1. “Harebrained”, not “hairbrained”.
2. Canadian Shield isn’t harebrained. It lists very specific circumstances under which it may be attempted. Please read the paper again to inform yourself.
Actually, it is “hairbrained,” not “harebrained” as you suggest. We aren’t wabbits, you know. :lol:
Ooo, according to the online dictionary, they’re BOTH words. DAGNABBIT!
“Yea, I think Canadian shield is a silly notion. You spend all that time setting up an invasion that America can easily counter, meanwhile you’re getting walked over by the Brits and Russians….”
It isn’t just a blind attack on America. There are very specific circumstances that lend themselves to Candian Shield. The goal is not simply an attack on Washington and/or Los Angeles; there is a secondary objective of delaying any Allied fleet build while the US and UK concentrate on defending Washington. Allow me to pull an “example rabbit” out of my endless magical hat.
Example: If you ALWAYS play rock in a game of rock-paper-scissors, that is probably not going to win in the long term. (Your opponent can just start playing “paper”.) But if you NEVER use rock, that is not going to work well either (your opponent can always play “scissors”, and assure him/herself of at least a draw).
Canadian Shield is “rock”. If your opponent played “scissors”, you play “rock”. If your opponent played “paper”, you do not play “rock”. If you don’t know what your opponent will play, you could take a chance on “rock”. Similarly, you will want to try Canadian Shield in some games, and not in other games.
If your opponent played “scissors”, and you SEE the “scissors”, then you can play “rock”. That is, if the situation is conducive to a successful Canadian Shield, and the Allies are going to be largely helpless to respond because of their poor unit choice and building, you opt for Canadian Shield.
If your opponent played “paper”, and you SEE the “paper”, then you do not play “rock”. That is, if your opponent did something like building a gigantic Allied fleet very early that could wipe out the German fleet.
Sometimes, you do not know exactly how your opponent is going to respond, so you take a chance on “rock” and hope that your opponent is going to play “scissors” by mistake, or play “rock” incorrectly rather than the optimal “paper”. That is, in some games it is not clear whether or not Canadian Shield will work well or not, so you take a chance.