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Glad to have you on board... I respect the effort catching up. (Any advice on measures that might make catching up easier for new readers?) I will also continue to take my sweet time churning out data, story lines, and some other odd bits that seem fun, interesting, or essential to the fate of the Soviet Union...

The only thing I can really think of is making the occasional recap of events, making it not necessary to read through every report in detail. Then again, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe short yearly (or bi-yearly) recaps you can put on the original post?

4ya Armiya has enough units to cover the entire Hungarian border, it's General just seems to have decided that he wants to concentrate all of them on the Western end of the border, hence, the gap... (Army level AI with Budapest and Debrecen as objectives). Adding another corps here will in all probability just add units to the Western end of the line... the General doesn't even seem to be asking for many more men... it's a strange situation of the kind that is sorted out only when war happens, and that particular AI goes into panic redeployment mode...

Ah yes, the famous AI frontline. I have full confidence in the might of the Red Army, but it always kills me a bit on the inside to see an unguarded section of the front. I also notice the deliveries of artillery are well underway and only wished to pass on my fullest support for that course of action :)

I look forward to hearing what antics 11 is up to. Hopefully she can resist the urge to "borrow" Churchill's car...
 

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I look forward to hearing what antics 11 is up to. Hopefully she can resist the urge to "borrow" Churchill's car...
Well said. Winnie was always so ‘heavily fortified’ that he would have been unfit to drive himself (and wouldn’t have expected to in any case, I’m sure). With 11’s proven driving skills, perhaps she should try to get a job as his driver! The papers and false identity would have to be damn good though - probably very unlikely. Though with authAARs as in-universe tin gods with only imagination to limit them, anything is possible!:D
 

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All 11 would have to do is give him a box of Cuban cigars and give him an example of her driving skills. And maybe wear a shorter skirt than normal. :D
 

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The only thing I can really think of is making the occasional recap of events, making it not necessary to read through every report in detail. Then again, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe short yearly (or bi-yearly) recaps you can put on the original post?
Thanks for the advice. I'll think about it...

Ah yes, the famous AI frontline. I have full confidence in the might of the Red Army, but it always kills me a bit on the inside to see an unguarded section of the front. I also notice the deliveries of artillery are well underway and only wished to pass on my fullest support for that course of action :)
Your support has been noted

I look forward to hearing what antics 11 is up to. Hopefully she can resist the urge to "borrow" Churchill's car...
Well said. Winnie was always so ‘heavily fortified’ that he would have been unfit to drive himself (and wouldn’t have expected to in any case, I’m sure). With 11’s proven driving skills, perhaps she should try to get a job as his driver! The papers and false identity would have to be damn good though - probably very unlikely. Though with authAARs as in-universe tin gods with only imagination to limit them, anything is possible!:D
All 11 would have to do is give him a box of Cuban cigars and give him an example of her driving skills. And maybe wear a shorter skirt than normal. :D
This is going to be tough to beat for an exciting plot-line... or maybe it was the plan all along... as you all seem very excited, I am working on the 11 update first...
 
17th of January 1941, 'Tri', German DOW on Yugoslavia.

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The 17th of January 1941, Vologda, -9,7°C, 6pm Moscow Time,

I was anxiously awaiting news from our British Espionage Mission, where 9 top GRU operatives were just delivered by submarine onto the coast of East Anglia a couple of hours ago. Most interestingly, 'Odinatsat' left the embassy in Lisboa yesterday morning, she should be sending in a report, as soon as she meets up with the GRU operatives and their radio equipment to get a message through.

I was interrupted in my 10th reading of the GRU plans, which will be disclosed later on, when the telephone rang, it was 'Tri':

"I told you the Germans were going to do this when they gave back their Military Access rights. They have now declared war on Yugoslavia. This is a limited war, so only Germany is fighting them, for now. Considering how many German units were pulled away from the Southern end of the German-Soviet Front, it seems likely that the Yugoslavs will be faced with overwhelming numbers in both men and tanks, not to mention those huge German tanks we spotted some months ago on the southern end of the front.

A German conquest of Yugoslavia would pretty much wrap up the Balkans for the Axis. The only ones left untouched are the Romanians, and who knows if the Axis will attack them or not. Maybe we should guarantee their independence, because Romania really is in our back yard, and if we let the Germans take all those oil fields we'll really have a problem on our hands... The real question is why the Germans has waited this long... Maybe they were waiting for Greece to be cut off from Yugoslavia... In any way, Yugoslavia has joined the Allies, not that we expect that to be of much help, considering how things are going in Greece. We'll have to see how the fight goes."
And he hung up.

