Well, my friends hate the Strategic Air house rule and refuse to use it. They want to use all their units all the time without restriction (although they do admit that having Jews and Arabs stacking and fighting together is not very plausible).
So, I'm thinking about making yet another update:
A) Make the Jewish forces a separate formation on Internal Support, but leave the Arab forces part of the 21st Corps and change the 21st Corps from Force Support to Army Support.
B) Delete the 4th and 7th USA Strategic Air Forces and replace with the 10th (from Burma), 12th (Mediterranean), and 13th (from the S.W. Pacific) Tactical Air Forces.
Further, I'm thinking about merging Fighter Command, Bomber Command, and Coastal Command into a single formation. In addition, I'm thinking about deleting the Strategic Fighter units and folding them into the Strategic Bomber units. And finally, I'm thinking about cutting the AP strengths of all USA and UK Strategic Bomber AP strengths in half (from 24 down to 12). The intended effect of all this is to do away with the Strategic House Rule, but at the same time render the Strategic Air less useful (and less abusive) on a turn-by-turn basis.
I haven't actually implemented any of this, but I am thinking about it. What do you think?
After doing a little research it is clear to me that the tactical use of strategic bombers is very problematic.
First, these were low-altitude missions, not high-altitude. So the ratings of the strategic bombers need to be made low-altitude instead of high-alitude.
Second, the strategic bombers carried maximum bomb loads with minimum fuel. So the ranges need to be cut way way down. Right now, I'm thinking somewhere between 25% and 33% of the current range ratings.
Third, it was basically impossible to coordinate the strategic bombers with the forces on the ground. This means that the strategic bombers should be of a different force color than any of the Allies.
After taking all of this into consideration, I'm thinking that the USA and UK strategic air forces be combined into a single Allied Strategic Air formation of a different color than any other Allied forces (this might prove tricky in Europa 47 since I think all background colors are already being used), and place the formation on Force Support.
Also, there should be restrictions on how many strategic bombers are available on a turn-by-turn basis. So, after counting all the strategic bomber units currently in the game, I'm going to divide that total by 9 (e.g., if there are 36 strategic bomber units currently in the game, both UK and USA combined, I'll divide that 36 by 9 to leave 4).
What do you think?