I used to play this version often some time ago… I might remember wrong but I think Germany is strong enough to take down Russia alone some times, just because Germany is so strong at the beginning and sometimes one less than average dice result would kill Russia early. It doesn’t mean Allies can’t hold but it’s tough the first 8 rounds for Allies. Once passed this threshold the chance of Allies victory improves over time typically…
Time Lapse Video: Axis & Allies 1942 SE Tournament Finals at Gen Con 2015 - Etiq
What is the purpose of the dice the players would sometimes place on a territory or the board throughout the game? They appear to be markers of some sort.
Referring to the 1942 SE time lapse video posted on the home page of A&A.org here.
After replaying it on slow speed, it appears that they are using dice as aircraft range markers and bomb damage. I hadn’t thought of using dice for range markers but it makes sense. More practical than using cardboard chits.