One problem is, it can be hard to follow other peoples games since we can’t see the map and stuff, so it is hard to account for everything.
Sometimes the individual battle aren’t really that important to your overall plan. I look at a few things, Economics, Military (unit count), and Position.
Economics is sort of obvious, you want to collect more IPC than your opponent.
Military Units is fairly obvious as well. Do you have more units on the board.
Now comes the tricky one, Position. Since about 90-95% of the games revolve around Germany-Moscow, that is where the focus should be (EE, Kar, Ukr, Cauc).
As Germany since you aren’t going to be able to kill Moscow with-in the first 3-4 rds so you want to preserve your army and give time for Japan to build up. This is where Afr comes into play for Germany and Asia for Japan.
Yes, Africa is important, but you want to make sure you are not putting more troops there then you are getting IPC in return.
Trypically you won’t be able to keep your German BB and trn alive for more than 2-3 rds anyway.
And with the Aliied IC there, it would be better to try and exploit the Allied focus there by perhaps gaining the advantage in Ukr or Cauc, with the ability to hold them.
Generally I’d advise you to always focus on Russia. The Allied presence in Afr won’t do much good if the Germans have Kar and Japan has Novo.
Ideally what you would like to do (with Ger), is move from EE to Ukr while Japan positions itself to take and hold Novo. THEN German attacks Kar (or moves to Cauc) and Japan takes Novo and this puts Russia in the position of only being able to attack 1 army but in the process would lose Moscow to the other. Or if they just sit back and defend now Ger and Japan can pickup loose IPC’s while building up their armies for the 1-2 punch on Mos.
Don’t get me wrong, this can be very hard to do, but THIS should be your focus, so losing an inf here or there becomes less relevant as you gain a superior positon.
Hope this helps.