A common move in many WIF games is that France and Commonwealth declare war against Italy and port strike the IT Navy. The goal is to sink/bottom both IT TRS . This move secures North Africa until the IT has rebuilt their TRS capacity.
But if you could only sink/bottom one IT TRS, is it worth the US entry cost?
Naval warfare is little different to land or air warfare. Luck plays a part in all aspects of every day life and warfare is no exception. But the better an admiral/general is, the better he trains his men, the more attention he pays to detail - logistics, the right men in the right places etc etc, the more chance of success he has. This is no different for generals, admirals or air marshals. To suggest naval warfare is just luck is simply astounding...
As just one example, Lord Nelson won the Battle of Trafalgar despite being out-numbered and out-gunned. How? Luck? Well no. Nelson made sure the officers of all ships in his fleet knew what was expected of each and every one, he employed the right tactics to surprise and off-balance his opponent, and the RN sailors were trained more extensively and were not only better sailors, but could fire their cannon significantly quicker than their adversaries. How can you dismiss this as simple luck?
In WIF/MWIF it is a little different and luck can play a much greater part in all aspects of warfare because it ultimately comes down to dice. No matter what forces one deploys or what tactics one chooses, one is subject to the vagaries of the dice god.
That being the case, to my mind if one chooses to attack the Italians ostensibly with the sole goal of destroying/damaging the TRS, then its a crap shoot - and one is gambling all on one throw. I would therefore suggest that there needs to be more to the plan. That way, if there is a duff throw and the TRS survives, the player has another way to hurt the Italians either that turn of soon after. So long as there is such a proper plan then (and accepting it still may not succeed) at least there is a better chance than a simple one shot failure that costs in terms of US Entry but gives no long term benefits.
< Message edited by warspite1 -- 8/16/2017 8:09:20 PM >
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