Allied turn of July 16th, 1941
In the East, in the Northern sector, the pocket holding the Fins managed to hold against all expectations and against all enemy attempts to relieve the two trapped corps. This allowed General Malinovski, just arrived at the front last week, to force the surrendering of the Finish VI Corps, the only real Soviet victory to date. The II Corps is still trapped in the pocket, but Malinovsky does not believe he will still be lucky enough to see to pocket hold any longer than it has. Elsewhere in Finland, a Romanian combat unit was detected in the center of the country. Once again, Romanian deployments and geopolitical interests are puzzling Allied strategists and political scientists, some sort of curious deal was struck between Berlin and Bucharest.
Further South, the Daugava was crossed after some effort by the Germans. Although the enemy seems exhausted, our troops lacking mobility were in no position to counter-attack, so a general retreat was ordered. However, Riga will be defended. More important, German Panzer keep pushing East and took Smolensk. Since a few German mobile units seem exhausted, another attempt at liberating the two Tank Corps still trapped was once again ordered, with attacks North and South of the pocket, but once again failed. Generals Timoshenko and Vatutin will not be reprimanded as it was a highly difficult endeavour with low chances of success. Had it been successful, it would also have cut supply to about five panzer or panzergrenadier corps for a couple of weeks.
In other news, the Marat group was sunk in port, the rest of the surface fleet returned to raid.
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