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Subject: North Africa and Tunis rss

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Matthew Oberholtzer
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Is there any advantage to placing an army on North Africa and Tunis rather than a fleet? The only reason I can see for this is that by placing an army there you more easily gain the trust of France or Italy. Then again, if you are in reasonable position to gain Tunis, then aren't you already going to be moving fleets by Italy and France?
 
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Brian Newman
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The main advantage is that you can use it in a surprise convoy at some point, whereas a fleet only threatens the adjacent waters.
 
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Eric Brosius
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Let's say you're Italy, and you want to attack Turkey.

In Spring 1901, if you move your fleet to Tunis, it will take you at least 3 more moves to enter Turkey.

On the other hand, if you move A Rom-Apu and then convoy it to Tunis, you can build a second fleet in Naples and you can be in Turkey in 2 moves.
 
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Petras Ra┼żanskas
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Blackberry wrote:
The main advantage is that you can use it in a surprise convoy at some point, whereas a fleet only threatens the adjacent waters.


Exactly, convoyed attacks are a lot faster and usually a lot more surprising.
 
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Ryan Werner
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Whenever I play as Italy, I prefer to open with F Ionian Sea C (A Apulia-Tunis) unless the winds from other lands suggest that two Armies are needed on the continent. Opening F Naples-Ionian Sea usually raises the guard of Turkey, but an often overlooked aspect is the possibilities for a supported F Ionian Sea C (A Tunis-Greece) or a surprise F Ionian Sea C (A Tunis-Albania). The Lepanto is nice but only a trick to which only inexperienced Turkish players fall easy prey. Opening F Naples-Tyrrhenian Sea is an obvious red flag to the French player, and usually a careful realignment of forces in or to the West is key to successfully attacking France. However, the westward offensive is usually bold for Italy and cannot typically be viable without substantive help from either Germany or England. Additionally, such a campaign assumes no trickery in the East as most of Italy's forces are needed in the West, leaving the Eastern Front very vulnerable.
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