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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 4/24/2021 4:51:19 PM   
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Axis turn of October 24th, 1941

In Egypt, Canadian troops showed-up at the front and pushed back the XXX Italian corps. Axis troops did not counterattack as it was deemed more appropriate to let the Allies exhaust themselves more before doing so.





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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 4/24/2021 4:51:48 PM   
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On the Finnish front, a German push toward Kabozha failed despite what were believed to be good odds of success. Soviet cavalrymen where clearly ordered to stand and die rather than risk losing the supply line to Leningrad.

Further North, two Finish corps were cut from their supply line by an enemy cavalry corps. They are trying to get back toward Finland before the weather turns for the worse.





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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 4/24/2021 4:52:35 PM   
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In the South of the USSR, the rain kept the front stable with only minor redeployments been observed. However, no less than three armies are now deployed in the Caucasus to try to push back the Bulgarians back to the sea.




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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 4/24/2021 4:53:18 PM   
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In the North there was much action. Velikie Luki and Rzhev were both taken by two local pushes of panzers. The Northern push could probably have reached much further toward Kabozha, but with the upcoming weather, OKH decided not to risk it. Upon hearing the news, OKW was furious as an opportunity to cut-off from their supply lines quite a few Soviet armies was lost.

A smaller local success was also achieved East of Lake Peïpous. It will probably force a retreat and redeployment of Soviet forces there.

Overall, the Soviet loses amounted to two infantry corps and three armies in this period.





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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 4/27/2021 9:14:47 PM   
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Axis turn of November 7th, 1941

In Finland the situation remains tense and chaotic, and two Finish corps are still trying to stabilise their back. After sustaining an assault, they counterattacked a surrounded cavalry corps but with no success for now. The Soviet cavalry corps South-East of Lake Lagoda are also worrying OKH because their relatively good mobility could be threatening the already overextend supply lines. A more defensive redeployment was therefore in order.





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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 4/27/2021 9:15:23 PM   
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In Northern Soviet Union, after a strategic Soviet withdrawal, rain stopped most operations, except those made for cleaning up or enlarging the wedge in the Soviet Front pointing toward Kabozha (and potentially threatening about 15 or so armies of encirclement). However, German supply in the wedge is also overextended.




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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 4/27/2021 9:16:13 PM   
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Further South, Axis troops continued to slowly flank Stalino trying to encircle the city and maybe even take it before the end of the year. In Crimea, a Romanian division was sent to help the 1st Fallschirmjëger Corps while in the Caucasus Bulgarian troops are now poised for the inevitable Soviet attempt at taking back Novorossiysk. Germany managed to rush in more modern equipment and some advisors to help with the siege.

In other fronts, the situation remained stable in Africa while U-boat are in general having successful patrols in the Atlantic and sinking quite a few 100 000 tons a month after a slower start in 1940. There is a lot of catch up to do before the Allies will feel the pain, but if they take no serious measures, in six to eight months or so, their merchant marine could be severely depleted. Therefore, German and Italian operatives in New-York are trying to figure out if the United States is building more cargo ships as expected to indirectly help the United Kingdom and keep it in the war. No reports have been received yet neither in Rome nor Berlin.





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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 4/30/2021 1:49:11 AM   
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Axis turn of November 21st, 1941

In Finland, German troops East of Lake Lagoda had to retreat to shorten the supply line. The worsening weather made supply in the area very difficult. The two Finish corps partly isolated in East Karelia managed to destroy the Cavalry corps impeding their supply line. However, the most important success in the area was the cutting of the rail junction from Murmansk to the rest of the country. OKW is very confident that this could greatly reduce Allied aid to the Soviet Union during the upcoming winter.





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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 4/30/2021 1:50:10 AM   
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In the Northern part of the Soviet Union, were almost all of the German mobile corps are now deployed, limited operations are still trying to enlarge the wedge North of Rzhev and isolate the whole Soviet North-Western and Northern fronts. Local commanders are almost requesting a small pause in the operations, but OKH is adamant that one last push is needed before.




