From: Planning the end of the world, well out to 2023!
I purchased the game last week and am still on the fence about it being a "great" game.
To my very humble opinion, you dont get the feel of WW2 NW Europe from it all of the time, sometimes its "feels" right and then it lets you down.
Some of this is inexperience, but its a very long journey to understand a 300+ page rule book, another 50? page player guide and then put it all into action. (nb I have been playing "monster games", board & PC, for 35+ years)
I feel weekly turn is too long for this theatre, might work in the East but especially on Invasion turns I believe its not "fine enough. maybe 2-3 day turns would be better if you dont go to daily. I think this is also true for the air war.
The AI is OK, but in HUSKY seems to have perfected the SIR ROBIN defence, flee east and leave Palermo & Marsala to fight to the last man. In 4 scenario I have only had to attack a Wermacht stack once. When playing Axis I held the Etna line (lost Palermo) and got an Allied Minor Victory!
When I played as Axis in the Italy campaign I held Sicily until mid Sept then voluntarily evacuated to Reggio. The AI then blitzed Sardinia & Corsica. The first landing on Italy was mid Dec 43 when 10 Divisions landed between Civitaveccia & Anzio in L2 rain and on the second turn had spread 80$ across the peninsula. My defenders on in the Gustav Line area had a scramble up the East Coast to escape. 6 more turns passed before the AI closed the last rail link and started to move to occupy Naples.
I love the ability to attach Corps/Army units to a combat unit, saves dragging around hundreds of battalions. Historical units seem pretty accurate, as always you can argue about the values allocated for morale, experience etc. Stacking is unbalanced, either 3 Para Brigades or 3 US Heavy Armored Divs with another Div equiv in support fit the same space. Harking back to the Europa series I believe using a "Regimental Equivalent" would be better.
Hopefully things will get better when I discover more sections which will improve my game, but without any WITE background this has been a trip into an unknown system.
Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Europae vincendarum