From: Bristol, UK
The 47th pz corps breakout has forced a large scale withdrawal so this turn from Smolensk South is mainly about pushing up, regrouping and refitting.Bobo also decided to abandon his position in the deep South, probably to reinforce the front further North.
I think that this is the point in the game when some sort of game mechanic designed to tempt the Soviets forward would really help the feel of the game and get it conforming more to history.The German logistics would need taming a bit for sure and possibly Soviet counterattacking potential increased, but this would become a very interesting part of the game.
3rd, 14th and 46th pz corps just rest and refit this week.There's nothing useful for them to do so they might as well save the fuel for next week.I also want to delay commiting them in case of an opportunity to the South.48th pz corps heads East on a flag waving exercise.Hopefully the worry factor for Bobo of having a pz corps in this area will tie down a disproportionate number of his divisions.On the other hand if he ignores the threat then this corps could break through to strike at the Donbas.The corps is also in position to exploit a breakthrough in the Crimea, although this seems unlikely.
I've abandoned my attempt to take Odessa.Instead I've routed the loose division and I'm setting up for a siege with just one German division sitting idle.Hopefully I can take it in the snow turns with a big assault, or does it even matter?
Smolensk falls to 9th army which also pummels the Soviet defenses in front of Belyi with mixed results.Another turn with loads of held results, Soviet CVs often quadrupling.I'm trying to create tension for his forces in the VL bulge.I definitely don't want them there come the winter and he seems keen to hold on to the area.If he insists on holding on then 39th and 57th pz corps will head North to threaten the rear of the position.I've deliberately hidden 57th pz corps in Smolensk to create uncertainty.
56th pz flips hexes and is in position to assist North or South or even punch East (less likely).
Mixed results as well for AGN.Some shocking held results and some good retreats especially two reserve units routing in the Novgorod area.I wasn't intending to go that way but one reserve unit rout in particular made it tempting.I'll settle for the end result, it may even unhinge the Luga line with any luck.
Now that we're in the thick of it, Model takes charge of 1st corps.I can't see AGN taking Leningrad but it's important to maintain pressure up here to tie down as many units as possible.The bulge South of Novgorod is a worry, I just haven't got the strength to shift it.It mustn't be there come the winter or I'm doomed.
One strong German division is tasked with taking Tallinn.I'd like Tallinn (and Sevastopol) to be made more important in WITE2.