My first serious OCS Campaign Case Blue/Enemy at the Gates has finished with a surprising win for the Red Army - and I think the Russian Commander (me) may have been more astonished than the Axis Commander (my esteemed yet clearly inferior opponent) at how it all ended.
We were (still are really) both shiny-cheeked newcomers to OCS; I'd played around with a couple of OCS Korean scenarios yonks ago, but aside from a nasty memory of having Marine aircraft hose my Chinese hordes every time they stepped outside their foxholes for a call of nature, I couldn't recall anything about how the system all worked.
Certainly to anyone brought up with years of rigid ZOCs and massive freewheeling attacks all along a solid front from Lake Ladoga to the Caspian Sea (yes, THAT series), it's a bit of a mind-bending exercise at first.
We started the bells-and-whistles campaign rather slowly on 21 March 2010 and played a weekly afternoon session (missing one or two) until 12 June 2010, which took us up to the end of the 5 November 1941 turn, making a few mistakes and largely having a ball along the way - well, except for the poor Axis at the end.
Unfortunately I hadn't intended to do an AAR, so records are a bit sketchy at best; but I'll put up a couple more posts of the closing stages which may inspire any flagging Russian players out there, and close with a bit of an overview and any statistics that may be of use for those newcomers contemplating a similar campaign.
On setup, right up in one corner the rather outmatched Airborne Corps bravely faces down a couple of evil German motorised divisions - so bravely in fact, that the Germans flee off-map for somewhere near Moscow shortly after, which is lucky for the Russian paras-without-a-plane. Keep an eye on these lads, they'll be back later...