Germany was a land power with a modern air force.
You're a Historian as well as a Wargame designer. In 43-45, the equation is simple. Only by bottling the Allies up can the Germans create any kind of operational campaign. When the Germans aren't bottling the Allies up, they will be retreating, plain and simple. They don't have the numbers to create a front line the length of central France (...)
That is my point, and what I suspect the Beta AARs will reveal to you. Before turn 70 (ish) and the retreat to the west wall, there are only two operational moments on Land. The Italian peninsula and the bottling up of the initial landing. If these are a collective 15-20 hexes long and mainly attritional frontal assaults, then the game has a problem (although admittedly, perhaps only one I'm bothered about). As the German player, giving me a new naval model and a new air model is scant comfort in the light of this, because I don't have any ships and only have a handful of planes piloted by average pilots who don't have the fuel to fly very often.
In a nutshell, this is my critique. I apologise if it's taken a few pages to get there.
I wish you, your team and your company all the very best with your endeavours.
Respect and regards,
With all respect, I don't agree. :-)
Your are completly right - a 10 miles square gives no room for tactical skills. But the war wasn't really decided in such a small piece of land... Not matter how skillful the Germans could defend Kasserine, Casino, Normandy and so on, their most important weapon - the Luftwaffe - was grinded.
What is a Panzer-Division without fighter cover? Let's even not think about CAS.
And even if you still have the pilots and the planes, you are beaten if your fuel factories were crushed.
In the end it's all about economy.
The second, maybe most decisive front against Germany was some thousend feet above the ground.
R&D in WitP doesn't really matter, to be honest - all their planes were crap. No comperation to the last generation of german a/c - just imagine Kursk/Normandy etc. with an additional 1,000-2,000 FW 190's/Me26x (and no, I'm not axio-phil, btw).
The Allies must destroy
- the Luftwaffe und the pilots first,
- than the avitation AND/OR the fuel industry
- and the logistics as well before 1944.
And if you are to hasty, the Red Army will be in Amsterdam before you :-)
The Germans were caught cold, they didn't have the hindsight and reacted to late, because drop tanks and long range fighters could not be imagined by Hermann. So, it could be a little bit harder, or?