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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 4/30/2021 1:52:55 AM   
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In the Southern part of the country, German paratroopers reached Sevastopol but found the port well defended, while across the Kerch Strait, Bulgarian troops, now equipped with state of the art German equipment, heroically resisted a few Soviet assault to retake Novorossiysk.

The Italian expeditionary force has already started the expected and planned withdrawal with the XX armor corps going back for now to the Balkans in Dubrovnik for rest and recuperation before been sent to its next assignment.





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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 4/30/2021 1:53:26 AM   
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In Africa, most British troops surprisingly retreated and were replaced by Canadian troops at the front. OKH is speculating that the British are experiencing serious supply problem. Two Italian corps, including the XIII, were ordered South in an attempt at either flanking the Canadians or forcing them to reposition farther.




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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 4/30/2021 9:44:04 PM   
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Axis turn of December 5th, 1941

On the Finish border, Axis troops redeployed massively both to counter Soviet deployment, but also to alleviate supply problems. To OKW dismay, the link between Murmansk and the rest of the country was re-established and this should allow foreign aid to flow through even during the Winter.

Recruitment posters for the Finish army have appeared more prominently on Helsinki’s streets. A radio even programmed a long interview with Simo Häyhä. OKW is wondering if the Fins are not hiding a manpower problem.





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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 4/30/2021 9:44:58 PM   
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The best Soviet troops, armored and mechanized corps, are defending the Western approaches of a line going roughly from Moscow to Kursk. A few more mechanized units are found South scattered between Kursk and Stalino. A single armor corps is found North of Kalinin at about the middle point between that city and Kabozha.

Most German mobile units are inside or near the Northern wedge in the front, spearheaded by the XIX and LVII Armored Corps.





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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 4/30/2021 9:45:42 PM   
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On December 6th, Stavka informed the Soviet people that the Red Army, with help from the Soviet Black Sea Fleet, is now back in control of Novorossiysk and that all enemy resistance has ceased with the last remans of the Bulgarian 1st division surrendering.

Radio Moscow also announced the arrival of reinforcements from the Far East. OKH is closely monitoring the situation to try to identify where those Siberians troops might be deployed.





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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 4/30/2021 9:46:02 PM   
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In Africa, the Canadians retreated a few miles after the previous Axis redeployment. General Rommel wanted to advance toward the border and engage the Canadians, but General Graziani refused to commit the Italians tanks to the operation.




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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 4/30/2021 10:54:51 PM   
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Ruins of Novorossiysk after its liberation. The former Bulgarian divisional HQ can be seen in the background.





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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 5/1/2021 8:29:31 PM   
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Axis turn of December 19th, 1941

Takin advantage of particularly harsh weather conditions in the North, the Soviets mounted two local offensives that both failed. But the pressure is clearly mounting on exhausted German troops. The first attempt was West of Leningrad on the 11th Division that had to be relieved from its position by the X Corps. A German counterattack in the area also failed. It will take a few weeks before the 11th Division is back to operational status. Another offensive targeted the XIX Panzer Corps South of Kabozha. The attack was brutal and only the determination of the local commanders allowed the XIX Panzer to hold its ground as it was instructed.

It is now believed that the Soviet reinforcements from Siberia are deployed in between Kabozha and Kalinin, facing the right flank of the Northern wedge. Marshal Kesselring asked OKW the permission to withdraw closer to the main supply lines, but the request was denied.

Finnish troops managed once again to cut the rail connection between Murmansk and the rest of the country.





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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 5/1/2021 8:30:11 PM   
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Further South, with the loss of Novorossiysk, the arrival of bad weather that will last a few months and the mauling of the Romanian naval squadron protecting the sea supply line, OKW reluctantly took the decision to abandon the foothold in Crimea. The Romanian division that arrived a month ago left first and German paratroopers should follow soon. It is not expected that the Red Army can do much damage before the evacuation is completed.




