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So far Germany at War has two large campaigns - the original Arkhangelsk-Astrakhan and custom Eastern Front 1941.

The new campaign ''War in the East'' will cover the Eastern Front from Op Barbarossa to Zitadelle. You cannot win the war, but you can still win all battles (up to Kursk), rearm your units with new better weapons and in the final scenarios play with the big cats (meow). They will not be a part of your force but you can buy as many of them as you can afford, so save your resources and use them carefully.

The motorized Elite divisions are a part of your core force, as they were in AA and 1941. If they were in historical battles they are in game. Use them if you want to or sell them for resource points if you want a force of Army units only.

There is an upgrade path to Grossdeutschland (which was an Army unit) and it can be upgraded from Infantry to Panzergrenadier. I have not checked the Elite units, they were non-core in the original campaign. If there is no upgrade path for them, the player will need to sell his old Infantry units and receive new Elite Panzergrenadier divisions. Based on their results in 1941, LAH, Totenkopf and Wiking will have 2 promotions and Das Reich will have 4, with the experience according to their promotions. The kill lists cannot be transferred to the new units, so the history of these divisions will have 2 chapters, Chapter 1 for the old Infantry division and Chapter 2 for the new Panzergrenadier division.

The story of the campaign:

In 1941 the Army moves far East but the Soviets are much stronger than the generals had expected. By the end of 1941 AG North makes a successful attack against Volkhov, destroying the Soviet supply lines to Leningrad; the defenders now have no supplies but they never surrender; they fight to the last and are destroyed. Army Group South takes Kharkov (there was a standalone scenario until now but I did not put it in 9 campaign as I could not find the fighter units for it, and the attack on Rostov by a panzer group is more interesting from the pint of view of gameplay.) Panzer Group reaches Rostov but faces a heavy Soviet counterattack and it depends of the skills of the general if he can hold the city. In the center the Army can only start a limited attack on Chimki (lack of resources, sabotage on railways etc.) The year ends, strategically, with a draw.

In early 1942 the Soviets make attacks, failing them all and wasting their resources so Germany can launch another offensive in 1942. As taking Moscow would not make a difference (Napoleon took Moscow as well as some other capitals but he never won a war by taking the enemy capital). The operations include Voronezh, Rostov 1942 (assuming the Army had to withdraw at some point, even if the Soviets failed their offensive, Road to Stalingrad and Caucasus (these will be based on the original AA scenarios). But again, the Soviets have gathered strong forces against the 6th Army' s flanks. Due to a ''rebellion of generals'' (not really Operation Walkyrie but a very emotional debate) the generals get the right to give the orders they want to, so the 6th Army breaks out of the encirclement, although with heavy losses. Another year ends with a draw.

By early 1943 the Soviets have reached Kharkov but now they are in a bad situation; Germany has received some reinforcements and the new weapons start entering mass production; the Elite divisions are reformed to Panzergrenadier, as well as the Grossdeutschland Army division. The Soviets are pushed out of Kharkov. Some months are spent as both sides prepare for the war, and finally Operation Zitadelle begins. This is the last chance. Either the Soviets will be left with a huge gap in their center or they will start moving towards the West...
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As the 1st tank group attack on Rostov-on-Don may be more interesting than First Kharkov (there only enough fighters to support one force, and a combined arms operation on Rostov is more interesting than advance on Kharkov with only infantry, and Rostov is one of my favorite flak operations) there could be some changes in the campaign:

After Kiev the 1st panzer group is sent to Melitopol, then the 11th Army takes Crimea ad then the 1st Panzer group takes Rostov and prepares for spending the winter in the new positions. At that moment, the Soviets have formed enough forces to launch a winter counterattack. Even if some Soviet divisions have the same numbers as the ones destroyed in the first Rostov scenario, that is just because the Soviets saved the division flag - if the division flag did not fall in the hands of Germans, the Soviets could form another division with the same number. So there is a winter counterattack (need to see which scenario works better). If Germany holds Rostov in winter 1941 there is no Rostov 1942 as the city was already taken. Or do they need to pull back because the enemies are too many and it is better only to lose the territory and keep the units, and come back next year? Or AG South finds enough infantry divisions to support the Rostov sector? (as in the "Feldzug" book of maps published in the US as a digital version)

The scenarios of 1942 do not see so many upgrades: the divisions with Pz IIIH or J can be upgraded to Pz IIIL that would give them better attack values. Late in 1942 the Army could receive a Tiger regiment but the crews are new and have 0 experience, unless you have enough resources to upgrade veterans to a Tiger unit (assuming they had enough time to train with Tigers, and then you need to form another Pz IIIL division with recruits; if you think it is worth the cost and time.) The first Fw190 arrive to the Eastern front (need to see when and to which fighter division). PzIV can keep their short 75 mm barrels in 1942 if they will be used mainly in anti-infantry role supported by PzIIIL; StuGIII units will see new machines with longer guns, and the first Marder antitank guns are also available.

Zitadelle in 1943 sees 2 battalions (or you may call it 1 regiment) of Panthers, the same Tiger regiment and 2 battalions or 1 regiment in the North, near Ponyri (there is a Kursk North map for the Soviet counterattack). Artillery receives Nebelwerfer 1942 and the 4 Nebelwerfer brigades formed in 1941 just needs to be rearmed with the 1942 version; some units of Wespe, Nashorn and Hummel; the air force now has Bf 109G6, Fw190 and Bf110F in its fighter force and the new versions of He111 in the bomber brigades. The 88 mm flaks are still the best anti-air weapons, and the light flaks can be mounted on halftracks, improving the protection of the ground forces.

PzIV after the long 75 mm gun becomes the best mass produced ''antitank tank'' while PzIIIN with the short 75 mm now becomes the best ''infantry tank'' although it is now obsolete in antitank role.

Even if the campaign ends in 1943 with successful Zitadelle it if far from lost. There the historical scenarios end. The campaign may as well end with successful Zitadelle and optimism in debriefing.

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