Axis turn of December 1st, 1944
Bad weather seems to have postponed for now an attack on Stettin, the last German major city still in German hands. For now, the Red Army has only done some mop-up actions and the Western Allies seem to have stopped offensive operations altogether, demanding unconditional surrender of the last German units in order to avoid unnecessary deaths.
Stettin defenders are not many at only two divisions, supplemented with a specialized anti-tank regiment, but they have high morale and since the last few days top of the line experimental infantry equipment. However, Soviets troops in the immediate sector are over ten time as many. The only other sector with a semblance of German resistance is in Schleswig-Holstein.
OKM reported that the U-boats operations, now from Norwegian bases, have reached an important symbolic number by having sunk 50 million tons of allied merchant shipping since 1939. It is also estimated that the Allies lost between 336 and 420 escorts of all sorts in those same operations. However, the 5th U-boat flotilla was lost at sea, leaving the Kriegsmarine with only two such flotillas, containing a number of operational submarines equivalent in reality to only one flotilla.
Surprisingly, no Soviet offensives were reported in Romania. Perhaps the Soviet government is considering how to answer to the Romanian government’s inquiry of last week?