To STAVKA Chief of Staff Neogodhobo
From: General of the Army Drakken, Central Front
We confirm receipt of the plan for the Central Front, in preparation for a possible invasion of the Motherland by Fascist Germany. After review of the situation, we like to bring the following comments to your attention:
a) The crease just north of the Vitebsk salient weakens our right flank by stretching it longer, thus requiring more units to cover its width and rear area. Furthermore, it creates a wedge inside our line, leaving the north side of Vitebsk exposed to a flanking maneuver by the Fascists. We request straightening this section of the front instead, by occupying the marshy grounds in front of Newel-Gurki line and fortifying there.
b) As described, the Dnepr would be a very strong line, which would make it very unlikely that the Fascists army would confront it head on. However, the landbridge between the Dvina and the Dnepr would be very vulnerable, being covered by a single line of defence. We request shifting the second and third line of defence North of Smolensk, to block the path toward Vyasma.
c) The forward position of the Armies and Corps in the Central Front, so close to the Polish-German border, make them extra susceptible to be surrounded by the Fascist Armies, especially in the Minsk area. We request special allocation of railroad wagons and resources for the evacuation of as many infantry Divisions and Corps through the Prypiat Marshes.
d) If the worst case scenario occurs, we are worried that there will be a shortage of troops to be able to build the second and third line of defense. Reinforcements should be given to the Central Front in priority, to defend the direct road toward Moscow and to build fortified positions.
e) SECRET We have strong reasons to believe that Colonel General Pavlov, Centre Front, will not be up-to-task at all if events unfold. In fact, evidence strongly suggests that his lack of preparation and incompetence might be, in fact, a willful invitation to Fascists to invade the Soviet Union. We request his immediate arrest, with his military file transmitted to NKVD as soon as a suitable replacement is recommended by STAVKA.
Following these proposals, an amended war plan will be presented to STAVKA for presentation.
General of the Army Drakken,
Your points have been taken with great regards. Lets review them one by one.
A) The North side of Vitesk will be defended by the Northern Front, as well as Velikie Luki, your troops there are just to add a little bit of security. I proposed that you leave the plan as is, and simply put regiments instead of division. So that they build up trenches and fortification over time.
Commander, if you feel strongly about what you mention though, you have the go-ahead to go with the modification you made.
B) Agreed with your proposition Commander. You might want to build Fortified Regions along that line as well, but that is up to you. If you want to, tell me how much you would need and I shall see what can be done. One thing Commander... If the enemy cross the Dniepr , you will be in serious trouble. Make sure it doesnt happen, and for the love of Communism, Try to hold onto Mogilev.
C) Accorded Commander ! ( Although I dont know how to do that, you will have to explain this to me ;) )
D) As of now, we will keep reinforcement in the east. It is unlikely the Germans will actually attack on the 22 or 23rd. I know I have many reports saying so but they are not to be trusted. In the unlikely event that the invasion do happen, Reinforcement will be going under your command.
E) Commander, what you are saying against General Pavlov is delusional. Pavlov is a Hero of the Soviet Union from his action in Spain. He his a very competent commander ! You may replace him if you want but I will surely not have him arrested.
That is all Commander, I will be waiting for your modifications on paper.
< Message edited by Neogodhobo -- 9/13/2017 3:35:04 PM >