From: PDX (and now) London, UK
So, if I have say 149 mines at Batavia, and two CD units, shouldn't it be unlikely that a TF without a minesweeper in it could enter the hex and not get a scratch? Mines have been particularly underproductive in my game, as Allies now in May 42 against the AI.
I had AMcs until said task force came in and shredded 8 of them, but now the mines deteriorate and the CA, CL, and DD that came in are still hunting around happily.
The best use I've found for AMc is to draw unescorted Bettys on Naval orders to hit my cap. I was taking down two a turn because I put two AMc two hexes away and they just kept coming. I know in a PBEM a player would adjust, but do many players use small ships to lure attacks from air or surface?
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