From: Dallas Texas
For the most part very little to report this turn, as the infantry is still making its way forward in the AGC and AGS sectors, while AGN captures Pskov and fights its way toward Leningrad. Another mistake from last turn comes back to haunt me, as I was unable to open a path to a motorized unit in the AGN sector. I flew in as much supply as possible, and I will just have to hope the Soviets will be unable to cause the unit to surrender. I had hoped some big slashing movements deep into the Russians interior would find some running room, but it was amazing how many divisions the Soviets had on hand and were able to push out and around my panzer spearheads. I debated on turning 4 Pz Group southward for a Velikie Luki pocket, but opted for a deep lunge at Leningrad, as I thought if I turned the panzers south for the Velikie Luki pocket, I was giving up on Leningrad… I really would like to have turn 7 back to do over, as I should have gone for the Velikie Luki pocket rather than a deep penetration towards Leningrad, it really cost me, and allowed a large concentration of Soviet units to escape isolation.
I finally had some luck this turn in both AGS and AGN sectors. Maybe the big risks I took on turn 7 paid off, as the Soviets were very aggressive in coming forward and trying to surround my spearheads and it might have left them a bit thin in places as a result.
4 Pz Group breached the Soviet defenses northwest of Novgorod and race toward Leningrad, only to find much of the city lightly defended. I am not sure if I was able to isolate the defenders, as the ports along Lake Ladoga were not captured, but I hope the Finnish may have been activated. At any rate, this is good news, and may make up for some early mistakes in this sector.
This was the problem sector this turn, as 2 Pz Group was out of position and low on fuel, while 3 Pz Group was little better. I wanted to wait another turn before making AGC’s next movement, but with AGS getting its orders to cross the Dnepr this turn, AGC had to start its southerly drive now. My plan with AGC is to now drive south and east towards Bryansk and threaten a link up with AGS. I don’t have much hope they can meet with a mega pocket before the Soviets can escape, but it should unhinge all of the Soviet positions to their west.
It appears that the Soviets expected a push towards Dnepropetrovsk, and I may have crossed the river in an unexpected place. With the help of LIV Korps, 1 Pz Group crossed the Dnepr river east of Cherkassey and made another deep strike towards the north east and the prize of Kursk. Had I waited a turn, and with buildup, I might have made it all the way to Kursk, but I am satisfied with the more modest gains. Both Sumy and Poltava fell, and the Soviets units around Kiev are now at risk. I expect and hasty pull back towards the east, but the Russians may keep with their aggressive play and try to tar baby my panzer spearhead.
Finally in the far south, AGA is steadily pushing east, although there are no German divisions to give the army group punch, and the only help they can expect is from the Italians.