1. September 1942
As I did the usual statistics in June 1942, I said I need to decimate the Red Army. This was two months ago, and I destroyed 49 enemy units in the meantime.
I am pretty sure that the AI has 20-30 units around Moscow, and the area around Stalingrad is pretty crowded.
But also I can imagine that there are certain areas with less troops, and I think I found one.
The next months until December will be critical for the AI.
I will be able to advance and conquer a few resources.
But after the winter, the Red Army will be stronger than ever.
This is a bit of a parallel to the situation in RL in September 1942.
The Wehrmacht was marching to Stalingrad and El Alamein, and we all not the final result.
Of course my situation is much better than in RL.
There is nothing else to report.. no convoy raiding, no Strategic Bombing.
No news mean no bad news.
In the north, the Finns forced a Soviet corps to retreat.
In the south, Tichwin was conquered by the XXXXI. Panzerkorps.
The situation for the remaining enemy units is hopeless, and I think they will be destroyed by the Luftwaffe sooner or later.
So I have achieved a decisive victory in the north. Of course there is still fighting between Finnish and Soviet forces, but the Red Army will not break trough unless they bring artillery and bombers.
There are two alternatives how to proceed: I can garrison Wolchow and Tichwin with an Armeekorps each and operate the remaining forces to other theaters. Or I can order von Kuchler to conquer Petrozawodsk and attack the Soviet rear.
The second alternative would mean I can destroy all Soviet forces in the north, and the Finnish forces would be free for garrison duties. There is just one problem: it is already September, and I am pretty sure I will not be able to destroy the Soviets before the winter. This would mean I cannot operate von Kuchler to the west where I might need him to counter the D-Day.
I will decide in Turn 47.
The defense of Kaluga and Tula is weaker than I thought. If the AI does not bring more units, I should be able to take both towns before the end of the year.
So I should do something to catch the attention of the AI.
The attack on Stalingrad proceeds. In general I am very happy, but there are two concerns: my tanks don't have good supply, and the Luftwaffe has horrifying losses. But I need to cope with these problems.
If I can conquer Stalingrad before the end of this year, it will be a major step ahead.
To distract the AI, I let the Romanians occupy Maikop. Usually I would not do this, but it was the right decision.
A couple of enemy towns are unoccupied, and the AI will operate units into these. So it cannot reinforce Kaluga and Tula.
Exactly what I need.
Jordan surrenders, and Syria is freed from the Allied occupation... I just need to destroy the remaining planes.
This is getting devastating for the British Empire.
We haven't seen anything from the Regia Marina yet.
There is one reason: I think Italy does not have enough MPPs to use it in earlier stages of the war.
Since the conquest of Cairo, I have saved a few MPPs.
All surface vessels have been repaired and upgraded to Naval Weapons Level 1.
I will order the Regia Marina to Algeria next turn.
Mission: defend Algier.
You never know if this invasion comes, but if it comes, it will unhealthy for the Allied forces.
Almost 1.000 MPPs.
Maybe I can order some more Heavy Tanks.. I will need them in the west.