From: Mordor Illlinois
Practice "the art of a mailed fist , which turns into empty air". This can mean many types of forces , but to me nothing should use this principal more than air groups. Airplanes are the most versatile , long ranging and among the most able pieces on the board. And they are with no doubt , the most fragile. As was once said about battle cruisers , that is "eggshells armed with sledgehammers", is true about them. Only in the early 40's would aircraft finally have the speed , range and most important , the payload to become ship killers. a 500lb bomb would not dent a battleship. A 1000ib bomb would seriously hurt one. That advance didn't occur till just before ww2. It caught a lot of experts by surprise.
But any one who has spent any time around a war plane will tell you that you don't need a cannon to make a hole in in airplane , a ice pick will do it. Soooo.... when the enemy comes looking for you , you need to be else where. Bombers must be constantly shifted. Pulled back for rest , repair , re-equipping and training. Don't do any of these things in the vicinity of your opponent if it can be avoid. Then mass them together the turn before a strike. Hit hard on the SECOND turn (after they rest) then consider being elsewhere---FAST! Unless your bombers fields sit inside a nest of fighter bases waiting to claw an enemy attack out of the sky, send your bombers elsewhere. Then start planning your next assault.
Some times having 100+ fighters show up when you expect an attack , and he expects only a few can be a really good thing. Keep moving your fighters around as well. And those PA's that are flying boats can be useful if based at a base that also has a couple of tenders *AV' AVP's or AVD's) mean that they don't put a stress on base units there , and generally don't get hit badly by airfield attacks. Being on the water , means that they are seriously dispersed. He really needs fighters strafing to really hurt them .
Nothing frustrates an opponent when he's set for the killing blow and all he hits is "empty air".
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