Johan Van Camp
Rick Young wrote:
Johan - Sounds like your clever Axis opponent lured you into a self-sustaining POW camp.
Well the actual situation isn't quite that bad, though probably not that much better either... after defeating the British line in Western Egypt the Axis played out two Operational Breakthrough movements in order to have their few remaining panzers make a dash for the ports of Alexandria and Transjordan - assuming that with those ports no longer under Allied control, it would seriously complicate British operations in Africa or the Middle East. Fortunately there weren't enough special actions (or units for that matter) left to pass through Upper Egypt as well, so that area remained British-controlled, and in order to cling on to that African toe-hold I ended up strat-moving a strong infantry unit into that area. I was thinking that without such an action, the Axis would have a clear run on Baku, but maybe it would have been better to give up on Egypt alltogether and send the unit straight to Persia - act as a speed bump while the Russians build up their (currently non-existing) southern flank defenses.
But it's in this context that I started wondering what difference an Axis-occupied Upper Egypt would have made. Looks like invading through that route is only an viable option when the whole Atlantic fleet is not preoccupied with anything more important (i.e. before any serious action on the western front)...
...in any case, a big thanks for the quick response!! :-)