From: Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards
I know there have been a couple of changes in patches to help the Russians such as adding more terrain and in the last one, having shattered units that were in supply added to the force pool but should more be done?
Looks to me that the Russians in 41 and 42 have to continually give ground while maintaining a double line. In the current game I built as many armies as I could, moved my air units from the front and converted as many corps in to armies as possible. It still seems to me that the effect of the Russian winter is minimal. The Axis may not be able to attack as much but they merely use the winter to build up their forces for the summer of 42. The Russians can't conduct a winter offensive like they did historically around Moscow and their mobility is just as bad as the Axis. A suggestion I made in one of my other posts is that the Siberian units that arrive in December should already have the winterization specialty.
The trick for the Russians, IMHO, is to build lots of corps and put them all in garrison mode. Almost all of Russia's prewar production should be spent on building 39 level corps. The rest should be spent on building 3 armour corps,2 or 3 mountain corps and upgrading all armour, mechanized, starting armies (2), cavalry and mountain units to the latest tech level (usually 41). Do not spend anything to upgrade the air force. The next trick is to then slow the Germans down enough with the corps so that you can save all of your good units. Yes you will have to retreat and give ground. But better that than losing any armour. You are correct that you cannot get good odds during the Russian Winter. But attack at 1:1 anyway. Your purpose in the Russian Winter is to increase Russia's national morale (or whatever it is called) to 50% for land units. Taking losses can actually be beneficial. If you have an armour unit with 30% experience and your national morale is 40% than if it takes losses it will come back stronger.
Prewar, I am building plenty of rifle corps. I am upgrading my rifle corps (30% exp), my armor and my mechanized. You can sacrifice the 20% exp rifle corps. But the 30% exp rifle corps will eventually upgrade to half armies. Two half armies will combine in a full army. Interesting trade off.
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