I would not be so pessimitic. Why don't you place an (experienced) SS MECH with a leader with a defensive bonus in Messina. It is very hard to destroy such a unit if the Allies do not have two TACs and multiple shore bombardment options. With the RN nearly totally destroyed, it will be very difficult for the Allies to capture Messina even if they have the TACs.Plaid wrote:Looks like another game with early loss of Italy is coming, I bet italy surrenders by the end of 1942.
Furthermore, you could bring some Fallschirmjäger to this theater. They can easily make a jump to Sicily and bolster the defenders if necessary. If they jump into a hex controlled by the Axis they will not take losses normally. Last but not least, you could perhaps even jump into Tunis from Sardinia with an Italian (or German Para) placed there. Of course the Allies could capture Tunis in one turn (which is likely if properly prepared), but if they do not succeed, then the Para unit will not be quickly destroyed.