@ Klydon - fully agree. Essentially the Axis are tied to historical outcome while the Russians aren't.
If I have understood correctly the rationale provided by "Soviet players", that is because the Russian decision to fight, or fly, can be taken after June 22, and the German "decision" to be unprepared for Winter was taken before that date.
No one mentioned any players I'm looking at the game. What I'm saying is that as a Soviet player I can have several choices - fight or run in '41, attack in blizzard or husband my strength to meet the Axis on equal terms in spring and basically design my army as I deem fit.
As the Axis, one does not have that luxury. Reinforcements are fixed. The Minor Allies tend to be next to useless because they were supposedly 'inflexible' and weak. TO&Es are fixed as well. But what the basic problem is that in '41, an Axis player has only one choice - continue to advance. It is useless being prudent because anything you do will be wiped out by the effects of the blizzard. A prudent strategy will not pay off as the Axis, meaning that a player has no options even in '42. So basically continue advancing, wipe out as many Soviet units as possible and damage its economy in the process. A step by step approach like WWI can't be adopted for example, because whatever you do, you'll suffer a million casualties even by sitting still.
Basically what I'm saying is that a player can test any sort of what if scenario in the game with the Soviets, but is pretty much tied down to suffering the same fate as the Axis did during the war due to things that are out of the control of the player. Fact is that both sides have their fun side to them but one feels a bit like a lego while the other is much more straight jacketed.
Yeah, I don't believe Soviet commanders could custom build their units during the early phases of WW2. I am aware that they could and did attach massive amounts of Artillery, such as Zhukov did in the attack on Berlin. They took what they were given and were damned happy about it or to the Gulag they went.
So, even with German production restraints, I don't quite see why we can't design the German support units as well. It's amazing custom ability on the Soviet side, and a K car on the other. Do you want the Custom Shelby or the Chrysler K car? I know what I want....