Every time someone brings up realism in AxA i re read Khalkin Gol and how tin pressed tanks and 19th century japanese junk was supposed to take on a real modern combined arms force, over rough terrain, even a thrown together Soviet version transported into the wilderness and supported by cossack riders
japan fought a few skirmishes and gave up…and then 2 years later decided to attack the other future superpower on the water and islands…
zen like wisdom vs suicidal egotistical military junta?
not all tanks are created equal (except in AxA to keep things simple)
at least G41Oztea gives us a viable eastern force, but then the fantasy fun Axis advantage evaporates
Japan actualy did pretty well against that super power.
Midway was a lot of luck ( with the code intercepts and the timing ) then of better weapons.
The first 1-2 years japan made only progress so it wasnt that wrong. Just that the US can outproduce it and has more people make it a hopeless battle.
The game doesn’t give Zhukov anything to work with. Where are his tanks and artillery and aircraft?
In addition to the 15 infantry divisions, there were also like 1,500 tanks and 1,500 aircraft stationed there to keep the Japanese at bay, and these were all battle hardened Khalkhin Gol vets.
Just for point of reference the entire Japanese Empire was fielding what like 4000 aircraft at the time? 1000 and change for the Army, like 3000 and change for the Navy. And the Russians were consistently out producing them in the air year to year.
I know there is no pretense of relative unit numbers in A&A, but you’d think the Soviets would have at least 1 air unit in the Far East, to Japan’s 20+.
Maybe a single tank in the Far East to show why Stalin was willing to entrust dude with fate of the entire Soviet Union when the Germans came knocking.
Instead Japan just smokes Amur on this board, if the Soviet player looks to history as any kind of guide for how they should be playing. Oh well. Guess it’s bounce or die.
If you give each country really realistic number of troops how would the axis even think of wining. Some things are changed for game balance as well as realism, russia wasnt going to attack japan because it didnt feel like it. Us would not go to war over phili or london it would stay in isolation unless japan or germany declared war or attacked them directly. And no sane axis player would ever attack the US, they would take the money island, phili, india, london, middle east, australia and then consider russia. After all was sorted they would maby attack the US.