Surely the inclusion of a few more French units, including a 5th General model, points towards a future Epic type expansion as the French army must be big enough to face Allied alliances and coalitions.
Also, perhaps they pave the way for the rumoured Leadership expansion. I think the rating / ability of commanders is an important theme that is missing from the C&C:N stable.
And I thought the free Siege of Rhodes 1522 pocket battle game was a very pleasant surprise inclusion!
There was a free mini demo game on a card (15.5cms x 11cms) from TurningPointSimulations.com in the outer-packaging i.e. not in the Russian box. You need a deck of playing cards but it looks a fun game.