As Germany, if Russia does not reinforce the Battleship/Transport in Sea Zone 2, would you attack with Fighter, Bomber, Submarine? You have about an 80% chance to kill the Battleship and Transport there, at the expense of 1 fighter, 1 bomber, 1 submarine (good chance the bomber would survive too, but it has to land in Finland/Norway.)
In a game without a bid, I would never try it. In a game with a German African bid, I might.
By destroying the UK battleship and transport, the UK will be significantly slowed in any attack on Europe and/or Africa. Killing the UK battleship also helps cut down on UK battleship bombardments. But I still think the loss of submarine, fighter, and very possibly bomber is too much. The loss of either bomber or submarine are very significant.
First - what if you have no bid? You must send the German Med fleet east or west. Sending it east means taking Anglo-Egypt, but then, without the Atlantic sub or German bomber, destroying the UK battleship at Gibraltar becomes a very expensive proposition. Sending the German Med fleet west and taking Gibraltar means loss of air at Anglo-Egypt (assuming Germany still attacks it) and risky but very possible UK attack of 1 destroyer and 1 bomber against the German battleship and transport; if Germany loses its Med fleet early, it will be a horrible disaster. (Even the loss of the German transport means that Germany will almost certainly not be able to do anything in Africa.)
If you have a bid, even then still probably not. You could use an African bid to take Anglo-Egypt AND move the German Med fleet west, (so you don’t run into the problem of losing valuable air against the UK battleship at Gibraltar) but then you run into another problem. If you use the Atlantic sub to help attack the UK battleship at Gibraltar, the UK counter of 1 destroyer 1 bomber is not favorable against 1 transport, 1 sub, 1 battleship. But if you use the Atlantic sub to attack the UK battleship, you open yourself to the counter of 1 destroyer 1 bomber vs 1 transport 1 battleship again - risky considering how much Germany has to lose.
Apart from the possible disastrous UK counterattack on the Med fleet, and the possible disastrous loss of the sub/fighter/bomber vs transport/battleship, it’s fine. You will have to keep infantry at Norway and fly fighters there to help protect the bomber against the UK counter of 1 inf 1 tank 2 fig 1 bom, but those fighters can be used to attack any UK navy in the northwest zone, which is often where UK builds its navy. The W. Europe fighter threat will necessarily be weakened, but with the loss of the UK battleship and transport, and the German Med fleet at Gibraltar, an Alllied landing at Algeria is probably a bad idea for the Allies for the early game. The US will be forced to build 1+ carriers on its turn (I think probable 1 carrier 2 transports), which will in turn mean a further delay in any African invasion. Combine with the fact that the German Baltic and Mediterranean transports plus German air threaten London, so the UK will probably be forced to do a defensive build; the Allies will be significantly slowed.
Of course - that UK counterattack IS a very real risk and the German attack is a bit chancy, so I think I would have to think a lot before attempting it. I have never seen the USSR player not move the sub to join the UK fleet, though, so I’ve never had to worry about it. :lol: