Total losses this turn were 87,470 for us and 22,576 for the Axis. We lost 445 aircraft and they lost 68. Their air commander has been much more conservative, though they continue their campaign of strategic bombing in the Caucasus. We based fighters in Stalino with plenty of range to reach Taganrog; perhaps they were bombing at night. They are up to 32% damage on the Lagg-3 factory – when they get to about 75%, we’ll evacuate it and let them find another target. Of course, next turn or two, they might be getting close to Taganrog and the factory will have to go anyway. Total deployed manpower is 4,251,141 for us to 5,028,141 for the Axis (3,423,072 German). Deployed aircraft are 6,089 Soviet to 3,421 Axis (2,411 German).
The random weather has made a big difference in this game. This is the first time that I have gotten two mud turns (in different regions) during the first 17 turns of a 1941 game. The Germans must be gnashing their teeth. You can say “well, it might be clear during turns 18-23”, and maybe so, but they won’t be able to plan for it, and one clear turn doesn’t actually help the Axis much, because if they plunge ahead too enthusiastically, they might get pocketed and stay that way for the rest of the month, with terrible consequences for attrition.