The arrival of some heavy tank brigades have really helped stabilize the defenses in the north. Mark has really thrown a scare into me with this intense offensive, as cutting off my supply to the TITAN forces could doom at least five full armies, including two Guards armies. Frankly, I don’t care if I have to hold onto the supply route by a single hex, as long as it lasts until the southern advance from the Svir River reaches the rendezvous point at the bottom of this slide.
It would seem that I’m across the river for good now, as the Germans have been unable to mount a serious counterattack to push me back. I’ve had much more success using limited attacks on the Germans, which inflict more casualties than regular attacks. Once I can get the 69th Army across the river (currently in reserve NW of Stalingrad), my focus will shift toward taking the rail crossing to the south. Mark has been able to defend that crossing much better than the northern bridgehead I’ve established. Once I get the rail line repaired, supply will be at full strength across the river.
Sector: Southern Italy
Along the Ofanto River, the British have broken the German defensive line led by the 6th South African Armoured. The SA’s are easily the most powerful single division in the British Commonwealth Forces. The rest of the X and XXX Corps have followed up across the river. Now that the Germans are out of their fortified positions, I’m hoping the advance along the Adriatic coast will move more quickly. In the west, the Canadians and British XIII Corps haven’t gained much, but continue to hammer away at the Germans south of Rome. American armored divisions are making an attempt to cut the road to Campobasso, but it’s been tough sledding up the mountains.