Lived too much when I was young to put it all down here.|
If someone is interested I write about it all the time.
I BELIEVE THIS
The Axis forces are depleted, have failed to really make a dent in the Third Defense Line. A few local attacks across the breadth of AGC [Army Group Center] make dents, but sputter out.
The first snow falls.
The effort of extending the line east pays off and provides the staging area to attack past Soviet Forces in The Third Defense Line. It taxes the reserves to the max.
A twin trust on either side of the Moscow River succeeds in plowing through the Soviet Line, but fails to get into the city.
The bulk of their mobile forces are out of supply and over extended. A desperate renewal of the assault on Kalinin makes good progress eastward [at least at first].
Maybe it will meet the spearheads moving north [behind Moscow] ?
No they will not make it.
Although slowing this last offensive presses on, but reserves are insufficient and although the armor reaches the main rail line and takes Kalinin; the Soviet Counter Attack stops them Short of the Main Goal.
They just breach a portion of the Moscow Defensive Line in north when the time runs out. A comparison of start and ending lines for Axis Forces is overlaid. Units are in the final positions.
I did stupid things, I was reckless. Truth be told, in the real war, there were any number of Generals on the German side recommending that winter quarters and defensive works be established in October. Von Rundsted even recommended withdrawals in the south and was fired for it.
Anyway, my end positions were bad and good.
Siberian Reinforcements would have had to detrain further East as I had cut the rails to Far-East Russia, but also, Axis Armor was going to be sitting there as easy targets when those did arrive,
Withdrawal was the only sane thing to consider.