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A current map of the Balkans hangs on the wall, here we see that Yugoslavia is now cut off from Greece, this is the exact moment Germany declared war.

This is all rather worrying indeed, soon Germany will have no where to expand to. Who will be next, Turkey, Romania, or maybe our Motherland? The war continues to close in on us, but, hopefully, we will be ready.

On another note, 'Odinatsat' is en route to the UK, I'm sure we'll know more in a couple of days.

Greetings,

'Odin'
OOC: All right, so I was playing on a little bit while writing out the 11 update when Germany decided to Attack Yugoslavia... these are tense times...
 
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OOC: All right, so I was playing on a little bit while writing out the 11 update when Germany decided to Attack Yugoslavia... these are tense times...
:)

Will be fun reading your AAR-explanation, of what HQ did with your master-plan. :D
 

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A part of me wishes you have more time to prepare and a part whats to see how well your set up stands up to the German AI and its military.
 

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So ... cue screeching Nazgul, orcs mustering, and fateful music. The Dark Lord’s forces are in motion again - Yugoslavia now, soon it will be the Rodina! :mad::eek: It is early in the year for the attack on Yugoslavia - if it is over quickly, it could mean an early Barbarossa, which is not good because it is another month or two to wait for the relief of winter.

Is Romania anywhere close to joining the Axis voluntarily? The Germans will really want them adding to their effort ... so they can fail them at Stalingrad next year! ;):rolleyes: If not in the Axis, then conquered so they have more room to get at us. Tense times indeed.
 

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Will be fun reading your AAR-explanation, of what HQ did with your master-plan. :D

The explanation may just come down to 'utter incompetence'... who knows what interesting twist I can give to that.

A part of me wishes you have more time to prepare and a part whats to see how well your set up stands up to the German AI and its military.
You can always prepare more, but you also play the hand you're dealt. Obviously, if it were up to many of us, we would always want more time to prepare, but then again, we also want to get it over with. I share your sentiment...

So ... cue screeching Nazgul, orcs mustering, and fateful music. The Dark Lord’s forces are in motion again - Yugoslavia now, soon it will be the Rodina! :mad::eek: It is early in the year for the attack on Yugoslavia - if it is over quickly, it could mean an early Barbarossa, which is not good because it is another month or two to wait for the relief of winter.
Let's hope the German AI takes it's sweet time. The worse they time their invasion, the better we fare... Then again, it wouldn't be a lot of fun, nor very suspenseful, if Germany just attacked mid-winter.

Is Romania anywhere close to joining the Axis voluntarily? The Germans will really want them adding to their effort ... so they can fail them at Stalingrad next year! ;):rolleyes: If not in the Axis, then conquered so they have more room to get at us. Tense times indeed.

They naturally drift towards the Allies, but, the Germans have just started their third influencing campaign and a rough estimate puts them at about 160 days of continuous influencing from joining the Axis, which means they are closer to the Axis than to the Allies, but not by much. (they are really far from the Comintern with an alignment of over 300). With all the wars around, the Romanians are desperate to have strong friends.
(their neutrality is 24%, and we seem to threaten them the most with a threat of 45.6%)

A more worrying problem is Turkey. They can't join anyone now (due to their neutrality), but an enduring influencing campaign by Japan has placed them closely aligned enough to join the Axis. The saving grace here (and why I'm actually not that worried) is game mechanics. As Turkey is technically in Asia, the threat they respond to the most is threat from Asian countries, and as Asia is quiet, the noted difference between their neutrality and the highest 'perceived' threat is equal to their Neutrality, because only Asian threat is counted up to a certain level...and even over that threshold, threat from the same continent counts in full, while threat from other continents is like drops in an ocean. Luckily the Soviet Union counts as Europe and not Asia, because the Turks feel very threatened by us...Turkey joining the Axis should be more manageable though as the Carpathian mountains protect the SU from any big panzer attack from that side while the terrain on the longer Romanian border is wide open and would give the Axis many more opportunities to concentrate on.
Additionally, Turkey doesn't 'want' to be in the Axis, hence their own Alignment towards the Allies, which only has marginally less pull than the Japanese charm offensive, so as soon as the Japs stop influencing them, they will quickly pull back out of the Axis danger zone and towards the Allies... If this doesn't work out for the Axis, it'll have been a huge waste of leadership as both Germany and Japan have been taking turns trying to pull Turkey towards them, with only the latest Japanese effort actually getting them close enough for anything to possibly happen... The sunk cost is enormous... It does make me worry about our Nat China campaign... but there things are different, because doing nothing will likely end with Nat China in the Axis, or close. Turkey, on it's own, wasn't going anywhere.
 
