Axis Strategy



  • Please take the poll after reading this:

    Axis Strategy:
    Focus on beating the Soviet Union to win.
    Germany:
    Purchase land units to fight your war against the Soviets, specifically ¨Fast Movers¨ such as tanks and mechanized infantry.
    Invade the Soviet Union on Round 1(in addition to taking Paris, attacking British ships, and helping the Italians to some degree).
    Italy:
    Try to hole up and defend yourself, preferably without losing aircraft in the worst case. Push to take Egypt in the best case. Purchase largely aircraft, as they are affordable for you and effective, and try not to lose any of them.
    Japan:
    Do not declare war on the United States. The United States will have to wait until Round 3 to join the war and Round 5 before it is physically possible for them to do a D-Day. This will make them very ineffective in your game. As Japan, focus on China a bit while also declaring war on, and invading, the Soviet Union on Round 1. Make sure to take at least 1 new Soviet territory every turn if it is possible, which it should be because of your large air force. Try not to lose any planes, and only use aircraft as support for your land battles when used with cannon fodder. If you play correctly you need not lose a single aircraft. Your purchases should reflect a push into China, the Soviet Union, and eventually Calcutta, India. This means a good purchase is would consist of things like transports with infantry and artillery and at some point 1 to 3 minor industrial complexes. Industrial complexes are useful to put along the Eastern Chinese Coast. I admit I am not completely clear on all the rule specifications on where Japan can and cannot put industrial complexes, although I do understand the standard rules that a major industrial complex must be placed on an originally controlled territory worth 3 IPCs or more, and so on. Assistance on the point of where Japan can and cannot place industrial complexes for political reasons would be greatly appreciated.
        Overall Flow of the Game:
    If this strategy is used well, here is my prediction for the flow of your game:
    Round 1: France falls, Soviet Union invaded, Germany attacks British ships, and Italy is hit by the British.
    Round 2: Italy holds off the British, Japan pushes into China, the money islands, and the Soviet Union, and Germany pushes into the Soviet Union.
    Round 3: Italy keeps on fighting, Japan pushes forth, Germany pushes forth(this Round the territory containing Leningrad and the territory of Ukraine should hopefully be captured), and the United States joins the war on the Allied side.
    Round 4: Italy keeps on fighting, Japan pushes to just about finish off China(and the money island should be secured), and the German and Japanese drive into the Soviet Union continues.
    Round 5: A large United States D-Day force hits Western Germany or Rome. It is successful, and a few American infantry along with several Axis units are destroyed. Moscow is possibly captured.
    Round 6: Italy is either holding on or out of the game. Japan has taken all of China, retained the money islands, and pushed back the Soviets. Germany captures or has captured Moscow, Soviet Union. Germany this round builds a force to push out the Americans from Rome or Western Germany. If the D-Day was in Western Germany, this is more of a threat and should be dealt with more seriously. An American capture of Rome the Round before is not too much of a problem to overcome.
    From that point, the fight is between Germany, Japan, and Italy(if Italy is still in the game) fighting against the United States and the British Empire(including the Eastern British Empire and the Australian forces with forces from New Zealand). At this point, the Axis has the income and military might to be able to go on to victory.
        This is a highly theoretical strategy, although I believe that if it was used in a game against the average Allied player it would win the overwhelming majority of the time. Please take the poll after reading this. Please comment with constructive criticism if possible.
    Thank You and God Bless You All,
    -Axisand AlliesGeneral


  • 2019 2017 2016

    This is the strategy outlined in the German playbook. It hasn’t been found to be optimal, even in Balanced Mod3 which gives it some help relative to other strategies.



  • Do not declare war on the United States. The United States will have to wait until Round 3 to join the war

    Round 2: Italy holds off the British, Japan pushes into China, the money islands, and the Soviet Union, and Germany pushes into the Soviet Union.

    You cannot take the money islands without going to war with UK and ANZAC. You cannot go to war with UK and ANZAC without bringing the US into the war (unless they declare war on you, but they won’t). From page 37:

    Japan may attack Dutch territories only if a state of war exists between it and the United Kingdom and ANZAC.

    The United States may not declare war on any Axis power unless […] or Japan makes an unprovoked declaration of war against the UK or ANZAC

    I think leaving the money islands so long is a handicap the Axis just can’t afford. Worse, ANZAC and the UK can take these islands for significant income boosts.

    Rules aside though, I think you’re wildly underestimating Russia. An average Russian player will not lose Moscow on turn 5 or 6. A good Russian player will actively force Germany to delay movement or risk attack-retreats strongly in Russia’s favour. Germany’s advantage here is that Russia cannot afford to guard all of it’s critical territory and will eventually bleed out when it loses enough income.



  • its a good thought but relies way to much on luck and poor allied play



  • @Amalec:

    I think leaving the money islands so long is a handicap the Axis just can’t afford. Worse, ANZAC and the UK can take these islands for significant income boosts.

    True, it gives UK and Anzac income boosts. Those income boosts will be taken away quite quickly however once Japan DOW. As far as the handicap is concerned. Assuming a J1 attack, Japan can capture Borneo on turn 1. If USA rolls poorly in the Phillipines then Japan can hop on the other three islands assuming UK and Anzac haven’t placed anything on them. If they put up, say two Inf each on an island each then Japan probably won’t get all the islands J2. Meanwhile USA is into the war. And if USA rolled well or Japan rolled poorly in the Phillipines battle then a J2 capture of allied controlled money islands probably won’t happen.

    If Japan builds 3 TT and an Inf or Art J1 and keeps USA out of the war until J3. Position those TT next to Kwansi with some carriers/air power then Japan can take the Phillipines and all of the money islands pretty much guaranteed on its 3rd turn. Plus they take Hong Kong that turn while their drive into China while only being at war with China should have the Chinese backed up quite far. That is a massive income swing for Japan in one turn. All the while keeping the USA out of the war all that time. And if the UK and Anzac want to stack the money islands with troops and planes. Just build more TTs on J2. That only benefits Japan because there is less troops on Calcutta/Sydney.



