I started today a game and I will be uploading different briefings of how it went, just for the sake of it.
The Soviet Union built 8 infantry units. They have no other choice than assuming a defensive role against the Germans.
The Soviet troops moved the front line from Russia to West Russia with very few loses. They decided not to attack Finland and assume a defensive role both in Karelia and Caucasus, now that the German troops were not knocking at Moscow’s doors.
More troops were brought to the front lines and the Infantry in the Eastern part of the country was concentrated in Buratia to prevent a Japanese invasion.
The submarine in SZ4 was moved to SZ7 to help the British fleet from a possible German attack.
Then the Soviets placed as many units as they could in Karelia (2 units) and Caucasus (4 units) reinforcing Moscow with just 2 infantry units.
Germany basically built Infantry and Tanks, relying in the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe capacity to take out the British transports. Their strategy in the game seems to be to overpower the Soviet Union as fast as possible and get the two Victory Cities in their power while preventing the Allies from opening a second front in Europe.
For that it was capital to sink the two transports than the British have and to reinforce Morocco to avoid a possible attack from the US.
The Kriegsmarine with some support from the Luftwaffe did the job and all the British fleet was sunk in the first turn, including the transport in SZ10.
In a surprising move, the Germans decided to attack Karelia with all they could. Infantry and tanks from all the territories that could reach were sent, supported by all the fighters within range. They took over Leningrad in turn 1 overpowering the Soviets.
In a less important move, the transport in the Mediterranean was loaded with troops and escorted by the Battleship they attempted an amphibious assault on the persian territories, being successful after sinking the British destroyer. The objective of this move was to put pressure on a possible land assault to Calcutta.
They moved troops to the Eastern Front to continue their fight with the Soviets in the upcoming turns while placing all the purchased units in Germany and Italy.
The British couldn’t do a lot. They liberated the persian territory taken by the Germans using the troops in Egypt. They strategically bombed Berlin causing 3 IPC points of damage and they tried to take on New Guinea, but the Japanese troops held their ground. They bought 10 units of Infantry to avoid a Sea Lion operation now that all their fleet has been taken out in the Atlantic. Their Pacific fleet remained in SZ39 except the transport, which took 2 Infantry units to be deployed in Egypt to fortify the British defenses there.
Japan was the power with a bigger expansion on turn 1. Using the transports near Japan they moved troops to Soviet Far East that was now undefended and also conquered Alaska, getting a crucial air base to bomb the Western United States if they can hold their positions. Burma was also conquered, so now Japanese troops are very close to Calcutta. They moved all their fleet North to support the communications with Alaska and to threaten San Francisco. Seems that the Japanese will try to strike in the heart of the US instead of going after Honolulu.
They spent all their IPC in building more war ships (2 cruises and a submarine) to try to take out the US fleet in the upcoming turns. By getting to Alaska they probably will force the US to build some land units to try to regain the territory, so it will avoid more american warships being built, at least in this turn.
With Japanese troops in American land, the US decided they needed to spend a lot of IPC in defensive units, so Infantry and fighters were built. The fleet outside San Francisco tried to take out the Japanese off Alaska, but once again in this turn the Japanese infantry held their ground pretty well. In Mainland China they made a threatening move by conquering Kwantung, threatening Shangai and relieving the pressure on the British Troops in India.
In the Atlantic the two transport made a nice move and deployed land units in Morocco, after a fierce fight with the Germans, US finally could conquer Morocco and give the German army something else to think about. However they only have one tank left, and with the threat of the U boats it is not so clear that they can bring reinforcements in the upcoming turns.
So far the turn one ended with the Allies controlling 6 victory cities, while the Axis have now 7. German troops controlling Leningrad, tanks being built in Berlin at a higher pace than the Soviets can build Infantry, Moscow quite close. No British transports to open a second front in Europe, the only positive point for the Allies came with the US troops getting to Morocco.
In the Pacific side the Japanese expansion is threatening Britain, Soviet Union and the US, so the Allies really have to think about their next moves.