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  • Exo,

    East Front update will be posted tomorrow evening. Sorry,... long day of training,... too bushed to boogey.
    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 know what you mean
      I have the partial plans in the Social channel, the last bit will be ready after I see the map.

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      • Originally posted by The Purist View Post
        Exo,

        East Front update will be posted tomorrow evening. Sorry,... long day of training,... too bushed to boogey.
        What kind of training if it HR training I completely understand.

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        • Triathlon (Ironman) training.
          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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          • Update 3/43 East Front only

            After destroying the last positions of the Russian salient north-west of the Odessa AG South pulled back out of the shrinking bulge in the lines to the nort-east in order to shorten the front and free up some troops. The Russians have persisted with their attacks west of Kiev near the Polish border but seem to have contented them selves with attaining the line of the Pivdenny Buh (Ukrainian Bug River) and have begun to dig in.

            Infantry casualties have been heavy and there are a number of 6-5 infantry divisions reduced to 1-5 cadres. IRPs are available but the pool is shrinking with each passing month. Casualties are surpassing IRP production at the moment. However, the spring thaw will soon be here and that will bring a halt to operations and by perhaps two months to rebuild the IRP pool for the summer campaign.

            <<Map 1. The northern sector of the front, no change from last month. AG North still has 14 infantry divisions in the line between Riga and Dvinsk.>>



            <<Map 1 and 2 show the positions of AG Centre, which like AG Centre has had no change on its front. AG Centres boundary with AG South is marked by the 3-3 Cavalry division (part of AG Centre)



            <<Map 3. The main position of AG South. All the Romanians have left Poland and are no back in Romania and these could replace Hungarians in the line. The Hungarians could then go to Yugoslavia. However, every division in Russia is needed and the Romanians do provide a second line behind the Dnestr without interfering with the German MLR. AG South has the following strength:

            23 x 6-5 (+/- 1), 4 x 1-5, 4 x 6-10, 1 x 1-10, 12 x 10-8, 6 x 8-8, 6 x 13-8, 1 x 11-8 and 3 x 6-1-5 Arty divisions.

            Plus 5 x Hun 2-4, 3 x Hun 1-3, 2 x Hun 1-6, 12 Rom 2-4, 2 x Rom 1-6.

            No replacement points have been expended for I/3/43 yet but it is recommended that the 1-5s in the frontline be withdrawn for rebuilding behind the front lines.>>

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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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            • That is a shocking plunge in Infantry, bot 7-5s and both Para units have vanished?
              See Social.

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              • Paras and airlanding troops are "recycling". The Germans have about 6 para reg'ts (2 divs) and an AL div almost ready for action again. A second AL will be available by mid summer (rebuilding in Germany, cheaper than the field).
                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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                • Okay, I was going to try and get them out of there anyway, I just didn't realize that OKW had pulled them w/o telling me.

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                  • Update 4/43

                    The Russian offensive appears to have run its course and the spring rains will also slow the allies in Greece. OKW will need to solidfy plans for the summer of 1943.

                    Political Points - 40

                    Strategic Warfare

                    U-Boat War Results: Double; 2 U-boats lost, 2 received as replacements.

                    Strategic Air War: Brussels, Lille and Cologne bombed; two hits, Cologne out of action. 2 bombers lost. Inteceptors - 7 west, 2 south

                    Tactical Air War

                    German APs - 40 West, 10 South, 16 East. It is planned to increase the east to 30 APs over the next 3 months (about 5 APs per month).
                    CW APs - 76 West, 47 South
                    US APs - 56 West, 30 South
                    Russian APs - 8 East
                    __________________________________________________ _____________

                    New Production received - 2 x 6-5 Infantry divisions, 1 x 11-8 SS Pz Gr, 14 APs, 2 U-Boats, 6 IRP, 2 MRP

                    In the west (Map 1) the Allies continue to carry out large scale air reconnaisance of the French coast from Calais to St Nazaire. A good intel report in 3/43 showed 3 armoured divisions in Southampton plus another stack of 4 divisions/brigades in Brighton. Dover still has 3 divisions and a brigade. This force looks to be their cross channel invasion force. No report on US troops in England.

