From: Ottawa, Canada
Soviet Union Setup
USSR strategy assumes a German invasion in 1941, and every effort will be made to maximise the defences against such an attack. STAVKA plans for a rear defence, rather than a forward defence.
- Production will focus solely on the Red Army (especially infantry, anti-tank guns, and tank forces) until the mid game, at which point aircraft production will slowly begin to ramp up. Air units, artillery, and offensive chits will become more important to the production strategy once the war has turned in the USSR's favour, which is projected to happen during the winter 1942-43.
- While it's fairly conventional, I think, for MWiF players to leave a decent force in the Pacific, to be able to come to the aid of China if need be, I decided to bring the Far East armies west as soon as possible. China would be on its own.
- The USSR would claim Bessarabia in order to keep the Germans on the wrong side of the Dneister during the earliest phase of any invasion. The USSR would also claim the Finnish borderlands for the extra production. (*)
- No other international aggression is planned, save for going to war with Japan in the late game.
In the event of a German invasion, the Red Army would do its utmost to fall back cohesively, finally stopping at two points: the Caucasus mountains, and the rivers in front of the Ural mountains. Slower units would be sacrificed in so-called "hero cities" or as "speedbumps" in order to buy time both for the withdrawal in good order of the rest of the Red Army and to enable the retreat of factories.
Once the tide of the war has turned, the Red Army and Red Army Air Force will bludgeon its way back west. Since the game presumes Germany will have 10 objectives by the end of JA45, I won't presume that Red Army infantrymen will be flying the Hammer & Sickle over the Reichstag or shaking hands with US GIs on the banks of the Elbe, but I'd at least like to reach Warsaw and the cities on the Danube.
In the event that the Germans undertake an invasion of the UK or focus on Spain and/or the Eastern Mediterranean in 1941, the USSR will still assume an invasion in 1942, although it will deploy further forward in order to soak up as many German units as it can. In such a case, an early campaign against Japan will be contemplated.
Note (*): Since I wasn't planning to attempt to stuff the border, I felt okay with the decision to claim the Finnish borderlands. If the Germans aligned Finland before the war started, the USSR could potentially react to the Finnish setup so as to fight to keep the rail lines to Murmansk open.
The USSR scraps weaker MOT corps, older sealift, and the one ftr2 that it can scrap.
< Message edited by composer99 -- 12/10/2019 4:02:22 PM >