- Jun 19, 2018
The calculations have already been made by numerous players. Ill post the basic guide I always go by these days, but they are pretty objective depending on the situation. You generally want to go as big as possible but without it becoming a drain on your equipment (esentially, dont make one of the larger divisions if you cant afford to actually build it). You always balance this against the minimum number of divisions you need to cover a front, so when playing as the Soviet Union you start with small divisions because you have alot of front, then upgrade to large divisions after you have built up the industry, but if you're playing as a large industy small front nation like the UK you want to immediately go into larger divisions because they are always better and you will be able to afford them much earlier. Also when going down the Mass Assault doctrine for the Soviet Union (or any nation that uses it), you will have to change your division temblates after the one which reduces infantry frontage because it increases the amount of infantry you can use for the same width (its meant to simulate the sort of mass assault human wave tactics the Soviet Union is always uses in comparision to small unit tactics which have been adopted by small western countries). This will increase the cost of your units, but you are compensated by the fact that you have more powerful units per combat width than the enemy (since it essentially means you can literally bring more infantry to each battle).Then give me a few limited options with clear advantages and disadvantages. Give me a low, medium, high width setting and hide the number from me. I don't need single digit finetuning. I need understandable strategy. I don't need to be guessing what my optimal width is and whether I need to add 1 more or 1 less to the number to hit the watershed where it jumps and becomes radically different.
Quick question. What is the optimal width. Perhaps that is too vague, and already that's part of my issue. But let's put that aside and be more specific, what is the optimal width for soviet troops. And one more caveat, I need trotsky to win the civil war, defeat germany and eventually conquer america (and the world) under the democratic control of the supreme congress of soviets.
If you can explain to me what my division width should be, preferably set it and forget it to win all of those tasks, great. Otherwise, give me an answer for civil war, german front, american front.
My issue is, I doubt you can give me a simple answer or anyone can. It's far too much "trial and error" introduced into the equation.
As for the optimal combat widths here it is (from mathematical calculations of the guy who created it (and just to be clear I did not make it so thanks to him)):
https://www.reddit.com/r/hoi4/comments/rjwo2u Keep in mind that the Soviet Union is also almost entirely Desserts and Plains so if you dont want to rely on the guide then hover over a plain tile in your country and check the combat width of that tile and make sure that all your divisions are factors of that number. I prefer to just use the guide because I'm lazy and dont want to check and I know that calculation was done using the average amount of tiles from across the entire game so it is generally close enough in all scenarios.