Boldairade (Allies) vs Nirosi (Axis). No Boldairade for now

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In the Pripyat Marshes, the Italians were once again pushed by Soviet tanks who also severely damaged the Hungarian I Corps North of Kiev. The I Corps was forced to retreat, barely escaping destruction. OKW ordered OKH to still wait as the Summer is coming to an end soon and German units have not been attacked during the Winter, leaving them in a good position to counterattack in Spring on the flanks of what is becoming the Pripyat Salient.

In other news, the Kriegsmarine managed the feat to switch the Trondheim and Amsterdam garrisons right under the Royal Navy and the RAF nose during operation Heracles.


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February 26th, 1943 (End of Axis turn)

In the Mediterranean theatre, the 7th Coastal Corps in Rhodes is having a hard time. Supply is barely getting through, and a massive Allied fleet is trying to help the British to get off the beaches where they are struck to take the port. Comando Supremo can not guarantee that under those circumstances, the Island can hold. However, the whole siege is occupying a lot of Allied resources.

Admiral Inigo Campioni, governor of Rhodes, ordered some leaflet to be droped by recon planes at night on the British beaches telling the story of the Gallipoli Campaign.

In Libya, no action worth mentioning occurred with the exception that the Regia Aeronautica bombed most frontline Allied units. Of concern to Axis commanders is what seems to be some build-up around ports in Cyrenaica, that could be an indication of landing forces massing and preparing amphibious assaults somewhere in Southern Europe.

In other news, German U-boats once again did very well in the Atlantic, off the African and Norwegian coasts, but, once again, at a cost of many German sailors’ lives.


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In the Pripyat Marshes, the 5th PanzerGrenadier had to face the best the Soviet could throw at it. The corps managed to hold it position, but is now at a very low operation order, to the point where it might not be capable or offensive actions in Spring. OKH ordered the corps to retreat slightly. The weather and terrain should make it out of reach of Soviet troop until the expected Spring in March, in about two weeks. Should the Winter continue however for an extra two weeks, the situation could become delicate in the area.

A few miles East, Kiev was assaulted by Soviet troops for about five days. The Hungarian II Corps managed to hold out but is now in bad shape and will not be able to defend the city much longer. It was therefore relieved by the German LIV Corps, who is expected to hold the city, but this forced the Hungarians in another difficult position South-East of Kiev. OKH also agreed to deliver much needed emergency supplies to troops in the area. The strategic reserves of supplies are however getting quite low.


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March 12th, 1943 (End of Axis turn)


In the Soviet Union, as feared, the Soviet did attack the battered Hungarian II Corps and therefore crossed the Dnieper after a few days of battle that forced the retreat of the defending forces. More worrisome is that the Winter seems to continue and not only the Soviet might keep pushing their advance, but, even more important, Axis troops recovery of combat readiness will be pushed forward even more. Still, it seems that the Bear sensed the danger, and some tank corps seem to have retreated slightly in the marshes. Nonetheless, OKH requested that the two panzergrenadiers corps kept in reserve be brought back and OKW agreed. OKW also requested that OKL bomb some Soviet formations near Dnepropetrovsk and Stalino that seem to have massed in the area. Although highly improbable, the possibility that Stavka might be planning a Spring offensive in the area is not to be refuted lightly.

At sea, in the Baltic, the German fleet engaged the Voroshilov and Kirov groups and badly damaged them.

In the Mediterranean, the 7th Coastal Corps, besieged for months, was finally overrun. The leaflets send last week might have had an adverse effect. As a retaliation, Italian bombers newly arrived in Greece damaged the Ark Royal Group. Comando Supremo now regrets not having send air support earlier.

Over Germany, Allied bomber appeared again and caused some serious damage, but this time the Luftwaffe engaged them, and they certainly did not bomb the Homeland for free!


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March 26th, 1943 (End of Axis turn)

In the East, the weather is improving fast. However, OKH estimate that the German troops have not recovered enough to go on the offensive yet and the weather can still cause nasty surprises with snowstorms or rain appearing after a few nice days. Therefore, it was decided to wait some more before going on the offensive. It is believed that the Dnieper could easily have been crossed Eats of Kiev, but the density of enemy units with the relative low readiness of German ones would not have allowed to trap enemy units that would have had time to escape. The danger now of course now is that the Soviet do reinforce the defenses making a crossing even more arduous. Still, the oil situation was also a factor as the last few months have not seen the reserves improve as much as whished for.

In the Kharkov-Stalino sector, the massive build-up seems to continue as Stavka is clearly reinforcing the area. A newly formed infantry corps was sent near just in case and will free-up a panzer corps that was forced to do frontline duties.

Strategic bombing occurred only in Romania on the Ploesti oilfields. The damage was moderate, but with the tight oil situation every little bit counts. OKW is however happy that Allied bombers were forced to take a pause after the bloody nose they got last week over Germany. OKL was also relived as their own fighter units are also needing some rest and recovery.

