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    This is very interesting, now that you've dismantled the allies there's only the US of A and the Soviets to deal with, good luck!

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    Awesome AAR. Are the Allied surrender events here included in version HPP_1.7.36b? I'm currently playing Germany (Jan 41) and have fully occupied UK/Gibralter/Malta... waiting for something to happen.

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    Chapter 31: The Scandinavian War - August 23 to December 3, 1941

    The conflict which began on September 25 has commonly been know as the Scandinavian War of Consolidation. This is a false label, as there were in fact 2 wars that occurred, although most scholars group the two together, as the final war aims were the same for both Norway and Sweden. The official cause of the war was the accusation that the Norwegian and Swedish governments had instigated an assassination attempt on Hitler during a party rally on September 9th. This is now to have been false - the bomb was actually planted by a lone individual who was caught attempting to escape into the French State.

    It is clear that the Reich's leadership at the time wished to create a Greater Germany, including all people considered to be "Germanic". However, the definition of Germanic was changed as the war progressed, to include increasing numbers of individuals, until it eventually encompassed a much larger group of people than intended. At first, the idea was to consolidate all of the German-speaking people in Europe. This was the rationale behind the annexation of Austria, the Sudetenland, Memel, Danzig, and the cause of the War in the West. The common consensus today is that had the war not started and the former European territory of the German Empire been returned, the Reich's leaders may have settled with ending their belligerence with the partition of Switzerland along linguistic lines, with portions going to France, Germany, and Italy. The war with the Soviet Union was always considered to be inevitable, and was never taken off the table.

    Due to the success of the Wehrmacht during the War in the West, the initial aims of Greater Germany were expanded. It was shortly after the bombing on September 9th that Hitler and his ministers decided to expand the planned limits of Greater Germany to include the non-Finnish areas of Norway and Sweden, and fulfill Germany's obligation with its new ally Finland. The bombing was considered to be a good tool to leverage in order to justify to both the UN and Soviet Union the invasions of both nations. During the time between the bombing and declaration of war against Sweden, two investigations took place. The first was to find and punish the real culprits responsible, and the second "investigation" was to collect or forge evidence pointing to joint Norwegian/Swedish involvement.

    Most military historians believe that this particular war was a distraction and a strategic failure. Due to the regime's racist beliefs and overconfidence, many lives were lost that could have helped the Reich defeat its hated foe, the Soviet Union. Resources were also directed toward occupying both countries and defending the enlarged coastline. In the larger international picture, the war served to further antagonize the United States, which was, despite the Axis great successes to this point, still the most powerful nation on the planet.

    The first action of the war was for I. Marinekorps to assault the city of Malm. The Swedes had heavily fortified the city, and had placed over half of the Swedish Army inside. The siege was long and bloody, and ended on October 28. However, the attack served its purpose, which was to tie down Swedish defenders while the Luftwaffe's paratroopers landed in key positions along the coasts.


    The Battle of Malm tied up the majority of Sweden's army, allowing special forces to occupy other important areas

    Several days after the war began, Portugal joined the Anti-Comintern Pact and became a member of the Axis Powers. Portugal's first actions were to return Macau to the Republic of China. While the Reich had no illusions that Portugal's armed forces could contribute in any meaningful way to any conflict, Portugal did have colonies and naval bases scattered throughout the world. It was these bases that the Reich wanted access too, and was the rationale behind offering Portugal to join the growing alliance.

    On October 10th, two paratrooper divisions were dropped in Stockholm, two more were dropped in Sdertlje, and the final two were dropped in the port city of Gteborg. Of the three cities, only Stockholm was defended, albeit lightly. The capital fell on October 17.


    The Battle of Stockholm.

    After the city was taken, a large battle took place between Raeder's Flotte 1, and a fleet led by Swedish Admiral Hamilton. During the battle, Swedish reinforcements arrived from Karlskrona. Hamilton's fleet successfully escaped during the night, but his reinforcements didn't know about the successful escape, resulting in the loss of the HMS Fylgia.


