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How incredibly cowardly of the Germans, to take the tormentor of the Red Fleet and have it bombed out of the water by the American Imperialists, instead of going under manfully under a Soviet barrage.

Nice dig at the army by Kuznetsov. I wouldn't yet count out the Germans - the 'special gift' of the Red Army still keeps on giving! ;)

Your fleets are looking mighty impressive! Now that the Germans are starting to look less like a mortal threat, I am starting to look forward to actions against more worthy foes. :)

By the way, with the Bismarck and Schlesien sunk, what capital ships do the Germans still have?
 

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very happy to see this being updated again :)
 

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Good to have you back camarade and as ever the glorious Red Navy marines show those good for nothing army men how to conduct a proper defense!

Allons! Vanquish, obliterate and finally liberate the enemy people of fascism!
 

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God how I love those cartoons on commie propaganda posters, it's usually so hilarious!
Very good to see you back Freakie, and in style as well. Just a little nitpick: you've twice misspellt the word Litva by swapping the places of the v and the t :).

BBs by themselves are sure awesome, but they can rarely stand up to carriers. Moreover, naval bombers, even if you (as someone above suggested) build them in larger numbers, don't have an infinite range.
 

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Nah, CVs are 3\/1l. Only people like |-|1|>3|<1 T0\|0 and FDR can use them as a base of their fleet. And besides, it's high time someone used the Soviet Inversion - let the BBs own and outdate the CVs!

And navals surely don't have infinite range - but someday they'll just have to close into firing range. And if they don't... Well, the Soviet invasion of the US will proceed without any problems ;)
 

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Yay, it's back!

Glad to see Kuznetsov it at sea. And yes, they army really does have a special "gift"..........
 

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RGB - 1) Indeed I be! I like being back. 2) Seems like three SHBBs are the magic number. No-one's dumb enough to atack that fleet, for sure. But then again, we can't have only one fleet... 3) don't even tell me about it... :mad: 4) well I promisse I won't use them (too) exploitish. ;)

Stuyvesant - That we know of, the cowardly Germans still have Schleswig-Holstein, Deutschland, Graff Spee, Tripitz and Friedrich der Grosse. Can't guarantee that aren't more around, though. Well actualy I'm sure they're not around, but hiding from us. You get the point :D

thatguy - Just because a CV sank the infamous Bismarck doesn't mean much. They remain inadequate weapons for the USSR's current needs, which are essentialy the Baltic, North Sea, Black Sea and Far East defence, all of which can be air covered from land bases. CVEs are proving priceless scouts though.

BritishImperial - Glad to see my readAARs back too :)

Milites - At this rate, I'm not sure there will be many Germans left to liberate. Their manpower has tanked completly. :eek: More on that in the following updates.

Emperor_krk - Well, an AAR based on suing NAVs to obliterate the enemy in a combatless manner would be rather boring wouldn't you agree? ;) Thanks for the heads up on the typo.

Jedrek - Well let's not be so radical. The needs of Our Glorious Union are first. If CVs are needed or adequate for any given situation, our Infinite Industrial Might will certainly provide them. There's just no reason for it thus far.

Maj. von Mauser - I think he was happy for it too. Too bad about the lack of action... or is it? :p;)
 

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Good to be back!
Good luck.
 

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It wasn't only around the cold Baltic waters that the Naval Infantry preformed like heroes. The Black Sea divisions had been operating in the Southern Front for well over a year, gaining the nickname of Black Deaths, the color coming from their old uniforms, and Death being what they forced on countless German soldiers.

The month of July saw these divisions finally break out of Ukraine, as part of massive offensives, driving the broken Nazi armies into Poland.


Up North, General Vlasov, with huge naval support, attempted to secure Copenhagen by forcing the Germans into a defensive position. He had little difficulty crushing the ill-named 6th Army.


But as strong, heroic and glorious as the Naval Infantry is, a Navy is first and foremost about it's ships. Admiral Golovko's Black Sea fleet, once forced into a rushed defense of the Crimea Peninsula, was now called to support a second push into Romania.


All this pleased Admiral Kuznetsov, patrolling the few harbors Germany still had on the Baltic.

