did this tactic ever work for you - attacking both eastern and western US?
Yes, one time so far. That Axis fiasco game was the first time we tried it. It went so horribly wrong that our Allied players didn’t think we would try it again. A couple of games later, we did try it again and it went beautifully. The US player was building heavy in the Pacific and staging all the way down by Queensland with the idea of taking back the Philippines and perhaps wrecking Japan’s DEI NO. Japan even bought a naval base on Hainan to feign an India crush and was staging most of it’s navy there.
Germany took France with little problem and killed the Royal Navy without losing too many planes. With the G1 and G2 naval purchases, they were thinking Sealion. Meanwhile, Italy did very well against the British and French in the Med, due largely to the Brits moving most of their navy over to try and protect India. So by I2, they had the Med cleared, most of their navy intact and had taken Gibraltar.
G3 the German navy shoots down to Gibraltar.
J3 Japan moves all their navy back to SZ 6.
With the US still NEUTRAL until it’s Round 3 collect income phase, it is still limited to 52 IPCs to spend at 3 Minor ICs. With the bulk of the US Navy staging off of Queensland and the US not officially in the war yet, they can not use the extra naval base movement so they can not get back to Hawaii, much less the West Coast of US. So, the US does what it can by moving all land and air units it can to Eastern US, plus a couple of destroyers to block the Japanese in SZ 16 and SZ 8. They also purchased 3 fighters to put in E US and tanks in Central and West US.
I3 – Italy clears the way for the German Navy to steam straight to SZ 101.
G4 – Germans hit the beaches in Eastern US. The US had some troops there and several fighters, but 11 transports of men and equipment was too much for them. Washington is in German hands now.
J4 – Japan sends everything to SZ 8 but must stop there to kill the destroyer blocker. Also, land units in the Aleutians just because they were there.
US4 – The US sends everything it has left in Central US and Western US to try and regain capital, but no such luck. The US forces are wiped out. The US masses what’s left of it’s navy off the West coast.
I4 – Italy actually captures Central US with 3 infantry and 1 artillery because there was nothing there to fight them.
G5 – Germany starts to spread out in North America taking Canadian territories from the British. With plundered US treasury and much higher income, Germany buys many tanks for use against the Russians. Russia has not attacked the Germans because border territories for Germany already stacked too heavy. Russia feels that while attacks may win, they wouldn’t be left with much. German fleet prepares to head home and get ready for real Sealion.
J5 – Japan now hits US West Coast. HUGE naval battle. Japan loses nearly half their navy wiping out the US fleet, then transports unload troops onto empty Western US.
US5 – the US fleet from Queensland finally arrives and throws itself at the remnants of the Japanese navy. The US fleet is wiped out and the Japanese fleet survives with 2 carriers and 2 battleships, all damaged.
Ever since that game, any of us that play the Allies are more cautious with US builds, especially if it looks like Germany is going to try for Sealion. The US no longer commits itself totally to the Pacific. There is always some units built on the Europe side, even if it’s just infantry.