This is my first play and I'm stuck at the very beginning.
I'm rolling for airlandings. When I get to hex 4819 (2 steps 82nd unit), I get a 6. According to the table 22.3 this means S1.
The rules mention on 22.3.3: "S1: The airborne unit is Scattered and loses one step. Record one Airborne Replacement for the appropriate division on the Airborne Replacement Track.* * Airborne units may use these Replacements to restore reduced units (22.7). "
a couple questions: " Record one Airborne Replacement for the appropriate division on the Airborne Replacement Track.": does this mean placing the Airborne REPL marker on square number 1 of the Airborne replacements track? Is this track numbered 0-4 meant to track the number of available replacements?
"Airborne units may use these Replacements to restore reduced units" and then, on 22.7 " An Airborne Replacement may not be used on the turn it is created—but it may be used on any following turn." : using replacements is part of the movement phase, so if I get this right, my reduced unit could get back to 2 steps during next turn's movement phase?
rule 22.7 explains "returnees" but uses a "REPL" marker: are returnees and replacements the same thing? The expanded sequence of play on the back of the rulebook, section 4, mentions both separately so I'm not sure.
I recommend stacking the reduced 82nd battalion with a full-strength one just so that you don't find yourself needing to reduce something to a remnant in the initial drop.
That said, it's temporary as others have pointed out. Note also that the "lost" step can go back to ANY battalion - as the Allies, I'd rather have a step or two in the "bank" that I can later put back wherever it is needed than have a flawless drop.