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An impressive piece of work as always
My first reaction was an unabashedly impressed "Wow!"
Thanks for your support.

As to improvements, perhaps if several divisions have the same TO&E, then just showing the one with a list of the divisions so equipped would be better to minimize duplication of effort. Most clearly: Hungary Sector 1 has 7-8 divisions on both sides that all share the same TO&E graphic, probably best to "merge" them (as an example, see how I did the Italian and Japanese forces in the last TO&E update).
Why not. I'll look into how I would implement that in a practical sense. It might save some space and make things more readable. That said, there wasn't much duplication of effort, as it was a question of copy, paste, change text.

I, for one, like the new graphics. The 50-day total is just gorgeous, but the smaller maps are quite the improvement, I feel. Breaking the front into small sections makes it much easier to follow along as opposed to having 30 or so fights represented on one map.
Breaking things into sections was one of the biggest takeaways from the previous round of feedback, I'm glad it has worked as intended.
The graphics look pretty clean and crisp to me, though I'd like to see a little clearer expression of areas taken. The "frontline now vs frontline then" is simple enough, but is kind of drowned out by everything else going on. I'm not sure what the solution would be there. The casualty counts are fine graphics-wise, imo. As a point of discussion, I thought the old maps were a lot busier. The smaller size and clearer markings make it far easier to read and collate with the text.
It think this goes hand in hand with the question of adding more colour to the map, behind the arrows and symbols. It's a bit of a delicate balance to make sure the symbols & arrows don't become less readable, that the counters remain visible. I might do a test where I layer the terrain map and the country maps over each-other, and play with the transparency, letting more colour through for the areas taken/lost than for the rest.

I am sure this is absolutely how the encounter went rather than, as the decadent Western capitalists would suggest, the Royal Navy telling our submarines to get out of the way because they were a liability and all our good naval officers have been purged. I am certain that our sub captains were not engaged in their usual struggle to stop the Leninets subs capsizing just because someone looked at it funny, but were actually contributing to the fight. ;)
That's how Eliseev said it went, and his crews backed him up. It may be an elaborate lie, but it sounded good, so why not include it. Why should we believe decadent Western Capitalists over the word of our own sailors? On another note, some particularly vicious looks would capsize any submarine.

Random Soviet sub fact - the Soviet Black Sea submarine fleet 'accidentally' sunk more Turkish vessels than Axis merchants during WW2.
As Turkey was & is Russia's/the Soviet Union's main naval rival in the Black Sea, I'm sure that was entirely 'accidental', as you say.

I am, of course, rooting for him to triumph over Odinatsat. I am fully aware this is a doomed hope.
The situation remains fluid, I haven't decided who will come out on top, nor how. Your hope has been noted, no spoilers.

As to actual progress at the front, it is heartening to see our brave troops push the enemy back, even if only locally for now. Can't believe it's only been 50 days since the first shots were fired. Casualty counts still in our favour is also great to see. Our air force, in particular, has been working overtime from day 1. Shame we couldn't encircle and destroy those units in Lithuania, but giving them a trashing is still a point in our favour.
At this rate it looks unlikely that the Germans will reach any of the major cities of the Soviet Union proper. Some of those fortifications may well have been for nothing. And then, there are the secondary fronts we're planning to open. Both Norway, and the Balkans, are on the list. If the main front remains stable or positive, the timetable on those could be moved forwards.

And who knows what those Americans are up to! Intrigue everywhere. Perhaps the Americans are already plotting the next world war?
Yes, what are they doing? Spying on their comrades in arms, so rude. I'd wager there's at least one American general planning for the next great war, and we all know who that is.

I guess I must have opened this and didn't wind up reading the update and thus missed the new graphics.
It happens to the best of us.

It is possible the pace of updates will increase slightly now.
 
