Thanks for the advice Hohenlohe
! Your ideas about flanking around Sorokin are very, very interesting indeed. I think I'll give it a shot.
As for Tzaritsyn etc, it is too early to say, but I hope to take the town before 1919.
Turn 2: Late June 1918
Well, Denikin met Sorokin, but not in the way I'd expected.
Not in a BAD way, either; just.. underwhelming. Only 820 casualties? Not even a retreat? You can do better than this, Denny my man. We'll try another assault next turn. I really need Sorokin's army destroyed ASAP or I'll have no shot at Tzaritsyn before winter.
Anyways, the other movements went as planned and without combat:
I feel confident enough to attempt some flanking manuevers with the Cossacks and Erdeli's cavalry force. While Sorokin is pinned down by Denikin, and Kalnin (the southern Red force) is pinned down by Poliakov, Mamontov will advance below and Erdeli above and behind the Red armies. Maybe we can force a retreat or capture important towns like Ekaterinodar or Novorossisyk before they are properly defended. Meanwhile, more White cavalry (Udovenko) will venture across the steppes and attempt to take Stavropol, while the staff and various troops of the Don Cossack Army take their place at Elista.
Farther south, in the Caucasus, we captured Grozny. Fitskhelaurov scared away the Red force sent after him and will attempt to cut the Moscow->Tzaritsyn railroad line. Oh, one last thing:
Our first Northern force! This is a small, division-sized bunch that just captured Arkhangelsk, under a mediocre Colonel named Shaplin. Mediocre he may be, but there are no Red forces to oppose us, so over the next few months we'll take as much territory in the Arkhangelsk area as we can before winter.