Love to hear what that is, Axis. Mainly cause I need something in my arsenal to work against it.
However, I think you are discounting the damage done by a lot.
In 5 Rounds America can have 6 DDs Round 1, +4 DDs Round 2, + 3 DDs Round 3 + 3 DD’s Round 4 + 3 DD’s Round 5 for a total of 19 DDs, that’s assuming no Naval Industry advantage and using the “change” to buy the combined arms technology. (16 IPC if you have tech investment, max 24 if you do not, maybe less if England also has it before you get it, so 12-18 IPC with shared tech)
That’s 20 Destroyers at 3, 1 Battleship at 4. Granted, 6 of them are not yet in range ON turn 5 for use, so that’s 14@3 1@4 hitting the stacks in Europe and definitely enough to keep your fleet separate. (What player is sending 6 fighters and a bomber after 14 destroyers with or without transports and battleships!?!?!)
That’s just from America! So figure you lose 8 infantry with that somewhere in Europe. -24 IPC for the cost of 3 IPC (since you have to land SOMETHING to use bombard, right?)
If England’s doing it too, you might expect 4 destroyers on round 1 (Royal Navy + 3 Destroyers) and 2 each additional round with change, again, going to combined arms technology. So on round 5 you’d have a total of 1 battleship + 12 destroyers (10 in range to bombard ON England’s 5th round.) That’s another 6 infantry from your stack killed for another -18 IPC at the cost of 3 IPC.
So far, Germany’s been hit for 42 IPC in damage and the allies have lost 6 IPC in damage.
What kind of pressure will Germany be able to sustain at that rate on Russia? How much more pressure can Russia bring to bear on Japan?
And, if you get really wicked, who says the allies won’t add SBRs with their two bombers until they are knocked out of the skies with AA Fire? That’s another 7 IPC damage per round on average between the two nations (3.5 from England, 3.5 from America.) Now Germany’s down 49 IPC and that’s not including units lost trading with Russia who’s flying infantry and tanks around with Russian Rail to prevent the fall of it’s Victory Cities.
I’m not being sarcastic. I really, REALLY want to know what the Axis response is! I’ve tried Wolfpacks and then going heavy navy, but that drags even more money away preventing me from stopping Russia and thus the Russians get up to E. Europe on a consistent basis.