Shannon V. OKeets
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
I have made my first pass at the strategic plan for France. There are some holes and, as always, I solicit your comments.
These are strategic decisions and I expect operational and tactical decisions to be determined separately. For example, since the defense of Metropolitan France is a strategic objective (as determined by the choice of vicotry cities and important hexes), then operationally, all the useful units in remote locations will be brought back to France (the lone exception is Algiers). Likewise, attacking a weak German defensive line along the Rhine (or in Italy) will depend upon many local factors, but be within the guiding principle of strategic defense.
Let me know what you think.
Strategic Plan for France
(as of November 27, 2006)
Grand Strategist (GS) Decision Making
1.1 Develop and implement long-term strategic plan; (4 St)
(1) Which victory cities, and other important hexes, should be taken and/or defended?
Victory Cities: Paris, Marseilles, Antwerp (when Belgium becomes Allied), Amsterdam (when The Netherlands becomes Allied)
Important Hexes: Maginot line hexes, Metropolitan France factory and resource hexes, Metropolitan France cities and ports, Alpine passes to Italy. Algiers. Pyrenees passes to Spain (when war exists with Spain). Belgian and Dutch factory and resource hexes (when they become Allied).
Victory Cities: Milan and Rome (when war exists with Italy), Munich, Kiel, Berlin, Prague, and Vienna (when war exists with Germany). Madrid (when war exists with Spain).
Important Hexes: Enemy factory and resource hexes, enemy cities and ports, Alpine passes in Italy (when war exists with Italy). Pyrenees passes in Spain (when war exists with Spain).
(2) On which major powers should France declare war, when, and any associated conditions concerning same?
Italy: When CW declares war on Italy.
(3) On which minor countries should France declare war, when, and any associated conditions concerning same?
(4) Which minor countries should France align, when, and any associated conditions concerning same?
(5) Where are the expected areas of conflict, with whom, and what type of combat (land, naval, air, and/or convoys)?
French border with Germany and Belgium - German land attacks
French border with Italy - Italian land attacks (when war exists with Italy).
French border with Spain - Spanish land attacks (when war exists with Spain).
French factories - German strategic bombing, Italian strategic bombing (when war exists with Italy).
Mediterranean coastline - Italian invasion
North Sea coastline - German invasion
North Sea - naval surface fleet combat with Germany
Bay of Biscay coastline - German and/or Italian invasion
Western Med, Italian Coast, and Eastern Med. - naval surface fleet combat with Italy, defend French/CW convoys.
German factories and oil resource(s) - land attacks and strategic bombing
Italian factories - land attacks and strategic bombing
Spain - land
Western Med, Italian Coast, and Eastern Med. - naval surface fleet combat with Italy, attack Italian convoys.
North Sea and Baltic Sea - naval surface fleet combat with Germany
(6) What is the master production plan by unit type and gearing limits?
Overall, France is strategically on the defensive (i.e., it has a strong bias towards defensive builds). Each build cycle calculates the turn (bi-month) when German land attack pressure will be greatest. What to build will depend on: (1) what units are available, (2) available build points versus unit costs, (3) timing arrivals to be present during the crisis turn, and (4) accommodating gearing limits so future builds can satisfy the first 3 criteria.
Naval - None
Air - By priority, fighters, tactical bombers, air transports, naval air, and strategic bombers.
Special - None
(7) What are the strategic plan’s milestones and what is the time line for those milestones?
Within a strategic plan set there are options available. Some are major alternatives and some are separate side decisions. It is important that the GS make a firm commitment to one major alternative and only change when: (1) forced to do so by failure, or (2) overwhelmingly attractive opportunities appear.
1.2 Make all decisions regarding US entry actions and choices; s. 9.4, 13.3 (3 Re)
Only the USA player needs to decide about US entry choices. US entry actions that could be taken by France are:
#21 Support an attacked minor (7) - Yes, when possible
#22 Declare war on Italy (-12) - (conditions?)
#24 Declare war on Japan (-26) - Never.
#30 Align a minor (-5) - Never
#32 Declare war on a minor (e.g., Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland) (-17, -12, -5) - Never.
1.3 Make initiative choices (going first, rerolling); s.6 (2 Re)
There are several items involved here. First the subordinates to the JCS need to determine the likely cost in CVs of going first versus going second in the current turn. In most cases, when given the opportunity to go first, France should take it. The decision about going first or second lies in the hands of the GS because of the importance of getting the initiative at certain times. The decision to reroll is identical in this regard.
1.4 Place US entry markers in pools (1 Re)
Not applicable to France.
1.5 Place offensive and defensive markers (1 Re)
Not applicable to France.
1.6 Choose between offense/defense markers and USSR reserve build points (2 Re)
Not applicable to France.
1.7 Make intelligence decisions (Re & In)
1.8 Decide whether to destroy factories; s. 22.2 (1 In)
Destroy all blue enemy factories whenever possible. Orders are passed along to Field Marshals to move land units into blue factory hexes and destroy them.
1.9 Choose new home country (1 Re)
This is a hard coded decision, since there are few choices.
Perfection is an elusive goal.