Getting Chilly on the Northwest Front

2nd Inf Div troops astride the VLADIMIR-MOSCOW road in deteriorating weather

2nd Inf Div troops astride the VLADIMIR-MOSCOW road in deteriorating weather

As the last mud froze into iron hard ruts around KALININ and VYSHNY VOLOCHYOCK, the Axis X, II, and VIII Infantry Korps awaited winter with some confidence. The line they held stretched from south of LENINGRAD along the railway to KALININ and MOSCOW. Unlike the winter of 1941, the Landser were better equipped with winter clothing, lubrication oils that did not freeze solid and winter stoves for their dugouts. The Soviets had proved unable to retake MOSCOW this summer and would surely not do so this winter. Should the line come under pressure, then 4 Panzer Korps sat in reserve at VELIKIE LUKIE.

The Northwest Front Early Winter 1942 with Known German and Soviet Positions

The only fly in this ointment was the Soviet 30 Division that had penetrated the line between 12 and 32 Infantry Divisions. The railway was still cut at this point, and restoring the line was a priority for X and II Korps, on whose boundary the breach sat.

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Filed under 15mm Miniatures Wargames, Eastern Front, Infantry, Land Battles, Wargames, WWII

2 responses to “Getting Chilly on the Northwest Front

  1. I’ve two pairs of woolen socks on awaiting the frosty outcome!

  2. Mike

    Yay, back to the Russian front! Here’s hoping the Soviets will do well in this latest clash.

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