From: Greenville, SC
As I have shared with an opponent, my questions and posts are because I believe Warplan has the potential to be the best game at this level I've ever played, not just the best computer game, the best game. But for me, at my current understanding of the naval aspects, it is too ahistorical and so I am not there yet.
From my reading of WWII history, the British had naval supremacy in both the Atlantic and Mediterranean. They feared raiders/uboats impacting their commerce, but the German navy was never a major concern outside of raiding. Sealion was only feasible IF the Germans could get air supremacy, which would negate the ability of the UK navy to oppose a landing. Similarly, the UK had air and naval supremacy in the eastern Med, and there were never major concerns about a sea invasion of Egypt or Syria. The concerns were about pushing over land from Libya.
But in my games as the UK in Warplan, I find I have to deploy air/naval assets to simultaneously try to impact so many areas and, at least as of now, I haven't figured out how they can all be covered as they were historically. That said, as I have posted elsewhere, I fully admit the issue is probably me missing something, hence this post.
Also, due to shipyard limits, the UK does not have the ability to invest in their navy and have any real impact until late 1941. So they need to accomplish everything listed below with the assets they have at the start of the game.
So, with that long winded "setting of the stage", here are the areas I find that the UK needs to simultaneously try to apply assets to exert naval superiority:
* Ensure Sealion cannot succeed, which includes both the east coast, southern and the west coast of the UK. Obviously this includes air units and naval.
* Ensure Ireland cannot be taken - requires naval and air on the West Coast, but also southern Ireland). I am hoping the answer to protecting Ireland isn't "the UK has to invade Ireland" as that is definitely an ahistorical requirement.
* Track down subs - requires several carriers as far as I can tell (and investment in escorts and tech). But I was also told to get carriers to the Med and have carriers help chase raiders.
* Track down German raiders - because interception is so tough in open sea against raiders and raiders can suddenly "switch" to fleet mode, it requires a fair number of surface units to both succeed in finding them and avoid being ambushed (i.e. fail in attack, German changes to fleet and attacks if they outnumber and attack adjacent units). (BTW, I have mentioned elsewhere that I think the only time a fleet mode should be allowed to change mode is when in port because of this - they are either on a raider mission or they aren't).
* Ensure supply to Gibraltar (if Italy decides to place units next to Gibraltar) - air unit in Gibraltar can also make this tougher for Italy, but air units are getting spread thin in this list too.
* Defend eastern Med, which also requires air assets, CVs and two surface fleets at sea to protect both Syria and eastern Egypt invasions.
I am struggling to figure out how the UK can allocate their naval and air assets through 1941 to achieve all of these objectives, which they did historically.
Grateful for any thoughts or advice.
There are the naval assets available to the UK at start (including those in deployment queue):
BB: 6 (1 more arrives December 1940)
CV: 3 (1 more arrives June 1940)
< Message edited by MorningDew -- 10/10/2020 9:31:24 PM >
(formerly user AndrewKurtz)