From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
Here's an exchange of emails between myself and PH on the parachute question. Please don't comment on this. We're just starting to discuss it and I thought you guys might appreciate being privy to it:
Me: "Tell me you didn't use a para-fragment to half the odds at Clark Field? Das darf nicht war sein!"
PH: "No, not a fragment, I have the entire para-unit ordered to attack Clark. It is the same unit that started the game by taking Vigan and then dropped on Lingayen. I thought the general consensus was/is that it os ok to use paratroopers as long as you use the whole unit and not split it up? Does that mean you dont think paratroopers should be allowed to help assaults at all? Because I have another unit prepping for Singapore to be used when I attack there. Do you think it is ok to use full units to half the odds, or are paratroopers never allowed to drop into land-combat hexes to half the odds?"
Me: "Us of paratroopers is fine generally, but using small fragments against massive defenses would cross the line. Thus, I might not hestitate to use a parachute fragment to take a small or undefended base, but I wouldn't use a fragment against a massive defensive bulwark to artificially lower the odds. I don't know how much of this unit you used, but the combat relpay showed it had an AV of one. It also showed that the unit evaporated during the attack, which suggested it was a small unit. But if you used the entire unit or substantially all of the unit then that's certainly better. In general, I do not use Allied paratroops to half the odds against major defensive positions. If you wish to do so, then I'll consider it myself later on, should I get the chance. Either way is fine with me.
PH: "I agree and I think you have a fair point. I tend to use my paratroopers the same way. What complicates things here, and makes my use of them perhaps in the gray-area is that I have the entire unit at Vigan, prepped and ready, but I do not have enough air-transport capacity to lift the entire unit, and you were able to intercept some of my air transports before the drop. I think I will continue using my paras like you outline in your post, and in the future I will make sure to have enough airlift-capacity in place to lift more than 50% of the unit in one go (that means roughly one transport per AV-point, my paras have 20-30 AV per unit if I remember correctly). You are of cource free to use your paras in a similar way, if you use them like you outline in your post I think it would be perfectly fair."
This tells me that Steve is okay with using a small parachute unit to half the odds against major defensive installations. To me that's kind of lame, but if he does it then I'll do it later, should I get the chance. :)
< Message edited by Canoerebel -- 5/9/2012 7:32:07 PM >