For some reason several of my divisions were still inside Finish borders. Not that I mend as I will then have a bit more depth for my defence and a good advance warning system. Good, the Leningrad front is a strong front, several strong armies in a good defensive position and fortifications on the main approaches to Peterís old capital.
Further down the line, to the north, however, my defences arenít as strong.
Only a single weak corps protects the Murmansk line, which will be vital due to the Lend-Lease pact with the Allies.
At Murmansk itself a sizable force is stationed, which will be shortly reinforced by the two NKVD divisions I found in Archangelsk. The Finish are still neutral and only eyeing us from their trenches just across the border but the German forces in Finland attack straight away. The first move to the Murmansk rail line is thwarted quickly but if they build up some more forces for a second attempt I wonít come away as easy. I will need more troops here.
From Leningrad the Baltic fleet is sent out to patrol the Gulf of Finland. Even though it is of no use in the beta as there is no Naval AI yet.
From Moscow two armies and the Stavka reserves move west (strategic movenemt) to take up positions in the Dnjepr area. They will be my new reserves for the Stalin line, which isnít finished yet. Although several divisions are send on to fill threatened gaps straight away. The worst of these is the gap in the front west of Odessa, Rumanian troops are pouring through.
At this moment idle divisions are called in from the Far East as well. Once they arrive they can create positions around Kiev and Minsk, moving the other reserves to the front. I will also need a reserve east of Riga as I will be in terrible peril if the Dvina river line breaks. But thatís all for the future.