• This is silly. It’s not defendable by the UK, unless Germany has already been slaughtered in Africa & the Med….but if that is the case, then why are you building it, since Africa is already mopped up?

    I agree it’s not defendable until Germany has been kicked out of Africa (and Japan is held at bay in Asia), and I’m not necessarily defending it as a good choice… but let me tell you something, I’ll put the American fleet in UKSZ, get a carrier/ escort of subs/trans down to the med and start pumping INF from Egypt… in most games I play the German player stacks EEu, Germany and WEu (in that order unless the threat to Germany proper is clear and present). SEu is almost always under-defended. Taking SEu makes the German player attack on the next turn and if nothing else gives UK 6 IPC extra for a turn.

    The German airforce will slaughter you for nothing. So you’ll waste how much money building ICs, trannies, fleet defence…for a piddly lil opportunity to land a few dudes in SE? Yikes.

    Yes, I’m sure once I send a carrier down there the German air force will be more than willing to engage. Plus, I’m sure at this point in the game Germany has plenty of fighters to spare so they wouldn’t mind if my trannies got in a fluke hit or two and Germany suddenly had no fighter defense for Western Europe. 😄

    Look, putting an IC in Egypt is not (I believe) the best place to do it, given an average game. But it does give some advantages that I think are worthwhile, even if it’s slapping 2 fighters a little closer to the Eastern Front (vs. Japan). And it does open up a new area for the British to threaten. It’s different and trying different strategies is the key to finding that “new way” to open the game up.


  • the Egypt IC is not intended to be the main assault thrust into Germany. it is simply there to open another front on Germany and divert as many troops as possible from other fronts. the amphibious assault from the me leaves more options than one may think. with trannies from the SZ on the south side of the Suez, outside the med, one can attack the Ukraine, E/Eur, S/Eur. and if you start the assault from the other side of the Suez, you can even reach W/Eur for a 2 coast assault along with troops from the UK/SZ. German fighters cant normally reach the other side of the Suez, without having already taken AES or IEA, which would make the whole buildup impossible to begin with.


  • @M-4_Sherman:

    the Egypt IC is not intended to be the main assault thrust into Germany. it is simply there to open another front on Germany and divert as many troops as possible from other fronts. the amphibious assault from the me leaves more options than one may think. with trannies from the SZ on the south side of the Suez, outside the med, one can attack the Ukraine, E/Eur, S/Eur. and if you start the assault from the other side of the Suez, you can even reach W/Eur for a 2 coast assault along with troops from the UK/SZ. German fighters cant normally reach the other side of the Suez, without having already taken AES or IEA, which would make the whole buildup impossible to begin with.

    I agree with M-4_Sherman, an Egypt IC is merely a diversion and simply used to provide a multiple threat to the entire German homeland (i.e. all of Europe). Only German bombers can attack ships in the Red Sea Zone (southern Suez). Also, an infantry push from Egypt into Asia, Caucasus or even Moscow is very helpful as well. In addition, French Indo-China Burma is within striking distance as well … thus, Egypt is a very strategic striking point for the Allies (if properly done and at the proper time).

    The whole point is placing troops on the mainland. Whether it’s Europe, Asia or Africa … get as many troops there and as soon as possible.


  • I agree with your logic, MB, but:

    Egypt is a very strategic striking point for the Allies (if properly done and at the proper time).

    I think these forums have established that not only Egypt, but also India and Spain, can be strategic striking points, etc., etc. and you could argue that any attack could be that way. 🙂


  • I agree with your logic, MB, but:

    Egypt is a very strategic striking point for the Allies (if properly done and at the proper time).

    I think these forums have established that not only Egypt, but also India and Spain, can be strategic striking points, etc., etc. and you could argue that any attack could be such an attack. 🙂


  • I agree there are SEVERAL strategic attacking points … but ANY attack – NO!!


  • Gentlemen.

    I submit that you have not thought the IC in Egypt strategy through at all 🙂

    It is easy to say you will just do this or that, but I don’t think you are looking at the economics, fundamentals of strategy likely played by the Axis, and relative combat power and it’s affect on the game.

    It seems like you are already presupposing that the Axis have lost, so you can do anything you want.

