This is an aar of a game in progress
As per some suggestions by IL, the axis player opened up by using his airpower to destroy every British navy besides the fleet off of Gibralter and the fleet in the Med.
He was still able to crush France but he was down to only 3 or 4 tanks when he took it.
USSR rolled one tech die and got warbonds, much to the chagrin of the axis player.
Japan pressed heavily into China and didn’t dow the allies till J2.
On the Uk’s first turn it was able to destroy the Italian fleet with its fleets from Gibralter and Egypt. This lead to much grumbling about how this act destroys the holy way that divine Larry wanted us to play. “Why would Larry give us an Italian fleet only to take it away from us?” He bitched and moaned about this and wound up saving for 3 turns to build a new fleet – which Britain would also quickly sink.
UK built 8 inf at the beginning because sealion seemed imminent, but as Germany never built more that the 2 transports, the UK was then at liberty to build a big fleet for the Mediterranean. Minor factories are built for both West India and Egytpt in subsequent turns. So the UK’s European income could help India out.
Anzacs had their usual slow plodding start.
China resisted mightily but Japan threw everything at it and its existence is perilous.
On G2 Germany spent 45 ipcs on techs. No 6es. So he complains about this and I was feeling merciful and hold him to roll again. The result was improved mech infantry and improved artillery, which he would use to monkey stomp Leningrad in a few turns. I’m regretting that now, and may insist that Russia get 9 free dice to roll. As its only fair.
Ger has taken Leningrad, but not Moscow or Stalingrad. All of North Africa has fallen to the allies, but a ton of German units are stacking Rome. After a series of epic battles the Japanese fleet is limping back towards Tokyo. 3 damaged carriers and 3 damaged battleships. My Hawaiian fleet will be able to hit them before they can heal up but he may try to attack that fleet with the aid of aircraft on the home islands.
ANZACs now have a respectable CTF of 1 CVN, 2 destroyers, 1 cruiser, and 2 transports. Sumatra has fallen and soon the Japanese will lose the east indies. The Anzacs may be able to destroy the rest of the Japanese fleet hanging around Indonesia and the Chinese coast.
Ger 46 (+ 10 NOs)
Jap 56 (+5 NOs)
USA 52 (+30 NO)
France 4 (but no capitol)
Anzacs 14 (+8 NOs)
UK Med Fleet – 1 damaged CVN, 1 damaged BB, 2 dds, 1 cl, 1 tac, 1 ftr, amd 2 tp
US med fleet – 1 CVN, 1 TAC, 1 FTR, 3 TP, 2 BB, 2 DD, 1 CL
German Fleet (Gulf of Finland) – 1 BB, 1 cl, 1 CVN, 1 sub, 2 ftrs, 2 tp
RUS – 1 sub off of Denmark
ANZAC – 1 CL, 2 tps, 2 dds, 1 sub, 1 CVN, 2 ftrs
India – 1 BB, 1 CL, 1 tp
US West Coast – 1 cl, 3 tps,
US Hawaii fleet – 1 BB, 1 CVN, 1 ftr, 1 tac, 2 dds (backed up by 4 bmbrs and 1 ftr on Hawaii)
Japanese Sumatran fleet – 1 dd
Japanese sz 23 fleet – 3 damaged CVNs, 2 damaged BBs, 3 ftrs
Two tps off shanghai
And 1 tp off Celebes
I’m having trouble deciding whether to abandon the Italian campaign and focus on knocking out Japan or to dump a ton of resources into the anti Italian effort.
Its Germany’s turn when we pick back up tomorrow. It should be interesting to see what he does.