I don’t understand your reply to my post shadowhawk. My point I was trying to make was that it is not worth defending coastal territories in this game unless you have no choice (don’t want to lose your capital for example).
Example: In anniversary edition if the allies take France, they receive 6 IPCs for invading it. In this version, they take normandy and get 2 or southern france and get 3, but get destroyed on the counter attack. So it’s not worth defending a territory worth so little money PLUS you have to defend against the AIR FORCE and BOMBARDMENTS. When you counter attack you can bring in your own planes and don’t have to suffer hits from bombardments.
My point was that it really depends on what part of the board you are playing, in europe it is hardly worth defending costal zones because you can counter.
In the pacific there are a lot of valuable islands that can be taken and countering means attacking from sea, so in that side of the board, defending coastal areas is important and then the bombardments do help a lot.
All of the important zones on the pacific side are on the coast, only china isnt and that is worth only 1 so lets not call them important.