Jeremy Mac Donald
From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Why do Allied forces start so far from their chain of command? Divisions from two different corps will start near each other, but their sister divisions start on the other side of the continent. This makes no sense and messes with my OCD.
What was the designer's goal in doing this?
The Allies are caught flat footed at the start of the invasion. They are currently raising their armies and countries raise armies using forces from often widely scattered geographic locations. Here we are primarily seeing units being raised in urban environments, because, of course that is both where the people are but also where transportation logistics are generally focused.
Beyond this, the reality of play is that there is little real requirement to keep a formation together. HQs from any formation can help supply any other formation of their own country for example.
TOAW more of less requires that a fixed command and control system be implemented at the beginning of a scenario and does not allow for the transferring of a unit from one formation to another. However we are dealing with a fast developing situation on a continental scale. Units would be given (and are in practice) new priorities as the situation develops but TOAW does not allow for the transfer of a Division from one formation to another.
To deal with this the co-operation levels etc. have been set so that generally most units of one nationality are fully co-operative with each other irrespective of which Formation they are technically a part of. There are exceptions to this but not to the point where a unit is uncooperative, just semi-cooperative. When this crops up it will be because there are differences in the way the different units fight. Think, as an example of this, Marines versus Regular Army in the Pacific War.
As Ben notes - don't even try to keep the units together by formation. By all means build Army Groups but do so based on the situation on the map not on the starting formations. Most obviously you will want to concentrate Armoured Divisions together though where and in what numbers will be dictated by the situation in your particular match.
< Message edited by Jeremy Mac Donald -- 7/25/2021 2:56:50 AM >
Necesse est multos timeat quem multi timent
"He whom many fear, fears many"