Why not get the carrier, merge the fleet, move back to SZ5 (Baltic Sea) and then build transports? Now you have a BB, CV, DD, 2 SS, 2 FIG defending. There’s no way England/USA could stop you then. And if they did, their fleets would be out of position for at least 2 turns giving you 3 turns to either rebuild or do serious damage to the eastern front.
If you buy AC/trans as opposed to AC G1 and trans G3:
1 - you force UK on R1 to defend their home. They cant have fleet+India IC+uk inf. Something usually is skipped. (I personally do something, but I feel its risky and frankly, no one plays my own strat gainst me. )
2 - I dont want UK/USA fleets to merge and live. I have the sea/air advantage in attacking, so why not use my offensive advantage now.
3 - With just AC buy, UK can afford a fleet (no risk of UK invasion G2), making a G2 attack on SZ8 a no-go (28O vs 16D instead of 28O and 28D, with UK having USA trans fodder and Germany risking its air.)
You know, I havn’t seen a game where England builds an IC in India. I wonder how that would play out??? It never worked well for me in classic (then again, neither did the IC in S Africa).
So yes, by building a carrier with germany you force England to not build an IC in India. I personally wouldn’t buy one anyway, because I’d want the carrier to ensure you don’t pull any luftwaffe strafing runs on my transports.
However, you hardly have the combat advantage. As I said in the other thread, the US is more then capable of blocking your battleship before it can join the baltic fleet. That’ll cause a 1 round detremental delay, since 1 BB, 1 TRN is much easier to dismantle then 1 BB, 1CV, 1 DD, 2 TRN, 2 SS (or 3 SS if you don’t go to Canada). CV, DD, 2SS, TRn, 2 FIG looses to CV, 3 TRN, BB, 2 FIG, BMB 65.4% of the time. That’s about 50/50 in my book with any left overs being cleaned up by the DD, 1 TRN (other used to block the German fleet from leaving Med), 3 FIG, BMB from America. (US has to buy a CV for this many aircraft in the battle.) Also, note, in the above England/Germany attack, there’s a 65.4% out of that 65.4% chance that England will retain the bomber, carrier and battleship after the battle.
Anyway I see it, the German fleet dies in round 2 and the allies are up to full transport strength at the end of round 2. The allies are down 2-3 fighters and a bomber maybe, but that’s easily replaced, actually. Especially if the now weakened German forces don’t seem to be rolling exceptionally well against England and Russia allowing the United States to go reclaim Africa.
So end scenario, most likely:
End of Round 2:
Brition: 3 Transports, 1 Carrier, 1 Battleship (damaged), maybe a second carrier/transport from Indian Ocean comming around Africa to help.
America: Carrier, 2 Fighters, 2 Destroyers, Submarine, Battleship, 7 Transports
Germany: Battleship, Transport (locked in Med, or to be sunk in Round 3) Germany now down 1 or 2 fighters after naval battle.
(Japan full strength plus whatever they built, they’re inconsequential to the Atlantic in Rounds 1-4 at least.)