From: Utlima Thule
thank you, interesting.
its a solitaire game - actually my 3rd run through of the early years, so still being caught out by past ommissions but equally starting to get a feel for patterns.
At this stage, I'm sticking to an unoriginal grand strategy, knock down France, go East, treat the Med as a sideshow. So from counting up BPs and turns, its hard to see the scope to divert much into additional Axis naval air but think I'll try to do more than I have so far.
What I can do with the Italian navy is grab a sea-zone if I have first impulse and choose a naval option, overwhelm any Allied stay over force and impose Italian convoys - and displace the Allied ones. Clearly this can go wrong if the searches fail etc.
But in the first allied impulse can put enough of the RN in place to retake the zone. Sometimes this is from trading BB but my feeling is its not the RN that is going to deal with the IJN but the USN. Can keep enough of the RN back around the UK to cope with U-Boats and dispute a German naval move, so it seems as if cutting off N Africa is a matter of being prepared to run down the 1939 RN?