From: Lochan nan balgair-dudh
Heliodorus, please take a look at the combat results I just got from a test game which I fired up to prove you wrong. These are similar drops I'm doing in the game with rmonical. The first brigade is depleted and can't even displace anything. The second drop was not depleted. The losses, however, are so heavy that any SHC player would think twice doing stuff like this. He can still do it but not more then a couple of times.
well the evidence in the rest of the thread contradicts this claim that this is some sort of one-off wild card option.
One important issue is that Soviet para formations draw on rifle squads. That would be fine if you've converted them and opted to use them as leg infantry but gives a completely unrealistic view of the Soviet ability to raise these units.
Remember that unlike the British and Americans in 1941-44, the Soviets didn't really have the luxury of spending ages training up specialist units on the grounds that the bulk of their armed forces were not in active combat. Both those nations could easily divert manpower and time to a long term project.
Equally up Cherkassy-Kanev, what the Soviets dropped was parts of their brigades, the whole thing ideally should be folded into the partisan mechanics. Set up an airdrop and if it works, gain an instant partisan - if you get lucky you cut a critical rail line.
The good thing about Bozo's approach (& that of MKTours) is that by throwing out common sense and self-limits to actions, it really helps bring all sorts of wierd things to the light of day.
I'd suggest the best short term fix is that if you want to keep your paras as brigades (ie air droppable), then they need a specialist squad to replace. If the opening ones take any losses in the opening phases (most likely), they will be pretty useless till late in the year. The mob you get in December 41 (?) will take time to become useable.
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