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German Oil and Manpower - 12/6/2020 12:17:35 AM   

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I argued this when the game came out in the wrong... Apparently the Germans were running out of oil a lot more than manpower ... They had to invade the Soviet Union in 1941 cause they were desperate for oil and the Mideast didn't really supply enough to cover their needs. I have researched several resources for this, several modern authors. I was never convinced but apparently they had roughly a few months of oil and that is why they failed at Typhoon and later what halted them at Stalingrad(not just they were beaten also by then) and Maikop was so thoroughly destroyed it would have taken 6 months to repair fully.

What the Germans were never really short on was Manpower till Kursk(it was the only time they didn't make good their losses) Of course the manpower had to trickle in, it wasn't instant. It also appears the Russians didn't have the endless sea of manpower we are all lead to believe, that is German Propaganda.(which Warplan Models well as Russians actually run out of men, they only had about 100 Million People left by the time Germany had taken up most of their Western Regions, not more than overall Axis Manpower)

De-mechanizing the German Army was discussed. . . Oil usage was so bad by '42.

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RE: German Oil and Manpower - 12/6/2020 2:22:52 AM   

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Russians started running out in 1944.
Germans started having problems in 1942 but they got other sources like Waffen SS which there are events accounting for all of them.


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RE: German Oil and Manpower - 12/6/2020 3:03:20 PM   

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Play smart as Germany and the Axis, don't waste oil on stupid air attacks. Keep your air down in the bad weather months, to conserve oil and increase effectiveness. Make hay in the good weather. Don't waste your fighters on ground attacks, keep them for air superiority like escort and interception as that conserves oil. Also don't waste oil on dumb surface naval moves. As the Axis make the most of your subs in raider mode against merchant shipping. Move air and armor/mech by rail if possible to save on oil. Play smart and you won't run out of oil as the Axis too soon.

To conserve manpower use, I mean abuse, your Allies units for attacks. In 1941 make sure you've got the big corps of your Allies lined up along with yours to make attacks and absorb casualties. Alternate your German and Allied units along the line to prevent a Stalingrad moment. Trade them a few PP per turn and use their manpower wisely and you won't run out of manpower as Germany too soon. Make sure to burn up Italy's manpower since it is likely to fold first. Don't make stupid low odds attacks and don't attack in bad weather unless you can gain a production city worth the effort.

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