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  • Purist is the low attack number for stacks ie the white number because of fatigue or weather. In Northern Italy.

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    • Originally posted by craven View Post
      Purist is the low attack number for stacks ie the white number because of fatigue or weather. In Northern Italy.
      It should be because of the weather. In winter attack strength is halved.
      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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      • The Weather.

        Yes. In Italy there is no real "winter", just a very long period of rain. This means attack/movement factors are halved. The allies have a tough row to to hoe in Italy in winter. In areas where there is "snow" infantry isn't hurt much but armour is handicapped (but still effective because of the mech movement phase.
        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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        • Italy Surrenders

          Sorry for the 24 hr delay,... RL issues again.

          Ok,... the four maps below show the deployment of the German forces in France, northern and southern Italy and the main areas of the Balkans except Turkey. As mentioned previously France can make do for now but by spring will need a significant level of reinforcements to cover the coast from Calais to St Nazaire.

          Italy is not looking too bad but the further north the army deploys the safer it will be. The trick is choosing the right place to hold for a time to delay the allied advance. Over in the Balkans the Germans and Bulgarians are covering the partisans in southern Yugoslavia as well as the defence of the Greek front and the eastern coastal flank.

          OKW will need to make the call regarding Italy and what to transfer. There are still about six divisions that can be sent from Turkey but little else if the Istanbul front and coastline is to be defended.

          <<France - exposed coastline>>



          <<Northern Italy and Southern France>>



          <<Central Italy>>



          <<Yugoslavia and Greece>>

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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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          • Nothing for Russia?

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            • This was just a quick check-in mid-month because of the collapse of Italy. I did not want to bypass such an event and wait until the beginning of 1/43. Since it did not impact the Russian Front directly there were no maps posted (Turkey was excluded as well). Full update in 1/43.
              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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              • 1/43 Update

                Despite the surrender of Italy the past couple of months have not been too bad for the German army. The retreat from Turkey has been concluded and some much needed infantry has begun arriving in the Ukraine to strengthen Army Group South. More on that below.

                Strategic warfare

                U-Boats - normal result, 1 U-Boat pt lost, 2 received from new production.

                Strategic bombing - Brussels and Lille attacked, no hits no losses. Interceptors now assigned to cover south and west targets

                Tactical Air War

                Germany - West: 14 AP, East: 14 AP, South: 11 AP
                CW - West: 13 AP, South: 40 AP
                US - West: 8 AP, South: 25 AP
                Rus - East: 6 AP

                OB West has reach a strength of 29 divisions in France, 3 in Belgium and 2 in Holland. One static division from Belgium will be transferred to France to bring the garrison up to full strength and prevent the further growth of partisans (Map 1). Partisan attacks have destroyed the rail yards in Lyon and Nancy, RRUs will be moved to France to begin repairs and be on call in case of future attacks. The activations of partisans in France will mean that combat divisions will have to be diverted from coastal defence to anti-partisan duty.

                In Italy and the Balkans all is presently quiet (Map 2). The retreat north is being hampered by heavy allied air-ground interdiction but their follow up appears slow.The biggest threat in the theatre is the allied amphibious capability. With the fall of Bari on the east Italian coast the allies can no land as far north as Trieste and Venice. That area will require a minimum of three more divisions just to garrison the ports and at present there are none to spare except those in Italy itself. Another option would be to weaken the Greek defences but that has risks of its own. The retreat from Turkey is complete and the position at Istanbul and along the Thracian coast are manned (Map 3).

                Army Groups North and Centre have seen little action since early 12/42 and the Russians seem content with the ground taken. They have dug in along the front and appear to have prepared a second line behind the Dvina River (Map 4). It is suspected that much of the strength of the Red Army attacks in the Ukraine came from transfers from the northern sector. The pz units in the north constitute the mobile reserve for the eastern front.

                Down in the Ukraine the attack north of Odessa has ground its way forward but has reached the expected line of AT brigades (Map 5). The arrival of the infantry from Turkey will ease this situation and permit the attack to continue, supported by the artillery, if so desired. Further north the Red Army has launched a large scale attack that has caused both casualties and the lose of some ground up the forest and at the north east corner of the salient. The Russians suffered for the effort as most attacks resulted in either full or half exchanges. German parachute and and landing troops have been deployed to strengthen the line and damaged divisions have been withdrawn for refitting.

                The concentration of troops behind AG South is combination of arriving reinforcements and refitting divisions. Most of the Romanian infantry has arrived from garrison positions in Poland since they were freed by the retreat of AG Centre into north-east Poland (see map 4). It is planned to use these forces to strengthen the area around Odessa before the Russians actually wake up and attack the city. Three Red Army Tank Corps have vanished from near Odessa and it is suspected they have moved out side the salient in preparation for either a counter attack north or to take Odessa.

                OKW to advise policy for all three main theatres.

                <<Map 1 - Defence of the West>>



                <<Map 2 - Central Italy and the retreat to Rome>>



                <<Map 3 - The Defence of Thrace>>



                <<Map 4 - Army Groups North and Centre>>



                <<Map 5 - The Ukraine in 1/43>>

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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 attack in Russia has gone well but the Russians are also pressing their own attacks on AG South's left. The line is holding but over all losses are exceeding replacements at the moment. In other news, the allies have thrown a landing force ashore in Albania. This has certain ramification for the Balkans but the logistic of operating in that area will pose challenges for both sides.

                  Startegic Warfare

                  U-Boats - Double result; 1 U-Boat lost. 2 U-Boat pts received from new production. Total now 27, advantage Allies (it is 1943).

                  Strategic Bombing - Lille, Brussels and Dortmund attacked. 1 hit scored on Brussels (Mfg Centre), 1 allied bomber pt lost to interceptors, 1 interceptor lost.

