Offensive action ramped up this turn. Soviet forces scored 37 retreats and 8 holds, a decent if not great performance. Almost no Axis reserve activations this turn, which I attribute to the Axis line being stripped this turn to deal with the Orel bulge, which no longer is really a bulge (more on that on the next post).
A few more comments:
-Taking a look around, we have 24 guards divisions and 24 airborne brigades. That would equal to 32 guards rifles at the moment. Not only that, but there are 28 divisions who currently have a W/L record that would qualify them for guards status, with many more on the cusp. Good chance we're going to have a whole lot of guards come summer.
-I have excess labour squads but construction formations are at max TOEs. I have begun disbanding RR brigades as I built way too many (didn't know about the changes that had been made). Will those excess labor squads get converted? If not I'm going to have some 10k excess labor squads in the pool in a few months.
-German OOB is now at an all time low, and if present trends continue we should (a big if) see the Axis ready OOB fall to below the 2.5 mil mark next turn. Hopefully.
-Instead of just having brigades dig to their hearts content behind the lines, we are now spreading brigades around like crazy to hold forts that have been built during combat. They are, if you will pardon the pun, holding down the fort.
-Western, Northwestern, Bryansk and Leningrad Fronts are no longer constrained by enemy units, only by their own mps. As can be seen by the screenshot (supply soft factor), the Axis don't have much of anything lying to protect the northern approach to Moscow.
-I included a screenshot of our ten largest armies. Reiter's 44th is the largest, as it has many of the fresh Caucassian divisions. Surprisingly Rokossovky's 13th, with the best W/L record in the Red Army (2:1, 37 and 17 IIRC) is only the 8th largest. It also possesses one AFV that it probably captured from the fascists.
-Manpower pool grew slightly this turn. We gain about 70-100k men in total OOB strength per turn, and loose about 30-50k, for a net of about 30k every turn. I expect/hope to be at about 5 million by the mud.