Well, since we have reached the end of 1941, let us reflect:
Its been quite a game so far. I made a lot of mistakes early on, a large part of this due to my rust and lack of familiarity with the game after a two year break. I lost Leningrad by my own mistake (not that the city can really be held in 41, at least no in any AAR I've seen so far) and gave a crossing along the Dnepr in the Smolensk area in turn 2 because of bad Soviet dispositions. I also wasted a lot AP points in stupid things and took too long to get leaders where they should have been.
On the other hand, though it cost me a lot of troops, my aggressive tarbaby, cavalry raids and pocket breaking gradually wore down the Wehrmacht, prolonging the battle of Smolensk to the point that the German advance (as the pocket was continuously opened) ended up matching roughly historical levels. This allowed me to build up the defense of Moscow and reorganize Western Front into the wrecking ball its become.
Ultimately the frontlines by mud were in a very good situation, but there ended up being no mud. The Germans gained 2 or even 3 more offensive turns in some areas. This ultimately led to the loss of Rostov and Moscow (still sore about those two) by frontal assault as Western Front and Transcaucassus Front ground the German advance around the flanks into a standstill.
This has been an AAR depicting a clash between two very aggressive minded players, as me and 821 have continuously slugged at each other with reckless abandon attempting to contest initiative. Much praise should be given to 821 for his play, despite the disagreements with some of this decisions. For the first 6 or so turns of the game he consistently outplayed and out maneuvered me. Yes, he got lucky with the weather in October, but he also took full advantage of it whereas a lot of German players would have played it safe.
Ultimately 821 achieved all of Barbarossa's territorial objectives (Leningrad, Moscow and Rostov, respectfully)- no mean feat. My achievements, on the other hand, have been to greatly wound the Wehrmacht (something a lot of Soviet players consider of secondary importance after force preservation) whilst not suffering any reverses that could cripple the Soviet war effort over the long term (a grand encirclement or large scale loss of industry). I have been able to replace my losses, 42 will decide whether the Wehrmacht will be able to do the same.