From: Ottawa, Canada
Ancalagon451 and Soren,
Thanks for the input on the terms and to confirm that they are guides. Very helpful.
Mikkey, thanks for the nice comments!
Some initial thoughts:
The Soviets pose lots of threats to my forces from the air, surface and beneath the surface. Based on the scenario name, I think that the biggest threat are the Badgers. I’ve got to be ready for attacks from all three dimensions.
I need to clear a path for the three naval task units to the Safe Haven. There I need to make sure that the landing craft and helicopters can get to Narvik in one piece.
It would be nice to remove the eyes from the Soviet air units – that means finding and destroying their Tu-16P Badger J, Tu-126 Moss and Bears. This is likely not very easy to do.
My radar locations are likely already known to the Soviets, so giving them looser EMCON rules makes sense to me. I can use them to try and find the Soviet planes as they move West to attack. I need to remember that it is likely that the Soviets will not respect Swedish neutrality.
I have two squadrons of fighters in Norway. I need to get them in location to attack the Soviet air force. It would be best to attack their EW and recce planes. However, I need to take out the Guided missile launching planes, as well. They will be launching from a long way out.
I have a squadron of fighters on the Ark Royal and another on the Guadacanal. I also have a squadron of planes (Buccaneers) that I can use against Soviet Naval units.
I have P3-Bs that can find and destroy Soviet subs.
I also have my own EW aircraf – six Shackletons and 4 Garnets. I need to use the Shackletons to find and direct my fighters to take out the Soviet Badgers over Norway and Sweden. The Garnets will need to cover the approaches from the North.
My helicopters can be used in conjunction with the P3-Bs to find and destroy Soviet Subs.
The Soviet guided missile cruisers have a stand-off range of about 5nm. Each of my naval task units have ships that can out range the cruisers.
I’m not sure how the forts are going to help. The Soviet surface ships would have to be very close to get engaged from the fort. There are some forts protecting the area that the landing craft are heading for.
I have to remember that this is a 4 day battle – I can not win it the first day. Might be able to lose it right away, though!
One idea is to go on the offensive at the start – sending some planes to attack the Soviet air fields. This might also let me find the eyes from the Soviet air force.