I have yet to play a DH game even though I downloaded it on April 5.
I have had the opportunity to update to 1.01 and install the game, and have even gone as far as to explore the interface and set up builds, appoint new ministers, and execute a couple of "decisions", but have not taken the game past the first week or so of January 1936 as Germany.
One thing that is immediately evident is that DH is very different than AoD or HoI 2 (the two games with which I am most familiar/comfortable). It is obvious that I will not be able to just start playing by relying on what I know about AoD/HoI 2.
I am curious to know, specifically, what some of you are doing differently. One certainly cannot follow the same strategies as in previous games, and the new technology, manpower, trading, diplomacy, espionage, IC, and combat systems demand overhauls to one's approach to victory.
Most of all, I hate reading game manuals, I like diving right in, but also hate getting 3 to 4 years into the game only to learn that the fundamentals of my strategies are flawed and that I need to start over. Any quick tips/observations will be much appreciated.