FrangibleCover wrote:You make good points about the relationship with Portugal, although the Oryx engines make me think that there were still some ties.
South Africa had warm enough relations to buy military equipment with nations like West Germany, Romania, and Yugoslavia. That doesn't mean they're going to be in an alliance. Norway sold supercomputers to the Soviet Union during the Cold War, but I don't think that justifies a coalition!
FrangibleCover wrote:Personally I think SA would be able to wangle Buffels in Mech and Armoured decks, on the basis of necessity and I presume reality. How did SA infantry accompany the armoured formations?
Also, let's not kid ourselves. If SA gets the Bismark then nobody is even going to look for the Armoured specialisation.
The reality of South Africa's mechanized infantry doctrine was that it was almost entirely wheeled. A Mechanized Battalion primarily comprised a few trucks, one Casspir, and a Ratel for every squad. Units that were merely "motorized" were the ones that rode in trucks and armoured trucks like the Buffel. This stands in some contrast to how Wargame usually handles it, where wheeled IFVs like the Ratel are considered 'Motorized' and not for putting in the Mechanized and Armoured specializations. The infantry units of an Armoured division rode in Saracens until 1991, when they switched over to Ratels. Eugen seems to consider the wheeled Saracen another Mechanized-Armoured-NOT-OK though, c.f. United Kingdom.
South Africa really liked wheeled transports and outside of tanks didn't operate a single tracked vehicle. This is somewhat awkward for Wargame, where the Mechanized and Armoured specializations don't permit wheeled vehicles... This leaves South Africa with Airborne, Motorized, and Support as options.
As for the Bismark, it's an interesting question. Is it VEH? (c.f. Vickers) TNK? (c.f. AMX-10) REC??? (c.f. SA doctrine)