The Soviet Air Force attempted to respond by concentrating their Air Force in the area and increasing the
Fighter interception level to 300%.
Doing the math, the Luftwaffe started the game with 249 Messerschmitt BF 109 E (with another 220 in the force pool)
Fighters and 593 Messerschmitt BF 109 F fighters, and 161 BF 110 Fighter Bombers for a total of 1062 Fighters and
161 Fighter Bombers. In the game on GT 5, German Factories produced a total of 30 Messerschmitt BF 109 F Fighters
per turn with only 57% going to the force pool for the Eastern Front - only 17 fighters each turn. Six BF 110 E
are produced each turn with only 4 going to the force pool of the Eastern Front.
In Contrast, on GT 5 Soviet Factories in the game produced 72 MiG 3 Fighters, 25 Yak 1 Fighter Bombers and 66 LAGG 3
Fighter Bombers for a total of 163 per turn - 8 times more than the production level for the Luftwaffe.
The Axis only lost 16 Fighters on game turn 3 and 18 on GT 4. On Game Turn 5 the Soviet Air Force lost 795 planes
compared to 110 for the Axis, but most importantly the Luftwaffe lost 73 BF 109 Fighters, loses the Luftwaffe
cannot sustain long term.
My exact thoughts, the German fighters are the key to gaining air superiority. Here is a comparison of my Turn 6 German fighters shot down.
Space we can recover; time never