From: NYer living in Boise, ID
While AGN prepares, AGC launches its attack toward Moscow. While supply isn't bad, combat power is starting to be a concern - not only in the panzers, but some infantry formations are showing 80% or worse. With that in mind, both 3rd Pz and 2nd Pz Grp's attacks go with the "shorter solution" - linking arms in front of Moscow, rather than encircling the city. Even with the Short Solution, the two Pz Grps barely make contact.
3rd Pz Grp opens with infantry, opening a hole in which XXXIX PzKps pushes through and expands, its lead elements reatch the Volga Res and Klin. LVII PzKps turns SE toward Moscow, its lead elements reaching the outskirts of Khimki and coming in within 10 miles of the Moskva River - the link up point with 2nd Pz Grp.
2nd Pz Grp's two Pz Kps, supported by infantry, encircle a 6 div pocket between them, and then struggle toward 3rd Pz Grp. 17th Pz Div almost makes it, swatting aside newly formed tank bdes and cavalry divisions. Still, the outer defensive line protecting Moscow is penetrated and an estimated 15 divisions are encircled west of the city. The Soviets are sure to regain contact with them, but their defenses are thoroughly compromised.
9th Army supports both Pz Grps with infantry assaults, and will now focus on pushing infantry to relieve the panzers, and then re-establish the pocket, then crushing it.
4th Army continues to bull its way toward Tula, but that is about to change. XXXX PzKps, with two strong Pz Divs, has been brought up, and will launch toward Tula next week. This will flank Kaluga assisting 2nd Pz Grps assault toward Moscow, and threaten the industrial city.