From: Under the porch
ORIGINAL: Shaun Wallace
This maybe CC7. Bear in mind that this would be on the strat layer NOT tac layer. On the tactical layer of the game recon planes would really have no place, but on the strat layer, yes they would and intel then passed on down to tac layer.
Congratulations on your understanding of the function of aerial reconnaissance. A recon plane would have absolutely NO function in a Close Combat type game.
First off, the plane must return to base, photo intepreters do their thing, and the data is passed on the the appropriate commanders. This process takes days at a minimum, not the thirty minutes of the typical CC engagement.
Second, photos are just about useless for what the typical CC gamer has in mind, like spotting hidden AT guns. As for a two man AT team, forget it. Photo interpreters look for indications of military activity, such as tank trails, construction sites, and even latrines. Multiply the number of latrines by an estimate of how many people can use them, and you have an educated guess about troop strength.
Photo planes were used for bomb damage assesment, pre-strike mission planning, detecting supply routes, and as an aid to map makers tasked with drawing topographical maps. A real life commander would never expect a photo mission to find ambush sites or concealed AT guns and individual vehicles, much less units as small as a squad.