You are right. You cannot have fully loaded transports. However, you can have 5 or 6 transports sitting on the coast with all the troops and tanks and artillery and mech inf just waiting. It makes the Germans keep an eye on the US and slam everything into USSR or UK. It is a great deterrent.
Regarding the Chinese territories controlled by Japan at the start of the game, I place Japan control markers on those territories when I set the board up. It’s a big help for me when one of those is liberated and the Japan marker removed as, later on, I quickly know who controls it at a glance. If Japan re-captures it, I place the marker back.
My mistake was not sending my two move units to Romania the previous turn as Germany. I just played out turn 9 and US was able to stack Northern Italy. Italy is out of the game now, but on the other side of the board Japan is making 105, and he is bombing Russia with 5 bombers every turn. He has more than UK in the south and he can now start landing in Africa taking the money away from Russia and UK. I do agree that US is going to eventually take Germany, but could he do it before Moscow falls? Probably 😕
Cool. Makes sense but I think (not that it means much) that planes on a carrier don’t defend in the air unless there is something to defend against. I’m new here but I’ve been reading for well over a year and I appreciate all the info given! Thanks!
If it helps justify it, imagine that they’re flying CAP, and were already in the air when the subs struck. The only time aircraft aren’t considered “in the air” is when attacking with a carrier that has a friendly plane. In all other circumstances, the airplanes are independent of the carrier (and already in the air). Not just when attacked, but even before they were attacked. Hence, Combat Air Patrol.