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17th of August 1942, 'Odin', 10-day report #205

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The 17th of August 1942, Vologda, 7,6°C, 10 am Moscow Time,

Report on the state of the Soviet Union for the ten-day period between the 8th and the 17th of August 1942,

by 'Odin'

Army:
Army numbers (Brigades/Personnel) Reserves included (these numbers don't include regiments being upgraded):
Total Army Personnel: 1.127 / 2.515.000
Officers: 106.179 + / 111.900 needed / 111 KIA / 94,887 % +​
Active Leaders: 282 / 214 more available
Artillery production has increased, with 2 new Artillery Regiments on order, bringing forward the moment when every single Rifle Division in the Soviet Union sports an Artillery Regiment.

No changes to Army Leadership.​

Air Force:
No change in VVS numbers, nor Navy Air Fleet numbers for the last 10 days.​
The production of Yak-7's has resumed, 124 airframes have been ordered, they will be formed into 178 IAD upon delivery.
No changes to VVS nor Navy Air Fleet leadership.​

Navy:
No changes to the Navy for the last 10 days.​

Politics / International:
As the Swedish government and the British Foreign Office continue to pull Sweden out of our orbit, despite the best efforts of our diplomats in Stockholm. The decision was made to, temporarily, reduce our efforts, until Sweden gets over it's Axis-loving faze, and the British Foreign Office gets bored.
Battle of Britain​
The Luftwaffe made a few halfhearted attempts to bomb Dover and Portsmouth. All 4 attempts were intercepted by the RAF before they'd even managed to locate their targets.
It looks like the German bombers in France are having to split their attention between bombing US-funded partisans, and bombing Britain. (see below)
Battle of the Atlantic​
At sea, the Kriegsmarine hasn't been very active. Only 3 Allied convoys were sunk in the North Atlantic. British submarines and surface units sunk a total of 32 Axis freighters, a 60% reduction compared to the previous 10-day period. The Red Navy has started sinking German Merchant shipping off the coast of Norway, adding to the pressure on Axis shipping as a whole.
The Red Banner Baltic Fleet intercepted and sunk two German Landing Craft Flotilla's in the Kattegat.

France​
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As foreseen, Guéret is again firmly under German control. 4 Luftwaffe bombing missions did hammer that point home shortly before the partisans were crushed by Infantry. The other US-supported uprising (above) ran rampant for about a week, taking Arras, St. Quentin, and Compeigne. The fun is now over, in this area as well, as several German Infantry Divisions are bearing down on the embattled Partisans in Compeigne. German Stuka's flew three successful bombing runs on the province, but they were intercepted 5 times by the RAF, no doubt losing a large amount of aircraft in the process. Furthermore, the British fighters increased their harassment of the Luftwaffe in France, battling it out over Paris (11 times), Reims (3 times), Montargis, and Nantes.

Yugoslavia​
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Strangely, the Axis made no progress in it's attempts to root out the Yugoslav partisans. Three German Divisions and a single Italian one are simply staring down the remaining Partisans, who haven't moved since the last report. Let's hope they manage to sort this out before we liberate the Balkans, Stalin would rather not have to deal with a bunch of Yugoslav partisans.

Athens - Greece​
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No changes here.

North Africa Front:​
United Kingdom (Surrender Progress / NU): 1,9 / 87,1​
Italy (Surrender Progress / NU): 5,9 / 79,2 =​
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It looks like the Axis forces in North Africa have melted away. Gazala, along the coast, and Al Jabal al Akhda, further inland, were taken with little or no enemy resistance. To add insult to injury, the RAF's Bristol Beaufighters, now based out of Tobruch, flew 12 bombing missions on the fleeing Italian troops in. They were intercepted only once, over At Tamimi. Right now, the only things slowing down the British are their lack of vehicles and interruptions in their logistics.
35 Italian Freighters were sunk by the Royal Navy, in the central Mediterranean and the Adriatic. (This on top of the convoys sunk by the Red Navy in the area)
There were no British convoy losses.
The RN Coastal Naval Command stopped it's Port Strikes on Tunis Harbour after upgrading to the Bristol Brigand with the RR Griffon engine. This new model is faster, but it does have a shorter range, meaning that Tunis is now too far away. Their attention was now focused, first on Reggio di Calabria, where they flew 4 missions, and on the smaller port of Sousse, to the South-East of Tunis, which was hit 41 times. The Naval bombers sinking three Italian transport squadrons in the process (4a, 5a, & 10a Squadrone Transporti).
The Strategic Group of Halifaxes based in Athina was unable to do much, as they were intercepted twice, just to the West of Salonica, before they could reach their target. (probably somewhere in Western Bulgaria).
No naval battles in the Med.

