umm….back to topic (what was the topic) oh yeah…
I see that some people buy the carrier for the Mediterranean sea. Which is the better placement, the Baltic or the Med?
I also noticed the the egypt attack is now a pretty even battle in the 2nd edition. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
If you don’t add something to the Baltic you will surly lose the German cruiser & tpt UK1. You will probably lose the arms race at some point, but it keeps them off your back for a couple extra turns IMO.
We have went w/carrier in the Baltic in two games so far to keep reinforcing Karelia via sea and to have a chance to retake Norway if/when they come over. It also forces the UK to add air (sometimes not a good thing LOL), and to build more war ships to protect their own tpts. The carrier in the Baltic also protects German sub builds to keep the UK fleet on alert. You can’t build subs in the Baltic w/o a navy because there is no straight rule to keep them from clearing the Baltic with one dd & air power.
In the Med you could add a dd (or carrier) if you like, but I don’t like to be stuck at Italian port G1. I like to take out both UK ships. I hit the dd in sz17 w/air. The BB attacks the cruiser off Gib (I know this could go bad, but odds on my side), and tpt/inf takes Gib so UK ftrs can’t attack my BB and land, only the UK bmr can hit my BB which may be wounded (edit: forgot BBs auto fix right after combat) The US bmr could also hit BB (if UK takes Morocco), but either way I have a chance to kill a bmr 1 on 1. If my BB doesn’t take a hit from the cruiser G1, then I’m golden. The allies would be looking a 2 hit BB vs one bmr at a time (not going to happen IMO). If my BB survives to G2, then I have options. I can merge my repaired BB with the Baltic fleet off France, or put it in port off Italy (and add to it). Maybe use it to attack UK fleet off Egypt if they pull in the Indian fleet.
Anyway, I think fleet is important to Germany in this version. We played 2 games of 1942 second addition, and decided to play a game of AA50 Anniversary. We house ruled in the G40 straight rule to see how it goes. So far we like it because Germany can safely build subs in the Baltic. If/when we play 1942 II again we will look at using the straight rule again. It should have been in the optional rules for the game IMO.