From: NYer living in Boise, ID
On the north side of the Voronezh Bulge itself, progress is mixed. Overall, good....but not where I expected it, nor where I really wanted it - but progress is progress.
Western Front, attacking strickly in support of the Bryansk Front to secure its western Flank, instead has apparently broken through the German lines....
While its 3rd Army has almost culminated already, its 4th Army seems to have penetrated the front through the XXIV PzKps area. Also, its 10th Army is making good progress as well, although progress is a bit tougher to achieve. Still, there is great potential here.
Directly supporting the flank of the Bryansk Front, the 54th Army finds resistance tough, but makes slow and steady progress.
Bryansk Front's two lead Armies, the 21st and 19th, are already showing signs of heavy loss for limited gains against increasingly heavy opposition. So much so, its 43rd Army begins to pass forward to allow some units to pull back and refit. Across the Front, progress is characterized by slow forward progress against increasingly tough oppostion with heavy losses.
Volkov Front's progress is similarly slow, steady and costly. It appears that the Germans intend to try and hold Orel as they have about a PzKps holding the city, and have added significant infantry strength in the area. While we can probably batter our way southward (inflicting and receiving heavy losses), a breakthrough is not likely.
Towards the tip of the bulge, the 34th, 50th and 30th Armies (STAVKA) maintain contact with German units as they begin to withdraw in this area.