The Operational Art of War IV
Submitted by: David K.
Using Air Units:
The long-term effectiveness of your air units is inversely proportional to
apparent visibility over the battlefield. Sad perhaps, but true. While it
fun to launch an Air Strike on a particular location, this is the least
way to use your Air units. Sometimes, however, you really need the immediate
firepower. If so, go for it. Remember that there is a cost though. Combat
Missions are moderately efficient, and again, sometimes you can’t do
Unfortunately, they also grind your Air units down more quickly than any
They are also a dandy way to draw enemy fighters into the fray, which may
not be a good thing depending on the local Air Superiority equation. If you
Air Supremacy (the enemy can’t effectively contest your Air Superiority
your units will be most effective on Interdiction missions. Few things wear
bad guys down as quickly as empty fuel tanks, magazines, and mess kits, and
inability to move near Roads and Railroads can be a real nuisance. If the
air force is much stronger than yours, keep your air units on Air
Missions and hope for the best. Consider keeping your best ground attack
out of the action. They may be more effective as a threat, forcing your
to maintain a strong Air Superiority effort at the expense of his
and Combat Support efforts.
Combat Planning Considerations:
All units will have their Movement Allowances reduced to reflect the amount
time necessary to resolve all attacks. This means you should move most of
units before resolving any attacks. If you believe all attacks will be
quickly, you should hold back a few high Movement Allowance units for use
exploitation reserve. If you wish to exploit any breakthroughs before your
can react, consider holding off on the kinds of Attacks that are likely to
long time to resolve – those involving units that have expended most of
Movement Allowance and fixed Attacks on defensive positions with probable
Losses orders emphasis.
If you find that you have the option to use Nuclear Weapons, be sure to
the Scenario briefing. In almost all cases, there are significant potential
associated with these weapons.
Keeping Your Units Supplied:
There are a few things you can do to maximize the amount of supplies
flowing to your units:
* Make sure to keep your Lines of Communication open. Don’t let the bad
guys cut in
* Don’t move your units unless necessary.
* Keep your units near a cooperative headquarters unit.
* Avoid “boondocks” deployments. Try to keep your units in urban locations,
Anchorage locations, or
* If your opponent has a strong Interdiction capability (lots of Air units
performing Interdiction Missions),
keep some of your air units on Air Superiority