Wednesday, May 16, 2012

TR 42-45 1.5.1 - ALLIED vs Mark - T012/24Jul42


Theatre Update: Don Front, Stalingrad, The Caucasus

Things are holding together surprisingly well, considering Mark brought to bear the full force of at least four armies. Maikop is likely a goner, but Grozny will need more defenders if I want to hold any hope of keeping the city and its oil fields out of German hands. Right now, there is just the 54th Army (down from Leningrad) and some detachments thrown together. If I can get at least two more armies down to Grozny before the Germans get there, I might be able to hold it. The 1st Guards Army arrives next week. That unit will immediately move south to Grozny. The mountains should help slow the Axis advance. Astrakhan now has the 1st Guards Tank Army, while the 62nd Army is straddling the Volga River between there and Stalingrad.

Thankfully, the Axis recon isn't very good. This is the likely reason he hasn't seen the gaping hole northwest of Stalingrad. There isn't a Russian soldier for a hundred miles.


England - The US 1st Division has arrived and is now encamped with the rest of the V Corps near Plymouth. The US now has its lead elements of the II and V Corps, including the 1st and 5th Infantry Divisions, the 15th Recon Group, and the 1st Armored Division.

North Africa - Little action. Attacks against the Tobruk garrison were easily repulsed. The El Alamein line hasn't been touched.

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