Still, he had no time to relax. He was expecting a message at any hour, as the Soviet troops closed in on Kiel. All intelligence reports hinted at Kiel still holding the bulk of the kriegsmarine's combat force, and Kuznetsov knew Raeder wouldn't just sit and wait for the infantry to arrive. In fact, if the Großadmiral was paying any attention to the war, he should have a plan for this situation.

sure enough, at exactly 10am of July the 27th, the radio operator of the Sovietsky Soyuz warned the whole Navy - the Germans were launching a head-on attack, under a clear sky and with a hell of a submarine entrapment.


The enemy only brought two Battleships, but with the submarines limiting the Soviet maneuvers, the battle was truly balanced.

In fact, German positioning was such that both their ships started firing as soon as they were in range. The Tripitz attempted to limit the Baltic Fleet's positioning ever further, by splitting the destroyer escorts, while the Friedrich der Große went with all his guns for the Sovietsky Soyuz.


Raeder's idea was obvious. Sink the flagship of the USSR, sink the very name of the Union that was so brutally crushing Germany, and with that sink the Soviet fighting spirit. And I good idea it was - after all, it worked on the Bismarck.

The radio operator still received Kuznetsov's order - don’t let the flagship sink, and don't retreat - but shortly after he was silenced...

In his place, the Karl Marx operator took over, but he didn't have much good news. The Soyuz was burning bad, and because of their positioning, no Red ship could target the Friedrich. Despite heavy damage, the Tripizt kept on floating.


Great relief was shared by all once the euphoric report came - the Tripitz was sinking! Just in time, the Gangut managed to position itself correctly and fired a salvo at the hated enemy ship. Already weakened by hours of combat, the flagship of the Kriegsmarine started it's descent to the bottom of the sea!

Probably fearing for his own life, Raeder called off the attack and retreated to Wilhelmshaven.


Damaged beyond any effective combat capability, the Sovietsky Soyuz still survived the epic battle. Probably no other ship in the World could have resisted so many hits from such powerful guns, but then again, no other ship in the world was such a testament to Soviet Engineering as the symbol of the Dream of the People.

For a second time, the Naval Commissar had to call of a blockade, but this time he did it so gladly. His fleet needed repairs and the Germans were almost dead as a Naval force.


The very next day to the battle, in one of the American "help" shipments, a spy was caught. The Yankee government denied it was one of their agents, but they fooled no-one. The later discovery of a British spy that had arrived with the same shipment only reinforced the notion that other Great Naval Powers had an increasing fear of the Red Fleet.


That distrust, though, seemed contained within the higher levels of government of the Soviet "allies". For the populations of the World, the USSR was a great Hero, defeating the seemingly invincible Fascist war machine, closing in on Warsaw on one front and taking Hamburg on another. The spectre of a Nazi defeat was materializing.


Trusting his Motherland, his mighty ships and his brave men, Admiral Kuznetsov sailed back to Copenhagen, temporarily suspended the 17th fleet, and personally took command of a strengthened Baltic Fleet. Fearless, he sailed with it back into the North Sea, taking with him even the Marat "Hipperslayer". There was no escaping now for the Kriegsmarine. Plus he had the chance to show off to the British!

 
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Great update, but a tiny nitpick - it should be Sovyetskaya Gruziya. Or something simmilar - in Russian it should be Советская Грузия - I was never especially good at transliterating cyrilics into latin alphabet...
 

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Very nice! Sinking the Tirpitz is a crushing blow to the Germans, it should destroy the fighting spirit of the Kriegsmarine. If even their most powerful ships (Bismarck, Tirpitz) can't survive, what chances do the small fry have?

I find it interesting how a relatively small change can make such a big strategic difference. Your troops have been going back and forth in Northern Denmark for quite some time and it never seemed to be a very important theater. However, now that the troops have managed to cross into Germany proper and take Hamburg, it looks like a dagger aimed right at the German heart! :)
 

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Wohooo!

And you got the Triptiz!

Too bad about the positioning mishap.

I take it the other combat group was supporting the defense with shore bombardment?
 

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Woot! Been following this for a while now. Thought I should at least post something. :D

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Hey, great update! A tough battle, but the Red Navy comes out on top. With the Tirpitz Sunk, it looks like the enemy has few surface ships left.

Hopefully the next battle proves to be decisive.
 
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Heh, finally got round to reading this again. Nice work against the Germans, shame about the damaged ships..... I never seem to get damage, just entire CTF sunk by a uboat....
 

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Nice update!