I was going to press on with move 2, but then the armament drain issue surfaced, so we patched and restarted. This is my first game as the Axis; I am playing with the experience of playing as the Soviet. First off, except for Leningrad, the northern map is a wasteland and a logistical nightmare. For historical reasons, TD feels compelled to guard the Finnish border with a regular Army, not small brigades,etc. Therefore, I will press there only if he allows, and I think he will because my main thrust will be in the south, where I plan on decimating anything and everything in my path, as I drive to capture every manpower generating center, and as much armament and industry as possible. I will take what I can in the center (many prisoners), but the battle cry is, "Grozny or Bust."
I created a mega-Lvov pocket, which he may break open, but it means little as I want him to advance into the vortex. The Kovel pocket will not be opened. The frontier and Minsk pockets will not be opened. In the north Riga is captured, the Dvina crossed, and a nice pocket formed. Again the goal in not to necessarily capture Leningrad or Moscow, rather to cripple Soviet manpower to dilute the blizzard offensive.