The reasons Gib is too easy to capture are several departures from reality to make it so ...
* In reality, the isthmus connecting Gibraltar to the Spanish mainland was around 800 meters wide and a flat, open, plain. Not the two hexes wide in the game.
* In reality, Gibraltar *was* a fortress, and mountainous terrain to boot.
* There were no beaches on which an amphibious landing could have taken place. None. Neither side of the isthmus.
* More importantly, the Spanish rail net was ... to put it kindly ... grossly inadequate. It had been badly damaged during the recently ended Civil War, generally didn't go where it was really needed to go, had limited rolling stock AND ran on a different gauge to the rest of western Europe which meant all logistics from over the border had to be unloaded from Standard gauge rolling stock and then reloaded on Broad gauge rolling stock.
IF all that is implemented, then any German plan to take Gibraltar will have a very high likelihood of failing. Of course, none of it is.
Have a look at the Historical Map Mod I posted in the Mods section ... it shows a realistic take on Spain and Gibraltar in a geographical sense.
The actual German plan for the assault on Gibraltar (armies have plans for pretty much everything, no matter how unlikely or impossible), Operation Felix, IIRC, involved one Assault (Mountain?) Division supported by a Battalion (ONE Battalion) of tanks and a whole ****load of artillery ... all the superheavy stuff they had that could get there (no railroads near enough for RR guns) and as much 'regular' 150 mm Howitzer regiments as they could reasonably mass plus a whole Luftflotte (for example, the DAK was supported by one for most of its existence, two for the periods when it was most successful and, IIRC, there were three in Russia?). No Paras. No Amphibious assault. All across that 800 meter wide open plain facing a fortified mountain!
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