Ouch. It's not quite the Oder in 1945 yet, but it seems that your emphasis on technology and mobility is being outgunned by the Soviet hordes (the last battle report shows 18,000 Germans facing off against over 100,000 Reds). To quote/paraphrase Stalin, it appears that quantity does have a quality of its own.
Good luck finding a defensive line where you can hold the Red Tide (and I mean that in an encouraging way, not a dismissive one).
Thanks, Stuyvesant! I remain reasonably confident that my defensive lines can hold -- back on the border, anyway -- and I'm reasonably confident that the armored force I have can prevent exploitation if someone gets through. What I am NOT confident of is whether I can appreciably turn the tide on them at present. And the NEXT question is whether I'm able to build the critical units faster than they, so I can turn the tide in the future, if not now.
Not to tell you how to play your game, but I do see a way you could have freed up more troops for the offensive. I don't know the name of the province off the top of my head, but the urban province 2 provinces north of the western-most Soviet penetration province contains 2 inf divisions. Also, the province immediately north of that urban province, with the river between it and the Soviet controlled province, also contains 2 inf divisions. Both of these provinces could have been held with only 1 division each, because of terrain features.
I don't know if these 2 would have been enough but they would have helped. Just my $0.02.
Lews, you're probably right, but I'm kind of gunshy right now, and I don't want to give up well dug-in defensive positions to go on the offensive when I'm not 100% the offensives will succeed (and if they don't I'd need those dug-in positions). I guess I'm playing it safe on my defensive positions, and risking only with my dedicated offensive units. You're right, though, if I'd had more infantry to follow behind, I might have had a success, instead of a failure.
You know, I think this could have worked, had you just maintained a defensive line elsewhere and really focused your schwerpunkt on 1 single main assault.
Then again, there ARE a ton of Soviets around, so it might not have made any difference.
In any other PI game, I would suggest you peace out for now. This is HOI, and the rules are quite different. Is there really no way to find some extra allies? anything to just slow them down, force them to divert troops elsewhere.
oh, and mil spamming right now just might be an option.
and a thought just occured to me. What would happen to the Soviet assault if you could amphib assault someplace like right next to Leningrad? Some kind of flying circus, maybe?
Yes, another poster earlier had mentioned that I could have done it with one central punch, rather than attempting two separate breakthroughs. My response to that is I'm used to thinking in terms of Germany having enough power and armored strength to punch through twice, and connect the two for a grand sweep. I had just forgotten that I don't own THAT Germany! I own a much smaller, and less capable German Heer, and I'm having trouble adapting my mind to think with less ambition!
The extra allies are there -- not a separate front, because Romania is not one of them -- but they (Italy, Yugoslavia, Hungary) can't get to me without Austria. That's.... a fixable problem. And I'm thinking about ways to handle it (this is all done in gameplay, so past tense really). So, yes, there are reinforcements, should I need them.
I'm trying not to blink and/or panic. I think I have strong defensive lines, and don't need to start spamming just yet. If I'm wrong, you'll see an exciting conclusion to this experiment soon!
The amphibious assault is a good idea -- I'd need to make sure their fleet and NAVs are out of the way, and they've both been giving me problems (I have a smaller fleet too), but if I could solve that issue, and could adequately support a landing, it might be fun.
Thanks, everybody, for your comments! I know others are still reading (maybe reading from the start, since it's been a long time). Always good to hear from folks!
Another update maybe this weekend. I need to get back to the gameplay! Maybe this weekend also.