22nd of January 1941, 'Odinatsat' #7, the way to Hertford, England.

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The 22nd of January 1941, Vologda, -10,1°C, 2pm Moscow Time

I have just received a report on 'Odinatsat's travels, through our Embassy in London. One of 'Shest's men in the UK relays the reports from a dead drop in King's Cross station to the embassy, into a diplomatic bag and over Stockholm to Leningrad, and ultimately to Vologda. The whole trip takes about a day. This is what 'Odinatsat' penned down over her journey into the heart of Britain:

The 16th of January 1941, Cascais, just West of Lisbon on the Atlantic Coast, 5,5°C, 5am local time (8am Moscow Time)

My trip into the United Kingdom started here in earnest. The whole trip has been meticulously planned in two phases. First, I sneaked out of the Embassy and met up with 'Mother', she arranged the first part of the trip, starting here in the fishing village of Cascais. Cascais is more than a fishing village though, with a long standing Royal Residence, and a more recent casino, it is rumoured to be the home to the exiled Royal families of Spain, Italy, Hungary, and Bulgaria. Anyhow, we're here to join a fishing crew, which 'Mother' previously convinced to take us where we needed to go...

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An old photograph of the Royal residence near Cascais (The town is behind the rocks on the right).
Everything was going according to plan and by 5:30 we were leaving the small port behind, sailing due west. Four hours later, we reached the rendez-vous point, in Setubal bay, about 43 nautical miles (80km) off the coast. After fishing in the same spot for the same spot for 10 minutes, when a merchant ship appeared on the Horizon, sailing a course that would pass close to where we were laying in wait. As the ship got closer, I noticed something was off... then it hit me, the Red Ensign was upside down. As soon as I noticed it, 'Mother' started waving a green flag, and the ship manoeuvred to get alongside us, while our captain cranked up the engine to match the ship's speed. Ropes were thrown down, an I climed on board the Merchant Ship called the Silver Beech. Of course no one had told me the particulars of the plan here, even 'Mother' didn't know everything, all 'Shest' had told her was to get me at that particular spot at that particular time, look for an upside down Red Ensign, wave a flag, and get me on board without slowing down the Merchant ship. At the last moment, 'Mother' handed me a leather pouch, then we waved, and the fishing trawler left to do some fishing, before returning 'Mother' to the mainland.

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The Silver Beech, a recent Motor Merchat Vessel, was on it's way home from Malta, when 'Odinatsat' joined them.
Once on board, I found my new papers and travel documents in the pouch, as well as some context. The Silver Beech is on the Malta-Portsmouth route, returning to London mostly empty. 'Shest', or one of his people, seem to have a deal with the captain as, for all intents and purposes, I got on in Malta in hopes of helping the war effort and learning English, after having fled Alger on a ship bound for Malta a month ago. This story is perfect as it places my leaving Alger 10 days before our escape, and it shows me leaving in the opposite direction, by sea. My altered appearance and new french identity will help sell the story. I have been given a small cabin to myself, and have been told in broken french, to remain in here until we reach our destination. It seems the crew is not aware of the Soviet connection, and believes that they are rendering a service to the french resistance, which is for the better.
The 18th of January 1941, Portsmouth, -0,3°C, 8pm local time (10pm Moscow Time)

The Silver Beech safely arrived in Portsmouth Harbour at around 7pm. On the way into the Port, I noted the presence of two Light Cruiser (one old Caledon-class, and a newer Leander-class), a couple of Tribal-class Destroyers, and several Specialised ships with Landing Craft pre-positioned to be easily lowered into the water. When I reached the end of the gangplank, I was met by a stern but polite Home Guard Officer, who asked for my papers. Behind the old man, 10 to 15m away a group of young Infantrymen looked up and took notice. Then they started talking all at once, I'm sure it was about me, but I don't know what they were saying exactly as it was in English, with some strange regional accent.

