From: Houston, TX
I find that artilley units can automatically support their cooperative units in combart, unless the artillery is mobile. I was manually ordering allllllll my artillery units to bombard the enemy units before knowing that. However, i still need some answers before trying to beat the Poles again:
1) Since my artillery should not be in mobile deployment, which deployment suits them best? Tactical or local reserve?
Tactical Reserve allows artillery to support attacks and defenses, and it won't advance them into the arms of the enemy during his turn - unlike Local Reserve, which can. So Tactical Reserve is preferable to Local Reserve for artillery. But don't forget digging in, as well - but save that for the end of the turn. It supports just like Tactical Reserve but adds defensive strength.
2) When should i control my artillery directly? Is it ok to leave them on their own all the time?
I'm not sure what you mean.
If you mean bombarding separately vs. supporting attacks, note that in support, artillery's strength is significantly increased vs. bombarding alone (provided the Assault Ratio test is passed). Furthermore, bombards are subject to counterbattery if the target hex contains artillery itself. Nevertheless, there are circumstances where bombardment can be a good deal - especially if your opponent has overstacked a location with infantry or other soft targets.
If you mean directly assigning to a specific attack vs. leaving them to support cooperative attacks, that depends upon the circumstances. If there are a lot of cooperative attacks in the vicinity, unassigned artillery may have greater impact than assigned. But assigned artillery attacks at full strength (and consumes full supply for that one attack), while unassigned cooperative artillery supports at half strength (and consumes half supply each time it supports).
3) Something unrelated, what about aircraft? For example, should fighters' mission be Air Superiorty, while Tactical Bombers have Interdiction and Stukas Combat Support?
That really depends upon the situation. Do you have air superiority or does your opponent? If your opponent does, your bombers may have to lay low. Dive bombers (like Stukas) may need to be held in reserve to deal with naval units if that is an enemy strength.
< Message edited by Curtis Lemay -- 8/19/2012 3:50:47 AM >