From: Winnipeg, MB
Just a thought.
Allied divisions and Chinese corps normally break into ABC. Yet, there are some divisions/corps, which,
at start, are broken into more elements. They can consist of 5-6 elements being separate brigades, batallions,
arty units etc. If you recombine those elements into their respective divisons/corps, those recombined units
can only later be broken into three ABC regiments. If you do not recombine those divisons you can actually
rebuild them FASTER since every element will take replacements. Granted, the combined division/corps has
a slightly different TOE, but the bulk of devices is the same.
True about the taking of replacements, but smaller units take more casualties in battle than divisions (proportionately) so you are no further ahead to keep them separate. In addition, forming the division changes the sum total of devices and division usually gets more AAA, artillery, mortars and A/T guns. Perhaps more Combat Engineers and motorized support as well. Look at a comparable division and compare with the sub-units you have for the non-formed division you have.
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