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  • #16
    How big will the KM be? I may have to go with the luftwaffe.


    got to put a few pounds on it seems ....
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    • #17
      If people want OOBs, here are intelligence reports prepared by each side on the other. Can't give you any additional detail without piercing the fog of war!

      Abwehr intel report on British defences:

      Land. In England there are approximately 15 Infantry and 2 Armoured divisions and apparently a number of independent brigades. Many of these units are short of equipment, which we are still recovering from the beaches at Dunkirk.

      The Army is reinforced by a "Home Guard" militia force. The strength and effectiveness of this force is unknown.

      Sea. The Royal Navy has about 40 destroyers and 10 cruisers in and around the English Channel.

      Three Royal Navy battleships (Nelson, Rodney, Hood) are known to be at Scapa Flow with their escorting cruisers and destroyers.

      The British Mediterranean Fleet has six battleships attached, of which a number have been operating in the West against Vichy France and the remainder are based on Alexandria operating against the Italian Navy. A number of battleships, along with a very considerable number of destroyers, is known to be escorting convoys in the North Atlantic.

      Exactly how many of these naval units are ordered to be recalled in the event of invasion is uncertain.

      Air. The RAF has been defeated in the South-East corner of England. Enemy fighters have been withdrawn to bases further North and West. We estimate enemy fighter strength on operational squadrons as about 250 monoplane fighters, of which a high proportion are obsolescent Hurricanes. Enemy bomber strength is about 300 including both light and heavy types.

      MI6 report on German invasion preparations:

      Land. Around the ports of France and the Low Countries the Germans have assembled an invasion force consisting of around 30 divisions, including several Panzer Corps. It is highly likely that any invasion will be supported by parachute landings.

      The remainder of the German Army is about 70-100 divisions. It does not appear that any troops from elsewhere in Europe are being prepared for the invasion, but this cannot be ruled out. Transporting and supplying the existing invasion force will represent a major challenge.

      Air. Estimates suggest the Luftwaffe has an operational fighter strength deployed against us of some 500-600 Me109 and 100-150 Me110 fighters. Total bomber strength in the region of 600-800. We have been performing well against the enemy's older models (Me110, Ju87, Do17) which make up perhaps 1/3 of their total strength.

      Naval. German heavy forces constitute the two modern battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau along with the cruisers Admiral Hipper and Blucher. Two "pocket battleships" of the Deutschland class are still at sea raiding convoys. It is uncertain whether the Germans will commit their heavy fleet units to the Channel in direct support of the invasion, or whether they will attempt to break out to the Atlantic.

      German light forces are made up of about 15 destroyers and 4 light cruisers, plus a number of torpedo boats, armed minesweepers etc which the Germans may be able to count upon.

      Latest reports indicate that the very old battleships Schleisen and Schleswig-Holstein are laid up and their crews have been transferred to other invasion duties. We do not expect them to play a part in operations.
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      • #18
        Right, I am making progress on the briefings and will start to post them up in different threads. We are up to 7 players...

        Germans: Nick the Noodle, Dashy, Destroyer25

        British: tsar, Khryses, RichardS, Arthwys

        the full briefings will break the Fog of War a bit so if you have committed to one side please keep your nose out of the other side's briefing :-)
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        • #19
          any positions left? sounds pretty cool.
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          • #20
            Originally posted by The Land View Post
            If people want OOBs, here are intelligence reports prepared by each side on the other. Can't give you any additional detail without piercing the fog of war!

            Abwehr intel report on British defences:

            Land. In England there are approximately 15 Infantry and 2 Armoured divisions and apparently a number of independent brigades. Many of these units are short of equipment, which we are still recovering from the beaches at Dunkirk.

            The Army is reinforced by a "Home Guard" militia force. The strength and effectiveness of this force is unknown.

            Sea. The Royal Navy has about 40 destroyers and 10 cruisers in and around the English Channel.

            Three Royal Navy battleships (Nelson, Rodney, Hood) are known to be at Scapa Flow with their escorting cruisers and destroyers.

