• @Wilson2:

    If I were to invade a true neutral, I would go for them all or at least most of them. Hit Turkey, Spain, Saudi, Switzerland, even Mongolia. If you got to take the penalty, you might as well get your “money’s” worth. Plus as previously mentioned, it kills potential allied units too.

    If you’re able to invade all of those on the same turn, you’re already winning.


  • You don’t need to hit Switzerland. If the allies get there, you lose. I say Spain, Sweden and Turkey. If its just a Europe game, no one suffers from Mongolia.


  • @xzorn:

    You don’t need to hit Switzerland. If the allies get there, you lose. I say Spain, Sweden and Turkey. If its just a Europe game, no one suffers from Mongolia.

    I agree wholeheartedly, attacking Switzerland as the Germans gains you nothing.  Spain, Sweden, and Turkey are the ones that it is almost worth it for the Axis to attack.  If Germany can hit Sweden, Spain, and Turkey in the same turn it might work, and then Italy can blitz through to Gibraltar and move their fleet up to attack the Russians.  It’s still a pretty big gamble though as the Allies can get the rest of the neutrals for extra gains and it distracts Italy from Africa for one thing.  You have to attack at least Spain and Turkey in the same turn though, Sweden might be able to wait with the Baltic being closed off, but if you don’t take Spain and Turkey in the same turn you’re going to have issues with the Britts taking Spain or the Russians taking Turkey and having extra infantry right there for you to deal with.


  • @SAS:

    @xzorn:

    You don’t need to hit Switzerland. If the allies get there, you lose. I say Spain, Sweden and Turkey. If its just a Europe game, no one suffers from Mongolia.

    I agree wholeheartedly, attacking Switzerland as the Germans gains you nothing.  Spain, Sweden, and Turkey are the ones that it is almost worth it for the Axis to attack.  If Germany can hit Sweden, Spain, and Turkey in the same turn it might work, and then Italy can blitz through to Gibraltar and move their fleet up to attack the Russians.  It’s still a pretty big gamble though as the Allies can get the rest of the neutrals for extra gains and it distracts Italy from Africa for one thing.  You have to attack at least Spain and Turkey in the same turn though, Sweden might be able to wait with the Baltic being closed off, but if you don’t take Spain and Turkey in the same turn you’re going to have issues with the Britts taking Spain or the Russians taking Turkey and having extra infantry right there for you to deal with.

    If you have enough forces to defeat 8 inf, why not move them to Russia instead of Turkey?


  • Exactly.  I’m not saying that you should attack the neutrals, just laying out what you would need to do.  Sacrificing the units needed to take out 8 infantry in order for Italy to divert itself from Africa to drop a few units into Russia doesn’t seem worth it in most cases.

    I think we’ll see that in most cases there isn’t a good reason for invading strict neutrals, unless you’ve got your back to the wall for some reason and it becomes absolutely necessary strategically.


  • @SAS:

    Exactly.  I’m not saying that you should attack the neutrals, just laying out what you would need to do.  Sacrificing the units needed to take out 8 infantry in order for Italy to divert itself from Africa to drop a few units into Russia doesn’t seem worth it in most cases.

    I think we’ll see that in most cases there isn’t a good reason for invading strict neutrals, unless you’ve got your back to the wall for some reason and it becomes absolutely necessary strategically.

    Which is a good thing.


  • Exactly, it leaves the option open to you, but makes it enough of a pain-in-the-butt for it to still be uncommon.


  • There was a pact between Salazar and General Franco (Portugal and Spain) to somehow protect both countries from a possible german invasion. So if Spain was attacked Portugal was supposed to join Spain and vice-versa.

    Something very important:

    To avoid a german invasion the trains from europe could not enter Spain because the rails had different measures in Portugal and Spain.

    To represent this light infantry in aa could not move 2 spaces when moving from south france to spain.

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    @MEGAEINSTEIN:

    There was a pact between Salazar and General Franco (Portugal and Spain) to somehow protect both countries from a possible german invasion. So if Spain was attacked Portugal was supposed to join Spain and vice-versa.

    Something very important:

    To avoid a german invasion the trains from europe could not enter Spain because the rails had different measures in Portugal and Spain.

    To represent this light infantry in aa could not move 2 spaces when moving from south france to spain.

    I don’t think they redid their entire rail system to prevent a german invasion.  :wink:  Russia also used a different rail gauge from the rest of Europe.  This meant as the Germans advanced they were continually converting the track in Russia.  Fortunately for the retreating Germans in the later war, the Russians were slowed by having to switch it all back.


  • During the civil war the North and South used different track widths also, because front lines moved back and forth so much, there were special units dedicated to changing trackwiths as ground was gained.

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