From: NYer living in Boise, ID
Turn 40; Mar 19, 1942.........Snow with blizzard in the South Soviet Zone.
Weather continues to cooperate with the German post-blizzard attacks. These attacks have been largely successful, and have increased in intensity as blizzard gives way to snow.
Overall, the attacks have served the following purposes:
1. Reblood the German infantry and motorized formations - gain them morale prior to the summer offensive; morale that was eroded from blizzard (keep panzers back to refit where ever possible)
2. Set conditions for the summer offensive by breaching now frozen rivers and destroying Soviet fortification belts - especially target forts that are on their way to level 3.
3. Inflict casualties on the Soviets; create small encirclements where possible.
Also, while not directly tied to attacks, the German forces in the east are in the midst of re-organizing. Rail capacity is maxed out each turn, sending the divisions in reserve in Germany and Poland east, as well as moving formations along the front. Also attempting to reorganize the support units across the front - pulling them out of corps and divisions where they will not be essential, and maxing combat power in those units that will be launching attacks this summer.
Here, north of Moscow, all those actions have taken place. AGN has completed its move of 18th Army to the east of 16th Army, and it is already moving directly from trains into offensive action, supporting the unit it will replace, 4th Pz Armee. Both 4th and 3rd Pz Armee launch heavy local attacks, designed mostly to set conditions for summer, but have the added bonus of encircling 6xrifle divs. While 3xPzKps took part in this attack, only 2xPz Divs participated - and that role was limited to exploiting gains, not attacking directly.