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Die rote Götterdämmerung

1000 August 4th 1946
Korosten, Soviet Union

Although the Ukraine was fairly well defended by the remnants of the Soviet Army, several units failed to catch up with the Soviet retreat in the Ukraine and fell into several pockets very quickly. The Zhlobin pocket was one of these.​


The pocket was not immediately taken care of, however; instead, orders were given to continue to advance towards the northern border of the Ukraine; Korosten, holding eight Soviet divisions, had been chosen as the new target for forty-four German divisions; however, the troops' weariness after weeks of constant fighting and movement, the Dnepr and the marsh terrain, turned this battle into a standoff: this wasn't the breakthrough point the Germans were looking for, and so the attack was abandoned; Soviet defenses were to be pinpointed and attacked elsewhere.​


The Soviets had made the same mistake, however, as they thought that their eight divisions could beat forty-four of the Wehrmacht, even if tired. The attack was easily repulsed, and the troops were finally put at rest.​

1000 August 5th 1946
Zhlobin, Soviet Union

German divisions in the rear took care of the Zhlobin pocket and, after two days of fighting, led nine Soviet divisions to extinction.​


Timoshenko led the trapped forces, but he was not found once the divisions surrendered.​


Further north, at the outskirts of Smolensk, an entire Soviet corps fell behind the fast advance of the Wehrmacht; nineteen divisions led by Hausser were eager to score yet another victory and the few and scattered Soviet forces were easy prey for the maneuverable divisions of the Wehrmacht.​


The battle was over fairly quickly: after an eleven-hours long debate, the Soviets realized they'd better give in to Hausser's friendly requests of surrender.​

0000 August 10th 1946
Intelligence Dept., Berlin, Germany

The Kriegsmarine had never been Germany's vaunt, and even in its months of glory it never placed a severe risk to the Royal Navy; only the Bismarck aroused fear among the British sailors, and with the Bismarck serving as a giant aquarium, only the U-boote were a menace to Allied shipment.​


Once the German scientists started researching Light Carriers, however, one could easily grasp what direction the Kriegsmarine was taking: an impressive surface fleet.​

0000 August 12th 1946
Korosten, Soviet Union

A week after the failed attempt at breaching the Soviet lines, another attack was ordered across the Dnepr, this time with Luftwaffe support.​


Soviet resistance crumbled quickly, even if both sides were battle-weary. Casualties rised quickly among the Soviet forces, however, even with the Dnepr offering more than a headache to the German advance.​


The British kindly made the Germans a favor, as three Soviet divisions were trapped by the fast advance of British troops in Soviet soil. German divisions quickly closed the pocket and approached the outskirts of Archangelsk; the British were becoming too much big of a presence to be tolerated.​

0000 August 16th 1946
XXVII. Korps, Priluki, Soviet Union

By mid-August, virtually no progress had been achieved to breach the Soviet defenses, although several Soviet divisions were either destroyed by encirclements, or thoroughly pounded by the Luftwaffe and the constant attacks.​


Busse reached the outskirts of Kiev, but he could do little with the current Soviet defenses in the city, which prevented any frontal assault.​


Too little pressure was being applied on the Soviets. Therefore, the involvement of von Kluge was ordered; on August 17th, his attack on the Soviet westernmost defenses, on Pinsk, virtually rendered four Soviet divisions useless. Soviet reinforcements, however, would slow down von Kluge's advance as the days passed.​


In the meanwhile, von Rundstedt finally crossed the Dnepr as he took Korosten; his troops, while extremely tired, were ordered not to stop there and attack Zhitomir: the Soviets were not to be given a single minute of respite.​


Even if tired, twenty-nine divisions easily crushed the four-divisions strong defense of Zhitomir, now that the Dnepr was no longer able to defend them. The opposite, however, was true also; even if this battle cost the Soviets yet another division, von Rundstedt's forces were now too disorganized to continue the advance at this pace.​

1400 August 23rd 1946
19. Armee, Kaluga, Soviet Union

Another pocket in the North was taken care of by General Fromm.​


They had some kind of attachment to Smolensk, if they preferred advancing on that direction rather than seeking a way out of that encirclement.​

0600 August 24th 1946
18. Armee, Zhitomir, Soviet Union

Von Rundstedt finally reached the outskirts of Kiev, but in awful conditions. While his divisions took very few casualties, they had not taken a single day of rest for weeks.​


