The first six months of Unternehmen Barbarossa are over.
I want to take a close look on what has happen. I. Plans and Reality
Leningrad: will be conquered sooner or later
Rostow: will be conquered sooner or later
In history, Abteilung Fremde Heere Ost estimated the total strength of the Red Army to be around 200 divisions. By the end of 1941, around 200 divisions were destroyed, but the Red Army was still there.
Apparently the German Geheimdienst did unterestimate the Soviet Union. Not just the amount of existing units, they drastically misjudged the Russian will to survive and their ability to rise from the dead.
As I started the game in June 1941, the Red Army had 70 units. I have destroyed 94, and they still have 104 (!!).
Although I have reached most of my targets, 1942 will not be easier.
Leningrad and Rostow are not yet conquered, but I don't see any problems in achieving this in 1942.
So I have more or less reached my targets. The only question: will it help me?
In history, the Wehrmacht continued their attack on Moscow and Rostow in November.
Rostow was conquered, but von Rundstedt decided to retreat.
And we all know what happened during the Battle of Moscow.
I did not conduct these attacks, so my troops are in a good condition.
The German MPP development does not show anything unusual.
The same applies to the Italians.
The Royal Air Force is their biggest threat.
The Soviet union has lost its complete Army, but it still has one.
The British Empire will be kicked out of Egypt sooner or later.
Their losses are tremendous.
Total Axis Losses: 6.255 MPPs
Total Allies Losses: 23.815 MPPs. II. Comparison Of Forces In Russia
Germany and her Allies (except Italy) currently have 104 ground units. Many of them are garrisons and occupations units.
Western Europe: 12
In Russia, there are 62 Axis ground units. 8 of these subdue partisans, so there are just 54 ground units which conduct the War in Russia.
The Soviet Union has currently 91 ground units. I estimate 6 garrison and 2 pioneer units, so they have 83 ground combat units.
Germany 54 : Soviet Union 83
Does not look easy. III. Plans for 1942
I will conquer Leningrad and Rostow sooner or later. But I am pretty sure the Red Army will attack me.. I just don't know where.
In the north, I will also take Wolchow and Tichwin. After this, the remainder of Heeresgruppe Nord can be used for other purposes.
In the south, I will try to take Sewastopol, Maikop and Stalingrad.
If I have enough forces left, I will try an Attack on Moscow.
The terrain in the west of Moscow is terrible. Until I can attack in 1942, it will be completely covered by fortifications.
I have tried it in a previous Beta version, and it not easy. Usually my troops from the south arrive earlier.
So my plan is to cut off all enemy units between Smolensk and Moscow.
If I can conquer the northern part of the city, there is no railway connection any more.
Of course this depends on what the AI will do in the next months.