Turn 2: September 4-6, 1939
As expected, the German armored units outside of Warsaw and the infantry in Lodz are out of supply, as indicated by the hit markers (*) placed on them. This reduces their attack factors by half for the following turn. It also reduces their movement by half, a fact I missed until after the turn was over…
In the movement phase, the Germans in the far north consolidated into one stack and moved on Gdynia, overrunning the Polish guard unit parked in front of the city. A little south of that, the Germans crossed the river to try and trap the Polish units on the other side. The rest of the Prussian front stayed mostly static with only some slight shifting to increase the odds for a couple of attacks, while the Panzers outside of Warsaw moved north to provide some flanking (this is where the out of supply rule should have come in, as they wouldn’t have been able to move that far had I read it correctly). Along the primary front in the southwest, more units moved forward onto the line and some stacks were shuffled to maximize armor capabilities and strengthen the line as a whole.
The combat phase started as it had left off in turn one. Defender Retreat results looked like they were again going to be the order of the day. In the north, the Polish units in Gdynia retreated into the much more defensible Hel Fortress hex (which is where the Poles should have moved them on turn one…), and the relatively strong Polish stack that the Germans were trying to trap just south of that was sent back across the river, where they could still use the river as a defense.
Things finally started to break loose along the main front, however. A couple of big attacks with highly favorable odds, spearheaded by German armor and aided by massive bombing raids, finally punched two holes in the Polish line. These holes were solidified and pushed slightly deeper during the exploitation phase. Also during exploitation, the southern most armored units made a sprint deep into Polish territory toward Warsaw, while the northernmost Panzers swung back across the river to re-envelope the infantry that had been forced across the river, and the armor coming out of Prussia linked up with the out of supply Panzers that had been outside of Warsaw.
Of final note on the German turn, during the air phase, the Germans took a gamble and airdropped the three German parachute units in the game to the empty hex immediately west of Lwow, the southern most Polish major city (not pictured above). Unfortunately, two of the three units were disrupted during the drop, which means they can’t move or attack during the next German turn. It remains to be seen whether any of the units can get into the unoccupied city before the Poles do…
Polish Turn 2
Where the Polish motto in turn one had been Consolidate and Defend, for turn two it became Consolidate and Withdraw. For the most part, this turn was all about movement. Stacks were strengthened and the number of units in the few remaining fortifications were maximized as much as possible. Warsaw was strengthened with more units moving into and around the city. Also of importance, two border units in the far south east part of the map were railed towards Lwow to try and occupy it before the German paratroopers could. Unfortunately, when using rail movement, you can’t move adjacent to enemy units, so they were stopped just outside Lwow to the east, which means the Germans will be able to occupy the city with one unit on their next turn.
The only combat on the Polish turn was at Lodz, where the Poles managed to mass enough units to get 4:1 odds on the Combat Results Table. This resulted in a DR, which forced the two German infantry units in the city to retreat and, since they didn’t have a clear route of retreat, also flipped them both to their half strength cadre sides. The Poles then occupied the city and filled it with as many combat factors as they could in preparation for the next German assault. The turn ended with the lone exploitation move of the Polish armor units from Lodz back to Warsaw.