The current position of the Front - 4th Panzer, 2nd Army, 9th Army and 8th Army (turn 48) is shown in the following screenshot.
These armies have done most of the fighting. For the first 15 turns, they have worn down Red Army attacks and the Panzer corps have either routed weaker formations, or created several encirclements, I managed the first, as early as turn 5, but the latter 3 after turn 25. (3 more encirclements were managed by 1st Panzer, to the south and another by 3rd Pz Army to the north.
The turning point for this section of the front was a 3 hex encirclement, which yielded 300000 prisoners (the Red army also broke a 2 hex encirclement, since the Mud season prevented attacks and forced me to continue the `seige' into 3 turns.
Basically, I was doing a Kursk in reverse, forcing the Red army to move out of their defensive positions and attack across a river.
My armour was able to concentrate better and get local superiority where it mattered.
In the north of this front, the Red Army had frittered away their numerical advantage, by pushing weak divisions into salients, opposing my stronger, entrenched divisions. 41st Pz corps of 9th Army, was retained East of the river line and inflicted considerable damage. 2nd Panzer (later 8th Army), was not really tested, but gained a lot of victories against weak enemy divisions.
8th Army had only 1 Pz Grenader division and has recently been reinforced by a fresh infantry division.
The Southern half of this section of front is where the classic armoured battles have been fought. Here 47th Pz corps (9th Army) has worked closely with 57th and 48th Panzer corps of 4th Pz Army and 3rd Pz corps of Det Kempf. In all 13 Panzer divisions had been concentrated. Initially, the focus was on spoiling attacks on enemy concentrations (or their flanks). Later it was operations deeper in the enemy rear, resulting in encirclements. Just east of Kursk, you can see another encirclement (1 hex) in the current turn, caused by the SS Pz corps working together with 48th Panzer corps.
Once the enemy was sufficiently weakened, I started an advance towards Kursk and Orel, both of which were captured at turn 40.
8th Army, to the north of 9th Army, has moved some of its divisions east of Bryansk, to support the flank of the advancing 9th Army.
This had involved attacks during the mud season and in snow which consequent higher than usual costs, but I though that necessary to inflict the required levels of attrition on the Red Army and give them no time to recover. Also, from next turn, I start losing more divisions than I get (starting with 47th Pz corps HQ) and my existing divisions are in poor shape, so I am unlikely to be able to sustain further attacks. This is a pity because air reconnaisance shows few enemy divisions East of my lines. My focus however, is to build up my existing divisions along the new front and await the Red Army's summer offensive.
The Hungarian divisions have been effectively used and without then, my infantry divisions would not have been able to hold the line.
Hungarian divisions that became `unready' in the course of fighting, were transferred to Anti Partisan duties.
< Message edited by Deans -- 3/13/2012 5:42:34 AM >