    Consider this:

    For an IC and a single tranny it will cost you $23, without even having any men to put in it, although in your scenario you can likely load the first tranny with the surviving troops already there.

    For that cost, Germany can essentially build 8 Inf, thus the relative start up cost already puts you in a big hole. Build your IC and tranny. I’ll slap 8 Inf into SE…now what?

    So now you’ll need at least 4 trannies, plus the IC, plus a Capitol ship to protect them. Otherwise, you have no hope of even attacking those 8 Inf.

    Of course, I’ll scale my actual placements based upon the actual threat.

    You cannot simply state…well I’ll divert the trannies from the N Sea. This does you no good, since then Germany does not need to defend its capitol nearly as well, or even EE as well.

    It is always cheaper to defend than attack. This is a basic principle of the game. It is also true that when attacking multiple territories it takes more offensive combat power than if you attacked only the single territory, typically even when the same number of total defensive units is unchanged (depends upon total battle size, but you get the point). This is especially true of the UK where the bulk of her offensive combat power comes from her air force.

    It is also true that UK attacks on EE are typically softening attacks, designed to set up the 1-2-3 which brings down EE.

    It is also true that UK strategy against EE is typically the hit and retreat from Karelia…in order to soften and preserve the UK air on the retreat.

    It is also true that amphibious assaults do not have a retreat.

    It is also true that the Russkies typically have the largest combat power, but because of turn order you never want them to go first.

    Thus, you fool yourself into believing that drawing German troops to SE is in your favour. It is in your favour ONLY if it doesn’t cost you anything.

    Instead, you actually weaken the threat of a 1-2-3 on EE. As time progresses and the total number of units increases, there is a greater demand for more offensive combat power on EE. The effectiveness of the Russian army diminshes as they cannot afford the investment in offensive capability.

    Thus, over time the drawing of UK forces away from a ground assault from Karelia actually strengthens the relative strength of the German defence.

    Since Germany is bottled, they have no intention of actually attacking Karelia…instead they await the Japs. The Allies can out-number the German 1.5 to 1 or even 2 to 1, but if no single nation has sufficient combat power to launch the first assault…well you won’t be attacking will you.

    If the UK trannies are in the Med…then Germany itself is not under threat from the UK, and the US alone is not enough, and EE can be drawn down a little as well. You no longer have the option to directly shuttle to Karelia and setup up for the UK 1-2-3 attack, and your attack is much more perilous because you can’t retreat…meaning you need even more combat power.

    So, you will need trannies in both the NSea and the Med, plus the IC, plus the men in the Med, plus a Capitol ship.

    What is the cost now? And how many German Infantry is that? Basically, I don’t care how much you send/build there…the cost/benefit will always be in the German favour…unless your income is so high that the game is actually already over…you are just playing it out.

    The net effect on WE is none. You have as many trannies as you choose to build, it doesn’t matter whether they come from the Med or NSea.

    The net effect on Ukraine is none…since Germany is already bottled and defensive, so at most you are trading Ukraine every turn with an Inf or two, which can easily be done from Karelia.

    You might have a spare Capitol ship to send. But if its a lone BB with some trannies, I will indeed sac it with either Ger or Japan. Since it needs at least 2 turns to move…I easily see it coming.

    If it’s an AC, now you have to keep more Ftrs aboard. A split fleet normally requires more Ftr defence, since two smaller fleets are more susceptible to a sac, than one large one. Typically, one large one frees all the Ftrs to go to the mainland, since you’ll have 8-9 trannies together.

    UK Ftrs pinned on AC defence in the Med are actually less flexible than UK Ftrs free to roam Asia/Europe from Russia.

    UK fleets in the RedSea is a dream…unless the game is already over. The RedSea is a Jap pond…anything UK there dies.

    The moment I sucker you in to leave Egypt and take that risky attack on SE, is the moment I also take your IC with Japan. You’ll need not only an attack force, but a defence force as well. Japan moves after UK remember.

    Speaking of that IC…what a nice target she is for Japan…not only can I easily reach it with massive combat power if I want, but I can also roam Africa, build units directly there…and best of all, I can build my Jap fleet directly in the Med. You can be sure it will be the Japs pushing through the canal, building more fleet there and then hunting in the Atlantic.

