From: NYer living in Boise, ID
Turn 38, March 5, 1942.
Blizzard is "officially" over, and snow returns. Hopefully the blizzard will NOT return, but with variable weather, anything is possible. No major crises in the Soviet portion of the last blizzard turn, in fact, Scar pulled back in some places to solidify his defenses. Smart move....
The German army along the front was badly bruised, but no breakthrough was achieved. Infantry divisions are in poor shape, most under 50% at the moment. The panzers are in the best shape, many with over 100 panzers, capable of offensive action.
Time to do some reorganization to prepare for the summer offensives. I put all infantry divisions up to a max TOE of 60% to get all up to at least a minimum strength - will increase those attacking for the summer campaign later. Panzer and Mot divisions are placed at 80% and all support units are pushed up to 100% - hopefully providing stiffeners to the weakenend infantry. I'm also shifting all heavy artillery (over 210mm) to the 18th Army along with additional pioneers and StG Bns to begin preparations to assault into the Crimea - that will be my first Major Offensive...hopefully before the mud hits. 4 additional, near 100% strength infantry divsions are also headed to the 18th Army. For now, along the entire front will be a period of reorganization to set conditions for the Summer offensive - ultimately to take Moscow and the cities we were unable to reach in the South - Voronezh, Stalino and Rostov.
However, with the snow, I am compelled to strike back immediately where I can. Strictly "small solutions", as nothing major is attempted, nor are there any major opportunities apparent. In AGN sector, a Soviet salient protected by only a single division on each flank is encircled. XXXXI PzKps (1xPz,1xMot) assisted by II Korps attacks from the west, and LVI PzKps (2xPz,1xMot) attacks from the SE, cutting off 6 Rifle Divisions. We'll see if the Soviets are strong enough to attack through the encirclement!