Chapter 4 Riga - Stalin's Monsters
East Prussia is vulnerable to enemy attacks so it is important to secure Klaipeda, Tilsit, Memel and Labiau. Whatever tanks the Soviets have, a battalion of BT is enough to take an unprotected airfield. So AGN must garrison everything. 1 infantry division will stay in Memel/Klaipeda, 2 security divisions in Tilsit area and 1 security division in Labiau. The security divisions are brigade strength, other men ready in Tilsit and Labiau to be mobilised in 1 day if needed. 3 divieions with 2 artillery regiments will advance in the direction Libau/Liepaja - Pavilosta/Paulshafen. 6 infantry divisions with 1 artillery regiment will fight in the are between Memel and Tilsit with Schaulen as the final objective. 3 tank divisions with a Stug brigade and motorised battlegroup will advance in the direction of Raseinai, Schaulen and then take the bridges near Dunaburg/Daugavpils infantry divisions with an artillery regiment and a Stug batalion will fight in the area Ebenrode - Kaunas. The air force - 3 fighter regiments and 2 bomber regiments will attack the airfield near Kaunas and then support the ground troops.
Day 1, June 22. The weather is clear.
While the mechanized group prepares for advance and infantry divisions march to positions or receive men returning from their interrupted leaves, Ju 88 bombers approach Kaunas airfield, followed by Bf 109 fighters. The Soviet air force, a fighter regiment, is destroyed.
2 Soviet infantry divisions spotted in Memel - Tilsit area and 2 approach Ebenrode; the propaganda people have got their story.
Day 2, June 23. The weather is clear.
The mechanized group engages a Soviet division of BT tanks in Raseiniai area and destroys it while infantry and artillery destroys 2 Soviet divisions trying to take Ebenrode and 2 more near Memel. Here the Soviets have a division of heavy tanks unseen so far; Ju 88 attack it and destroy some tanks.
Day 3, June 24. The weather is clear.
2 artillery and 2 bomber regiments finish what is left of the Soviet heavy tank division while 5 German divisions take empty Soviet fortified areas east of Ebenrode. A Soviet mechanised unit - a towed artillery regiment! - moves south from Ebenrode and is destroyed by artillery and infantry.
Day 4, June 25. The weather is clear.
291st infantry division with 2 artillery regiments destroys Soviet bunkers blocking the way to Libau while Ju 88s engage another monster tank division: These ones have huge turrets with 150 mm guns but their commander is deceived by the teenager stories by Arkadiy Gaidar and the film ''Tractor Drivers'' from 1939 - as soon as we attack; the enemy runs'' so he is trying to break through a prepared defense line.
Another Soviet artillery unit on march destroyed near Memel.
In the south AGN rearranges its defenses - another security division is sent to Labiau airfield and 2 infantry divisions with 1 security division defend Tilsit. 3 German divisions and a Stug battalion move towards Kaunas although the Soviets have not been defeated yet in Ebenrode area. The one who never take risks will never drink champagne.
Day 5, June 26. The weather is clear.
2 waves of bombers and artillery destroy the remains of the Soviet heavy tank division. 61st infantry division marches towards Schaulen; seems the Soviets in Memel area have been destroyed.
Day 6, June 27. The weather is clear.
A Soviet antitank regiment of 45 mm guns destroyed; the 3 divisions attacking in south take the Kaunas bridge and destroy a Soviet division.
Day 7, June 28. The weather is clear.
Soviets still try to resist in Western Lithuania as well as near Ebenrode. 1 Soviet infntry and 1 mechanized division destroyed but without their heavy tanks the Soviets are no longer a threat. The German panzer corps captures Schaulen destroying a very strong Soviet division there.
Day 8, June 29. The weather is clear.
Battle for Libau begins! The Soviets deploy 45 mm antitank guns that are destroyed by 2 German infantry divisions; the battle for the city begins but Germans cannot attack it with all 3 divisions yet.
In Memel area the Soviets lose another mechanized division. The battlegroup attacking Kaunas also destroys a Soviet division but the city still holds. A regiment of ML-20 guns - another nasty surprise from the Soviets - destroyed in the South.
61st infantry division has reached Schaulen already taken by the German forces.
Day 9, June 30. The weather is clear.
3 infantry divisions with 2 artillery regiments destroys the defenders of Libau and the city falls. Another Soviet division destroyed in western Lithuania while 3 German divisions engage a Soviet division near Ebenrode.
Day 10, July 1. The weather is clear.
While artillery destroys another Soviet antitank regiment near Libau, 291st division reaches Paulshafen. A Soviet division and the second regiment of ML-20 destroyed east from Ebenrode. The 3 divisions and a Stug battalion destroy the last Soviet division defending Kaunas and take the city and its airfield. The Stug brigade from the panzer korps takes Mitau/Jelgava and Riga - or, more precisely, the western part of it. The other half of the city is on the Soviet hands and they will not surrender it without fight. Artillery fire destroys the upper half of St Peter's church tower (that will only be rebuilt in early 1970s) and the historical city hall as well as an old merchants guild - the Blackheads House (in case the Soviets win the war, these buildings will be considered ideologically wrong and not be rebuilt as long as the Soviet rule lasts, that is, until the second half of 1990s.)
The Soviets have lost
12 infantry and 2 mechanized divisions (truck mounted infantry) as well as 1 bunker garrison
2 regiments of 150 mm ML-20 guns, 2 regiments of ''regular'' 150 mm guns and 3 regiments of 45 mm antitank guns
3 tank divisions (1 of BT7 and 2 of new heavy tanks; some of them with a 150 mm gun in a huge turret)
1 regiment of Mig 3 fighters.
The new Soviet tanks could be really dangerous if the Soviets manage to produce them in large numbers and learn to use them.
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