From: Mosquito Bite, Texas
Actually, now that I think about it, I don't think you will EVER be able to combine the 8th Australian division.
To re-build a unit all the sub units need to have the same types of equiptment and squads right?
Well for some reason the "bird" battalions have Militia squads (CMF) while the rest of the division has AIF squads, so if I understand the re-building rules correctly this unit can nevr be reformed. Well possibly if the militia converts to the same type of AIF squad late in the war.
Gull, Lark and Sparrow force are simply the 3rd brigade of the 8th Div. broken down into battalion battlegroups and so they should be AIF troops like the rest of the division.
I didn't think about that either. That might explain why I couldn't get the 8th to combine. I thought it was because one of the "birds" was left behind near Rabaul and "disappeared" when it ran out supplies. Sometimes it takes the game several turns before it realizes that a unit is gone, at least from what I think I see. So, I just gave up on reuniting it and ended up moving the other "birds" to different destinations. I assumed that the "destroyed" indication on the OOB button meant that it couldn't be rebuilt if a sub-unit was destroyed. But, maybe it was the fact that the equipment doesn't line up correctly.
But, in retrospect, recombining it may not be a good idea anyway as some of you have said.