Torch: Allied After Party
The Axis position in Torch is a loser but the victory conditions and point count tend to make it a much closer game. In this case the game came down to that attack on Bizerte, had the Allies failed to take it with the first assault things would only get worse. So many air units would be aborted that the chances of getting enough thru the flak for a second 3:1 were nearly nil. The Sage Commando Bn can only be used once to nullify the fort’s -1 DRM. So, the Allies manage a “substantial victory” by ending the campaign a month early while suffering minimal losses.
Things the Axis could’ve done and didn’t:
– Contested control of Sfax. Moving a unit from Sousse to Sfax and back would’ve prevented the Allies from using the port.
– Flying DAS over Bizerte on April I ’43. Something likely would’ve gotten thru, preventing that 3:1, albet at great cost to the Luftwaffe. The Allies would probably have delayed their attack another turn.
– Moving DAK and Italian c/m as far as possible on their turn of entry. Getting these into the Tunisian supply net is vital. I don’t believe the Allies could’ve more than delayed this, but we did enjoy some great February weather. All the non-c/m is going to be lost anyway.
Things the Allies could’ve done and didn’t:
– Take Tunis sooner. Might have doen this a turn earlier had I been willing to take a chance on weather rolls.
– Better use of Sfax. Putting more troops between Tunis and Rommel might have made a difference if the DAK had moved quicker.
– More troops invading at Alger, getting a few more REs closer to Tunis and Bizerte early on.
– Not seeing the Axis could rebuild 21st Pz XX in Bizerte. Just because I wouldn’t do it doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t. Other than bombing out the port I don’t know what could be done about it , and that was a lot of flak to contend with.
I’m not a big fan of how the rules and CRT drive the Axis to build a big defensive stack with Panzer divisions and flak in a supply terminal. That’s simply not how teh Germans used them.
Some of the other rules leave a bit to be desired, for example how the Allies have two replacement pools (North Africa and Western Desert) while the Axis have one. This allows the Axis to replace their units eliminated in Libya in either Tunisia or Europe even though they were as seperate from those as Allied forces in WD are from North Africa.