US tactics



  • I am new at this game, and i was wondering what is a better tactic for the US: should the US go for Germany and ingore Japan (for the most part) or should they try and take out Japan leaving Russia and UK to hold off/take out Germany?  I have read the pros and cons (here) about both possibilities, and I am still trying to deside which is best, and why it is the best.  Any ideas?



  • Concentrated Fire is almost always the best strategy.  And the easiest place to concentrate fire is in Europe.

    Set up a transport shuttle system frm US to Europe, a bridge tranny system for UK (with multiple strike points from Western to Archangel by basing it in SZ6), and establish the West Russia Stack as Russia, then keep trading with Germany until Allied pressure builds.

    I initially tried to have the US go after Japan in my current game and left Germany to USSR and UK…  it did not work.  Perhaps I just failled to execute it properly…



  • I got a strat that lets US go both ways but i have to test it again.
    It is based on a 8VC thing so UK and US will be pressured a lot.
    Basicaly from turn 3 onward you can send 4 pieces of materials vs germany at the cost of 40 Ipcs in the first 2 turns in total and 12 every turn VS germany.
    Should give you enough punch to have a fleet in turn 2-3 to go after japan and island hop.
    Still did not have a chance to really test this.



  • As a general rule concentrate on getting your long term transport chains in place vs Germany, and do it methodically so they’re full every round. Whether you go to Norway or Algeria or a combination is a product of the particular game you’re in, or just how frisky you’re feeling. Once you get your trannie chains going you can start adding the pretty pieces like fighters. Don’t get stars in your eyes because of the large U.S. economy- good ol’ infantry is ALWAYS a good purchase, even with America.

    Watch your Pacific flank closely. W Canada is a great place to tithe an American Inf or two per round until you have the permanent upper hand on Japan’s ability to hit it. Pay close attention to the sea zones.

    There are many different strategies, and I’m just giving one philosophy. If you like buying Bombers and Battleships go to it- but you’ll be sacrificing something else to do it.



  • if you are new and all of your opponents are new you will all have alot of fun making alot of mistakes together.

    the next step i guess would be the KGF strategy where you bore your opponent into submission with massive non-stop troop transports into europe.  i call it boring because that is where i currently am an am haveing a hard time developing really effective statregies different for the allies and have been abel to disrupt it with the axis

    i also need spellcheck



  • I think America should be directed at Germany first, because the other two Allies are close to Germany as well and together can apply great pressure. It’s a good idea to start with a buy of 1 carrier to provide protection from the German airforce, and from then on transports/men. You need 2 sets of transports to provide a smooth flow from the US to Europe: 1 set of transports operates between eastern canada and London, and the other set operates to the right of London dropping troops all over Europe. Your land troops will move up to Eastern Canada from Eastern US to participate in the chain.

    There are two setups of transports called 3x3 and 4x4. A 3x3 means you have 2 sets of 3 transports, and you use the extra money to build a significant number of fighters over time. The 4x4 means you have 2 sets of 4 transports, and concentrate on massing land troops with a spare fighter every so often. It’s arguable which is better.

    You want to buy about 2 transports per turn for the first 2 turns (with carrier + men to fill in the gaps), then just 1 transport for the next couple of turns while churning out mass infantry; this provides a flexible way to keep the flow of troops going while getting your transports in place. Once you get things set up then all you need to buy is 3 inf 3 tank or 4 inf 4 tank or whatever mix you want in your transports.

    It’s messy and mind boggling, but you need to do it to help your Allies out. Coordinate your actions with the UK as well; you can combiine your fleets to minimize the threat of the German airforce, reinforce areas just taken by the UK with your fighters and men, etc. Try to kick Germany out of Africa as early as possible without risking losing those initial transports to airforce. Do leave some defense on the West Coast/Canada since the Japanese have a couple of nice sucker punches if you blow them off entirely.

    If you want to go after Japan for kicks, make sure to do it right. You ideally want to island hop very quickly. It’s not a great idea to go after the Japanese navy proper too early because it’s extremely powerful defensively and can easily be reinforced with another carrier + 2 fighters and sub purchases along the way, all the while Japan is expanding inwards to Asia. You want to make the Japanese come to you, which puts you on good ground because your navy defensively is better than it is offensively. Staging in Solomon Islands is a great point since from there you can strike at a lot of money islands and Japan can’t defend them all unless he tries to attack you, which could be too difficult for him if you build your navy properly.



