I will keep the original Knights mission up to date, especially as we've yet to play with Strutters and altered Tirpitz battery defence values! I might also add additional stuff to the aerodromes though the FPS is at the limit. The Strandfest option hasn't yet been explored, nor possible amphibious landings. The Dunkirk gun is yet to be implemented- is there a single Tirpitz gun, could it be scaled up? Any suggestions for improvements welcome! Here is the current version:
However, while the original was designed to make use of the most balanced planeset, I wanted a thread to explore other possible planesets. The standard difficulty is the disadvatage of the Albatross DVa compared to 1918 Camels and SE5as, as well as the otherworldliness of the Pfalz DIIIa and the poor Fokker DVII, which can only be addressed by FM changes. These are some other considerations:
-The Marinekorps had a very limited aerial component until it was reinforced for the resumed U-Boat offensive in 1917, so 1916 settings are difficult.
-After Jutland the Germans sent destroyer flotillas to Flanders to support the U-boat offensive and to attack the barrages. Documents found on a captured U-boat indicated that both British mines and the barrage of the Dover Straits were almost entirely ineffective and led to the replacement of Admiral Bacon, whose strategy involved the advanced barrage off Zeebrugge and Ostend and monitor attacks on the ports, with Admiral Keyes, who demanded that the Dover barrage be lit at night so the U-boats couldn't pass it on the surface. German destroyers then attacked the more vulnerable drifters, causing a scandal.
-Admiral Keyes favoured direct attacks on the ports, leading to the Zeebrugge and Ostende raids of April and May 1918, which at least blocked German destroyers in Bruges. Though U-boats could get around the blockships, the much tougher Dover Straits barrage made the U-boats considerably less effective. The air attacks which preceded the raids had very limited effect, the weather was not favourable.
-Gotha attacks on England ended in May 1918 and daylight attacks before then. Gothas were used to bomb aerodromes and depots around Dunkirk. The O/400 was in use by September 1917, with the Strutters phased out except for home and coastal defence. RNAS bombers were directed against the German ports and aerodromes, a Zeebrugge lock and U-boat shelters would be useful for this (another reason why the Tirpitz Battery needs improved defences!) Heavy bombers were used almost exclusively as night bombers after mid-1917, they were too vulnerable and too expensive for daylight use.
-The Fokker Dr1 was not allocated to the Marinekorps, it seems to have been a low level fighter devoted to the Kaiserschlact (like the Yak-1 in WW2?). However the Marinekorps aces did get the early Fokker E.Vs in August 1918. By late 1918 the heavy fighting was elsewhere though, the nearest battles were at the Lys and Kemmelburg, also the U-boats were not as much of a threat.
-After the failure of the Nivelle Offensive the French army had less need for air support and French squadrons were allocated to the Channel to support the British. The Hanriot is not yet available for preorder but it would be a late 1917 onwards addition.
Comments?? I will do some further research, the Marinekorps book I wanted last year but was which delayed is supposed to be published soon.