From: Virginia, USA
On turn 8 I did two Hq buildups for the two panzer corps in 2 PzA. The results were extremely disappointing: the divisions involved only had 30-32 movement points. Rather than launch an attack, therefore, I decided we would wait on more gas to arrive.
My plan was to advance into the Tula/Orel/Kursk region and capture the resource centers there and threaten Voronezh with its IL-2 factories. The Soviets are concentrated in front of Leningrad, Moscow and Dnepropetrovsk/Zaparozhe with only a thin line holding the Desna. They are apparently relying on my logistical constraints to defend this territory. They need to be taught to fear a sudden thrust on any and every sector of the front. Not only do I hope to capture major population centers and resource producing centers, I am hoping this demonstration of the consequences of leaving large sections of the front relatively undefended will thin out the forces facing us, particularly in front of Moscow. The Orel/Tula area, in particular, threatens the southern approaches to Moscow.
In preparing this offensive, I sent the panzers south to the woods around the Snov and Sudost rivers where, hopefully, they would be harder to spot. I also split up two infantry divisions into their component regiments and sent then into woods around the headwaters of the Desna. The hope was they could pose as a larger force: hopefully, they would be spotted, but their actual size would be concealed. I also took two motorized brigades and sent them to the front in clear terrain so they would be easy to spot. They would hopefully make a lot of noise as if they were the lead elements of a full blown Panzer Army. I then flew air re-supply missions to all those infantry regiments hiding in the woods around the Desna to give the impression the Kaluga axis would be my main line of advance. At the same time I limited myself to one fuel drop for the panzers in the south. I did not wish to draw attention to this area or make it look like it was as large a formation as it was.
I have no idea if all these deception measures worked, but we did achieve a major penetration/encirclement on turn 10. (more on that in the next post.)