I just read this AAR, very nice and well done with lots of help given!
I don't think one realizes the pressure i was constantly facing.
His push with mech units over the Don during mud, was most unwelcome.
And as i've vented elsewhere, I laid down 2 forts in the Baku pass in summer 1941 and the 2 guards corp where just trying to get one fort to level 4 when The Germans broke thru and took the city hex on the coast. (basically unguarded). That compounded with my issue concerning train troop transport capacity which due to a change in reserve back to 0%, my train troop capacity dropped from 30K to 5K and that fully stopped any orderly retreat from Georgia area towards Baku.
Also I was using Guriev port as a reinforcement area (turns 60 thru the end) and they got cut off. I then realized Guriev port is not a supply source. If i had know that, these troops would not have been near Guriev and would have been used in the defense of Chalkov. thus, my lack of knowing the rules resulted in bad Russian strategy and bad tactical decisions.
And since i thought we were bitter end I was not paying attention to vc 290. I might have tried to hold a few other cities, Yaraslov and Chakov, if i had known of the vc situation.
Other issues: my tank corp had very low mp's and i had no ability to flood behind German lines doing havoc. (we know how much i like that).
Otherwise, I thought my troops where finally starting to recover, I have many guard corp, a few tank guard corp, a few waiting for promotion and my Il2 airforce was very well organized.
Tyronec most likely would have played the late Panzer ball differently if it was bitter end. More tanks spread out and less ability for me to do damage (as of the last 4 turns) on the far east of the map.
I am not returning those captured Rumanian mountain troops!
I will post my pictures of this war in a separate room.