I have not fought this battle from the soviet point of view but having played as NATO I don't think racing into LAUTERBACH is necessary to win, at least the against the AI. NATO dont have the forces early on to do any thing but die piece meal contesting LAUTERBACH,so my adopted strategy is to position half my AH64 to cover the open ground east of Wallenrod, the other the crossing east of Frischborn. Arriving forces, initially Recon, are sent to cover Wallenrod and the vp hex on the river east of Frischborn, the objective is to set up ATGM kill zones to make the inevitable Soviet thrust west expensive, when they have been written down enough a task group of a tank company and mech company counterattack using the crossings at Lautertal. Vp's in LAUTERBACH are seized late in the game. This has worked twice, it could go very wrong if the Soviets attack in the north !
I finished the game as attached, my biggest loss was to Soviet artillery losing two AH64 to artillery, late in the game, as they resupplied close to the task group hq, I say biggest loss as by that point i had found their artillery and rearming them to send them by circuitous route to strike the soviet artillery but yet again my helicopters became magnets for anything fired at them.