From: Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards
I generally agree with Stjeand. As the Axis I almost always threaten to capture Malta by using Italian Subs to put it out of supply. About 1/2 the time the British abandon Malta and I can capture it for the cost of 10 Landing Ships (or not even that if you use a paratrooper). If the British defend it with ships and AA then I can decide whether or not I want to invest the resources to capture it or not. But if the British do defend it, then you will need to move several German air groups to within range as the Italians air force by itself will not be enough. The best time to attack Malta is either as soon as Italy enters the War (when hopefully the British will be occupies elsewhere) or the period from October 40 to March 41.
Agree but how do you use paratrooper? Are they able to drop on beaches?
The one thing I disagree with Steand about is that Malta increases the number of ports the Italians need to garrison. Indeed the only real value of Malta to me is just the opposite, it decreases the number of ports that need to be garrisoned. The reason for this is that units can only invade within a 24 hex radius. So if the Axis capture Malta the Allies can only generally invade within 24 hexes of either Gibraltar or Alexandria unless and until they capture ports in Libya or French North Africa. So with Malta captured, it is generally not necessary to garrison as many ports. Having said this, you will have to be on the constant lookout for Enemy fleets that move within 24 hexes of any ungarrisoned ports.
Interesting point, thanks
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