Battlefront has added a new sneak peek of the upcoming Barbarossa book on the main website. The preview includes a fair amount of information, including some of the new releases as well as the force diagrams. While some of the Soviet lists from Rising Sun are certainly reasonably valid to run in 1941, these new lists bring in some of the vehicles that EW Soviet players have been clamoring for including the T-34 and KV-1 and 2.
Looking at the codes available, there is a lot of Greatcoat infantry for the Germans. This will be a nice addition to the range as the greatcoat clad figures include machine gun, mortar, anti-tank crews and artillery crews. Also coming out for the Germans are a host of the upgraded tanks in the Panzer III and Panzer IV lines - as well as an uparmored Panzer 38(t).
Looking at the German force organization, the heavy tank hunter platoon may be no brainer - or at least a unit of 8.8cm guns as the Soviets are going to be bringing the big boys out to play. The Germans have both a Leichte and Mittlere Panzerkompanie available, with the Light version now being based on the Panzer III - though a platoon of Panzer II's is available. The Czech Panzerkompanie is also still available, as are the Panzerschutzenkompanie and regular Schutzenkompanie.
The Soviets have a Tankovy Battalion, a Lend Lease Tank Battalion, and a Motostrelkovy Battalion available (at least). As expected, the cost for a T-34 obr 1941 is high with a CC command vehicle coming in at 300 points with the FC Guards version coming in at a whopping 335 points. The moral of the story is DON'T expect to see hordes of T-34's or KV's in early war. The thick armor and strong guns of both vehicles should make them fairly deadly on the battlefield, though. The Soviets also have access to a "Captured Polish Armoured Train" which proves to be interesting.
I'm really looking forward to Barbarossa. It may be enough to make me bite the bullet and finally start a Soviet army.