Letís take the G3 concentrated armoured push through Belarus as an example. Iíll leave the ďItalian optionĒ out since itís too easy to counter.
If you mean to leave 3 or more infantry on Belarus to prevent the Italians from conquering it then that's 3 less inf for the Russian attack force.
I am trying to get a clear look of the moves/buys required to get to the 33 inf / 6 art / 2 mech / 2 arm / 2 fgt / 2 tac Russian attack force. I'll list them here to see if am getting anything wrong:
* Buy 8 inf and 1 art
* Move 3 inf from Baltic, 3 inf from E. Poland, 1 arm 1 mech from Russia, 1 inf from Archangel, 6 inf 1 art from Novgorod to Belarus
* Move 2 inf from Bessarabia to Ukraine
* Move 2 inf from Vyborg and Karelia to Novgorod
* Send everything else towards Bryansk/Smolensk
* Place 3 inf on Novgorod, 5 inf 1 art on Russia
Total units: 32 inf, 4 art, 2 arm, 2 mech, 2 ftr, 1 tac
* Buy 3 inf, 2 art, 1 tac
* Put everything in position to attack Belarus on the next turn.
* Place 1 inf, 2 art to Novgorod, 2 inf, 1 tac on Russia
Total force 35 inf (2 in Russia), 6 art, 2 arm, 2 mech, 2 ftr, 2 tac. That's the attack force you describe to counterattack the Germans at Belarus.
But to reach those numbers the Russians will have to move out every unit they start with plus all their production on R1 and on R2 will have to place units on Novgorod (the 1 inf and 2 art) and also leave some units behind to stop the Italians from taking Belarus. Or they might decide to take advantage of W. Ukraine being unguarded (since all units are placed to deal with the hypothetical Belarus thrust) and move to W. Ukraine since the Germans can defend that position from a Russian counterattack on R3. A large part of Russia's army will simply be out of position, since they are placed on Novgorod and out of the fight if Germany advances then to Bryansk. For the time being Russia will still be hold Novgorod but the Germans can either go for Moscow or take over the Caucasus.
I like the sound of that.
We'll see. I'll play tonight and see how it plays out.
Am I the only one who always upgrades to a Major Factory in Germany on the first turn? I never see it mentioned but to me it's obvious. You need to be able to mobilize 10 units there.
I have thought about it but on the first rounds I think getting one in Romania is more effective than upgrading the one in Germany if you are planning to take out Russia. It costs 10 IPC more but from there arm/mech can reach Moscow/Novgorod/Volvograd in 2 turns while it takes 3 turns for them on reach Russia from Germany.