I played WitE a bit, but I’m new to WitW and I still try to find my way round the changes. So, I watched a few tutorials, read a lot of tips and tricks and I played Husky three times now.
Everytime I failed to take Messina. I’m slowly getting better, but not there yet, so I hope you gents can help me out. Here’s what I do:
I turn amphibious support on in the air doctrine screen and let the AI handle everything from there.
I also recombine the US and British paratroopers into divisions and set new drop hexes just NE of Etna to turn the German flank once they withdraw up there.
Then I launch the amphibious invasions, I transfer the most important support units from theatre and army group command to army and corps command, and I move all combat units as well as corps and army HQ’s into port. Sometimes I ship them up to the invasion fleet, sometimes I let them wait in port.
I change the air doctrine back to no amphibious assault and give both tactical and strategic air the objectives: 1) interdiction, 2) bomb ports, 3) bomb ferry crossings. I also give air superiority top priority.
Generally, I attack with British XIII driving towards Messina up the Eastern coast with XXX corps on its Western flank. US II. corps attacks across Sicily and then turns East to support the attack on Messina, while 2-3 units under the Provisional Corps (commanded by Ridgeway), attack the Western ports.
The assault division all get artillery and armour under direct control, and I try to preserve combat power whenever possible. I also most times remember to use my TF’s to support combat.
In my games the Germans often succeed in stopping me near Etna. The para drops help out a bit, but once I finally breach their line, it is often too late to capture Messina within the turn limit. Even the attacks against the Western ports often fail to reach their objectives.
Now, I suspect the problem here may be a wrong handling of air doctrines and naval interdiction, since Axis units don’t seem to be overwhelmed by supply issues, but I’m not sure what to do.
What would you do differently?