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  • End 11/41 - Snow Replaces Rain

    There were a couple of good clear weeks in late 11/41 and the Red Army attacked along the Neiman River in Lithuania and East Prussia (in the Kovno area). They initial broke the line but a small reserve of 2 infantry divisions was committed and the counterattack was driven back with losses to both sides. The Russian attacks were carried out by mech inf and tank brigades as well as rifle corps and as many as 3 artillery corps. The map shows the position of the front at the end of the German IV/11/41 turn. At this moment there are no other reserves available except what comes from new production or is transferred from the south.

    <<The front in northern Poland and East Prussia>>



    Things are quiet in the south and it appears more rifle corps are replacing infantry divisions in the line. The southern part of the front is currently un-supplied because of the range back to the MSUs. OKW has a choice; retreat now back across the Dnestr and westward towards Poland in order to get back in range of supply or hold the current positions until attacked and make the Russians force the army back (exchanging losses as they occur).

    <<The Southern Front in Russia>>



    The army in Turkey has pushed eastward but the reduction in supply in winter will probably mean the loss of one or two of the most eastern hexes. The plan will be to advance south, following the rail line once the infantry have had a chance to rest.

    <<The Front in Turkey; pause to regroup>>



    As ordered, the armour will begin pulling out of Greece and the mountain div will be redirected to Turkey. AG A will rest until the units are completely fresh before making any further attempts to reach Athens. The weight of the fighting will fall to the 16 infantry and 2 artillery divisions that will remain behind.

    <<Greece - Enough Said>>



    The right hook through the desert found two British corps which promptly withdrew to the northeast. A follow up sweep found both corps but no other troops in the area. The Italian 2-10 was pulled back to avoid its getting caught in the open by itself.

    Near Benghasi the X Corps spotted a third British corps but have not managed to engage. Four Italian divisions (XX Corps) has taken a position to block the gap between X Corps and the remaining four corps of the army group. The MSUs are currently moving through the desert to avoid risk of Amphib raids knocking any out. As the line advances east, they will have to move north to use the clear coastal terrain.

    <<Africa>>



    The Allies and Russians still have to complete their last 11/41 moves.
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    The Purist

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    • I posted somthing in the community.
      Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy. -- Ernest Benn

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      • Hey I know this is a stupid question but what do the x in sme of the hexes mean German control or where the Germans would have supply

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        • Originally posted by craven View Post
          Hey I know this is a stupid question but what do the x in sme of the hexes mean German control or where the Germans would have supply

          Usually it means the last side to move into the hex. So it would be control, as well as supply.
          Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy. -- Ernest Benn

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          • 12/41 - Month *Start* Briefing

            As requested, the briefing will come at the start of the months with maps showing the situation before the first moves of the month.

            Here in Lithuania and East Prussia the Red Army looks to be making its move. It is attacking through the forests west of Kovno and has begun to drive back the German infantry. There are no reserves of any real sort in the North and the three divisions in the salient SW of Kovno are in a dangerous position. Should mobile forces in the south be transferred at this time?

            <<The situation along the polish-Lithuanian Front>>



            In the Ukraine the front is quiet. The Russia hvy armour and anti-units have been withdrawn from the front and have been replaced by more light infantry. The three Pz corps are shown in reserve as well as the four motor divisions and two Pz bdes.

            The LW can only operate at 50% in the eastern zone but it still has air superiority. The Red airforce is laying low

            <<The Ukraine is quiet as 12/41 starts>>



            In Turkey the problem is the noted allied corps as shown in panel to the right. The infantry is resting at the moment so that a fresh attack can be made in a week or two. Clpushing this position back will allow more freedom of movement for the German left wing which is currently hampered by the nearness to the coast. The lead tanks to the east are still unsupplied due to the poor weather and distance from the railhead.

            <<Turkey in 12/41>>



            Down in Greece the armour is slithering through the mud as it moves back to the rail lines for shipment east. The mountain division is with them.

            <<Greece in 12/41; the allies have the advantage of defence>>



            In Africa the British have discovered a clever operational tactic. By placing their corps in a triangle pattern they make it impossible to envleope with the available troops. The axis can attack one point or another but not with the odds enough to (except with some luck) to do more than push them back.

            However, as directed, the forward MSUs are covered by infantry to avoid overruns and the coast has a light screen against allied amphib attack. There is a corps screening to the north and the remainder of the army is set to continue the attack. This battle may come down to who gets fatigued first and must retreat, the axis or the allies.