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HMS Sikh, a Tribal-Class Destroyer, in Portsmouth Harbour.
After I handed the old man my papers, he noticed that my passport was French, and after a couple of questions, he told me to stay there, and told the soldiers to make sure I didn't try to leave, which just gave some of them an excuse to stare at me. When the old man returned, he was following a moustached gentleman in a French Uniform. It seems that this was Caporal-chef de première classe (Corporal) de Fourcadeau, a french Liaison officer detached to the 3rd Infantry Division, he asked me to follow him, and proceeded to interview me in depth, with most questions about the fate and whereabouts of my fictional husband, I was quite safe from espionage charges, though not necessarily from the Caporal-chef's advances.

The story I told is that of a woman who's husband is fighting in Northern Africa. She's not sure if he's still alive, and she's lost and desperate, but not too obviously so, she keeps up a brave face.

Following my (hopefully) endearing performance, Caporal-chef de Fourcadeau then said that he might have a place for me to stay, and that he could help me get there. When I hesitated, he explained that he knows this elderly couple in the Hertford region who would probably let me stay with them, in exchange for some help running errands and cooking. He suggested I stay in a local inn, and that he would stop by tomorrow morning with the details. This was an interesting day, and as I look out over the busy Royal Dockyards, I'm confident that more surprises will be in store. Usually, at this time, I would go to a bar to have some fun, but I didn't sleep well on the ship, so I decided to make sure everything is in order, and went to bed.
The 19th of January 1941, West Street, Hertford, about halfway between London and Cambridge, -1,1°C, 1pm local time (4pm Moscow Time)

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A Postcard from Portsmouth with the Royal Yacht in the background...
I was up at 5 am, having gone to bed early yesterday, and went for a long walk through Portsmouth and the surrounding area. Not being able to communicate beyond a few basic phrases, I was never going to pull a wealth of information out of anyone, but I could take a look around. On my way, I realised the true size of the Royal Dockyards, they are huge and well organised, at least as big as those in Leningrad. The dockyards are somewhat fortified, but it's nothing special, and not even close to the fortifications in Vladivostok. I noticed some destroyed buildings and at least 15 AA-Gun emplacements around the Harbour. None of the damage looked very recent though, and all the important bits, like the guns, the dockyards, the factories linked to the dockyards, even the deserted Air Bases around town looked in perfect working order. At least for a couple of weeks, possibly months, no German Aeroplanes have come by here.

When I got back to the inn, the Caporal-chef de première classe was waiting for me, this time in his dress uniform. It seems he was putting in a real effort to impress me, or maybe it was just his bourgeois code of conduct coming back to him, fact remains that he was overdressed for walking me to the train station. With him was a British Lance Corporal Parker of the Portsmouth Royal Marines Battalion, he was quite stern-looking and didn't say a word to me for the whole way. Parker was dressed in his travel uniform, but by comparison to the Caporal-chef he might as well be dressed for an imminent amphibious landing. When the Caporal-chef ordered the Lance Corporal to accompany me on the trip, the latter looked slightly offended, as if it was a waste of his time. The now grumpy Royal Marine didn't leave my side during the rest of the trip, escorting me onto the train to London, then in the 'tube' to Moorgate station, and finally to the door of a small two bedroom terraced house on West Street.

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A small house on West Street...
The Lance-Corporal knocked on the door, and it was opened by a old man in a mailman uniform, Parker handed him the letter from Caporal-Chef de Fourcadeau and walked away. Charles, that is the name of my new host, looked at the letter, and explained, in broken french:

"My son used to be a mailman around here, but he joined the navy when France fell, so I've come out of retirement to make sure mail is delivered in the area while he's gone. My wife is an English teacher, she was also retired, but now, she had to step in because of the war. Let's see... yes, -my cover identity- I see you need to learn English. You are welcome to stay in our son's old room, but we expect you to help us to keep food on the table, and the house in good shape. My wife will give you material to help you learn English quickly."
He showed me to my new bedroom so I could settle in, gave me a double of the keys, a map of where to buy groceries, and left for work again. The room, and the house is quite small, but I have a view on the river Lea, an there is a small garden. I will go to London tomorrow to place my report in the dead drop in Kings' Cross station, then I will finally be able to send you this report.
The 20th of January 1941, King's Cross Station, London, -0,9°C, 2pm local time (5pm Moscow Time)

Yesterday, I cooked one of the recipes 'Mother' taught me in Alger, my hosts were happy to be able to relax a bit after work. This was really working out. On the radio, there was a lot of talk about British Victories abroad. They have seemingly won the Battle of El Hammâm and are chasing the Italians back to where they came from... A naval battle was won in the Straight of Messina, it seems RM Andrea Doria was sunk by HMS Malaya.
In Ethiopia, the British have taken over Nakamti, and are preparing a decisive attack on Addis Ababa.
On the high seas, casualties continue to rise with many U-boot attacks on the Merchant Navy in the Bay of Biscay and in the area between the coast of Holland and Newcastle.
The best news however was the fact that British skies remain clear of enemy bombers.

