I have been following this AAR with interest and I wanted to offer a few historical data on Red Army losses for 1942 to put things in perspective for this and other GC campaigns that have reached 1942 playing version 1.05.. David Glantz's "When Titans Clashed" posted a few useful figures (Table A, page 292)
Red Army Losses
---------------- Killed+Wounded KIA+Missing
1st Quarter 1942 1,800,000 620,000
2nd Quarter 1942 1,500,000 780,000
3rd Quarter 1942 2,400,000 1,140,000
4th Quarter 1942 1,390,000 456,000
1st Quarter 1943 2,077,000 656,000
RA Tanks losses for the whole 1942: 15,000
RA Aircraft losses for 1942: 12,000
May 1942 Red Army frontlines strength: ~ 6,000,000 (includes wounded)
Wehrmacht+German Allies: 3,600,000
I have read some other AAR complaining that Red Army losses are too high in 1942, but historically they were just staggering. I think it is a bit hard to judge if the game is balanced (I personally think it is) when one of the best Axis players (hey Pelton!) has been through the blizzard at least a dozen times. Von Mainstein and his colleagues surely did not have the benefit of replaying Groundhog Day so many times..they surely would have improved on a thing or two themselves.
Bottom line: I am not surprised if the Red Army has a hard time in 1942 in WitE GCs. Its time has not come yet!
M60: thanks for the exciting AAR and I hope this helps!
Since June 1942 is over, I thought I would put out the game losses for both Q1 and Q2 of 1942. You can see that our game has had comparatively lower losses although play style will always have a lot to do with the final numbers. By the end of May, my Red Army stood at 6.7 million.