From: Chicago, Illinois
OKH STRATEGY CONFERENCE: Sept 4, 1941:
ComradeP makes a good point. What is our objective these remaining 5 turns?
I have opened the turn, and started moving up north. I am over the Volkhov with Infantry. I cleared Leningrad completely, though I did need to use 2 Mobile units already across the Neva to do it. Worth it, because I wanted to get the Finns moving.
So, what next? What are my objectives for the remaining 4-5 turns of good weather I have (plus some Snow)?
Von Beanie has generally traded space for time and men, except up by Leningrad. As a result, his losses are extremely low; only 2.1 mil men, 32,000 guns, of those 1.35 Mil are POWs.
That isn't good. Von Beanie has put up a good defense, focusing on Unit and Factory preservation, and generally has acheived those objectives. I have destroyed 129 Divisions, plus a bunch of other units, but that's a low count. Most of those were in the first couple turns.
In terms of progress, Leningrad is an important win, but I have had problems in other areas, pretty much AGS and AGC. I have cleared Bryansk, Sumy, Poltava, and I'm approaching Kharkov, but that's middling progress. I have had only 1 Panzer Corps on the drive to Moscow, and it shows; I haven't taken Rhzev, and I'm just beyond Vyazma. Bleck.
So, what I need to do is obvious: I need to gain space and kill Russians. Where and how?
Transferring units from Pz Gp 4 isn't that quick, because I don't have a north-south rail line yet (working on it). So, that limits what I can accomplish in terms of a move.
So, here is my initial plan:
1. Transfer 2 Panzer Corps to 3rd Pz Gp in front of Moscow. Objective: Create buffer hexes and threaten Moscow.
2. Send Brand-New Panzer Corps to the Ukraine; we will focus this Corps, plus 1st Panzer Group, on the objective of taking Kharkov and the Donbas Cities. Because these objectives still have factories (though the T-34s are gone from Kharkov...), I hope to force him to fight for fixed geographic objectives, and get some guys killed.
I also need to gain a 10-12 hex buffer I can retreat from all along the front. I will retain 1 large Panzer Corps in AGN sector to help build space over the Volkhov, but mostly because I will need a Fire Brigade up there anyway, and they will be it. By up there, I mostly mean the sector south of the Finnish Line; the Finns don't need backup. They are the backup!