I don’t understand why someone wouldn’t do a max G6 Moscow build if Germany is left alone and London was properly defended. Perhaps you have to attack on a later round, but why not get the stuff in place if Germany is left alone?
I’m no expert either but I will give you my take on the Germany turns as well as my justification
G1: 6 Artillery / 2 Infantry (Fun Fact: this also works for a Sea Lion plan too because Germany needs a tremendous amount of ground to defend and push an aggressive Russia back after sacking London). Of course Sea Lion requires a crap ton of stuff to go right before you drop 9 or 10 transports in the sea which often makes a very short game.
2 bombers / 1 sub
At first I was a doubter but Cow brought me over to this build. Although the ground units you mentioned work for Sealion, Germany already starts with enough ground to bring in to London on G3 if the Brits let their guard down. The planes help much more because they can SBR as well as add extra units to the battle. You strafe the Scottish fleet with 2 subs + 1 battleship and also bring the cruiser out for a respectable North Sea navy that Britain should want to do something about. If it’s still there on G2 you can take Scotland, take Gibraltar, blow up the rest of the British Atlantic ships, or just save it for later.
G2: Mostly Tanks / Some Mechs (My preference is 2 tanks : 1 mech).
Mostly mechs / some tanks
It’s very surprising but if you look at battle calculators this mix of ground is almost as good as your mix on the final assault (by about a percent or so), but of course it’s a lot better on defense. Also, when you start to bring in artillery it’s better to have more mech in the stack because a bunch are going to become tanks and you need some left over for fodder.
Germany’s long term goal is Moscow, but in the mid term they are going to swarm the Caucasus and Middle East or just generally wreak havoc on the Allies with mechanized detachments around G4/G5 when Moscow goes turtle
G3: 2 tanks : 1 Mech ratio build as much as you can.
I’m building mechs to tanks at around a 3:1 ratio here
G4: 3 tanks in Leningrad if you captured it; (I often do the northern march route cause it’s better for Moscow I think); and 3 Tac. Bombers if you have the money because they can catch up to the stack and it saves you 3 IPCs.
I agree with the tanks but I am probably buying fighters instead of tacs because I am using my 4 strat bombers to reduce Moscow to rubble and the Brits are intent on shooting me out of the sky
G5: Move into Bryansk and purchase 5 Strategic Bombers.
Yes, I would make sure to threaten the final assault, but at this point I am already purchasing artillery to pump out of Ukraine and mechs or tanks for Stalingrad and Leningrad.
All of my comments above assume that the Allies are playing smart and preparing a fighter swarm. If I see that they aren’t, I would change my strategy to be more all-in on Moscow.
If the Americans are trying to KGF instead of KJF, that also changes things as I would spend more on defense to fend them off.
Larrymarx, Now is when you can be “Conservative.” If the UK flew 14 fighters into Moscow and it’s obviously not falling, than yeah, build your minor IC in W. Ukraine and prepare for the long siege. Maybe only purchase 2 bombers and all mech (because you’ll build artillery on the forward minor ICs). On G6, move into Rostov/ and work towards holding Stalingrad/Caucasus in the G6-8 timeframe while laying siege.
Using my plan, the Allies still have to fly so much air into Moscow that what’s leftover doesn’t make much of a difference by itself. I’m still forcing them to prepare to go all in on defense because the option to press the attack fully is always there.
Lately I’m on triplea live all the time. Same handle. On live triplea, obliterating Japan has currently become in vogue…which is was why I think if at all possible, knocking Moscow out as soon as possible is important.
Laying seige so they can’t do anything is better than actually taking it because it requires far fewer resources, and you’re using what’s leftover to scoop up income and punish the Allies so much for ignoring you that you make up for Japan’s steady deterioration. You turn it around so that racing to crush Japan as fast as possible becomes important for the Allies as opposed to having that timer over your head.