I've seen yet another interesting use of that "to-be-lost-anyway" German Baltic fleet. Now I thought NOT to open a new topic... as this one is descriptive at least as title.
1G: Baltic tra stays in Baltic and convoys troops to Karelia.
Des 2sub move to sz07 (NW France).
Med Btl tra go to Egypt to sink destroyer and convoy troops to battle.
Especially effective if G sub originally in sz08 has survived crushing the UK BB (33% chance) and 5 fighters landed in France. Bomber is in Libya, also in range.
UK fleet definitely cannot afford to attack, win and stay in sz07 even with UK air support, due to crushing counterattack. Can attack sz07 with air only BUT 1-2 subs may submerge. May attack sz07 with BB 2tra 2fig intending to retreat to sz08 after one round.
Some air may be diverted to attack Baltic tra or W.Med sub, but this leaves the whole sz07 to counterattack.
At the very least, this forces an UK carrier purchase, US fighter landing and unification in sz08 (so no Africa, Norway or other fancy actions).
It doesn't force a UK carrier purchase. UK navy stays northwest of UK. German fighters in Western Europe can't hit (not enough range). UK air attacks; destroying German destroyer. US bomber attacks with good chance of picking up a spare German sub. Allied attack is delayed, but a carrier purchase is not forced.
Why is a UK a/c purchase round 1 looked down upon so strongly?
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Plus you guarentee a fleets safety with 2 ftrs on a carrier protecting it.
4 tpts and a BB can be sunk with just planes alone alot easier than people think.
A UK a/c lets the Allied fleet attack a lot earlier. However, where do you want to go with that a/c? If you want to go to Norway, then the UK fleet cannot unite with the US fleet (the US is too far away). If you want to go to Algeria, then the newly built UK carrier can't join the fleet right away, so you might as well wait for the US to buy the carrier instead. And so forth.
4 tpts, a destroyer, sub, and battleship can be sunk with just German air, yes. However, it is quite expensive for the Germans to trade 10 IPC fighters for 8 IPC transports, and the Allies can quickly rebuild their fleet.
This is not to say that the Allies should NOT buy a carrier. Nor is it to say that the UK should not buy a carrier. I would say, though, that in most games, the Allies don't need a carrier, and even in those games in which the Allies should buy a carrier, it is most likely to be the US that should buy that carrier.