OK, I don’t know if everyone feels this way, but I feel that Germany is kinda set up for failure in the first round. Whenever I’m setting Germany up at the beginning of the game, I always think “Why even bother putting units in West Russia? There’s almost a 99.9978% chance that it’ll get taken.” West Russia is not the only example of this either. The Germans are just lined up to get raped by the Russkies.
Historically, things seemed to be going alright for the Nazis. They were making a mad dash for Moscow, and seemed to be making good enough progress. But eventually they expanded too far, and the Russians ended up pushing them all the way back to Berlin, by using superior numbers, not to mention partisan harassment. (sabotage of comm lines, railroads, etc.) So, realizing that they were being overwhelmed, the Germans tried to pull back, regroup and consolidate.
Which is why I brought up this topic: Would it be a good or a bad idea to allow Germany a first-round withdrawal? :?