Is there anyone here that really believes that if the Germans had such a reserve in March of 1942 that they could not have cut some sector of the Russian line to pieces? The issue for me is not that they can cut a Russian line to pieces, but the mobility in the snow which is amplified by the fact that these spearheads are elite moral units and they are driving around Russia like its summer time in terms of mobility.
Yes. Me. Could not have been properly supplied. Could not probably even have been railed into the theater to begin with in a timely fashion (somebody uptopic even suggested that the better way to deal with March madness is to hit Axis rail cap. That's not a bad idea in some respects.) Also probably couldn't be railed out of there to begin with to take a breather in Germany.
The Axis was in no logistical condition to launch a massive counteroffensive in March of 1942. They could barely keep the stuff in the field in supply. These things really didn't get straightened out until the rasputitsa proper shut down both armies for good.
It's a fantasy counteroffensive allowed solely by the game's flawed logistical model. The solution chosen is not elegant -- the real fix would be in the logistical model and probably also Axis rail -- but it'll do for the moment.
15-20 divisions can't be railed in over 1 turn as it is. The reserve usually comes in over several turns depending on the situation. Railcap is an issue, especially if it takes more than 1 turn to rail the troops to where they need to go. These are things the German has to deal with already in order to get his forces into position to launch the counter attack. Note, I am not saying the Axis rail cap is not an issue. In fact, I am one of the ones that has posted that it is too generous, especially during the winter.
I do disagree that forces could not be withdrawn to be rehabilitated over winter. The trains were full going to the front and not used much coming back. The reason more units were not withdrawn was because the Germans were going for the knock out in 1941. Withdrawing a reserve is recognition of playing for the long game; a right of strategy every German should have to make, but is heavily penalized in this game at almost every turn.
I also would point out that in most cases, the Germans have fallen back on shorter logistical lines during the fall back phase of the Russian blizzard offensive. Such shorter lines could not help but improve the logistical situation for the Axis. Now, how much it is improved is a matter for conjecture. To say it is the same as what happen historically to the Germans is absolutely idiotic when you look at how impacted AGC was by the pressure on their lines of communication by partisans, paratroopers and troop movements to their rear. All those had a impact on the supply situation at the front and almost all of them do not apply in a typical game, yet it is thought the Germans should operate under this handicap as if it still exists, even when the German players undertake measures to prevent it.
To put in special rules just to nerf a German tactic is silly. Let the community develop counter tactics instead of trying to "guide" the game in a certain direction. Right now, there is far too much "guiding" of the German side while the Russians hold all the trumps of being able to customize their army in terms of size and composition. If logistics are the issue, then work on fixing that issue instead of doing a "short term fix" like this.
I think they just need to finish the total handicapping of any German attempts to deviate from what they did historically and nerf the Lvov opening as well. The attitude seems to be we just can't have the Germans learning from any of the mistakes of history without getting clubbed by the nerf bat on the grounds of "game play".
I am pretty much done with this game for at least the near future and I doubt further down the road anything will happen that will interest me enough to invest the massive amount of time needed to play a campaign when ill thought out patches like this happen.