From: The Old Northwest
So, by the time you land a kill-shot on the soviet economy, you've probably won the game with VPS . If you've done nothing to the economy, you've probably lost without enough VPs. Until that point, what you're doing is damage. It's not insurmountable damage, but it is damage. Lets take, say, Leningrad. A monstrous 40 population! In '42, each of those points is 41x men a piece, for 1,640 men a turn. If you were to hold Leningrad through '42 (with no evacuations, but just for example), that's 85k men who never enter the red army. That's 8x divisions. A smaller 5 point city, barley worth the name, is 1 divisions. A town, maybe just a brigade.
Are any of those going to kill the red army? No, of course not. But you add up 20 odd cities and a few dozen towns...well that's getting on to be a few armies. This is not insignificant.
Wouldn't much of the Leningrad manpower evacuate? (28.3.1 in manual).
EDIT: Sorry you mentioned "with no evacuations", but I feel like that's a pretty critical piece. I'm not saying taking cities isn't nothing, but the game is historic and the Germans really lost more than they gained from a net economic impact in USSR and as we know the Soviets were still able to retain a majority of their production. People assumed the day the Germans captured Maikop that they were gifted millions of barrels of oil, and that's not the case at all.
To your point, if you've actually taken enough to seriously damage the Soviet economy to a point that they would be beaten, then you've probably already taken most of the country and VP locations and at that point its moot.
< Message edited by Bamilus -- 4/8/2021 7:03:30 PM >
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