There were too many Soviet divisions around him to hope that he could hold his position for long. Encircling the whole of the Ukraine by taking Vinnitsa and Stanislawow was a remote possibility.​


The Soviets did not take von Rundstedt's intrusion lightly and the following day seventeen Soviet divisions made von Rundstedt run back to his tail.​


Not happy with that, the Soviets pursued the retreating German forces up to Korosten: von Rundstedt was once again on the other side of the Dnepr and achieved nothing but a waste of time, and some Soviet divisions destroyed. In the end, however, this would prove fatal to the Soviet lines.​

0500 August 26th 1946
Pinsk, Soviet Union

Even if the Soviet lines held strong, there were not enough divisions to replenish every hole: it was only because of von Rundstedt troops' weariness that the Soviets could push them back, and even then they shouldn't have allowed such a major breach of their defense line. With von Kluge applying an ever increasing amount of pressure in their western flank, furthermore, they could not hope to hold forever.​


Four more Soviet divisions made little to halt von Kluge's advance, and so did whichever force the Soviets threw in at him.​


Just to prove the point, three more Soviet divisions were thrown into the fray two days after. The more divisions they wasted this way, the weaker their lines were growing.​

0900 August 29th 1946
Heeresgruppe Nord, Soviet Union

German forces in the North isolated the Vyazma and the Klintsy pockets, totalling six divisions.​


The two battles would be over quickly, and so would be six Soviet divisions.​


Perhaps the last attempt at stopping von Kluge's attack was made with five more Soviet divisions on August 29th. Needless to say, von Kluge's thirteen divisions were not in the same shape of von Rundstedt's, and could withstand many days of prolonged warfare, unlike his Soviet counterparts, battered in casualties and organization.​


Finally, the time was deemed right to begin a full-scale attack on the Soviet lines: von Kluge was pressing on Pinsk, drawing Soviet divisions away from the Dnepr, and von Rundstedt had rested for one week. At 0400 on August 30th, two attacks were ordered, invonving 67 German divisions, all along the Dnepr, in Rowne and Zhitomir, against eight Soviet divisions in total, aiming to destroy the now feeble Soviet opposition, whose strenght had been drained in favor of the defense of Pinsk. While the Soviets were favoured by the marsh terrain and the river, this time the well-rested troops under von Rundstedt's command would stop at nothing.​
Cabinet Meeting September 1946

0000 September 1st 1946
Reichstag, Berlin

"Gentlemen, it is September once again" Bormann began "and August ended with a major tactical victory, as we pocketed and destroyed many Soviet divisions, but also with a strategical defeat, since we failed to occupy the Ukraine. Can September change this situation for the better?"

As soon as Bormann ended speaking, von Ribbentrop entered the room.

"Ah, Joachim, what news do you bring to us?"

"Good news actually. The Romanians have accepted our deal, so we finally have another oil stockpile for immediate use."​


"Excellent. This will please von Rundstedt" intervened Heinz Guderian "he's putting the final thrust into the Ukraine in action, now he can rest assured the Luftwaffe won't be grounded during these days."

"Well, that's an unexpected news. Heinz, you'll explain the situation in detail later. Ernst, how about some intelligence estimates?"

"You are right Martin, we did destroy many Soviet divisions once again."​


"Apparently, the Soviets lost nineteen infantry divisions and four armored. It is quite accurate, since we know for sure we encircled more than 28 Soviet divisions in August, and all but four have been destroyed. My guess is that we destroyed almost 30 Soviet divisions this month. Now, if only we could encircle their whole Army in the Ukraine..."

"That's another story. Please go on."

"Well, August advance was limited to some province, plus the British have landed in Archangelsk, so this provided a minor erosion to Soviet industry. As far as technology is concerned, they have completed a new Anti-Air artillery model. Their airforce remains unchanged."​


"Nothing to say about the US, if not for the usual industrial growth. They have upgraded their Battleship models and devised a new Encryption device."​


"UK is silent too. A new Turbojet Interceptor and a new Carrier doctrine is all they offer this month."

"Interesting numbers about the Soviet Union. I thought we destroyed much less than that number. So Heinz, care to explain in detail what the situation is?"

