We are shifting our method of allocating Support Units. We started with the method where you set all the HQ’s to support level 0 except STAVKA, which is set to 9. Thus, each Logistics Phase – at the start of your turn – your SU’s migrate up the chain of command one level. Then, before you attack, you allocate SU’s as needed, and then at the end of the turn you allocate them for defensive purposes. This means that each HQ has just what it needs at any moment and you aren’t spending AP on moving SU’s around (except for engineer units, which for some reason don’t move automatically). The last couple of turns, our Supremo, Sparkley, has shifted over to locking the support level and assigning SU’s semi-permanently to each HQ. He hasn’t had to use AP’s to shift any units around yet, in part because he has built enormous numbers. We are building few or no Sapper units, since they were nerfed in the latest patch. What we have is enormous numbers of mortar and artillery units, some AT, and lots of AA. Some HQ’s have dramatic allocations: at the end of turn 8, 20th Army, the force defending the left bank of the Dnepr near its source, to the east of 3rd Panzer Group’s salient in the land bridge region, has two Motorcycle Regiments, 4 Corps Artillery Regiments, a Heavy AA Battalion, two Sapper Regiments and two Battalions, 2 RR Construction Brigades, and seven Heavy Mortar Battalions. Sparkley likes the Heavy Mortar Battalions – despite their cost of 191 armaments, they pack an enormous punch and creating a battalion, six guns, costs only 1 AP.
Total losses this turn were 20,743 Axis to 89,968 for us. In the air, they lost 287 aircraft and we lost 748. 51 of their losses were fighters or fighter-bombers, above replacement levels. Quite a few of their squadrons are now showing under 50% of authorized strength. They lost 103 level bombers, continuing a strategic bombing campaign against our IL-2 factories in Voronezh that so far has had little success (they are up to 6% damage) and bombing our airbases pretty much wholesale. We are happy to see them seeking out air to air combat, since we out-produce them four or five to one in airframes. Total deployed manpower is 4,068,809 Soviet to 4,999,285 Axis (3,401,346 German). Deployed aircraft are 5,842 Soviet to 3,696 Axis (2,678 German).