ORIGINAL: Nicholas Bell
What you will also see in these AARs is none run historically. Those that run out have all been Axis victories. The ability of the player to know exact dates and effects of mud and winter, when supply will decline and increase, rail conversation rates, etc make it simply for the player to avoid the historical German mistakes. Inevitably the Germans are stronger in 1942 and able to pocket/grind down the Soviet AI who just gets weaker (although never gives up!).
That's not true, there've been a number that were abandoned in late 41/early 42 when it was clear that the Axis player had fallen significantly behind historical progress levels.
Humans however can just keep trying until they eventually do get it right; more and more practice does eventually pay off. eg I think it wasn't until try #3 that Larry managed to get significantly ahead of the historical power curve.
The longest running AARs were also done under older versions of the scenario where Elmers defenses of Leningrad and Sevastopol had major problems, punching them out before the 1st winter is a lot harder now than it was before.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man ... weighing all things in the balance of reason?
Is not [it] an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?