From: Virginia, USA
To my surprise, my opponent simply abandoned the Donbas and Voronezh rather than put up a fight. Last turn I had cut the double track line to the Donbas coming down from the north, meaning this region would have to rely on just three single track lines for its supply. This was meant to make my assault easier. Yet nothing could be easier than just walking in and taking the place.
When I remarked on how surprised I was, my opponent replied: "The sooner the better. As you are force transferring my industry faster to the east."
I have strongly objected to taking away most player control of industry evacuation. It means the Soviets have no control over what to save and when to save it. It also means the Germans have little incentive to go after truly strategic objectives rather than just playing for points. I recognize that it is way too late to change anything in this regard, but I feel this design choice really has taken WitE in the wrong direction.
Nor do I necessarily agree with my opponent's cavalier attitude towards losing these cities. They still represent population centers that provide (provided in this case) manpower for the Red Army. Now they are off the table. So, for instance, Voronezh represented (taking into account migrations) 429 manpower per turn, while Stalino represented 528 manpower per turn. You combine this with Kursk, Orel, and Kharkov, along with all the other usual suspects, and you are talking some serious manpower losses.
< Message edited by CapAndGown -- 5/12/2021 2:53:12 AM >