Hitler lost five weeks by having to bail Mussolini out in Greece. Otherwise the Germans would have been to Moscow before bad weather. But there is no guarantee that the Russians would have surrendered even if they lost Moscow. Plans were underway to move the capital further East.
Speaking of the US, once the US starts getting its bonus income for being at war, it’s nearly impossible for Japan to fend off the assault (assuming US dedicates all of its IPCs to the Pacific theater). Would it be a good idea for Japan to do a quick, preemptive strike on the US homeland, Pearl Harbor style?
I’m thinking no, but if it’s worked for you I’d like to hear how you did it…
Ichabod; I mean G40, my point is that the split income and large scale of Global makes 28$ a smaller amount than ever before–-smaller relative to the Axis (70! 60!) in this version and smaller than the effective and actual income of UK in other versions (30!)
Cow; Yes, as many as possible. If you can fuel that.
I say you just have to go with the dice. Even if it is “game over”, there will always be another game.
I had a game a little while back where I, as Germany, was poised to take Moscow. In my first attack, the Russians managed to put units on Bryansk which blocked the majority of my units to the south. As a result, I barely matched the Russian defenders. I had 1 fighter and 1 bomber that could reach Moscow and support the battle. The Russian AA gun fires and gets a hit for BOTH planes! I couldn’t believe the luck. That battle was lost by the way and the Kremlin was saved.
Next round, I retook Bryansk and moved many more units up front, including planes. I moved in on Moscow and this time had 10 planes (2 bombers, 5 tacs and 3 fighters). With all of that to shoot at, the Russian AA gun didn’t get A SINGLE HIT. I overwhelmed the defenders. Moscow was captured, the Kremlin destroyed and Stalin was executed for War Crimes against the Fatherland.
What I’m getting at is that’s just the luck of the roll. You have to just go with it. I have defended with 3 submarines and gotten 3 hits. I have also defended with fighters and gotten all 5s and 6s. It’s frustrating but it’s still just a game. Take the loss, lick your wounds and come back to conquer the next time.
In games with big bids for the Allies (35+ PUs), it is possible to hold Yunnan by adding in an additional Chinese art plus flying in an additional two or three Russian planes that were bought before the game started. If Japan pushes all of their units to Kwangsi on J1, the Allies will have to vacate Yunnan before J2 or face annihilation. However the Chinese can counterattack or strafe Yunnan on Ch2 since the Japanese air force can’t land in that territory, seriously harming Japan’s ground strength in Mainland Asia.
Russia will have to methodically retreat back towards Moscow for the first three rounds with this plan. The upside in Europe is that the US can execute a KGF plan since there is less urgency in the Pacific theater.