Yes, when I did my work on TO&E's I noted that it was only the theoretical situation. I'd prefer, personally, to have the MODELS based on the theoretical TO&E and actual UNITS based on a randomisation.
I'd like to know how the random at start strength variations is worked, and whether it can be modded or not.
As I have mentioned in other threads, relating to Romanian and other Axis allied divisions, the TO&E strengths were the way the Germans (largely) viewed them prior to Stalingrad ... even though they were way way under strength. My preference, for example, is to mod the Romanians as 3 x Infantry Regiment, 1 x Artillery Regiment Division, just like the Germans, even if, in reality, they were way way under strength.
I'd really like to see if you can mod the random strength variations at start as different between the different nationalities (and, perhaps, between different types of units ... mechanised and motorised units more savaged than, say, Infantry, for example), for a start ... I'd really savagely downcheck Romanian strength, but keep their theoretical TO&E to represent the way the Germans had them deployed.
And it would be really nice if you could hand mod units for which you have specific information at the individual unit level and not have that changed by the MODEL values. What is really needed is a "Change this specific unit to Historical MODEL value" button that only changes the one unit if you want to do that.
It would also be nice if you could directly combine units that have been decimated, as was historically done, by simply having them in the same hex and forming a Kampfgruppe, rather than by the clumsy alternative of disbanding one and then setting Replacement to PRIORITY for the other and having the elements sent back to OKH to be sent forward again to the unit in the same hex where the disbanded unit had been! That would reflect historical practice.
As for co-operating on TO&Es and OOBs, I have posted OOB and, for the Germans and Axis Allies, TO&E data in the main part of the forum and you can easily see where out sources disagree and point them out*! Which would be greatly appreciated!
* I have mainly used Nafziger and Niehorster, though I do have the reprint of the Handbook of German Military Forces (1945), which more reflects the situation of 1943/44 as a backup, though. A reasonable set of sources, but no way comprehensive! If you have better ones (and it seems you do have better data for the situation in actuality), I'd appreciate the input.
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