    The only naval action of the war

    With the occupation of its major cities, after Malm was occupied on November 2, 5 days after the battle of Malm was won, Sweden surrendered and annexed by the Reich. It was at this time that Finland demanded the Torne River Valley, as per the terms of the alliance. The Reich didn't like to hand over land if the other nation didn't participate in hostilities, but Finland's future use as another front against the Soviets was too valuable to end the alliance. The Reich agreed, and the province was transferred to Finland.


    Finland gains the Torne River Valley

    Four weeks later, with Heeresgruppe C in position, Norway was attacked as well. The war lasted only 4 days. After Oslo and Narvik were taken, the Norwegians capitulated on December 2, 1941. Thus, the Scandinavian War was over. Hitler declared the end of the war as a great victory with a rousing speech, now known as the Wehrmacht Speech due to the effects it had on all of the Reich's citizens, German or not. The resulting jubilation resulted in a glorification of the military profession, resulting in may inspired young men to join the Wehrmacht as professional soldiers. The massive volunteer movement would last until July 26, 1943.


    The surrender of Norway prompts a huge increase in volunteers for the Wehmacht (Author's note: As a reminder, this is the result of switching conscription laws)

    The following day, Finland once again asked for the land it was promised, and once again the Reich ceded territory to Helsinki. At this point, all efforts were driven to training occupation forces for the Reich's non-German territories, improving infrastructure in Poland, and preparing for the upcoming Operation Barbarossa, the opening stage of the war against the Soviet Union.


    Finland's expanded territories in the Arctic

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    @scholar: Thanks, too bad your game died and you had to redo it. At least you can submit your new AAR into the contest, so it wasn't a complete loss. That said, the US will start picking up friends, lots of friends, in a few updates. The US AI was kind of sleepy, but Slan sent me a tweaked AI file that makes the US much more aggressive when trying to recruit members for its United Nations. The UN at the moment doesn't have a lot of credibility, considering it only has 1 member so far

    @userx: I don't know, I wrote the events for this AAR then Slan added them later. I know for a fact they're in version 1.8 and later (I saw some bug reports because Slan forgot to add everything ). You will need to make the UK actually surrender though, so just holding Malta, Gibraltar, and the Home Islands may not be enough if their NU is too high.

    @SSmith: It's 1941. I keep forgetting since I always play by going through France, and by the time I get to this point in a normal game, it's late 1940.

    @The votes are in, and the multiple-updates people clearly won. The next update will cover the launching of some new ships for the Kriegsmarine, in preparation for an overseas war, and updates on the 2nd Sino-Japanese War. I'll then do another screen-dump status chapter and then the next big show will start. As Stuyvesant said in Rennslaer's Kriegsgefahr AAR, "I believe [peace] is the period between fighting where you prepare for the next war ".
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    Yay, now move our border also eastwards!
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    Chapter 32: Expansion of the Kriegsmarine and the Shanghai Lodgement - August 10, 1941 to March 31, 1942

    There were two major sets of events during this time period, and this chapter will be split between the two. The first section will discuss the expansion of the Kriegsmarine, in order to complete the last two fleets of Plan Z, and the beginning of the switch to carrier-based battle fleets. The section section will discuss the international situation, focusing on the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.

    Expansion of the Kriegsmarine

    On December 2, 1941, the day before Norway's surrender, the final four battleships of the Kriegsmarine were launched. Construction was slated to finish in 2 years. These ships were the most modern and well-equipped in the world, using the H 41-class as a base. The improved H 41 design included slightly heavier main guns and less armor (a 32" main belt as opposed to the earlier 38" main belt). The reduced armor would allow the massive ships to better keep up with the Europa-class carriers already under construction.