South East Asia Front​
United States of America (Surrender Progress / NU): 8,5 / 85,1​
United Kingdom (Surrender Progress / NU): 1,9 / 87,1​
Japan (Surrender Progress / NU): 0,00 / 70,1​
Netherlands, France (Government in Exile)​
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The Japanese Division on Java continues it's slow trek to take control of the island. They now moved north, taking the Mountainous province of Gunung Ciremay, in the interior. There is nothing of value in this province. No Allied troops have arrived on the island as the clock continues to tick on most of the Netherlands' remaining Industry and resources.


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The IJN has delivered numerous reinforcements to Teluk Anson. Now, a full IJA Corps is starting to run rampant on the Malay peninsula. With only a single Division on the Peninsula, the British are likely to loose it entirely over the coming weeks. Unless they ship in reinforcements of their own.
Convoy Raiding has slowed down a little, with 32 Japanese freighters adorning the seabed, and a mere 16 Allied merchant vessels sent to the bottom.
The Royal Navy intercepted Japanese transport fleets several times, but it was unable to stop the IJA reinforcements from getting to Malaysia and Java. In the fighting, IJN Light Cruiser Yahagi was sunk by HMS Barham, 2 Yuso Sentai, a flotilla of transport ships was destroyed by HMS Revenge, and the British 48th Destroyer Flotilla was given the coup de grace by the Light Cruiser Tatsuta, and the 59th Destroyer Flotilla was lost to CA Kinugasa
Top: Yahagi (1911), not to be confused with Yahagi (1942) was a 5.040 tonne protected Cruiser (CL) of the Chikuma-Class of the IJN. It was commissioned in 1912. It's main armament consisted of 8 15,2cm/45 type 41 guns. One forward, one aft, and 3 in sponsons on each side. 4 deck-mounted QF 12 pounder 12 cwt naval guns formed the secondary armament, with a pair of 7,7mm Lewis Guns providing (some) anti-personel and anti-aircraft firepower. In 1919, two 8cm/40 Type 41 multi-purpose guns were added. Three 18" torpedo launchers round out it's armament. Propulsion is provided by 2 shafts, powered by 16 Kampon-type boilers and a pair of steam turbines, providing 22.500 shp in total. Only the deck (22-57 mm) and the conning tower (102 mm) are armoured, hardly sufficient to stop HMS Barham's 15" shells. Her top speed of 26 knots wasn't particularly great during the Great War, and is positively pedestrian in 1942. She had an active Great War career, chasing the German East Asia Squadron around the Pacific in 1914, patrolling off the coast of Queensland in 1914-1915, relocating to Singapore in 1917 to cooperate with the British China Squadron in the Indian Ocean, and later off the coast of Australia and New-Zealand. Historically she was decommissioned in 1940 and moored near the Etajima IJ Naval Academy, where she served as a barrack ship for submarine crews. Her hull was scrapped in 1947.
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Bottom: HMS Barham is a Queen Elizabeth Class Battleship displacing over 32.000 tonnes (standard), and commissioned in 1915. It's main armament consists of 8 BL 15" Mk.I guns mounted in 4 twin turrets, two forward, and two aft. Her secondary armament consisted of 14 BL 6" Mk.XII naval guns in single gun barbettes. The original 3" AA-Armament was replaced in 1938 with 4 QF 4" Mk. XVI guns in 2 twin turrets, and a high-angle range-finder was also added. In 1940, two quadruple Vickers 0.5" MG's were added, and in 1941, a pair of 8-barrel 'pom-pom' batteries were added (one on each side of the conning tower.). 56.000 hp is provided to 4 shafts, by 24 Yarrow-type boilers through two steam turbine sets. Her Great War top speed of 24 knots was reduced to 22,5 knots due to age and alterations that added weight. The main belt sports 13" of armour, the deck, 1-3", the barbettes 7-10", the turrets 11-13", and the conning tower 13" of armour. Needless to say, Yahagi's 152mm shells struggled to do anything beyond scratching the paint. OTL she was sunk by U-331 in the central Mediterranean in 1941.

