In my second play of the Fall Blau scenario I played both opposing sides more aggressive. I reasoned the German Army Groop Command would want to repeat the stunning successes of 1941 encirceling and destroying large numbers of Sovjet units. Therefore I let the attack with little regard to own losses. The Sovjet basically fight a delaying battle, but do get ample units to stage some counter attacks.
Outcome of the Battle June 28 to July 28 1942
At the end of the Axis Turn 8 the Germans are holding a bridgehead on the eastern bank of the Don at SVOBODA. Also they have destroyed some 27 divisions, 10 independant brigades, and two Sovjet head quarters. The Sovjet front is wide open between ROSSOSH and ROSTOV with only a few units left to delay the Germans.
The Germans have destroyed all enemy forces southwest of VORONEZH while the Sovjets have established a new defensive line on the eastern bank of the Don river. German armored forces have crossed the Don and hold a bridgehead at SVOBODA.
The pass towards STALINGRAD is now wide open to the German 6 Armee. With only few Sovjet units remaining to possibly delay the Germans in this area an orderly defence is no longer an option.
VOROSHILOVGRAD and ROSTOV are still holding up against the German offensive, but it is only a matter of time for them to fall. The Germans have ripped open the Sovjet line of fortifications and have destroyed the majority of the Red Army forces. However their losses are heavy too with all armored divisions having suffered at least one step loss.
Again the Germans only get 3 VPs of 8 needed, so victory again goes to the Sovjets. Does anyone have a clue how the Germans can win this scenario? I’d really like to know.