From: Utlima Thule
Yes I bombed Peltons recon airbases a ton. Was allowed by house rules 3 raids per base per turn so I bombed every recon airbase I could find 3 times per turn for several months of 1942.
As to my own Soviet Recon- Im finding I have a lack of recon aircraft for sure even though I dont recon a ton.
Changelos from 1.08.03
"37.Aircraft performing recon missions will get a bonus to evade flak. Earlier there had been
x10 bonus, but it was disabled at some point. Now there will be a x4 bonus to evade flak."
There are recon planes in inventory you normally don't look at, but they are there:
I'd really like to see the U-2 upgradable to the U-2R. That's not a stretch.
Vigabrand thanks for that, it does explain why in the last game if I did recon and there was a unit in the hex I often immediately lost one or more aircraft.
Don't think as the Soviet player you should be short of recon planes. You can build U2_R as you need and they (and the R5) are actually fine for short range missions on quieter sectors. The SB2R remains a decent plane and as M60 says the Yak 2/4 are useful for at least one squadron each.
I'd agree about the U2VS/U2R. For all intents and purposes they were the same plane, think the transport version had some real differences (but could have been used for recon if needed).
In my game v Pelton, I have killed 920 Axis recon planes and we are at march 42.
I only attack airbase once per turn max.
I suggest more Airbase attacks.
think you are right, clearly with the current rules, neither side are going to lose many recon planes actually conducting operations
Morvael- the game has obviously changed a ton since then, as you have a ton of trucks. Most of the current soviet players are seeing a deficit of trucks especially by the end of 1942.
Guessing some change under the hood has caused much higher Soviet truck attrition, or lower Soviet truck production. By winter both me and M60 are 50% or less required trucks in our AARs.
I too had a truck crisis, realized that it is coming mid-September. I had to stop building any new motorized formations and had to "brace for impact". The crisis was mostly triggered by the change of maximum air group size from 20 to 40/32 in December '42 (and the coming of winter). I went down to 84% in units and 67% in pool. Had to send back half of the planes to reserve and disband some units. Got back to 100% in March '44 (and as high as 144% in October '44), but the end of Lend-Lease in '45 and the requirements of mobile operations again had a major impact and the last few weeks were a slide to 87%, with turn losses between 6500-7000 vehicles. One has to save trucks by keeping close to repaired rail, moving slowly and staying out of fight, quite opposite what is required by the need to hurt your enemy :)
At that time I also had 50 NM due to bug, so my units were stronger than loki's for sure.
Just wanted to show how I built my line, in opposition to prevailing "ant carpet" tactics at that time. Strongest units at the front, maxed out stack size, trying to keep defensive CV per hex roughly equal, with "carpet" of lone units tightly placed without any spaces, going from highest strength near front to lowest in the rear. Depth increased from 2 hexes (minimum) to 3-4 hexes having more than 1 unit in back hexes where the enemy was attacking. Where my line was compromised I retreated enough to keep each hex in contact with at most 3 enemy hexes, never 4. The Germans were able to push my line back, but never break it. Downside was quite a lot of routs and extra losses due to having retreat more than 1 hex if back hex was also full. But the enemy had hard time penetrating such line. Maybe this was nice for me as a player, but I didn't like it as it didn't resemble history.
Yeah, I guess I was lucky that I lost my last few units due to encirclement in September '41 (or October). I guess my opponent wasn't keen to use pacman tactics and wanted to achieve big breakthrough, and that was very hard for him to do given the strength of my line. On the other hand I was losing too many trucks due to bug, where each support unit attached to combat unit was using the same number of vehicles as it's parent unit for resupply, which means trucks losses were higher than they should be. And those support units were also accumulating trucks, never to return them unless detached from parent, so I had some sapper regiments with 400+ trucks.
I've got about 90% of unit demand/supply demand think as I am quite ruthless with the 1941 tank and motorised divisions (all at 50% TOE and once they have fought once are sent back to dig big holes in the Rodina till they convert) and I keep unneeded tank brigades at 50%. Also pretty cautious about usage of level bombers.