From: NYer living in Boise, ID
Turn 174; Oct 12, 1944........clear, mud and blizzard (see map)
Fall weather starts with a bang, even blizzard! I'll take it!
Overview of the front line as the weather starts to change, hopefully ending the Soviet Summer '44 offensives.
AGN continues to battle against massed Rifle Corps attacks south of Leningrad, its 18th Army bending slowly, usually about 1 hex lost a turn - with heavy losses to both sides due to the level 3 and 4 fortifications. I've put a reserve line on the Luga River, but I don't intend to fall back too quickly. My be is that he's going to try and cut Leningrad off, which at point it will become a Finnish responsibility, and I'll have to figure out how to pull the remaining Finnish troops with 18th Army back to Finland - I'm hoping they'll be able to move by sea....
Elsewhere, 16th and 9th Armies slowly pull back into the mud zone, and will gradually fall back to their portion of the "Eastern Rampart" - which is notoriously "thin" in this area - one line of level 3 forts along a river line where practical (which will likely be frozen by the time the Soviets reach it).
AGC holds two major attacks again against the land bridge area, so with the mud, things should quiet down - where hopefully I'll be able to pull the panzers out to refit before snow hits. I still think this will be the Soviets main area of attack come snow. But once the Dniepr freezes, he could pretty much attack anywhere...
AGB has seen little activity along its positions along the Dneipr since defeating a few attempts. Its been so quiet that GD PG Div was sent south and hasn't been pulled back. Once the Dniepr freezes, I expect renewed attacks in the Kiev area, which if successful will open up the entire lower Dniepr line.
AGA continues to hold back, with great difficulty, Soviet massed attacks in the 17th Army area. 1st Pz Armee's XXXXVI PzKps remains committed in 17th Army's area to bolster the line - and with clear weather here, its probably going to be heavily engaged again. The fortifications have been built along the remainder of the Dniepr, but with winter - and the longer line, it will just be speed bump.
The Crimea remains quiet with the Rum 4th Army holding the positions. I'll likely leave two corps of Rumanians in the Crimea, even after it is cut off from the mainland - the forts are well developed, and with ports, the 6 or so divisions I'll leave will force the Soviets to commit a large force to clear the Crimea. Thats the plan anyway...