After the UK’s turn, here’s what the Mediterranean looks like:
SZ93 of course still has the French boats.
SZ97 Taranto was overwhelmingly successful for the Allies. Italy scrambled both fighters, Germany scrambled a fighter. United Kingdom brought two fighter and a strategic bomber from London as well as the fighter from Malta and everything from SZ98. All of the Axis units were killed. UK lost only a submarine and one plane. UK is left with a cruiser, carrier, and two fighters in that sea zone.
SZ99 has 1 transport. He dropped an infantry off in Greece.
Greece has 5 UK infantry.
SZ95 & 96 of course still have the starting Italian boats.
Germany attacked and retreated out of Yugoslavia leaving 1 neutral infantry defending Yugoslavia. Southern France was not attacked by Germany, leaving the starting French units there.
There is a UK fighter in Gibraltar, along with one infantry and one mech infantry (transported down from London).
There is a UK infantry and tank in Morocco (transported from Canada).
There is one destroyer and two transports in SZ91 (one destroyer hit by the Germany submarine they had to kill in order to drop off troops down here).
Egypt is left with just the two ANZAC infantry. Alexandria has the ground units from Alexandria+Egypt, minus the 1 infantry that went to Greece.
Tobruk has the starting Italian troops, of course, plus a German tactical bomber.
I think that’s a complete description of what is left in the Mediterranean (for a particular game I played recently). Taranto roll went exceptionally well for UK, but lucky rolling aside:
- Should Italy/Germany scramble fighters to defend Taranto? Or should they hope to do some damage with boats alone, then counter-attack?
Now, the answer to the above question changes what options Italy has on its turn slightly, and that can be addressed in coming discussion, but… where should Italy go from here? Playing this, I felt I had a lot of options and a lot of potential targets, but none were super great, and if I took what I felt was an appropriate force into any of the battles, I felt I wouldn’t have been doing enough, or leaving something exposed.
The plan here was for Italy to can-open USSR for Germany. HOWEVER, if we consider the UK’s movement and their purchase, should the Axis’s overall plan at this point have shifted over to a straight up Sealion? UK lost the French fighter due to scrambling to defend against Germany taking out the Royal Navy. Its only planes in London are the Scotland plane and one it purchased. It also purchased a tank and 4 infantry in London (and moved all the Scotland units down). Leaving UK with 7 infantry, 1 tank, 2 fighters, and 5 AA. Is UK exposed enough at this point for Germany to take London on G2 with 3 tanks, 3 infantry, two naval bombardments, and a pile of planes?
If switching into a real Sealion is the Axis’s best plan here, what does Italy need to do on its first turn here?