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Having played the Invasion of Poland we set up the Kursk scenario for a proper clash of arms.
The German setup reveald that he was going to try to tighten the noose around the Soviets in the Kursk salient. The Red army formed formidable defenses, but opted for an offensive of their own just south of Kharkov. Their plan was to cut off the German units guarding the Don river bend.
Army group south (AGS) struck hard at the Russians south of Kursk. Unfortunally the armoured spearhead of Army group center (AGC) in their objective, so the Russian frontline troops managed to escape through the Kursk pocket and launched a counterattack against AGC. After a month and a half the Germans had managed to "smooth out" the bulge at Kursk although the Red Army had pushed back AGC about 90 miles.
Down south the Russian offensive opened as planned. The Wehrmacht could do little to stop the Russian Bear from crossing the river. Thanks to the Luftwaffe the onslaught could be stopped at Stalino. By then a lot of partisans were roaming the area, hampering German mobility.
The Russians were running out of time. Through some brilliant manouvering they managed to create a breach in the German southern front, just north of Stalino, and storm across the Dnepr to capture Dnepropetrovsk by the end of August.
Proper compensation for the catastrophe in the south was given further north. A poorly planned attempt to liberate Leningrad actually caused the downfall of the city and the Wehrmacht laid claim to one of the campaign's greatest trophies. Only time will tell if the German transports will be able to fly in enough supply there as the Red Army regroups and prepares to strike again.
The German army, though still strong, have a serious situation at hand. Next session holds a lot in store!