    Germany's last battleships were launched on December 2, 1941

    On January 12, 1942, the final four P-class heavy cruisers were launched. These cruisers were identical to their existing sister ships already in service, with the exception of sporting improved radar systems. While Plan Z had called for 12 of these ships to be built, the changed focus on carrier-based fleets required even larger escort cruisers to defend the carriers in place of battleships. The planned reserve of 4 P-class cruisers was canceled as larger, heavier ships were currently in the design-phase.


    The final P-Class heavy cruisers were launched on January 12, 1942

    On January 27, 1942, the first two Potsdam-class light carriers were launched. A substantial redesign of the Reich's future carrier fleets took place in late December. It was decided that the planned 2 fleet carriers, 3 light carriers, 4 heavy cruisers, 6 light cruisers, and 2 flotillas of Sphkreuzers fleets were too ambitious given the Reich's limited industry and the coming war with the Soviet Union. Instead, the fleets would be composed of 1 fleet carrier, 2 light carriers, 2 heavy cruisers, 3 light cruisers, and a heavy destroyer flotilla. The Potsdam-class was a great improvement over the Jade-class, sporting heavier armor, better anti-aircraft guns, and a massive engine that allowed for long-range deployments.


    The Potsdam-class light carrier is a marked improvement over the experimental Jade-class



    Finally, on February 12, 1942, the final six M-class light cruisers were launched. These ships were slightly different from the previous six M-class CLs, in that they traded firepower for armor and range. The newer ships could withstand more punishment and operate further from base than their predecessors, but compensated with smaller main guns.


    The final 6 M-class light cruisers were launched on February 12, 1942

    International Developments

    On August 10, 1941, the Japanese had won the Battle of Shanghai and began a massive push outward. By August 23, the Japanese had reached the outskirts of Nanjing in the east and Nanchang in the south. Despite being forced to move troops south to deal with the invasion, the Chinese had continued to gain ground in Manchuria.


    The Japanese establish a lodgement in Shanghai

    On September 20, 1941, the Chinese had pushed even further into Manchuria and had begun to push the Japanese back. The main thrust of the Chinese counter attack occurred in the western section of the lodgement, just south of Nanjing. The counter attack was meant to cut of the Japanese advance to Nanchang. After sensing the threat to their line, the Japanese infantry retreated north to consolidate their position.


    China counter attacks, forcing the Nanchang front to withdraw

    In response to the situation in China, large-scale protests arose in Indochina, demanding the reinstatement of the previous democratic government. While the previous French puppet government was never held in high regard by the various peoples of the country, the new Chinese government was considered to be worse. The government installed by the KMT had greatly restricted the local's freedom of expression, and was the major cause of the unrest. The RoC decided to intervene militarily and restore order in their protectorate.


    Riots in the former French colony of Indochina against Chinese influence erupted in late September, 1941

    By October 1, the northern front had stabilized, and Japan had pushed back the initial counter attack. Japan would continue to bring in additional troops, and refocus its offensive northward, in order to attack Nanjing without having to cross the Yangtze river. It's southern flank had formed defensive positions along the hills and mountains, waiting for the northern group to take the capital and cause the Chinese supply lines to collapse.


    Japan begins its attempt to encircle Nanjing from the north

    By November 2, Japan had begun to push China out of Manchuria. In the Shanghai lodgement, it had begun to lose ground north of Nanjing, but had made progress toward the Yangtze, exploiting local weakness in the lines. The Guangxi Clique, ruled by the left-leaning faction of the KMT, was responsible for holding the line south of Nanjing. Guangxi's troops were of poor quality, even by Chinese standards, and couldn't withstand the fierce Japanese attacks and slowly melted back to the Yangtze.


    Japan gains ground in Manchuria, but it traded land near Shanghai

    By November 15, Japan had recovered most of East Hebei and was nearing the pre-war border. Near Shanghai, Japan had overstretched itself north, and lost ground in the west and south. Guangxi's best infantry had finally arrived. While still outclassed by the Japanese, these troops were much better trained than the regular militia-grade forces, and threatened to cut off Japan's southwestern front. Guangxi's infantry would prove to be the key to pushing Japan out of Shanghai.



