Whenever the mouse pointer moves over a group of ships or a base, a Force Information Box opens. This box summarizes the most important facts known about that fighting force. For a friendly base, this information includes:
Name of Base Location (Latitude and Longitude) Damage to the Airfield List of all Squadrons Currently Based Here
Whenever a Force Information Box is open on one of your task groups or bases, you can give orders to the forces listed in the box. Left-click to open the Command Menu. Note that time stops while you are giving orders to your forces. Force Information Boxes for enemy forces will include only the information your reconnaissance planes were able to collect, plus whatever can be calculated from that data. The names of commanding officers, for example, will surely remain unknown. For an enemy base, you will normally get:
Name of Base Location (Latitude and Longitude) List of those Squadrons Spotted by Reconnaissance
The standard reconnaissance report on an enemy task group includes: Time and Date of Sighting Location (Latitude and Longitude) at time of sighting Speed and Heading at time of sighting Composition at time of sighting.
There are three levels of scale on the map. When you begin the battle, the map is at that level which shows the greatest area and the least detail. To zoom in (view a smaller area in more detail), press Z. Note that the action does pause while you are changing the scale. Use the mouse to move the magnification box to the area you want to scrutinize more closely, then left-click. Repeat this procedure to zoom to the smallest viewing area (and the highest level of detail). To zoom out (view a larger area in less detail), press X.