General Keating continues to make slow progress and is not confident of reaching any further major objectives. In the south, near ROSLAVL, it looks at though he might be on the verge of a breakthrough (see below). He has concentrated a large armoured force, and the terrain between it and ROSLAVL is now all Open.
Comrade General Trout kills another German regiment near SMOLENSK. This unit dies because the hexes behind it, which it could retreat to, are all fully occupied (see below). With nowhere to go it is squeezed like a tube of toothpaste and flushed away.
Further north, Trout has been obliged to give up a continuous front. One group has been forced north to defend RZHEV, and another has lined up to defend VYAZMA from the north (see below). Unfortunately, (for him), it is likely that Keating will have neither the time or the units to fully exploit this.