Anti-Aircraft neither have an attack value nor a defense value for regular combat. Thus they don’t go to the battle strip but stay on the board.
That’s not exactly true. From page 16 of the Rulebook:
Antiaircraft artillery units and transports have no combat value and are not represented on the battle strip. Place these units beside the battle strip, as they are still participants in the battle and may be taken as casualties.
Not in my rulebook, I am afraid.
Step 1. Place Units Along the Battle Strip
The battle strip has two sides, labeled “Attacker” and “Defender.” Place all of the attacking and defending land, sea, and/
or air units from the battle onto their respective sides aligned with the number columns that contain those units’ names and
silhouettes. Industrial complexes don’t participate in general combat, as they may only be attacked and damaged by strategic
bombing raids. The number in a unit’s column identifies that unit’s attack or defense value. An attacking or defending unit
must roll its column’s attack or defense value number or less in order to score a hit.
In a sea battle, place any cargo (whether your own units or an ally’s) beside the transport ship or on the aircraft carrier
(guest fighters) that is carrying it. Cargo does not roll attacks, nor can it take a hit. It is lost with the ship carrying it if that ship
If you are attacking in a sea zone that already contained friendly units, your ally’s units are not placed along the battle strip,
but remain out of play for this combat sequence.
Step 2. Submarine Surprise Strike or Submerge (Sea Battles Only)
So the sentences you have quoted must have been added silently at any time.
Not that the above issue is of practical relevance in this case, anyway, but do we have other changes or probably other additions to the rulebook, that nobody is aware of? Would you please post a list of changes (as you did for Europe/Pacific/Global 1940 last May)?
Edit: I have just downloaded those 180MB from the Avalon Hill site - I cannot find it in this version of the rulebook, either… :?