ORIGINAL: James Ward
Why should you be forced to fight forward? The russians did retreat, and mostly as fast as they could in the center and north. Retreat is what russians do in june 1941. To force them to stand against a far superior army doesn't make any sense. They should not move as fast as the germans but they should certainly be able to retreat.
First, the Soviets didn't flee in June. They tried to stand their ground and got utterly annihilated. The Soviets certainly didn't retreat in July and August, ether. In fact, they threw everything they had on Central Front in the Timoshenko Offensives in vain attempt stop AGC dead in its tracks in and around Smolensk, recover the the lost ground, and destroy both its Panzergruppes. STAVKA relentlessly ordered counterstrokes upon counterstrokes, despite bad communications, disorganized command and control, inexperienced officers, and poor airforce support. They crippled their front so badly that Western Front crumbled when AGC resumed their offensive in September.
Right now, there is no incentive at all to attempt to fight the Germans. At all. The Soviets get no replacements, no PP, nothing. If it were me, the Soviet players would get PPs on each German division they cause to retreat, panic, or worse: 1 PP per Division backing off (they already get 2 PPs if they are destroyed), and a number of PPs per city retaken (2 for grey dots, 5 for red dots). The more you fight, the more you should have PPs to spend next turn. Stalin rewarded fighting generals, and berated generals who fled or showed cowardice. If the devs allow that, you'll quickly see the Soviet player at least attempt to fight out where it can, and it would make the Germans a bit more careful with their casualties when they move forward.
On the other hand, Smolensk, Orsha, Vyasma, and Rzhev should be red cities. That would make it worthwhile for the Germans because quickly taking these cities would make Stalin lose his wits anyway. These cities lead directly to Moscow and were to be defended at all costs.
< Message edited by Drakken -- 1/26/2016 1:51:52 AM >