I am in a PvP game with my friend, we started about the release date, and we are playing v1.0 still. I really haven't played vs. the computers, for me once I play a human, I have a hard time with AI, in any game. However, my friend has played ahead on both German and Russian, so he has a good idea what has been going to happen. We have just entered 1942, and I am having serious doubts if I will have a German Army come May 1942. We are planning on playing through at least 1942, though, just so my compadre can build Soviet tank corps and overrun me. some data notes:
-End of November German casualties ~ 752,000 troops
-Beginning of January 1942 casualties ~ 1.6 million troops
-Last three turns of winter, beginning turn casualties: 96,000, 105,000, and 123,000 (this last figure from the 1st week, Jan 1942)
Every hex of Axis troops is being attacked every turn. I am employing a slow fall back strategy to maintain a line in front of the Russians. I feel my casualty figures are going up each turn from the withdrawal, as units are not hunkering down in towns and cities, but exposing themselves to the cold. There are some local counter attacks on tank brigade who stick their noses out a wee bit far, but that's about it. I don't know what it will look like, but my fear is a phantom army of depleted units. A lot of this is my fault, though.
#1 I guessed when rain was starting and wasted 3 clear weather turns. My army was in good shape heading into bad weather, but in hindsight, very pointless.
#2 I could have been even more aggressive during the summer offensive. I had 2.8 million Soviet casualties at end of September. I think I could have added a million more without working hard. Every Russian casualty here is one less to attack me in winter.
#3 I made no headway in the south. I pulled up short of Kiev, and took Odessa only on the last turn before severe blizzards. I need to make more effective headway and take less casualties while securing objectives.
#4 I probably gave my tankers too much rest. I felt they needed it, but they can rest when it rains...
There is more, I am sure, but will think of it later.