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  • 8/41 - USSR declares war on the Axis

    The USSR declared war so proceeding will pause for now until OKW has a chance to review the situation and advise on future plans. The initials attacks by the Red Army were few, concentrated in northeastern Romania and eastern Hungary. The have managed a small bridgehead over the Prut River but otherwise the defenses are intact. The deployment of troops is below along with a brief inventory of other troops not committed to other fronts. I included the anti-partisan forces in Yugoslavia but it should be noted that their removal would complicate matters there.

    East Prussia – 11 x 6-5 Infantry div, (XLVI Pz K) 2x 10-8 Pz div & 1 x 8-8 Pz Gr div

    Poland –12 x 2-4 Hun Infantry, x x 1-3 Hun Cav bde, 19 x 6-5 Infantry div, [XLVII Pz K] 2 x 10-8 Pz div & 1 x 8-8 Pz Gr div

    Romania – 14 x 2-4 Rom Infantry, 3 x 1-3 Rom Cav, 2 x 1-6 Rom Arm’d div, 8 x 6-5 Infantry div, 2 x 3-8 Pz bde, [XLVIII Pz K] 2 x 10-8 Pz div, & 1 x 8-8 Pz Gr div

    OKW Reserve – 1 x 8-8 Pz Gr div, 1 x 6-10 motor div, 3 x 6-5, Infantry div, 1 x 3-3 Cav div, 2 MSU, 2 RRU

    Other Reserves;

    Northern Italy (Vichy Occupation Corps) - 1 x 6-5 Infantry, 3 x 2-4 Ital Infantry div

    Yugoslavia Anti-Partisan Forces – 4 x 6-5 infantry, 2 x 2-4 Ital Infantry, 5 x 1-4 Ital Garrison, 3 x 1-10 Ital Motor bde, 3 x 1-6 Arm’d bde [Babini, Bardia and Benghasi]

    Sicily and Sardinia Garrison – 2 x 1-4 Ital Garrison, 10 x 2-4 Ital Inf

    The main question would be whether or not to;

    - take offensive action along the new Eastern Front or simply hold the line and use local counterattacks to maintain the front.
    - Plan for a series of limited offensives to “straighten” the front.
    - Security of the Romanian oildfields is key. OKW must decide what sort of redeployment of forces is required.

    <<North Front>>



    <<Central and Southern Poland>>



    <<Romania 8/41>>



    The Greek and Turkish fronts are now ready (for II/8/41) to resume the push forward. In Greece, once through the last mountain defense, the advance on Athens should be steady. Crete will be a problem, probably best left alone.

    In Turkey, once across the straits (with para assistance) it will only be a matter of weeks to clear the narrow neck of land and push out into the broader expanse of hill country and head for Ankara and points east.

    <<Instanbul Crossing>>



    Down in Africa, the forces are ready to attack (II/8/41) but the exact location of British forces is unclear at the moment.

    <<Africa 8/41>>



    It’s a brand new war. Should be quite exciting. There are 12 to 15 weeks of good campaigning weather before the autumn rains arrives.
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    The Purist

    Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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    • This is almost too good to be true...

      Is that just a single week shown, or more? Looks to me as if they are just jumping off.

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      • The more I look at it, I think you're right. It looks as if their mission is to cut AGS off from AGC and AGN by cutting right across the top of Transylvania. If we react to their move, we'll end up pulling out of Turkey and giving the CW some respite.

        Therefore, we should continue as planned, but be mindful to not let our rail lines become entangled with Russians. Barring that, the plans we have outlined in the OKW Conference Room should be sufficient to deal with the threat.
        Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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        • 8/41- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

          Update 8/41 - The Red Army is hurt, Panzers enter Asia and beat up more Turks, the last of the mountain strong points in Greece finally falls and Africa looks stalemated.

          The Galcian attacks went very well but even though losses were heavy the Red Army escaped a major encirclement in southeastern Poland. The Red Army drive into northern Romania was also halted and driven back while the Russians gave up Dobruja without a fight. The only downside is that the three pz corps are a bit exhausted and need some reset before pushing on ( a week or two should do). This will let the bulk of the Germans and Hungarian infantry catch up as well as allow for the southern Bug to be cleared. Up near Bialostok, mainly infantry forces have pushed back the Red Army but lack the strength to do much more than shorten the front.

          <<The Northern Front End 8/41>>



          << The Red Army is driven from Galacia and North Romania>>



          In Turkey, the attack across the Bosphorus was successful but the army continues to suffer losses (but not crippling). The narrow front is proving difficult but a pockrt has been formed which will destroy another four Turkish divisions. As noted previously, the Army group should break out into more open (but rougher) country and complicate the allied defence.

          <<Panzers and Paras drive into Asia 8/41>>



          Despite the successes in Turkey and Russia, Greece is becoming a sore spot. While the mountains and river defences have been cleared the cost has been very high and AG 'A' is grower weaker with each attack. Four more Greek divisions were destroyed and the remaining Greeco-British troops driven southward but it is unlikely Athens will be taken before the autumn and winter rains arrive. The situation hear may need reviewing once the campaigning season is over.

