From: Cleveland, OH
OK, Sorry for the delay, but now that the holidays are over, I can get back into the game.
Most, if not all, of the Axis ground strikes in the north are successful, while the ones in the south are mostly, if not all, unsuccessful.
Lots of Russian units are killed on the northern front, while the Southern front, not much is happening.
On the Russian impulse (land) a lot of moving around is done to fill the holes on the northern front. Southern front has a very solid line.
On the Axis second impulse, the weather turn crappy, snow (in June??) and storms. (yeah!)
Axis is able to put more hole in the line on the northern front but cannot exploit due to the weather.
Nothing much is happening in the south.
Russia takes a combined, and sorties the Baltic fleet but find nothing. Very little movement. south is strong, but the north, pretty much everyone is flipped.
The third Axis impulse gives good weather and the Germans are on a rampage, killing pretty much everything except for a few multi stack groups in the north. Russian ships lend defensive shore bombardment to a Gar and take a strong German Armor Corp with it to the grave while attacking Riga
Axis do one attack in the south without success.
Russia takes another combined and sorties the Black Sea Fleet. A naval battle happens in the Baltic with one German old BB is damaged and another is aborted, with a Russian CA is aborted.
No naval battles in the Black Sea.
No Russian land movement anywhere.
The turn ends (Thank God!)
Russia gets one (1!) Partisan (0-1) an is placed in the only hex available (next to Pelsamo).
As you can see from the pics above, Russian's Northern Front is in deep dodo. Three strong Cauldrons are formed but flipped and could not get away.
If Germany goes first, they are most likely to be surrounded and destroyed but will hopefully take some Germans with them.
The South is looking good and should be able to hold out for a while. All reinforcements will be going North.
Builds on both side are pretty standard.
On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who at the dawn of victory lay down to rest, and in resting died.
Adlai E. Stevenson