Welcome to the game and to the forums, gMonty!
New to A&A….decided to bite the bullet with AAP40 and pretty pleased i looked past the errors as its been well worth it.
We’re glad you like it!
1: Is the burma road counted as open if China controls some territories without containing any other Allies units (is China technically an ally?) and the UK controls the remaining ones?
Yes, China is an Allied power. As long as any power other than Japan controls all of the territories along the Burma Road when China collects income, China gets the bonus. China may purchase artillery if Japan doesn’t control any of those territories when China purchases units.
2:a I’m a little confused of naval unit bombardment - is it only possible to do this before (or as part of) an amphibious assualt and not simply to reduce the forces in a coastal territory?
Yes, it’s only possible in conjuction with an amphibious assault.
b.Whats the practical/historical basis for this rule?
A single round in A&A plays out over several months of “real” time. Naval shore bombardment was done in preparation for an eventual invasion. Allowing it even one turn before the actual assault would be the equivalent of bombarding the shore three to six months before the troops landed.
c.In which case if a nation which to invade a territory from a neighbouring territory and though naval attack it is only through general combat?
If I understand your question correctly, because there are amphibious troops participating in the land battle, it will be fought in the amphibious assault portion of the phase rather than in the general combat portion of the phase.
3:a. In the game, chinese infantry/artillery can be placed in any control territory?
Yes, they can be placed in any original Chinese terrtory that is controlled by China when the units are placed, even those recaptured in the current turn.
b. For other nations is this true of infantry or must they be created with other land units in industrial complexes?
All other powers may mobilize units, includiing infantry, only in territories containing industrial complexes.