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DOF Grand Campaign v AI

Postby ArmeeGruppeSud » Thu Nov 24, 2005 1:27 pm

G'day CC Gamers

This is an AAR of the Der Ost Front Grand Campaign (no original CC3 campaign operations version) against the AI.

Gunship posted a screenshot of his Campaign Debrief Screen from a completed Der Ost Front Grand Campaign in the Der Ost Front forum.
http://www.closecombat.org/forums/showthread.php?t=7843

Gunship had destroyed 395 AFVs!

The most tank kills I had ever seen!

Challenged by this figure, I decided to see if 500 tank kills was possible.

The goal of this campaign was to see how many AFVs I could destroy in a 16 operation Der Ost Front campaign.

The following 2 pictures are of the carnage at the Don crossing in the Voronezh Counterattack operation. I withdrew to an excellent defenisve position the watched the tank graveyard grow.

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This next screenshot is the Campaign Debrief Screen after 4 OPs.
It seems at 1/4 the way through the GC I was only on target to get about the same as Gunship.
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Gunship had been fairly merciless on the AI. :violent-s

To get a greater total of destroyed AFVs, I needed to prolong operations.
In other words, I had to be kind to the enemy LOL


This means withdrawing from the first map of defending operations to avoid making the AI flee and the operation end with very few tank kills.
It also required not being too aggressive on attacking operations.

This next screenshot is of the 6th operation (Caucasus Counterattack). It is easier to get a lot of tank kills when defending against the AI.
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These next 2 screenshots show the kills and medals for my gun crews.
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Dont bother viewing the attached images below, they are the same as the picture above.
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Re: DOF Grand Campaign v AI

Postby dgfred » Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:40 pm

Very interesting D#c% . Love the screenies :cool: .
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Re: DOF Grand Campaign v AI

Postby ArmeeGruppeSud » Mon Dec 19, 2005 12:34 pm

Well after the Caucasus OPs........


STALINGRAD


Using a 15cm IG, 7.5cm PaK and two Pz.IV-Gs (1 reg & 1 SS) for my armour hunters I successfully assaulted Stalingrad. The soviets put up a tough fight all the way through
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Another Victory defending in the Stalingrad Finale operation (8/16) saw the Campaign Debrief screen look like this:

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After 4 of 16 OPs I had 97 tank kills, well short of the 125 I needed to reach 500 tanks kills.

The next 4 OPs netted 107 tank kills. Still not enough. 204 at halway mark.

Being Determined to attain my goal, I set forth challenged to get 300 tank kills in the 2nd half of the Campaign.

Having already upgraded my SS Pz.IV-G to a SS Tiger, I eagerly looked forward to the Kuban operations in Spring 1943 when the Wehrmacht Tiger becomes available.
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Re: DOF Grand Campaign v AI

Postby dgfred » Mon Dec 19, 2005 4:52 pm

Thanks for the update :cool: .
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Re: DOF Grand Campaign v AI

Postby ArmeeGruppeSud » Mon Dec 26, 2005 3:13 pm

Operation 9

The Novorossiysk offensive

Now eqipped with a pair of 7.5cm PaKs. Better still, a Wehrmacht Tiger was available so I was able to upgrade my Wehrmacht Pz IV-G.

Now with 2 Tigers, I can realy inflict some heavy armor losses on the Soviet AI.

It would not have been hard to drive the AI of the 1st map and win the OP without inflicting many AFV kills.

With my goal firmly fixed in my mind, my strategy was to detroy a few AFVs then flee to the 2nd map where I could butcher the soviet armor to my hearts content.

This was not always possible as sometimes one of my Tigers was immobilised.
Not getting enough RP to refit a Tiger crew if they abandon their tank.
Sometimes I could not flee off map1 because some of my troops were engaged and would have been captured (@40RP per day I could ill aford to throw men away)
This 1st screenshot is of the start map of the Soviet offensive (day 8).
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This 2nd screenshot is of the 2nd map (where the real damage was done).
With so many wrecks, it became increasingly difficult to get los!
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Combined with the firepower of the Tigers and the to and fro straregy between the 1st 2 maps, I attained a very satisfactory AFV tally in this operation.
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Now my Campaign goal appeared much more attainable.
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The Gun crews were racking up some excellent stats, not to mention promotions. Note some of these crewmen have been with me for several OPs.
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The Tank crews also were amassing quite a reputation. The SS tank crew got their Tiger sooner, but the Wehrmacht crew had been with me a few operations longer.
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I apologise for the stuff up in the pic, I was pasting in an open bitmap and it was not in position correctly, doh!

