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By the Spring of 1941 the West Africans campaigns had come to a close with the liberation of The Gambia from the Axis forces that had been invited in by the treacherous Vichy government into French West Africa following the fall of France in autumn of 1939. There was still heavy fighting expected in North Africa, and daily one expected war in the Pacific. Meanwhile the USSR and Germany circled each other, each steeped in distrust and disgust.

It was clearly not time to retake Continental Europe yet, so the Canadian Committee of War began to consider ways in which the Dominion might best assist Allied endeavours. There were already plans afoot to expand the Royal Canadian Navy to provide more escorts for vital convoy duty, but the Royal Canadian Army was unlikely to be much expanded from its current size - at least for several years. There simply wasn't the manpower available. This left the Royal Canadian Airforce, which at that time consisted of a wing of Swordfish planes, which had moderate success only in interdicting Axis supplies to West Africa; and a wing of Hurricanes being used to aid the air defence of the United Kingdom. A second wing of Hurricanes was due to formed up in Nova Scotia for deployment to West Africa.

This was not going to win the war, or even materially contribute to doing so. It would require an actual strike force, were there to be any such chance. The outcome of the Committee meeting on the 2nd February 1941 was the development of a heavy bomber arm.

Some technical research had already been undertaken along these lines, and it was directed that this was all put together in the development of a new model of aircraft, that became the Lancaster B. The first Lancaster B's rolled off the production lines in late May of 1941, but initial production was slow and industrial resources were initially scarce. Indeed it took nearly a year - until March of 1942 - until the first wing of bombers - No.5 Squadron RCAF was formed up for training in Nova Scotia. As was by then standard RCAF practice it consisted of 100 operational aircraft. By late June 1942 initial training was completed and it was deployed to England, ready to commence the bombing campaign. By this time a second Wing - No.1 Squadron - also formed up in Nova Scotia to begin its training regimen.

A few words of the Lancaster B - compared to the initial Canadian protoype the B version had an improved engine - both in terms of power output and slightly increased efficiency, which combined with a slightly more developed arrangement of the fuel tanks allowed a longer range. It also had a greatly enlarged hold, and the entire frame had been somewhat strengthened.

At a meeting of the Canadian Committe for War on the 28th June 1942 the authorisation was given to commence the bombing campaign on the 1st July. It was also authorised to continue to expand the bombing arm, of equal priority to the army and navy. It was also expected that initially the impact of the campaign was to be minor - in and of itself something of a training exercise. Therefore a formal Sub-Committee was formed, which became known unpretentiously as the Bomber Committee. Regular reports were to be made to this Committee as to progress.

It is on the basis of these reports that this Account is based. I have tried, where possible, to divorce myself from opinion and to concentrate on facts. Where necessary I have mentioned other developments in the war, but this account is on the bombing campaign itself and nothing more.
 
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My friend, so glad to see you back into the saddle! :)
 
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The decision was initially made to select targets in Northern Italy, with a secondary list in Austria. As it was the secondary list was not used. Over the course of the month 4 bombers were lost to enemy action, and one enemy fighter was identified as being shot down. Damage to the enemy was definite, but minor.

In an attempt to aid the Bomber Committee's deliberations they engaged a pair of strapping young mathematicians to come up with an easy statistical way to consider damage. They came up with the Factory Equivalent Unit. The precise methodology of this unit is far beyond the scope of this Account, but a full explanation in the pamphlet: Calculating comparative economic impacts across different industries due to war damage, a statistical analysis, as listed in the bibliography.

By the FEU measure, 1.5 FEU had been inhibited during the month.
 
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My friend, so glad to see you back into the saddle! :)
Thank you. This is just a little basic idea I had and am running with.
 

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Nice little niche you’ve created here, my friend. Will see where you take it. :)
 
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No. 5 Squadron continued its bombing campaign of what has been called the Alpine Operational Area. Unfortunately enemy interception activity was so high as to totally inhibit effective operations. As a consequence it was decided at the mid-point of the month to switch operations to the West Germany Operational Area. By the end of the month however only minimal damage had been confirmed, of an estimated 0.1 FEU.

