I am looking for some help on how to use infantry effectively, and what exactly their role is in this game and the Cold War battlefield.
I understand that in this era the tanks are meant to be the spearheads, and infantry generally follow behind. This makes sense because tanks are the harder targets and generally have longer engagement ranges, they're the best prepared for first contact combat. Though, I would imagine that at close range and in concealing terrain (forests, cities) you'd want the infantry to go in first to locate threats before moving tanks in.
Anyways, I haven't really found a good use for infantry yet. The vast majority of my infantry kills seem to actually come from the ATGMs on their IFVs, not from the infantrymen themselves. Likewise when I position my infantry in ways that would seem advantageous to them (for example in the middle of a city) I often find that enemy armor literally rolls over them, inflicting catastrophic losses while taking very negligible losses of their own.
So at best, my infantry seems to be a speed bump rather than a danger to enemy tanks, even in seemingly ideal circumstances. I don't think I've yet seen a situation where two infantry platoons actually start firing at each other with personal weapons, and I'm positive that even at close range my infantry is inflicting basically no losses to enemy tanks - losses that are inflicted are probably attributable to the IFV more than the infantry.
So I guess I am asking, what should my infantry be doing? I haven't found a good role or use for my actual infantrymen, and generally they've just been passengers who are along for the ride and the IFV is what I really want.
Could anyone give me some insight on what my infantry should be doing from a strategic sense, but also advice on how to actually control infantry? For example, when to use 'Assault' or 'Move - Deliberate', how many hexes from objective I should disembark infantry, and so on.