Turn 16 – October 2, 1941
AG North: Some advance west of the Volkhov river. But a new assault on Krasnogvardeysk, which to me seems to be the key to the southwestern Leningrad defenses, fails miserably. But at least 18th Army destroyed over 160 tanks in the attack. These days, you have to cherish the small successes. However small they are.
South of Lake Ilmen 16th Army holds the Lovat river line, then protrudes east around Velikie Luki. Here is an interesting strategic option. The swamps east of the Lovat and other rivers here are hard to supply. There is a rail line at Lake Ilmen, and another one running east of the hills here and into Velikie Luki. If I make it to Adreapol southeast of the hills, supply might be cut to the southern part of the Soviet line close to Velikie Luki. This is a task for II Corps, which attacks east and wrecks the 1st Tank Division, destroying over 150 tanks. Adreapol is not reached yet, but the momentum is definitely there. XX Corps from 9th Army (AGC) will aid in the push.
AG Center: 9th Army, 2nd Army, and PzGr 2 generally push east, but the latter has already run out of steam well short of Bryansk because of a lack of fuel. A small pocket was made along the Besna, but it contains only infantry.
Kiev area (AGC/AGS): As expected the pocket with the tanks broke up again. It doesn’t help them, though. 4th, 6th, and 17th Army pocket them again and also push east. Along the Dnepr, elements from 17th Army and PzGr 1 reach the Psel river. There is a Soviet front bulge here. Romanian and Hungarian troops hold it to the south, but are too weak to attack.
Lower Dnepr (AGS): Dnipropetrowsk falls to the 6th Army assaulting from south west. Deeper in the south Romanians and 11th Army clean up and try to enter the Krim peninsula.
I’m actually in good mood as far as the South is concerned. But don’t get me talking about the north.
Don't be scared - I'm almost sure that I just want to play!