USSR- how I play it The first thing you must realize when playing the USSR is this, you have a pathetic (and ahistorically small, I might add) military. You have no bombers of any kind, your fighters are ill-numbered and outdated and your navy is outdated and small. Your tanks are also outdated. However, by it's sheer size, mother Russia can absorb a lot. Without the Siberian factories ingame, you must build a factory in nearly every city. Of coarse, this will wreck your fragile economy, but it must be done. When war is declared again Poland, don't charge in. Wait for the Germans to take Warsaw, then move units up to the river near Brest-Litovsk. When you fight Finland, be defense. Don't waste any units, you will need them. You should have more units by the time Germany attacks you, perhaps the first IL-2, T-34, and KV-1, but you can't stop them. hold the river near Brest Litovsk for as long as possible, and then fall back to Minsk. disregard Pinsk, it cannot do anything in any reasonable time, and taking it will take the Germans a turn or 2, which you can use to dig in around Minsk. At this point, the German AI will either bum rush Minsk, or head for the Baltics. You may or may not be able to hold Minsk, so be prepared to retreat, but don't exit prematurely, either. If the Germans take Minsk and/or Riga, they generally stop. Also, on the air and sea war, try to harass German convoys with you Baltic fleet. Your I-16s WILL get crushed by the BF-109s, and I'm talking 1-20 damage, when they air sweep. However, when you air sweep, the damage is comparable. So try to control the air with what little you have, harass. With the Germans bogged down, and (hopefully) more LaGG-3s, IL-2s, T-34s, and KV-1s, you can begin to counter attack. take ground slowly, carefully. I've noticed that the Germans tend not to upgrade anything, so while you may have IS-2s and T-34-85s, they will still have the basic Panzer IIs, IIIs, and IVs. Basically, it gets easy if you can stop the first German attack. Anyone else like to comment?