During the month only a single bomber was lost.
 
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Nice little niche you’ve created here, my friend. Will see where you take it. :)
This is meant to be a very simple low-intensity AAR, but we'll see how much of the rest of the campaign leaks through :)
 
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No.5 Squadron continued its operational campaign in the West Germany Operational Area. During the month the squadron suffered 3 losses whilst inflicting 0.8 FEU of damage. It was noted that, part-way through the month, other Allied activities (the raids in force in Ghent and St Nazaire) diverted significant numbers of enemy fighters.

It has also been observed that Axis observation appears to have determined that the Lancaster B bomber is the most effective Allied unit in this sort of warfare, and this might explain the apparent desire to concentrate their fighter forces in whichever Operational Area is being targeted. Thus, when No 1 Squadron is deplyed (expected early-mid October) they should be deployed to a different area.
 
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No.5 Squadron continued its campaign in the West Germany Operational Area. It suffered 3 losses and inflicted 1.1 FEU. The slow and steady improvement here is believed to be attributable to the divided enemy fighter forces, a larger portion of which were rebased to attend to No. 1 Squadron's activities mid-month.

No.1 Squadron began its operations in the East Germany OA on 13th October. This may have been an inauspicious start date, as by the end of the month they had suffered 5 losses and only inflicted 0.3 FEU of damage. They had also credible claims to have shot down 3 enemy fighters.

Given No.1 Squadron were operating for effectively half the time of No.5 Squadron their losses seem very high. It is not known at this time if this is the result of chance, or some other factor. This will be monitored.

On 23rd October No.7 Squadron was formed and entered training in the West Midlands of Great Britain.

In total we lost 8 bombers for 1.4 FEU and 3 enemy fighters.

Some consideration was given to developing a new version of the Lancaster, but Fighter Command is making a strong case they need an upgrade on the Spitfire C model for No. 3 & 4 Squadrons. Some thought was also given to developing a long-range fighter escort, but it was pointed out that currently there is no spare industrial capacity. It has also been pointed out that the army is hoping soon to upgrade some of its equipment, as it has spent most of the last six weeks defending Messina from constant Axis assaults.

A final operational consideration has been made - that perhaps the bombing efforts should be redirected from the European theatre to Japan. In the last few months the Japanese situation in China has began to deteriorate despite their gains in the Dutch East Indies. No doubt the weaker industrial power, and isolated, perhaps our bombers will have a greater impact there.

The Committee agreed there was not enough information at present. Current operations will continue, and the matter will be discussed again in the New Year.
 
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Will we get any pics of the squadrons? Or will this be a short narrative only format? Either is great, of course. Just curious. :)
 

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Seems the Jerries are struggling with your airborne forces. :)
 

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This is a fun concept.
Thank you

Will we get any pics of the squadrons? Or will this be a short narrative only format? Either is great, of course. Just curious. :)
I won't say there will not be any screenshots or pics, however this is very much (for me) an old-style AAR with copious hand-written notes



NB: I probably ought to tidy my desk sometime soon!

Seems the Jerries are struggling with your airborne forces. :)
Alas, it feels more like I am struggling with theirs!
 
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Whilst our bomber numbers are relatively low it has been decided to experiment somewhat, but also a more considered approach about what is likely to be most impact the Axis war effort. Resources - especially oil. To this end it was decided to concentrate on the Balkan OAs, given the oil in Romania, Aluminium in Hungary, and so on.

No1 Squadron was ordered to halt operations and commence a short training burst to bring the new pilots up to speed. It was then ordered to commence operations in the Western Balkan OA. No5 Squadron was deployed to Palestine, and would commence operations in the Eastern Balkan OA. Both No5 and No1 Squadrons would commence their new endeavours on the 4th November.

From the 4th November to the end of the month No1 Squadron suffered but a single loss, damaged 1.2 FEU, and were responsible for the destruction of two enemy fighters. In the same period No5 Squadron also suffered a single loss, caused 0.8 FEU of damage, and shot down 4 enemy fighters. It was observed that many interceptors in these new OAs were of an older type, which makes sense considering these areas are technically controlled by Germany's allies and lackeys, and not by Germany itself.

