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Summer 1941 and Army Group North drives relentlessly through the Russian countryside towards Leningrad. By the 13th of July the lead elements of the 41st Panzer Corp sit only 110km from the great city and are preparing for the final drive towards its capture.

Standing in their path is a series of four fortified lines hastily thrown up since the invasion began the previous month. The first and most significant of these runs from the coast at Narva to Lake Ilmen near Novgorod. Anchored upon the river Luga it becomes known as the Luga River Line and is manned by a scratch force of army, militia and training school units known as the Luga Operational Group (LOG).

In anticipation of the German attack Soviet high command (Stavka) orders an immediate counterattack against the 56th Panzer Corp to the south the following day. This attack, known as the Sol’tsy-Dno Offensive Operation, causes disarray and nearly succeeds in encircling the German Corp. Reinforcements have to be rushed from other sectors to contain the threat before the offensive is finally beaten back with heavy losses.

Exhausted and over stretched by the Soviet resistance Army Group North then pauses to reorganise before resuming offensive operations. It is August the 8th before it is once again ready to move against Leningrad. The Luga River line is stuck in force all along its length but the main threat to the Soviet defences is at Kingisepp at the North of the line. Here the 41st Panzer Corps has already established a bridgehead over the river and is ready to renew its assault....

Topic starter Posted : 28/03/2013 7:42 pm