I am working on an Axis opening and would like critique and comments.
Turn #1 - Germany declares war on Russia. Aligns Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania. (May align “immediately” when at war with Russia.) Occupy Austria.
Britian rolls a d12 if they hit a 12 it is war and the Axis are crushed the game evolves into a titanic showdown between the allies and the Russians. We will assume an ‘average’ roll of 7 on d12s and 4 on d6s
Germany IPC go to 34.
Russia IPC go to 46.
France IPC go to 10.
USA IPC goes to 13.
Britian IPC goes to 19.
Germany combats moves the forces in Romania into Russia taking 2 spaces adjacent to Romania on the first turn.
Lt Arm and Cav in Berlin to Stettin
Rail 2INF in Berlin plus 2 Arty to Romania (While Austria is taken in the combat move this seems legit given the special nature of the seizure. But potentially illegal)
Balkan Forces consolidate towards Romania
1 FTR to Stettin
1 Transport and Medium Bomber to West Germany
2 FTR to Romania
Switch 4 INF in Romania to Motorized - (We use this optional rule) 4 IPC
Build 2 Transport in Stettin Sea Zone - 16 IPC
1 DD and 1 Sub in Stettin sea zone
Active Blitzkrieg option - take a second turn
1 Motorized to Area just north of Crimea
3 Motorized+ 0-1INF +2 Arty to East Ukraine (east side of Kiev) + 2 Ftr
4 INF + 2 FTR hit Kiev
All german navy to Legingrad space plus 1 FTR from Stettin
1 CA, 2 DD, 2 Subs, 1 FTR hit Soviet Navy (Can pull (1) FTR from Kiev Attack to Improve these odds)
3 Transports plus 1 Coastal Sub and 1 Coastal Torp Boat invade Leningrad
4 INF (2 Stettin + 2 East Prussia) and 1 Lt Arm and 1 Cav (That’s right amphibious horsies!!) supported by Medium Bomber
Non Combat (If using the reinforce base option)
1 INF plus 1 transport land in leningrad along with 1 or 2 FTRs from naval action.
End of Turn
Germany secures 7 IPCs (no map so assuming Leningrad is a (1) IPC space)
Germany collects 41 IPC turn 1 and presents no serious counter-attack opportunity to the Soviets. Leningrad is garrisoned with 5 INF 1 Lt Arm 1 CAV 1 FTR 1 Transport Plane.
Japan turn 1 - Declare war on Soviets
Japan IPC drop to 16 ( I think they lose the US +3 … not really a drop since it has not started)
US IPC goes to 17
Japan builds INF and Arty and pushes towards Novo. First turn should overrun 3 Areas adjacent to Manchuria for a +4 IPC shift
Japan collects 20 IPC turn 1
Allies IPC is ~60 ( this can be variable due to die rolls)
Axis IPC is at 68
Soviet IPC is at 35
7+ turns of ‘free rein’ in Russia.
All of Russia’s infrastructure is in range on Leningrad with a couple Medium Bombers and FTRs, which can bleed the soviets of IPCs repairing facilities.
The Soviet start with ~110 IPC of land troops. This initial attack reduces this by 30 IPC, while the alignment of the Balkans adds ~60 IPC of troops. Further Germany can build on 3 factories on turn 2 while the soviets will not see a ‘good’ build available for action until turn 3. The soviet can not defend every where and the Japanese will probably have an easy time taking Novo. While the factory will be moved this will add a total of 9 IPC to their production to 25. A later invasion of China can still take place depending on previous allied die rolls.
Italy lend-leases to support move into Russia and into Spain to win the Spanish Civil War. (Odd turn Arty to Romania even a FTR to Spain or an Arty) Should finish by turn 4 or 5 then focus on defense.
Also a German occupation of the Trans-caucus will result in a +16 IPC shift to the Axis and a -8 IPC shift to Russia along with a +22 IPC infusion of bonus ground troops. Unfortunately Russia can not defend the Trans and Moscow from this assault
Thank you for all input.
EDIT forgot Spain aligns with partners in this opening. Nationals to Axis and Repubs to soviets. Will have to review this outcome tonight but I think this strengthens the Soviets but not enough to stop the whirlwind. (Also provides access to those forces permanently which would change Italy’s lead-lease actions … all to Spain to win war)
EDIT 2 FTR used in naval action is actually a TAC