Please let the new combat command system do away with the "Lone Ranger" divisions.
You know the ones, you blitz into Poland and a single division retreats into the heart of a German province. It is immediately terminated by flanking German divisions. It is totally not just unhistoric but suicidal and is an emersion killer.
No unit would advance into enemy territory after being defeated, or when your country is collapsing.
The commander would either dissolve his unit defend to the death or retreat in a direction ordered by his C in C. But never mount a one man band invasion of Germany.
I know what we have is a front ai at the moment so if a German player leaves a province open it is attacked even if suicidally by a lone division which leaves the area it is guardng open.
Very easy for a human player to exploit.
Actions should only take place if there is a rational.
Which brings us to the importances of Theatre, Army, Corps and division ai commanders having a plan.
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Rarely but that happens - or better call it 'fight to the last bullet'. Polish campaign for example:
- Westerplatte (Danzig) 180 held for 7 days http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westerplatte
- Wizna: 4 days ~700 troops on 10km agains german divisions (with 1 tank div) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Wizna
thats just a few examples in one 5 week campaigne - there were more on other fronts and should be included.
Many sorrounded units will try to hold on as long as its possible because they hope for a counter that will help em, belive that it can help the rest of forces to bind as much enemy troops as possible or because of its military tradition and honour/dignity.
As you have quite rightly pointed out the AI is dumb and will land small forces. Have 250 divisions along an entire front including six or sever mech and armoured divisions yet attack with a stack of 20 infantry divisions?
Several SS units did obviously for different reasons.
So a Japanese commander ordering his troops to hold position (must be an option to ignore all casualties even if it is nation specific) should be a last stand. And that is historical. or as you put it irl.
landing with 5-6 divs isnt wrong - its how it goes IRL but the problem is that there are no troops to follow. Landing is performed by only part of army (size depends on the fleet assigned for that task - Normandy IIRC was made by 3 para and ~6 divs including some independent brigades baons) - they are suppose to secure the beaches. Then comes the time for the rest of the Army. Thats the problem with the AI - it cant plan farther.
For instance, if it assigns an Army to the task, lands three Divs in a province, creates a bridgehead, then I would expect it to follow up by moving the rest of the Army into the bridgehead. Or with an Army Group it might land in more than one province at the same time, with each Army assigned a province to carry out the landing, then get ashore and consolidate their position. To me this is all relatively easy to code.
A much better AI comes from a few very simple rules:
1. Create a proper OOB
2. Assign objectives to high-level commands which require long-term (weeks/months) actions (capture the whole of the region which includes Paris, rather than capture the single province of Bayeux on the coast)
3. Have the AI reconsider/change those objectives only occasionally. Maybe only once per week to reconsider, and only change in extreme circumstances. So the Army Group's objective to capture Paris would only be changed if they suffered significant losses or there was something like an invasion of the USA.
4. Prevent the AI from considering removing Divs from a Corps, and Corps from an Army every hour/day. Again, once a unit is assigned in the command structure it's position should only be reconsidered occasionally, and only changed for very good reasons. Personally, I would only reconsider Corps organisation if the Corps has lost some of it's Divs, and only reconsider Army organisation, such as removing a whole Corps and assigning it to another another Army, for strong strategic reasons. Again maybe only once per week.
5.Try to keep all of the Divs in a Corps in adjoining or the same province(s). Try to keep Corps in the same Army in contact with each other, in adjoining provinces. So once the leading Div from a Corps has landed, this has the effect of pulling the rest over.
The problem in HOI2 was there was no plan, and it often seems like units deployed to the UK ready for an invasion of France, were just as likely to be actually landed in Southern Africa as in France by the AI.
What I would hope to see in HOI3 is the AI to FE assign 20 Divs in an Army Group for an invasion of France, and two months after the landing still see all of those 20 Divs fighting in France in the same Corps/Army structure, rather than finding half of them scattered across the world in different Corps and under different commanders.
a bit late but....
This is just great. Keep up the good ParadoxDivisions now fit into a multilevel command structure. From Theatre, Army Group, Army, Corps through to Division. Each level has its own commander that gives its own bonus according to his skill level. At division level you get a bonus to combat while a corps commander increases the chances of reserves joining combat.
Why are the build times so long for a brigade? I think the build times need some serious structure. Based on #7 diary photo your going to have a division with 2 inf brigades with 2 amor car brigades and its going to take 3 years to complete for battle ready? 1080/365 =2.95...years. that is an unacceptable algorithm for 1 division.
even if you did 4 inf brigade to make a division, that is 95 days * 4 = 380 days? that is nuts. people are just going to be building a bunch of 1 brigade divisions to have a enough units to cover the massive front line land mass.
again there is no way to build all the historical divisions of the major nations with the current build times.
USSR had 250 rifle divisions. In HOI2 it doesn't comes close to that many before I invade it on 22 July 1941.
I like the idea of custom divisions that are created based on brigade units but the build time for all brigades (4) that make up a division unit need to be cut by 1/4th.
Johans said the written numbers are just placeholders
So dont't worry about that...
AWESOME!!! You folks at PI are easily keeping the title of BEST Strategic WWII era game ever.
The concept of Army group-Army-Corps-Division structure must be a definite keeper. I always was sad to have to promote good divisional commanders to a higher rank just to have a realistic feel of Corps or Army leadership. I always felt the single division- in a group of 6 divs- with individual leaders was not optimum. Easy to control stacks of 4-5 divs with divisional, corps, and theater commanders takes HOI to the top level of play and realistic looks.
I dont know if I can make it until 3rd quarter 2009.
"Divisions now fit into a multilevel command structure. From Theatre, Army Group, Army, Corps through to Division. Each level has its own commander that gives its own bonus according to his skill level. At division level you get a bonus to combat while a corps commander increases the chances of reserves joining combat. "
I'm starting to wonder if Johan et al have played the old SSI "Second Front: Germany turns east" game (1990).
This command aspect - especially the fact that a senior commander increases the chances of reserves being committed - is almost an exact copy in principle.
Some of the logistics also seem to mirror aspects of it.
I probably should point out that I thought that game was one of the most entertaining simulations of Barbarossa I've ever played, so if Paradox chooses to parallel some aspects of it I'm all in favour of it!
It's entirely likely, mind you, that Paradox is reaching these conclusions (about logistics, chain of command etc) entirely as a result of their own studies and developments from HoI2, and it makes sense that what they arrive at shares similarities with another successful simulation of them.
I'd actually prefer an infantry sprite that has multiple soldiers, such as the one in HoI2-series. Gives a better feel of an "unit".
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I think sprites should show the brigades attached as well. If you have an artillery brigade, you would see an artillery piece next to the infantry soldiers...
I think this is a limitation of the EUIII engine - there can only be one sprite/counter in each province, and it can only represent the most important type of the Bde's making up the unit(s).
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