Meanwhile it was decided that No7 Squadron would commence active service after completing only basic training. They should have attained this by the start of December.
 
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No 7 Squadron began its bombardment campaign into the Northern Balkan OA on the 2nd December. Otherwise both No1 and No5 Squadrons continued their existing operations.

No 1 Squadron in the Western Balkan OA suffered no losses, caused 1.6 FEU, and accounted for a single enemy fighter

No 5 Squadron in the Eastern Balkan OA suffered 2 losses, caused 0.9 FEU, and shot down two enemy fighters.

No 7 Squadron in the Northern Balkan OA also suffered 2 losses, inflicted 1.6 FEU, and had no figher activity.

In total therefore the three squadrons were responsibel for 4.1 FEU of Infrastructure damage across the wider Balkan region, for 4 losses. This is considered a small but satisfactory beginning. A proof of concept as it were, though operations will necessarily have to greatly expand for a more crippling impact. To that end it is noted there are curently 81 Lancaster B bombers in reserve - a new squadron will be formed when this total reaches 105. As a side note an extra FEU has been added ot the third production line.

The proposal for operations against Japan have been shelved for the time being. The American attack on Hokkaido, initially successful, appears to have become cut off from its own reliable port. Meanwhile the fall of Hainan and Guangzhou threatens Hong Kong and may yet return the balance of the Chinese front to Japan's favour.

Some consideration was given to asking if Fighter Command would consider basing No. 3 & 4 Squadrons out of the Aegean airbases to provide cover for operations over Romania, but an initial approach to Fighter Command shows this is not popular. The success they have had in fighter patrols over The Channel - 5 losses for 21 German fighters and 8 naval attack aircraft - convinced them this is a better use for their craft.

As a final note the Committe of War has started to canvas views about whether a solution to the Quebecois recruitment situation should be sought, or side-stepped by concentrated on increased industrialisation. The Bomber committee expressed a neutral view. Further industrialisation would certainly improve rate of construction of new bombers - but bombers do require crews. If the demands on the Army continue - especially with the ongoing defence of Messina - the Bomber Committee suggests the decision may be taken out of our hands.
 
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You know, whenever you mention this Committee, I envision some nefarious Mafiaesque entity operating in the shadows. :D
 

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You know, whenever you mention this Committee, I envision some nefarious Mafiaesque entity operating in the shadows. :D
Whereas I mean a quite ordinary military committee, filled with a mixture of more-or-less competent officers who may (or may not) actually know anything about the subject at hand, trying to do their best, leavened with a healthy number of narcissists, incompetents, appointees, and prima donnas.

:)
 

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So, it’s to be Spaatz’s oil campaign rather than the Harris city destruction tour of Germany? Sounds like it got off to a fair start. Out of interest, does the game provide the detail of opting for daytime or nighttime strategic bombing, the other great question of the strategic bombing war against Germany? At least until D-Day approached.
 

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So, it’s to be Spaatz’s oil campaign rather than the Harris city destruction tour of Germany? Sounds like it got off to a fair start. Out of interest, does the game provide the detail of opting for daytime or nighttime strategic bombing, the other great question of the strategic bombing war against Germany? At least until D-Day approached.
Well, to be fair I don't really have enough bombers to make either properly work for now. Having played out the next three months there are some hurdles yet to overcome :)

And yes, there is the option to day, or night, or both - and in the Strategic Destruction focus tree you even get a point where it splits allowing you to choose which to concentrate on.
 
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The progress in the first month of the year has been a step back. Increased opposition, as well as possibly adverse weather contributed to higher losses and little effect being achieved. Part-way through the month a short pause was instituted, and then all three active Squadrons were assigned to first the Northern Balkan OA, and then the Southern Balkan OA. After less than 5 days the Axis had deployed over 2200 fighters to counter our bombers, or so we estimated.

Across the three OA therefore the totals were 8 losses, 0.7 FEU of damage, and 6 enemy fighters destroyed.

In other news No.8 Squadron was formed in Alexandria and began training. Fourteen Lancaster B bombers are currently in reserve.

A new approach is going to be considered for February.
 
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