    I guess, you will need to send even more Allied troops down to Africa then…what’s the effect on combat power in EE of that?

    I can think of a million reasons why an Egypt IC is a bad idea for the UK. And I cannot think of a single advantage that can not be gained by simply dropping a load in Africa and marching to Egypt then Asia, or through Karelia then Caucusus.

    All of this wasted, so you can ‘threaten’ SE, which is almost certainly in Germany’s favour because of the cost.

    Shaking my head.

    SUD


  • If you are going to take the time to post something that well laided out, why not spend an extra minute and register? Just a thought… 😄


  • I don’t have the map in my head at the moment…. but the black sea does border to EE AFAIK… so, you could use any UK troops sitting there for the 1-2-3. The weakening probably is not that big. It is much more risky though, as SUD mentioned, but the airforce could retreat from the attack.

    I guess the most striking point is that Japan is offered another nice foothold. From my point of view: any factory that is build close to the Indian Ocean or Pacific Ocean is an invitation for Japan.

    (oh… i was just defending the IMHO weak strategy of an Egypt IC… shiver)


  • @haxorboy:

    If you are going to take the time to post something that well laided out, why not spend an extra minute and register? Just a thought… 😄

    dude - can’t you tell? That’s SOON YOU DIE!!!
    Get with the program.
    He’s like . . . he’s like “the cook” - you know - when Steven Sea-gull is lurking as a ship’s cook and yet is a a$$ kicking seal? That’s what SUD is to A&A.
    And i like F_alk’s line of thinking.
    but not a bad line SUD.


  • Yeah I read all of that in a 16 hour work induced haze, sorry SUD…I should have known…I will promise to do better next time 😉


  • Talk about a road warrior, when I was doing sales the most I would go out on the road was 2 weeks, and that was pushing it for me. Hope you are enjoying yourself.


  • at the risk of taking this off-topic, i did sales for 2.5 years and left home for 3-4 weeks (usually just 1-2 weeks tho’).


  • Reading the loooooooong Guest post I had the feeling this was a force to be aware of I reached the end and the SUD clicked a switch! 😮 Having read lots of the old fora…

    It is an honor to kneel in the presence of greatness. 😎 I finally get to meet…uh…see the feet of a legend.

    SUD, welcome back from a new dweeb on the block!

    WOW! I thought all the masters were gone, but…
    ( :oops: LJ gets all choked up and emotional. Embarassment sets in and he leaves rather than seem like a wuss.)


  • Poop! I thought I was logged in. I don’t think my computer likes me. Well, at least I left a clue in the text sos you know it was me. I think I’ll leave my initials like SUD…learning from the best!

    LJ


  • @Anonymous:

    WOW! I thought all the masters were gone, but…
    ( :oops: LJ gets all choked up and emotional. Embarassment sets in and he leaves rather than seem like a wuss.)

    ahem
    i need to beat Darth Maximus to acheive master status, i suppose . . . .

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    Never!!!

    Actually, we haven’t played in a while. We’re due for a game. After all the screw jobs in China, I probably owe you two or three more games.


  • cc,
    you are a great poster, but I admire the concise posts that DM and SUD leave infrequently. It leaves me wanting more…

    Swapping sides…I feel like Jun and Allison on Big Brother 4. My teenaged daughter loves the show(actually, I think it’s the 'hunks’as she would say.)

    I’m considering throwing the TV out…better yet give it to a charity…THAT’S IT!


  • @cystic:

    dude - can’t you tell? That’s SOON YOU DIE!!!
    Get with the program.
    He’s like . . . he’s like “the cook” - you know - when Steven Sea-gull is lurking as a ship’s cook and yet is a a$$ kicking seal? That’s what SUD is to A&A.

    CC, I must respectfully disagree with you on this point for several reasons, not least of which is because I dislike Steven Sea-gull. 😄 I would compare him to thinks, can’t come up with someone D**n, all right, I got it. Boba Fett! He doesn’t go after just anyone, but once he does, it’s over. For example, this thread. It could have gone on forever, but once SUD stepped in, it degenerated into people telling him how great he was and talking about how they used to be in sales. See why mine’s better? :roll:


  • nice. gottal love ol’ bucket head!

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    Geez you guys live to kill each other 😉 :lol: :-? :roll:

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