AARe desperately needs to have submarines revisited. Either that, or the allies are going to start bidding in the double digits to counter the massive power of the German and Japanese submarines.
Potential Fix: Radar Bouy’s dropped by American and British Bombers and Fighters to find enemy submarines. First you roll to find them (1 or 2 on a D6) then you roll to kill them (normal attack roll.) That at least restores the order to the game, and it’s historically accurate. After all, the Allies did a lot of air only assaults on Submarines during the war. Destroyers were not always present.
Another Potential Fix: Transports as Radar Boats. The idea here is that the Allies sent Destroyer Escorts with their Convoys. These escorts were outfitted with Radar and were able to help find enemy submarines to avoid them and to sink them. Perhaps a transport could be used in lieu of a destroyer as a “spotter” for aircraft to find Submarines?
Non-Aggression Pact: Japan should get no bonus from the dissolution of the pact. It’s powerful enough only needing India and Hawaii to give the Axis a strong ability to win the game.
Siberian Divisions: Should be made just plain old Russian divisions. Let them put a free infantry on any originally red territory on game board.
That’s all I can remember without actually reopening the rules again.
I liked the tech that allowed your BBs to fire AA shots as well, and your destroyers to do shore bombardment. Think it was Combined Arms.