• You do NOT kill as much as you gain.

    If the R1 rolls are AVERAGE, and the USSR hits just a single unit on defense in Ukraine, the Russians are +15% on unit value in the trade.


  • How to play Russia is not as simple as:
    Do this buy, attacks and moves on R1, do this buy, attacks and moves on R2, etc.

    You have to play with a team goal as the allies.

    Are you playing KGF?  Might you look to pressure Japan instead?  Will you be balanced?

    On top of those questions, you need to look at how the battles have gone.  If Russia rolls poorly on R1, you need to hope for some help from your allies or they might just be overrun by Germany.

    Many times, it comes down to personal preference.  For example, most Allied players will agree that a KGF mentality (especially early game) is the optimal strategy.  This usually employs Russia tying up German units in an effort to bleed Germany dry whilest UK and US mount forces to pressure the western front as early and strong as possible.  In this case, a more agressive Russia is preferred, with combat moves and purchases bent on this thinking.

    This is not to say that a KGF can not be done with a passive approach of 8 inf purchases.  Again, the comfort level of risks in battles determines a players approach.  Unlike the Axis, Russia CAN be agressive but does not HAVE to be agressive if they don’t want to be.

    What you’ll see here are arguments that back player preferences.  When you get the expected dice rolls, everything is good.  A more conservative Russia adds some cushion to that dice tolerance.  Also, as the allies, conservative play is usually the order of the day:  it is alot easier to defend in this game than attack.

    If you are having trouble getting smashed when playing Russia, I would suggest a conservative, inf based mode of thinking.  When Germany starts to close in, pump up the art to ward them off.  The tricky part comes into play when the Japanese start to join the party 🙂


  • i just dont see how Russia could “bleed Germany dry”??  russia has very little money and German has a lot!!  Germany keeps buying tanks and simply runs over russia Inf at will too quickly… Russia can only defend itself for a short time and where does the allied help come from?  a D-day invasion?  UK air raids?  I know I am a rookie at this game, but it always seems russia can’t hang on long enough to Allied help… never happens when My opponent loves buying Tanks for Germany and steemrolls over russia almost every time…

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    The trick is to defray the cost of bleeding Germany across the three allies, primarily Russia and England at the start of the game, England and America at the end.

    In my scenario above, Russia trades Belorussia and Ukraine (4 Infantry, 2 Fighters loss of 12 IPC a round) and England take Karelia (2 Infantry, Battleship, Fighter, cost 6 IPC.)

    Germany has to retalliate (or not take it back) with 6 Infantry, 3 Fighters cost of 18 IPC.

    Note, I am assuming that each territory is taken with 1 infantry, 1 fighter each round, a safe assumption I feel.

    -18 IPC to Germany hurts Germany more than -12 to Russia and -6 to England.  Sure, Germany probably has 20 IPC of builds on top of what they are losing, and Russia only 12 and England only 15, but that’s still 27 Allies, 20 Axis (note I am ignoring both America and Japan here because Japan needs more than two or three rounds to be a threat to Russia and America the same against Germany.)


  • @kfgolfer:

    i just dont see how Russia could “bleed Germany dry”??  russia has very little money and German has a lot!!  Germany keeps buying tanks and simply runs over russia Inf at will too quickly… Russia can only defend itself for a short time and where does the allied help come from?  a D-day invasion?  UK air raids?  I know I am a rookie at this game, but it always seems russia can’t hang on long enough to Allied help… never happens when My opponent loves buying Tanks for Germany and steemrolls over russia almost every time…

    Jen has it right.

    The western allies should be dropping as many units as quickly as possible into western europe (or elsewhere in europe) to make Germany fight THERE as well as with Russia.  Germany can not keep throwing units against all three allies for very long, expecially if all they buy is tanks… hence the bleeding dry of the vermach.

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