    Japan almost reaches the pre-war northern border, and gets pushed back near Shanghai

    Surprised by the effectiveness of their new foe, Japan adopted a defensive strategy near Shanghai. This appeared to be a sound strategy, as the Chinese forces in the north began to route, resulting in large territorial gains by Japan, including the old capital city of Beiping. Japan's goal was to connect both fronts.


    Japan makes rapid gains in the north, in an effort to connect the two fronts

    Unfortunately for Japan, China was able to recover from the route. China's massive reserve forces were moved north and slowed the Japanese advance. Meanwhile, the routed troops had recovered and were directed toward the removal of Japanese troops in the Shanghai lodgement. By March 3, 1942, Japan had been pushed away from Nanjing and past the Chinese Hindenburg Line, occupying only the area immediately outside of Shanghai.


    The Japanese forces near Shanghai lose ground to the massive Chinese counter attack

    By March 31, 1942, the day before Operation Barbarossa began, Japan's lodgement in Shanghai was reduced to a mere two provinces. Japan, who had come close to capturing the Chinese capital, Nanjing, would be unable to reproduce its initial success. Had Japan taken the capital, it is widely assumed that China's supply system would have collapsed completely. The results of such a collapse would have been near-fatal for China. Japan's failure to take the city would ultimately lead to its undoing. The Reich's generals took this lessen to heart.


    The Shanghai lodgement is almost destroyed

    In addition to the developments in China, Turkey joined the Axis Powers on March 31. Turkey's condition to join the Axis was to gain the three Caucasus Soviets, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. With Turkey's inclusion into the Axis, the Soviet Union had to actively man 4 fronts: The Soviet/German/Hungarian/Romanian borders, the Soviet/Finnish border, the Soviet/Turkish border, and the Soviet/Manchukuo border. However, despite having to man so many fronts, the Red Army was still massive, mobilized, and had possibly recovered from the effects of Stalin's purge. The coming battle would be fierce, and determine the future shape of the world.

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    Holy crap, Japan *almost* won. In all of my games as Japan, once you take Nanjing, the Chinese supply system and industry collapses for a few weeks, as resources get stockpiled in the new capital and the supply system adjusts. It's just a matter of time until China falls at that point. I'm pretty sure what led to Japan's downfall in the lodgement was its successes up north, and the huge militia reserve China has available. The reserve did move up north, and the routed units went to help Guangxi and Shanxi after they recovered. If you look at the screens, you can see the massive migration of Chinese militia and infantry to Shanghai once they get pushed out of Manchuria.

    @Enewald: Finland will actually have to fight this time. No more freebies for the Axis slackers. They will have to pull their own weight during the fight against the Bolesheviks.
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    Chapter 33: Overview of the Wehrmacht - March 31, 1942

    (Author's note: another picture dump There should be, at most, two more of these, depending on my progress)

    Economic stats on March 31, 1942:
    35275 energy
    76171 metal
    98902 rares
    46588 oil
    81556 supplies
    95303 fuel
    14570 money
    451 MP
    265 base IC
    351 effective IC

    The militaries of the Axis Powers:

    An overview of the Axis militaries

    Military forces committed to Operation Barbarossa:


    The old Baltic Fleet is in position to support the attack in Lithuania


    The newly composed Fleet 2 in position to intercept Soviet ships


    The newly composed Fleet 3 in position to intercept Soviet ships


    Fleet 1 in position to intercept Soviet ships leaving the Black Sea. Note that the Italians are having difficulty supplying fuel, and are still staring at Athens


    The northern Army Group


    The eastern Army Group


    The southern Army Group

    An overview of the Reich's military production:


    Production overview. (Author's note: I forgot to take a picture of my production screen before I started This is from a month later, on April 31)

    An overview of the Reich's research progress:



























    The status of the world on March 31, 1942:

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    How powerful the Soviet Union is?

