- Jan 2015
- Space Bat Lair
The Royal Navy never lost control of the Med, they retained control of the Western (Gibraltar) and Eastern Med (Alexandria, Cyprus) for the entire war, it was only the Central Med that was contested.One other thing occurred to me. During the 1941 Siege of Tobruk the Royal Navy had control of the Mediterranean so it was relatively easy to run supplies and reinforcements into Tobruk. In November and December 1941, the Royal Navy suffered a series of disasters and lost control of the Med.
There were few major British warships in the Eastern Med in the spring and summer of '42.
And while the British did lose 2 battleships and a Battlecruiser (+ 2 more damaged) in Nov/Dec 1941, it didnt change the naval balence of power, or affect battleship availability in the Spring of '42, .
Germany lost two of its three capital ships in Feb 42, in the Channel Dash, leaving only the Tirpitz operational, while the Italian capital ships are starved of fuel.
Meanwhile during from Oct 41 - April 42 the British have added 4 available battleships + a battlecruiser, so the total available is almost unchanged.
Resolution (out with torpedo damage since Sept 1940) returns Oct 1941
HMS Duke of York is commissioned Nov 41
Renown (in refit since July 41) returns Nov 41
Warspite (out since May 41 with bomb damage) returns Dec 1941
HMS Anson completed and commissioned April 1942
HMS Valiant repaired by July 1942
HMS Howe commissioned Aug 1942
The withdrawal of the Japanese carriers in April 1942 after the Indian Ocean raid, and the subsequent Kido Butai involvement at Coral Sea and Midway, eliminates most of the threat to the British Indian Ocean fleet.
The Britsh have 5 battleships in the Indian Ocean (Warspite, Revenge, Resoluton, Ramillies, Royal Sovereign) + Valiant under repair, so it wouldn't be too difficult to detach a couple into the Med