How convenient to have them below Hailar, all right! And of course there's a huge loop somewhere there below which then goes to lake Hulun and then up to Manzhouli! Voila!
He solved the issue by not wasting the life of a single soldier, and me storming Hailar become complete tactical madness.
I mean, what's the point of storming it if the hub is below it? Bypassing the city and encircling the forces there by cutting off THAT HUB and THAT CROSSING makes far more sense.
And of course, him having double railways
all along the border is just... awesome! I can't recall such cool railway lines in history. The border is over 1000 km long. That's 2000 km of track only for a defensive, purely military-use narrow-gauge railway! It should cost several billions - it's like, on the order of the length of the entire Far Eastern Railway.
I think his economy should be fucking punished for that. For that and the Maginot line.
If he took care to explain just how different from IRL the communications and city layout is, Hailar would not be stormed from the North, but instead encircled by a flanking attack to the South, aimed for the railway crossing which is now below the city to leave the city defenders without supplies.
But he didn't. Then he said I should storm Hailar with 200 000, when he has 180 000 there and another 220 000 right on my flank, and another 50 000 right to the East.