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    Peuh... Thats a massive production line. makes one suspect you have some massive post-Bitter Peace plans...
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    What are you going to do with all those support brigades?

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    @Cybvep: I don't want to spoil it too much, but I've decided to title the next chapter "Surprise!". And the Soviets aren't the ones were were surprised...

    I had falsely assumed the AI had stuck with the Human Wave and Shock Infantry techs, but it switched half-way to Firepower Infantry and GBP (I loaded up as the remaining majors to check their production and research queues; the US is ridiculous and has something like 11 carriers ). The Soviets have almost 1,000 brigades, 650 of which are infantry, and rest are an even split between motorized infantry and support brigades.

    @CptEasy: I need to re-prioritize all of that, but all of the ships except the light carriers were planned from the beginning. I just now got to the point where I can start construction on them.

    @Baltasar: They will be attached to AG South, since that one needs the extra punch and will mainly be fighting in plains terrain, so the terrain penalties won't be an issue.
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    Lots of information! Thanks.

    Yes, Japan did do well. It's good that Japan pulled off the Shanghai operation (and nearly succeeded!) considering it is 1941 and China must have so many more forces to defend ports, etc.

    I notice that you have hardly built any armour - quite a surprise! What's the reasoning?

    Also, lots of police brigades - do you find them useful in HPP?

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    I guess he built 2xGAR+2xMP divs for occupation duties. AFAIK, high revolt risk affects supply throughput, so strategically placed GARs/MPs can be helpful. Also, they decrease the IC/MP/LP/resources penalty.

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    Cybvep's right on, although I build 1xgar+3xmp divisions. They're currently in occupied territory, to reduce the IC/LS/MP penalties due to revolt risk. I have enough in Belgium that a few will be moved to the eastern front to help with supply problems.

    About the tanks. Germany historically had a total of 43 tank divisions by the end of the war. However, that's very misleading, because Germany would create new divisions to replace shattered ones. In reality, I actually have more tanks than the Germans had historically by this time.

    The reason for the lack of armor has more to do with trying to balance my short-term goals with my long-term goals. My long-term goal is to project power overseas, which is why my navy has always been at the top of the production queue. That means I have less fighter planes than I wanted, and less armor as well (I'm short 3 corps). I have pretty much all of the infantry and motorized infantry I wanted, and will probably stick with this army throughout the rest of the game, as the supply-heavy tanks won't be useful in Japan or the US. I'll probably build the remaining three tank corps anyway though, as a reserve. Aside from that, I'll only build port guards, my police divisions, and anti-partisan cavalry from this point on.
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    I think that it's a mistake, although I don't know how strong the Soviets are in your game. I would be dead by now in my AAR if I didn't have a strong mobile component of the army . Supply situation can be tough at times (and it will get worse the closer you are to Moscow), but armoured and motorised divs are worth it.

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    More artillery to east, or to garrison new lands?

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    Not sure how much help Japan will be with it focusing all it's power on destroying China, but a front is a front. Good luck with Barbarossa.

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    @Cybvep: Maybe, we'll see in the end. 24 armor divisions is still a lot, plus I have 24 more motorized divisions with attached armored cars or SP-RART.

    @Enewald: The artillery will be given to the Southern AG to give them the extra punch I'll need. The Soviets have almost as many units along the combined Hungary/Romania borders as they do with mine, and that's bad for the Axis minors. I'll need to punch through quickly in order to keep them from surrendering and gaining access to my soft underbelly.

    @scholar: Japan isn't in the Axis. China joined instead after the UK surrendered, and opening another front would actually help them by reducing stacking penalties. I loaded up as China to make sure the AI was building and researching correctly, and all of their battles have 20+ brigades in them, so the stacking penalties are the reason they're losing against Japan so far.
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    Hey, I only saw this AAR existed about a week ago so only just got round to reading it, glad to say though I've just caught up to here now and am eagerly anticipating the next chapter; should be a colossal fight in Barbarossa I think...

