From: De Eye-lands, Mon
For those mostly familiar with AE scope and scale, some description of the database is in order. The database is highly modified, far more so than even BigBabes. Structure and organization have been pushed to their practical limits of graininess.
Units are broken into component parts. Divisions do not divide or recombine. There are no division units per se. US Divisions consist of a Division HQ unit, three Inf Regts, three 105 FA Bns, and a 155 FA Bn. Aus, NZ, etc are organized equivalently. Japanese, the same, except they may have a Recon or Cavalry Regt and different arty organization. Each of the units organic to a division are assigned to that Division HQ. A Division HQ may take other units under command or give up units to another command.
Both sides have certain task organized independent Brigade HQs, like 35th Inf Brigade (Kawaguchi), So Seas Group (Horii), Milne Force (Clowes). Each of the units originally comprising a Task/Brigade Group are assigned to that Force/Brigade HQ. A Force/Brigade HQ may take other units under command or give up units to another command. Division/Brigade/Task HQs are Type ‘1’ and have significant Support assets (that have been taken from their component maneuver elements).
Base Forces have also gone by the board. Japanese Base Forces are Naval HQs (Type 21) with various Support and construction squads. Major ‘Base Forces’ (4th, 6th, 7th, 8th) are static. Aux Base Units are still HQs, but are mobile. Component pieces of Base Forces are defined separately. Rabaul area might have a CD Unit, AA Unit, Port Unit, and three Naval Guard Units, all reporting to 8th Base Force. Each is individually configured to reflect what was present at the time. A Base Force’s capabilities, therefore, can be expanded or contracted as needed. Some Naval Guard and SNLF units are broken down into a maneuver unit and a gun unit, to allow for deployment without having to take 5” and 6” CD guns along, all the time.
All Japanese, and the large majority of Allied, Aviation Support is held solely by Aviation Units. Each Aviation Support Unit is married, by name, to a corresponding Airgroup and reports to the corresponding higher HQ echelon. Thus 1/19th and 2/19th Suijoki’tai, service 19th Ku T-1 and 19th Ku T-2 on Kwajalein and Makin, all reporting to 6th Base Force. Similarly, 1/Cht’se and 2/Cht’se Hokojo’tai service Chitose Ku S-1 and Chitose Ku K-1, all reporting to 24th Air Flotilla. Allies have corresponding Base Groups and Base Squadrons. No other units contain Aviation Support, with the exception of a (very) few specific (and static) established major air and naval bases (like Sydney, Brisbane, Suva, Tonga, Noumea, etc..).
It's interesting to watch how some of this plays out and might provide some useful information as to how the database can be modified to fit other situations or specific operations.
< Message edited by Symon -- 11/28/2012 6:09:37 PM >