"Sure thing. As of September 1st, we are pushing East of Moscow with little resistance from the Soviets; the British are somehow helping us by occupying Archangelsk, and we're attacking them too. In the South, after a month full of repeated attempts at crossing the Dnepr, all of which have succeeded for some days only, von Rundstedt is leading yet another attempt. Soviet defenses have weakened considerably however, so we are confident that this time we'll be able to break into the Ukraine."​


"As you can see, this is the situation. We possess around 300 divisions, while the Soviet Union merely possesses 184, if we follow Kaltenbrunner's estimates. Around 100 of them are in the Ukraine."​


"In the North, we are attacking Archangelsk and thanking the British for their unexpected help in encircling three Soviet divisions."​


"We have completely pushed the enemy away from the outskirts of Moscow; we are currently destroying the last pockets inside our conquered territory and have stabilized the frontline for the time being: there's little worth of value beyond Moscow, apart from the Urals, but that's not our objective at the moment."​


"Here we can see the Klintsy pocket, recently destroyed, and the Vyazma pocket, on the way to."​


"Here is the Ukraine. As you can see there are now very few Soviet divisions defending the Dnepr; since the beginning of von Kluge's attack on Pinsk, the Soviets had to reinforce their defenses with whatever available to them, lest they risked a catastrophic breakthrough. They can't prevent this twice however, and this is why von Rundstedt is leading 67 divisions against the mere 8 Soviet divisions in Zhitomir and Rowne. Once we cross the Dnepr, the Soviet defense should crumble like a house of cards. At that point, we should be able to trap many Soviet divisions in Northern Ukraine."

"And what if von Rundstedt fails once again?"

"Even if I doubt that, it would just take us some more days to further weaken their defenses. Their northern border with us, that is the Dnepr, is no longer defended by well dug-in forces, as we forced them to move back and forth for several days, even if we failed to secure and hold a breakthrough. Needless to say, our Luftwaffe will make dust out of them once we attack them once again. And, with our renewed Oil supplies, I can't see how we can fail at this, furthermore against an enemy we outnumber almost 2:1.

"Well, your arguments are convincing. I hope von Rundstedt's are as convincing as yours to the Soviets. Joachim, I hear you have some news about Iran?"

"Martin, the Soviets have re-occupied Baku recently."​


"Their advance has been recently stopped however, and it looks like they have been pocketed too."

"Ah, the irony. Soviet forces pocketed by British divisions. Albert, production please."​


"Same as last month. This month we plan to end the expansion of our Nuclear reactor. Upgrades are almost finished, and Oil stockpiles will last for ten days with the Wehrmacht in full swing. Casualties have been a bit higher this month, ranging from 80 to 85,000. Nothing like the Soviets who should have lost more than 400,000 among encirclements and battles, though."

"The usual 5:1 proportion, eh. This month I want a 10:1 proportion. Tell this to von Rundstedt!"​
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Maybe soviet union could end up in civil war?
The british-yanks want democrats to rule, and germans have their vlassov and the free russia. :p

Tokyo, 18 March 1948
Enewald - Ah, if Hearts of Iron had civil wars. Sensing the pulsing heart of a nation. Uhh, better finish dreaming.

Or play Victoria.

joespaniel - Thanks, the 44 scenario is always a nice and entertaining challenge with the Axis. Well, unless you play Hungary or Finland.

Die rote Götterdämmerung

0600 September 1st 1946
The skies above Brest Litovsk, Soviet Union

The Red Air Force made its comeback on the first day of September. Unfortunately for them, the result was not brilliant.​


As usual, the skirmish ended after heavy casualties on the Soviets' side.​

1200 September 1st 1946
18. Armee Headquarters, Vishgorod, Soviet Union

At midday on September 1st, von Rundstedt had easily driven out the feeble defenses of Zhitomir, crossing the Dnepr once again.​


Only three Soviet divisions stood between von Rundstedt and Zhitomir. Other German forces were needed to keep the bulk of the Soviets entertained, leaving von Rundstedt free to maneuver his divisions beyond the Dnepr.​


Contrary to the expectations, three Soviet divisions held against overwhelming odds, unsupplied and in great danger. Nevertheless, the Soviets would manage to buy time for their comrades.​


