** IMPORTANT - Can we please have a discussion about the Eastern Front without it having to be closed - Its getting very frustrating - as HO as often said we should talk about Campaigns and Orders of Battle and this thread is an effort to follow up on his idea - PLEASE LETS TRY AND DISCUSS THIS WITH RESTRAINT!!!!! In September 1941 Kiev was captured by the Germans and with it over half a million Russian Troops fell into German Hands. This operation inevitably drew German forces away from the Thrust towards Moscow but also destroyed a Key Soviet Army. My question to you guys is this: Were the Germans right to force Guderians army to turn south to complete the encirclement even though it meant delaying the drive for Moscow? Or was it a case that if they kept going east then they would run the risk of a large salient in the Soviet Line with the Soutwestern Front intact and a credible Danger to the German Advance? Were they right or wrong to encircle Southwestern Front? I'd love to hear your opinions!