  • what about two cv’s and 1 fighter; one each ocean then next turn hit algeria and buy two more trannies the rest subs, etc for the west coast.  it seems you wont be able to really move in the pacific until turn four like this and you would be pumping only 4 units a turn into north africa.  is it fast enough in the pacific and is it enough to help uk/russia contain and starve germany? doesn’t seem like on either question, but i am going to try it if i get to play usa again



  • With a build of just 2 extra trannies.
    You get 2 sets of 2 trannies and that is still 4 inf every turn to russia, This should be enough to keep karrellia from geman hands.
    Since you save a load of ipcs you need those 2 trannies in turn 3 you can spend a lot of ipcs to start hurting japan. Their islands are pretty expensive and easy to take.
    Japan cant move with a few units to take them back because you are to powerfull for half its fleet and moving in force will take them away from the russia mainland.



  • Depending on what Japan is going to do, and in my experience it’s focus is a land war in Asia, it is probably best for American to do a two front war.  If america can destroy the japanesse presence in the pacific, i.e. there fleet, america with a carrier, 2 fighters, bomber, tranny with inf, and a battleship can put the hurtin on the japannese.  While in the atlantic it is as simple as tranny’s being built with inf, and art or tanks and going into africa as a stagging ground.  The strategy takes time but with Russia delaying the germans and Britian building the initial strike force to hit europe the strategy works. 😐



  • i do both evenly as best as i can.  Wait a sec, nope, i do give more attention to germany so they have to worry about an amphibioius assault.  Japan you just need to keep from attacking your seaboard.  If needed however, you need to put pressure on japan so they can’t help germany destroy russia



  • Here’s my take on the US way of playing.

    I think it’s important for the Us to harass Japan in the Pacific, especially since J has such a high IPC value concentrated on three islands. The problem is that US can’t spend too much IPC toward that goal since they have to help the Brits and Russia in their quest for a better Europe.

    I usually spend my whole first turn income on a Pacific fleet: one AC, one tranny, 2 tanks and one sub. That gives me a Pac fleet of 1BB, 1DD (from Panama), 1 AC, 2 Fig, 2 Tran (filled up) and 1 sub. That fleet is decent enough to HOLD a sea zone. By holding I mean taking a defensive position which would be costly to attack. There is no way that fleet can attack and defeat the Jap navy. But the point is not to attack, it’s to threaten vital ressources. By holding Solomon, which was suggested earlier on, you can target vital areas ( 3 islands worth 11 IPC total) plus Japan itself, which if left poorly defended could be taken by your 2 trannies.

    Basically, the goal of this taskforce is to take one of the three high IPC islands, hold it with your fleet in a defensive position until you can build an IC there. A lot of people argue that an island IC is a waste, that you should put it in FIC or Kwangt, but I disagree. Trying to hold a mainland territory with your supply chain so spread out is a suicide at best. It won’t be possible to hold a territory for the 3 turns it takes to start producing units on your IC with only 2 inf and 2 tanks (plus maybe 2 fig).

    On the other hand, an island IC can “easily” be held out since that in order to reach it, Japan has to punch through your navy. I assume that Japan could probably destroy the US navy, but at what cost? If they plan to land on the island, they have to take casualties on ships beside their trannies, which is what US wants. And beside, even if they blow the US navy out, they don’t have the island yet. They still need to retake it, which leaves time for the US to reinforce with their IC.

    Other advantages of an island IC over a mainland one is that it covers more ground. Navy build from the East indies can reach Africa, Asia, Australia and all the important islands in the Pac. East Indies is also out of reach of Japan sea zone… which could be a good or bad thing… good for it allows you more time to build the IC (if the Jap navy was originally in SZ 60 or 61 when US first landed on EI)… bad because you can’t strike Japan with your newly bought unit.

    Another advantage is the possibility of building more units (4 instead of three). Let say J attack US fleet and retreat after doing some damage (in order to repair their BB)… the next turn US can build 4 ships right in J territory (2 subs and 2 DD would be a great boon for the US).

    But I’m rambling on…

    So basically first turn US build its fleet, move to Solomon on turn 2 and attack East Indies on US3… which gives the US an operationnal factory on US 5 if everything goes smootly… but it rarely does  😉. During that time, starting on round 2 I build a lot of troops and trannies to help the allies deal with the German threat.

    Wood the Rook



  • Balls to the Wall for Europe.

    You actually get better results against Japan that way by making Germany send more forces to Africa and to Western Europe with a sustained and massive US push that allows Russia to float a few troops east than you get by sending the US into the Pacific.

    Call it an indirect assault if you like 🙂

    Not to mention it is a heck of a lot cheaper to do.



