Thanks for your interest.
i will try to answer to some questions. the best thing would have been for aareeke to answer , hope he sees this thread, even if he has to be hard on me it doesn't matter.
Boudi, I'm just curious: did you guys have Soft Build Limits enabled?
Not sure why Russia collapsed so soon. What was your defensive strategy?
I think that is one the main questions. What was my strategy with USSR ?
At the 1st turn i started to research level 1 in infantry weapons. Then, turns after turns, I researched, by prioryties, AA techs, infantry warfare (the bonus is free on the map, you don't need to upgrade your units with MPPs). Same with armored warfare (in order to have the 2 hits per turn) and aerial warfare.
I researched too advanced tanks and advanced fighters. Next command & control, spying (1point) and industrial technologies (1points) this from 1939 to 1942.
of course when i had level 1 infantry weapons i started immediatly to search level 2.
On the map, because there are several forest hexes in front of Moscow, allready given defense bonus, i built a line of fortifications behind the Dnepr starting behind Kiev to Kehrson. This line was finished when my opponent launched Barbarossa, more or less. When the line was finished i started to build some entrenchements in front of Moscow.
Next, my strategy on the map. I defend the fortification line of courses, supported with one HQ.
One of my HQ could command 5 units, i had 3 HQ, later, automn 41' i think, 4 HQs. One for the Leningrad front, Two for the Moscow front, and the last for the Dnepr front.
I managed every turns in order to have 5 units per HQ under command, on the front of line. (i allways play with manual option for the HQs)
i tried to don't move units in front if not necessary, in order to don't lost the entrenchement bonus.
If possible, i tried to put units on defensive hexes : cities, forest, marsh or behind a river.
I tried to don't leave a unit alone, because she become easyly surrounded : so i I gave up to the Germans several western cities : Minsk, Vitebsk etc...
I tried to counter the german strategy in northern Norway, by sending 2 garnisons and 2 corps against Petsamo, with no result even against air units.
My opponent focused his forces on the Moscow road. He had many units all long the russian front, from Narva to Kherson. From spring 41' to spring 42' everything was going pretty well. I was backing up slowly, losing a few units but not much. I attacked its most weak units, the Italians, behind the Dnepr, with some results.
Spring 42' disaster begins. Sudenly i started to lost 3, 4, sometimes 5 units per turns, on the Moscow road, hit by bombers and tanks. i don't know why. Losing that many units per turn caused the disintegration of the Moscow front. Moscow falled. Then i had to fight 3 or 4 german units with a single one. Game in Russia was over...
I obtained level 2 in infrantry weapons much too late. In fact it was too late, june 42' i think. Desaster allready began. It was impossible to upgrade my units because all were on the front line. However, I had started the search as soon as possible as already explained.
Next. I had only one answer about the german strategy on the north edge of map, against UK-USSR Convoys. it seems impossible to counter ? i had only one answer, from EarlyDoors : "On the plus side if he sends bombers to Norway then at least they are not hitting Ivan ".
If he is right, i think that is not sufficient. Because lossing the whole MPPs from artic convoys is a disaster for SU : Sovit Union loose arround 250-280 MPPs per turn. She can't no longer survive...
And what about China ? When japanese bombers started to hit supply sources, Chungkind and Kunming, the south chinese army was no longer supplied, and became fragile as glass. AA guns (units and cities) and fighters were usless. Again strategy impossible to counter ?
About Hawai, i have to say that if Japan need to garnison the island next, it is a very small price to cut the route of the Pacific to the whole US navy. In order to advance the US Navy needs harbor level 10. Hawai, west coast except, has the only ones. and 4... It's a desaster for USA.
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