From: Laramie, Wyoming
Yes, I think that the house rule made it far easier on me. I focused not only on destroying units, but in the snow turns actively harming/routing units. Had there not been the house rules, according to Cpt Flam, December would still have been very mild - he was just too unready in too many places, units still routed, and I had room to retreat from obvious ready and menacing stacks.
Part of the problem so far with winters has been both the newness of the game (this was only my 3rd PBEM winter, maybe my 8th overall including AI), and the problems that show up time and again with running the Germans well in 1941. When December comes for many, the Soviets are either far too unhurt or conversely the Axis does not have fall back room.
I am of the mindset (as I have said here before) that I am going to lose ground anyway in the blizzard. If the Soviets can, in part, stymie the Germans by well executed fall-backs, the the Germans should do that as well. Still, if the German player finds Blizzard upon them and they are in stuck somewhere slightly east of Smolensk and not to the Donets cities...well, the point is moot.
The thing that strikes me again and again is that I did not run a perfect campaign here, far from it. However, I wanted to hold the initiative and strike where I could over and over - this allowed me to reach the lines that I did. I am sure my tactics would horrify many. Often I broke through multiple lines with corps-sized stacks of tanks/motorized, and my attrition in the Panzer Corps was very high. Still, it is my play style and it worked here.
"...the better you do before the blizzard, the better you will do during the blizzard" should be the mantra of all Axis players.
"The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny."
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