I'll be succinct. This is another combat gripe thread. 1.2 was awful, 1.3 is an entirely different shade of awful, but it's confounded by the fact that where in 1.2 I at least thought I understood the troubles I faced, I just don't understand why I'm losing battles in 1.3 at all.
I will use some brief and general examples that I'm rather irritably bringing out of a resoundingly lost war as Hannover against Bohemia, from the last 15 minutes. My frustration reached its climax when Bohemia attacked my troops across a river, in forest, accruing a -2 penalty to their rolls. They started with 17,000 infantry, 6,000 cavalry, and 9,000 cannon. A total of 32,000 men. I was defending with 16,000 infantry, 4,000 cavalry, and 15,000 cannon. Totalling 15,000 men. My general was 1 fire, 3 shock, theirs was 2 fire, 2 shock. They started with 6.5 morale average, I with 5.5 average. They had 100% discipline, no bonus combat ability from quality ideas group. I had 125% discipline, and 10% combat ability for all troop types (full quality chain). In the first fire and shock rolls of the battle, I rolled equal to or higher than Bohemia, before modifiers (and those modifiers were, due to terrain, definitely in my favour). Whilst I didn't do the math, I'd say the rolls for the whole battle fell somewhere between even and considerably in my favour - again, before modifiers.
So I'm trying to fathom how it is possible that Bohemia left this battle with 19,000 men. And I left it with 9,000.