hello comrade and welcome to the word of CoH2!
You have taken the first steps into developing a love hate relationship with a program
Im thedarkarmadillo (you can call me Dark) and i hope to help you love this game more than you hate it
to help you out im going to try and compile some web resources for you to help you learn the basics as well as awnser any question that I can about various game mechanics and what not
for starters there area few things YOU should know
as a new player in an established game, beware of the Vets, they have seen some terrible things... from speedy light tanks crushing their poor infantry to massed light artillery guarded by flak cannons... unfortunately this has left them hard to fresh blood, DONT TAKE IT PERSONALLY. that is the most important thing you should take away from this- dont let the salty old breed force you from your new game
play against the bots. this will give you a no pressure opportunity to learn the maps and how the factions work. be warned, bots are a cake walk compared to real players, but they can teach you the fundamentals
your first 10 games as every faction, in every game mode are placement games. this means you will be matched against who ever is online to try and gauge your skill DO NOT LET THIS DETER YOU. i know being matched against a max level player and getting crushed your first match will be disheartening, but stick with it it WILL get better
random auto match team games are just that. you might be matched against a 4 man premade and you yourself have 1 player drop, one be AFK and the other only caps lock in russian and spam ping.... this is a risk you take...
there are probably more things i should add to that but for now thats what we have
now into resources
literally all i have handy currently is a great playlist by HELPING HANS called COH2 TIP OF THE WEEK
check that out and you can learn some awesome tricks and be on your way to being a great player like Hans!