                    Down in Italy (Map 2) the retreat north is continuing with the loss of Anzio. Rome might hold for another month but the 10th Army will not risk losing divisions to hold the city and perhaps compromise the defence. The line Piombino-Pesaro is still the objective by the beginning of the campaign season. The first loyal Italian division was received this month as well (in Pola to the north-east).

                    Over in the Balkans (Map 3) the Bulgarians are being slowly shifted to form the screen south of Sofia. If agreeable to OKW, 12th Army will withdraw its centre to the linebetween the Albanian mountains and the Yugo-Bulg border 4 hexes SW of Sofia. It is expected that the allies will strike north and east from Thesalonike and eastward from the Albanian border.

                    Along the eastern front the situation has stabilised in part due to the poor weather in 3/43 and what is thought to be some degree of exhaustion amongst the Red Army. In the north (Map 4) AG Centre stepped back one hex row and freed 3 divisions which were transferred to AG South. Thus far this front has remained quiet.

                    In the Ukraine (Map 5) the Red Army managed to cut the rail junction feeding supplies to the southern sector of of A South and poor weather has prevented any counterattack. However, as can be seen by the map, all the troops are in position to strike the small salient in the forest as well as the Red Army bridgeheads over the Ukrainian Bug. If the weather holds for two weeks the attacks should be successful but losses are to be expected. If the rains arrive, little will be possible until the ground dries.

                    A number of AG south divisions are suffering from one degree of exhaustion or another but almost all of these are behind the lines and should be ready to join in the attack as required. The supply of IRPs available in the east has fallen to 8, along with 4 MRPs.

                    AG South now has 36 infantry divisions and 5 motor divisions as well as 8 Pz, 4 Pz Gr, 7 SS Pz and 1 SS Pz Gr divisions plus the 3 available artillery divisions

                    OKW to advise on changes to above plans.

                    << Map 1. The situation in the West; the allies have amphibious lift capacity for 6 divisions in one week at the moment. Note the force in Dover.>>



                    <<Map 2. Rome is still German but will soon be abandoned as AG 'M' retreats north>>



                    <<Map 3. The retreat from central Greece was largely successful. The line to the north needs to extended to the sea and an MSU is en route to extend the reach of supplies.>>



                    <<Map 4. The situation along the AG North and Centre front is quiet>>



                    <<Map 5. The Russian offensive recaptured most of the 1942 gains and strained AG South almost to the breaking point in early 3/43. Poor spring weather stalled the final Russian attempts to push further across the Ukrainian Bug but also prevented planned counterattacks.>>



                    Final thought: Would OKW agree to using Romanians to replace Hungarians in Russia? The Hungarians could then be used to reinforce German infantry positions in Yugoslavia.
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                    Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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                    • Interceptor Tactics

                      For tsar,

                      Allied bombers are striking into Germany itself but these raids are beyond their current escort cover. This past month all interceptors were concentrated on the unescorted attack on Cologne and were quite successful. If OKW approves, these tactics will be continued until such a time as longer ranged escorts arrive. This should minimise air losses for the next 4-5 months and allow the continued rebuilding of the Luftwaffe so it ready for the inevitable allied avalanche of bombers.
                      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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                      • Purist so what is the goal now for Germany. Unless I am mistaken it just become a tidal sooner or latter for the allies so how do the Germans win. Hopefully my question makes sense.