Dont bother viewing attachments below, they are the same pics above.
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Re: DOF Grand Campaign v AI

Postby yuma » Tue Dec 27, 2005 1:01 am

yes, thanks for the updates. looks like you have a very good shot at 500. surprised no IC 1st class yet.
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Re: DOF Grand Campaign v AI

Postby dgfred » Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:14 pm

Awesome screenies :action-sm , thanks. More please :D .
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Re: DOF Grand Campaign v AI

Postby ArmeeGruppeSud » Mon Jan 02, 2006 1:26 pm

Operation 10 Kuban Counterattack

The Tigers continued to rack up lots of kills.
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The seemingly invincible Major Gross lost most of his crew in a brew up. This screenshot was take the day SS 2nd Leutnant Fuss was killed.
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With my force strength high, the AI recieved a lot of RP, which meant they bought lots of tanks. In fact I was able to crack the 50 tankkill barrier on an attacking operation.
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Now I am ahead of schedule
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Playing against AI it is possible to get a lot of men promoted. This was the 1st time I had 6 units all led by Majors
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Re: DOF Grand Campaign v AI

Postby ArmeeGruppeSud » Mon Jan 02, 2006 2:03 pm

Operation 11

This was the operation Fuss was killed in and Gross lost his crew.
Sorry those pics were in Op10 post.
In this Op (Russia takes Kiev,) a new operation tank killing record was set
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Operations 12 and 13 saw the departure of several more veterans

This is the Soldiers Debrief Screen on the day I lost my most experienced gun crew member, Major Rothfusss
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Rasch, who was the only survivor of Rothfuss' crew died soon after, but Gross goes on.
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Despite losing Rothfusses experienced crew, I Increased my contingent of Majors by getting my subordinate commanders promoted
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Despite it being a defensive operation (when you would think you could destroy more tanks) OP 13 was down on tank kills.

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Re: DOF Grand Campaign v AI

Postby ArmeeGruppeSud » Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:40 pm

The following pics are screenshots of the Kommand teams' Kills and Medals tallies after 13 operations completed.
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Its realy wierd, this is the only game where I only got KCs other than casualty medals, but you always get them.
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Re: DOF Grand Campaign v AI

Postby ArmeeGruppeSud » Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:19 pm

The following pics are screenshots of the Tank & Gun Crews Kill & Medal tallies after 13 operations completed.
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Hope you noticed that my kampfgruppe includes 9 Majors! 3 in the SS Pz VIb!
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@ yuma
Plenty of ICs 1st Class now, not to mention KCs
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Re: DOF Grand Campaign v AI

Postby gunship » Sat Jan 28, 2006 11:09 am

kill em all :action-sm
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Re: DOF Grand Campaign v AI

Postby ArmeeGruppeSud » Sun Apr 23, 2006 5:24 pm

The 14th operation (Prijat relief) is the counterattack, made by the Wehrmacht and the 2nd SS Panzer Korps, to rescue Hube's 1st Panzer Army that was encircled in the Pripjat Advance operation.

The advance was speedy, but not without cost. Major Honig (88PaK), who was one of my longest surviving veterans, was a grievous loss on the 1st map.

The Russians were quickly pushed back to the 5th map were the town of Chortkov was turned into a graveyard for Soviet armor.

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This operation had many fierce armor engagements with the PC destroying quite a number of my tanks

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The 46 Tank kills from OP 14/16 Brought me well within striking distance of the 500 tank kill goal.


At the end of this op/the begginning of OP15, I again had 7 units led by Majors:
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These are the medals of my officors after 14 OPs
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The 15th Operation was the the Last German Offensive, The Push to the Danube. This operation, codenamed Fruhlingserwachen (Spring awakening), was set in Hungary March 1945. Hitler wanted to regain control of the Zala oilfields.

The operation was a success this time (historically a failure).
Well, it achieved my goals anyway.
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Not a lot of tank kills, but muddy, wooded maps do not encourage armour usage
Yes, I cracked the 500 barrier one operation ahead of schedule :kar:
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Now all that remains, is to see how far I can go over 500
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Re: DOF Grand Campaign v AI

Postby dgfred » Mon Apr 24, 2006 4:27 pm

Your offensive is getting bogged down by too many medals in your tanks
and on your soldiers D#c% , nice work.
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Re: DOF Grand Campaign v AI

Postby ArmeeGruppeSud » Sun Jul 16, 2006 4:42 pm

Well I suppose I should complete this thread as the campaign was finished long ago. I just haven't been motivated to do so.

The 16th operation is the "Balaton Offensive", which, historically, drove the Germans out of western Hungary and finished in Austria.

Having a strong force (King Tigers etc) I managed to stop the offensive on the 1st map trucing to avoid the AI from fleeing.

This is my Kommand Panther lurking in the hungarian woods. I look pretty tough with 2 King Tigers backing me up
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Btw, I lost that panther during the OP.

The lone King Tiger here destroyed 5 tanks and a gun by itself.
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The SU85 near him was destroyed by infantry who were themsevles wiped out.

I was resting at least half my force most days as that was sufficient to hold the AI.

If I had too great a force strength, the AI would likely flee and end the OP before I could milk them of armor.

This operation netted a futher 39 tank Kills and left the Campaign stats looking like this:
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So there you have it! 555 tank kills in one campaign.

Makes me think that 600 is possible. I am not going to go there.

Hmmm, 638 prisoners is also my best haul. 542 prisoners was my previous best, but in a Campaign that was only 10 OPs, and better still, it was H2H!!!

Noticing how close I was to getting 100 kills, I made it a major goal for the last OP to crack the 100 and did it easy.
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It was unusual the only medal I recieved apart from wounded badges, was the Knights Cross, nothing else
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