May 1 '41
Steady progress is being made in the pacification of Turkey. Recon shows that most of the Turkish army has withdrawn to the easily defendable terrain around Ankara. The focus of the German army is not to take Ankara, but to secure a clear RR to Syria, and on to Egypt.
Against little to no resistance, an Italian division of infantry landed at Iraklion, Crete, and arrested the outlaw Greek rump government. The newly installed rightful Greek govt will now sign a surrender agreement with the Wermacht.
In North Africa, the Italian army continues to pressure the British in Egypt, but neither side is strong enough to make a serious push. Farther west, German recon units push forward to take the rest of French Morocco.
At sea, the German and Italian navies continue their depradations against British shipping, albeit suffering losses themselves. Over the last two weeks alone, four German coastal sub groups have been lost, against approximately 20 British STP losses. The Italian sub force destroyed another 20 British STPs. This has to be a serious drain on the UK resources.
Unfortunately, social unrest in Germany has grown, due to war weariness, resulting in less PP production. At the same time, the planning offices for the Wermacht failed to realize that by reinforcing so many divisions to corps, against possible Soviet action, the upkeep of our static forces along the Eastern border has skyrocketed. A shocking 1/4 to 1/3 PPs are available now each week as compared to a month ago. This situation is a result of panic in Berlin, at the Soviet termination of the non-aggression pact. However, it can't be undone now. It may be a case of 'use it, or lose it,' with regard to the massive force we have along the Soviet border.
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