From: The Old Northwest
Not a vet, but have played WITW. If you use default AI AD's set up on turn 1, yes. You will get anywhere from like 200-600 losses, which is insane. You can spend one minute and just move the AD's back into escort range and dial those losses down to 200 max. Also can reduce intensity. If you play with it even more you can get better results.
I'm not a Luftwaffe expert but over course of campaign using mainly ground support and recon, I can't say my planes were hurt that badly. Here's an SS from Turn 28 (Dec 28th 1941 I think) of my game vs AI on normal. Doing manual air ware but nothing fancy, just resting units below 50 morale, rotating depleted units, and not abusing ground support or recon. I'm a few hundred more aircraft lost than historically but my pilots are only like -100 vs full amount needed. With a lot more time focused on air war I could do a lot better, but just showing what even a small amount of manual can do. I never use AI assist.
I think my first turn air phase, spending only 5 minutes making broad stroke AD's, was like 200 losses to 2.5K Soviets, which isn't even that good, but leaps better than AI.
< Message edited by Bamilus -- 4/12/2021 7:26:29 PM >
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