In the meanwhile, von Kluge had finally beaten the last line of defenses in Pinsk: there were no more Soviet reinforcements en route, and so Pinsk would fall to the advancing German forces.​


The capture of Pinsk did not seem to help the German situation, however, as the Soviets managed to retreat to more favourable positions - Rowne was now too well defended to hope for a breakthrough. Several attacks would have to be conducted from the south.​

0000 September 3rd 1946
Intelligence Dept., Berlin

German technology research was fully geared towards the Navy. Fully geared towards optimism, because with the Bear still alive no-one would think about researching new Submarine types.​


Instead, Erich Raeder and his team had become one of the most active research teams of 1946. A new doctrine involving huge surface fleets was devised, and a newer one was being researched.​


On September 3rd the attack on Rowne was called off. It was a strategical defeat, because this would allow the Soviets to regroup and move to fill the gaps that von Rundstedt was trying to fill. Von Rundstedt would capture Zhitomir, but if he could hold it, it was in question once again.​


The capture of Pinsk had produced the sole advantage of encircling the grand total of one Soviet division. It was still too early to say if von Rundstedt's plan was failing, but there had been no signals of success until September 3rd.​


As predicted earlier, Soviet troops were now free to maneuver after the battle of Rowne, and therefore halted von Rundstedt's thrust into the bulge. Ten Soviet divisions were enough to stop von Rundstedt's twenty-four, tired and battle-weary; upon his halt, they turned on the offensive, threatening to throw him onto the other side of the Dnepr once again.​

0600 September 6th 1946

Seeing as the plan was not going Germany's way, seventy German divisions were ordered to make the Soviets on the southern flank feel the weight of their numerical inferiority.​


An attack on Lvov was ordered, with seventy German divisions pitted against twelve Soviet's. While von Rundstedt struggled to maintain his position, eleven more Soviet divisions came to Lvov's rescue, all of them suffering heavy casualties. With Pinsk secured on the West, Zhitomir on the North, Lvov meant that the Germans had another opportunity to make a breakthrough: from the South.​


Von Rundstedt's forces in Zhitomir, however, remained the focal point of the operation. If Zhitomir was in Soviet hands, the Soviets could handle their defenses with ease; with Zhitomir in German hands, the Soviets were under constant threat of encirclement from whichever direction. In order to prevent von Rundstedt's defeat, an attack was ordered on Rowne's seven Soviet divisions. Von Rundstedt, however, was facing overwhelming odds.​


On September 9th, the Germans struggled to gain a foothold in Ukraine. An attack on Stanislawow was faltering, defended by the jewel of the Soviet tank army; Rowne was holding for too long to hope that a breakthrough from the North could be achieved; von Rundstedt was slowly losing his vanguard position in Zhitomir; only the attack on Lvov was giving hope.​

0000 September 8th 1946
Intelligence Dept., Berlin

Among the various research teams, Hugo Sperrle's was researching a field completely unknown to Germany's Air forces.​


Strategic bombardment had never been Germany's vaunt; this had to change, however, and it would yield its fruits soon in the Soviet campaign.​


Attacking over a river has never been a wise choice, and Field Marshal Model, who spent years defending behind the most various kinds of obstacles, knew that very well. He was more or less forced to attack, however, as everyone was: Soviet divisions had to be, first and foremost, kept engaged.​


Ten days after the renewal of the Ukraine offensive, almost everything was on the starting point once again. Von Rundstedt had been pushed again behind the Dnepr. The Wehrmacht's only hope was that the attack on Lvov would succeed; seventy divisions were eager to flow in the Ukraine's fields.​

0000 September 11th 1946
Danzig, Germany

On September 11th some good news reached the Reichstag; Germany's nuclear reactor had been expanded, and so more resources were available to Germany's industry.​


What good it was for, it was still a mystery to everyone. Except, perhaps, to the US.​

0400 September 12th 1946

The eerie development of the Ukraine offensive puzzled the German planners. Not a thing went as they had planned, yet the palpable opportunity of achieving a smashing strategical victory seemed to be always around the corner, only to see it disappear after either von Rundstedt's defeat, or some setback in Rowne or somewhere else.​


This was one of those times they felt the Soviets were at the breaking point. It was around the third time they felt that. This time, the reasoning behind this feeling was that the bulk of the Soviet defenses was pinned down in the westernmost line: Brest-Litovsk, Kowel and Lvov. Von Rundstedt would try to cross the Dnepr for the latest time, perhaps.​


