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  • #16
    The Weather



    This screenshot indicates the invasion area. On the friendly side of the Channel, you can see units of 16th Army an Luftflotte II in the Pas-de-Calais area. Three squadrons of KM destroyers are based off Dunkerque.

    In England, you can see some information based on aerial reconaissance. The East Kent coast is held by irregular units with a strong force at Dover. Other British units are positioned closer to London. The RAF is in Hampshire and East Anglia.

    You can also see the weather. Each hex has its own weather state, either hazy or overcast, and precipitation. Cloud coverage has a very significant effect on the capabilities of air units (and paratroops!). Precipitation doesn't have a big effect in itself but it can turn land hexes into Mud, giving a significant advantage to the defender.

    The scenario starts with moderate weather. A new distribution of clouds an rain will be generated randomly so there is a chance that your carefully-planned turn 1 paradrop will be messed up by low cloud over the target. As the game progresses, weather conditions are likely to worsen. Just a word of warning...

    EDIT: That concludes the briefing. Feel free to ask questions. Otherwise, get planning....
    Last edited by The Land; 18 Oct 10, 15:23.
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    • #17
      OK, I'm offering myself up for postition of Lufwaffe Leader and Advisor to ground forces.

      I'll wait until the KM has been taken up before posting my plan.

      PS arent the Scharnhorst and her sister Battlecruisers? hence wouldn't they be better in the convoy raiding role?
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      • #18
        First thing is First, we need to destroy the RN, or at least severly weaken it's fighting power, any attack made before that risks being cut off by those three battleships.

        once the RN has been taught a lesson or two, we need to choose an invasion site, Landing in the Hastings area then moving to Chatham is my suggestion, this will cut off the british forces stationed in dover, a large scale airlanding at ramsgate before the invasion may draw more troops in.

        it all depends on the proficency of the Heer ....
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        • #19
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          • #20
            Originally posted by Dashy View Post
            PS arent the Scharnhorst and her sister Battlecruisers? hence wouldn't they be better in the convoy raiding role?
            The English refer to them as battlecruisers, but this is another interminable debate, let's not get into it ;-)

            If they go Convoy Raiding there is a chance (per week) each of them will be sunk, and also a chance they will sink a British battleship. While they're out, they will inevitably tie up more British ships of all classes. So unless the KM has a strong plan about what to use them for in the Channel it's an attractive option.

            Regarding beating the RN before the invasion begins: this isn't as easy as it sounds. All the RN battleships are well out of air range and will remain so until the invasion begins. They emerge on the northern map edge on the 2nd British turn after the invasion, and then sail south, assuming that the person playing the Admiralty isn't chicken. :-)

            You can send air units to try to destroy the British destroyers but first you have to find them - there is no guarantee you will have locations for any of them on turn 1. Also, every turn you delay gives the RAF more time to recuperate...
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            • #21
              If the Invasion is swift enough, i assume we may be able to take and use a british airfield? thus putting the battleships ports within range.

              I think the Prioities of the Luft are as so ...

              1. The Protection of ground Forces during embarkment, transport and landing.

              2. The Destruction of the RAF

              3. The Destruction of the RN

              4. Assiting Ground forces in Assault.

              ...(various other roles including dilevering the Air Marshals tea)

              66. Bombing London(lowest priority)
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              • #22
                Originally posted by Dashy View Post
                If the Invasion is swift enough, i assume we may be able to take and use a british airfield? thus putting the battleships ports within range.
                Actually the airfields you already hold in northern France, the Low Countries and even Germany, Denmark and Norway are closer to the RN's North Sea bases than airfields in Kent, or even East Anglia. Great Britain is a very long island!

                (In game terms the units are simply off-map. In justification, it woudl be a very very long-range bombing mission with no possibility of fighter escort against a well-defended target...)

                1. The Protection of ground Forces during embarkment, transport and landing.

                2. The Destruction of the RAF

                3. The Destruction of the RN

                4. Assiting Ground forces in Assault.

                ...(various other roles including dilevering the Air Marshals tea)

                66. Bombing London(lowest priority)
                Any particular views on which units should be committed to what, when?
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                • #23
                  invasion dispositions


                  70 Stukas on Ground assault, with 40 109 fighters in support and 75 110's converted to ground attack

                  100 Stukas and all the Ju-88's on a anti-ship role, patrolling the naval invasion route, along with 70 110's acting as a rapid response group.

                  300 109's on an air superiority role over the intended landing zone

                  with the rest of the fighters in support, the He-111's will conduct bombing raids on airfields in the landing zone, aiming to destroy aircraft on the ground.

                  the remainder of the bombers (101 do-17's) are to conduct combat support missions around the landing zone, attacking troop formations and the like.

                  just a basic plan, I've never nabbed air commander in a wargame before, im usually land or sea .
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                  • #24
                    I can implement that pretty much. Bear in mind that if a unit is assigned to Air Superiority, it will perform that mission anywhere it can within range - there is no way to tell a unit only to engage over the Channel or over England or over enemy airfields. The same for the Combat Support mission - there is no way to stop a unit on combat support from engaging on land or on sea. I will get round this by giving the units assigned to naval or airfield bombing missions "rest" orders to make sure they focus on the targets assigned to them.

                    Only query is about the He-111s - unless you land in East Anglia, the nearest enemy-occupied airfields will be some distance behind the front line - is that a problem?
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                    • #25
                      Hmmm, are there any more commands that need filling? I think I can break enough time free to participate.
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Destroyer25 View Post
                        That wasn't what I was laughing about.
                        I actually believe it has worked quite well. I don't know of any cheating on the other thread, and I'm sure it would have been apparant if there had. We ACGers are vain enough to believe we can win on our own merits .

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                        • #27
                          Perhaps while the invasion is commencing the He-111's can do combat support until we have captured airfields within range.
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
                            Hmmm, are there any more commands that need filling? I think I can break enough time free to participate.
                            I think the Axis team is

                            Nick the Noodle - High Command (!)
                            Dashy - Luftwaffe
                            Destroyer25 - something
                            Exorcist - also interested, maybe Kriegsmarine
                            TacCovert4 - interested

                            So there are 5 prospective German players - and the Army command isn't certain yet. You could perhaps find a way to split the Army in two. Alternatively if all the commands are filled, I don't mind there being a player or two 'without portfolio' so to speak....
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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by The Land View Post
                              I think the Axis team is

                              Nick the Noodle - High Command (!)
                              Dashy - Luftwaffe
                              Destroyer25 - something
                              Exorcist - also interested, maybe Kriegsmarine
                              TacCovert4 - interested

                              So there are 5 prospective German players - and the Army command isn't certain yet. You could perhaps find a way to split the Army in two. Alternatively if all the commands are filled, I don't mind there being a player or two 'without portfolio' so to speak....
                              I already spoke for Das Heer. Tac can be an adviser though to me or whomever he wants though, or he can taken the Kriegsmarine, unless Exorcist really wants it.
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                              • #30
                                Hmm. Considering that during this operation there will probably be operations that need special attention, and that they won't necessarily be connected to any of the services.......

                                I'll take the position of Deputy Chief of Staff, OKW
                                Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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