From: US Midwest
I am confused. Your post above seems to say that once a port is reduced to strength zero, it can be entered by opposing naval forces. I have observed this take place at Gibraltar, and your post confirmed my observation.
Accordingly, I devised a strategy in my latest PBEM game to take advantage of this rule. My Axis opponent did not seize Norway, so I planned to invade it with the UK. Sweden has been diploed into the game on the Axis side, so I must take Oslo on the first turn, or I will be overwhelmed with Swedish and Finnish reinforcements and the invasion will fail. The port blocks access to Oslo, so I landed a unit next to the restricted water hex to get access to the port, then used my Battleships to bombard the port to strength zero.
Now, my amphibious transport can enter the port hex and land a unit directly into Olso, conquering Norway and turning the game around for me.
Except, I inexplicably cannot enter the port hex, even at strength zero. Why not? Why does this work for Gibraltar but not Oslo? I designed my entire strategy around this rule, only to find that it does not apply everywhere. I now have a bunch of units, including multiple HQ's, that are all going to die in short order, and this tournament match is effectively ruined.
I would just like to understand why this happened, so that I don't throw away any more tournament matches in future.
What is the rule, once and for all, and to which hexes does it apply?
< Message edited by Markiss -- 2/28/2020 2:58:55 PM >
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