From: Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards
I agree however, this may have an undesirable impact on the Soviets.
Their free armies are all assault armies and their starting rifle units that get freely converted to half armies are all assault as well.
This would seem force/favor the Soviets down the assault advancement path or become saddled with having to manage units that can't freely merge as they can now. PP is always tight with the Soviets I don't see the Soviets putting PP aside to pay for changing unit advancement types at any point in time. Early they need to spend on units and if they do have spare PP they have so many units it would cost a fortune or no longer matter due to the war's imminent end.
It must be said that currently merging divisions to change type is "free" with regards to PP however there is a cost in time, movement and micromanaging units.
Despite their initial advancement is Assault, I am always buying Anti-Tank infantry rifle corps at the beginning. And I was already managing my Red army to be sure to merge advancement of the same year not to lose PP.
So, it won't change anything to me. It is only in 1943 that I switch some core units from Anti-Tank to Assault. A bulk of Anti-Tank and an Assault force to push the Germans.
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