On the Eastern Front at the start of the scenario, the common complaint among players is that the Germans are overpowered and the Soviets have to fall back to survive. Perhaps that is so, but as a player I'm going to look at it historically, and try to build upon that for the scenario:
1) The Soviets had just 'completed' major offensives into Romania and around Leningrad. By April '44, the start of the scenario, the Soviets were in preparation stages for offensives in BeloRussia, the Crimea, and around Lake Ladoga. They were in consolidation/reorg phase for their just completed offensives.
2)So as a player, I'm going to position forces for the BeloRussian offensive, and reorganize my front in the south, where the Germans seem to be rather strong. In short, historically and in this scenario, it's a time for the Soviets to go on a brief defensive stance, while preparing for another major push.
3) Historically, the Belorussian offensive kicked off in June '44. So I have some time to reorganize.
The Soviet steamroller on the Eastern Front did not move forward continuously. There were many months of preparation and stasis.