TFH: Sep II 1940 (Germany)
I found out that the Luftwaffe are not missing their targets. Those that “missed” are actually dropping leaflets that say “Sie werden assimiliert werden! Widerstand ist zwecklos!”
Yeah, the British didn’t understand it, either.
So far bombing airfields isn’t working. Bombing air units isn’t working. The Luftwaffe isn’t working. The Luftwaffe’s mission, from its inception, was to support the troops on the battlefield. Bombing other targets is a challenge for them.
So we launch all of our bombers on a double strike, at Belfast and Edinburgh. The bombers (12 x He-111s and 5 x Do-17zs) are flying extended range, but we’ll see if we can do some damage. Between all of them, they have a total of 13 tactical bombing factors, so this mission is pushing the limits for them. The Ju-88s are flying to Belfast to try to finish the Irish Sea fleet off.
Meanwhile, the CD buildup at Calais continues. There are currently 11 strength points of primary guns to cover sea zone 12. Any ship entering zone 12 could be in for some major damage.
A lot of dive bombers are returned, and two are aborted due to AA fire. Out of all of the dive bombers sent to SE England, only two break through to finish their mission, and only 1 hits the target. The coastal guns that were built to cover sea zone 12 are reduced one level, from 2-0-0 to 1-0-0. That, and more leaflets. The single point of coastal artillery, however, can still hit and damage German ships.
The British were very effective this turn, both with their patrol attacks, interception and AA fire. Between the two raids on the Royal Navy, out of 28 total counters (Ju-88, He-111 and Do-17), 12 were returned and 7 were aborted. That’s 19 out of 28, or 68% of the bombers did not reach their targets (950 out of 1400 bombers sortied).
That said, the Luftwaffe were only able to place hits on the Rodney at Edinburgh and the Repulse at Belfast.
The rest dropped leaflets. Hitler trägt Unterwäsche der Frauen!
That had to be the work of British saboteurs.
In Europe, the Luftwaffe now has 9 bomber counters sitting in an aborted state, compared to 2 for the RAF; five Ju-88s, two He-111Hs, and two Ju-87Bs.
I have not been able to get a sniff of the Nelson since the first couple of raids. I think it was easier to hit when it was at sea.
As usual, the British keep to the belief that the Hurricane is an inferior fighter. Nevermind that it has the same chance as the Spitfire of getting shot down, they just sit at their airfields. Personally, it was my 2nd favorite plane of the war (after the P-51D, of course).
Engineers begin work on airfields at Boulognes and Dunkerque.
H-Hour is approaching. The cruisers Admiral Scheer and Admiral Hipper arrive in Wilhelmshaven, the first of the more modern warships the Kriegsmarine has. The question is, if the Germans truly wanted the invasion to launch in mid-September of 1940, why wait so long to beef up the battle fleet?
It usually takes me one or two runs through a game before I start to feel comfortable with what needs to be done to achieve success. Narvik took a couple of misfires, then a couple of games against an actual opponent (with yet another misfire) before I started getting it down. A playthrough of Torch showed that I still remembered the bulk of the Europa rules. The Damned Die Hard, well, I’m not sure how much I improved with that one.
But if you read through all the Narvik entries for the different games (I think I may have removed the older misfire games), I have reached a point where I feel comfortable with what needs to be done (even though the Germans have yet to win a single game), and more competent with it overall. I think I could easily switch over to the Storm over Scandinavia version of Narvik and do well there, too.
Am I doing the best job as the Germans? Probably not at this point, but I am doing it as I see the priorities need to be, but I am also kind of feeling around to see how things work. I have not played this game in nearly 30 years (and I am amazed that I have retained as much of a grasp of it as I have). I believe the Royal Navy poses the larger threat overall. It needs to be whittled down to size.
That is not to say that the RAF poses no threat whatsoever. Bomber Command is a major threat to shipping, but the Luftwaffe can deal with bombers.
The question I keep asking myself is which is the greater threat, capital ships or destroyers? Do subs pose a threat to the Rodney? The Nelson? If so, then destroyers are the bigger threat.
I realize that some of my missions have been wasted. I’m not talking about those missions where all of bomber force was driven off. I’m talking about missions like trying to find and bomb subs (although the Me-110Cs and Ju-87s seemed to be pretty effective at that). Trying, at this point to hit bombers on the ground. Those seem to be a waste of missions.
The invasion window is sliding shut quickly. Summer is over, and fall is beginning. The weather may begin to worsen from this point forward.
If you didn’t understand the German above, Google Translate will take care of that (as much as a computer program can take translate it accurately).
Now it is Alan’s turn to rebut me in the comments.