From: NYer living in Boise, ID
Turn 184; Dec 21, 1944.....blizzard
Soviet Winter Offensive gains some momentum. Without rivers or swamp terrain benifits, the German fortifications don't tip the edge enough in their favor, and the Soviet Hordes make progress all along the front - the great Eastern Rampart, started in 1942, is finally springing leaks. It has served the Fatherland well.....
AGN is now facing heavy assaults in both 16th and 18th Army areas - Soviet attacks westward against 18th Army are stretching the infantry to the breaking point. The Soviet attack here is pushing a wedge right in the middle of the army. The two Korps on the southern side still cling to good fortifications towards Novgorod. To the north, the last good fortifications are held - nothing is behind them, to the Luga River. The "Luga Line" is nowhere near as extensive as the Volkov line was, and with the freeze, will likely not slow the Soviets much. However, it is the next major pullback line.
Hopefully, when we pull back, the Soviets will switch his effort to clearing Leningrad, now held by the Finns (and 1 Ger Div, plus some security forces). With no panzer reserves, except the lone Pz Bde, 18th Army has little chance of effective counter attack if the Soviets break through. Its probably time to pull back, and get into position in the Luga line - hoping to refit for a week or two before the Soviets can catch up.