There are plenty of advantages having corps. ...
Yeah, remember that discussion. One of the many debates on who has effectively and in practice a better command structure.
So, I kind of lost track of these two threads. Do I summarize it correctly that Pavel states that the Corps structure has been tested and found superior to a formation without, but Pelton and some others advocate it at the very least on the defense or for situations where stretching out the front is not favoring Axis (so all time but 41)?
It can give direct benefits (manpower, perhaps small but possibly extra trucks if at all needed, and extra armaments), and perhaps, though not sure, benefits in getting more reserves activated. In contrast, having a Corps tier does/should give extra redundancy against missed rolls for MPs, supply etc., but requires that lower tier leaders are not significantly worse in their stats that the better leaders then pushed into Army or GHC levels. Which is then where the tables show that the catch is that he number of sufficiently good leaders (6-7+) is limited, and assuming that some of them will die etc., the German C&C structure will get some worse over the years (which would be what happened)? Is this it at the moment?
For certain having a corps level with a good commander should improve the C&C for the Germans, and give redundancy in case higher HQs screw up (bad rolls, poor leader). But this should also work the other way around, if a Corps is poorly led, the higher HQ with a much better leader should help to prevent screw-ups down the chain, though of course not all the time. A poor corps level command (see Pavel, "6 is lower than 7...") ought to decrease performance, up to the point that not having it involved and have an Army command take over should be better. Sounds just logical to me.
The question is how much worse ought a Corps leader be than a Army leader that this situation should occur? From the tables it seems 1pt difference is quite small, and even for almost 200 turns will probably stay in the statistic noise. But with >=2 pts worse (5 vs 7) things really start going downhill.
What I am wondering at this point is that there perhaps should be a German bonus modifier for Corps level command just as there are the +1 leader modifiers e.g. for the Soviet Tank Corps. Rationale could be that not all officers are suited for higher tier commands: for example being excellent at Division or Corps, but overwhelmed when going up the ladder.
But with >=2 pts worse (5 vs 7) things really start going downhill, Zhukov exploit. Thats why SHC players crow about it as it is a massive exploit to get around all the poor SHC leaders at the front.
Instead of going down hill it is up for SHC. 7 at top with 3-5 at bottom.
The issue for GHC is they have to defend the hole frontage so they can't have weak spots. Disbanding Corp HQ remove weak spots.
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