From: Versailles, France
With that many AFV he will most likely run out of T34 replacements over the long game....as they take massive losses on attacks.
I don't remind the production level of T34, but as russian, I always got more than 5000 T34 unused end of 1943. Maybe Stelteck has found the way to use it...
Also at Moscow, he is using one of the best soviet Generals so the Soviet forces are getting really good CV additions from leadership. What I found at least in the game several patches ago--a good soviet leader with airstrikes/air support and artillery brigades/divisions in support can win battles in 43/44 at 1:1 if lucky or 1.5:1 most the time vs the germans. As all of the disruption caused by the air strikes/support and massed artillery go a long way esp as they get more experienced....
From the screens it looks like he has a good general, good units, support units, and total air superiority at moscow....your attack was hit by 100 soviet bombers- most likely IL-2s these are nasty once they get experience against germans units in the open which when you attack I believe you are considered in the open for air attack.
in 43 soviet bombing against entrenched germans is not that effective...however, what I found was to rotate bomber grps...do a couple softening air strikes, launch ground battle, if you push the German unit back immediately bomb it again twice before further attacks esp if you push the german unit into the open. The disruption and damage from all the repeated air strikes will quickly weaken the unit to being combat in-effective esp if you manage to get in 3+ hexes worth of airstrikes. Even on the german players next turn the unit will be combat ineffective from all the fatigue.
Agreed with Il-2 but I was also overoptimistic with this battle. Usually a raw CV ratio of 1.3/1.4 is enough to beat the russians in open terrain but this time my units were tired, disrupted and the russians had a good general.
I'm really short of fighters at this stage of the war. I have only 9 groups, not all with 40 fighters and 2 more are scheduled to do back to germany. I will get some night fighters in september but july and august will see an almost full russian air superiority.