We haven't spent any CPP on recon at night yet. Recon was one of the functions of the creeping barrage though. If the 20FP attack caused at least a PTC in the hex we pretty much knew it was clear. If the stack broke or revealed dummies that much the better. That's why it was worth it for us with 120mm OBA despite the high CPP cost.Using Recon is a must I think for the Russians in the night counterattack. In VotG CG I, with its small play area, its almost TOO powerful. In the bigger CGs it should still be useful to scout out your point of attack.