  • Still ncscswitch,

    I think Wood the rook has some great thoughts…
    Indeed, you take some pressure of Germany, but only for one or two rounds…
    Instead, you make Japan deal with something he didn’t expect at all…
    so, USA takes the pressure of Russia in the east 😛

    I will certainly try something similar with USA and let you all know how it worked 🙂



  • Switch,

    Russia sending a few troops to the east doesn’t give you control of the 11+ IPC in the Pacific. Russia can only slow down Japan… they won’t be able to stop them. One turn of purchase is not that much for all the pressure you put on Japan. If the US succeed in building the factory you can be sure that Japan has lost control of the Pac and won’t be able to put much pressure on Russia… who can then put more pressure on Germany, which compensate for the one turn US didn’t put pressure on them. So for one turn of purchase, sure you delay the Europe landing for one turn… but you gain an edge in the Asia/Pacific theatre of operation. Plus the Africa landing is not really delayed since you can still send the two starting trannies to the south.

    Wood the Rook



  • if japan knows what they are doing your usa fleet is usually scrap the round after taking one island, then they can recapture the island at their leisure and with smart purchasing they will not lose too much drive into asia.  i think it can be done by the usa but i feel you need your atlantic shuffle in place and the pacific drive would come around usa4-5.  your europ/africa support will be less but if it reduces japan’s asia push by more then you have a net gain.  if i pull usa next game i am trying it (i am getting VERY annoyed with work schedules, our game this weekend has been canceled  :x)



  • Crit,

    Let’s say that on US2 the US fleet moves to Solomon.

    On J3, the Japs can either:

    1- attack the fleet if they are in range;
    2- move to SZ60 to protect Japan.

    If they don’t do either you can attack Japan with 2 trannies, 2 figs and 1BB… maybe taking it… a big plus  😉

    If they do attack… well it’s going to be a bloody battle since US fleet is better a defending and that, usually, the J fleets haven’t linked up yet (depending on what they did on J1 and J2). So it’s probably going to be a wash out. I think in this situation Japan has the upper hand since it’s highly improbable that US will spend more money in the Pac.

    If they decide to protect Japan with their fleet, on US 3 you take East Indies. On J4 Japan moves it’s fleet in range. On US 4 you build the IC. On J5 Japan attacks the fleet, wipes it but suffers high casualties… especially if the UK fleet came to fortify the US fleet (I usually spare my AC + 2 trannies + sub as the UK just in the event Us would do the above). They might be able to take the island on this turn but my guess is that their transports are destroyed during the sea battle. Either that or they don’t have much air support because it went to the sea battle… so I think the island won’t fall on this turn. On US 5, you can build either ground units + air units to defend (for a total of 8 units on the island) or you can buy 4 boats (2 subs and 2 destroyers… or an AC + 2 fig + 1 sub). Given this, Japan cannot take back the island at their leisure. It’s still a big pain in the ass.

    My take on this is that Japan has to be slowed down… and I think this is the most efficient way to do it. Not only will you take out some of it’s income, but you will divert it’s attention from the Asian theatre (if they bring trannies to take the island, they don’t disembark troops in Asia). US will also increase it’s income, negating the loss of China. All that at a cost of one turn. I think it’s a great strat… unless the US fleet is sunk at Solomon.

    I also believe that going to the Pacific on turn 4 or 5 is a waste of time. By that time, Japan has a hold of Asia and doesn’t need it’s fleet for support, so they can deal with the US menace more easily without disturbing their flow of troops.

    Wood the Rook



  • A Solomon strike simply does NOT pan out against a skilled Axis player.

    Ample evidence in multiple games posted here.



  • A Solomon strike simply does NOT pan out against a skilled Axis player.
    (quote from switch) i guess i am technologically challenged as well 😐
    especially on usa1, japan crushes your fleet, with 2BB’s and mass air the “wash” isn’t, usa gets wiped and japan loses a trannie  😛

    is usa4 too slow? india usually falls j3 (unless it is abandoned on uk1) and j4 they are really ramping up in asia so taking some pressure from there is good, the crux of the biscuit is whether or not to loss of european pressure can be handled by uk/russia.  usa walks a very fine line if they go two front, but that is what i am determined to try next time i am usa (of course our games are for fun, not tourney)



  • Switch,

    Skilled or not, if the english player do what they have to do, i.e. take out the tranny, sink the sub and land their fig at pearl… there is a high chance that the Japanese player is left with only a BB an AC and a fig (or two) after Pearl. This small fleet won’t be able to face what the US is putting on the water this turn. So this mean they need to regroup. If they don’t then my plan will succeed. But if they do… and as you said if they strike at Solomon with everything they have on J3… then it was a lot of money spent by the US to sink a part of the J navy. But the dice can play a big part in this… and Japan can loose a lot… so it’s not really a waste on the US part. After all a BB, an AC, a destroyer, a sub, two trannies and 2 figs are not so easy to sink (22 total defense and 9 hit points total)

    So I guess you’re right… a skilled Axis player would be able to avoid this… but I’m still convinced it’s a good move to make because there is a lot of other things you can do to avoid a confrontation with the J fleet.

