From: Southern California
Refitting up north is indeed a pain in the neck, and by 1942 you're going to be doing what I call the attrition shuffle up there (and elsewhere, but especially here.) You will have to rotate units in and out of the front line every few weeks or they will gradually decay and lapse into unreadiness.
So far as the Leningrad garrison goes, your best bet is to ship out the worn out units and ship in fresh formations. But your transport capacity will not keep up with this...and in any case Bob is probably 2-3 turns out from isolating the city for good. It depends how lucky you get with reserves in Pavlovo, this can delay the crossing.
I would consider starting to evac now, you've got at least a half dozen divisions in the city (or rather, south and west of it) which are contributing nothing its defense and are hostages to fortune. It's going to be decided by the Neva crossing.
From the strategic standpoint you've achieved your main goals up here. Don't count on actually holding the city. He's got three clear weather turns to force the crossing, and if he can get across, then it's a done deal, even if the clean up lingers into snow turns. If you had fortified the port, then maybe you could pull it off, but I'm not seeing that in the screens.
So far as the German infantry goes, I have noticed his OB is running about 10% smaller than I'm used to seeing in terms of raw manpower. So figure he's short about 300k infantry. But I don't understand what's causing that, since you've been counterattacking his panzers in the main, the landsers ought to be mostly intact. Maybe his grinding is backfiring on him, all those deliberate attacks are wearing out the grunts. I've never seen them this blown out so early, though.
< Message edited by Flaviusx -- 5/15/2012 7:57:38 AM >
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