From: Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards
I have commented on the transports versus merchants a few months ago.
This is how I see it:
Merchant Marine (MM) represent cargo ships that carry both resources across the convoy lanes and/or supplies from port to port. The same class of ships is used for both these purposes IRL, as far as I know. Wether they carry oil, coal, grain or ammunition, food rations, spare parts is irrelevant. All cargo to be unloaded in ports, using their facilities.
Transports (TR) represent the purpose built long range large ships or converted civilian ocean liners to carry troops and tanks. They often also have cranes, masts, nets, etc. to transfer the troops and vehicles to landing craft if necessary. They often are also lightly armed with AA or light guns.
Landing ships (LS) represent all the different purpose built craft like the LCT, LVP, Higgins, etc. They enable invasions and beach supply.
So, I think port supply would be the task of merchant ships instead of transports. They (MM) can be sunk by interdiction, just like merchant ships used on the convoy lines. Think of the Italian Navy shipping supplies to Libian ports.
The mechanism for interdiction (naval units within 4 hexes and/or air units within 8 hexes) is fine with me. You can counteract this by basing interceptors near the port, or have naval units on patrol outside the port.
Good summary here Mike, thanks!
The mechanism for interdiction (naval units within 4 hexes and/or air units within 8 hexes) is fine with me.
Don't get me wrong. The system is fine to me except that I would like to see more transport ships destroyed. We are losing merchants, we must lose transports and take care of them (build some if needed). In fact, I just would like to change this rule of "1 transport for 1 port unlimited supply amount" by, let's say, "1 transport for 1 port for xx supply amount". That way, the Axis has to make a choice between invasion and supply. They will have less problem in early war to do invasion. But, in 1942 or 1943, if they are losing ships for supply of Norway, I am not sure to see any UK invasion.
And, at last, what is hidden in my words is that I am already thinking of the Pacific.
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