Old Boardgame Grognard
- Aug 31, 2008
Interesting re radar stations, a real guessing game for Russia: far enough forward to be of use, not so far forward as to be quickly overrun. I'd have thought Leningrad would be a fairly safe bet, but depends how far east you think the Germans are likely to get, and whether you're willing to surrender a few for more early value in the battle. Moscow? Sevastopol? Stalingrad? Maybe Kiev for something further forward?The 1st of October 1939, Just outside of Vologda, +2,6°C, 3pm, Moscow Time
Quickly, 'Devyat' ' took the stage for a presentation about infrastructure, fortifications and Ai Base improvements,
'Gentlemen, Ladies, Secretary General,
In the last 1.000 days we have started improving the defensiveness of the Motherland. The plan for the defence of the Western Front has several components to it:
1. Improve the infrastructure directly behind strategic river lines.
With a total of 96 completed infrastructure projects, of which 86 were in provinces behind strategic river lines, we are fast approaching the goal of 'Level 7' infrastructure behind every strategic river line. The next step will probably be the improvement of infrastructure behind rivers in Eastern Poland.2. Fortification of Strategic cities, and of provinces between the river lines.
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On the left, the situation on the 5th of January 1937, on the right, the situation today.
Here we have made some strides with the fortification of Moskva and Leningrad, as well as the 2 province corridor between the Vitba, and the Bjaresina RIver lines. (Biesankovicy, and Chalopienicy) work is ongoing and has recently been stepped up with two city projects (Moskva, and Minsk) and two projects between river lines (Dubrouna, and Haradok).3. Construction and enlargement of Air Bases behind river lines.
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The encircled provinces are fortified, the thicker the line, the heavier the fortifications. Situation on the 1st of October 1939.
We are aiming for at least 'Level 4' Air Bases right behind the river lines every 200-250 km. That is an attainable goal, more would be better, we keep building 2 projects at a time, hopefully we will be able to increase the size of these base to 'Level 7' or even 'Level 10' eventually. The main idea is to be able to gain Air superiority over parts, or all of the river line by having well-located bases, shortening flying times, capable of repairing a full Intx4 Fighter Wing.4. Radar Stations
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1st of October 1939, Yellow: Pre-existing Air Bases enlarged to 'Level 4', Red: Newly built Air Bases, as you can see some existing bases are located only a couple of provinces behind river lines, and would prove excellent bomber bases. Also visible is the deployment of the Air Force in preparation for possible hostilities with Finland. Due to supply issues and the lack of Air Bases, a large part of the VVS remains in Moscow as reserves.
It is not yet clear what would be the most advantageous setup for the Radar stations in production, but they will surely benefit our defence in one way or another, by gathering intelligence, or bay providing our pilots with real-time guidance. The Committee is invited to hold a panel discussion on this question, preferably before the Radar Installations are deployed...It is clear that without soldiers or Air Planes to take advantage of them, all these improvements are worthless, so it is only logical that only a small portion of Production is allocated to these things, nevertheless current investment levels should already yield significant benefits for the troops defending on the ground. It is, of course, up to the commanders to make good use of the work that has been done, we will only see if it was worth it once we get into a war with Germany.
That's the gist of the development of military infrastructure in the Soviet Union, I've been told not to bore you with technical details, but if you are interested blueprints of all kinds of bunkers, sections of railway foundations, and technical diagrams of the new radar installations are available during the break. Thank you.