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All in all, I think Soviet army during cold war were capable of providing battlefield resupply / maintenance / limited repair service during middle of the battle. According to those descriptions, it looks very similar to "Service Center" type emergency field resupply of US Armor platoon / company. At least US intelligence evaluated the ability Soviet army field resupply in combat in good way.
But I don't have 1st hand FMs written in Russians for Red army, and I can't even read Russian. So I was looking for such materials. I'm also Curious how UK and FRG and other NATO nations did. I think it would be similar.
I`ve just quoted Soviet Army regulations where said next:
"Израсходованные запасы ракет, боеприпасов, горючего, продовольствия и других материальных средств должны пополняться до установленных норм.
Подвоз ракет, боеприпасов, горючего, продовольствия и других материальных средств в подразделения осуществляется по устным заявкам командиров рот и отдельных взводов и приказу (приказанию) командира (начальника штаба) батальона.
Пополнение танков, боевых машин пехоты (бронетранспортеров) боеприпасами и заправка их горючим в ходе боя производятся непосредственно в боевых порядках, а при совершении марша—в районах привалов, дневного (ночного) отдыха и по прибытии в назначенный район. При невозможности подвоза боеприпасов и горючего к танкам, боевым машинам пехоты (бронетранспортерам) непосредственно в боевые порядки транспортные средства с боеприпасами и горючим подходят как можно ближе к ним. Танки, боевые машины пехоты (бронетранспортеры) поочередно скрытно подходят к местам расположения транспортных средств для пополнения боеприпасами и заправки горючим."
(Google translate... sorry but it will take too long for me to translate this properly):
The spent reserves of missiles, ammunition, fuel, food and other materiel must be replenished to the established norms.
The delivery of missiles, ammunition, fuel, food and other materiel to the subunits is carried out at the oral requests of company commanders and individual platoons and the order (order) of the battalion commander (chief of staff).
Replenishment of tanks, infantry fighting vehicles (armored personnel carriers) with ammunition and refueling them during combat is carried out directly in combat formations, and when making a march, in areas of halts, daytime (night) rest, and upon arrival in the designated area. When it is impossible to bring ammunition and fuel to tanks, infantry fighting vehicles (armored personnel carriers) directly to combat formations, vehicles with ammunition and fuel come as close as possible to them. Tanks, infantry fighting vehicles (armored personnel carriers) alternately secretly approach the locations of vehicles for replenishing ammunition and fueling.
In case of AB this mean, that units ranned out of ammo mosly should move off-map for resuply, also "combat" in this terms have extremely flexible meaning and may be anything between two squads skirmish for couple of seconds and strategic operation with several divisions involved and lasts for veeks and months. Actually for Soviet Army incombat resuply under enemy fire is very rare case, and usually situation (or order) require unstoppable pushing forward and unit commanders may just have not time to resuply their unit.
Thanks for the info. But I think such "service station" type resupply would be still doable for both faction, NATO and PACT, preferably from "medium" or "big" scenario. FM 100-2-2 also offer a table for "Location of Tactical Logistics Element" for typical Soviet army, including battalion and company in page 13-5. There, they can have logistics station maximum 4~5km back from front (battalion), and company can have such station 100~200m behind (only for defense ops).
So... make resupply truck expensive, and only available at huge games, like greater than 10km x 10km size or greater than 15k point. Or, make a limit to introduce such "battlefield service station" available only from battalion size forces. That would be historically accurate for both sides for combat resupply option, and possible using this game system.
FMs clearly mentioned about battlefield resupply and limited repair during combat in FM, and people who served in army (US and FRG) support such action is doable. So I think resupply is an option would help the game to follow more realistic, and make game more enjoyable.
< Message edited by exsonic01 -- 11/20/2018 2:44:44 PM >