WiTE: The Agony of Encirclement
There is a certain agony I feel every time I see an encircled army on a digital battlefield. I imagine there is confusion, heavy loss of life, isolation and then surrender. On the real battlefields of World War II, encirclement for the Germans late in the war meant a Gottedammerung of death and imprisonment. The Soviet armies early in the war suffered the same fates.
I would argue the most famous battle of the war in the east - Stalingrad - is famous in large part because of the drama of the 6th Army's encirclement and collapse not just because of the scale and casualties.
|The German 4th Army (the blue thumb of units) with it's back up against the Dnepr.|
On turn 1, 4th Army was almost encircled. It is spent operationally and making its way slowly back to the Dnepr. I fear elements of the GE 9th army to the south will also be encircled. Soviet armor units and endless corps' of determined infantry are flowing into the hole. The hole in the line here feels like a giant vacuum. Strategically there isn't a reserve, jut a few Panzer divisions placed behind the front lines. As the German commander I am in such dire straits I am at a loss for what to do next.
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