From play experience, what it does is allow the germans a viable southern campaign, and also - the Russians, the ability to fight a souther campaign, instead of the traditional - Germany to moscow from Novisibirsk approach.
Just a quick question. I know major ICs downgrade to minor ICs once captured. Do minor ICs get removed from the board if they get captured? Thanks.
Correct. Minor IC’s are never removed.
And in case you don’t know yet - if a major gets downgraded to a minor and the major has more than 6 damage, the damage is reduced to the maximum for a minor, of 6 damage.