On September 13th, Von Rundstedt played the same role, hoping that this time it would work, with the majority of the Soviet forces being attacked elsewhere. The three Soviet divisions defending Zhitomir were defeated with ease, while von Rundstedt's tired forces would cross the Dnepr once again.​


This time, a careful work of coordination, or perhaps, luck, struck the German forces, as the huge battle of Lvov finally came to an end with a crushing Soviet defeat. With their forces now in disarray and von Rundsted closing up from behind, this time there were all the premises for a great encirclement.​


This seemed to be the case, as von Rundstedt steered towards Tarnopol immediately after the capture of Zhitomir, as Soviet forces were retreating to Stanislawow.​


On September 18th, all the hard work of softening up the Soviets defenses had finally paid off. Many Soviets divisions fell into one of the widest encirclement of the whole war, containing an imprecise amount of troops, surely more than fifty divisions. Typically, this kind of large encirclements was difficult to achieve, and even more difficult to maintain intact without the enemy escaping it. This time, however, the Soviet forces had no reserves to put to good use: everything had been used to contain the Germans.​


Now everything was far too simple for German forces, as the Soviets were isolated in two big pockets, one of them holding the city of Brest-Litovsk. After Cracow, this was the largest and deadliest encirclement for the Soviet Union: the Bear could not endure more than this.​
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Beats not Cracow. :p
But still, Stalin better be sad. :rofl:
You should have pocketed the whole western ukrainen with tanks driving till the sea along the Dnepr. :D
How many Wehrmacht losses?
Stalin more likely starts shooting his Generals by now. Another Kremlin update would be nice.
Yeah, I'd like to see Uncle Joe's reaction.

Also, if this were Starcraft, here's where I would type "gg". :D
Whoa, nice progress man! It is really big shame that I had almost forgotten this great aar... :(

I have couple of questions as Soviet Union's end draw near:

If you are playing with WiF, has the "Red Army in total disarray" -event fired that reduces their troop's moral and organisation? And there is no BP in WiF, right? So you will have to walk through the Siberia to annex SU. So the main questions lies in the SU's territories: as you get enough lebensraum from the SU's western territories, what are you going to do with all that land east of the Urals? Puppets states or total annexation?

And what about Italy after the war with SU? Does Mussolini have to pay for his incompetence by Italy getting integrated to Reich's vast lands or does Italia get it's independence?

What kind of new ships does Kriegsmarine gets? Massive sub-stacks or mighty surface fleet including SHBB and CVL?
Merlowe - If by Endsieg you mean victory against the USSR, that is pretty much near. But it won't be the final victory yet :)

Mattabesta - Oh, but I bet their Soviet counterparts are crying too.

Enewald - Hard to beat Cracow when there are hardly that number of divisions in the Red Army anymore :) I don't like big encirclements as they are kind of gamey, although I will try to encircle all the way up to Odessa. Casualty report will be given by Albert Speer in the usual Cabinet meeting. Until Sept. 20 casualties amount at around 30,000 or more.

trekaddict - You're tempting me... I usually do those updates once every new year's day.

ColossusCrusher, C&D - I yet have to imagine his reaction. On Blue Emu style...

St4ll!n' - OMG z3rg rush!
Zhuk0v - u ch3at3r!
H!tl3r[b0rm4nn] - gg :]

St4ll!n' has quit the game.

Wonder what race St4ll!n' would be. Protoss? I haven't been playing Starcraft for ages.

Von Perkele - The AARland is full of many great AARs, it's no wonder losing memory of one or two sometimes :)

You know, I absolutely have no clue of what's going to happen. No event has fired yet and I don't know if there is some sort of BP in WiF. Whichever is the case, however, the only way to go is TOTAL ANNIHILATION--er, annexation I mean.

About Italy, those armchair wimps--er, 'generals' do not deserve to see their Country alive. Germany's leaders surely feel pity for their citizens and soldiers, but, you know, a higher duty calls and everyone under it must answer united. So no, Italy will stay grey for the whole course of the game. Unless the Allies invade it again, which is unlikely to happen. That is the roleplay answer, at least. I don't want a powerful puppet is the short and gamey answer :)

About the Kriegsmarine, all of the above! Dönitz will get his submarines, and there will be of course massive surfaces fleets full of CVLs, SHBB and Battlecruisers. Now, about Yamamoto...

