From: The wilds of Caithness
I guess it depends how badly beat up the AI is. HarryBanana's AAR (altho with much older ruleset) he wore the AI down so much in Italy that it was easier to land in France. So Italy can be war winning or losing or neither.
Yep that is more or less my analysis . This could pay off, could lead to the usual stalemate along the Arno-Gothic Line or see units I really need in France bogged down in Italy.
I don't think the AI is reinforcing Italy with fresh units. So while I am costing it replacements - and the occasional destroyed formation - its not pulling out of France. My gamble is this fighting, plus the bombing strategy, leaves their Pzrs etc in France as powerful but very fragile - and not easy to repair once damaged
So I guess the question is can fighting on with large number of divisions deliver you enough profit in terms of weakening the AI vs weakening you for the upcoming battle in France. Unless I was sure I would pull out key units and just slog in Italy to the Arno line with what is left.
That pic suggests AI is strong near Rimini but weak in Tuscany, so one more push could get you up to the Arno then maybe you can fortify there and then pull out more units to refit in UK ready for a breakout in France?
Its actually shifting a lot between the two coasts. In its turn it ran down its forces in the east and reinforced in Tuscany - but it also stopped trying to eliminate my latest bridgehead.
I think my backstop position is if all this effort simply generates the usual stalemate, I can start to pull out in June and then those units can either land in S France or form fresh reserves for France - for the moment, the lure of the Po valley means I've decided to stick with more in Italy than I have used in past games
I'm just starting a campaign (first one in awhile and first with the beta). Wondering how you are setting up your ground attack and recon ADs, i terms of raid size/intensity an number of days flying. My last game with the last full (non-beta) patch I struggled to keep both recon and FB-Bs flying as any AD intense enough to achieve anything in terms of recon or interdiction caused a lot of fatigue/morale loss. Also do you assign groups to ground support or just keep it on auto? I've never really felt I sussed the right balance between support and interdiction and unit attacks particularly in Italy, in France I'm usually heavily favouring interdiction.
In Italy I find you have such a mix of units that its hard to be very precise with your airpower. So in the main I'm accepting the auto-allocation and running an interdiction and GS mission with each of the tactical air forces (I'm using the old Malta command as it helps keep an Adriatic/Med split to my air allocations.
But yes, unless I do one hex interdiction, I struggle to get much over 4 and usually less. Not helped by all the rough terrain in Italy so I regard the interdiction as simply making things that bit harder for the Axis. You can't isolate the entire front line as you can in France.
Its this sort of stuff, plus thinking of a strategic bombing strategy, that makes WiTW both so appealing and enjoyable vs the AI. Its the sort of resource allocation, planning, evaluation stuff that I find enjoyable ... now if only the game needed the application of Bayesian statistics I'd be completely content
Second option is to split the landings around Le Havre. This is a bit of an odd choice but my logic is that you will not take Le Havre easily (but you can isolate it using Paratroops). You'll have to abandon one of your landing ports (too much naval attrition from Le Havre) but otherwise you are to the east of the Seine but well placed to take the Brittany ports and Paris
Sounds like utter madness and folly to me! One would have to be some sort of deranged jibbering lunatic to try to pull that off!! ;)
Yep, almost as insane as constantly attacking up the Adriatic Coast?