Thats why I laugh now when SHC players have 5 million men and are not pocketing 20+ GHC units.
The Soviet manpower isn't the requisite, Germans holding fast is the requisite.
At them moment blizzard is very unrealistic, but regardless of that fact I really don't see how competent German player can loose significant amount of troops.
I think the keyword is experienced, not competent. They have to have seen firsthand that they're weak as kittens in December and January, and taken it to heart. My question, and I hope this games lives to that point so we can see, is how should a 'competent' Axis player handle the blizzard? Is the only real choice to carve as far east as possible and then backpedal in Dec-Jan? I'm not saying run everyone to Poland, but even a fighting withdrawal seems like it would be more punishing to the Germans than just flat out outpacing the steamroller.
I have only played 1 blizzard as Axis, and it was against the AI. I had mauled them as Flavius suggests, but the AI really isn't going to be able to run a blizzard offensive with the strategic and tactical insight of a human. I think more than one Axis player has been lulled into a false sense of security by constructing and conducting a decent blizzard defense against the AI, only to get their butts handed to them by a human.