From: Chicago, Illinois
It's been awhile since I updated this AAR! Turns have been a bit slow, and I also just haven't hit this.
Fall Turkis: So far it's going OK. I am destroying a fair number of units; since the end of Blizzard, 88 Division equivalents, and I have taken 565,000 POWs. It's not 1941 all over again, but it's OK. We have also cleared some Manpower centers, including Tula, Lipetsk, and Rostov, and we should clear Voronezh. So that's OK.
We are not landing any knockout punches though, and B-G has good defenses in depth. My Mobile units have to rotate to stay fresh and REFIT, as we take losses blasting through units. If it wasn't for POWs, this offensive would not be worth it.
Numbers: I have noticed something; the Germans have a much higher ratio of KIA than the Soviets do. Anyone else notice this? I wonder what the reason is.
The Germans have suffered 436,000 casualties since Blizzard, and 278K KIA. That's 63%! POWs are minimal, so the balance is almost all Disableds.
The Soviets have suffered 1.51 mil; take out the 565K POWs, and that's 945K total, out of which 278K are KIA; or, about 29.5%. A much lower ratio.
Not sure why, but this is interesting. Anyone else see that?
I am in a bit of a strategic pause at the moment; I am letting infantry catch-up to the mobile units, and cleaned-up a big pocket around Tula. What next?
The lines along the OKA are very strong. I may strike for Ryazan or Tambov, just to kill units, and clear more Manpower. I also plan to take Voronezh.