            The British Mediterranean Fleet has six battleships attached, of which a number have been operating in the West against Vichy France and the remainder are based on Alexandria operating against the Italian Navy. A number of battleships, along with a very considerable number of destroyers, is known to be escorting convoys in the North Atlantic.

            Exactly how many of these naval units are ordered to be recalled in the event of invasion is uncertain.

            Air. The RAF has been defeated in the South-East corner of England. Enemy fighters have been withdrawn to bases further North and West. We estimate enemy fighter strength on operational squadrons as about 250 monoplane fighters, of which a high proportion are obsolescent Hurricanes. Enemy bomber strength is about 300 including both light and heavy types.

            MI6 report on German invasion preparations:

            Land. Around the ports of France and the Low Countries the Germans have assembled an invasion force consisting of around 30 divisions, including several Panzer Corps. It is highly likely that any invasion will be supported by parachute landings.

            The remainder of the German Army is about 70-100 divisions. It does not appear that any troops from elsewhere in Europe are being prepared for the invasion, but this cannot be ruled out. Transporting and supplying the existing invasion force will represent a major challenge.

            Air. Estimates suggest the Luftwaffe has an operational fighter strength deployed against us of some 500-600 Me109 and 100-150 Me110 fighters. Total bomber strength in the region of 600-800. We have been performing well against the enemy's older models (Me110, Ju87, Do17) which make up perhaps 1/3 of their total strength.

            Naval. German heavy forces constitute the two modern battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau along with the cruisers Admiral Hipper and Blucher. Two "pocket battleships" of the Deutschland class are still at sea raiding convoys. It is uncertain whether the Germans will commit their heavy fleet units to the Channel in direct support of the invasion, or whether they will attempt to break out to the Atlantic.

            German light forces are made up of about 15 destroyers and 4 light cruisers, plus a number of torpedo boats, armed minesweepers etc which the Germans may be able to count upon.

            Latest reports indicate that the very old battleships Schleisen and Schleswig-Holstein are laid up and their crews have been transferred to other invasion duties. We do not expect them to play a part in operations.
            I take it the Germans have won the Battle of Britain in this scenario ?
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            • #21
              Originally posted by Nick the Noodle View Post
              I take it the Germans have won the Battle of Britain in this scenario ?
              It would seem that way wouldn't it?
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              • #22
                Originally posted by Arthwys View Post
                It would seem that way wouldn't it?
                Yes, though the RAF remains a significant factor in the game ... very significant! The way this scenario works, a mistake by any one arm can hand victory to the other side.

                It's a high-stakes game!
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                • #23
                  Ah I see - so it's a tactical victory (in that the SE airfields are toast) but not a strategic one yet (in that the RAF still exists in reasonable strength).

                  Int'rusting!
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                  • #24
                    Taking on the Task of the RAF Khryses?
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                    • #25
                      Honestly not sure how commandable the RAF are, but I certainly plan on trying.

                      Meet you in the air, Reichsmarschall Dash Goering?
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                      • #26
                        Wants a very minor RN role.
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                        • #27
                          Destroy you on the ground, Baron Khryses Dowding.



                          oh how i love trash talk.
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by RichardS View Post
                            Wants a very minor RN role.
                            Possibly COEC then, with all the DDs that role implies?
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                            • #29
                              I'm intrigued...
                              It would have to be that the Luftwaffe never went the political route, and bombed London.

                              Okay, so what is left?

                              Need and Admiral for the RN local forces?
                              How about a commander for the German Para/Glider truppen?
                              Does the German Navy have a commander at all?

                              Let me know.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Exorcist View Post
                                I'm intrigued...
                                It would have to be that the Luftwaffe never went the political route, and bombed London.

                                Okay, so what is left?

                                Need and Admiral for the RN local forces?
                                How about a commander for the German Para/Glider truppen?
                                Does the German Navy have a commander at all?

                                Let me know.
                                I think we're just looking for a Chef des OKW.
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