After two years and uncountable losses and destruction, neither side can claim victory in the East. The Axis still flies the swastika from the towers of the Kremlin, and in the South, 6th Army  finally captured Rostov, the “gate to the Caucaus”, after a swirling, gruesome campaign across the vast plains between Dnjepr and Don that lasted the better part of the year.

However, the Axis failed to reach its declared goal of cutting of Leningrad, Russias second largest city, starving it to death and thus securing its Finish ally. In Karelia, the Finns are fighting a desperate rearguard action, their divisions reduced to regiments, regiments to bataillions, the army ruined along with the burning wrecks of 19th Panzer XX sent to stop the Soviets. During Autumn, the Soviets drove back the Panzers from the last open rail line before the German infantry could close up, reestablished supply and secured the continued flow of reinforcements to the “cradle of the revolution. With the snow, newer, stronger tank formations arrived: The new tank corps armed with the T-34  rolling of the assembly lines in the Urals that now are back into production managed for the first time to take on a German Panzerkorps head on and force a retreat. Standing on Red Suqare in Moscow, the tanks and artillery of the First Guards Tank Army can already be heard, rumbling through the  eastern and northern suburbs.

Despite the bloodshed, neither side seems yet to have exausted its reserves.

Ken Newall takes a look at his truly epic Scorced Earth report after two years of campaining: 1942 Game Commentary