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I respectfully disagree. There is use for rifle corps in 42. You can use it to defend bottlenecks, vital areas or for counter attacks. I am not advocating en masse creating corps however dozen of them can be handy in 42.
I'd agree with this, a couple of armies built around Gds Rifle Corps are incredibly useful, there are times when being able to stack 20+ attack cv in a hex is critical - and it makes a German player cautious about pockets held just by single divisions.
Only time I would build a lot in 42 is if I felt my opponent was really going for Moscow
I agree that Rifle Corps can be helpful in some cases. In one of my games, I ended up with the Germans very close to Moscow and the only way to prevent them from getting to the city was to build a wall of Rifle Corps. But it’s not the case in many AARs that I see here.
So I’ll agree to disagree with the disagreement just for the fun of it. :)
The way I see it, Rifle Corps in small quantities (like an army or two) are pocket bait south of the Oka river. They are only useful in the better defensive terrain north of the Oka. But in STEF’s case Leningrad has already fallen and the Germans are far from Moscow, so with all the good defensive terrain they are a long way from getting there. So I don’t think there are any important objectives at risk north of the Oka that warrant hoarding APs to build Rifle Corps, and leaving the Red Army south of the Oka with few means of counterattacking as a consequence.
Anyway just my way of looking at it, luckily we all play differently so it’s not the boring same game each time.
Looking fwd to seeing how things unfold.
My own view is that there is no right answer in this debate. However, in any particular game there will be an optimum army build given available resources.
As a general (ie pointless) platitude, the better the soviets are doing, the more inf xxx the better unless you have better things to do with your AP points
I warned you that I was going to write something that doesn't really help .
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