5 JUN 42
The arrival of another SS Panzer division has changed the course of the Battle for Rostov. The hole punched through by the I SS Panzer Korps will likely prove to be the end for my Russian defenders. Still, I'm holding the ground as long as possible. Control of the entire Caucasus and its oil fields hinges on holding Rostov. Reinforcements are slowly arriving from Siberia. Due soon are some powerful formations, including the 60th, 62nd, 63rd Armies. However, the first of those fresh armies won't get to the Eastern Front for yet another month.
The arrival of four British Corps from England nearly guarantees the successful defense of Egypt. Tobruk could theoretically hold, but unlike against the PO, Mark should be able to take the city with some effort. I'm only leaving South African troops of the X & XXX Corps in the defense of Tobruk. But they're quality units.
The 1st Battalion of the 1st South African Division has made a gallant stand in Gazala, as has the 3rd Battalion of the 50th Division at Bir Hacheim. These delaying actions--nothing short of suicide missions--have proven frustrating for my opponent, as it deprives him of crucial crossroads, including the rail line to Tobruk.
Meanwhile, the rest of the X & XXX Corps ran like hell back to Alexandria. I'm working on a defensive line along the historical El Alamein positions, sending the I, V, VIII Corps forward from Alexandria.