  • @ProtesT:

    True, it gives UK and Anzac income boosts. Those income boosts will be taken away quite quickly however once Japan DOW. As far as the handicap is concerned. Assuming a J1 attack, Japan can capture Borneo on turn 1. If USA rolls poorly in the Phillipines then Japan can hop on the other three islands assuming UK and Anzac haven’t placed anything on them. If they put up, say two Inf each on an island each then Japan probably won’t get all the islands J2. Meanwhile USA is into the war. And if USA rolled well or Japan rolled poorly in the Phillipines battle then a J2 capture of allied controlled money islands probably won’t happen.

    If Japan builds 3 TT and an Inf or Art J1 and keeps USA out of the war until J3. Position those TT next to Kwansi with some carriers/air power then Japan can take the Phillipines and all of the money islands pretty much guaranteed on its 3rd turn. Plus they take Hong Kong that turn while their drive into China while only being at war with China should have the Chinese backed up quite far. That is a massive income swing for Japan in one turn. All the while keeping the USA out of the war all that time. And if the UK and Anzac want to stack the money islands with troops and planes. Just build more TTs on J2. That only benefits Japan because there is less troops on Calcutta/Sydney.

    I tend to think J2 is optimal under most conditions, so the J1 argument you’re having isn’t really with me. I largely agree with you. Still, I’ll stand by my statement: A J3 DoW allows ANZAC and UK to grab an island each and retreat, giving them 8-12IPC each for no cost before Japan can take them. Borneo and Kwangtung add another 14IPCs to UK. That hurts, especially since Japan is reducing their potential J2 income substantially. J2 brings it down to 4IPC each and 7IPC for Borneo and Kwangtung, and they sacrifice the TT and Inf. That said, I expect UK will most likely use it’s TT to hit the Italians in Africa.


  • 2019 2017 2016

    @Amalec:

    Do not declare war on the United States. The United States will have to wait until Round 3 to join the war

    Round 2: Italy holds off the British, Japan pushes into China, the money islands, and the Soviet Union, and Germany pushes into the Soviet Union.

    You cannot take the money islands without going to war with UK and ANZAC. You cannot go to war with UK and ANZAC without bringing the US into the war (unless they declare war on you, but they won’t).

    They might DOW UK2 but if they don’t, a J3 DOW affects the Europe side minimally with this strategy. In fact, a J2 DOW doesn’t affect the strategy much unless US1 builds up the Atlantic side.

    One other factor: Germany can defend against the USA much better if its BB isn’t taken out by the Russians.


  • 2019 2017 2016

    The usual way this allied strategy is stopped is including flying British planes up from the Middle East. Without that move, this strategy will likely succeed. However, once the allies do so, if they do it quickly enough, the potential interceptors and defenders are usually enough to stop it.



  • Agreed Simon.  I see so many people getting to Persia on UK1 so that fighters start going up to Moscow by UK4.  That gives one round to bomb the capitol but after that Germany is unlikely to have many additional raids.  The main downside of a large group of British planes in Moscow is that Germany doesn’t face as much pressure in Western Europe and hence can more leisurely attack down into the Middle East.  So many people fail to see that an economic strategy is often the key to winning for the Axis.


  • 2019 2017 2016

    With a G1 I think you should be looking for raids from G3. I buy 2 bombers G1 in BM so that the air battle (unless the Russians buy fighters) is a wash and probably better avoided for the Russians. OOB you could probably get away with one bomber.

    I’m wondering if stripping planes from every front leaves gaps that the axis can profit from though, most notably Calcutta.

    Certainly leaving peace J3 is a loser for the Axis. I have determined by experience.



  • @Arthur:

    Agreed Simon.  I see so many people getting to Persia on UK1 so that fighters start going up to Moscow by UK4.  That gives one round to bomb the capitol but after that Germany is unlikely to have many additional raids.  The main downside of a large group of British planes in Moscow is that Germany doesn’t face as much pressure in Western Europe and hence can more leisurely attack down into the Middle East.  So many people fail to see that an economic strategy is often the key to winning for the Axis.

    Even worst, if they dare doing this just build a few transports more now the UK has to chose, defend londen or moscow.
    And 5 transports in the baltic is kinda a strange thing, if russia things your doing sea lion you can use them to hit leninggrad the round you declare war and still have a powerfull forces moving towards moscow.

    Putting those 5 transports off western germany pust pressure on the UK as well so they cannot just build a factory in persia and only use those to produce.



  • True, threatening Sealion is strong German play, but as Young Grasshopper himself has said, many British players do not fear it much these days, so you might as well hit Russia hard, right from the start, and get the killing blow(in my strategic opinion).
    Thanks and God Bless You All from AxisandAlliesGeneral



  • This is also why it is easier for people to learn how to play Axis.

    Much more strategies and plans available on the forum here. Because axis are in the lead at least round 1, and can dictate the pace for a few rounds.

    these days UK players ignore the sea lion thing, which isnt a big deal really. Hit them with 10 units in schotland while bombing the factory and the next round you can hit them again with 10 units + those from schotland + air + bombard.

    If UK ignores this option do it, if they dont ignore you can still use your fleet to hit russia. Those transports are just as powerfull attacking russia by moving inf + art to the front a bit quicker and secure the northern flank.

    Ofcourse everything can be countered by any side if they know whats comming. But they can counter every 1 move but not all of them at the same time.
    US can perfectly counter sea-lion and it can also perfectly counter Japan if they do a J1. But can they counter both at the same time?


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