From: Hex X37, Y15
OKH Situation evaluation, Turn 21. November 6 1941.
It is now time to evaluate the orders and assesment given on turn 17.
PLANS AND ORDERS
The objectives for the rest of the campaigning season are:
Before onset of the winter storms, our troops shall have reached the line Leningrad - Kalinin - Moscow - Ryazan - Voronezh - Rostov, and have established deep and prepared winter defenses, utilizing any population centers for shelter.
Hmm... that line was maybe a tad overoptimistic. More on that below.
Eliminate the Vyzhni Volochek pocket. Establish winter defenses on the ordered line.
Finish reduction of the enemy in the Moscow area. Help AGS in securing the Voronezh area before winter.
Enemy is still holding out in Moscow. As for the Voronezh area, we will forget that.
New orders: Eliminate enemy forces still holding out in the western suburbs of Moscow. Establish winter defenses on the line Kalinin - Moscow - Tula - Bryansk. The Ryazan bulge will be evacuated to free up troops.
Relieve Kharkov. Encircle and destroy the Soviet South Front. Cooperate with AGC in securing the Voronezh area. Push forward and capture the rest of the Donbass and Rostov. Establish defenses to ward off any threat from the Crimea.
Soviet South Front encircled and destroyed.
Securing the Voronezh area - no.
Rest of Donbass secured but Rostov not reached.
Crimea - might end up with Crimea partially in our hands. Well done!
New orders: Prepare winter defenses along current front. Secure a line along the Mius and some buffer space in front of the Stalino three if possible. Clear out the Crimea if possible, but do not risk units cut off. Beware of Soviet landing behind our lines, especially at the isthmuses.
In order to facilitate the above, AGN will as soon as practicable, and at the latest when mud starts, send at least half of their armored forces to AGS to strengthen the offensive potential of AGS and enable AGS to complete their tasks. Finnish troops, freed by the loosening of Finnish restrictions on deployment after the fall of Leningrad, can fill out the holes created by the departure of much of the armor of AGN.
All panzer corps from AGN now loading or already on their way to winter quarters in Germany. The troops are jubilant!
Another passed for AGN.
Map of the front after German turn 21. Yellow lines denote areas of overstretch with major Soviet ooze through problems. The weakness in these areas is mainly an effect of concentrations to support offensive thrusts and substantial forces being delayed clearing out pockets. The bad weather has made redeployments difficult. However, regrouping is in progress, and we expect the weaknesses in these areas to be rectified shortly.
The double blue line marks the intended front after withdrawal from the Ryazan bulge.
At present, the 16th Panzer Division near Taganrog has the honor of being the easternmost division in the German army!
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