russian forces were dealt at crushing blow at the battle of Tannenberg and were progressively pushed back further and further into Russia. Finally, in 1917, facing utter defeat and with food shortages and famine plaguing major cities, the imperial government was toppled by a popular uprising, creating the Provisional Government. After the Bolsheviks took power in the October Revolution, Lenin signed the Treaty of Brest-Listovsk. But it was only after the long and bloody civil war that the Soviet power was truly established. This began a period of intense rebuilding as the new Union of Soviet Socialist Republics had been devastated by the civil war. When Stalin seized power following Lenin’s death in 1924, he established a totalitarian rule.

In 1928, he launched the collectivisation of agriculture as a part of his Five-Year Plan. In the mid-1930’s, Stalin’s paranoia led the Great Purges, resulting in the systematic murder of millions of people under suspicion of trying to undermine his power. After the Munich Conference, Stalin decided that the Western Allies were too weak to stand up to Hitler and Germany, and therefore sought to strike a deal with him. This resulted in the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In September 1939, as per the clauses of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Stalin invaded Poland and the Baltic states. After the fall of France, German-Soviet relations rapidly deteriorated. Stalin was running out of time...

And yet, even when faced with considerable evidence to the contrary, Stalin refused to believe that Hitler would break the non-aggression pact they signed two years earlier. But now the great German offensive has begun, and the Red Army is still weak. Will Stalin be able to pull his country together? Or will Russia fall before the great German war machine like so many others have...


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Crush the Fascist invaders!
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41 Scenario? Nice. Best of luck, kill the Huns!
 

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Again that graphical pack...couldn't people try something original for once, even if it's not as beautiful? :wacko:

Anyway I'll be following this, still looking forward a successful SU game against Germany...
 

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@ Amallric: Well I had to put that watermark because, yeah, I used some of their layering techniques to make the banner and so the chrome effect I borrowed, so I naturally had to give them a shout out, but apart from that the picture is 100% pure Darknesskilla :)

@ all : Thanks :) The first update might actually be put up today, as I am feeling nice and I'll have it finished in not too long :D
 

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Oi, I'm almost late!
Of course, I wouldn't miss another AAR of yours, Dark. :D
 

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@ all : Thanks :) The first update might actually be put up today, as I am feeling nice and I'll have it finished in not too long :D

Awesome I can't wait :)
 

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Chapter 1 - The Great Patriotic War


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Chapter 1: The Great Patriotic War
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As dawn broke on the morning of June 22nd 1941, the sounds of war resounded all across Russia. Over 4.5 million troops poured across Russia’s western border: Operation Barbarossa, Adolf Hitler’s greatest gamble, had begun. The Soviet Army, under orders by Stalin himself to not reply to German provocations, were utterly caught by surprise.

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The front on the morning of June 22nd 1941

Major German thrusts in the North and South gained considerable ground. Even though Red Army forces fought bravely to stem the Nazi onslaught, they were unable to halt the Wehrmacht’s advance. By July 5th, Russian forces had been almost completely pushed out of Poland, while advance elements of the 18th Army reached the south bank of the Dniepr opposite of the city of Riga. Faced with this onslaught, Stalin was forced to realize that the only hope the Red Army had of preventing the encirclement of thousands of divisions was to order an orderly retreat towards the Dniepr, where the Red Army would (hopefully) be capable of repelling German attacks. Meanwhile, in the North, Finnish forces launched a limited offensive with Petrozavodsk as an objective. However, Soviet forces soon launched a counterattack and successfully dislodged the Finnish troops on July 14th. While the Red Army had found some limited success against Finland, it was unable to prevent German forces from taking Riga. By August 4th, German forces had reached the outskirts of Kiev.

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The extent of German gains by the beginning of August

On August 7th, the German 6th Army, led by General Fretter-Pico launched a major offensive in and around the city. Leading the defence was General Trubnikov, commander of the 6th Mechanized division. Overall, more than 25 divisions took part in the battle. The main attack on Kiev took place in the early morning of the 8th of August, spearheaded by the 46th Infantry Division supported by the 1st Panzer Division. The Germans met heavy resistance and suffered heavy losses. Nevertheless, by August 11th, Russian forces had been successfully dislodged from their defensive positions along the town’s outskirts and were pushed back towards the center of the city. Elsewhere, Russian forces near Priluki were attacked by elements of the 8th Army, threatening the encirclement. Even in the face of concerted Russian counterattacks, German forces were able to secure and hold Priluki, therefore completing the encirclement of Kiev. Even though they were now encircled with little prospect of rescue, Russian still put up a stubborn defence.

