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Subject: Support Limits in the Med rss

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Edward Kendrick
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MEDITERRANEAN SUPPLY RESTRICTIONS: When a supply
path is traced through the Mediterranean Sea-zone, the Supply capacity
for each friendly Fleet Point is reduced by one for each of the
two following conditions that apply:
a) One or both of Malta or Sicily is enemy-controlled (can affect
both sides)
b) Crete is Axis-controlled (affects Western-Allies only).
The maximum reduction is one for the Axis, and two for the Western-
Allies.
EXAMPLE: The British have nine ground & ground-support units
needing supply as follows: seven in Egypt, one in Gibraltar, and one
in Malta, with the Axis controlling Sicily & Sardinia, but not Crete
(Allied Mediterranean supply is reduced by one to three units per
fleet).


This is taken from section 3.33. My question is, where does Sardinia come into things? The rule mentions Malta and Sicily, but not Sardinia; but the example mentions Sardinia as though it were important. Is there an omission from the rule, or is the mention of Sardinia in the example redundant?
 
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The first edition of the rules had Sardinia as part of that calculation, but it was removed in the second edition. Looks like the example was not updated to match.
 
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Edward Kendrick
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nickgb wrote:
The first edition of the rules had Sardinia as part of that calculation, but it was removed in the second edition. Looks like the example was not updated to match.


Thanks very much for this - that makes sense from a rules point of view.

From a realism perspective, you can see that aircraft in Sardinia could attack the supply route, but once Sicily has fallen to the Allies the writing is on the wall and the aircraft would probably be withdrawn to defend the mainland. (I'm considering abstracted aircraft here, of course.)

Third Reich had somewhat similar rules for Italian surrender, but they allowed Allied control of either Sicily or both Sardinia and Corsica to be one of the factors.
 
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I think the main problem with game play was that by having Sardinia in the rule it made taking Malta (by the Axis) a waste of time. The allies promptly invade Sardinia thus removing the effect of taking Malta in the first place.
 
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