So in Alpha+3 Germany starts with an awful lot of AA guns (6). How to best utilize them?
I haven’t seen this debated much. Is that because it is a no-brainer or because it is an overlooked issue?
Anyway, assuming this situation:
No Sea sealion
Standard Barbarossa(one main stack headed for Moscow, some smaller groups taking territories for IPC’s)
Some USSR plane buys (presumably in order to trade territories)
…how would you deploy the German AA guns?
I guess there are a few basic options:
Some combination of the above
I’m pretty certain that at least some of the AA guns should be brought east, but there are many options. The Russians are probably not going to have enough planes to require the use of more than one or two AA guns to “cover” the stack. Of course they could all be added to the stack anyway just to give it more staying power in the face of a counter attack (as cannon fodder obv.), but I have a feeling that there must be more cost-efficient uses for them.
An option would be to equip some small groups of say 1-3 infantry with 1 AA gun; they would be tricky for the Russians to attack because they would either have to expose their planes to AA fire, or to commit tanks/artillery which could then be smashed by a German attack using overwhelming Luftwaffe support, which in theory should be beneficial for Germany. On the other hand this seems like wasting the AA guns, as they are overly likely to hit anything and are nearly as expensive as a tank. (Mind you I’m not suggesting buying additional AA guns, so this comparison can’t really be made.)
The AA guns just seem to be unimpressive on the Western front. Defending on the coastline (Atlantic wall style) just seems hopeless because there are so many territories to cover, and the AA-guns aren’t really useful in an in-land counterattack-based defense (ie. stationed in France).
I guess one could justify stationing some AA-guns in Western Germany to deter sniper-landings there, but that just seems rather situational.
Perhaps shipping an AA gun or two to Norway might be a good way to make early British landings there more difficult.
What are your thoughts on the German AA guns, and how are you using them?