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Military Lesson #2: Get the Most out of your OrBat

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Courtesy: Nathan of Natopia

 

An OrBat is an abbrieviation of Order of Battle, sometimes reffered to as an OOB.

 

The orbat is a post declaring your forces and their strength

 

for an example here is an orbat for an airborne battle group.

10,000 paratroopers

5 assault helicopters

5 heavy transport helicopters

light artillery battalion, 1000 men, 150 artillery pieces, 50 heavy machine guns

 

now thats a perfectly acceptable orbat, however it can be improved by adding a brief of capabilities and armament, see below...

 

10,000 paratroopers (includes mortar and anti-tank platoons on battalion level and an anti aircraft platoon on regimental level)

5 assault helicopters ( armed with air to ground anti armour missiles, 30mm cannon, infra red and night vision)

5 heavy transport helicopters (armed with two manually aimed .50 cal machine guns, chinook type, can carry several light artillery pieces)

light artillery battalion, 1000 men, 150 artillery pieces, 50 heavy machine guns. ( artillery equipped with fragmentary airburst anti infantry shells, high explosive anti tank shells and white phosphorus incendary shells)

 

this orbat is clearly stated and nobody can say "but you didnt post anti tank capabilities in your orbat".

 

checking your enemies orbats is a must, i cant stress that enough, you must choose troops fitted to the particular campaign. after all its a good idea to bring plenty of anti tank weapons to a tank fight isnt it? or marines to an island hopping type war.

another must is a versatile force, i.e more bangs for your buck. a force made up entirely of tanks is next to useless, it is a rigid force vunerable to anti tank and air attack. it is far far better to have a few different troop types, infantry, tanks, artillery for example have a huge advantage over a force of infantry, your artillery can blast them out from a safe range while being protected by your infantry and armour.

 

strength is important too, unless you have a gold star your total strength is 25000 men, that doesnt mean you can have 5000 bombers with a crew of five though, the unit strength is relative. (see lesson 1 for details) for example you can have up to 25 planes, each having the strength of 1000 men or 12500 infantry each man having double strength

 

here is the orbat from above with relative strength statements.

10,000 paratroopers [10,000 relative strength] (includes mortar and anti-tank platoons on battalion level and an anti aircraft platoon on regimental level)

5 assault helicopters [5000 relative strength] ( armed with air to ground anti armour missiles, 30mm cannon, infra red and night vision)

5 heavy transport helicopters [5000 relative strength] (armed with two manually aimed .50 cal machine guns, chinook type, can carry several light artillery pieces)

light artillery battalion, 1000 men, 150 artillery pieces, 50 heavy machine guns. [5000 relative strength] ( artillery equipped with fragmentary airburst anti infantry shells, high explosive anti tank shells and white phosphorus incendary shells)

 

as you can see the total relative strength remains at 25,000

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