Right now I’m playing an old WWII scenario for Civilization II not to dismiss the many, MANY crimes of RL Nazi Germany, this is alt-history with…not doing the WORST things, and everyone is happyish from access to consumer goods, including General government. But the point is, this has me thinking about elite troops in various Axis countries. In this scenario, which is 20 years old and very simplified, the Waffen SS is considered elite troops and 50% more expensive than regular troops of most countries, minus the Italians and the Soviets. The latter doesn’t seem ahistorical as Soviet divisions were half the size of standrd divisions, and required similar numbers of officers (smaller divisions being more flexible, or that’s the idea).
So in terms of industrial output
Italian and Soviet Divisions cost 10 shields or units of production
Regular divisions cost 20
Waffen SS costs 30
Now I know enough to know that Waffen SS weren’t exactly elite troops, it really depended (on how many Wehrmacht officers were drafted into the units), but for actual elite troops, the Falhschimjager, is also 30 shields
In practice, I’m playing these Waffen units as elite infantry depending on region raised. Units raised in Italy or North Africa are Bersaglieri or equivalent, troops raised in Bucharest are Romanian elite, etc etc.
Where I’m going with this is this:
In World War 2, how much more of a premium did elite infantry units cost, versus regular units? Was the cost of raising such troops to combat readiness just 50% more or higher?
And what were truly elite units in the Axis armies? Cause I know in the Soviet Union, those were the Red Guards.
I know things like the Italian Bersaglieri were elite but I don’t know if generally, things like Mountain troops are elite or just specialized.
I’m wondering what the elite divisions were for say the Hungarians, the Romanians, the Croats if there were elite infantry for the ROA, Vichy French, etc etc.
Going by another game, which is probably kinda accurate on this front, the most EXPENSIVE infantry are the combat engineers, and the most effective that don’t bypass fortifications are called Strossstuppen for the Germans, Royal Marines for the British, beyond Commandos and Para, and for the US, it’s Rangers and Marines
I’m wondering in particular if there were specific assault troops in WW2 called Strosstruppen.
TL;DR looking for a list of elite infantry units for all countries and their costs relative to regular infantry units.