Turn 1 after I had the Soviet conduct the attacks as per the walk through in the rule book.
This time I did them in the right sequence
which means an Axis division was surrounded and eliminated.
Critical attack on Turn 2 against Belgorod.
This was when we through the Soviets had to match the historical VP levels.
But the breakthrough down south was more promising.
End of Turn 2
End of Turn 3 and the Soviets have advanced to Kharkov.
The Axis have abandoned Sumy.
End of Turn 3 in the South and the Axis are in retreat.
In looking at the last time we played (see this post) the Soviets had initial success at Sumy, which I think didn't occur this time as we realised that retreat can stop in a city. The Soviets have had much greater success in the south in our new game as they avoided initially focussing their attacks on Tagnarog . Also, much greater success was achieved this time on the approach to Kharkov as the Soviets have been able to trap and eliminate a few Axis divisions. While only one or two, it makes all the difference to the Axis ability to form a solid line.