Pacific Front​
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Taking advantage of the lack of US initiative, the IJN successfully landed SNLF troops on Palmyra Atoll, taking it and Jarvis Island with little opposition.
The small US Navy task forces based in Palmyra was taken entirely by surprise by swarms of Japanese Carrier-borne aeroplanes. With no Carriers of their own, the USN vessels took a beating as the faster Japanese ships of the Kido Butai stayed out of gun-range of the American Battleships, some of the older Japanese units did get heavily damaged, but none of them was sunk.. The only option for the US forces was to run to Christmas Island, which they managed, but not before losing the Heavy Cruiser USS Pensacola to torpedo bombers from the CVL Chiyoda, and three Destroyer Divisions (27th, 50th & 52nd DD), to the Air Groups of Ryujo. By miracle, all 4 US Battleships managed to limp away, having sustained very heavy damage. With no US ground forces Garrisoning Christmas Island, this may well be a short stay of execution.
The Convoy war slowed down here too with Japanese submarines sinking 20 Allied freighters, mostly to the East of Nauru. Allied convoy raiding is down too, with 27 Axis merchant vessels sunk in the Pacific, mostly around Johnston Island. A further 5 were sunk in the Caribbean.
Top: USS Pensacola, lead ship of the Pensacola-Class of Cruisers, displaced 9.100 tonnes, and was commissioned in 1930. Her main armament consists of 10 8"/55 naval guns in two twin turrets, and two triple turrets (One of each fore and aft). Four 5"/25 AA-guns were meant to protect it from attacks by aircraft. Three 3-pounder 1,9" quick-firing Hotchkiss guns and 6 21" torpedo tubes completed her armament. Power is provided by 12 White-Forster boilers, which can send up to 107.000 shp to 4 screws through 4 Parsons reduction steam turbines. Being a Heavy Cruiser, USS Pensacola has some armour: A 2,1-4" main belt, a 1-1,75" armoured deck, 3/4" of armour on the barbettes, 0,75-2,5" on the turrets, and 1,25" on the conning tower. Her top speed is over 32 knots, much faster than Yahagi (see above). This high top speed is likely what made her a prime target for the IJN aeroplanes, as she was faster than some of the Carriers and could potentially catch up to them. OTL she survived the war, an atomic aerial burst and an atomic subsurface burst in 1946, before being sunk as a target in 1948.
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Bottom: Chiyoda is a 11.200 tonne (Standard displacement) Chitose-Class Light Aircraft Carrier. She was commissioned in 1938, as a seaplane carrier. In 1944, she was converted, along with her sister ship Chitose, into an Aircraft Carrier (let's pretend this happened earlier in-game). This conversion included the addition of a wooden deck measuring 180 m by 23 m, and two aircraft elevators. As a CVL, she can carry up to 30 planes. She also sported 8 12,7cm/40 Type 89 multi-purpose guns, and between 30 and 48 Type 96 25mm AA guns, all in twin mounts. Her 2 propellers are powered by 4 boilers, through 2 geared steam turbines. With a total of 56.000 shp, she can reach a top speed of 18,9 knots, significantly slower than USS Pensacola. OTL, she was sunk at the battle of Leyte Gulf.


