From: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Biggest difference from operational level games and tactical level games are maintaining unit order, making love to the roads, and balancing forces against your various objectves. Also, always concentrate a gang load of forces on the most important objective.. (at least on the offensive)
This is good advice. I'd add a few such as economy of effort. Try to think of the most efficient way to move and fight with your forces.
On the attack, fight hard for the good terrain or vital roads. Use these to increase your mobility. On the defensive, fight hard to hold vital towns and bad terrain.
Don't flog your guys too hard (sometimes impossible in defense). Try to keep reserves (I'm guilty of relying on reinforcements as reserves, especially offensively. That way you can maximize the strikepower of the forward units to create the vital breakthrough/s.
If you do breakthrough, even if defending, move fast to exploit it. Know when to slide back onto the defensive if resistance stiffens too much. The next wave of your reserves may offer further opportunities.
Use powerful pincers to create encirclements. They are usually very nasty for your opponent.
Try to gain control of the air. At least try to stop your opponent getting it.
Operational level is a great scale I reackon. It took me a while to get into it through TOAW. Before that I preferred the strategic/grand-operational level of board WiF (which is actually pretty tactical I think, in a chunky, corps level kind of way).
< Message edited by Neilster -- 8/31/2004 11:11:37 AM >