Sweet Jesus! has it really been 6 years (oh yeah gray hair now-) The personal issues I described pulled me away from it, but I don’t see why we can’t pick up where we left off.
When I play tested this with some AAE rookies, well they didn’t work as a team (I was the axis). A combination of bad dice rolling by me especially in the east, and their lack of team work ensured the war went into 1947! In that particular game, Italy was the real “winner” as the Allies were not really able to dislodge them from North Africa, until fall, 1944. In any event, that particular game was AAE as it is supposed to be set up but with the following changes: Italy was her own power of course allied to Germany. The German Territory stayed at six Ipcs, Vichy France is activated as it’s own power collecting 3 Ipcs, which they hand over to the Germans anyway , N. Italy was worth 4 ipcs instead of 2. Added to the Italian fleet was 1 sub, and 1 additional trans. North Africa looked like this: Spannish Morrocco- undefended and no one collecting the Ipc, Algeria I french inf, Tunisia 1 French Inf (oh and Vichy had 3inf). Italy had control markers on Corsica and Sardinia. The Western Med SZ had the Vichy Fleet: 1 Battleship, 1 Destroyer, 1 sub. The rule was- if an allied power attacked the Vichy Fleet each piece rolled a die prior to combat the results were 1-2, join the allies (and be available for the attack) 3-4 join the axis (and be available to defend), 5-6 “scuttle” and the piece is removed from play. Some other changes were, Germans could build inf up to the Ipc value in Finland, Hungary, and Rumania. The USSR could build inf up to the Ipc value in any territory it controlled at the start of the war. So, I put the '39 version on the back burner, just to play test some things. I think it would have been different against experienced players. Almost forgot - The Axis could “lend” units to each other (like Allied Patriotic War Rule-Soviets can claim a piece and replace it with one of their own). And Axis could “split” the oil money. It was fun but like shooting fish in a barrel if you know what I mean. Anyway, I promise to work on the set up and post the results here for all to share, comment, bitch and moan about etc. Take care, God Bless.
AND JUST WHO IS IT YOU’LL BE ATTACKING? MY LARGE BORDER GUARD MAKING YOU COMMIT SUBSTANTIAL FORCES PERHAPS EVEN TANKS TO HOLD A REGION IN THE FACE OF THE WHOLE RED ARMY WITH NO AIR COVER? BRING IT ON !
P.S. YOUR RIGHT ONLY your DEAD WILL SEE THE END OF WAR
I personally go for a quasi split. I usually send my Battleship in to kill Malta and use my transport to send over the two Infantry in Southern Italy and drag them over to Libya as well as moving the units in Tunis. I move the infantry in Morocco over to Algeria and my Destroyer from Tyrennian Sea with the sub in the South Atlantic goes to kill the UK Destroyer is Gibraltar Strait. I normally leave the units in the Eastern Med. alone and see what the opponent does with them.
1. Concenrate on navy and air units buy some infantry each turn or aa guns to defend against bombing raids and a transport for later. You don’t need land yet you can get tons later from the 40 ipc’s each turn.
2. Hold the convoys. Depending on who you’re playing, if you completely wipe out the German navy they won’t build up too much again and if they do use your air force against them. Hopefully, they’ll be worried about Russia to worry about a navy that can’t to an amphibious assault (yet)
3. Get Britain to do a stradegic bombing raid on France. By now you should have built up enough infantry to hold France for alittle while. Do a bombing raid and amphibious assualt, this will weaken France alot. Then move your infantry on with transports you bought that turn (don’t get tanks as they’ll be destroyed by German fighters). Leave some fighters in France so you don’t get bombed or at least too much.
4. Next turn, get Britain to do bombing raids on the hopefully defenseless territories between France and Germany. Move your troops up and put new troops in France put every airforce you’ve got into Britain.