Industry:
Working Industrial Capacity / available domestic capacity / available capacity with Lend-Lease: 235 + / 428 + / 599 + The Industrial complexes in Jelgava (1 IC), Stanislawow (2 IC), and Kuopio (1 IC / Finland SSR), have been retaken from our enemies, foreign and domestic. Some of these are still damaged, so it will take a while before they are back to full production, if we manage to hang on to them.
Lend-Lease aid has been slowly increasing to over 170 IC/day, there were still some interruptions, the average over the last 10 days was about 149 IC/day. There have been 9 days were aid was delivered for a total of 1.485 ICdays.
IC Usage: ( Allocated IC / Need )​
Upgrades: 93,9 / 103,31
Reinforcement: 28,30/ 28,37 - The need for reinforcements varies wildly but remains over 20 IC.
Supplies: 76,00 / 58,62 = Supply stockpiles were starting to get dangerously low, so more supplies were ordered from the US.
Production: 364,92 / 364,92 + The recovery of lost factories, and another increase in Lend-Lease aid have allowed us to increase production again.
Consumer Goods: 35,95 / 35,95 + Some of the Lend-Lease aid trickles down to the population, this concerns mostly luxuries, like food.

Stockpiles:​
Energy: Maximum tonnes +​
Metal: 98.496 tonnes -​
Rares: 48.927 tonnes +​
Crude: 94.383 cubic metres -​
Supplies: 29.386 tonnes +​
Fuel: 95.371 barrels +​
Money: 1.363 +​


Intelligence:
American weapons have been ordered through the Lend-Lease programme, for clandestine operations, with the aim of setting up an underground resistance base in enemy-controlled territory. Arrangements are being made to train Partisans and Commando's. As we have little experience in this area, it could take until March next year until the partisans can be deployed.
Spy numbers, spies in (active / added / lost / caught by us)​
France (Supporting our Party / Counterespionage): 5 / 0 / 0 / 0​
{ Germany (/): 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 }​
{ Japan (/): 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 }​
{ UK (/) : 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 }​

Other: 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Total: 5 / 0 / 0 / 0
Reserves: 7​
Spy training leadership expenditure: 0,21 + (a new spy every 29 days)


Research:
Our team of Nuclear Physicists has managed to successfully achieve Isotope Separation (Level 3), they are now ready to start developing practical applications through Civil Nuclear Research (level 1), one of their main jobs is the design of a full-scale Nuclear Reactor.
Petrov's design bureau has come up with a worthy addition to our arsenal of Artillery pieces. The new M-10 Howitzer is almost ready for production as issues with it's Barrel and Ammunition (Level 7) have been sorted out.
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The M-10 Howitzer design can be traced back to German Artillery pieces that were given to the Soviet Union in the 1930's. These German howitzers were too complicated to be reproduced, en masse, by Soviet Industry at the time. It took many years of improvement before the Soviet Industry was up to the task. Finally, in 1938, Petrov's design bureau came up with a workable design which included some of the better features of the German guns, and could be mass produced. TTL, the M-10T tank gun (KV-2) was the first application of the gun, before Petrov's team finally got around to making a tractor-towed variant.
The differences with the ML-20 are numerous. It's carriage has the same suspension set-up as the rear axle of a ZiS-5 lorry, allowing for a higher towing speed on the road (35 km/h vs 20 km/h). Additionally, it's shorter barrel (3,7 m vs 4,41 without muzzle brake) and lower combat weight (4.150 kg vs 7.270 kg) make it significantly more mobile, to the point where it's closer to a 122mm Divisional gun in that respect. The trade-off is a lower muzzle velocity (ca. 500 m/s vs ca. 650 m/s) and a shorter maximum firing range (12,4 km vs. 17,23 km). The rate of fire (3-4 rounds per minute depending on the crew) and maximum elevation is pretty similar (62° vs 65°). The breeches are similar as well, with both models featuring an interrupted screw breech block, and a recoil system consisting of a hydraulic buffer and a hydro-pneumatic recuperator. The M-10 and ML-20 are complementary in their capabilities, therefore, each Artillery Regiment will eventually be reorganised to field 12 152mm M-10 Howitzers, 12 152mm ML-20 Artillery Pieces, and 16 122mm A-19 Field Guns. (now they field 16 ML-20's and 24 A-19s) Some issues with the Carriages still have to be sorted out, but by the end of the month, these will have been remedied.
Petrov's staff and budget has been reduced as an overhaul of our Education (Level 4) system was considered overdue. Experts from many fields are now spending time devising new curricula and teaching the next generation of educators.
Engineers in our factories where the T-70 is produced have integrated feedback from it's users in the field, making our Light Tanks significantly more Reliable (Level 4).
The Red Army Sappers have, together with civilian designers and engineers, developed new and improved Bridging Equipment (Level 3) for our Engineers on the front lines. Now, they've started working together with the navy to develop Amphibious Warfare Equipment for the Naval Infantry. This will likely come too late for the initial landings in the Balkans, but it will likely be useful later in the war.
Vasily Degtyaryov and his team of weapons designers have been tasked with the design of a cheap to produce sub-machine gun for use as the main Small Arm (Level 3) of our second line troops (Garrison, Militia) and Partisans.
The NKVD has been given additional funding to Improve our Security Units (Level 1) by teaching them more effective ways to track down enemies of the state.

