July ’41 sees the Soviet Counter attack aggressively early in the turn! However not before 2nd and 1st Panzer move after a general advance. AGS is in a rush to reach Kiev prior to more Soviet reinforcements arriving. The Soviets placed City Defence markers on Kiev and Smolensk and buttress the defense of each with 2 step 5-4 units.
[Full chit pull sequence]
This subsequently cost the Soviets heavily. As many of the choices for attacks represented poor odds attacks in over 50% of the 9 attacks. Resulting in 8 Divisions lost,3 Mech corps all for the damage of one German division! The odds combine with isolation DRMs crushed most attacks. This resulted in an eventual 51 combat factor loss for the turn.
AGN pressed hard past Dvinsk and powered across the Dvina River in force.
ARGC 3rd Pzr HQ, took advantage of the last move chit to not attack but rather bypass Vitebsk and surround Smolensk. In reality more units could have made the advance, as the Attrition phase only does supply check on units ALREADY in ISOLATED mode!! A big difference from my initial impression. So IF you are not caught out by the Logistics chit, you can ‘sneak’ forward.
Regardless the men of 18th Mtr. and 19th Pzr Div. are inside the 7 hex range of an HQ near Minsk which fell this turn.
A hard press up to the gates of Kiev was met with stiff resistance and a wealth of units of Corps and smaller size.
In the far South near Odessa 4th Army cleans up remnants and presses to Odessa for the quick cut off.
Final positions end turn 2: