From: Utlima Thule
2x the combat losses to operational losses the first turn?
Where are the losses coming? Unescorted bombers?
I'll see what stats are available when the game comes back to me.
I'd say yes, your operational losses are not unusual, what stands out is the ratio of air combat losses between the 2 sides (& the overall high loss of bombers).
did you turn on/off the GS option as the ground turn progressed? Realise its something else to remember but it is really important. Neither side have the air assets to just randomise the commitment, GS has to be chosen to fit the task.
One good thing re your losses. Crudely from about T2-T5 the LW is largely useless. You can't move it to keep cover over the spearheads, its a complete waste used to clear up the T1 pockets. So by the time you can use it again (say around Smolensk, Kiev and Pskov) it should have largely recovered from that battering.
Now against an experienced Soviet player that is a problem, they will do all sorts of nasty things while the cat is recovering from being declawed. Here I suspect your opponent probably won't spot the chance, but it'll be interesting to see if he does
In general, much more than the first game, it really helps to have played both sides, you get a better feel for capabilities and what a given level of damage actually means