Torch PBEM: Allied Jan II 43 Turn
General Mud Comes to North Africa
The rains arrived in weather zone E, creating major damage to Allied airfields in Algeria and Morocco. Luckily preparations were made long ago and Engineers quickly repaired the most important bases. (2 hits were repaired at each of 5 airbases in Algeria and 1 hit at another.) Air operations were hindered due to bombing strength being halved, but no air units failed to launch due to airbase damage. South of the E weather line additional capacity was added at 3 existing airbases. In Tunisia much of the Allied front line is out of reach of the Axis due to mud conditions.
Axis fighters patrol attack DAS at Beja (25:3311), but turn away only 1 A-20B. They again decline to intercept against 8 escorting fighters. An FW-190 is aborted over Sousse as it attempts to bypass escorts. Allied heavy bombers delivered 2 more naval harassment hits (2 VP) to Italian ports, but one US B-24D was shot down over Palermo.
British 8th Army entered the map (expending 5 MP prior to arriving) and seizes Tripoli (5 VP). Air units flying from off-map place 5 harassment hits behind Rommel’s blocking force while US units maneuver to cut off his supply line near Gabes.
Pressure on the Axis position will increase with every turn. 8th Army will push from the south while harassing the Axis retreat. US-British-French forces in Tunisia will close in on Tunis and Bizerte. Allied air forces will continue to grow in number and quality, as airbases become available in Tunisia they will become overwhelming. The writing is on the wall and Tunisia will be almost as big a victory as Stalingrad.