Logistic Dumps and Trucks

Without getting too complicated about logistics, I find that simply putting railheads and dumps onto the table gives decent appreciation of why breakthroughs are so devastating to an army. Marauding enemy finds itself amongst a rich array of depots stuffed full of goodies, and the disrupted army finds itself similarly short. Modelling opportunities for NAAFI, PX and soup kitchens abound.

You can see below a schematic representation of the chain from the railhead on the left of the picture through to the fighting troops on the right. I just run the trucks in a line between the depots to mark out the logistic routes used for supply. For a division of perhaps 10 fighting vehicles, suddenly having up to 20 trucks in a logistic tail gives a better appreciation of why modern armies are perhaps not as nimble as we would all like to think. The yellow lettering above the trucks lists the German designation for the transport columns and the green lettering below the dumps gives the level of depot. Depots can be co-located if roads are sparse.

The Logistic Chain from Railhead to Fighting Troops

Full marks to Tim Gow for spotting that there were not enough trucks in the picture above.  Each division should have its own transport companies as well as the corps level transport and army level transport shown above. The labels below of  ‘A’ and ‘B’ echelons apply properly to battalion level units, not divisions as we see here.

The full representional logistics chain, showing why divisions have roughly a 2:1 ratio of trucks to tanks

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10 responses to “Logistic Dumps and Trucks

  1. Mike

    You make an excellent point! The only down side is that is a lot of trucks that one has to buy and paint then.

    I definitely need to make some rules about supply dumps/depots for my upcoming Barbarossa gaming.

    Thanks!

    • You are saying that as if it’s a bad thing Mike :O)

      Seriously though, only nutters like Tim Gow actually make and paint all the trucks. I only have enough transport to field whatever I can normally fit onto the table, reasoning that trucks have been captured from the enemy. In the second picture, two captured Lancias have appeared to fill out the roster. If all else fails, the Junior General website has some excellent plan views of paper trucks that can be stuck to blocks of wood or thick card.

  2. This works for me, I’ll be doing up some (Log-Pacs) and soup kitchens
    shortly!

  3. Bob Cordery

    ‘You can never have too many trucks!’

    A quote that you and I have heard many times whilst using NQM and Megablitz!

    (I also seem to remember getting a column of motorised troops ‘stuck’ behind a horse-drawn Field Kitchen in one of the Eastern Front battles we have taken part in … but I cannot remember which one!)

    • Was it the first one at COW Bob? I’d forgotten that it was your column :O)

      If not that, then it must have been one of the very early ones, because it made it onto the cover of the first edition of the rules.

      p.s I’ve corrected the picture to remedy the truck deficit!

  4. Your finest post yet Chris – only more pictures of lorries would have improved it!

  5. Ramnath Rangaswamy

    Very interesting! These principles of logistics can be applied in everyday operations!

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