Agree Mark. I just played this where the Russians won, but it came down to a final turn where if the Russians hadn't eliminated a single block French LN with a 2-block infantry attack, the French would have most certainly won on their turn. Very exciting.
Played two consecutive games of this a few days ago. Russians won the first game by severely mauling the French cavalry and then destroying all the French artillery.
The Russian Heavy Cavalry in particular seemed invincible, eliminating two French artillery units and one cavalry unit. Russians had great cards when they needed them and fantastic die rolls. French had poor cards and the dice hated them. Thinking this was a fluke, I played again. It was a much closer battle, but the Russians squeezed out another victory, with the most valuable unit award going again to the Russian Heavy Cavalry, who ran wild and unstoppable again! Great map.