|Operations plan for the first phase of the hostilities. Click the image for a better view.|
|The occupation of Minsk by Tukhachevsky's SouthWestern Front puts the Red forces at a great advantage for an offensive on Poland. Note the four rail lines coming out of the city.|
The game has deviated from the real war.
|The Ukraine Front's area of operations. The fabled Konarmia is around Kharkov (east from Kiev), awaiting rail transport towards the front lines. The Polish Army in the west of the map is still reluctant to advance into the Ukraine.|
North of the Prypiat marshes, my strong position in Minsk will allow a quick buildup of forces for an unstoppable drive onto Brest. In the real war, the road into the so-called "Poland proper" (frontiers were fuzzy at best at the time) was not so forceful or fast given that Minsk itself was into Polish hands.
As for the operational plan, you will also notice that I'm aiming towards Brest with my SouthWestern Front, pivoting south instead of continuing in an western direction towards Warsaw like it happened in the real war. With the Ukraine Front still suffering from a numerical inferiority, I can't hope to have them at Brest, which is vital for continuing offensive operations towards Warsaw. In addition to this, it doesn't make too much sense to me to seize Warsaw from the north and across the Vistula River.