late October '42
The heavy rains of Fall '42 have arrived. Mud, then frozen steppes. It will be a brutal winter, with the fighting continuing.
The Wermacht senses the imminent collapse of the Red Army, so increased pressure all along the previously static front from the Pripets north to the Baltic is the standing order.
Upwards of a million Soviet soldiers have been trapped in a pocket south of Kursk and Voronezh. Karkhov has just been taken, shutting off a source of supplies for the nearby troops.
Farther east, German armor and mech forces are probing north and east. The front here is very fluid, despite the weather. The obvious main focus has to be the concentration of Soviet industry and resorces around Orel.
On the Western Front, intense air battles are underway. The Luftwaffe has benefited from increased production budgets and have added new fighter squadrons to the battle for air superiority over the Channel and Belgian and Dutch industrial centers.
On the sea, the US especially has been successful in ASW. The German sub force has been cut in half, and production of new subs is just now being increased.