From: Southern California
The NKVD units disband very aggressively now, so use them or lose them. By turn 6 or so they are mostly gone. With the latest rules for shatters/routs on ants, they're even more flimsy than before.
I personally think they ought to be removed from the game period at this point since they are practically notional units now. Basically, they are one shot deals.
Counterattacking is good, but that's gotten harder since you last played. The Germans are a lot tougher now in 1941 than they used to be. The new hotness is reserves.
So far as Leningrad goes, my own view at this point is that if you are at all serious about making a fight of it -- not holding it, mind you, just making the Axis sweat a little for it -- you have to go all in from the getgo and heavily reinforce it. And also 7. Army up north to stall the Finns as close to the chokepoint as possible rather than running to the Svir. If it falls too early that releases a panzer group and the better part of an infantry army for operations elsewhere, namely, Moscow. The Axis can easily contrive to push rails forward fast enough in the center to get at least a month of clear weather operations to nab Moscow, and holding it against 3 panzer groups for that long in clear weather is extremely difficult. Therefore the defense of Moscow begins in Pskov.
And, yeah, putting lots of stuff along the western Luga is just begging for them to be cut off. The real defense line runs roughly from Leningrad proper to Novgorod. Your goal here should to be delay a crossing of the Neva river by Pavlovo as long as possible. This is all that matters. Once across, the city is doomed. Keeping the Finns at bay also discourages the alternate method of a wide flanking maneuver to drive to the Svir to meet up with them.
< Message edited by Flaviusx -- 5/17/2012 5:17:53 PM >
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