This morning I got up Early so I could get to London on time. The trip was uneventful, but along with an emergency radio transmitter, there was a message from the GRU unit that they had met some resistance upon landing, but with a loss of two of their own, they killed all three spy hunters that came after them, an Australian, a South African, and a man from Scotland Yard. Their entrance seems to have been louder than anticipated, but their replacements came into the country without a hitch, so the mission seems to be remaining right on track.

I'm all set up here, I will be taking a look around the area over the next week, will report back when I know more. I will also be learning to write English from Grace, Charles' wife. I'm sure this immersion will be very helpful. This is a bit boring to my taste, but sometimes you have to sit tight, study, and prepare. I will be in contact again when I have another excuse for going London, or something really interesting happens, in which case I will try to contact you via Radio, through the intermediary of a Soviet Submarine, if one is within range of course.
'Odinatsat' seems to have found a good place to learn English, but she will very probably get restless if she stays there for too long and not much happens... We'll have to see how she keeps herself occupied, and whether she finds anything interesting in the Area.

I have to say that I am glad that 'Odinatsat' managed to insert herself into Britain without making too many waves or doing anything reckless... yet... for now she remains on a solo mission to learn English and gather what information she can in the area without raising any eyebrows... we'll see how she does...

Mother is working, mostly from the Soviet Embassy in Lisbon, with 'Shest' and 'Tri' on a detailed report on the state of France.

I, for one am already working on my next 10-day report, due in two days,

Greetings,

'Odin'
OOC: Not as exciting as her escape from Nothern Africa, but this is but the set up for a very interesting UK mission... I'm not going to say any more, not to spoil the surprise, but the next 11 report will be quite eventful... Before that, there will be a report on France, after the 24th of January's 10-day report.
 
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Sounds like the UK, from Odinatsat's point of view, is comfortable with its position in the war. Outside of the German U-Boats all is good news on the radio for the people's enjoyment. But the victories in Africa and on the high seas means nothing if they leave German to control Europe.
 

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Well, 11 seems to be very well-placed to provide intelligence on British (and perhaps the rest of Allied) war efforts, which does wonders for our abilities to assess how much work Axis has on its hands. I'm interested in seeing how Yugoslavia does; they seem to be facing steep odds, but every day they can hold off the behemoth that is Wehrmacht is another day for the Red Army to prepare and reinforce.
 

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A good set up by 11: good tradecraft is all about patience and meticulous attention to detail. One mistake, and she becomes one of those “our agent in the United Kingdom has been discovered and neutralised” statistics! Am fascinated to discover what she will get up to.
 

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Sounds like the UK, from Odinatsat's point of view, is comfortable with its position in the war. Outside of the German U-Boats all is good news on the radio for the people's enjoyment. But the victories in Africa and on the high seas means nothing if they leave German to control Europe.
The radio doesn't mention the bad news from Norway, nor the bad news from Greece or French Northern Africa... The Allies are still losing ground, and the voice on the radio is making sure that the British people don't feel things to be that way. The only bad news, of the U-boats, cannot be hidden from the people, as they are losing family members and friends out there on the high seas. Morale is high, but the truth is that Britain is winning several sideshows while the battle for the main stage is being lost...

Well, 11 seems to be very well-placed to provide intelligence on British (and perhaps the rest of Allied) war efforts, which does wonders for our abilities to assess how much work Axis has on its hands. I'm interested in seeing how Yugoslavia does; they seem to be facing steep odds, but every day they can hold off the behemoth that is Wehrmacht is another day for the Red Army to prepare and reinforce.
Well, them joining the Allies was pretty stupid as now they are at war with Italy and Bulgaria as well... and it's not as if the British can supply any serious help to compensate for the added pressure... you'll see in the next update how things stand.

