Up to this point in the game, I have not posted to this AAR, I will do so now as my opponent has been kind enough to invite me to do so.
Yes, the German OOB is very concerning. Will have to work hard on recovering it throughout the rest of the game. I will discuss this point more in the future. Don't want to give away how I am dealing with this issue right now.
My strategy in this game was to capture and hold onto the major soviet population centers for as long as possible. Several reasons for this approach. First I deny my opponent access to his population reserves in these cities, second, I gain Hiwis from the cities as well. They are also major railroad centers and the longer I can hold on to them the slower my opponents advance will be as his rail capacity will be crippled.
I have found trying to cripple the soviet's other production sources, such as armament, resources, fuel, etc does not work well. The soviets simply have too many of them. So I am trying this manpower and railroad capacity approach. Will see if my approach works.
Right now, I have several major manpower centers, Moscow, Leningrad, Smolensk, Minsk and Kiev. I am hoping to hold onto them as long as possible. It is start of 1944 and I will see how long I can hold onto each of them. I know I will lose them but when will I lose them and how much will it cost the Germans to hold onto them. Only time will tell.
Compared to where the Germans were at this point in the war, They lost Kiev in Dec 43, the siege of Leningrad ended in January 44 and never did capture Moscow. We will see if these advantages can overcome my OOB issues and allow me to hold onto Berlin until the end of the game.
Thank you for posting. Losing the major railroad centers of Leningrad and especially Moscow appears to have had a significant effect on the Soviet Army's ability to resupply its units - most units have less than 50% of supply, fuel and ammo at the start of each turn. The Tank Corps need to be stationary for at least one or two turns to properly resupply in fuel, otherwise they only have about 20 to 28 movement points at the beginning of each turn, which greatly limits their offensive capabilities. Also starting in 1944 only about 60,000 manpower are recruited each turn due to the loss of Leningrad and Moscow, and the Soviet manpower pool is under 50,000 presently, this might limit the Soviet Army's ability to attack all along the Eastern Front in 1944.