This might be self-explanatory to most.
Regarding the Truck numbers in Theatre (25.5.1) boxes they read that "Trucks(used) x(y). Most TBs have a truck number x of zero. Whereas all of them "use" some y number of trucks, within parenthesis.
What does this mean?
They have used the second paranthesis number to supply the TB units, and have the first x number left available?
Or they would want the second y number, but usually have no trucks (first number 0) available?
Are these numbers the trucks used for the units themselves? Or for freight transport? Or both?
My best guess (if comparing the freight explanation in 36.12.1) is that the first number is the available trucks, and the second in paranthesis is what the TB would want. Is this correct?
just done a check as some of the TB values are less than obvious . Afaik units in the theatre lose their organic trucks but then gain a truck allocation for the supply/logistics phase. So the second number is the usage.
when they come to the map, if they come from a geographical theatre (say Western Europe or the Far East), they then claim some of this truck allocation and bring it with them.
The key difference is units exit the reserve theatre with no trucks and claim what they need from the map. So if its a small or an infantry unit this isn't too important but if its truck heavy (pzr division or Soviet tank/mech corps) then make sure its allocated to the map in or next to an NSS. That way it'll get most or all the trucks it needs. If you bring this sort of unit into a supply poor region it'll seriously lack trucks (& thus MP) and you may well have to redeploy back to a NSS to sort it out. Linked, with the Soviets, even doing this try to stagger the move to map of these corps (and the artillery divisions that need a lot of trucks)
Wait. So basically TB units work like static units on the map from 1942?
So the "Trucks (used): 123(456) in a TB, would mean that 456 trucks are temporarily allocated to supplying the units in the TB, but this is recalculated every turn?
But then what does the first position indicate, "123"? In my game its only Far East that have some 800 trucks in this position, all other TB incl reserves have 0.
Wow, so TB placing a truck heavy unit will empty surrounding depots? I had no idea. This probably explains a few wonky stuff I have experienced! Cheers for this tip!
But I checked a few NSS´s in USSR. They have like 50-250 trucks each, so nothing to fill a Tank Corps. I am guessing they are using all their massive freigh next turn, to vacuum up unused trucks in far flung, non active depots then maybe? Thus being able to fill new truck heavy units withouth intefereing with the supply equilibrium at the (starving) front?
For me its the first january 1942 turn, and I have just started making some units Static, and it would be great to get some better insight how to fill up my army with better truck disposition.
I guess I have 61 truck factories that make 10 trucks each per week, and the Allies give me 800 trucks per week for a total production of 1410 trucks? makes sense?
Setting Inf. Divs. to Static feels lika a drop in the bucket, but I suppose it adds up and every bit helps? Would it be correct to assume, this gives nearby depots and HQs some more trucks, which allivates the supply situation, which leaves more freight for other areas, which gives trickle down effects of the entire Truck situation, somewhat more than what the spare trucks recieved indicate?
Confused but curious...