    To Crit… why I think US 4-5 is too late… well going against Japan on US 1 like I mentionned takes about until US 4 to become a real threat (having a complex in the Pac with a fleet to defend). Let’s say you start doing what I said on US 4… that means that the US will be a threath at about US 7 or 8… which is way too late to make a difference. For exemple:

    Build the fleet on US 4
    Move it to striking distance on US 5
    Take one island on US 6 (or Japan if not defended…)
    On US 7 you can reach the coast of Africa or Asia… hence you’re able to slow Japan a little.

    But you must admit that by J6 or J7, the Japanese player has a solid hold of the mainland and he won’t need his fleet to support his invasion… so he’ll be able to easily counter the pressure.

    But at the start of the game, when Japan needs his trannies to convey his troops, he can’t afford to go around chasing the bait that is the US fleet.

    Well it’s nothing but my opinion…

    Wood the Rook.



  • Also Switch…

    You mention ample evidence of the failure of a Solokmon strike in some of the games on this site… but I’ve never seen a player attempt to solely take one island and hold it. Can you please direct me to a game where it happens… or where at least the US player tries to do it. And do not mention your game against Octo… you failed to do anything good with the US navy.

    Wood the Rook.



  • woodie,
    how are you losing you 2nd jap BB? if you position yourself right on j1 then the solomon fleet is sunk j2 and with smart buying (imho) you are still putting grunts in asia(i.e. a complex j1) i know alot of people disagree with that preferring 3 trannies but with that IC on j1 then another later you can do things with your fleets you might not have been able to otherwise



  • To see a major attempt by the US in the Pacific, go back about 5 screens on the Games thread to my game with Ezto.  He tried things like grabbing Wake to use as a static AC along with massed fleet.  You will see how easy (and relatively cheap) it was for Japan to counter even the MASSIVE builds by the US in that game.

    There is another more recent game that I played, cannot remember the opponent, but I tried a Solomons strike after doing a pretty good job of getting most of Japan’s navy in Turn 1.  My surgical strike team was immediately sunk, though I controlled Solomons for the duration of the game with 2 stranded INF.  Not like Solomons does you any good.  Pearl and midway are both superior bases for use against Japan, and you can;t even IC Solomons since it has no IPC value.



  • Crit,

    The Japs rarely loose their second BB, I was saying that at pearl, they only have one BB left. Sure J can move it’s second BB into position right away, but it’s rarely done since most player attempt to sink the UK fleet with it. I assume that if you’re aware that the US are going in the Pac, it’s easy to position your fleet to counter most of the threat in the Pac… but that should slow down the troops deployment in Asia… unless you build one or two IC like you suggested.

    So I guess that this strat works well when most players expect a KGF strategy.

    Switch… I’ll have a look at those games and write back later. Thanks for the info.

    Wood the Rook



  • It sounds like it would be a fun strategy to play if playing someone inexperienced, but the Pacific is so big there is really no threat from Japan for quite some time.  I think it makes more sense on a normal basis to use USA to help fortify Africa, and then build up a tranny system (supported by fighters or a bomber or two) to hit hard into germany.  It takes so long for Japan to move anywhere that America could effectively tunnel forces through africa to prevent Japan from putting pressure on the caucauses (I think as early as turn 5 you can have forces in transjordan 2 inf/1 art/4 tanks/plus air, plus whatever units britain has decided to move into that direction) if you feel that is a worry.  I just think against a skilled player concentrating on Germany is far more worthwhile for the US.  It would be fun to try the island IC though 🙂


  • 2007 AAR League

    Does anyone who plays as the US advocate the buying of bombers?  I would think that it would be a good idea to maybe have 3 or 4 bombers with 4 or 5 fighters to back up your troops D-Day’ing France or Germany.  I realize that the bombers could get shot down, but with a 1 in 6 chance, that’s 4 out of 24 chances, pretty low deal.


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