Originally posted by Axe_99au:
Well, it would be a bit silly for me not to chime in here
. While I've warmed to the Brits, they are _very_ tactically limited.
For 1945, their tanks are pretty rubbish, and even for 1942 their outclassed by the T-34, KV-1, Tiger, Panzer IV and SAU 40. They are a little better than the Sherman and better than the Carro M-15, but they're far from top class. In a 1945 game, the Brits need to avoid tank battles.
Good, but I actually find stronger in 1939 and 1945 than 1942. In '39 the Spitfire is unmatched (as the US and Italians only get their Spit-equivalents in 1942), and in 1945 they've got the Typhoon. While the Lanc is good, the B-17 and USSR PE-8 both do as much damage, and the Arado and Italian P-108 are quicker. While the Typhoon is good, it won't match 1945 fighters in the air, and is more expensive to build and does the same amount of damage as the Sturmovik - I often find that I'm paying for air-to-air capability in the Typhoon I don't use.
In fact, I think the _best_ British unit is the Hurricane - it's cheap and you can get it out quick to help the Brits hold out early on in the game. Also (and ahistorically, given the Brits had a stronger bomber focus before the outbreak of war, by some margin, than any other military in the world), the Brits have to research their first Bomber, unlike the US, Germans, Soviets or French.
Solid, but not as good as the German or Soviet (but better than the US - the Firefly's armour is 15mm thicker than the Jackson's).
Solid - strong short-medium range, non-existent long-range. I'd say about average here, but obviously the Brits need to avoid long-range artillery duels.
Weak against armour, average against infantry.
The Anson only plods along at 360 km/hr, same speed as everyone else's recon plane except the Italians. It's deffo slower than a Hurri/Lancaster (both 540 km/hr), as if you want to do a Lanc/Anson bombing Rush, you need to send them there at different times because the Anson is slower, rather than just select 'em all and send 'em in. The Anson is also more expensive than the USA, USSR or German Recon plane.
Ground recon requires an armour base (one of only two factions - the other being the French - that can't pop one out from a barracks), and is expensive for what you get (significantly slower and similarly armed to a Greyhound, $5 more expensive).
The Brits' planes are good, and above average, but that doesn't help them compensate for their very large weakness in tanks, and weakness in long-range arty. This locks them in to a more limited range of strategies which, in turn, are easier to counter.
Don't get me wrong, the breadth of RUSE is such, that there are still plenty of ways for the Brits to win, but up against the Germans or US, the Brits 'strong' units aren't significantly better. However, after time with all the different factions, I'd say that the French and Italians are also underpowered in key areas, so the Brits have company