Thanks for the compliment von Jaeger. 88mm or 105mm FlaK guns would indeed be a pretty nasty surprise for a Soviet armoured formation. However, heavy FlaK guns, although powerful, are sitting ducks and clearly visible on flat/clear terrain, so if the Soviets bring artillery to the party, the Germans better have some prepared positions to hide those guns in as they're big targets.
At this time in the war, a Soviet Tank Corps consists of just over 5600 men and 100 tanks. In July they will start to upgrade to 7800 men and 162 tanks. At the moment they aren't very powerful. Not to mention that their morale and experience is very low still. I was just reading the first of the Stalingrad trilogy that starts with a small story about the leader of the Soviet 5th Tank Army in July and how that Army with it's new Tank Corps was cut off and chewed up by two German Panzer Divisions.
Still, there seem to be 4 of them, and the only tanks that Panzer regiment has that have a credible chance of defeating a T-34 at medium to long range are the handful of Panzer IVf2's. It isn't clear which version of the Panzer IIIj the regiment has in service. Of course, depending on the units that the AI used to form the brigade, it's possible only about one brigade in each Corps actually has T-34's or KV1's.
A further note on FlaK: keep in mind that this is an operational/strategic level game, it really doesn't matter much if the FlaK can't be easily moved with 1 week turns. Besides, the regular 88mm FlaK isn't exactly mobile either.
I have two OOB/game questions based on the screenshots PyleDriver posted, but I'll post those in the Q&A thread.
Is that an above average amount of attached artillery?
That's 6 to 7 regiments worth of artillery, that's a lot by German standards but (for comparison) pretty normal by Western Allied standards and not too exceptional for the Soviets.
You bet it is! Look at the Korps picture just below it....
And look at the infantry divisions in previous screenshots, it has 2.5 infantry divisions worth of artillery, although it's heavier. Now compare it to XXIV Panzer Corps. Of course, LIV Corps has some very heavy guns, but the total amount of guns is not too high.
Edit: I just noticed XXIV Panzer Corps is operating more units than it can handle without penalties according to what was posted earlier in the new screenshot thread. What penalties are there for 1 extra "point"?
Edit 2#: I believe Joel mentioned earlier that HQ's could send a maximum of 6 support units to help out in combat in non-urban hexes, so a lot of that artillery isn't going to help out in combat. It seems keeping artillery regiments intact and not splitting them up is the best way of putting the hurt on the enemy, as 6 regiments will usually bring more guns to bear on the enemy than 6 battalions.
< Message edited by ComradeP -- 3/26/2010 7:41:54 PM >