How to stop the double team on Russia



  • I agree that it makes sense for the Russian player to abandon Moscow if holding it is impossible.  However, if this happens and Italy takes Egypt that gives the Axis their 8 victory cities.  In my experience, Italy can normally take Egypt either round 2 or 3 and Leningrad/Stalingrad fall before Moscow.  Are we assuming that since Japan went hard after the Soviets that India can threaten/retake Egypt?


  • 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    @BJCard:

    @variance:

    Stalingradski, I’d love to lose to you again sometime.  🙂  A British transport next to South Africa is a nice bid for the Iraq thing and it allows you to use the the one next to Egypt to get the Malta units to Egypt.

    Eggman, in a G1 scenario the Russians may pull out to Samara R5 just as the Siberians get to Novosibersk.  They can merge in Kazakhstan R6, then meet up with the British in Caucasus.  The nice part about that is the Germans have 2 important territories to defend (Rostov and Volgograd) and 1 to attack (Caucasus), but the UK/Russian force has only 1 to defend and 2 to attack.

    You empty Malta?  Where does the British air land after Taranto?  On the carrier?  That is certain death.  Or do you not Taranto?

    No Taranto.



  • I found it very tough.  UK only has so much to spend.  US has to have 12 tt’s available in order to get 6 units a turn to Cairo and still threaten Europe.  That is very expensive and requires very little spending in the Pacific.  If you US can’t give Japan problems then it is very tough to win if the Axis don’t make any major mistakes.  Once the Economic battle falls in the favor of the axis it is over.  The distance it takes for the allies (Mostly US since they are the big money) is too much to overcome when the axis make more than you.  Germany at 70+ (when russia falls) 80+ (with Volgograd as well), Italy around 12-15, Japan around 60 to 70 depending on DEI.  That is hard for US to fight on both sides with 70-80 IPCs.



  • Italy can normally take Egypt either round 2 or 3

    Without German help I haven’t seen them be able to hold it for more than a turn.  I always buy infantry and a fighter UK1 (sea lion) and after that I make sure cairo isn’t taken or kept by the italian.  Even getting diced on my Toranto I was able to have it back by turn 4



  • @elevenjerk:

    Italy can normally take Egypt either round 2 or 3

    Without German help I haven’t seen them be able to hold it for more than a turn.  I always buy infantry and a fighter UK1 (sea lion) and after that I make sure cairo isn’t taken or kept by the italian.  Even getting diced on my Toranto I was able to have it back by turn 4

    As the UK, Egypt has always fustrated me. Could you elaborate as to how you accomplish that?

    What I’ve seen in the past is Germany helping Italy out by taking out any remaining UK/French navy in the Med on turn 2 with their Air Force.  That allows Italy to hit Egypt with their units in North Africa and two full transports, usually on turn 3.  After that happens it’s been very difficult for the UK to retake it without US help.  Plus if Japan holds off on attacking the western Allies until turn 3/4, that will keep the US from getting to the Med until at least turn 5 or so.  By then, Italy normally as a minor IC there and a decent naval force.



  • So much to talk about!

    Eggman - I think Samara is the way to go, because it allows Kazahkstan or Volgograd if needed. Variance is dead on about the stack from the Far East getting there just at the same time… 12 infantry and a couple AA guns is absolutely a shot in the arm.

    Elvenjerk - I’ve done the Samara/Kazahk/Caucasus route several times, and had it done against me as well… but not against players who are almost all mechanized + air. It’s easy to stay a step ahead if Germany has a preponderance of infantry/artillery… so the point that Germany may be able to get there first (Eggman) is well taken.

    The only counter to that I can think of is the way Russia purchases in the first place. If you start the game purchasing knowing that you’ll eventually be moving out of Moscow, and maybe needing to get offensive, make sure to mix in artillery and mech infantry. So the 7 infantry/3 artillery/mech infantry from R1 could continue in a similar manner until you’re forced to leave. Then, if Germany’s mechanized units do outrace you to the spot, they’ll have to be very careful or you may have just enough to punch them in the face.

