- Aug 15, 2015
It depends on the country. For instance, the three leaders of the AGs for Operation Barbarossa were all Field Marshals, while Franz Halder, the effective commander of the theater, was just a General.That still leaves corps, armies, army groups and theatres, 4 levels while we have only 2, general or field marshal.
It depends on the country. For instance, the three leaders of the AGs for Operation Barbarossa were all Field Marshals, while Franz Halder, the effective commander of the theater, was just a General.
Even with the current structure you could have an OOB with Generals reporting to field marshals off-map. The FMs would supply logistical bonuses while the generals do the fighting. Currently what is the point of the distinction? FMs are simply uber-generals with different bonuses.
As described so far? Generals are Specialists, Marshals are generalists (pun optional). You put a Marshal in place when you want a general efficiency boost for an entire area. You use a General when you want to really get the most out of a particular kind of troops, or particular terrain. Marshals run the overall front, but you get a Fortress Buster and load him up with Arty or Assault Guns when you need to break through the Gustav Line.
But why not both?
I think it would be cooler to have a chain of command, but with several meh-generals serving under a few FMs. And when you really need the job done, you do like you said: give some troops to one of the rare genius-generals (still serving the FMs) and let him break through Gustav Line.
If the FM e.g. provides supply bonuses because he is a clever logicstic wizard, why would he stop giving this bonus to a group of specialists, just because they now serve a general?
It's like the FM was a pissed-off child who refuses to give the tank divisions extra fuel and ammo, because Rommel is in charge of them.
Meh-Generals are meh. Only dealing with commanders who can make a difference makes sense for a game - less so for a simulation or exercise where factoring in everyone down to the bad apples is needed to get a useful result.