Basically it is a way to boost the German Fleet unification and to challenege the Allies in the North Atlantic.
Assumption: Africa bid large enough to allow for Egypt to be taken w/o using Med Fleet.
Germany opens with build of an AC in the Baltic, IC in France, and balance as INF.
Germany uses forces in Africa for Egypt, counters Russia as possible in central Europe, but with a focus of pulling back and stacking.
Med Fleet goes to SZ13, as does the SZ8 SUB, combined with FIGs to kill the UKBB, probably w/o loss
Land 1 INF in Gibraltar to prevent a RAF counter-strike on the Med Fleet.
Land 2 FIGs on the new AC in the Baltic, build the IC in Paris
On G2, you link the fleets in SZ7 AND drop additional naval units into SZ7 from your build using the new IC, a maximum of 1/3 of Germany income for navy (the balance is used for land units to reinforce against Russia and to start building up to push them back).
Germany ends up with a fleet that is somethign like this…
Units built on G1 (2 TRN most likely so as to maintain invasion threat of London and USA, as well as provide fodder against Allied counter attacks)
This will compare to an Allied fleet of
1 BB (UK)
2 TRN (UK)
2 TRN (USA)
1 SUB (USSR)
1 DST (USA)
Add in land based FIGs to a strike on the Allied fleet(s) and Germany gets control of the North Atlantic for several turns while the US and UK try to build up enough to counter that fleet. From SZ7, Germany can threaten London, secure Algeria and East Africa, and threaten Eastern Canada.
With the heavy initial push by Germany with their fleet, UK has to play more conservative… building land units to defend against Sea Lion on UK1, and possibly again on UK2. USA cannot send their ships to UK to reinforce, or they will lose them. Also, with the strong naval pressence by Germany, UK is likely to have to save up cash one round in order to drop enough units the following turn to not immediately die. So this REALLY slows down UK, and significanly slows the US.
The problems with the move are pretty easy to see though…
- USA/UK land in Algeria on Turn1. Combined Fleet is only in range of German Med Fleet and any Western European FIGs. They German Med Fleet is then blocked from a link-up in SZ7.
- Lack of land units in Europe on Turn 1 AND Turn 2 means Russia is going to gain a LOT of ground, and extra income, which will sorely press Germany for SEVERAL turns, and even slightly bad dice by Germany will give Russia control of Ukraine, West Russia, Karelia, Norway and Belo for as long as they want to hold them, and be able to trade Eastern and Balkans for a turn or 3.
- Germany can be kicked out of Africa by a UK counter from India, and won;t have the ability to shuttle reinforcements in using the Med Fleet.
As I said, as a surprise move, it might be worthwhile. And in a multi-player FTF game it could be devastating (you need good Allied coordination to counter it).
Otherwise, it is a move that falls into the “Oh, that is interesting, but won’t work” category.