    Really is an excellent read, keep it up

    PS - This AAR has also inspired me to try the SF HPP beta and try your naval strategy for myself

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    Chapter 34: Surprise! - April 1, 1942 to April 31, 1942

    On April 1, Indonesia joined the Axis powers, and Portugal returned East Timor to Indonesia. While lacking a significant military, Indonesia was a good source of rare materials for the alliance, and provided alternate naval bases to those in China, which were threatened by Japan.



    On April 1, precisely at 22:00, Finland, Hungary, Romania, and the German Reich, using the cover of night to their advantage, attempted to destroy the nation most capable of threatening the existence of the Axis: the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The German Reich had prepared for this day for 6 years, using the War in the West as practice for its final goal - the destruction of the communist state. With the exception of heavy artillery, due to complete training in 3 months, everything was in place to begin the attack. The weather was clear, the mud season had passed, and the former Polish air bases had been upgraded. It was at 22:00 that the titanic conflict began, which would eventually involve over half the world's population, and would change the course of history.


    At 22:00 on April 1, Operation Barbarossa began

    The Luftwaffe had prepared to fight an enemy that could fill the skies with aircraft. However, the Reich knew that the Soviet air force was outdated and poorly trained. During the first month, the Luftwaffe had succeeded in destroying or grounding every Soviet air wing. The Luftwaffe had state of the art interceptors, which were equipped with radar systems, the most advanced weapon and fuselage designs, and veteran pilots who had seen 1 year of combat against two of the world's great powers.

    The Luftwaffe's successes were not only limited to the air war above Ukraine, Belarus, and the Baltic States. On April 8, 2 paratrooper divisions took the city of Riga with minimal losses, but were unable to expand their initial gains. This was not a complete loss, as they tied up Soviet defenders that could have been sent to the front lines. However, 2 paratrooper divisions based in Finland attempted to cut off Khola and Karelia via the province of Zelenoborskij. The operation's goals were to cut off the city of Murmansk, and force the Soviets to supply it via convoys from Arkhangelsk. The KMS Scharnhorst and KMS Oberdonau, along with their heavy cruiser partners, were to then attack the supply convoys and starve the Khola peninsula, thus allowing the Finns to occupy it and focus their forces elsewhere. Unfortunately, the Soviets had placed three heavy infantry divisions in both provinces before the attacks began, anticipating such a move.

    The result was the loss of over 2,000 paratroopers out of 20,000 before the attack was called off. The Finns had refused to aid in the attack, and their lack of support contributed to the failure of the operation.

    The Kriegsmarine had fared well against the Red Navy during the opening month. At 3:00 on April 6, Flotte 2 led by Admiral Marschall, spotted the Soviet Baltic Fleet led by Admiral Kuznetsov, composed of ten destroyers organized into two flotillas and the battleships Marat and Oktoberskaya Revolyutsiya along the Finnsish Coast. Five destroyers were sunk by the KMS Graf Zeppelin's aircraft, and the fleet fled back to Leningrad. Marschall immediately pursued.


    Initial contact with the Soviet Baltic Fleet

    At 8:00 on April 6, Marschall again made contact with Kuznetsov's fleet. By noon, the Marat had been sunk by torpedoes from the Graf Zeppelin's aircraft, and Kuznetsov had fled back to Leningrad.


