I'm not usually bothered by manpower losses so long as I hold Lenningrad and Moscow.
lol! I guess you are entitled to! That said... Moscow is not safe yet, there is still time so wait a little for the champagne! ;-)
I have to say that I attached way to much importance to Moscow during our game
honest comment thank you, so in the case of your game getting back to Berlin in 1944 is more down to your strategic mistake than to the normal flow of the game if it was played without mistakes. Your comment tells me you learned from it, which is what it's all about :-) Same happened to me in my game against Matt, the main reason I know for sure I won't take Leningrad in 1941 is because of too slow decision making and too much caution, the mark of the newbie. I should have gone ruthlessly for the Luga from turn 4 and I didn't before turn 7 I think. Add to this that Matt is a no non-sense player with a solid understanding of strategic and tactic concepts, and all the ingredients were there for failure. So now it's a slug march and I doubt I will get much farther than the Luga. But I learned... :-) And there is still a good possibility at Moscow, even though I was also too slow to get there.
For Moscow. The thing is once it's taken, the damage is done, there is no need to hold it indefinitely. I think it is better to take a leaf from Clausewitz in this, unless there is a big strategic implication, holding territory is rarely important, better think in terms of positionning and managing your troops. So if I take it before first blizzard there are good chances that I will give it back a few turns later.
I think Soviet Casulties were around 3 million at the start of the Blizzard. The Southern Front was pretty much destroyed, the northern was cut in half with the one part not destroyed at Leningrad sent to reinforce Moscow.
Even at Moscow although resistance had stiffend around 200k men were encircled during the fall of the City.
It was just bad positioning and overextension from my part during the Blizzard campaign and the before mentioned hell bent stubbornness to keep Moscow.
Edit: I looked it up. Late October 41 saw Soviet Casualties at 3.050.000 men and its OOB at 4,35 million
Link to the AAR https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/index.php?threads/call-of-the-motherland-wixits-war-in-the-east.1076877/
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