Leadership distribution:
Research: 20,75 (+1,25)
Espionage: 0,21 (+0,11)
Diplomacy: 1,02 (-1,04)
Officers: 12,00 = (72 Officers/day)
Total: 33,99 (+0,33) Re-capture of Jelgava and Stanislawow.

Statistics:
National Unity: 83,237 - foreign spies are back at it
Neutrality: 0,00 =​
Dissent: 0,00 =​
Manpower:​
Available: 2.075.000 (-7.000) The reduction in manpower remains manageable.
Men To reinforce(need): 6.190​
Men To mobilise(need): See above​
Monthly gain: 71.200 Men + (1 fully mobilised Infx3, Art, AT Division every 5,4 days)​

No changes in Party Organisation, nor in Party Popularity.​
This Information is accurate on the morning of the 17th of August 1942, I hope it serves you well in fine-tuning your possible suggestions.

'Odin'
 
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Petrov's staff and budget has been reduced as an overhaul of our Education (Level 4) system was considered overdue. Experts from many fields are now spending time devising new curricula and teaching the next generation of educators.
The NKVD has been given additional funding to Improve our Security Units (Level 1) by teaching them more effective ways to track down enemies of the state.
I do hope these two things are connected, after all State Security begins in the school.

We must ensure these experts and educators do not forget that loyalty to the state is the first lesson all citizens must learn, whether in school or somewhere... further east.
 
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bringing forward the moment when every single Rifle Division in the Soviet Union sports an Artillery Regiment.
This will make them hard-hitting indeed. And the Soviets relying heavily on artillery is very authentic too, of course.
Strangely, the Axis made no progress in it's attempts to root out the Yugoslav partisans.
A mystery. Usually the partisans are a walkover for regular divisions. Maybe they had supply issues? Or more likely a drunk general (ie negligent AI).
It looks like the Axis forces in North Africa have melted away.
Good news for the war - but is it mixed news for the USSR? At the rate things are going, the Soviets won’t need a second front to kill the Axis in Europe and may prefer to take the whole lot themselves, without Allied interference.
Unless they ship in reinforcements of their own.
Unlikely, if their usual performance there is anything to go by. :rolleyes: At least they haven’t marooned any Australians there - have they? :eek:
Our team of Nuclear Physicists has managed to successfully achieve Isotope Separation (Level 3), they are now ready to start developing practical applications through Civil Nuclear Research (level 1), one of their main jobs is the design of a full-scale Nuclear Reactor.
Ah, so a nuclear weapons program is shaping as a serious prospect. Interesting.
new and improved Bridging Equipment (Level 3) for our Engineers on the front lines.
Very important as the Red Army starts fording all those river lines on the way to Berlin - and Paris!
 
