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      ernieernie
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      When we think of night bombers (the Icons that show a bomber sign with a yellow half moon on them) we think of raids on factories and cities. Bombing away industrial capacity, perhaps hitting mines, oil sites etc.

        Being night bombers however they are less effective than day bombers, they do however have some advantages. For instance they can only be shot at by night bombers and flak type units. This means that day fighters are useless against them.

          So how do you use this to your advantage. One of the things I like to do is to use night bombers to bomb airbases in areas I want to attack later with conventional bombers. Why is that? Well as an airbase loses structural points, so do the fighters there lose readiness. They do this, not because you hit them, but rather because that the mechanics of the game say that a plane at a location that allows them to be there, cannot have more readiness than the site has in percentage of the original location.

            In other words, the fighters there lose more readiness than they would be the bombs hitting them alone. The landingstrips are damaged, and that has an effect on the fighters. Why is this big? Because the interception range is determined by the planes readiness, as well as their fighting capabilities.

              There are only two ways to combat this tactic. Both are at a disadvantage to the tactic.

                Your opponent might build night fighters, but would then have to bring them to the front, where this bombing is taking place, and night fighters cannot do anything but intercept night bombers… So a few night bombers can force the opponent to use quite a bit of resources.

                  The other option, and probably the better one, is to have flak positioned at each airbase. This will cost resources to do as well. The option is better because it allows protection against regular bombers too.

                    Did I mention that you could concentrate many night bombers on a single airbase, and destroy it, along with any air units there… Night bombers can really be something that gives your opponent grey hairs.

                  1. #219
                    MariusMarius
                    Participant

                    Attacking air bases with night bombers is indeed the best way to reduce the air defenses of the enemy so that you can make an attack o ground units with less opposition from interceptors. They are also useful against cities and resource centers deep in enemy territory. All this assumes th enemy does not have night fighters.
                    I find that the best antidote to night bombers is the night fighter II. They have a good interception range so there is no need to base them near the front. The Western front in Europe can be adequately defended by three forces of night fighters with overlapping coverage. This make deep bombing raids with night bombers ineffective without escorts. Night fighters can escort night bombers on targets closer to the friendly air bases but in my experience the defenders have an advantage so the raids are costly and the damage is not great.
                    Night bombers are great when the enemy does not have night fighters. Once the enemy has night fighter coverage they are not much use.

                  2. #220
                    ernieernie
                    Keymaster

                    I must admit that I have only ever used this tactic against an Axis opponent, while playing the Soviets. My opponent opted not to research the two levels of night fighters you mention, and radar, which is also needed for night fighter II.

                      But you are right, the happy times will be over once night fighters II are invested in, and produced. At least until you invest in the later night fighters, which Alexandre has classified as Night Interdictors, in his descriptive texts. Night Interdictors can be used both as escorts and interceptors.

                    1. #342
                      Armoured LionArmoured Lion
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                      This a big hole in my game… good advice and I will make quick alterations in my doctrine… thanks.

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                    • #218
                      ernieernie
                      Keymaster

                      When we think of night bombers (the Icons that show a bomber sign with a yellow half moon on them) we think of raids on factories and cities. Bombing away industrial capacity, perhaps hitting mines, oil sites etc.

                        Being night bombers however they are less effective than day bombers, they do however have some advantages. For instance they can only be shot at by night bombers and flak type units. This means that day fighters are useless against them.

                          So how do you use this to your advantage. One of the things I like to do is to use night bombers to bomb airbases in areas I want to attack later with conventional bombers. Why is that? Well as an airbase loses structural points, so do the fighters there lose readiness. They do this, not because you hit them, but rather because that the mechanics of the game say that a plane at a location that allows them to be there, cannot have more readiness than the site has in percentage of the original location.

                            In other words, the fighters there lose more readiness than they would be the bombs hitting them alone. The landingstrips are damaged, and that has an effect on the fighters. Why is this big? Because the interception range is determined by the planes readiness, as well as their fighting capabilities.

                              There are only two ways to combat this tactic. Both are at a disadvantage to the tactic.

                                Your opponent might build night fighters, but would then have to bring them to the front, where this bombing is taking place, and night fighters cannot do anything but intercept night bombers… So a few night bombers can force the opponent to use quite a bit of resources.

                                  The other option, and probably the better one, is to have flak positioned at each airbase. This will cost resources to do as well. The option is better because it allows protection against regular bombers too.

                                    Did I mention that you could concentrate many night bombers on a single airbase, and destroy it, along with any air units there… Night bombers can really be something that gives your opponent grey hairs.

                                  1. #219
                                    MariusMarius
                                    Participant

                                    Attacking air bases with night bombers is indeed the best way to reduce the air defenses of the enemy so that you can make an attack o ground units with less opposition from interceptors. They are also useful against cities and resource centers deep in enemy territory. All this assumes th enemy does not have night fighters.
                                    I find that the best antidote to night bombers is the night fighter II. They have a good interception range so there is no need to base them near the front. The Western front in Europe can be adequately defended by three forces of night fighters with overlapping coverage. This make deep bombing raids with night bombers ineffective without escorts. Night fighters can escort night bombers on targets closer to the friendly air bases but in my experience the defenders have an advantage so the raids are costly and the damage is not great.
                                    Night bombers are great when the enemy does not have night fighters. Once the enemy has night fighter coverage they are not much use.

                                  2. #220
                                    ernieernie
                                    Keymaster

                                    I must admit that I have only ever used this tactic against an Axis opponent, while playing the Soviets. My opponent opted not to research the two levels of night fighters you mention, and radar, which is also needed for night fighter II.

                                      But you are right, the happy times will be over once night fighters II are invested in, and produced. At least until you invest in the later night fighters, which Alexandre has classified as Night Interdictors, in his descriptive texts. Night Interdictors can be used both as escorts and interceptors.

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                                      Armoured LionArmoured Lion
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                                      This a big hole in my game… good advice and I will make quick alterations in my doctrine… thanks.

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