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A map demonstrating the three main stages of the battle of Kiev

By August 21st, the Germans had managed to push the defenders back to the center of the town. After a series of heavy bombardments by artillery and the Luftwaffe, the Germans attacked once more. After a few days of intense and bloody street fighting, the defenders of Kiev eventually broke. Though General Trubnikov formally surrendered on behalf of remaining Red Army forces in Kiev on August 29th, there were a few pockets of resistance that refused to surrender. By September 3rd however, the city was completely under Axis control. Meanwhile, elsewhere along the front, German forces were meeting increasingly stiff resistance. Nevertheless, Soviet troops were still being pushed back in the North and South. German efforts to take the town of Sumy in late September resulted in a massive counterattack by some 82 divisions in and around the town of Priluki. Although the attack initially met some success, the superiority of the German army in terms of training and equipment meant that Soviet forces incurred tremendous losses. Finally, after the Germans were able to free up divisions further north to reinforce the town, the Russians had to concede defeat. Capitalizing on their victory, the Germans launched their own counterattack on October 22nd, capturing Sumy and pushing Soviet forces back to Kharkov by mid-November. By December 11th, advance elements of the 6th Army broke through at Bilovodsk and reached Rossosh.

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Advance elements of the 6th Army taking Rossosh

However, victories at Smolensk and Novossirisk inflicted heavy losses on the Wehrmacht. Finally, with the arrival of the cold Russian winter, the German advance grinded to a halt.... but at what cost? Indeed, by the end of 1941, the Soviet Union had already lost more than half a million men, while German losses are estimated to have been close to 216 000 casualties. Furthermore, the Germans still controlled most of Western Russia, having established a continuous frontline from Narva in the Baltic to Stalino in the South. The war was still far from won...

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A chart displaying the losses suffered by all nations in 1941

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All right that's all for now. I'd like to have an update ready every few days but with school I'll probably be limited to a single update a week. Anyway, hope you enjoyed and there's more where that came from :D (for real this time :p)
 
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Good job, you did a lot better than the historical Red Army.
 

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Although it doesnt look to good right now I have faith in you Comrade, fight back the fascist scum!
 

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It's a good read so far, I'll be following this. One nitpick, though: It's Russia's Western border, not its eastern one ;)
 

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No major encirclements besides Kiev? You can call yourself lucky :D

btw, how much divisions for both powers?
 

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General Winter saves the Soviets again. Nicely played, you can just bleed the Germans to death now.
 

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Nicely started, will you counterattack anytime soon? :D
 

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@ Karaiskandar I was lucky, the '41 start really gives you no breaks ! It's going to be a hard fight, but hopefully a fun one for you guys to follow :D

@ Hastatii For the motherland !! :p

@ Pal Fixed the one nitpick :)

@ Amallric yeah I was lucky I was able to get most of my division out in time in order to avoid encirclement. As for divisions... I don't know, and I can't check because my save is way further than were I am in terms of updates. But I'd estimate well over 200 divisions, as there were 82 divisions in the attacks in and around Priluki only, therefore I think it's safe to say I had over 200.

@ Griffin.Gen You'll see ;)

@ sons of liberty That's the plan ! Bleed the Germans dry :D
 
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I played a Russian 36 game and on 22 June 41 the Germans came crashing in with more than 400 inf divisions (including exp) and 40 tankdivs. I only had like 140 infantry and 16 tanks and some mot. It was an epic struggle and I had to retreat deep into the Russian interior to save my skin. It was very realistic, actually. A very, very hard slog!

But after an frantic building and research programma (focussing mainly on land tech and doctrines) and with strong air support I managed to halt the advance and even push them back bit by bit. It is now late 43 and I have the Germans on the ropes. I outnumber them in most cases and my doctrines are up to date. They are being annihilated slowly because I can easily afford the MP losses and hopefully he cant.

Anyway it was a true bloodbath. I have now inflicted 3 million MP losses on the Axis forces while losing like close to a million myself. It was Barbarossa the way it should be!
 

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I played a Russian 36 game and on 22 June 41 the Germans came crashing in with more than 400 inf divisions (including exp) and 40 tankdivs. I only had like 140 infantry and 16 tanks and some mot. It was an epic struggle and I had to retreat deep into the Russian interior to save my skin. It was very realistic, actually. A very, very hard slog!

But after an frantic building and research programma (focussing mainly on land tech and doctrines) and with strong air support I managed to halt the advance and even push them back bit by bit. It is now late 43 and I have the Germans on the ropes. I outnumber them in most cases and my doctrines are up to date. They are being annihilated slowly because I can easily afford the MP losses and hopefully he cant.

Anyway it was a true bloodbath. I have now inflicted 3 million MP losses on the Axis forces while losing like close to a million myself. It was Barbarossa the way it should be!



print screen or it didnt happend ;D
 
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Hastatii, I tried to make a screenie but I dont know how to uplink it:(

So I wrote the losses down.

Its now January 5 1944.

Manpower Losses:
Comintern: 890.797
Axis: 4.615.888

Casualties inflicted:
Comintern: 3.174.453
Axis: 3.034.679

I am now close to the Soviet borders pre Barbarossa. I expect to take Berlin summer 1944. It has been a truly epic East Front and the Soviets are now simply Unstoppable!

In this sense AoD is simply great, the realisme is very good. I wish Hoi3 can get close to this kind of realisme.

Edit: The Red Army consists of 206 inf, 3 cav, 15 mot, 2 mec, 16 arm, 1 par, 1 mar, 15 mountain, some gar and mil and 7 HQs. Air force is 4 fighters, 16 int, 8 CAS and 8 tac. Enough to kick German ass!!
 
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