Week 10- Darkened Skies
The battle for Leningrad is complete as the Red Army forces surrender the city. Losses are 2 tank divisions, 6 rifle divisions and 2 Naval Infantry brigades consisting of 89,997 men/ 1,200 artillery/517 AFVs. With the battle over, Northern Front conducts an organized withdrawal east.
Northwest Front pulls back in places to the east as well. 27th Army is farthest north on the flank of Northern Front while 8th Army occupies positions in the Valdai Hills. 11th and 22nd Armies occupy the Rzhev sector, tied in with Reserve Front. Vostrukhov’s 22nd launches an attack against the 106th Infantry Division that is 10 miles southwest of Rzhev. It is forced back.
In the area of Reserve Front at the Rzhev-Kaluga Line, the German 79th Division sees significant action. First it had participated in a failed attack to dislodge the 288th Rifle Division. A second effort succeeded before Golikov’s 31st Army counterattacked with nine divisions. The 79th managed to hold its position, inflicting major casualties. Undeterred, Zhukov sent in another nine divisions under Rodion Malinovsky’s 30th Army, forcing the Germans to withdraw.
Farther to the south, Tolbukhin’s 20th Army (STAVKA) attacks with eight divisions, forcing the 35th Infantry Division to pull back.
Western Front has one attack take place, 10 miles southeast of Spas Demensk, with 13th Army committing eight divisions that drives the 131st Infantry Division back.
In the area of Southwestern Front, the situation is largely a disaster as virtually the entire front is pocketed, albeit temporarily. In a major push, an estimated five panzer and three motorized divisions attack 60 miles west of Kursk. Two of the panzer divisions, the 7th and 20th had been the same units from 3. PanzerGruppe earlier supporting the drive to Leningrad. Also identified in this force are elements of 4. PanzerGruppe. Another five panzer divisions slash north along the Kharkov-Belgorod axis to meet up with the northern pincer. Later in the week, elements of Southwestern Front force an opening to the east with local attacks concentrated north of Kharkov, but this is expected to be only a short reprieve.
K. Rokossovsky of 24th Army promoted to General–Leytenant
I. Kopets (Air Value 3) of Western Air Command is arrested and executed. He is replaced by I. Zatevakhin (Air Value 2). I need to have a talk with chief of the personnel assignments bureau of the Red Air Force.
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