From: Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards
I still see lots of people doing an early DoW against Netherlands or even invading Luxembourg the very first turn of 1939.
And, also the Fall Gelb simulation is great in this game, I miss the fact that the French has no Armor at all. Historically, the two opponents had as many tanks.
There were even more tanks on the Allies side:
Germans: 3119 tanks
French: 2926 tanks
Belgium: 306 tanks
UK: 318 tanks
Netheldans: 40 tanks
But, remembering the famous quote of General Delestraint:
“We had 3,000 tanks, the Germans too. We used them in 1,000 packs of 3. The Germans in 3 packs of 1,000.”...
Thus, I am fine that there is no French armored corps representation in the vanilla game. Tanks are everywhere and nowhere in fact.
Nevertheless, the French were having some Armored division:
1ère Division Cuirassée
2ème Division Cuirassée
3ème Division Cuirassée
And the 4ème Division Cuirassée that was created in a hurry after the start of the war.
Around 25% of the 2926 French tanks thus around 730 tanks were in these four divisions.
So, here is my proposal to counter an early Netherlands or Luxembourg invasion by the Germans.
If a DoW is done by Germany against one of those two countries, this automatically adds a French armored corps with a strength of 10/30 in the French Deployment queue the next turn. That way, if the invasion is done earlier (1939 or 1940) the French can invest to reinforce it to a real 30/30 armored corps. If the invasion takes place in historical time, this will not have much impact on the current balance of the game.
And, on the other side, I am also seeing early Luxembourg invasion by the French. To counter this move, I propose to give one Air Superiority Group with a strength of 10/20 in the Deployment queue to the Germans the next turn this is done. The Germans will need them later. Giving an armored or a mechanized corps is, I think, too much.
I do not know if this is something feasible with the current game engine. Or, if this is even something you think is good or not. The current weather restriction is already better for Netherlands but not for Luxembourg.
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