Iím against house rules, Iím more in the if its built its ok camp. The game does not play historical, look at the late war AARs with the huge numbers of forts. More on that later.
I did see Saper222 ground bombing my troops and killing lots of them earlier in the game, there is less of that going on now, in fact he hit just one hex this turn, as you will see I launched 59 attacks on him. Iím afraid he killed more of my troops in one attack than I did in 59 but at least my experience level is growing.
T20 Lots more bombing, Iíve been experimenting with the way I attack, and I think I am seeing some patterns in the air combat model. For example units which will no longer ground bomb will hit airfields, and vice versa, the AI air commanders hold some of their planes back for other types of missions.
A second observation, I bombed airbases early in the South, and the Axis fighters were winning even when heavily outnumbered. In the North I bombed ground units and some airbases early, but mostly ground units first. Then I hit the airbases, and did quite a bit better, the Germans still shot down more of my planes in air combat, but between air victories and blowing up HS126bs on the ground I did ok. I bombed ground targets 59 times and airbases 17 times. Total losses were 154 to 38, which is not great but its being driven by ground bombing
Iíve also noticed that some ground bombing targets get Luftwaffe help. Iíve started looking for these, flying a single bombing group to hit a hex that can be hit by many groups, and seeing if the enemy fighters show up. I experimented with this in T20, I am going to do it in a more systematic way in T21.
The Germans moved air back to the front, Saper222 is showing 3100 planes again. I pounded the Slovakians last turn, and they are off map, I assume their moral got hurt when they lost 12% of their airforce in a week.
All armies continue to grow, the Red Army is up to 4.77 million men, 40,000 guns, 2600 tanks and 6900 planes. The Wermatcht has 3.4 million men, 33k guns, and 3000 tanks.