As I mentioned, I picked up War in the East (and War in the West).
Learning to play is . . . a process.
The manual for WitE is very clearly written. But it's almost 300 pages. It's dense. The detail is immense.
A quick trial of the Minsk scenario quickly put me in my place - the manual must be read before I get anywhere. Got it.
WitW isn't any easier. I fired up Operation Husky - the invasion of Sicily - and it was even harder to get started on.
Both of the games are beautiful. The detail is excellent. The music is good (although I turn it off ASAP - a personal preference.) The graphics are clear. I feel like I need a gigantic monitor just so I can step back and see the frontage more clearly and get a feel for the whole battle area. I probably don't, but it gives that feeling.
My plan is to go back to War in the East after I finished reading this manual, watch a video or two of gameplay, and then try again. It doesn't matter how well I do, just that I learn to play. From there I can try to win the game, and try bigger and bigger scenarios. This is probably time I don't have a lot of, but I can do it in chunks and don't have to worry about jostling the map.
Still, having this game project to work on makes me happy. This is the detailed game I always wanted, on the massive scale I'd always dreamed of. I just can't say no.