Alot going on in my life these last couple of weeks, so I haven't had a chance to catch up with the game until today.
Lat April, 1919, Morale Siberians 79, Southerners 104, Reds 135. Resources Siberians 66 EPs, 269$, 382 companies, 57 WS, Southerners 31 EPs, 259$, 273 companies, 39 WS, Missions Siberians 4 reforms, 4 requisitions, 4 recruitment, Southerners 1 reform, 2 requisitions, 4 recruitment. A Red fleet passed in front of Kazan and we pummeled them, dealing out 49 hits though the system doesn’t report how many ships we sunk. Zinoviev now has a large army in Turkestan, almost 20,000 men. Luckily he is an incompetent, or he would have overrun me long ago. The Poles have captured Vilnius but are no closer to declaring war, apparently. The Siberian Army’s raid west of the Volga ends with an embarrassing brush with a small force led by that paladin of Communism, Ordzhonikidze, who manages to drive us back from Nizhny Novgorod. Since we still control the rail line behind our front, we will withdraw to Simbirsk. Stalin appears opposite Saratov, while the Reds continue to besiege Samara. In each case, I have larger forces, but given the difference in NM I am reluctant to launch and attack and wait for the Reds to make the first move. I send my navy up to Kazan to pursue the Red fleet there, hopefully they will be weak enough from my bombardment last turn that I can sink a bunch of them. The garrison in Vladikavkaz has surrendered, costing the southerners one NM. The Southern assault on Tambov was unsuccessful, despite inflicting almost twice as many casualties as we suffered. Problem with having a 30 NM deficit, obviously. In the north, Timoshenko pushes past our northern army and takes Petrozadovsk. Despite being defeated at Tambov, Mai-Maievski qualifies for promotion and can now become a 3-star. He may take command of the Volunteer Army from Ironside. And the British troops garrisoning Kotlas are experiencing mutinies. How special! I think the American forces near Viatka are out of luck, having retreated the wrong way they are now stuck out in the Siberian Taiga. My only hope is to have them try to sneak past the Bolsheviks. Miller, in command of North Army, will try to slip past the Bolshies in Petrozadovsk, leaving the mutinous Brits behind as a rear guard. Another large Red force has materialized in front of the Cossack army in Kursk, and I continue my retreat towards Kharkov, still controlled by the despicable anarchists. Wrangel transfers from the Volunteer army to the east Ukraine, and gathers a scratch force to take on Kharkov from the east.
Early May, 1919. Morale Siberians 77, Southerners 103, Reds 86? (It appears that Lenin has been killed, how, I don’t know. Perhaps a bug?). Resources Southerners 7 EPs, 204$, -58 companies (?), 47 WS, Siberians 71 EPs, 275$, 316 companies, 71 WS. Missions Southerners 4 reforms, 1 requisition, 1 recruiting, Siberians 4 reforms, 3 requisitions, 4 recruiting. Miller fails to slip past Timoshenko in Petrozadovsk, despite the fact that a good-sized detachment of Reds pushed forward to Segezha and takes on the small British garrison there in an inconclusive struggle. Miller is still trapped south of Petrozadovsk with no apparent way out. Another huge stack of Reds appears and captures Voronezh. Wrangel takes Kharkov, but the Anarchists head north to Belgorod and slap the Don Cossack army around. It is now a mere shadow of its former self and running for cover. The Reds capture Kotlas, now the Americans are really cut off. I wonder if they can make it across Siberia to join their friends in Vladivostok? It is their only hope right now. In the south, we mass reinforcements in Kharkov, while the defeated elements of Cossack army try to slip around the flank to join them. Mai-Maievski takes command of Volunteer Army, while Ironside heads for Azov preparatory to jumping ship back to Murmansk to try to repair the situation there. I elect to bring the Finns into the war, which will cost me 10 NM but hopefully I will be able to recover with their help. Otherwise, I’m doomed. Miller’s Northern Army falls back towards Finland, hoping to find supplies there. We also recruit and requisition like mad, even in the places where we don’t have really great loyalty levels. Political reforms can wait until after the crisis has passed. The communists crush our defenses in Simbirsk, despite having only about even odds to start with. It’s their “Iron Division”, though, so it must have been high quality troops. We still hold the town, behind fortified lines, though. I send the Peplaev Corps down from Kazan to try to repair the situation. Vatsetis assaults Orenburg and cleans my clock despite nearly even odds, the presence of one of my best defensive generals (Gaida) and level 4 fortifications. And then in a follow-up attack, Gaida was killed. Now Vatsetis’ army is showing a strength of 4, but somehow I don’t trust that. And my poor Ukrainians are getting pulverized and since they are all locked up there is nothing I can do. So let’s hope that my new allies will tip the balance. Supply situation is still a little chaotic with many units showing no supplies or ammo but still they don’t starve to death.
"There is no substitute for victory"
Depends on how you define victory.