From: Staffordshire, England.
August 29th 1943 (Turn 229)
August seems to have slipped away very quickly. Here is the overview of the southern front. One last operation is planned to roll up the Soviet line simultaneously from both north and south, arrows show intended advance. There are maybe ten turns left to do this before we will have to pause due to mud.
Close up on the northern pincer.
10th, 18th and 20th Panzer Grenadier divisions along with a regiment of 20th Panzer will spearhead the breakthrough. The enemy have already been softened by bombardments. A quick, clean breakthrough is required. Five recon battalions are with them, ready to exploit through the breach to cut supply roads and envelop enemy formations. Also note rail engineer (circled) ready to get going on repairs.
In Russia, even in the summertime, if you stray too far from a converted rail line supply drops like a stone. So it is essential to plan with that in mind. For the winter defensive line I need to be ensconced along the railroad highlighted (and have it all repaired). The Soviets will easily break a line where the units have poor supply. Romanian army will cover the line of the Volga. Soviets are already giving us problems by crossing the Volga using pontoons and boats, when it freezes they can just walk across. So it needs to be defended properly, a screen won't do.
In the Caucasus it is all over for Ivan. What is left of his forces here have retreated into Turkey. We have sent a few units a little way across the border chasing after them, but you can see from this high level reconnaissance photo that there are a more than a few in there, and some of them are a couple of hundred miles inside the boundary.
There does not seem to be a penalty for violating Turkish neutrality but it seems a little too a-historical to enter Turkey in force. Nor can they be put completely out of supply (although they will be in over-extended status) without covering a very long border with zones of control, and there are not enough units for that. Or the time to wait for them to wither away.
It is the Soviet's version of Cambodia. So I will leave the Romanian Security Corps and a couple of broken down German infantry divisions to screen the border and all other units of Army Group Caucasus will rail out to rejoin the fighting in Army Group South 1500Km further north.
However Berlin will make a formal complaint to the Turkish ambassador, addressed in the strongest of terms, concerning his country's willingness to harbour these Bolshevik terrorists.
South of the Caspian Depression the retreat got out of hand and went a little too far. It should have stopped at the pink line where the terrain bottleneck is. The Soviets have immediately exploited this by getting around us and into the marshland of the Volga Delta where they will be buggers to dig out. (I know this as I did it once already). Slightly further to the east is the railhead at Astrakhan. Elements of 4th Panzer army have just arrived to stabilise the sector and push Ivan back to where we want him.
Overall,things are looking up again. Aside from in the air, Soviet attacks have lessened and they are experiencing more frequent force proficiency issues (although so are we). Some areas of their lines in the north look less formidable than they used to; whilst still solid they seem to have thinned out a little.
I have begun the process of refitting the panzer divisions. There are plenty of Panzer IVH and Tigers on hand, although Panthers are in short supply.
For those of you that like to see the losses, here's the infantry:
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