More importantly the Soviets reorganized it air force. There was now an abundance of good modern aircrafts like the La-7 and the Yak-3, that even led the Luftwaffe to issue a directive for its pilots to avoid fights with these at lower altitudes, and more importantly, well trained pilots. The winter offensive of 1944 saw the help of the Americans who bombed German rail lines all over Germany, and in Rumania. This helped the Red Army to its incredibly fast advance. 1945 saw a total depletion of the Luftwaffe. Even the newly arrived Me-262 couldn’t change the fortunes. The Allies, from their forward bases, flew cap over most German airfields. Although they couldn’t catch the Me-262 when it was in the sky, they could when it was talking off or landing. An even more pressing problem was the fuel. With the loss of Ploesti, and the artificial fuel plants in ruin from allied bombing, there was no fuel to train new pilots. Remarkably the production of figthers was still sufficient as all production of bombers had been changed to fighter-production in 1944. The Soviet air force was now at its height. Each Red Army Front had several air divisions attached, as well at a potent reserve, to use where ever necessary. The new version of the Il-2 Sturmovik proved and excellent close support aircraft. With thousands of these aircrafts Zhukov, launched the final attack over the Oder river and into Berlin.
Production - The Replacement Pool How on earth did the Soviet Union manage to produce more that the Germans? The Germans, with all its captured resources and industry, where vastly superior the than the Soviet Union on all areas except oil and manpower, by the end of 1941. But it was uncoordinated and ineffective. Corruption and bureaucracy took a heavy bite of the cake. What mattered perhaps even more was the Nazi ideals. Women shouldn’t work, they should stay home and be the core of the family. It was not until 1944, when Albert Speer changed the production of the Reich that things were simplified. German production saw new heights under his clever guidance, even though, at this point the Reich had fewer resources then ever before. In FitE most equipment is now pooled. This is of cause to make the game more playable. As the war unfolded the units often had new equipment every 6 months. This would mean that 24 slots for equipment simply wouldn’t be enough, and some units would have too much, as old, already assigned equipment can’t be erased. Germany During the cause of the war, much captured equipment went into service with the Germans. This must have been a logistic nightmare. They are converted into standard German equipment, in FitE. Overall the German production numbers in FitE is 2/3 of what they historical produced. The Other 1/3 is assumed for the west front. A few exceptions are: most 41 raised units, including the OKH pool of artillery is assigned for the east front. Slightly more German armor goes to the east. Only 1/2 of the twin engine fighters are in the east. The rest are held back to defend the Reich. As mentioned before,
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