From: Utlima Thule
T6: 24-30 July 1941
In the north, the Germans close in on Leningrad – last chance to evacuate industry from there.
In the centre the pocket south of Smolensk is sealed off. Of more concern was the raid on Bryansk – this will cost me the industry in the city. Since I had cut off that unit last turn, I was a little bit surprised that it managed this.
Stalin celebrated by having Pavlov shot
In the south, the German lunge seemed to have its limits. No important gains. Gives me chance to redeploy Southern Front to shield the Dombas.
VP situation indicates I'm still losing
But so far I've not lost that many units actually destroyed. Depends on how the rest of the summer/autumn works out but at the moment I should emerge into the snows of winter with a fairly powerful army.
Couldn't manage much in response. Managed to open the pocket at Smolensk and surrounded that SS Motorised Division. Have no doubt it will be rescued but I hoping that will mean that Stef78 has to allocate units to that task so they can't cause me harm elsewhere. One good thing is that at the moment his armour is south of the Oka.
In the south, though the Germans have stopped, the urge to cut off their spearhead was too much to miss out on.
The Germans lost 15,000 men (5,000 kia), 50 tanks and 15 planes. I lost 116,000 men 912,000 kia, 90,000 prisoners), 500 tanks and 100 planes.