How many people have played games where 1941 went fairly historically - 4-6 million Soviet casualties but Leningrad, Moscow, and Rostov held - and then had a 1942 that played out anyway historically?
I'm asking because I've been in two games now, one as the Soviets and one as the Germans, where the Barbarossa attack played out more or less historically, with a strong Soviet forward defense and a lot of casualties. Then, the Soviet winter offensive in both cases was powerful but not crushing, with the Germans retreating a dozen hexes or so and a lot of victories for the Soviets. Come June, 1942, there's no crushing German counter-attack possible. Instead, the Soviets are three-deep across the front, Guards corps facing off against panzer divisions on a more or less equal footing, balance or even Soviet predominance in the air, etc. German panzer armies can cut off a few divisions here or there, but never breaking the front. There's no threat to Moscow, or even Stalino or Rostov. To say nothing of Baku or Stalingrad.
I started up the Case Blue scenario, just to look at the balance of forces there, and the Soviets historically were apparently a heck of a lot weaker than they are in the campaign scenario.
It happened with me playing both sides - against an experienced Soviet opponent and, I believe, a pretty competent German opponent in the other game, though I don't see him on the forums much. So I don't think it has to do with me being a lousy player.
Are there some play-balance issues to be addressed?