Shannon V. OKeets
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
While I was in airplanes this past weekend I worked on editing the strategic plans for the major powers. I will post several items over the next couple days seeking your comments, advice and help. Here is the first.
I am standardizing the structure for the Master Production Plan, and as an example, this is what I have for France. The use of Choice A and Choice Not A are where alternatives will be available for the AIO to choose from. I am being careful to differentiate between lending BPs and Lend-Lease, which phrase I am reserving for lend-leasing air units. So far, I don't have any instructions for the French AIO about lend-leasing air units.
As you might notice in the section on the Force Pool, more editing needs to be done.
What I am proposing with this structure is to lay out in 22.214.171.124 what is available without outside help, add in outside help in 126.96.36.199, then consider unit availability in 188.8.131.52. I'll probably include buildnig units ahead in 184.108.40.206 when I get to other major powers. This prepares the groundwork setting priorities in 220.127.116.11 and ultimately the scheduling of production in 18.104.22.168. Both of the last 2 sections will be quite dyanmic and depend on what is happening on the map (e.g., losses and enemy actions), though I would hope to have the strategic plan exert an influence on production despite the changing nature of the war. The AIO should not be overly sensitive to the vicissitudes of fate.
1.1.6 Master production plan (MC)
22.214.171.124 Resources and Convoys
France starts with 14 factories, 11 resources, and 10 convoys. The factories are all in Metropolitan France. The resources are located:
∙ 6 in Metropolitan France.
∙ 1 Algerian that can be brought in by rail through Gibraltar and Spain.
∙ 1 Senegalese that uses 2 convoys to get to Gibraltar, then by rail into France.
∙ 1 Iraqi Oil that uses 2 convoys to get to Marseilles.
∙ 1 Indo-Chinese that uses 6 convoys to get to Marseilles.
∙ 1 New Caledonian that is not used.
This makes 9 PP, which becomes 5 BP with France’s 1939 production multiple of 0.5. In 1940, France produces 7 BP and gets to save 1 Oil per turn.
Note that this depends on France either drawing the Territorial for Indo-China, or Indo-China not coming up on the Partisan roll. Also, using French convoys in the Mediterranean. leaves them vulnerable to attack by Italy.
If the CW uses CW convoys to bring back the French RP east of the Mediterranean, then 4 French convoys can be used as losses takers in the Bay of Biscay or the Mediterranean.
Choice Not A
Using the French convoys as losses takers is not necessarily good.
126.96.36.199 Build Points and Trade Agreements
France can't receive any loans during the first turn because they are not an active Major Power in the Lending phase.
Lend a few BPs from CW to France in N/D 39 and J/F 40. Then lend them back to CW the following turns. This often nets a transfer of 10-15 BPs to CW before France is conquered or Vichy declared .
Choice Not A
Don't lend French BP to CW, nor vice-a-versa. Both major powers need to build at full production, all the time. The CW needs to lay down its AMPH from turn one (unless a France first happens), to have offensive capability as early as possible in 1941 against Italy.
188.8.131.52 Force Pool and Lend-Lease
If there is an AT in the force pool, build it. If there is no Anti-Tank gun to build, the decision is more complicated and revolves around Infantry gearing. An AA gun or ART is a good build but then that is all that can be built (assuming it is the first turn). Do not produce more than 1 gun. They take a long time to arrive, are expensive, and France already has several of them. Instead build MIL, GAR, INF, and/or FTRs (with pilots).
There aren't many infantry units for the French to build. To start there is 1 MTN (+ div), 1 INF DIV, 4 MIL, 1 MOT (+ DIV), and 14 territorials. With the Senegal MIL in the force pool, there are four MIL left to build (5 total originally, 2 Reserves, plus the Senegalese). Territorials are not very attractive builds. Another INF and GAR arrive in J/F 1940, but that only results in 11 infantry-type units if we count the MTN and MOT and all the divisions. The MTN and MOT take 3 turns to arrive and are too expensive to build in 1939. Also these all cost 2 or 4 BP (until the 1940 INF arrives), which makes 5 BPs hard to spend completely.
The French Infantry gearing and thus their overall build plan is closely tied to which units are in their force pool. As for complete spending in a turn, Saved Build Points, should be a mandatory optional rule when playing solitaire (i.e., against the AIO) because production and gearing decisions are hard enough already. The pace of building the MIL sets up the critical Infantry gearing. Germany often tries its best to kill French units, which may let France build 2 + 3 + 4 infantry types in the first 3 turns.
184.108.40.206 Production Priorities
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220.127.116.11 Scheduling Production
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