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Subject: Pilsudski's unfulfilled dream (Scenario 2&3) rss

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Marcin Woźniak
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In the North Soviets were rather shy. Polish active defense (usually more orders than attackers) disheartened commies to the point that they decided to sacrifice Lithuanians (3rd OP).
Brave freshly recruited Soviet allies attacked Vilnius and drawn attention of Haller's army that was given a Rail order.

Had Soviets played Lithuanian card AFTER they made any breakthrough and Haller's army was already engaged somewhere at Berezina line, it would have been much more devastating for the Poles. As it was, next OP Haller attacked Kaunas garrison with FM, and though brave Gedymin's descendants repelled this first attack, they lost a garrison.

5th OP, both Lithuanian divisions ran (FM) to their capitol, but Polish forces were overwhelming, and White Eagle banner fluttered over Kaunas Castle just as Lithuanian regular army retreated through western outskirts. They became OOS marauders only to wither soon due to constant Polish pressure.

Two strong Polish divisions defended Mazyr and Babruysk very efficiently. Both fortressess became sinks for battle cards, but Soviets lost many more soldiers, and only Babruysk fell the 5th OP, with all its defenders slain by vengeful Russian soldiers. Same round, cavalry raid through gap in Soviet ranks put two Soviet divisions near Hlybokae OOS. Poles managed to gather 4 strong divisions near Minsk and all cavalry they could have mustered to outflank or pin Soviets that would come in 'insufficient strength'.

Meanwhile Southern Front became disaster of very different kind for brave soldiers of Revolution. Poles opened classicaly, FM pinning and than trampling right Soviet wing. As Russians forgot to withdraw there, way to Kiev was left opened. Left (or southern) Soviet wing was pinned down AND held its ground - which enabled Poles to take Berdichiv on OP3 with six Soviet division south of it, and 3 of them OOS.

Armoured card raid accompanied by cavalry was stopped in its track by some tricky Soviet card, which prevented Poles in taking Kiev early. It was finally taken in round 4, by 8 thousand sabres and one infantry brigade.

When on 5th OP Budyonny show up with all his army, there were only 4 Soviet units on entire Southern front (4 lost due to OOS). His rail movement north was stopped by cavalry, cutting the only railroadnorth, therefore Moustacheman decided to use his Konarmya classically - after reckoning, that Kiev was defended only by 4 thousand bayonettes and 9 thousand sabers, he came in strength (25thousand sabers) to the eastern outskirts, outmaneuvering slow and strong Polish infantry armies that moved towards Human.

Battle was bloody. Both sides used heavy artillery barrages; but at the end of the day with lossess 5:5 Konarmiya was repelled (fortifications and defend order preventing 2 Polish lossess). Right afterwards, Polish player with impish smile (sharp teeth and evil eyes and all) took out of his sleeve card that would send all remaining cavalry force southeast to fight Wrangel in Crimea. After loosing 13 additional cavalry pips (Budyonny included) Soviets decided that they had enough and conceded, with 14 VP to Poles already.

Right after that we found, that we played WITHOUT Pilsudski on Southern front.

Game ended, but war continued. Powerful envelopment offensive north from Kiev first cut better half of Tukhachevki's Front OOS and then stopped no sooner than in Smolensk. Many more Red divisions surrendered, many more were demoralised and abandoned bolshevic's cause.

Whites offered Russian crown to brave baron von Mannerheim who defended Finland from chaos of Revolution, and White Russia allied with Poland, with independent states of Ukraine and Byelarussia between them. But that is another story.



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Marcin Woźniak
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We played this one again.

This time one new player, Lukash took Polish Northern Front, I took South and Sebastian played Soviets.

In the north, Hlybokae was force marched by Byelorussians and cavalry, and force march also enabled Poles to retreat their two units to mazyr. (force march to - i hope we played it correctly, only one unit reached destination).

In Ukrainian steppes, Poles opened by pinning and trampling two weakest lonely Soviet divisions and leaving one with only 1 pip, while withdraw order on strongest Soviet group was untriggered, leaving them outflanked and in real trouble. for OPs to come.
Because next OP Poles outwitted Soviets, playing HQ destruction on Berdichev, while Soviets played one of their strongest +4 orders card.

Entire army around berdichev could not move out, withdraw or even defend. So even while POles attacked berdichiv with force marching units (4 units with strength of 1 and three Soviet relief forces FMed from area not influenced by communication troubles, the strongest Soviet force attacked two polish divisions blocking path to Kamyanets Podolskiy - sometimes best escape is escape forward. Probably the only chance for those units to survive.. Heavy artillery barrage helped, and Poles retreated to Kamyanets with only 1 PIP. But berdichiv was taken with help of some French FT-17, leaving all forces west -south of it OOS.

Had Soviets taken Kamyenets, all Poles would have to run, and this fortress would be a great depot on Budyonny's way to Cracov. Therefore, on OP 3, Poles FMed large yet weak counterattack. five units from several directions attacked still strong soviet army. Not to destroy it (three of those units, Pilsudski included had effective battle strength of 0, and two had 1) but to pin it and block its chance. Soviets played "Supply shortage", reducing puny offensive strength of Poles to 0, but being outflanked themselves, they dealt only one step loss. So they won battle, but lost most of their ammo in the process, and by the end of round 4 lost 4 of those units around Kamyenets due to OOS. 4 victory points were something difficult to regain, and even though budyonny came in 5th OP, Sebastian decided to send no less than 5 divisions to protect Kiev from the North. This decision was crucial in stopping his northern offensive.

Which also was dismounted by two unexpected moves - one of them was attacking infantry division in front of central section of Polish front with forced march cavalry brigade, who WON using military ploy card, held next OP still threatening Soviet supply routes, and then suddenly was reinforced with two strong infantry divisions against SOviets obvious Move to order (which cost Reds one more division and open road to cutting one strong army preparing to get Minsk - this army retreated instead).

Great game, full of decisions. By now, I think it is highly replayable, as even if some beginning moves in 2-3 scenario are obvious regardless of cards drawn, after opponent starts messing around, anything can happen.

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