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Hannibal Barca2 - Indeed, but don't go telling that to the Army. We don't want them to get jealous or anything ;)
Also, your ideas on submarine warfare are generally correct, only we lack the means... the submarines stationed in Arkhangelsk just don't have the range.
I take it Murmansk harbours then do not have more modern submarines under construction then.. Would it be possible to do these raids if the army can reconquer Murmansk? Not that I have all that great belief in these landcrabs though :(
 

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Its time to end this censorship of the war! The citizens of this glorious workers paradise have a right to know what is actually going on!
 
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If you wouldn't sacrifice IC for navy you could pretty much proceed unhindered.

...which would be very interresting and original for sure! Human controlled Soviet Union taking an easy victory over the Germans! :rolleyes: And be damn dumb considering the title of this AAR.
 

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...which would be very interresting and original for sure! Human controlled Soviet Union taking an easy victory over the Germans! :rolleyes: And be damn dumb considering the title of this AAR.


agreed. there're too many soviet aars which are all the same. originality is good, and and its also refreshing to see someone giving themself a bit of a challenge at the same time.
 

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If you wouldn't sacrifice IC for navy you could pretty much proceed unhindered.

But where is the honourable challenge in that? :p
 

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Nice work.

This should show at least a few people that developing a Navy isn't a bad idea for the Soviet Union.
 
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Two days after the success in Constanta is consumed, the Main Baltic Fleet leaves port, with an idea...


While it blocks the Gulf of Finland, the 17th Fleet docks at Leningrad, and the 3 divisions under the command of Lt. General Zhadov load their gear into it.

Soon enough, they join up with Kuznetsov's ships.




Did the Finns see it coming? Most likely. But they still couldn't do more then to trust their sea-facing fortifications and hold for the best. Of course, under intense bombardment from the mighty Soviet ships, their best was still bellow our heroic Marines.


And so it was without surprise that in a mere 3 days, the Baltic Naval Infantry completely secured the Helsinki area.


Almost as soon as that happened - just after waiting for Helsinki Harbour refugees that never arrived - Kuznetsov sailed once again to the shores of the front, to support the Red Army and stop the German battleships from harassing it.


That wasn't the only reason for such a quick incursion though. Not even the most important. The Admiral's main goal was actually to divert attention away from the goings around Leningrad, so that a surprise could be prepared for the Germans, in due time...

That's why the Commissioning of the three new Battleships happened at midnight, and it happened at the same time (compensated for Vladivostok) in all Fleets. The Marx in the Baltic, the Engels in the Pacific and the Novorossiysk in the Black Sea were all expected to surprise our enemies, in how quickly they had been finished in War Time.


Still, surprise or no surprise, the Red Fleet was once again on the offensive, and it couldn't afford to lose momentum.

In the South, again by Navy initiative and command, the Naval Infantry advanced.


While in the Baltic, any German attempts at using the sea, even as a quick transport for troops, were beaten back with all available power.


This is will hopefully force the Kriegsmarine to either give up on the area completely, or strike back in a serious battle, endangering the Bismarck...
 

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I obviously have to stop reporting every single move, or we'll never leave July... :eek:o
 

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Is that castle "Suomenlinna"? Because the Swedish built that in late 18th century. It was called Sveaborg during Swedish rule and it's mission was, suprisesuprise to protect Helsinki. I think the Finns would have a bit more modern defences by WWII.:D
 

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Is that castle "Suomenlinna"? Because the Swedish built that in late 18th century. It was called Sveaborg during Swedish rule and it's mission was, suprisesuprise to protect Helsinki. I think the Finns would have a bit more modern defences by WWII.:D
Indeed, but my search for them as fruitless. It seems the Finns were so busy fighting the soviets they forgot to the pictures during those years. Or maybe all the cameras were in the front and not Helsinki, I dunno. Also, I found that Suomenlinna pic with a nice flag on it, so Suomenlinna is what you get. :p
 

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Indeed, but my search for them as fruitless. It seems the Finns were so busy fighting the soviets they forgot to the pictures during those years. Or maybe all the cameras were in the front and not Helsinki, I dunno. Also, I found that Suomenlinna pic with a nice flag on it, so Suomenlinna is what you get. :p
Or maybe the Finns put their modern guns into that obsolete castle, because the Soviets commanders won't suspect an old harmless castle. So they will bring their juicy transports near it and... But yes, that flag looks nice. :)
 

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This is wonderful, like all your naval AARs.

Plus that's the kind of USSR I like to play - bedecked in battleships.
 

