TFH2: German Oct I 40
The weather gods smile upon the Germans again as we head into autumn. The leaves are changing, but the weather is not.
Surprisingly, 7 out of 9 aborted air units are repaired, including all Ju-88s and Do-17s.
The Luftwaffe focuses its attention on driving the Royal Navy auxiliary ships out of the English Channel, targeting Amazon class destroyers and L-1 subs. Of course, the British consider these units expendable, as they are the weakest of the various types of units they represent. I would love to see the British station their Tribal class destroyers or Trident class subs in the Channel. They have obviously been placed as rapid response units, but if they were to sortie in the event of an invasion, they would be the rapidly sunk response force.
Ju-88s are again sent to Edinburgh to attack the Royal Navy forces stationed there. This time they are accompanied by three He-111 air units to keep the CLA Cardiff occupied. One Ju-88 is shot down and six are returned to base, shot to pieces by AA as the Luftwaffe attacks destroyers and subs.
The final result is one Amazon class destroyer is sunk at Eastbourne, while an Oberon class and a Trident class sub are sunk in Edinburgh, all easily replaceable, unfortunately. Cardiff is once again undamaged.
So why do I continue to fly these missions into such a heavily defended area? The key to a successful invasion is the Royal Navy. I have not been able to whittle it down to the level that I would like to yet. In fact, I have not done near as much damage to the fleet as I did last game, when I think I caught Alan a bit off guard as to the damage that the Luftwaffe could do to the navy. So much that he recalled BB Valiant last game, and ultimately recalled it early this game.
The escorts to Eastbourne were set up to entice the Royal Air Force to intercept. Once again, they declined. The British say this is because I have not bombed anything worth intercepting for. I’m sure the British citizens appreciate those comments.
In preparation for the invasion, troops have to be moved to the ports from the off map holding boxes. All ports from Dunkerque to Cherbourg are filled with troops massed, ready to be shipped out. Shipping is still in Amsterdam, protected by maximum AA.
Now we get to deal with the archaic naval rules. They are so out of date that I wonder how this game would work if using the updated rules.
The current score is Britain: 17, Germany 13. Not much difference. I have said repeatedly that I am not playing for victory points. Because the British are content to sit back and do nothing, I feel that I need to prove a point.
London is about to get flattened.