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Comprehensive Update Link 4.29
This update mainly involves scenario files, but includes pwhexe.dat files (eratta),
and one documentation file updates: Sorted Axis Radar Types (eratta).
Unusually, I have added pilots (notably French pilots) and leaders (notably French
leaders) to the usual work on devices and locations, aircraft and air groups.
I have been looking for errata - and the principle "seek and ye shall find applies."
In particular I have reworked Japanese major air units. In particular I have found
problems of duplication, and for strictly historical scenarios, dates and places of
creation of the unit, name of the commander and types of aircraft assigned.
The most amazing find is that all the way back to stock there were two "1st" Sentai's.
When, in fact, there wasn't truly even one (by most intepretations). Instead, there was
a "provisional air division" which renamed itself as the 51st Air Division early in 1942.
Stock lists 1st and 51st separately, and adds to the confusion by renaming its 51st as the
1st! [It is possible the Provisional Air Division renamed as 51st - this is what I use
in strictly historical scenarios - or as the 1st - which I use in Japan enhanced scenarios.
I suspect the truth is the Provisional became the 1st for just a week in February 1942,
after a few days ALL air divisions changed their designations to a new formation type,
and at the same time the 1st then became the 51st.] For the record, RHS has been using
the "old" or "original" name "Hikoshudan" until the newer formation name "Hikoshidan" was
coined, on 20 February 1942. There was considerable evolution in organization concepts
in JAAF in the early Sino-Japanese War era. Air groups evolved from multi-type organizations
to generally one type organizations.
Related to this, I found that ALL the 50 series air divisions were in fact duplications.
They were essentially all renames, as indeed the 51st is. They were generally training or
other large, fixed location organizations which played a role in forming new air divisions
and smaller air organizations. But late in the war they assumed combat operational roles.
So I got rid of the 52nd, 53rd and 55th divisions and renamed those organizations, after redefining
them as "air headquarters." For example, the Mito Flying School renames as the 52nd Air Division
Related to this I found lots of problems with Sentais. For various reasons, duplications got into the
database. I myself even added one. I notice that the 21st Sentai was missing and added it. But in fact,
the 84th Independent Chutai (which is listed in the slot where the 21st Sentai ought to be) IS
the 21st Sentai - which is a unique single squadron Sentai. I preserve this in strictly historical
scenarios 121, 122, 123, 124 and the uncompleted 126 (Downfall) while I allow it to grow to a full Sentai
in Japan Enhanced Scenarios 125 and 129.
Otherwise, I did a good deal of work forcing units to use the current formation patterns, and ran down
a host of eratta just looking at the database led me to discover. In particular, new vehicles and radar
type devices, and new or revised gun variations were added where appropriate to the units - so they are not
just unused devices. Radar goes from a little used thing to a very widespread thing as the war progresses.
It is hard to say how much is left to do. I don't know what I don't know. But I am not yet done with
Separately, Mifune got a new computer yesterday, and we hope he can use it to make some art revisions, mainly to
aircraft and ships at first. Later, maybe, map art.