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                        • Originally posted by The Purist View Post
                          For tsar,

                          Allied bombers are striking into Germany itself but these raids are beyond their current escort cover. This past month all interceptors were concentrated on the unescorted attack on Cologne and were quite successful. If OKW approves, these tactics will be continued until such a time as longer ranged escorts arrive. This should minimise air losses for the next 4-5 months and allow the continued rebuilding of the Luftwaffe so it ready for the inevitable allied avalanche of bombers.
                          I agree. Put as many fighters into interceptor roles as you can.
                          I also like that you are re-enforcing the Eastern front with aircraft. We can maintain superiority there and we should.
                          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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                          • Originally posted by craven View Post
                            Purist so what is the goal now for Germany. Unless I am mistaken it just become a tidal sooner or latter for the allies so how do the Germans win. Hopefully my question makes sense.
                            Go to OKW group look in 1943 section for my answer.
                            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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                            • Update 5/43

                              The mud is still thick on the ground as spring advances. A slow month with little action other than a bit of allied pushing in the Balkans during a snow month earlier on.

                              Political Points - 35

                              Strategic Warfare

                              U-Boat War Results: Normal; 1 U-boats lost, 2 received as replacements.

                              Strategic Air War: Brussels, Lille and Dortmund bombed; Brussels hit, Both Brussels and Cologne repaired (after production, of course). 2 bombers lost, 1 Interceptor lost. Inteceptors - 8 west, 2 south

                              Tactical Air War

                              German APs - 48 West, 10 South, 17 East.
                              CW APs - 79 West, 57 South
                              US APs - 57 West, 40 South
                              Russian APs - 10 East
                              __________________________________________________ __________

                              New Production: 2 x 1-5-1, 1 x 6-5, 15 AP, 2 U-Boat, 6 IRP, 2 MRP, 2 Fort

                              Area for concern: rebuilding the winter losses in infantry has reduced the IRP pools in the east to 11 and the south to 3. There are 5 MRPs in the east and 3 in the south. Heavy infantry losses in 1943 would require sending divisions back to Germany. Beginning in 6/43 the IRP arrivals rises to 8 , production will increase to 10-12 by cutting back on MRPs and new divisions.

                              The map covering the Western Front (Map 1) shows the south coast of England and the suspected CW build up for possible attacks along the coast. The fortifications have started to arrive again to rebuild those destroyed last summer in the Flanders area (one fortress was placed at Brest-Litovsk as requested). The two static divisions are currently deployed for transfer to the west where they will reinforce the Brittany region. It should be noted that this will raise the number of static divisions in the west to 15 divisions (France and the Benelux) of a total of 38 divisions.

                              Down in Italy (Map 2) the army is taking careful steps backward towards the line that will be established south of Piombino through to Pesaro. Each step backward has waited on the allied build up along a sector of the front before withdrawing. Once in place behind the rivers the divisions will stack up to make the strongest line possible.

                              The Line in the Balkans (Map 3) has firmed up but it is still weak on both flanks. It is expected that Canadian an US troops will launch their major attack from the region of Bosnia, however, there are also large CW formations in Macedonia. A major drive north by the British and Turkish forces could threaten Sofia and knock Bulgaria out of the war. The event might also cause the defection of Romania due to the Political point loss. All Bulgarian divisions are being moved to the left flank. Allied air interdiction continues to make movement difficult for the ground troops.

                              <<Map 1 - The Western Front>>



                              <<Map 2 Slow Retreat in Italy>>



                              <<Map 3 - The Balkan Front>>

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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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                              • East Front Update 5/43

                                The Romanians have occupied the front lines in the Odessa sector as discussed. Three German divisions are moving to back up the Hungarian sector in the swamps but the mud is slowing the redeployment. This leaves six German infantry divisions now out of the line along with all the mechanised formation in Army Group South.

                                The situation in the Pripyet Marshes remains unchanged but it is not out side the realm of possibility that some sort of Red Armt attack could try to skirt the northern fringes or attack the Hungarians directly. Up north Army Group's North and Centre have passed the winter quietly

                                <<Map 1 - AGs North and Centre>>



                                <<Map 2 - The Pripyet Marshes>>



                                <<Map 3 - Army Group South>>

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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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