From: The Duchy of Cornwall, nr England
From turn 18 onwards, you are seeing take 2 of the game. Because of hindsight, when the bad weather arrives every player has to make the decision whether they "Listen to Hitler" who wanted to keep attacking during the bad weather or "Listen to von Kluge" who wanted to move into winter quarters. Needless to say historically von Kluge got the sack. In take 1, I took the "listen to Hitler" option, and carried on attacking Moscow and towards the Donbas. I managed to capture one Hex of Moscow, and got to the outskirts of Stalino. On turn 25 the blizzard hit, and I got hit by a whole bunch of bugs as well as the soviet army which resulted in 1/3 my Army routing in the first 3 turns of blizzard. Some bugs were fixed straight away, but one ended up taking 3 weeks to find, and I had to play through the blizzard on full challenging mode to find it - this was the least fun I have had with this game.
For this AAR I hit the "chicken switch" and changed the settings to "Normal" which takes away the SU bonuses and set up the what I think is the "perfect" defensive line for dealing with the Blizzard, there was still a bug relating to Axis units routing that was not found during the course of the AAR, so you will see more Axis units routing despite my best efforts to avoid them.
Ultimately the First Winter has to weaken the Axis forces, but not by too much that they are too weak to attack in 1942, and the 1942 start line must not be too far from the historical start line, and getting the First Winter "Right" seems to have become my new mission in life.