You have hit upon one of the big conundrums as an aggressive Sov player - what is the risk -reward ratio for all those vehicles ( in beta .60 and beyond).
My 2 cents is oh yeah get your counter attack armies together, but NEVER do anything that could lead to the surrender of a Motorised Inf Divsion, and to a lesser extent a tank division. You are going to destroy 100,000 trucks in the blizzard.
Keep at most 10 of the at-start Tank Divisions and disband the rest, the sooner the better.
It's a very good lesson to set up an attack in sand-box mode and have a couple of Tank Divisions make an attack on a German Division with an SP Flak attached. You will see the Cavalry Tanks and others cut to pieces and the balloon deflate. After that, you can disband an 8 CV unit knowing you're making the right choice.
You can pick some that got the luck of the draw in the set up, which translates to high morale and at least fair experience for the T-34 slot, and feed the T-34 production to these. They can possibly earn some honour in the 2nd or even 3rd row behind the choice crossing spots on the lower Dnepr. Just don't bet the farm that they will hold...
My main intend was to save vehicles there for saving as many the tank/mot divs. Especially those 1-2 CV ones that still have 800-1000 vehicles in em. First thot was just to disband em as to release the vehicle and if its 1-2 CV divs not like u can use them for any meningful counter attacks later on. My assumtion was they'd come back that way as new free divs/bde's. My testing made me question that tho. Hench my question.
There is a bit more too it than that tho. First off its not a particular problem for the mot divs it seems. When they convert into rifle divs they dont have any more vehicles than normal rifle divs after that. My assumtion is that the surpluse vehicles goes to the pool as if i had disbanded em.
For the tank divs some seem to hold on to its vehicles after the convert into bde even after doing the oct '41 OOB change, plus not all divs are converted by then in my experience.
No problem u just disband em. Ok, but if u dont get em back for free u essentially just lost quite a few APs. One thing u in constand need of so any way to conserve em is good. Lets say its 10 mot divs and 10 tank div/bde u just lost 150 AP worth of free divs/bde's.
Way around that is simple for mot divs. U just drive/rail em back to where ever wait for em to covert into rifle divs. Vehicles and AP both saved.
Problem is the tank divs. Even if u drive em back where ever and wait for convertions u dont get those vehicles free'ed and if u start using 1000 vehicle tank bde as combat units, u can just write off those vehicles. So not really an option as the whole point of the excercise is to save the vehicles.
Next idea was is to drive those particular bde's way back and wait for tank corps to be formed. Form the first ones from those particular bde.
Just seem a bit much to do for some thing that prolly should have happened by it self. I mean when the tank divs convert into bde they should release the surpluse vehicle as the mot divs does.
Just a few thots,
< Message edited by Walloc -- 2/8/2012 9:36:47 AM >