M60, I realize that my fighters were escorting the bombers, but since his fighters were after my bombers, and shot several of my fighters and bombers down, I think it is reasonable to think that my fighters should, in fact, be considered to be fully engaged with his fighters. And so they should be shooting some of them down occasionally, but it virtually NEVER happens--look at my past posts, where the same results appear when his fighters intercept GS or interdiction missions--he maybe loses 1 plane for a couple of hundred of mine (this is what I recall, I have not gone back to add up the numbers). I'm not saying my fighters are, or should be, as good as his, but I don't think this is right at all.
I am not saying that air power is ineffectual in ground combat; I tend to suspect that it is, although it is difficult to separate its effects from others. What I am saying is that the Luftwaffe should suffer some losses when it engages the VVS, and from my experience, it basically does not.
Also, I don't think you can attribute the increase in CVs to air power alone. I also had massive arty0 superiority in these attacks, and my best leaders are in this area, so who knows I might have benefited there.
As to his CV deflation, this is little more than pure speculation on my part as I peer into the black box which is combat resolution, but I think what happened there is that my engineers degraded his forts from 4 to 3 (I saw this during some of the combat resolutions), thereby deflating his fort multiplier, and then when he retreated his fort value went to 0.
Flavius, thanks for the artdiv tips. I think for my two key assault fronts, I will give each army one artdiv, and then three more at the front level. For other fronts/armies, I will have to think about it, but will probably concentrate the artdivs at the front level, maybe three each.
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