From: The Zone™
I don't think it's a good idea to move the entire Red Air Force to the reserve. You can almost immediately establish a strong air presence by Leningrad, for example.
Finally, you must always, always keep your recon units flying and tracking panzer movements.
You're giving his bombers a total free pass to fly as deep and without escort as they want without any fear of interception. That's going to make it that much easier for him to drop air resupply.
As usual, you raise some good points, but in my experience for the first couple of turns it is pretty easy to tell where the panzers are--whereever the deep gashes in my lines are.
The main reason I send everyone to the national reserve is that is it then easier to reorganize things like I want. Your point about air resupply, though, I find pretty convincing, so I will probably put planes back on the ground a bit earlier, maybe turn 3 or so. I need serious help with the air war though, so will pay more attention than usual to tips on how to do it!
And what about using the U2s for night bombing raids? Worthwhile? What the best targets, panzer HQs?
And I guess I should put Zhukov at Stavka these days? And now it sounds like I should keep him there?
Also, what's the current best option for garrisoning the Finnish border? I used to put all of my security units up there, but now that they disappear suddenly I guess I should use rifle brigades?
The Finnish border? Cheap Security regiments eh? Be a man! As I see it (fair play) a minimum of divisions should be there. 3 north of Leningrad and 4 east of Lake Ladoga (an entire army that is) *
On my first game I had sent the whole air force to the national reserve. That's totally irrational methinks (in the real life that is). On the second and current game they were kept at the front. See it this way: you need every poor soul to stop the Hitlerite bandits. Starting on turn 2
Same thing with the U2s Coffinov. Worthless or not they must do their part. I target the most dangerous enemy units aka panzer units.
* but given that the German players are throwing overboard the Barbarossa Plan, feel free to ignore this advice
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