Hmm, I hate to shoot down an interesting idea–anything that provides an alternative to “standard” moves is at minimum a good attempt at creative play–but here’s a few things I see that might hurt the allies with this move. Â
1. Â India falls to Japan on J1. Â 4 Inf (2 from Frindo, 2 on tranny from Kwangtung–seems this piece is usually sunk on B1 by destroyer and/or fighter) plus BB and up to 4 FIG attack India, with 1-3 Inf left and airforce intact. Â Perhaps this prevents Japan from taking China in force, especially if Russia moved 2 Inf to Sinkiang on R1, leaving 6 Inf and 1 FIG in China on J2. Â But as Japan I would gladly trade a delay in the Central route to Moscow for a rapid move through SE Asia (maybe even build Japanese IC in India on J2). Â
2. Â From SZ 38 Britain is two turns away from counterattacking in Egypt. Â And if you were considering taking fighter from Egypt (if it survived G1) Â than Germany will certainly be expanding quickly and in force on G2 and G3, perhaps so much that 2-4 British infantry and Â 2 FIG can only make a dent.
3. Â No sense loading the Aussie tranny (Priscilla?), unless you’re using is as bait to goad the Japanese player into an attack. Â If there is no Pearl Harbor than Japan can crush the British fleet with 1 BB, 1-2 CV, up to 4 FIG, 1 1 destroyer, and 1 sub. Â In this case I would as Japan likely ignore India for one turn and take China heavy as usual. Â Then take India AND Australia in J2. Â Perhaps sacrificing the British fleet to save the Americans is your idea, but I side with others that the US fleet is turns away from hurting Japan, and any energies spent in the Pacific will only help the German player, especially if Japan in coming at the Caucasus strong on J4. Â
Hmmm, it seems 1. and 3. are mutually exclusive–wonder what others think would be best? Â I think I now lean toward 3.
There are some POTENTIAL positives, besides the above distraction of the Japanese from the US Fleet in Hawaii, but these depend on less than optimal play on the part of Japan. Â I understand the desire to make something of the seemingly impressive British Pacific Fleet. Â Killing the Japanese transport in SZ 59 may seem unglamorous (sp?), but you can land the fighter in China to add to its defense, and delay the invasion of India (I wouldn’t attack with only 2 Inf and no BB) and the reinforcement of the mainland. Â If for some reason the Germans left the British destroyer alive in SZ 15 on G1 than I would consider strongly coming into the Med in force, or bringing it to India to replace the tranny-hunter and ferrying 1 Inf, 1 ARM from Egypt, landing Egyptian FIG on CV, and non-combat moving 1 Inf from Persia to Anglo-Egypt. Â Than you can hold India for a few turns or counter strongly in Africa. Â