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Consumer Goods: 35,95 / 35,95 + Some of the Lend-Lease aid trickles down to the population, this concerns mostly luxuries, like food.
Good to hear that food is a luxury in times like these...
 

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I do hope these two things are connected, after all State Security begins in the school.
We must ensure these experts and educators do not forget that loyalty to the state is the first lesson all citizens must learn, whether in school or somewhere... further east.
Of course, the main purpose of education is to teach loyalty to the state, dare I say even love for it. People who are thus educated aren't distracted by politics, they know they're working for the benefit of a state they love, and they can get on with the job. Very efficient. If the lesson doesn't stick, there's always the time out zone 'further east', as you say.
This will make them hard-hitting indeed. And the Soviets relying heavily on artillery is very authentic too, of course.
We're almost there, if you include the Artillery Regiments in production, we're only missing 3 before every Rifle Division is either Infx3, AT, Art (Western Front) or Infx3, Eng, Art. (Far East).
Maybe they had supply issues? Or more likely a drunk general (ie negligent AI).
Maybe I'm being cynical, but, perhaps Tito's uprising is somehow hard-coded to survive and be a thorn in Stalin's side?
At the rate things are going, the Soviets won’t need a second front to kill the Axis in Europe and may prefer to take the whole lot themselves, without Allied interference.
To be fair, the fact that Roumania has stayed out of the war is a huge advantage. We could have faced them too, sure, but we would have fewer reserves on hand, and there would be little talk of a separate Balkan front, nor anything beyond a small-scale operation in Norway. (if Narvik wasn't so full of tanks)
At least they haven’t marooned any Australians there - have they? :eek:
No. Not yet.;)
Ah, so a nuclear weapons program is shaping as a serious prospect. Interesting.
It'll still take some years as the research isn't always fully funded, we'll have to build a reactor, and our attention will also go to rocketry and Jet Engines once the Rocket Test Site is complete. In the end, when all else fails, it's always nice to have a massive nuclear stick behind the door.
Very important as the Red Army starts fording all those river lines on the way to Berlin - and Paris!
Indeed. All our mobile Divisions, except for the Armoured Cavalry, have a regiment of Engineers, as do the Guards units and all our Rifle Divisions in the Far East. Plenty of river-crossing expertise to go around.
Good to hear that food is a luxury in times like these...
In this TTL there's probably not the same level of food shortage there was OTL, as most of the Ukraine remains in Soviet hands. That said, due to the emphasis on the production of weapons and war material, it is likely some people are still going hungry as fewer people are left working the fields. OTL food imports from the US were an essential part of Lend-Lease aid, so it makes sense that some food is being imported TTL as well.
 
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New artillery guns, now that's what I like to see. Increased tactical and strategic mobility should further improve the flexibility of our artillery units, which are also being rolled out in numbers. Lovely synergy of production and research! Hopefully the NKVD improvements materialize in less uprisings so our paras can focus on actual warfare rather than ruining capitalist sympathizer picnics.
 
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New artillery guns, now that's what I like to see. Increased tactical and strategic mobility should further improve the flexibility of our artillery units, which are also being rolled out in numbers. Lovely synergy of production and research!
It was a nice coincidence, though I have been adding Artillery to the production queue quite often ever since Superior Firepower allowed for a 5th Regiment to be added to our Divisions.

Hopefully the NKVD improvements materialize in less uprisings so our paras can focus on actual warfare rather than ruining capitalist sympathizer picnics.
Well, the NKGBF peacekeeping units (Gar, MP) are still in training, but they should be even more effective once they get these improvements. Not to worry, the Paras will see some actual combat relatively soon.