From: Hex X37, Y15
A suggestion, based on how I am playing a game where I have had to retreat slightly further than you in late 1942, but have held him really well since:
It may seem risky, but get some weak Inf divisions back behind the lines, broken down into regts along with italians digging your next line - Rumanians too. The question is: where? If you do this along the Dnepr, the risk is you will get out flanked from around Nikolaev. So, I'd probably say, go back deeper and have longer to dig and then asically defend this line through mid-late 1943. The best line is just east of Odessa, maybe, so long as you can hold there now. Then head west-north towards Kiev, using the small river, but rejoining the Dnepr south of the Pripyat marshes. I've found that the Rumanians and ITalians add little defensively - you can't rely on them alone, and if stacked with Germans, rarely make the difference. You will thank me when there's a line of Fort 3s ready :).
But, to be honest, I reckon you are doing well here... only that sourthern area is a risk
Thanks for the suggestion! I will consider it, though the problem is that during blizzard fort building is very slow. At present I have problems building even a second line of forts behind the first.
Thanks for the encouragement, but I don't feel I am doing well at all. I am constantly being pushed back and I am suffering losses that I cannot sustain and my fort levels are now 1-2 along the southern front. And the situation is getting worse from turn to turn. It is only a question of time before there is an ugly rupture of the front.