From: Western Australia
With this game Tamas and I are playing, which is a hybrid possum one, which I must say is unhistorical, with it's massive red air force, red army tank corps and very powerful soviet mechanised cav divs etc, and all of this in 1941, along with low german production, poor luftwaffe etc etc, which are issues I have stated in another thread in this forum, make for a game that cannot be played with a view on historical outcomes.
So after the second blizzard bug fix was implemented, I was determined to test it out to the max, and as Tamas and I have not setup any house rules for this game, I informed Tamas that I am using special supply to the max that I can, based on the fact that the axis forces which had totally stopped and carried no offensive actions or movements for weeks and weeks before the blizzard season began, had gained high entrenchment levels with full supply line values of 6 on all rail lines.
This means that when the blizzard hit, the axis troops were very well entrenched and supplied, with solid and secure lines of supply and communication, plus they were fully stocked up on winter clothing and lubricants etc, with very high morale (ie.. high experience levels).
I had setup the defensive arrangements (ie.. two lines of defense) along with redeployments etc, in the time whilst no offensive operations were taking place, which when combined with the blizzard bug fix, gave me a strong defensive front, and justified me in using special supply as all the right conditions were in place for it.
Readiness drops to about 70% there-abouts between turns, and using special supply I can get back up to say around 85 to 90%.. Doing this every turn enables me to maintain high readiness.. I use about 8 - 9 HQ's for their op points and nothing else.
The other factor is that I have deployed just about every axis fighter, fighter bomber and a number of bomber units to the east, and concentrated them in a small number of HQ's, close enough to one another to offer mutal support, and in the areas of critical importance. My soviet opponent, has helped me out here :) in that he withdrew every single soviet aviation unit to the rear and enabled me to steadly build up the weak luftwaffe to a strong force, as these HQ's in these critical areas have their replacement levels set to a minimum of 90%, plus these unopposed axis air units contribute significantly to the defensive equation, and there are now thousands of them.
So yes, by keeping the readiness values up, combined with the blizzard bug fix, this now enables the axis forces to survive, as long as they are not skeletons through continual combat, plus it also helps to improve the experience levels as well.
The axis high command though, has grave doubts about these absolute monster tank corps, that the soviet player is able to setup and deploy in 1941 of all times :( as they are far more powerful than any panzer korps the wehrmacht could deploy.
It is proving to be an interesting (non-historical) game now, but being on the defensive is wearing the wehrmacht down through attrition losses, and I fear Tamas will eventually pierce all the defensive belts at some location soon, given that there is still at least half a dozen blizzard turns left to go, plus the fact, that he is a very determined commander.