AGS positions at the start of the week:
Circled in black are units that held at least once against German assaults. All of them were in clear terrain without fortifications. Also notice the surrounded SS Division and the use of hugging tactics by the Soviets.
The sector of Army Group South has seen the heaviest fighting of the week most of which has occurred in the Dnepropetrovsk area. With bridgeheads established over the Dnepr the 6th Army has started its advance in the northern Ukraine. The enemy still remains further east, 40 miles away from our forward units. The Dnepr is crossed this week by units of the 3rd Rumanian Army, the Mobile Hungarian Corps, the Slovakian Corps and the XXXXVIII Panzer Corps. The VIII Hungarian Corps, which AGS does not deem to be worth anything on the frontline, has been left to garrison Kiev. The Italians are also moving towards the front. The advance of the 6th Army in the sector has managed to cut off the last rail line out of Poltava which means that the citys industry (8 ARM) cannot be evacuated.
In the area around Dnepropetrovsk, the 1st Panzer Group was alarmed to learn that the Das Reich SS Mot. Division was cut off by the enemy and surrounded on all sides by Soviet units. In this area the Soviets followed the same tactic as in the north: hugging our units in order to disrupt supply and movement. This meant that the XXIV Panzer Corps found itself in a precarious position. Immediately orders were given out and the infantry of the 6th Army operating in the area sprung to the offensive. Together with units of the 11th and 17th Army they managed to clear Soviet forces in the vicinity and all German units had crossed the Dnepr at the end of the fighting.
Positions after German moves:
However the offensive in this sector was halted once again by ferocious Soviet resistance and poor judgement by our commanders who failed to coordinate assaults properly, which meant that no breakthrough was achieved. In another feat of overestimating our abilities von Kleist decided to use the III Panzer Corps which was being held in reserve, to punch a hole through Soviet lines. Their assault made little gains and extorted a heavy cost in men and machines for our units. By the end of the week, we had secured a corridor over the Dnepr but no breakthrough to Kharkov or Stalino had been achieved and our units find themselves far away from our supply lines.
Battles in the Dnepropetrovsk area:
Panzer Divisions serving under AGS are severly understrength and will need to be refitted immediately. Here is an overview of the panzer units and their TOEs:
Due to the commitment of infantry formations in the offensive, the western bank of the Dnepr was left open to a Soviet attack. To prevent that from happening, the Rumanian V Corps and the 8th Rum. Cavalry Brigade (garrisoning Krivoi Rog) were rushed to the area to form a defensive wall and protect German HQs on the western bank of the Dnepr.
South of Zaporozhye, the LIV Corps and the Cavalry Rumanian Corps engaged the weak enemy defensive line being held by Cavarly divisions. After good initial progress the fate turned against us once more and the offensive stopped after having advanced no more than 20 miles.
Without a doubt, the biggest defeat of the week was that of the Battle of Armyansk, at the entrance of the Crimea. Here, 3 German Infantry Divisions and a Rumanian one, being supported by Heavy Artillery and Tactical Bombers failed to break through the Soviet defenses ans suffered heavy losses. The reason for the failure is attributed to the lack of Pioneers which at the time, the 11th Army had allocated elsewhere. The Battle report is shown below:
The II Rumanian Corps is deployed at the two other entrances to the Crimea while the fresh III Rumanian Corps is arriving to reinforce the 11th Army.
Crimea after Axis moves:
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