821Bobo -> Panzers vs The Bear: A WitE2 MP AAR (Axis Perspective) (2/4/2021 6:34:58 AM)
Turn 2, 29.6.1941
The good, all pockets held. The bad, setback in North Africa. The ugly, the southern armored pincer have been cut off.
At the turn start 7 new events awaited me. Not all were bad. The Finns joined party. Soviets suffered from force shortages in two theaters costing them 2 admin and 2 victory points, I suffered in the West and lost 1 point from each. However I also suffered a setback in North Africa and Rommel is now closer to be kicked out of there. Because we are playing with locked theater boxes I am reluctant to send him any reinforcements due to the inability to move them out later.
On T2 I switched the Luftwaffe exclusively to Ground Support role. The logistics situation does not allow me to move the Luftwaffe forward, therefore with exception of deploying some fighter groups to places like Riga, the Luftwaffe must keep flying from East Prussian and Polish bases for now. The only missions flown during Air Phase were recon.
In the previous turn I didn't bother with capturing the port of Ventspils and left it for Naval Interdiction to cover. As can be seen, Soviet forces in Lithuania are still isolated even they managed establishing connection with the port.
Recon did show Soviet concentration around Pskov but not much could be seen between Pskov and Velikie Luki. 4th Panzer Group outflanked them through the gap left south-east of Pskov. That should force them to retreat or risk encirclement and/or the loss of Novgorod.
Terrain in north is generally bad and every opportunity of sneaking up on Leningrad should be exploited.
In the bottom can be seen Infantry divisions rushing north to assist the Panzers.
In the center 2nd and 3rd Panzer Group, without any major resistance, reached Land Bridge and Dnepr. Unfortunately, due to the lack of movement points, I was not able to exploit the opportunity and cross Dnepr on this turn.
On the bright side, Land Bridge defense has been breached, Vitebsk taken and so were Orsha and Mogilev. I am expecting river crossing next week without any major problems.
I kept deliberately two Panzer divisions on the Berizina's east bank. Moving them east would not gain anything for me, they would just burn fuel and Combat Preparation Points(CPPs). On the other hand leaving them to rest in friendly controled territory with lot of strategic movement points and CPPs still left, will assure that next week they will be true monsters sweeping any opposition away. Both ended my move with still some 60+ CPPs, next turn they will be at 100 or close to it.
South at the start of my move. I had expected that Soviets may cut off my armored pincer. I did not expect they will manage to cut off basically the entire spearhead. At least Southern Front remained frozen and Soviets were not able to evacuate all their units from the area between Lvov and Carpathian Mountains.
1st Panzer Group made contact with Romanians and formed large encirclement containing parts of Southwestern and Southern Fronts. I tried to make sure Soviets won't be able to break out, but the sector being held by the Romanian's armor is far from secure.
Surprisingly, most of the Soviet Southwestern Front forces seems to be positioned in area between Rovno, Zhitomir, Vinnitsa guarding the approaches to Kiev. If they keep massed around there next week I will simply ignore them and march east.
Air losses at the end of my move. Especially Fighter losses are piling up at an unsustainable pace. Ju-88 high altitude recon planes have high losses as well.