          <<The Advance in Greece Continues but Slowly and Painfully>>



          Down in Africa the British launched a probe in late 8/41 that was turned aside but a German/Italian couter-attack also was defeated. Both sides are at rough parity and short of error by either side it doesn't look like either army can advance. Thankfully the bleeding has stopped and the front is stable with a strong right out in the desert. Positions have not changed much since last month (sorry, no map)
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          The Purist

          Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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          • Been quite here for a week, got anything for us?

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            • What game are joining? t

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              • Originally posted by Exorcist View Post
                Been quite here for a week, got anything for us?
                Check the social group for quick notes and mini-updates. A full update for mid 10/41 will be uploaded by late tomorrow evening.
                The Purist

                Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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                • 10/41?!?!?

                  What happened to 9/41 ?

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                  • IIRC 9/41 went by as more of a business as usual sort of month. There aren't really any breakthroughs on any front right now, and it's more of a war of "who will be able to wear the other out first". We're still winning, of a sort, it's just a little too slow for our tastes.
                    Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                    • Yep,... 9/41 saw the Panzers in Ukraine run into the Red Army reserves just as they ran out of gas west of Kiev. The infantry has caught up and pushed on to take Odessa and the panzers are back in the line. Up in the north the infantry is pushing to gain the line of the Neiman (and cross if possible) and pushing towards Minsk.

                      The 10/41 update will be posted tonight. Yesterday was a heavy training evening and I didn't get home until nearly 2200h.

                      PS - AG 'B' has broken clear of the terrain straight jacket in Turkey.
                      The Purist

                      Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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                      • End 10/41 - and the heavens opened

                        Yep,... the autumn rains have returned and the army is stuck fast everywhere but Africa. This will create some supply problems in southern Russia but some retreats can be made until the lines stabalise. The winter will likely see Red Army offensive action somewhere and it is planned to pull at least two of the Pz Corps back to the railheads so they can respond to any sector.

                        <<Northern Russia>>



                        <<Southern Russia>>



                        Down in Turkey the the weather will allow the army to rest and refit but the region has lousy weather throughout the winter. There may be room for some advances but don't expect much before spring. The coastline behind the front is currently garrisoned by a number of line divisions against amphibious raids (not possible in winter). As soon as possible these should be replaced by static divisions (without impacting the new production priorities already discussed).

                        <<The Turkish Front>>



                        It looks like Greece is a lost cause. Little gain has been made for fairly substantial losses and the artillery could be better used elsewhere. A decision needs to be made about continuing to shed blood and replacement points in offensive activity in this area. Perhaps a discussion on alternatives would be worthwhile.

                        Meanwhile, down in Africa, the troops are advancing again but have not been able to pin the British down.

                        <<African See-Saw>>

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                        The Purist

                        Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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                        • Got a map of Greece, or is it the same as last time?

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                          • Greece in I/11/41

                            Here is the map of Greece. I thought I had one last night but had actually labelled Turkey as Greece (two Turkish maps).

                            The lead elements in the south are actually out of supply (because of the mountains and the weather and will have to retreat one hex. If not the British and Greeks will eventually attack and drive them back anyway, perhaps with losses. The northern British stack cinsists of 2 8-8 arm'd div (10th and Guards), 1 7-10 inf (45th Essex) and a Greek 3-4 inf div (18th). The British corps to the south has 3 Greek 3-4 inf div (3rd, 21st and 24th) and the British 44th Home Counties div.

                            AG A has 14 x 6-5 Inf div, IX and XIV Pz Korps (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Pz, 1st and 2nd Pz Gr), plus the two artillery divs. Up by Thesalonike the Bulgarians have 6 divisions protecting the LOC against amphibious attack. It is still planned to bring AG A up to a strength of 16 x 6-5 divisions during the winter.

                            The weather reduces attack strength by half so further attacks on such a narrow front are not advised unless a few weeks of dry weather pop up in the next four weeks (its happened before).

                            <<Greece I/11/41>>

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                            The Purist

                            Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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                            • The Cirenaican Corner

                              Ok, Exo,

                              Here is the situation. The Brits are just out of reach for this turn and could continue to retreat. Your troops are deployed north to south thus:

                              Ital X Corprs: Ital 2-10, Ital 2-4, Ger 6-5
                              Ital XV Corps: Ital 2 x 2-4, Ital 3-6 mech, Ger 6-5
                              Ger DAK: Ger 2 x 10-8, Ital 4-6
                              Ger XC Corps: Ger 7-10, Ger 6-10, Ger 10-8, Ital, 2-10
                              Ger DLK: Ger 7-10, Ger-6-10, Ger 10-8, Ital 2-10

                              The Ital 2-10s could be used to carry out a recce to the north but since motor units do not get a mech move phase later, if they bump into any Brit armour they will likely get killed. The other option is to only push them ahead far enough that if they find trouble the rest of the army can reinforce.

                              Another option is to us the two Ital infantry corps (with infantry only) to screen the north while all the mech and motor push eastward. Benghasi could be suppressed to prevent the British from leaving a stay behind force to harass the LOC.

                              <<The Return to Cirenaica>>

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                              The Purist

                              Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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                              • Please see the recent updates on my move.

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