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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 5/1/2021 8:30:28 PM   
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Almost all of what was the Italian expeditionary forces in the USSR under the command of General Messe, has now left this theatre of operation. The process should be finished in less than two weeks with the last remaining corps leaving for Italy proper. Some of the troops that had left last month have now been redeployed in Western Libya.




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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 5/1/2021 8:33:10 PM   
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General Messe is seen here preparing his speech to the Italian soldiers leaving the Soviet front back for home after a job well done in supplementing Axis force in Ukraine.




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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 5/4/2021 12:31:00 AM   
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Axis turn of January 2nd, 1942

On the Eastern front the situation seems to have reached a stalemate for now. Some small scales attacks were conducted in the North West and South of Novgorod, forcing two German corps to retreat, but the positions were quickly recovered. The most important attack on the German spearhead failed but confirmed OKH suspicions about the whereabouts of the reinforcements from Siberia. A single German attempt at counterattacking near Narva failed.

Elsewhere on the front, OKH has started to issue heavy tanks to most panzer corps. Before spring, most panzer and panzergrenadier corps should field heavier type of Panzer IV while phasing out the Panzer III.

In Crimea, Soviet naval patrols in the Western Black Sea, combined with rainy weather putting a halt to Soviet progression, convinced OKH that the withdrawal of the Fallschirmjëger corps could be postponed for a few weeks.

West of Slonim, a Hungarian division is having a hard time against a well armed and determined partisan band using the temperature to its advantage.




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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 5/4/2021 12:33:28 AM   
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In Karelia, Finish and Soviet troops are continuing their cat and mouse dance with the link to Murmansk once again re-established and… cut again.






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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 5/4/2021 4:00:34 AM   
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Just want to let you know that I am reading your interesting AAR as well.

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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 5/4/2021 2:07:24 PM   
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quote:

Just want to let you know that I am reading your interesting AAR as well.


Thank you!

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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 5/4/2021 2:09:00 PM   
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In Africa, the arrival of more Italian units near Tripoli is creating serious supply problems for the Axis. The Italian high command has reassured general Graziani that the problem will be soon solved. General Rommel was hopping that the Allies would not be made aware of the situation, less they take advantage of it.

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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 5/4/2021 2:09:32 PM   
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With 1942 starting and the USA joining the war, the forces at play on both sides are impressive. But the mighty German war machine is facing a Soviet mastodon that is getting bigger, but even more important, more able with each passing month.






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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 5/4/2021 2:09:51 PM   
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Allied loses have been important, but certainly not decisive. However, Germany still has high hopes for 1942. Its qualitative advantage should still play in its favor in the USSR and, after a very slow start, the 10 U-boat flotillas hunting in the Atlantic have had very good results in the last six months or so.






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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 5/4/2021 4:22:09 PM   
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As am I...really enjoying it...

I will have to do another when I complete a few games...

When playing 5 or 6 games AARs take up all my time but I like the way you and Harry a limiting them with map areas. That will be my plan.

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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 5/4/2021 4:26:42 PM   
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Yea it is fun to write, it is almost like playing the game twice But yes, it is also time consuming... I couldn't do two at the same time.

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RE: Nirosi (Axis) vs PL1 (Allies) No PL1 for now - 5/5/2021 5:45:24 PM   
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Axis turn of January 16th, 1942

The Soviets conducted some attacks in the North of the country. Their only notable success was that the XIX Panzer at the very end of the wedge in the front was pushed back. Further West of that battle, the LIII corps and the Spanish Blue division also had to retreat, but they quickly retook their former undefended position. Another attempt at the Eastern flank of the wedge failed. Any success there might have forced OKH to order a general retreat from the wedge.

Germany conducted a counter offensive West Leningrad and managed to push back the 15th Army, allowing for a more consistent front in the area. However, once again, the 50th Rifle Corps in Narva resisted all attempts at takin the town.

In other news, the partisan band that resisted for a few week in the former Eastern Poland was finally defeated by Hungarian troops.

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