Part 49: Turn 46: April 30, 1942
A new unit and a new Guard! How exciting!
How do you get promoted if you can't even scrape together a 1:2 win:loss ratio?
Will they ever learn?
And a few scattered attacks in the south.
Guess who forgot that the first week of May was a clear week? May and June alternate between mud and clear, weeks that start on an odd day are clear, even days are mud. In European zones, aka Germany and the Crimean peninsula, the weather is clear every week starting now.
Clear weather also reduces ice at an accelerated rate. Mud turns reduce the ice counter by 1 per turn and clear turns reduce it by 3 per turn, with an additional -1 from it being May or later. Basically the ice is gone and it isn't coming back.
Those 2 encircled infantry divisions are freed by a rather devastating German attack with over 3,500 Soviet casualties.
This turn took a really long time to process and this is why. There's something going on behind the lines here and my airforce leapt all over it, launching nearly 3 dozen interdiction missions.
That actually wasn't as bad as I was expecting, the Germans only launched 15 attacks with 7 victories. It could have probably been even better if I had remembered that this was going to be a clear turn and prepared for it, oh well.
This is a fun comparison map, our line right now vs the historical line about 2 months in the future when the mud ends. We're actually behind in the north except for the fact that Leningrad isn't cut off but the differences near Moscow and especially in the south are dramatic.