Turn 1, SU, June 41
As always the first turn is not a nice one for the SU. Boron goes for massive destruction instead of fancy maneuvring resulting in massive losses all over the front which is by now not existant.
As the battered remains of the Army flee before the Axis onslaught, it becomes clear that the Red Army needs to recover before it can smash the invaders. In the last game I tried to defend every city at least with one divison to delay the invaders. As this worked pretty well, I will use that tactic again, though with less reinforcements from the factories. Which means that every city will host 15 inf, 2 mgs and Infantry gun. This should discourage attacks by small forces if I add 3-4 bazookas to the mix.
Now onto the battleplan. Every front has been renamed to host the name of the region/city it is attached to.
HQ North Front
Riga will be defended by a skeleton corps to avoid an easy taking by the enemy. Every bridge over the Daugava will be blown up if possible. Possible delay 2 weeks(2 turns).
Pskov will be the first defense line against the enemy. One Army will dig itself in and will be supplied with flak, rifles and Anti Tank guns. This line is supposed to delay the invader drastically enabling the Leningrad and Demyansk Front line to prepare themselves to hold the enemy until the winter arrives. Heavy losses are expected, the loss of the entire army group as well.
If I can delay Boron for 3 weeks I can count myself lucky. If he redirects his Panzergruppe North he will be in for a nasty suprise.
A Reserve Army will be erected 100km behind the Demyansk Front, but any mobile elements of the North Front will be relocated to Stavka for use at the West Front.
HQ West Front
This front hosts the smallest margin for error. If the front at Vyazma and Bryansk fails, only the reserve army at Moscow will remain to deal with the invaders. Massive reinforcements from Stavka will arrive at this front. This front must hold at all costs till October.
The front stretches on in the south to Kursk. On those positions the units will have to receive less reinforcements and air cover.
At Tula plans are for the erection of a massive Shock army intended to come to the aid of the Bryansk Front or to flank a possible attack on Vyazma.
Minsk and Smolensk will alike Riga be held by skeleton corps with only a few reinforcements.
HQ Ukraine Front
A whole army will be sacrificed at Kiev to delay the inevitable fall of the city. Although I plan massive reinforcements and most of the remains of the SW Front will be sent to Kiev, we can not hold out against a major offensive of the axis HG Süd. Still, with luck we can delay the german advance for at least 4 weeks at this position.
The true defensive positions will be at the Kharkov-Kursk Line. Each city hosting its own front.
A second massive spearhead at Voronezh will be formed for a possible winter offensive in the ukrainian plains, or if the worst happens to support a counter-offensive of its northern counterpart at Tula.
This part of the frontline will fight against Romanian forces supported by german elements. Regardless it will also retreat to two positions. Behind the Dnejpr and near Perakop our stand will be made at this front district. A smaller mobile force will be gathered at Rostov possible covering a retreat of the Dnejpr Front to Rostov, it will be broken.
At Maikop a small defense army will be created to hold the Kerch Gap, if the Perakop Front will be forced to hole itself up in Sevastopol.