I just started playing the game and have enjoyed reading other AARs. There doesnít seem to be a lot of activity on the forum, so I thought Iíd try writing one. I havenít played much so apologies if Iím missing some nuances of the game. Iíve played the Sicily scenario three times, enough to feel like I understood the mechanics and played eight turns into a campaign game before starting fresh on this one.
I will start with prose, but will try to find time to post pictures as well, but they may come later.
Iím playing the Allies vs. the AI Germans on Normal difficulty. Eastern Front box is On.
Iím leaving the air operations to the AI; Iíll be setting objectives on the air operations screen except for taking control of air transports in certain situations to enable air drops, air transports, and air supply. I played the air portion a bit and I feel like I understand it, but itís a lot of micro-management so Iím going to try and get by with the AI running the air operations for the sake of expediency. I find the game progresses three times as fast when I just focus on the ground game.
As the title suggests, my strategy for this game is inspired by Operation Sledgehammer. Sledgehammer was a cross-Channel invasion plan that the Allies never carried out. The basics of the plan was to capture a major French seaport (either Brest of Cherbourg) in the early autumn of 1942. The beachhead was to be defended and held through the winter of 1942 and into 1943. Troops would be massed for a breakout in spring of 1943. Six or fewer divisions were allocated to the plan.
My own plan for Operation Sledgehammer í43 is similar but happens a year later and therefore more forces can be allocated to the invasion. My target will be Cherbourg both because itís closer to the English airbases (so airpower can be better projected over the beachhead) and because the bocage terrain should help me better defend any counter-attacks. Airborne divisions from the Med will be redeployed to England, but otherwise just the forces already in place in England will participate in the operation during 1943. All told, around 18 divisions will be committed to create and hold the beachhead as well as secure Cherbourg. I expect to invade in early September and take Cherbourg by mid-October. Then hold my gains in preparation for a spring breakout.
In the Mediterranean front, forces in place will try to make gains as they can. The first objective will be to take Sicily and hopefully force an Italian surrender. I want to seize Sardinia and Corsica if possible, but generally troops in the Med will be used to opportunistically take what territory I can and tie down Axis forces that might otherwise be used to oppose the main effort in France.