Well my friend and I met up to play for a few more hours yesterday and I got to try out the taranto raid. Here is how the Uk turn went if anyone is curious.
I bought 2 fighters in london, repaired one point on the factory and just enough on the AB to bring it back online, put one inf in south africa.
For the big attacks on italy I sent the cruiser near egypt and the fighter from gibralter to kill the transport off tobruk, won that without loss. In zone 97 I sent 2 fighters and the strat from england, the fighter from malta along with the destroyer tac and carrier (to absorb some hits like you said wittmann) from egypt.
The italians chose not to scramble their 2 fighters, so things were looking good…. untill I missed almost all my shots. By the time I killed the transport I had lost 3 fighters and the carrier
For my final moves I landed the surviving aircraft in malta, retreated all the brits to egypt, transported one egyptian to persia, moved all the indian ocean boats toward the suez canal except for the trans there which dropped 2 guys on one of those 4 dollar islands, the south africans advanced north.
By the homelands I massed my happy to be alive fleet off the west coast of london with my two newly bought fighters and the french fighter for scramble cover. Oh and i had sent 1 destroyer to deal with a german sub off canda… and the germans rolled a 1 before I got a 2 sinking my boat. oh well.
But to end on a really happy note: the german second turn they bought all land forces and massed a swarm on the russian boarder for a turn 3 barbarossa, then did another air raid over england. 1 strat hit my unguarded scotland AB for 6 damage, but over london it was a better result. It started bad when he sent 4 bombers and a fighter to hit the facilities, so I scrambled. Getting no hits but losing the french fighter, things seemed grim, untill the AA phase :evil: He sent one tac at my AB and one at my NB, I rolled two 1s and killed them both. Follow this up with his two strats attacking my factory, and again I get two more 1s!
It was criminal and I almost felt bad needless to say the battle of britain is over and all remaining german planes headed eastward except the ones guarding his cowardly fleet hiding in the baltic lol.
This game is so much fun