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Old April 26th, 2019, 02:20 PM
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Default Re: Ammo resupply

Maybe what should be asked is how the ammo issue became one in the first place. If we take a look at a screenshot from the classic film about weapon's procurement called "A Christmas Story" we can clearly see how a problem with ammunition loading and the time required to load up and get back in the fight could be avoided in the first place.

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In this shot we see Ralphie being asked by our friends the ammunition handlers, "What brought you to this lowly state?"

His reply, "It, it, it was, poor tactics."

On the other hand, for those of us who have been in the military or know about it, maybe the SNCO's were right all along about where our troubles REALLY lurk...

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"Never get out of the boat" Apocalypse Now
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Old April 26th, 2019, 02:21 PM
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Default Re: Ammo resupply

My three cents is to just leave the ammo resupply the way it is (sans Andy's possible one fix at some future date) and just live with it.

My job as scenario creator is already complicated enough with out having to bother about what specific ammo's are in the creates.

My imagination is fine when I drop some ammo 'stuff' for the AI or human next to whatever weapon systems I drop them near to for that purpose.

Again my 3 cents worth...
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Old May 6th, 2019, 08:43 AM

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I think that is a good and clever / simple idea that turning the weapon off enables the reloading. The ammo types however are as said, too specific in my opinion.

I have been thinking myself would it be possible that artillery units reload the weapons at the same time if there are many artillery pieces in the same unit but have not mentioned it because i thought it too minor and complicated.

There are too much ammo to be had in the army as often i continue to send artillery barrages in the same time they are reloading their ammo. This gives advantage for units that have only one artillery weapon over those that have many, as they are only giving ammo to one at a time. All the munition units are always reloading non stop, from the opening salvo to the end of battle.

In case of rocket launchers i have noticed the reloading overlaps for some reason and i have also been wondering would it be possible for reloading to work for other artillery units in the same way. At least if the reloaded ammo types and weapons are the same in each reloadable slot for example, in a case of 2x80mm mortar team.

Suppose that is because a rocket launcher is a single unit with multiple weapon pads and a combined mortar team is a single group with multiple weapon teams ?

I suppose when thinking like that it makes sense how that works as it is.

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Default Re: Ammo resupply

In my view, ammo resupply is a bit of a luxury, and in many cases probably not accurately modelling reality. What I mean is, that for the US then yes, you would expect very capable logistics (for every fighting man at the front there were another 10 or so backing him up). Yet for the Russians, the ratio of combat soldiers to support was almost the opposite, meaning that they basically carried into battle what they had and just got on with it, with little hope of resupply whist fighting. The duration of a "push" was constrained by what we call a "logistical brake" and it occurred all along the Eastern Front. Even the Western Allies despite all their sophisticated supply options ground to a halt from time to time.

So what does all this mean in the context of a small to medium action simulation in SPWW2? Each scenario is modelling at most a few hours of battle in real time, and it is difficult to imagine that all units would have had access to unlimited ammo resupply. Some self propelled artillery would have had access to ammunition carriers, but even these carriers had their limitations and would have to return to rear areas to load up and then return to the battle and the SPG they were serving. An example is the ISU 152 with a typical ammo loadout of 13 HE rounds and 7 AP rounds. In the game it is 10 of each. The vehicles were deployed with ammo carriers for obvious reasons, even though it was hazardous and logistically clumsy.
So what to do about ammo resupply? Taking the following into consideration:
1) Off map artillery is limited and cannot be resupplied,
2) Air strikes cannot be resupplied,
3) On map units may be infinitely resupplied,
4) The simple solution is to remove ammo resupply entirely and perhaps compensate units like the ISU 152 with a higher ammo loadout to simulate ammo carriers.
5) Limit resupply to some units only where historically appropriate,
6) Remove mobile ammo carriers entirely, but retain ammo dumps,
7) Introduce a new class of ammo carrier that is limited in how much ammo it can carry, and that can resupply itself at an ammo dump,
8) Do nothing and leave the game as it is, and let individual commanders decide how "historically accurate" they want their battles to be.
9) In any case, the tactical use of force multipliers is an issue for all commanders, especially ammo when limited, and a good commander will use what s/he has to hand, in the most effective (and economical) way.
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Default Re: Ammo resupply

Its got to be down to the player as the situation varies, if you really wanted to be historical most German Artillery should fire a maximum of one or 2 fire missions per battle from 1944. They were normally very limited in ammo and would therefore require a prime target to use it. Kursk however I bet both sides had huge stocks and some tubes would have used their service life in that battle.
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Default Re: Ammo resupply

As someone once commented, by the time you need ammo the game is usually already decided.
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Default Re: Ammo resupply

The ammo resupply is useful for some SP artillery units as they tend to carry low qty of ammo.

But yes, I tend to buy ammo dump if I expect to use arty throughout the fight. If its a low visibility battle, I tend to forgo the ammo resup as my artillery is rarely used.
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