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OK, so I've played a few games (with the same person) and I'd say that our pro- and anti-Russian play has been sub-par. I know that they are "throwaway troops" but what are some ideas for using them? The one time that I quickly advanced and took alot of VP spaces in Persia and a few into Turkey, it didn't slow down the revolution ONE BIT. Almost as if it didn't matter.

Any thoughts? Did we do something wrong?
 
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Philip Thomas
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First, a quick check that you were playing by the rules. If you captured 3 Persian VP spaces and 3 Turkish VP spaces you would delay the Revolution by two turns, yes?

 
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Yep, I only got 3 Persian and 1 Turkish, so no change at all for a lot of effort to get those 4 VP spaces.
 
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Ok. Although occasionally the Russians can win you an automatic victory before the Revolution, more usually their main role is to tie the Turks down and cause casualties so the other Allied forces can exploit them.

That doesn't mean you should neglect VPs, because (after 4) each Vp gained is a turn more to cause the Turks trouble. The 3 Persian VPs should not be difficult, even if the Turks get there first, as you surround Neutral Persia on 3 sides. After that, you have a variety of options. Generally speaking the Russians have better quality troops than the Turks, but the Turks make up for this in quantity, especially if they divert troops from other fronts. Hence, attacking over a narrow front has advantages. If you can find a space that the Turks will defend at all cost, you can hammer at that space repeatedly to grind them down. A good example is Trabzon: the Turks don't want to give you a supply source in their territory so they will try to hold it. With 2 Corps and an elite div in Rize you can make 2 attacks on Trabzon every turn, first with the 2 Corps alone and then with all units (so you never have to destroy a Corps).

Another good area to attack is the Van-Mosul region, again with relatively narrow fronts. You need to secure Azerbaijan anyway, and taking Van is a natural extension. If you take Mosul you threaten many areas, so the Turks will likely try to hold it at all costs.

Looking at specific cards, Enver Goes East can be devastating if timed right. Probably Turn 2 is too early for it- the enemy will not be fully engaged with you and you risk being hit by Save Tiflis and then a CP move, which can easily leave you OOS. Once Grand Duke to Tiflis is played Enver Goes East becomes safer. Kitchener and Asquith/Lloyd George are very important card plays for getting a steady flow of RPs to the Russians: don't neglect your Rps.

Card 25 (Russian Reinforcements) brings on the Black Sea Marines. You can place them in Odessa for an immediate threat or put them in Tiflis and move them to a port later. At worst they'll divert some Turkish tropos to guard the Black Sea ports, at best you might be able to land in Trabzon and SR troops in on the following impulse.

Romania is an important card. Not only does it give you War Status and provide an additional distraction for the CPs, it also gives you extra Russian divisions. Sometimes it is even possible to seize Kronstadt and Hermmanstadt for the Russians, though this tends to be short-lived. The Russian Winter Offensive is powerful for keeping up the attriton even in Winter: combine with prior play of Enver Goes East for maximum damage.

The Armenian Uprising is another important card. Apart from the 1 Russian VP secured by the irregulars, careful placement of the markers can seriously disrupt the Turkish position, putting troops in Limited Supply. Putting the markers directly underneath the troops is less effective but can still disrupt Turkish plans and the flow of Rps.

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Brad Stock
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This is an excellent overview of Russian strategy and operations!
 
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Gotthard Heinrici (prev. Graf Strachwitz)
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Thanks for this extremely helpful information Philip!
 
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