A good set up by 11: good tradecraft is all about patience and meticulous attention to detail. One mistake, and she becomes one of those “our agent in the United Kingdom has been discovered and neutralised” statistics! Am fascinated to discover what she will get up to.
The danger is real, but 11 being 11, she might not remain patient forever. Let's just say that when bored, she's prone to taking risks to make things more interesting, but you knew that already... She might have calmed down a bit though...I'm not going to say any more, don't want to ruin any surprises...
 
24th of January 1941, 'Odin', 10-day report #148

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The 24th of January 1941, Vologda, -10,9°C, 10am Moscow Time,

Report on the state of the Soviet Union for the ten day period between the 15th and the 24th of January 1941,

by 'Odin'

Army:
131. MSD (Motx3, SP Art, Eng), has been deployed to Lt. General Krasnopevtsev's XXX MSK, Armoured Army Group, STAVKA.
45. SAP, a separate Regiment of Su-152 'Zveroboy' SP-Art has been deployed to Maj. General Poluektov's 57. MSD, XIV MSK, Armoured Army Group, STAVKA.

Army numbers (Brigades/Personnel) Reserves included (these numbers don't include regiments being upgraded):
Front line troops: 601 / 1.803.000
Support troops: 222 / 222.000
Total fighting troops: 823 / 2.025.000
Headquarters: 58 / 58.000
Total Army Personnel: 881 / 2.083.000
Officers: 80.017 + / 87.960 needed / 90,970 %
Active Leaders: 243 / 180 more available
In the Far East a new type of Division has started training, while BT-7's are being produced, this as of yet unnamed Division type has a L Arm, Mot, Engx2 composition and should give us an edge against the Japanese, even in relatively bad terrain.
Another Artillery Regiment's worth of Guns has started production, these will join a Rifle Division on the Western Front.
Two more Regiments of Engineers have started training, these will be added to Far Eastern Rifle Divisions.
Army Leadership:
New Maj. General Ivanov V.D. SK3, OD has been given command of the brand new 131. MSD, XXX MSK, Armoured Army Group, STAVKA.
Air Force:
No changes in the VVS or the Navy Air Fleet for the last 10 days
Navy:
No changes in the navy for the last 10 days
Politics / International:
Soviet Union Diplomats have started influencing Nationalist China towards the Comintern
The Soviet Union has purchased a production license from Sinkiang to train a Regiment of Military Police. This should improve mutual relations.
Germany has declared war on Yugoslavia.
Yugoslavia has joined the Allies.

The Norwegian Front
Norway (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,00 / 85,1
Germany (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,0 / 84,1
GNW24-01-41.jpeg

The Wehrmacht continues advancing in Norway, they have taken Tonsberg, and Drammen, on the outskirts of Oslo, as well as Nesbyen more to the north. Oslo is still Garrisoned and the Norwegian Division in Fredrikstad has started moving towards the capital to strengthen the defences. It's hard to tell whether the Germans will be able to capture Oslo with two dug in Divisions and a third on it's way for it's defence. However, as things are going in Norway, it's only a matter of time until Oslo is enveloped by the Germans, in which case the Norwegian Capital will fall eventually.
British North Africa Front
United Kingdom (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,0 / 77,7
Italy (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,00 / 79,5
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The Italians took El Hammâm, but well timed British reinforcements and massive RAF bombardments have pushed them back to El 'Alamein. While the map looks the same, this is mostly a coincidence, as the local stalemate may have been broken by these British Reinforcements and Air Power.
French North Africa Front
France is a Government in exile.
Italy (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,00 / 79,5
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The Italian March towards Oran continues, they have reached the mountains of Mascara, on the outskirts of the city.
East Africa & Ethiopia Front
Ethiopia (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,00 / 75,9
France is a Government in exile.
United Kingdom (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,0 / 77,7
Italy (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,00 / 79,5
EEAF24-01-41.jpeg

The British have stepped up their efforts here as well, taking both Mega from the South, and Nakamti from the West, cutting off three provinces from Addis Ababa and supplies, and allowing for two Axis of attack on the the Ethiopian capital.
The Greek Front
Greece (Surrender Progress / NU): 25,00 / 87,2
Bulgaria (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,00 / 71,8
Italy (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,00 / 79,5
GRF24-01-41.jpeg

The Italians have taken Edessa, joining up with the Bulgarian Front and cutting off Greece from Yugoslavia. Along the Western coast, the Regio Esercito has taken the mountains of Astakos. On the Eastern Coast Bulgarians have taken Katerini. The race for Athina continues, with seemingly ever less Greek resistance.
Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,0 / 65,4
Germany (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,0 / 84,1
Bulgaria (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,00 / 71,8
Italy (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,00 / 79,5
North-West Front
YNF24-01-41.jpeg

