Order of Battle: Allies Resurgent - New units

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Order of Battle: Allies Resurgent - New units

Post by Edmon » Wed Sep 15, 2021 12:53 pm

Order of Battle: Allies Resurgent, the second chapter of the Allied Trilogy, depicts battles in North Africa, the Mediterranean, and finally in Europe from late 1942 to early 1944. The expansion adds 12 new scenarios to the game, along with 11 new units. In this sneak peek you'll get to meet some of them: the M3 Scout Car, the T-30 HMC, the L-4 Grasshopper and the Avro Lancaster.

1. M3 Scout Car

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The lightly armored vehicle was developed by the White Motor Company, which produced several types of armored cars, albeit in low numbers, during the 1930s. These developments led to the creation of the M2A1, which finally went into US Army service as M3 Scout Car in 1938. 

The improved M3A1 became the most produced variant and was built from 1939-44 in over 20000 pieces. 

The vehicle was fast and robust, though its cross-country capability was considered limited. Still the M3 saw widespread service in the US Army, mostly for reconnaissance duties and as armored command vehicles. Significant numbers of this type were sent to Commonwealth nations and to the Soviet Union via Lend-Lease deliveries, while smaller numbers went to China, the Free French, and other Allied nations.

2. T-30 HMC

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Growing US Army interest in the use of halftracks sparked a major modification of the M3 Scout Car: a set of tracks fitted to the rear of the vehicle led to the creation of the M2 and M3 halftracks, used as artillery tractors and as armored personnel carriers.

After the outbreak of World War 2 military demand for those vehicles became so high that a variety of manufacturers such as Daimond T, Autocar, or White produced these halftracks for US service, while others, like International Harvester built the almost identical M5 and M9 versions for export under the Lend-Lease program.

A large number of specific variants was derived from those basic types, to serve as self-propelled artillery, tank destroyers or anti-aircraft vehicles. The T-30 HMC (Heavy Mortar Carriage) was a version equipped with a 75 mm howitzer in a fixed superstructure. The vehicle saw combat in North Africa, in the Italian Campaign, in France, and possibly in the Pacific.

3. L-4 Grasshopper

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The J-3 Cub made its maiden flight in 1938 and was produced by Piper Aircraft in large numbers until 1947. It's simple, lightweight design made the plane very easy to fly and to maintain, while its affordability and popularity quickly invoked comparisons to the Ford Model T automobile. 

Since the Cub was well suited for military task such as reconnaissance, liaison, or as artillery spotter the US Army began to use the type from 1941 as O-59. In 1942 the designation was changed to L-4 Grasshopper.

Grasshoppers were usually unarmed, but after the Allied breakout from Normandy in 1944 some planes were equipped with racks of bazookas to locate and destroy hidden armored vehicles.

4. Avro Lancaster

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The Lancaster was a heavy, four-engine bomber developed from the previous two-engine Avro Manchester. Following the first flight of the Lancaster in January 1941 the plane went into service with the RAF in 1942, although initially only in low numbers. 

When aircraft became available in larger quantities in 1943, the Lancaster became the primary strategic bomber of the RAF, overshadowing both the Handley Page Halifax and the Short Stirling. The 'Lanc', as it was often called was used primarily in strategic bombing raids, but also in a variety of specific missions. 

In 1943 Lancasters conducted the 'Dambuster Raid' and the first attack against the German V-Weapons research site at Peenmünde. Later in the war, Lancaster missions targeted the German battleship Tirpitz repeatedly and finally managed to sink the vessel at its anchorage in occupied Norway in November 1944.

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Re: Order of Battle: Allies Resurgent - New units

Post by Epperaliant » Wed Sep 15, 2021 6:17 pm

I wonder the amount of entrenchment/morale damage dealt by the Lancaster and if it will be comparable to the B-29.

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Re: Order of Battle: Allies Resurgent - New units

Post by WarHomer » Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:10 am

12 missions sounds low and a far cry from the legendary Panzer Corps Grand Campaign. A shame in my book, as OOB has the potential to equal this.

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Re: Order of Battle: Allies Resurgent - New units

Post by bru888 » Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:20 pm

WarHomer wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:10 am
12 missions sounds low and a far cry from the legendary Panzer Corps Grand Campaign. A shame in my book, as OOB has the potential to equal this.
Well, in their defense, this is supposed to be a trilogy of "Allies this-and-that" campaigns so if 12 is the average, that would be 36 scenarios.
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Re: Order of Battle: Allies Resurgent - New units

Post by terminator » Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:24 pm

Edmon wrote:
Wed Sep 15, 2021 12:53 pm

1. M3 Scout Car

The improved M3A1 became the most produced variant and was built from 1939-44 in over 20000 pieces. 
Significant numbers of this type were sent to Commonwealth nations and to the Soviet Union via Lend-Lease deliveries, while smaller numbers went to China, the Free French, and other Allied nations.
It would be interesting to have these different versions exported :idea:

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Soviet M3A1 of the 1st Guards Mechanized Corps, Vienna

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Re: Order of Battle: Allies Resurgent - New units

Post by WarHomer » Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:12 am

bru888 wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:20 pm
WarHomer wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:10 am
12 missions sounds low and a far cry from the legendary Panzer Corps Grand Campaign. A shame in my book, as OOB has the potential to equal this.
Well, in their defense, this is supposed to be a trilogy of "Allies this-and-that" campaigns so if 12 is the average, that would be 36 scenarios.
I know, and thats still a far cry from the epic scale of the legendary Panzer Corps Grand Campaign. On top of that, I understand that this will cover both the US and GB side, so no major/long campaign for either of these sides.

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Re: Order of Battle: Allies Resurgent - New units

Post by red_amoeba » Fri Sep 17, 2021 11:06 am

The new units are playable if you load up the custom US campaign.

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Re: Order of Battle: Allies Resurgent - New units

Post by bebro » Sat Sep 18, 2021 9:31 am

Epperaliant wrote:
Wed Sep 15, 2021 6:17 pm
I wonder the amount of entrenchment/morale damage dealt by the Lancaster and if it will be comparable to the B-29.
The Lancaster will be the most effective British strat bomber, but somewhat less strong compared to the B-29, which appeared later than the Lanc, had a better defensive armament, and could carry a higher payload over longer ranges.

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Re: Order of Battle: Allies Resurgent - New units

Post by cutydt02 » Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:28 pm

Wew, one more beast appears in OP Allies's Strategy bomber roster. Even the early one in 1st DLC can make those stukas (main air supports of german blitzkrieg) look so pathetic. Faster, better defense, much more fuel and way more destructive, especially effective in 4th or 5th difficult.
Btw, we have waited for so long for this DLC. I doubt that this will be the last trilogy before Devs can play all in with PC2, both progresses are so slow now.

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Re: Order of Battle: Allies Resurgent - New units

Post by bebro » Tue Sep 21, 2021 12:16 pm

FWIW there has been some rebalancing on strat bomber's shock values, which comes into effect fully with the new DLC. The heavies will still do well, but many of the medium 2-engined models have been toned down in that regard. It's also more varied now, so that many early models are somewhat less effective compared to late-war aircraft.

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