Here are some thoughts I had in regards to improving deception operations and recon:
Have four types of recon available; radio intercept, passive, reconnaissance in force, and air recon.
1. Passive recon occurs during the logistics phase, and involves units that are in hexes adjacent to each other. It would represent the use of observation posts and front line units to observe and detect nearby enemy units.
2. Radio interception also occurs during the logistics phase and represents how the Axis and Soviets would intercept each other's radio signals in order to discover forces behind the front line. After 10-12 hexes or so the effectiveness of radio interception will decrease a lot.
3. Air recon is less effective, but it's use is essentially the same.
4. Reconnaissance in force. This would be a new type of attack that units could execute and would involve scouting enemy positions in order to gather intelligence and identify front line formations. Very important for determining fort levels, which wouldn't be revealed automatically.
There would also be two types of deception measures, passive and active:
Passive deception involves unit's camouflaging foxholes, maintaining radio discipline, concealing road and rail movement, etc. These measures would be used to counter radio interception and passive reconnaissance, and also occur during the logistics phase.
Active deception would have an AP cost, and would be deception measures used to help prepare for an offensive or conceal a strong defense. It would include:
1. Simulated buildup. You select a unit, several units, or even a whole army, and a second overlapping "copy" of the unit would be created, with a special coloring to indicate that these units aren't actually real. Then the real unit can be moved elsewhere, while it'll appear that it's still in the same place. This can only be done in hexes not adjacent to the enemy. The deception can be revealed through air recon, or even radio interception. But there's also a chance that it'll appear real.
2. Disguised buildup. This would be an enhanced version of passive deception. Basically it greatly lowers unit detection from air recon, passive recon, radio interception, and reconnaissance in force. This would be used to disguise the buildup for an offensive, or regroupment by rail or on foot. It can be used for units adjacent to an enemy hex, but at least one unit on the front line will always be visible.
All these techniques were used by the Axis and Soviets historically.
Further there will be modifiers over time. To represent improved Soviet deception and reconnaissance, over time their passive and active abilities will improve so that by 1944 it will be very difficult for the Axis to detect Soviet buildups without extensive reconnaissance, and the Soviets will have an easier time identifying Axis forces. Deception AP costs for the Soviets will also decrease over time. Reconnaissances in force would also be more costly for the Soviet's early in the war, and yield less information.
The Axis will also receive some modifiers. For instance it's passive reconnaissance will be somewhat better than the Soviet's, as was historically the case, though this gap will decline over time. And as the Soviet's enter Axis territory the density of radio stations will also increase, improving radio interception.
< Message edited by Leber -- 1/25/2013 9:39:10 PM >