    A thought - The Allies and Russia could partly counter a G1 Barbarossa by targeting Italian ground units specifically… or by punishing the Med and making Italy buy expensive air and navy rather than much on land. The reason? To slow down the flow of troops to can open for Germany, or eliminate them completely (your opponent may not notice why you’re doing it). One of the ways Germany is able to take and hold ground so close to the Russian Bear is by Italy clearing the path, meaning a few extra defensive Italian units, plus Germany can land air units. This is typically too much for Russia to be able to attack. However! If G5, G6, G7 come along (and Russia has been buying some teeth), and Italy has had the ability to can open reduced, Germany may not be able to park itself in quantity in a position to deny the Russian retreat to the Caucasus.

    Hmmm… I’ll have to try this out  :evil:



  • @VZSTAL:

    @elevenjerk:

    Italy can normally take Egypt either round 2 or 3

    Without German help I haven’t seen them be able to hold it for more than a turn.�  I always buy infantry and a fighter UK1 (sea lion) and after that I make sure cairo isn’t taken or kept by the italian.�  Even getting diced on my Toranto I was able to have it back by turn 4

    As the UK, Egypt has always fustrated me. Could you elaborate as to how you accomplish that?

    What I’ve seen in the past is Germany helping Italy out by taking out any remaining UK/French navy in the Med on turn 2 with their Air Force.  That allows Italy to hit Egypt with their units in North Africa and two full transports, usually on turn 3.  After that happens it’s been very difficult for the UK to retake it without US help.  Plus if Japan holds off on attacking the western Allies until turn 3/4, that will keep the US from getting to the Med until at least turn 5 or so.  By then, Italy normally as a minor IC there and a decent naval force.

    In general, make sure to take out the Italians to the south of you, but do it with the mech and armor. They can make it back U2, just in time. Also, start a steady flow of 3 mech infantry a round from S Africa starting U2… or, buy an infantry/artillery/transport mix in S Africa.

    Get an IC as fast as you can (U3 at the latest) in either Persia or Iraq. They can start aiding Cairo.

    Next, as soon as Germany has made their intention clear of no Sealion, start flying as many fighters as you can possibly can afford to send to F W Africa - they’re in Egypt by U3.

    Never build an Egyptian IC unless you’re very, very confident Italy is no longer interested in it. Better to be safe than hand them a nice, shiny new factory on a VC.


  • 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    Does it help if the Japanese march everything straight across China?  They could be at Tsinghai/Kansu J4 with air units nearby to kill off the Siberians on J5.



  • @variance:

    Does it help if the Japanese march everything straight across China?  They could be at Tsinghai/Kansu J4 with air units nearby to kill off the Siberians on J5.

    Great point. If Japan is completely focused on hitting Russia through the backside of China, it would do a lot of damage. As an Allied Pacific player, in response… force your way into the Carolines with carriers, and support ships, and Anzacian air/destroyer backup to tug Japanese air power back into the Pacific.



  • Could you elaborate as to how you accomplish that?

    Stalingradski touched on it a bit.  I always buy 6 inf and 1 fighter UK1 to help prevent Sea Lion.  After that I like 2 mech 1 tank in S Africa.  I always take the CV from India to bombard the Italians in ethiopia on UK1. Then use the transport available to get whatever I can back to cairo on UK 2 if anything is left in Ethiopia (leave one starting inf in S Africa to join up with a mech or armor to hit Cairo on UK 4 if necessary).  Rarely but sometimes will I take the transport from India to help. Â

    This is all assuming Germany is not helping.  If they are helping it makes it much more difficult.  I actually prefer when the axis do that though because that means they are not spending the money to wipe out russia.  I buy the MIC in Persia most games but if Cairo is secure enough early I like to buy it there.  When I have 2 MIC’s I always have a hard time with money trying to get stuff to all three places (London,Cairo,Persia).  Just Inf in the two Minors is 18 of your 30 to 35 IPC’s.



  • Does it help if the Japanese march everything straight across China?  They could be at Tsinghai/Kansu J4 with air units nearby to kill off the Siberians on J5.

    It would certainly help except I believe Japan has a big enough task holding off the 5 countries.  I like taking China down to almost nothing before US gets involved, then take DEI’s, then try to withstand a full Pacific buy from the US.  In the meantime, Germany should be able to make its way through Russia and its all up to the oil fields after that.


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