The Germans haven't made any inroads here, but the Italians have pushed into Nova Gorice, to the East of Trieste. There is also the possibility of German Units attacking from Italian territory to circumvent the mountains.
South-East Front
YSF24-01-41.jpeg

The Italians have taken Gostivar to the East of Tirane, while losing Shkoder, the Northernmost province of Albania to Yugoslavia.
Bulgaria has taken Veles to the West of Giannista. The Yugoslav Army has made some inroads into Bulgaria along the Romanian border, taking Vidin and Lom, potentially closing in on Sofiya. On balance Yugoslavia seems to be winning, for now, but Hungarian Units are leaving the Soviet Border seemingly moving southwards. Hungary isn't part of the war yet, but if they decide to join, Yugoslavia will be doomed.
Industry:
Working Industrial Capacity / available capacity: 238 / 321
IC Usage: ( Allocated IC / Need )
Upgrades: 4,45 / 4,48
Reinforcement: 2,10 / 2,11
Supplies: 58,11 / 36,63
Production: 227,46 / 227,46 (not counting the Licensed MP which has not seen any investment, yet)
Consumer Goods: 28,89 / 28,89​
Stockpiles:
Energy: Maximum tonnes =
Metal: 92.762 tonnes +
Rares: 32.785 tonnes +
Crude: 99.009 barrels -
Supplies: 18.965 tonnes -
Fuel: 98.315 barrels -
Money: 2.200 +
Intelligence:
Spy numbers, spies in (active / added / lost / caught by us)
France (Covert Operations / Counterespionage): 5 / 0 / 0 / 0
{ Germany (/): 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 }
{ Japan (/): 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 }​
UK (Tech Espionage/Counterespionage): 10 / 2 / 2 / 1
Other: 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Total: 15 / 2 / 2 / 7
Reserves: 2
Spy training leadership expenditure: 0,20
We have so far recruited 16 like-minded Covert Operatives in our French sleeper cell.
A new Espionage mission has been started in the UK.
Since arriving in the UK, our GRU agents have helped capture and kill a slew of Allied Spies from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Iraq and Nepal, both over there, and at home.
Since the initial loss of 2 operatives, no others have been lost, Current UK Counterespionage is estimated at 4 UK-based Counter-espionage agents. (down from 5 at the initial contact)
Research:
Red Army Theoreticians have significantly improved their grasp of Integrated Support (Level 4), which should help our special forces, including Engineers, reorganise more quickly. New manuals have gone out to all relevant Regimental HQ's.
Now they are concentrating on improving our Infantry Warfare (Level 3) tactics, increasing the organisation of our ubiquitous Rifle Regiments.

No changes to LS Distribution
Statistics:
National Unity: 83,103 (+0,01)
Neutrality: 0,00 =
Dissent: 0,00 =
Manpower:
Available: 2.090.000
Men To reinforce(need): 4.520
Men To mobilise(need): See above
Monthly gain: 48.200 Men (1 fully mobilised Infx3, AT Division every 7 days)​
Party Organisation:
- Communist Party: 75,00 (+0,08)
- Trotskyite: 10,30 (-0,1)
- Bukharinite: 5,40 (-0,1)

- Octobrist: 5,90 (-0,1)
- Trudoviks: 2,70 (-0,1)
- Social-Revolutionary: 0,00 =
- Kadets: 0,00 =

- Tsarists: 0,00 =
- NTS: 0,20 (-0,1)
- POA: 0,00 =
This Information is accurate on the morning of the 24th of January 1941, I hope it serves you well in fine-tuning your possible suggestions.

'Odin'​
 

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'Odinatsat' seems to have found a good place to learn English
Great pic chosen. I favor the b/w spy movie thrillers of the bygone era but it is "generally routine" they must be in exotic spots. Your selection made me recall the neighborhood where police were being issued rifles from a large truck and climbing over fences - like in the picture above. Hitchcock would approve.:)

Not as exciting as her escape from Nothern Africa, but this is but the set up for a very interesting UK mission
<imo> Contrast is needed...when painting mental-pictures. 'Odinatsat' walking by a gang of soldiers taking notice of her, while she takes notice of the harbor? Yeah.