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Or maybe the Finns put their modern guns into that obsolete castle, because the Soviets commanders won't suspect an old harmless castle. So they will bring their juicy transports near it and... But yes, that flag looks nice. :)

old castles were frequently used in ww2 as defensive positions. thick stone walls are always effective. examples are (a certain castle whose name i cant remember) on englands south coast which mounted several shore batteries to fire upon any germans which may have approached, and other places like prague castle and the one in budapest, all of which saw themselves being used effectively as defensive strongpoints in ww2.

aar-wise, its still going nicely. the slow pace doesnt matter as its better we hear all the details of how well the navy are doing. the odd screenshot of the whole front would be nice from time to time just to let us know whats occuring.
 

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As I love the idea of a strong Red NAvy, i award you a Lord Strange Cookie of British Awesomeness
 

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Viktor Andreev in August 14th was a much more relaxed man than that of early July. Long gone seemed the days of the Commissar change and his both blessed and cursed promotion. During the last few weeks things had taken a definite turn for the best.

The Naval Infantry had it's status restored with the assault on Helsinki -Viktor couldn't believe how much time he spent worried about Suomenlinna when the Finns didn't even staff it - and even the disaster in the Arctic had slipped away from general memory after the (relative) victory over the Bismarck.

The last few days of July had been just great.

He still remembered the awe in the Main Baltic Fleet's message about the submarines having found an unescorted troop convoy.


In a couple of hours the Germans lost thousands of men. And if they hadn't run away, they would have also lost the capacity to transport any other thousands at all.


A capacity that, of course, they lost the following day anyhow, thanks to British information and aerial help. Sure would be nice to have some of those Naval detection aircraft as well.


Even the Black Sea fleet saw some much needed target practise, when some old Romanian destroyers tried to run away from Varna.


August was going just fine too. the Month kicked of with a perfect example of good bad news, as the Naval Infantry participation in the Pleven Offensive, organized and commanded by the Army, proved the Marines awfully inadequate for mountain warfare. Still, it had been a victory, so they couldn't be accused of anything, and they had the perfect excuse to refuse further operations under exclusive Army command.


Later in the month, the Novorossiysk was assigned to the Main Black Sea Fleet, and the Marx assigned to the 17th Fleet. The later being motivated by the Kriegsmarine transport fiasco. After all, we wouldn't want our own transport fleet to be caught escorted only by two old battleships.




As soon as the Marx joined with Admiral Smirnov's fleet, it sailed to meet Admiral Kuznetsov's to answer another Red Army request, but one where the Navy also had a special interest in:
An offensive on Königsberg!


The Soviet Forces were commanded by the veteran Marshal Shaposhnikov, but the defenders also had a star leader - Marshal von Leeb. He read the situation well, and started a well organized retreat, that would cost us considerably.

But not even the smartest Field Marshal could stop the Heavy Artillery of the Fleet's Battleships, and so the German soldiers were subject to the most intense shelling the Red Navy had ever provided.


As the battle raged on - and even an organized retreat by the Wehrmacht is a hell of a battle - Marshal von Leeb remembered he had left something in the oven back in Berlin, and handed over command to a mere General, who in turn finished the retreat from the area only after terrible close-quarters battle in the city, where he left a sacrificed motorized division.


Marshal Shaposhnikov, his chest a handful of medals heavier, expressed public thanks for the Navy's help in this heroic first conquest of a German city in the War, but to Viktor Andreev's now experienced analysis, what mattered more was the path taken by the captured German officers out of Königsberg - it's harbour!


Of course, getting the place up and running, ready to fuel, assist, and perhaps even repair Soviet ships would be a lot of work, and Viktor knew much of it would be his, but still, at least he knew the Kriegsmarine wound't be having any of that out of the city.

Either way, it wasn't urgent work. He had just received the last radio reports of the day, informing the Main Baltic Fleet was moving to block any German attempts at entering the Baltic via Copenhagen, and felt tired of a full day's work. He could go sleep now.


A knock at the door.

It was a messenger, and he looked nervous.

Viktor knew this had happened once before.

Before he could ask anything, the messenger yelled the news.

- SIR! It's the Tirpitz!

All of a sudden, all that confidence built over the weeks trembled. The same fear of that July 3rd came rushing back to Secretary Andreev's mind. But it lasted only 1 second. It was different now. No, it wasn't as strong. The Bismarck had been confronted and forced to retreat. So his twin could be just as well.
Viktor was going to criticise the scary messenger for lack of confidence in his Fleet.

- And a new one!
 
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