TURNS 50 to 56
The Germans are dropping bridges everywhere, but now they really seem done for good. The massive breakthrough in the center allows me to move entire force forward and threaten the whole western side of the map. Several small encirclements wipe out Axis units here and there, and the rapidly advancing Soviet units exploit every gap.
Eventually, low supplies slow the advance, and the Germans gather more reinforcements to blunt my advance, among which is the SS Panzergrenadier Horst Wessel. It's time to reconfigure my formations and reorganize them, since after the big breakthrough they have been advancing and exploiting local successess without regard to Front objectives and such trivialities.
So, as of 6th April 1945, the following Fronts are active:
- Czech Front. Recently strenghtened with the addition of several Corps from the former Budapest Front, it will occupy the former Czekoslovakian territory, with Bratislava as final objective.
- Austrian Front. Most of the old Budapest and Balaton Fronts are merged into this powerful formation, that will ultimately point its sights on Wien.
- Southern Front. The old Southern Front plus some elements of former Balaton Front are now eliminating the last Axis elements west of the Balaton lake and will then turn NW, with Zalaegerszeg and Szombathely as objectives.
TURNS 57 to 59
Czech Front is slooowly advancing, eliminating a lot of small German and Hungarian units, but wasting a lot of time doing so. Unfortunately, if I don't mop them up they will cut my supplies, and they are bad already. Bratislava is reached, but not yet taken nor sieged.
The Austrian Front reach Wien and assaults it with numerous formations, breaking through the first volkssturm's defenses and taking the city center. Units of the Gorshkov Cavalry Group are the first to enter the city. The battle for Wien is fierce: numerous German units fight to the death for the ruined city, and advance is extremely slow, expecially in the NW districts. All over the map, Axis units are surrounded or pushed back, but given how low supplies are, Soviet losses are mounting and the blown-up bridges slows any reinforcement.
The Southern Front is still engaging Axis units all over the western woods, but has taken its objectives already.
TURN 60 and 61
More German reinforcements... Come on now. The Czech Front gets hit hard, and the enemy even tries to relieve Wien from the siege, but it's all useless: Soviet troops advance again, and the city is completely conquered by the end of turn 61, all defenders surrendered or killed. 14 Koenigstigers are the last to fall.
German assaults against the Czech Front and Wien are driven back with heavy losses, while I mop up any straggler in the rest of the map. Axis now controls only a small part of the map.