                  Tactical Air War

                  Germany - West, 18 AP; East, 17 AP; South, 10 AP
                  Commonwealth - West, 40 AP; South, 35 AP
                  US - West, 31 AP; South, 20 AP
                  Russia - East, 8 AP

                  New Production

                  West - 1 x 1-5-1 Static, 1 6-5 Infantry; East - 1 x 11-8 SS Pz Gr, 1 x 6-5 Infantry; South - 1 x 5-5 Mountain

                  Situation

                  In France OB West will reach 28 divisions with the arrival of the current reinforcements and this will slow (but not stop) the expansion of the partisan movement (Map 1). Three 7-10 motor divisions have just finished a fight near Vichy which resulted in the destruction of an active partisan unit. Another unit is near Nancy and these same divisions will be moved to deal with them. A pz corps (10th, 15th Pz and Gr Deutch Pz Gr) deployed near Marseilles has been dispatched to northern Yugoslavia (a separate briefing concerning Yugoslavia will be posted in the Bunker).

                  In Italy (Map 2) the allies must be experiencing greater than expected problems getting MSU and RRUs to Italian ports (poor planning) as their follow up to the retreat to the Cassino line has been slow.

                  As noted above the allies have landed with at least four divisions in Yugoslavia (Map 3). The four infantry divisions deployed against the partisans have been reinforced by three more divisions, one each drawn from Belgrade, Greece and Turkish Thrace. The choice of landing sites is curious but more will be discussed elsewhere. The forces in Turkish Thrace equal 6 x 6-5 Infantry (3 in Istanbul, 3 near Gallipoli), 4 x 1-5-1 Static divisions garrisoning the coats of the Sea of Marmara and 4 x Bulgarian 2-4 Infantry divisions. The Turkish have arrived on the opposite side of the straits.

                  In the Ukraine it should not take more than one or two more weeks to wrap up the offensive near Odessa (Map 4). While only a small pocket can be anticipated the Red Army has lost a number of lower echelon units. Their own offensive has cost the German defenders some more ground and battered divisions but every German loss has drawn an exchange or 1/2 exchange,... so the Red Army is suffering losses as well. Russian artillery corps have been spotted behind the front (four so far but there are probably more) A separate discussion about furture operations in the Ukraine would also be worthwhile.

                  Up in Belorus and Latvia the front is quiet (Map 5). The Red Army appears to be continuing to improve its defences and deploying reserves in reserve positions.

                  <<Map 1 - France and the Partisan War>>



                  <<Map 2 - Italy and the slow Allied Pursuit>>



                  <<Map 3 - Greece and Albania>>



                  <<Map 4 - The Offensive in the Ukraine is near completion>>



                  <<Map 5 - All quiet in the North>>

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                  Last edited by The Purist; 01 May 10, 22:43.
                  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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                  • They missed?
                    All that and only one hex encircled?
                    Jesus wept...

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                    • Missed?... not all. the Russians held their ground and died doing so. Once the Romanians arrived from Poland the German infantry slipped around to the south of salient and hit it from two sides. The Reds died where they stood. Unfortunately the enemy pulled out their better units before they were destroyed but plenty of infantry divisions and tank brigades were destroyed.
                      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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                      • Oh, that sounds better.

                        You gave me a good idea of what the loss ratio was in the north where the Reds are trying to advance, but I had to guess at what the deal was in the South. They did close the trap farther west than I wanted them to.

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                        • Going further east would have meant the need for more infantry to tackle the dug in Guards Rifle corps supported by AT brigades. Since there was not enough infantry, tanks would have had to be committed with all the usual disadvantages against the AT bdes. The front will be straightened by Odessa thus releasing divisions for use further north.

                          Once given a short rest, the artillery and armour can be shifted north to, first, stop the Red Army offensive and then, in spring launch the planned offensive north eastward. The question will be; Kiev or not?
                          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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                          • Tac's World

                            For Field Marshall Tac,

                            << The Turkish Front; the Balkan Front's Left Flank - Istanbul and three coastal hexes behind it are the critical hexes. The troops deployment would be set so that the 1-5-1s are deployed east and the better troops west. Any troops east of a landing that cuts the rail line will be done for so only the rearguard mentioned in your Enigma dispatch will be deployed there. If the allies land here the army executes a slow withdrawal up the rail line towards Sofia and available reinforcements.>>>



                            << The Defence of Greece; Refusing the Right - The danger here is an allied drive south and south-eastward towards Skopje and/or Thesalonike. If the single rail line is cut, all the divisions in central Greece would be lost. What is suggested is that the front down by Thermopalae be thinned and the main weight of the army withrawn to form a line from Thesalonike to the Albanian mountains. The screening forces to the south will withdraw slowly to the north. Main threat is an allied landing between the screen and Thesalonike. The situation is a bit fluid in this area unfortunately.

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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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                            • I think the long Greek vacation should end soon.

                              See Gotterdamerung for my take on the situation.

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                              • There is much concern about an allied amphibious assault in the Thesalonike region all the way over to Istanbul. However, FM Tac has ordered the front held in the south so it shall be so. A line will be built up facing the Albanian border between the two mountain ranges with what troops can be spared from down south (four German and two Bulgarian infantry divisions plus one Bulgarian cavalry division).

                                North of the mountain ranges the 11th SS Nordland Pz Gr, 12th SS HJ Pz plus a German infantry and Bulgarian motor brigade will form a screen. The mountains themselves will be held by four German infantry and 1 Bulgarian cavalry division plus a Bulgarian motor brigade.

                                Two more SS Pz Gr divisions (16th Reichfuhrer SS and 17th SS Gotz von Berlichen) will arrive by the end of winter and will be sent to the Greek front.
                                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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