Lived too much when I was young to put it all down here.|
If someone is interested I write about it all the time.
Turn One Soviet:
My attack begin air attack of course. But I target only the German Armor.
The the ground assault with Infantry Corps forward, which soften the German defense, then fall back as the Tank Corps make the holes.
I concentrat on the left and Just to the Right Of Center. Hope is a pincer move to destroy the German Center….
On January 21, the Soviet troops liberated Gumbinnen, and on the following day Insterburg….
They headed for Koenigsberg..and Allenstein would have to be taken…
Turn one German Response
Retreat in center, concentrate to the right and attack soviet armor. It is an uneven contest there.
The first Soviet Air Attack weakened one panzer division and direct assault damaged it further.
January 16, 1945
From The Games Profile
“After the failure of initial small scale offensive into East Prussia, the Soviets Start a New Offensive with two fronts to Cripple Army Group Center.”
Stavka Dispatch Describing Objectives…
“Pin German Forces to the Baltic Sea to Prevent flanking attacks during the push to Berlin!
East Prussia was in many ways a symbol of German Militarism.
It had been the source of German Unification as a nation, and the Term ‘General Staff’ was born there. Much of what we think of as Nazi Military Imagery really began with the Prussian Army much earlier.
By 1944, the Soviet Leader Stalin believed there could be no peace if Germany were allowed to retain the ‘seat of militarism’ and was determined to do away with it. He also believe Russia should keep that portion of Poland he stole as his half of the Pact with Hitler. The war had simply forced him give up control while Germany occupied the area. Now, he would take it back along with a slice of Prussia and give the Poles a piece of Germany in the East as well as the southern half of East Prussia.
Thus would Stalin get back what he had lost and punish Germany in the process. At the wars end there would be a massive relocation of populations. Millions on the move as people were forced to migrate; their areas they were from changing hands and flags.
But first the Soviet Armies must actually defeat a German Army group- Army Group Center, which had only recently been hard pressed and forced back by consecutive blows.
There is one problem with Army group names during the last two years of the war. Army Group Center Was reconstructed after being destroy earlier. It has no continuity with the previous commands of that name. In fact, at the end of the Offensive, the remnants would become designated Army Group North as the front shrank and neared the homeland.
The immediate Justification for what happened in the opening days of 1945 was military.
There was much that was done during the operation to show that there was an underlying need for revenge.
Be that as it may, I will only deal with the military operations both real and in the game I played.
But I tell you, it was a grim battle that ended with the final destruction of most of the formations of the German Army that were defending there.
Two of the once Most Formidable German Devisions would all but disappear during the retreat that would lead them to be literally pushed into two cities or the sea.
Here is the opening of the battle.
The German Lines Don’t look too bad seeing them this way.
The Soviets ARE NOT in possession of a massive superiority, but do have an edge.
By an early attempt, I discovered three things.
FIRST. The German units MARKED VG are Volkstrom Units (Volksgrenadier). They are the bottom of the barrel emergency units being created in the face of defeat. With little training and under-equiped, these units were not highly regarded by the Russians. They were often placed to fight to the death. Ae times they ‘stiffened’ with a few other units to hold the line. It would seem like they wouldn’t be much of a asset, but actually, direct atack are not always effective. Best way is to isolate, and once surrounded, starve them until they are easier to kill.
SECOND. Russian units must move decisively and reach the twin Supply Points (one each near Danzig to the West and Koenigsberg to the East) as early as possible.
Third: Destroy as many of the three mobile formations (panzer divisions) as soon as possible.
Even if one does all these things, it is not a walk over.
But fail to do these things and it is almost a certainty that the Soviet Armies will fail.
NOOSE N BALLET BOOTS
He woke feeling quite strange to find himself staring at his reflection in a smeared and dirty imitation of a mirror. A huge thing IT WAS AND IT must have been elegant when someone placed it here.
HE HAD NO REAL MEMORY OF ANYTHING AFTER OPENING HIS FRONT DOOR; COMING HOME AFTER A LATE NIGHT OUT WITH FELLOW WORKERS.
HE REALIZED THE ONLY LIGHT WAS FROM A GIBbOUS moon shining in upon him. It made the red of his outfit a blood red that he realized at once was not cloth.
“How did I Get here?” had no time to form as words on his dry lips before the figure behind became apparent. Try as he could, he could not see much detail as the light was not sufficient to show it after it bounced off walls of the tower (?) and stair way walls (?) of this place. HIS ARMS WERE trapped in some sort of sleeve behind him. He’d had them in there a while as they were tingling.
He was more aware of his attire now.
wearing…..Was that a skirt? And long er…stockings, boots that were very uncomfortable and a blouse that was quite tight.
His arms were behind him and bands of some sort of harness circled elbow, WRISTS, and shoulders too. HE COULD SHIFT HIS LEGS A BUIT BIY HIS FEET WERE IN AN UNNATURAL ARCH.
In short, it hurt to move much.
He realized something like a rope was attached to the harness behind his head. He swayed slightly. He was on his toes! The boots forced him to stay that way and were like ballet slippers but very unforgiving.
“Who are you?” HE screamed
No answer as ‘he’ brought out a rubber hood and a ball bag (a nasty looking thickness to that hood and an enormous ball to the gag at that)
He thought back. He didn’t remember being invited to a bondage party with some sort of pit and the pendulum theme.
“Why are you doing this?” HE DEMANDED
NO ANSWER, but it held up a photo of some guy that did resemble hiM, with the words target: h. Rikes, CRIME: sexual deviance and fetishism; PUNISHMENT: DEATH BY FETISH.
“MY NAME IS Henry Rich, Harold Rike is my neighbor and lives two floors up.” HE ASSERTED.
The figure slipped that thick red rubber hood over his head. Hearing became very difficultThat and seeing impossible.
HE ARCHED HIS BACK AND TRIED HIS BONDS AS HE SCREAMED
THAT WAS A MISTAKE AS HE SWAYED WILDLY. HE FELT THE STRANGER’S HANDS STEADY HIM.
THEN 'HE' went back to work making the hood painfully tight and locking it at the neck.
“YOU GOT THE WRONG MANGErph!” WAS HIS LAST GARBLED SENTENCE as that ball was rammed in and buckled tight. The snick of a second padlock told the tale.
THEN, the instrument of misguided judgement STEADIED HIM AGAIN. IT spoke BEFORE IT departed and left him alone.
The voice had sounded like dry leaves cracking as you crushed them in your hand.
"I'm going to TAKE MY HANDS OFF OF YOU now, but don't loOse your balance. No one has been down to the bottom of this pit in a long time. You'll only make the trip once. On second thought here is a noose around your neck to steady you!"
And with a horrible laugh the voice receded.......
The voice left him alone here, wherever 'here' was, on the point of these ballet boots, in a very embarrassing outfit, with no hope......
I have removed this as the person I wrote it to seems to be leaving DA.