Task? Not going to guess but maybe she escapes the scene on a...never-mind.:D
 

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The Germans seem to be slowly grinding their way forward. Let us hope the British reinforcements can, indeed, turn the tide or at least force a deadlock in Africa, coupled with the demand for Italian troops in Albania.

Just a quick thought on the new formations being built for the Far East; if you want a historically plausible naming scheme, you could call them Sapper units, considering the heavy engineer presence. Historically, the Red Army did have Sapper Armies (10 of them, in fact), though OTL they were purely engineer formations intended for large-scale fortification-building. Or perhaps Reinforced/Strengthened Sapper Divisions, considering that is pretty much what they are: two engineer battalions reinforced with one light armoured battalion and one motorised infantry regiment.
 

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Great pic chosen. I favor the b/w spy movie thrillers of the bygone era but it is "generally routine" they must be in exotic spots. Your selection made me recall the neighborhood where police were being issued rifles from a large truck and climbing over fences - like in the picture above. Hitchcock would approve.:)
Hertford was a small suburb of London with plenty of farmland around and a train line linking it to London, so what you see is probably some 19th century housing for factory workers, either in local small manufactures, or commuting to and from London. It's hard to believe that today, those tiny houses sell for half a million pounds each, that's what they're asking anyway...

<imo> Contrast is needed...when painting mental-pictures. 'Odinatsat' walking by a gang of soldiers taking notice of her, while she takes notice of the harbor? Yeah.
Thanks, I tried to paint the mental picture the way 'Odinatsat' would would remember it. The gang of soldiers seemed a good way to express that, it's something she would notice, and remember, adding depth to the scene. (and it shows that there is a Division of Infantrymen in town, that's just a bonus) I'm always trying to make things feel somewhat authentic (and contrasted as you say) in my writing of these narrative updates, I'm glad you like it. It can't always be exotic and exciting...

Task? Not going to guess but maybe she escapes the scene on a...never-mind.:D
never-mind's are now being considered for a great escape...

The Germans seem to be slowly grinding their way forward. Let us hope the British reinforcements can, indeed, turn the tide or at least force a deadlock in Africa, coupled with the demand for Italian troops in Albania.
Yugoslavia may keep Greece alive a little bit longer, but I wouldn't get my hopes up too much... Africa is another story, it really seems like the British are getting their act together there. They should be able to push the Italians back, at least where they are covered by the RAF. About time, as they don't have any other active theatre of their own.
Now, if they really want to annoy the Germans for a low cost, they could drop a couple more Divisions in Norway, with Germany's limited ability to ship in reinforcement, a couple of well trained and fresh British Divisions could delay the capture of Norway for quite some time. (I know they already did this when the Germans first got close to Oslo, shipping in Paratroopers, but they could do it again, and keep pissing off the Germans indefinitely with a small commitment in numbers.)

Just a quick thought on the new formations being built for the Far East; if you want a historically plausible naming scheme, you could call them Sapper units, considering the heavy engineer presence. Historically, the Red Army did have Sapper Armies (10 of them, in fact), though OTL they were purely engineer formations intended for large-scale fortification-building. Or perhaps Reinforced/Strengthened Sapper Divisions, considering that is pretty much what they are: two engineer battalions reinforced with one light armoured battalion and one motorised infantry regiment.
That's a great idea, how about something like 'Mechanised Sappers'? Now to see what those were called in Russian... you know... for added flavour.
 

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Taking a direct Latinization of the Russian name for Sappers would give us "Sapërnaja" (or "Sapërnaya" much in the same way "Army" (армия) is often Latinized as "Armiya" in HoI-verse instead of "Armija"). For the purposes of this example, I choose to use the Latin spelling "Sapernaya" for ease of spelling and consistency re:HoI, where the spellings with y are used instead of j, and omitting the ¨ of the ë for ease of writing. So if you want to call them "Motorized Sappers", I would say "Motosapernaya", but this might also break just about every grammar rule there is. The same for mechanized, as the Soviets just called both motorized and mechanized rifle divisions "Motostrelki". Of course, figuring out a more creative name might also be appropriate, but again, I lack the Russian skills to be very useful for that.
 

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Another interesting concept for the Far East - these dapper formations. At a tactical level (sub unit) I’d probably call them ‘assault pioneers’, who would perform a similar role for an infantry battalion (but are made up of infantrymen trained in battlefield obstacle breaching and defensive preparation and such like, but also fight). Different at the formation level - sappers sounds a good term for actual engineer brigades. Though assault pioneer has an exciting ring to it ;)