I’m tired of seeing infantry take down fighters where in real life this would be impossible.
This game is NOT real life… it’s highly abstract, and what it represents is a sustained air-ground campaign to knock out fighting effectivness.
Many planes were shot down conducting low-level attacks over occupied France.
A modern equivalent is Vietnam - look how many planes were shot down over North Vietnam. In game terms, an infantry peice shooting down a US jet peice…
However what Axis and Allies does model well is the econmics of war - so to throw fighters against infantry is uneconomical and foolish. Better to escort bombers to raid industry, which means they can’t replace their losses from repeated ground attacks.
AND - if the Allies are fighting properly, the Americans and British will knock out German industry - whilst the Soveits batter their ground forces. Later in the game, Germany has to sustain three turns worth of attacks (US, UK and USSR)… wthat will quickly thin out their infantry.