From: Houston, TX
I am wondering what the most effective way is of dealing with the Commonwealth fleet in the North Africa Campaign. The Commonwealth do not appear to have replacements for their naval vessels. However, when do manage to sink one or more ships, they re-appear some turns later. Is there any way of permanently destroying Commonwealth ships or is putting them out of action for 10 or 15 turns the most the Axis can hope for?
Eliminated ships have a chance equal to their proficiency to go to the "on hand" pool instead of being permanently eliminated. For the RN in CFNA that is usually about 80% chance. Think of them as damaged, requiring repair. The duration required before a unit is rebuilt is unit size dependent, so larger vessels will take longer to rebuild, if they so survive.
Second, if a formation is due for withdrawal it appears that there is nothing to stop a cynical player from disbanding that formation the turn before its withdrawal and receiving all the men and material into his replacement pool?
Yes. Or using it in a Kamikaze fashion. Players must govern themselves on that for now.
Third, is it the case that a players replacements are first expended on reconstituting evaporated units before they go to refitting on-map units? This appears to be my experience with my Italian formations in North Africa.
General Staff has an excellent analysis of replacement stuff. Search for it, or perhaps someone can direct you to it.