And now that I've finished 1949 in Hearts of Iron II: Doomsday let me recap how that year went. In the war between the Allies and the Comintern, following a crazy yet successful invasion from Archangelsk the prosecution of the war in European Russia was bogging down. Transferring surplus soldiers from the stalled Siberian front to Europe through transfer across the Pacific, convoy across the United States, and transfer across the Atlantic was just getting under way.( Collapse )
And so 1949 ended: after a year of peeling off nation after nation from the Soviet Union, and balancing forces between those in western China and Siberia with those in a European Russia which has pressed well past the Urals. But there are still thousands and thousands of miles yet to go before eastern and western fronts converge, and still around a hundred divisions in place resisting the invaders from ever-more-compact supply lines. Perhaps in 1950 the war might end. Maybe.
Trivia: Following the surrender at Stalingrad, German state radio suspended normal broadcasting for three days, playing solemn music. Source: The Second World War, John Keegan. (Keegan says Bruckner's Seventh Symphony, although I'm not sure whether anything else was played too.)
Currently Reading: The Epic Of New York City: A Narrative History, Edward Robb Ellis.