    Admiral Marschall's CAGs sink the Soviet battleship Marat

    The Heer, however, made slow progress, mostly by winning Pyrrhic victories. The Soviets had readjusted their battle doctrine from the expected Shock and Human Wave doctrines to Firepower and Grand Battle Plan, following their experience in the Winter War and after observing the Reich's War in the West. Their tactics differed sharply from their previous wars, and had refocused on creating over-sized divisions in the German model and the extensive use of artillery brigades in the Western model. The Heer had fully expected to come into contact with large numbers of poorly trained and equipped troops, who would attempt to overwhelm the Heer with their superior numbers. That was not the case

    The result was that instead of the Heer overrunning sleeping garrisons of conscripts, it crashed upon a metaphorical wall of bullets. The Soviets were fully mobilized and prepared for the attack. It has been theorized that the Soviets themselves were preparing to attack as well, explaining their combat readiness. The Heer was over-numbered and out-gunned, but still held the advantage - the Heer's armored and mobile divisions would become the key to the Reich's early victories. The Soviets had neglected to increase their armored forces, and the Reich's medium and heavy tanks were able to tear through the Soviet defenses while taking minimal losses. However, the Reich's tank divisions were too few in number, and couldn't be everywhere at once. The result was local breaches being made, but the breaches were unable to be fully exploited due to the sheer size of the Soviet army, which had a large reserve force waiting behind the front lines.

    Overall, the initial month of the war saw more battle casualties than the entire War in the West. Losses on both sides were high, which only favored the Soviet's new doctrine of Attritional Containment. The Hungarians and Germans alone were able to claim victories and gain ground. The Romanians and Finns were quickly overwhelmed by the Soviet counter-offensive, which would lead to near-catastrophic results for the Axis. By the end of the month, the Soviets had neared Helsinki and nearly forced the Finns to surrender, had it not been for the timely relocation of the Luftwaffe's 2 paratrooper divisions. The Soviets had pushed south into Romania and threatened the Ploiesti oil fields, and half of Romania's divisions had shattered during the initial assault.

    The list of high-casualty battles is long, and a memorial in Berlin was later erected to commemorate the largest battles where the ultimate sacrifices by both the Soviet and German soldiers were made. The battles listed on the memorial from the first month of the war are:
    Taurage, April 6, 1942 - 3,440 German KIA, 3,661 Soviet KIA, Soviet Victory
    Kobryn, April 7, 1942 - 3,455 German KIA, 1,041 Soviet KIA, Soviet Victory
    Bolekhiv, April 8, 1942 - 1,761 German KIA, 1,094 Soviet KIA, German Victory
    Stryj, April 9, 1942 - 3,388 German KIA, 2,611 Soviet KIA, German Victory
    Druskienniki, April 9, 1942 - 3,370 German KIA, 1,891 Soviet KIA, Soviet Victory
    Skidel, April 10, 1942 - 2,926 Germanic KIA, 976 Soviet KIA, Soviet Victory
    1st Battle of Alytus, April 10, 1942 - 7,610 German KIA, 2,820 Soviet KIA, Soviet Victory
    Kamionka Strumilowa, April 13, 1942 - 3,342 German KIA, 1,354 Soviet KIA, Soviet Victory
    1st Battle of Vainode, April 15, 1942 - 2,954 German KIA, 934 Soviet KIA, Soviet Victory
    Zydaczow, April 15, 1942 - 4,303 German KIA, 3,551 Soviet KIA, Soviet Victory
    Lubieszow, April 19, 1942 - 2,178 German KIA, 1,187 Soviet KIA, Soviet Victory
    Marijampole, April 21, 1942 - 14,456 German KIA, 11,207 Soviet KIA, German Victory
    Maniewicze, April 24, 1942 - 2,3.97 German KIA, 942 Soviet KIA, Soviet Victory
    Iwacewicze, April 26, 1942 - 7,474 German KIA, 4,592 Soviet KIA, German Victory
    Seduva, April 26, 1942 - 2,244 German KIA, 1,491 Soviet KIA, Soviet Victory
    2nd Battle of Vainode, April 28, 1942 - 3,539 German KIA, 2,217 Soviet KIA, Soviet Victory
    Orany, April 29, 1942 - 1,475 German KIA, 619 Soviet KIA, Soviet Victory
    2nd Battle of Alytus, April 29, 1942 - 8,232 German KIA, 8,833 Soviet KIA, German Victory


    The status of the invasion after the first month


    The status of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War on April 31, 1942

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