I didn't know that Lend Lease had factories so thanks for keying me in here. I've found these "Factories" and so I will fix the 44 Campaign appropriately and so "the spice shall flow." I get what you are saying on the supply chain. I really have no idea what would be appropriate for the hundreds of individual pieces of equipment. Maybe a couple of weeks to a month of production could be used as a starter. One element that is used is to have an armament pool at the beginning of the scenario so the production system has raw materials at the beginning to produce the equipment on-demand. This is a measure to alleviate the empty pools by giving both sides some extra production capability.
Be careful of what you wish on the AP issue. Without the limited APs and unfrozen armies in constraints, you have now given the German Army free reign to get out of its operational disadvantage. You can expect that the Germans will immediately fall back past Minsk and send in about a dozen panzer divisions to Army Group Center on the first turn. This is what the AI does without these limitations. The scenario does not try to simulate history as only the first turn is locked. Personally, I think the constraints give the players more of a crisis-drama event in the center. Having the German player pulling back his entire front and completely checking the Bagration offensive on the first turn wouldn't do the operation justice and is boring. Its easy enough if you want to get in the editor yourself and remove the freeze and give both sides APs at start. I could do it myself if you want and it would take less than ten minutes. I just didn't like how the unrestricted campaign played out on the first turn.
The 1941 Campaign is the one that is played 90% of the time. I have gotten almost nil feedback from the 1944 Campaign.
My understanding is that there are no lend lease factories as they are added to the production at a fixed rate each turn. As for the pools, none of the scenarios should have aircraft available in the pools. Should there be aircraft in the pools at start? Dunno. I don't know what was sitting around historically on 22 June 1944. The Soviets aren't going to be hurting for aircraft anyways.
On the lend lease question: No replacements show up; the only thing you get from lend lease are much needed trucks and supplies.
On the question of empty pools at the start, I am aware that none of the scenarios start with anything in the pools. I bought the original War in Russia from Babbages in 1985 and have played all the successors. But I couldn't call Gary up and say, "Hey dude, here is why you should start with equipment in the pools."
So this is my opportunity.
Scenario start is a snapshot in time. Theoretically there was action before start and it should imitate the action that follows. The proposed equipment in the pools represents production from months previous to start in the supply chain, that is not yet delivered to the units. The design decision to start with with all pools empty is assuming that every single item was magically delivered to active units in the pre-game logistical model. A model which the games logistical system can not duplicate.
You know what the equipment status of active units was from historical records. You know how many type xxxx were being produced from the same source. What I doubt is known is how many were in the supply chain on start date. Even if that is known, what I am suggesting is that it would be positive for game purposes to put x weeks production in the pools before start. It would allow the computers model of the supply chain to start immediately instead of waiting for production to build up.
On the AP question: Yes but, I'm not Stalin/Zukhov whoever it is in the COC the player represents. I want to change things, and the game won't let me. This is a game. It should simulate history not try to repeat it. If it is not fun people will stop playing.
There are non-fun aspects to the 44 Grand Campaign. I've tried to list the ones I noticed and suggests improvements. My guess is people don't play this campaign very often.
I'm about to go on a radical downsizing adventure to reshape the Red Army.
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