From: Dallas Texas
Air Recon – As can be seen from the 2 Pz Grp screen shot, most of the fleeing Kiev units will make it back to Russian lines. I just don’t think 2 Pz Grp and III Mot Corps (1 PG) will have the movement to extend the pocket to the north in order to trap these escaping units.
Air War – In an attempt to see how far the retreating Russians (from Kiev region) have made it up through the gap between AGC and AGS I flew two recon missions of medium intensity; one south of Kursk and one to the northwest of Kursk. In addition, I set a small air superiority mission over Smolensk and a little to its north. AGN also flew two low intensity recon missions along the Russian main defense line and into their rear areas.
The Russians bombed Pskov this turn, assumedly aiming for the rail yards. However, JG 54 flew in force in response shooting down all 50 Russian bombers. The Russians also flew interdiction missions at both of 4 Pz Grp’s panzer corps with limited results.
At Velikie Luki the Russians heavily bombed the rail yards with good effect. I had stationed a LW mixed flak unit in the city, but clearly one was not enough. I will assign another flak unit to stiffen the air defenses. Same with Vitebsk, I had assigned a LW mixed flak unit to the city, but it was not enough, Russian bombers successfully bombed the rail yards, although JG 51 sent up four fighters in defense and shot down 12 bombers.
The Russians also flew lots of interdiction missions on the panzers around Sumy in an effort to aid the extraction of the fleeing Kiev forces. And in the south, the Russians flew multiple missions against the Kremenchung rail yards to good effect for the loss of about 50 bombers.
The Russians lost 843 pilots and 988 planes this turn, so it seems like a good day for the Luftwaffe.
Ground Losses – I don’t have enough experience with the game to tell much from these numbers, but total ground losses seem to favor the Germans at this point. I doubt Russian losses are crippling, but they seem significant.
< Message edited by Scarz -- 7/30/2021 6:34:03 PM >