            <<Waltzing in the Desert - 12/41>>



            I will continue as directed in the "Bunker" unless advised otherwise. Please have any changes posted by 1200 EDT Sun Jan 31.
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            • 13/41 - winter has arrived

              The first map shows the situation in Africa. As noted previously four German German divisions were reduced and three Italian divisions destroyed in a large melee south off Benghasi. Two of the German divisions have been rebuilt but they will hor's de combat for about three more weeks. The battle revealed that there are five British and Canadian corps in Africa plus a few spare brigades (three and two respectively) and losses were suffered by both sides. What is strnge is the fact the CW army did not follow up on Germn/Italian retreat back to the south. There appears to be a three corps triangle (suspected) to the east and the two Candian corps to the north (no contact). The Italians have received another arm'd and a mech div and these wll be shipped to Africa to replace losses suffered earlier.

              <<The Desert War>>



              In Turkey the army finally has some room to deploy. The push will continue through the winter as ordered and the front will be reinforced by the two artillery divisions from Greece. New artillery divisions will be raised as production allows. In Greece the front will be thinned and the Army there will adopt defensive positions in the mountains and behind rivers. It will take approx 10-12 divisions to secure the front and coastal flanks.

              <<Turkey 13/41>>



              I Russia the south is quiet but their is an opportunity to counterattack the Kovno Salient if the Russians do not withdraw first. One additional Pz corps will be sent north to strengthen the attack. There could be an opportunity here to set up the 1942 drive north of the Pripyet Marshes.

              <<East Prussian and Lithuania 13/41>>



              <<The Ukraine remains quiet>>



              Finally here is a map view of the west. This view shows the deplyment of the current forts and more forts are planned to block access to Antwerp and the near Abbeville. The fortification scheme will advance westward as production allows.

              It should be noted that the western defences are weak but no landing will be possible before spring weather arrives.

              <<Northern France and Belgium. The fortified hexes are shown

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              • The United States Enters the War.

                Dec 7th, 1941

                The Japanese empire has attacked the military facilities of the United States Britain and The Netherlands in the Pacific on Dec 7th 1941. Germany, in a show of solidarity with its Japanese allies has declared war on the United States.
                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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                • 1942 New Year briefing

                  The counterattack in the north just finished off a small pocket consisting of approx 12 Russian divisions and a few mech and tank brigades. The follow up has discovered a rather thin line behind the fighting and it is intended to cross the Neiman and destroy the remaining forces there. The intention is then to turn south and push the Red Army out of eastern Poland entirely. The MSUs in production will permit a drive on Riga/Minsk once they become available.

                  <<Riga or Minsk?>>



                  In the south the issue is one of a shortage of infantry. Three Pz corps and both Motor corps are either in the line or en route and new production divisions will also be directed to the Ukraine. Unlike the north, however these divisions will have to enter the line rather than assist in a counterattack as occurred in the north. Further retreats are contemplated.

                  <<The Ukraine 1/42>>



                  In Greece the line has been thinned and the excess troops have been sent to Turkey and Russia. In Turkey the army gained a bit more ground to help set up attacks to follow the rail line and establish the conditions for the spring offensive on Ankara (no map,... not much has really changed).

                  In Africa a smart retreat by the army has allowed another recovery and the mobile forces have just sent two CW arm'd divs to the rear nursing their wounds. It is intended to hold the present line for another week before stepping back to the rough terrian west of El Agheila. It is hoped that a fresh offensive can take place once the new Italian armour and mech divisions moving along the coast join the forward troops.

                  <<Back and Forth in Africa>>

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                  The Purist

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                  • We might want to take a second look at Rubber Ducky

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                    • Originally posted by Exorcist View Post
                      We might want to take a second look at Rubber Ducky
                      We still don't have amphibs. Although I would be willing to build one or two to use against the Russians in the fall.
                      Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy. -- Ernest Benn

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                      • Sounds good, could be useful in either way.

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                        • Amphibs started next month would not be usable until the spring of 1943 (10 month production time).
                          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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                          • Originally posted by The Purist View Post
                            Amphibs started next month would not be usable until the spring of 1943 (10 month production time).
                            I know but it will make the Brits go...Huh.
                            Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy. -- Ernest Benn

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                            • I think we might want to take this to a more secure channel

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                              • The Brits will know as soon as the AMPH or SURF pts are started and they will know how many are available at any one time once completed. The same goes for axis intelligence. The allies, for example, have AMPH lift capacity of six divisions at the moment.
                                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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