WEEK 131 - 12/16/43
A week of glorious news for the Soviet people.
By way of radio intercepts, it is learned that panzer General Hoth has been killed in action. There are also indications that the commander of Army Group Center has been shot for failing to stop Red Army operations in the Baltic.
The Germans abandon their positions north of Moscow. Many of their unts appear to be positioning for evacuation to the west by rail. General Konev takes North Moscow and the German 454th Security Division is surrounded in the city proper. In recognition of this great event, Konev is promoted to General-Armii. 1st Shock Army that was originaly sent east to counter the short-lived German attacks south of Moscow now prepares to return to the Baltics for operations with Southwestern Front.
The advance in the Baltic region continues. Gains of 20 miles are made in most of this area.
To the south, Kivovograd is liberated. Red Army units attack to the northwest.
In the Crimea, the Rumanians rout and retreat. Red Army units break the terrain bottlenecks and are free to push into the open.
It is estimated that in the last six months of war, the Wehrmacht has lost three quarters of a million men and one third of its artllery. This is no doubt aiding to the success of Red Army victories.
In recognition of its performance in battle, 4th Tank Army is redesignated 4th Guards Tank Army.
A note on the air war. After one year of conflict, Soviet pilots had combined to shoot down 500 enemy planes. Eighteen months later, two fighter divisions, the 38th (La-5 series) and the 66th (Yak-9 series) each have downed over 500 fascist air machines.