My method of dealing with the Soviets is to strangle them, punch multiple holes in the line, hold the line, and blitz with units to reduce the Soviet IPC count. Using transports would be excellent. Could use them as a diversion, the Soviets will man the adjacent land territories, all the while being unable to attack the transports themselves.
You know… for all my games of Axis and Allies, I can’t talk like that anymore I almost miss it. Infact it’s been so long, I don’t ever remember even talking like that. Sometimes I see people trying to bait me, or I get blocked. But aside from the odd trap, I don’t see “much” on the battlefield, that isn’t a typical crunch.
There are no “ambushes” or “flanking manuevers” anymore
Sometimes I get to do that against new people but… does that even count?
I guess my strategies are mostly dependant on what my opponent does, and where he makes his movements, and mistakes. This is where my opportunites to strike are. And I think strictly in game terms, of how best to accomplish what others might consider insane, or very unlikey, or what looks dumb, but really buys time and isn’t.
Someone else said it here… my turns aren’t thought ahead, but are predetermined… there’s the "What I MUST or HAVE TO do, Then there’s the “what I ought to or should do”, then there’s the “What do I want, or what Can I do?” in that order. And it applies to the purchase and placement phase too. You’re likely not going to know all the facts until it’s YOUR turn anyways.
I miss the simple old days… Russia = 8 inf, Attack, Defend, Roll Dice, Place.