After trying out the demo (see my AAR in the AAR section) I decided to go ahead and bought the game. I tried one of the scenarios where I have to stop the retreating Germans from linking up with their main force to the West.
I am not yet too familiar with the game, so I turned off fog of war so I can see all of the enemy units all the time. In the first battle, I got a defeat, although I had lost no victory locations and captured 2, and had wiped out the enemy except for their artillery in the rear which I made the mistake of trying to capture with infantry who were slaughtered in the attempt. I placed a 5-squad AAR squad at the main point of defense in the middle of my line, but apparently that was a mistake and the Germans just walked over them and as far as I could tell they never fired a shot while they were annihilated.
However the other infantry units clobbered the killers and my other 3 infantry units managed to kill all the enemy mostly when they caught the above enemy in a vice, the others mostly being killed from my defensive positions at a cost of fairly heavy casualties.
Attacking the enemy artillery caused more than half a platoon without denting the enemy, and I lost another half platoon when one of the victorious and intact heroic platoons from the previous fight tried to go grab a victory location in the open about a Km N of the enemy artillery. A couple of shots from the artillery caused heavy casualties to the platoon, which did grab the objective, but in the following strategic phase it still belonged to the Germans.
The loss of the five-squad ATR platoon plus the losses after the battle was won to the enemy artillery changed a victory to a defeat, but at least it was a moral victory.
In the following move, for the first battle (which was also the last as you will see) I had two tank platoons of two tanks each, a machinegun platoon of five squads, a reinforced infantry platoon with 3 squads, and 3 supply squads for a total of about 70 men; The enemy hit me from the West with its main force instead of from the East as expected with their retreating units. This force had about 400 men with tanks, artillery, AT guns, machineguns - and the kitchen sink.
I had tanks on my right and left flanks, and the 3-pronged enemy attack went through them like crap through a goose (as Patton would say), the infantry unit in the South were steamrolled into the ground, and only the machinegun platoon gave a somewhat creditable account of themselves, but they too were severely crippled, having a half-dozen men left when the bloodbath ended.The Germans occupied all of my victory points (about 8 of them) and under the ridiculous assumption that I would continue this campaign, I wonder where I could place my units since I have no more territory.
Although there is probably little I could have done, a few lessons were learned. Placing my tanks in front of my infantry was perhaps not a good idea, but I can't think of any viable srategy when playing the Russians at a 6-1 disadvantage in men when he has artillery and AT guns and I have none.
Maybe I should try the Germans...