Turn 30: July 1, 1942. Weather: Dry
Due to the weather being mud for the Soviets, he didnt launch any attacks, and only pulled back a little bit (over the River at Voronezh). In a lot of places, he stood firm, and even built a fortification in front of the SS on the railline to Millerowo. I think that fortifications only increase the maximum entrenchment level of the hex, and don't give any other combat benefit, so I think it is a waste to do it on a front line position.
Most importantly, my opponent fails to blow the northern most bridge on the Don, north of Voronezh (he says he failed on several attempts), and my GD mot, and 29th mot, personally led by the Army commander, with the Corp commander helping GD, take the bridge. 5th armies, panzer corp reinforces the bridgehead for further operations in two days...
The Luftwaffe concentrates on blowing every bridge leading into Voronezh, and succeeds on two bridges, but fails on the third.
South of Voronezh, the 2nd army pushes forward through the low hills towards the Don, inflicting major losses on the Russian 21st army. I suspect that because of the crappy terrain, and the mud weather, his rifle divisions were on low supply.
In the middle, instead of sending my panzer korp south towards Millerowo (since I think that III panzer can take it without it's help), I decide to have it cross the Don heading north to help take Voronezh, by unhinging his defense line. Problem is, I know his 5th Tank army will be up there somewhere, so it could be in for a fight.
1st panzer army: Disaster! After huge luftwaffe strikes on the new fortification, followed by a massive artillery barrage, Raus gambles and loses! With a -20% to the attack, the SS try to push up the railline, but the Soviets repulse them. At least I took his entrenchments levels down to near 0, for a renewed assault next turn. The rest of the III panzer sits tight, to recover from the hit.
The Axis minors continue to move east along the Don to cover the flank with Rostov....this allows more Germans to be pushing east against the Russians. The Italians take the last rail hex to have a clear line back to OKH for supply on the other side of Rostov, and celebrate by also pushing over the river into a swamp hex. No doubt it was easy because the russians couldnt supply it very well, but then, I may not either, although my Corp and Army HQ are on the rail line on the other side of the river..
Losses were heavy for the russians...around 25k infantry killed/captured to around 5k of mine.
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