Short-ish update to conclude September.
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I think Stalin needs Operation Cwal - how else can he Militia Spam properly? :D
Ninja Post! :rofl:
Die rote Götterdämmerung

0100 September 20th 1946
Tarnopol, Soviet Union

The Soviets were determined to break the recently-formed pockets of Korosten and Brest-Litovsk. The chosen target was the fittest one: von Rundstedt's worn-out divisions in Tarnopol. Fifteen among the best Soviet tank divisions assaulted twenty-four of the senior German commander. At start, the Soviet advance was impressive.​


With the German numerical preponderance, however, everything would be soon under control again. Seven fresh German divisions were already moving to Tarnopol and quickly put the Soviet advance to a halt.​


On September 22nd, it was decided not to let the Brest-Litovsk large pocket starve, and instead to offer them a honourable death. General Guderian faced the ever-present Field Marshal Timoshenko, a guy who led the defense of countless, doomed pockets, always escaping the grasp of German divisions trying to capture him. This time, he would probably lead the last of his heroic defenses in a very Romantic closure: thirty-five Soviet divisions battling for their own survival, surrounded from every side, in a city where the Germans forced the Russians, facing an internal revolution, to sign a peace treaty that would end the war between Czarist Russia and Imperial Germany. Now, the sons of that revolution would face an ever greater doom once again.​

1500 September 24th 1946
3. Panzerarmee, Vinnitsa, Ukraine

The German spearhead soon arrived en masse at the outskirts of Kiev. This map, however, provided much more valuable information that delayed the capture of Kiev a little. In fact, Soviet divisions were retreating to Stanislawow, where fifteen Soviet divisions previously tried to dislodge von Rundstedt from his position. There was another perfect opportunity to catch those divisions in another pocket.​


Mogilev-Podolski would be attacked from two sides: Kesselring from the north, and his Romanian allies from the south. It would be first time since 1944 that Romanian, Hungarian and Bulgarian forces would actively take part of military operations in the Ukraine.​


The numerical disparity was so great that German divisions in the rearguard could easily afford to enter Kiev, barely defended by a handful of Soviet divisions. So, the centerpiece of the overall plan became just another city to capture with nothing more than a skirmish.​


On September 25th, the small pocket of Korosten was attacked and destroyed. Noone less than Zhukov was in charge of the Korosten defense. Something led the German generals to think that, somehow, he would manage to avoid capture, despite being five hundred kilometers distant from the safest Soviet defense.​

1000 September 25th 1946
Mogilev Podolski, Soviet Union

Kesselring took some days of rest before launching another attack on Mogilev Podolski: Soviet troops were still retreating to Stanislawow, and there was little haste.​


When he did attack, however, all the Soviet divisions in the region panicked. Some Soviet divisions who dared enter the territory of Stryj, not a really wise move on their part, immediately started driving East, if it weren't for a fifty or so German divisions pounding them from the North; the damned heroes in Stanislawow who tried their best but failed against the demonic von Rundstedt now took to their heels and cried for salvation by moving to Mogilev. In the meanwhile, the poor seven Soviet divisions facing fifty-six German ones from North and South barely managed to keep their ground for one day, and, in the morning of September 26th, they hastily abandoned the province.​


In the evening of that same day, Lt. General Grasser had dinner with Soviet abandoned material. Another huge pocket was formed in Stanislawow.​


The pocket was immediately attacked. Twenty-two Soviet divisions, among them the once-proud Tank divisions of the Soviet Union, would join their countless comrades fallen in this kind of encirclements. Cracow, Brest-Litovsk, Stanislawow. Some of the most destructive pockets took place in Poland or close to it.​

0000 September 27th 1946
Intelligence Dept., Berlin

Away from the destruction caused by war, Werner Heisenberg was working on making it even more dangerous.​


It was time to expand those Nuclear Reactors once again.​

1000 September 27th 1946
Stanislawow, Soviet Union

With eighty-seven German divisions filling every breathing space in Stanislawow, the Soviet trapped divisions had no other choice but to surrender.​


The Soviets once had a thing called Numerical Superiority. The Germans now call it 'never existed'.​