4 September 1941, the 12th week of the war
Weather clear. 5 weeks of good weather remain before the rainy season begins.
Our evacuation of industry from Tula is complete. Based on what remains, we should have a sufficient industrial base for armaments. Heavy industry will be much more of a constraint, as we are yet to suffer the loss of the Stalino and Leningrad factories. This will negatively impact our ability to supply a large army in the future. On a positive note, with most of what we can evacuate having already been moved, in future weeks we have more rail capacity available to support troop movements.
STAVKA launched two attacks in the area near Mozhaysk with assistance from units of the Moscow Military District and Reserve Front.
Due to the catastrophic losses of now over 14,000 aircraft, it has been decided to pull most of what remains to either the reserves or the Western Air Command. Our remaining airfields will be widely deployed in cover and no air support will be available. This is the only way we have to stop what now amounts to an uncontrollable downward spiral.
The Tank Directorate reports 32 new tank brigades began training within the Volga MD. This now consists of 15,200 men and 35 AFVs.
57th Panzer Corps has entered the fight for Moscow, operating in the Rzhev area.
Enemy rail situation
We see the enemy rail repaired to their gauge with the location of their rail repair units as follows
FBD1 4NW of Pskov
FBD2 2W of Velikie Luki
FBD3 1W of Yelnya
FBD4 1NE of Kirovograd
Based on this, the enemy will still need time to move its remaining panzer corps into the Moscow operations zone. The southernmost 3PzKps by Rostov must currently be starved for fuel. Off rail range 42 in Rostov proper. We must continue to cut enemy panzer spearheads when possible to deny them vital fuel supplies.
Northwestern Direction (S-T)
Attack at least one regiment of the 290th and/or 126th Divisions west of the Volkhov. Maintain a position on the west side if possible since the enemy only has regiments defending.
Move your units on the Valdai in such a way they are not surrounded by the panzer elements now east of Lake Ilmen. This is vital as we cannot send reinforcements to your area for defense.
The city of Kalinin was lost but retaken. Our 56th Tank Division has isolated enemy motor units. Move elements of 20th and 49th Army out of the area the Germans are attempting to pocket.
Western Direction (EvK)
38th Army HQ of Bryansk Front was pulled back to Murom. Several rifle division reinforcements are now assigned to that army for your use in the following week.
34th Army has been transferred to STAVKA. The two rifle divisions of that army were transferred to 10th Army. You can expect a further number of army transfers in the weeks ahead to lessen the administrative burden of the Western Front HQ.
The three divisions of 32nd Army of Western Front are reassigned to other armies, two of which are still assigned to you. The remaining division was found routed in the Moscow area and is assigned to STAVKA’s 28th Army. The empty HQ of 32nd Army has been sent to Shatura for reorganization.
Continue to defend Tula. Two Reserve Front divisions that had temporarily been in garrison there are withdrawn to be sent back to their normal area of responsibility. You must hold the city now.
It does not appear that our trapped units east of Bryansk can be rescued. You may attempt to displace the 2/14th Motorized Division with a combination of hasty and then deliberate attacks from units within the pocket only. No supporting air is available however. If such an attempt is made and were to succeed, further attacks might allow the pocket to be opened from the outside, gaining us time. STAVKA sees little chance of this being successful, but the choice is yours.
You are free to abandon Orel and its immediate area if you think it necessary. A new position east of the Zusha or Mecha river lines will be permitted.
Your overall mission now is two-fold. Defend the area near Tula and preserve your forces. Next week you can expect orders to transfer one army north to the Moscow operations zone.
Southwestern Direction (Lictuel)
The enemy is pushing into the Crimea. Pull back as needed. Sevastopol will need a full garrison of three divisions, and these should have your highest combat values. The two adjacent forts should each receive three units of their own. All other units to withdraw as needed to Ak-Manay (x104 y117). STAVKA has 3 cavalry divisions near Krasnodar in the event we have to reinforce the area near Kerch.
If Orel is abandoned, you will be authorized to leave Kursk. Await further instructions on this subject.
Voronezh remains your only strategic position. It must not fall or be isolated and you must take any and all measures to prevent this.
All commanders must preserve their remaining forces as we have some room to give outside of the Moscow operations area.
Reserve armies are forming in our rear, so you can remain confident that we are mobilizing new formations constantly in order to resist the fascist advances.
If you have questions prior to implementing STAVKA orders, always ask first!
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