Germany's Blockade of Britain



  • Our first game I was Germany and took two subs at the Canadian fleet. It went 2 rounds, and I missed em both, and he hit both rounds with his cruiser (both subs sunk, no hits?). I also took everything else at the UK home fleet. This battle fared much better for me. He missed w/mines, and I killed his fleet only losing 1 sub, and ding on my bb.

    2nd game the Germans did the same thing. The Canadian fleet was sunk w/o losing a sub. The UK home fleet was also sunk, but only a German damaged bb survived. The French played clean up.

    I think that the Germans need to hit both UK fleets, and I would do it again. This forces the French fleet to head to the Atlantic. The Brits generally keep the India bb near India to get bombardment vs Turks. That really only leaves Italy (who doesn’t make much income) and probably the Brit cruiser in sz17. If you build some ships w/Austria turn 2 you might get out of your port (maybe hit the Italians?) and have a chance to merge w/Turks?


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '13 Moderator

    I didn’t attack the UK fleet on G1, but will in my second game.
    I thought It was not worth the risk,  instead bought two subs to replace the Canadian ones, but never got to use them offensively.
    I will lose my game as the CPs, so need to try a different G1.



  • @wittmann:

    I didn’t attack the UK fleet on G1, but will in my second game.
    I thought It was not worth the risk,  instead bought two subs to replace the Canadian ones, but never got to use them offensively.
    I will lose my game as the CPs, so need to try a different G1.

    I’m starting to think that the only Naval attack Germany does is the two submarines at Canadian fleet.  The rest of the German navy sits at home while I slowly build it up with a ship/turn.  The UK will have to keep pace or risk losing at Jutland - Plus for every submarine Germany buys, the UK may have to buy 2 ships because of the mine threat.

    If you lose the German fleet too early (like round 1) due to bad rolls (or good British mine/ship rolling), than the Allies don’t have to build any fleet and the game just got a lot harder for the CPs…


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '13 Moderator

    Hi BJCard. I thought the best policy was to wait in Port and await a foolish UK attack. I think I planned to buy a Sub(and Fighter) a turn, thinking my extra revenue would allow it.
    I bought Subs for the first two turns only.
    Moscow sucked in my units and over aggression on the Western Front and a greedy UK put paid to that.

    I agree that failing to eliminate the UK fleet on G1(and it could happen)spells the end of Germany’s Imperial ambitions.

    Getting the CPs right is going to take time.,



  • @wittmann:

    Hi BJCard. I thought the best policy was to wait in Port and await a foolish UK attack. I think I planned to buy a Sub(and Fighter) a turn, thinking my extra revenue would allow it.
    I bought Subs for the first two turns only.
    Moscow sucked in my units and over aggression on the Western Front and a greedy UK put paid to that.

    I agree that failing to eliminate the UK fleet on G1(and it could happen)spells the end of Germany’s Imperial ambitions.

    Getting the CPs right is going to take time.,

    Are you advocating the G1 attack on the British fleet?  I’m still on the fence right now;  just trying different strategies.



  • After one and a half games, I’m convinced that Germany must attack the UK fleet on G1.  At the very least the ships in SZ9 have to be eliminated.

    In our first game the German player decided not to attack the UK fleet and slowly build up their navy.  After the first round the UK had a virtually unbeatable navy and was able to land units in France for the entire game that eventually ended in an Allied victory.

    In our second game Germany attacked the entire UK Atlantic fleet and won both battles with average rolls.  They suffered one mine hit in SZ9 and had 1 damaged battleship left after the battle ended.  The battle in SZ2 ended up with 1 sub surviving.  On top of this, Germany bought a cruiser and sub on both G1 and G2 and attacked any ships that the UK bought.  This forced UK to spend more money on their navy and as a result weakened India a good bit.  Although these buys slowed Germany’s advance into France, it also kept UK from landing units for 3 turns.

    This game is still in progress and there is not an obvious victor yet, but Germany’s overall position is much more secure than our first game.


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '13 Moderator

    I have not played a second game, but my first went like yours.
    Is good to know the second is better for the CPs, with a different opening move.
    Do say if you get that victory, thank you.


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