From: Lancaster, England
People are talking like it's all over. Have you got the nod to close this down now, Jon - I seem to recall you had till December?
"Soldiers - Moscow has fallen, and Stalin has run for the Urals with his tail between his legs! Our next big thrust will be for Leningrad..."
My suggestion is made in order to both beat back the attacks up North and stabilise the front, in the short term, then to drive North to link up with the Finns. Ideally this will be on both sides of Ladoga but certainly to the East of the lake, and thus to (eventually) free up the Finns wider deployment zone, shorten the front, destroy production and manpower sources in Leningrad etc. I rememebr HardSarge taking out the last port on the east of Ladoga and this was the nail in the coffin for Lenin's city. So a whole army: armour for the main punch (at least one strong corps) - and this is a good time of year for armour in swamps, isn't it? - and two infantry corps, plus the heavy guns, aircraft etc... And another infantry corps for the immediate shoring up in front of Leningrad. 3Pz seems just right for this job?
Elsewhere, straighten the line, reorganise the armour as reserves, and dig in - maybe slowly push for the Don bend by Rostov, plus local counters to snip off his armour? What a (hard won) luxury to have some reserves and opportunity for redeployment. After Moscow, it's like an entirely new scenario. Hoth deploys to the Steppes to smash the threatening Russian armour, with Kleist to Rostov, and Model possibly even pulling back behind the canal, and providing a mobile reserve, 4th(?) army provide the Moscow garrison and deploys to the SE, and 2nd Pz redeploys its line across the front to the Oka. This allows the army currently there to cover Kleist's redeployment. OK, I'll shut up now...
Well done and I hope you are able to press the attack before Herr Billings redploys you to another command!