21st Aug With the UK section of the front now once again secure the war council was free to start planning our own offensive. The capture of Slovakia provided a unique opportunity for a potentially war winning offensive. In either direction an advance to the sea could cut off at last a quarter of the Soviet army which would surely decide their fate. As the discussions continued a few early decisions were made to reinforce the regions of Arad, Krakow and Kosice in preparation for any offensive. Three options were put up for discussion. The first option was to advance along the Vistula until we reached the Baltic, the second would see an advance through Bessarabia and the final option was to initiate a smaller scale offensive. The first option perhaps came with the most prestige as it would finally see the majority of Poland liberated the only allied nation still under occupation. The second option would likely lead to the most Soviet troops being captured however equally that leads to the most risk. The final option would likely see a smaller scale advance into Poland or Bulgaria with less risk of total failure but also far less reward. It should be noted at this point that a fair number of Polish citizens had joined Allied divisions over the course of the war and their leadership was keen to see their country liberated so after a week of discussions it was option one that was chosen. Preparations thus began in earnest with more troops moved towards Kosice and the air force moved to various air fields in range of Poland. American bombers flying over Przemysl to the east of Krakow revealed and surprisingly weak Soviet presence and as the plan took shape it was this region that was chosen as the starting point. The eventual plan would see the Allied armies advance towards Lublin and the outskirts of Warsaw. Once there a decision would have to be as to whether the offensive should continue at all and if the answer was yes then the best route to the Baltic would have to be chosen. For the time being the Allied command could not tell whether Warsaw could be captured or whether it would be best to go round the city to the east and whether it would be best to follow the Vistula to the coast or to go towards Konigsburg. Finally on the 13th of September our reinforcement costs dropped below 10 and equally significant our upgrade costs dropped below 20. The vast majority of our infantry was now equipped with 1945 weaponry and so finally the troops were deemed ready. The Orders began being issued. The 14th of September would be the starting point of the greatest Allied offensive to date. The expected offensive: Some analysis of the terrain: Poland is mostly plains which is the best terrain to be attacking across whilst Slovakia is mostly hills which provides a good defensive position for the troops left behind to guard the supply routes. The Vistula that runs from Krakow to the Baltic Sea will provide a defensive barrier for our advancing troops whilst the Bug River provides a similar function on the eastern side of the advance. If we do achieve our aim of encirclement then the Oder and Vistula Rivers will suddenly become a hindrance which we will hopefully be able to overcome. Elsewhere on the 28th Edessa was finally recaptured from the Soviets whilst on the 9th of September the first new tactical bombers were built as French production began to see the benefits of the recently captured industry. Additionally for the first time in months a spy managed to infiltrate the Soviet Union.