TURN 7 (11 November 1941): Celebrations and lamentations
On the 7th Of November we celebrate the October Revolution
“…May the victorious banner of the great Lenin be your lodestar!
For the complete destruction of the German invaders! Death to the German invaders!
Long live our glorious Motherland, her liberty and her independence!
Under the banner of Lenin, forward to victory!"
However, someone forgot to tell the enemy.
North of Mozhaysk the Germans launch a major offensive, pushing back forces of the Kalinin and Western Front 20 to 30 miles. They are now 60 miles from Moscow. This is also starting to turn the left flank of the forces in Rhzev which are already under immense pressure on the right flank.
To the southeast of Mozhaysk, the Germans are able to successfully cross the Nara River, broadening their bridgehead in this position. Further to the east and as expected the Panzer forces in this area have forced a strong bridgehead across the Oka Rver.
Our trapped forces around Vyazma are brutally crushed by a series of vicious attacks. The city (and objective) also falls. This will improve the enemies supply situation. I was lucky to have held it this long given that Kaluga and Tula to the east have already fallen.
Further south, the Germans also violently attack the scattered partisan-like forces of the Bryansk Front. They have tightly surrounded Orel and many of these pseudo-partisans forces are now potentially isolated.
The defence lines on the roads to Moscow are strengthened as best as possible with the forces available. The bridgeheads are crowded as much as possible with combat ready forces. Where feasible, smashed divisions are sent back to depots for refit. There are at least three vulnerable areas leading directly to Moscow where the Germans may attack in future.
East of Rhzev our forces are so weak and have been pushed out of prepared positions that I have to pull back to the heavy forests for protection. This leaves a 40 mile gap of clear terrain. I know my opponent is not running recon. My only hope is that he does not spot this.
In the south, again our pseudo-partisans somehow managed to break clear of the encirclements. This time Orel appears to be finally locked in
an icy Germanic vice of steel.
This situation calls for a desperate measure, the “1ST SHOCK ARMY”. This new mobile army is converging, fitting and resting just outside Ryazan
right under the frozen noses of the enemy.