I keep telling myself that I am doing fine, but actually I am losing valuable time bringing my Infantry up on the line. I am using way too long to get them ready for action again, and this means alot more action is forces upon my armoured spearheads, not a good thing (no need to worry, things aren't DISASTROUS just yet ). I realize with a 20/20 hindsight that the improper sealment of the pockets on turn 1 is what is now biting me in the ass. Well, atleast the pockets are cleared now, and the Infantry has more or less caught up with the armoured units, and the various armies have gotten to their proper place, so hopefully we shall see some more action next turn...I hope.
What is really bothering me, is that due to the delay on turn 2 and mud on turn 3, I am starting to fall behind with rail repair, and that can get serious I fear.
Anyway, enough worrying. The Fins moved out to retake lost territory, and the Germans marched as they always do, while the Rumanians...Well...Errr...Well they kinda moved.
40 attacks were made, scoring 3 helds (1 Finnish, 1 Rumanian and 1 German), 20 retreats, 3 routs, 1 shatter and 13 surrenders.
USSR units pocketed at the start of the turn
8, all combat units
USSR units pocketed at the end of the turn
9, 3 have the possibility to break out, and probably will (no big loss, NKVD units all 3).
USSR : 76.000 troops, 1.147 guns, 847 AFVs, 115 AC.
Axis : 20.000 troops, 118 guns, 110 AFVs, 65 AC.
USSR units destroyed
2 tank divisions, 1 motorized division, 2 rifle divisions, 2 mountain divisions, 1 NKVD border regiment, 3 PVO AA battaltions, 7 fortified zones.
Manpower : 33
Vehicles : 194.045 - as mentioned, had to park some HQs off the railroads last turn.
Armamants : 88.185 - up 5.000, Good!
Hiwi : 52.098
Carl von Stulpnagel replaced as leader of the 17th Army by Friedrich Mieth (up all across the board in points).
AGN and its advance on Leningrad, not sure that advancd is strong enough with only 2 armies...
"Hun skal torpederes!" - Birger Eriksen
("She is to be torpedoed!")