From: Alabama, USA
7th Flieger Division is in game and arrives and withdraws according to the historical schedule. I know also that the 2nd and 9th Fallschirmjager Divisions arrive eventually and maybe the 10th as well (all off the top of my head). Although I have never tried an airborne drop, the option is there to do it. I am contemplating with Jim and Pavel whether to add these Luftwaffe Regiments under Meindl. They never saw any front line combat and were used by Army Group North for security in rear areas. They were incorporated into the Luftwaffe Feld Divisions 6-8 months later and these units are in the game.
Also, if you add these regiments, the player could completely grind these regiments (ahistorically) out in ground combat without worrying about the repurcussions since they will be arbitarily withdrawn once the Luftwaffe Feld Divisions arrive. In reality, if a commander grinded these regiments out in ground combat, there would be no replacements to fill out the two Luftwaffe Feld Divisions that arrived later so essentially you have given the player about a half dozen of "free" regiments.
ORIGINAL: Brad Hunter
Early-war, "Luftwaffen-Division Meindl" attached to AGN comes to mind, and should be there somewhere...
Sorry I'm not an OOB guy. Maybe one of the other testers will comment on that.
@ Brad -- have you found any further references to this unit??
I also looked for data on GER OOB - couldn't find any -- however -- here is a reference to the Fallschirmjäger Order of Battle in 1939;
"Despite Student's drive and the fact that the building of German airborne forces was pushed forward as quickly as possible, by the outbreak of World War II neither the 7th Flieger Division nor the 22nd Division were at full strength."
"The roles and purposes of the two formations were as follows: the 22nd Division was a conventional army infantry formation whose regiments would be transported to the target in Junkers Ju 52 aircraft."
"There was sufficient aircraft on the strength of 7th Flieger Division's Special Operations Air Transport Group to move 5000 men in a single lift."
"The operational method was for the aircraft to land units of the 22nd on airfields behind enemy lines which had been captured by paratroops and/or glider units. Once the soldiers of the 22nd Division had deplaned, they would operate as conventional infantry."
"The parachute-trained units of the 7th Flieger Division would be landed by parachute or brought in by glider."
After the significant losses during the Crete ops [just prior to Barbarossa] similar large-scale Air-landings were forbidden, although there are other references that 4 Regts of Fallschirmjäger operated on the Eastern Front. I have yet to find further references as to whether they were used for their designed role.
If the OOB sticks to historical data, then the presence of these units on the Eastern Front may enable some specialist operations similar to Eben Emael.
< Message edited by el hefe -- 2/19/2010 3:04:44 PM >
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