All other sectors were quiet for now, but the bombing of the Athens’s garrison, added to the Allied build-up in Cyrenaica might indicate an interest for a Greek campaign on the Allied side. Of course, the air raid could also be a decoy hiding the Allies real intentions, but in the past they did follow through where they first bombed. In any case, OKW and Comando Supremo are confident that the Axis defenses should hold, whether in Greece, Tunisia or Southern Italy, especially in the sectors where the Allies can not project their air forces yet (which is another argument that would point to an attempt on Greece , where they can). In any case, a German coastal division was dispatched near Athens, hopefully only temporarily to gave time to the garrison there to be converted to a VolksGrenadier corps, a task postponed now for too long.


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April 9th, 1943 (End of Axis turn)

The German and Bulgarian divisions sent to Greece in the last two weeks were an inspired move. The Allies did assault Athens with British and American troops landing or paradropping all around the city. They were however unable to dislodge the defenders. The German coastal division just North of the city provided an important lifeline allowing the supplies to keep coming in, including an anti-tank regiment. In the Peloponnese, Canadian troops took Kalamata, pushing the Italian defenders North across the Corinth Canal.

The situation for now is delicate but could still be reversed or contained as heavy rainfalls started only a few days after the Allied assault. This, hopefully, should allow Athens defenders to last a few extra days until Axis reinforcements arrive. Already Italy sent an Alpini corps, while Germany dispatched both a panzer corps and a panzergrenadier one. Two Italian submarine flotillas tried to interfere with the British fleet off Kalama and did damage the Sussex Group, but were themselves equally hit. The Regia Aeronautica is however very disappointed that its pilots in Albania were not able to find enemy ships just off Athens.


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In the Soviet Union, the Red Army withdrawal East of the Pripyat Marshes continued. With the development in Greece, and the impressive number of Soviet troops at the front, no offensive yet was considered by OKW.

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April 23rd, 1943 (End of Axis turn)

OKW was furious as Athens’ defenders retreated out of the city after only two days of battles, despite the weather pining down Allied attackers. The local corps commander was relived of command. OKW ordered Athens to be retaken at all costs. Alas, the crowed path to the city only allowed for two days of attacks after German tanks pushed back American paratroopers. Athens defenders are exhausted now but will probably be relieved by fresh troops before another attempt to retake the city can be made.


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In Libya, the Allies again launched an offensive after a few weeks recuperating and destroyed the Italian 2nd Fortress Corps. The precarious situation exposing Tripoli forced an Axis counterattack that started well but stalled not long after, leaving Axis troops temporarily in a mediocre situation. Hopefully, the Allies will not have time to exploit it.

With the developments in Greece and the sheer density of new Soviet troops, the Summer offensive was postponed indefinitely in the USSR. As Generaloberst Guderian said: “let them come”! OKH also agreed that the best of possible scenarios would be a Summer Soviet offensive that OKH believe could easily be contained and severely punished. OKW has some doubt about letting the enemy take the initiative, but also admitted it can not spare more resources for a serious offensive the USSR.


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OKW is doing its best to keep German cities safe! On the ground...

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And in the air...

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May 7th, 1943 (End of Axis turn)

Allied forces tried to break-out of Attica when US forces attacked the German coastal division in the way, baring exit off Athens. All attacks were repulsed, and the exhausted Americans withdrew, been replaced in Athens by British forces. The tired Allied forces seem undersupplied in the area. Although, OKW expect the two paratrooper corps, including a very battered US one, to withdraw out of the sector, alleviating the Allies supply problems. Across the Aegean, Turkish authorities are keeping an eye on the war…


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As expected, the Allies did counterattack in Libya, but Axis forces escaped with moderate damage, for now. It is not believed that Allied forces are in strong enough shape to continue (and Italian bombers kept harassing them to keep them at low operational level), but the Allies are surprisingly resilient and daring, so one never knows. OKH is relieved that the Allies did not realise that a back door pass to Tripoli was temporarily guarded by no more than three security regiments attached to the German army HQ. The Scipio Armored Corps, although in bad shape, relieved the said regiments.

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In the Soviet Union, both sides are facing each other, and no one dares make the first move… yet. The Soviet build-up, especially in the South, is obvious. OKH knows Axis troops would not go far in such dense defenses as the Red Army has a two-line defense system (if not more), from Kalinin to Stalino. However, Stavka is probably aware that the average Soviet soldier is not up to par yet with the Axis ones and that an attempted breakthrough with what the Red Army has the best to offer, would put such rare, for now, elite assets at risk of a counterattack by OKH’s reserves.

In other news, Ploesti was severely bombed and oil, although not at critical levels, must be kept in check in the context of a long war. Therefore, more defenses have been deployed in the area. The Romanian Air Force might also be recalled from Ukraine. Bucharest and Berlin are trying to figure out the details of who is paying for what.


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Newly deployed Flak unit in Ploiesti adjusting its equipment.

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A sizable part of the German army is in France, Belgium and the Netherlands where soldiers are clearly having an easier time than their comrades in other sectors such the USSR, Greece, Libya or Norway where fighting either rages on or could erupt at a minute notice. Yet OKW is reluctant to withdraw troops from the sector despite no obvious sign of enemy buildup across the Chanel.

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I dont remember if I said this already but what a great AAR, thanks for the effort!

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Yes you did, and thank you again [:)]
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Ah ok getting senile at 50 [:)], anyway there can not be enough praise [:)]

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Ditto from me. Reading both AAR’s side by side. It’s very entertaining.
Thanks for all the effort.
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