In a game I'm in, my opponent has launched a number of attacks where he hits a well-defended hex ten or more times with single-brigade attacks, losing horribly, and then finally launches his major attack and wins. Looking at the detailed reports, it appears that my defending units' CV is going down by about 10% over the long series of preliminary attacks. My question is, what is causing this decrease? Fatigue? Lack of ammo? Morale issues? A combination of the above?
Do units resupply with ammo between battles? Or is this tactic actually depleting the defenders' ammunition supply before the main event?
Yup, I know who is doing this to you too since I conversed with them at length on how to do it ;-). But yes it is an old tactic reborn again to only die and reborn again in a never ending cycle. I used it against Dinglir only to postpone further attacks to build up enough manpower to start again in the Spring and continue to the end of the war. This pretty much runs your units out of Ammo so when the big attack comes the Soviets take hardly any loses on their good units thus raising their Morale, exp etc etc. Soviets don't care about the small brigade units or throw away divisions. The desired effect is to keep you on guard everywhere. Granted the Germans will get morale boosts from all the wins it is demoralizing to see it as the Germans. Good luck combating this because it is hard to do and if done correctly by the Soviets has the desired effect.
I do not think it is gamely although .. basically you are exhausting ammo with soakoff attacks and then bringing in the big guns to move a unit. The tactical/operational move has operational and strategic costs. Just what I have seen .. brigades that participate are occupying a space forward that might be occupied by a corps. That is just one observation. Multiple failed attacks to deplete ammo means some commander accumulates losses and is subject to replacement. I could go on ... Used judiciously I could see this is an operational move to counter the superman pz armor advantage. Used in the heat of the moment because you can push a unit back without further thought for strategy .. and it will be like spending a 401K (an American tax deferred retirement savings account) in your 30's ...
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