What you're saying is that Operation Market Garden was a gamey exploit.
After all, Monty sought to overcome the extra MP cost of bridging multiple rivers in a single week that were under enemy ZOC. His problem was that recon didn't pick up 9th SS and 10th SS Panzer Div on refit several hexes behind the line in a city.
I'll see what my transport regiments look like next week, but in both cases all the aircraft used for the lift were listed as damaged, so I'm betting they'll take several weeks to get back to decent strength (I may just send them to the NR), and I only have 5 of them (it appears that only the Li-2 can be used, I'll have to double check if TB-3 can handle transport (it should), but I think the game might restrict to certain air frames.
It's cheese, let's not kid ourselves about it. But I'd love to get the chance to try the cheese once, just as a proof of concept sort of thing.
Indeed. Even worse than a Shock-Cavalry army would be a hybrid Mtn Infantry-Tank Brigade Shock army, backed by a Cavalry Shock Army or two.. Throw in a couple of Combined Arms Rifle Division based armies for creating the hole, and you have the means to do a single turn 10-15 hex deep penetration.
Imagine, a three hex drop behind a section of the front, assaulting the front lines with Rifle Divisions, and popping a three hex wide gap in the lines, then you drop a string of Paras along the axis you wish to advance along. Then, you race through the second Combined Arms army to widen the base to 5-7 hexes and a couple deep. Then you send in the Cavalry Army(ies) to widen the penetration, and/or fan out behind. Then you send in the Mountain Divisions and Tank Brigades to create a huge mushroom cloud of death and destruction throughout the Axis rear. With decent initiative/admin rolls, the Mountain units could get 16 MPs, and with rivers frozen they could theoretically convert a swath of territory at least 3-5 hexes wide well over a dozen hexes deep. The Tank Brigades, as well, moving through the freely converted hexes, are going to be able to pretty much keep up and fill in the gaps.
I'll bring the cheese, and you bring the whine...