It's not easy, but give it a chance. It's not an RTS, it's not a clickfest.
It requires more planning than most games during set up, but when you get it right, especially in defense, you can sit back and watch the enemy get chewed up by your forces.
Attack is of course harder. That is why artillery, armour and airpower were invented.
So, to start and get to understand how it works, generate a scenario in SE Finland, Infantry defense of a bridge v any faction, mech or armoured, not just Soviet, use only half your points, buy squads and atgm sections, deploy half your squads & atgm sections in blocking positions, the other half on your defense line.
It is so much fun when you get it right, almost automatic Total Victory after your infantry murder the Opfor armour.
BTW, I don't like fair fights.