What type of effort should the Russian’s make to slow the Japanese in the begining?
should you send fighters to help trade territories?
Western territories are worth 2-3 IPC. Eastern territories are generally worth 1 IPC. If you can afford to send infantry east, by all means, but it isn’t easy to get them back west in time to slow a German tank build.
Getting back China or Ssinkiang is worthless for income; the Japs recapture before the US receives income for those territories.
i typically play Axis at home and havent yet completed my first game online (im playing two, both as Axis). When playing as the Japs, I know I like to expand as fast as I can… which is why I hate seeing the Russians send reinforcements. On the other hand, when im Japan im also Germany, and Im able to push into Russia when too much is sent.
So, what are your thoughts?
The main thing stopping the Japs from expansion in Asia is logistics. You just can’t send guys in that quickly; J1 you need to build transports, J2 you can take the Asian coast, J3 you can start progressing.
I wouldn’t bulk up at Burytia unless you land the UK Indian fighter there.
Japan can whack Burytia with 4 ground units and mass air - true, doing so prevents Japan from doing Pearl, but accompanied by German gains in Africa and Europe, Russia can find itself in trouble pretty fast.
If Japan ignores Burytia, the Allies get some benefits - the US bomber can hit the sea zone east of Japan and USSR can take a weak Manchuria on USSR2. But the benefits are limited. A good Japanese player will either leave a battleship as a transport escort if leaving navy west of Japan, or just build transports east of Japan, and that means that USSR can’t do much with those Burytia infantry except send one to capture Manchuria and pull the rest back to Yakut (if the USSR infantry stay on the coast, even 3 Jap transports plus moderate air support means the USSR will be wiped out, and the Japs should have FOUR transports at least).
I recommend pulling back. Leave nothing or 1 infantry in Burytia, put 3 infantry in Yakut, and pull the Yakut infantry to Novosibirsk, from where they can help reinforce China next round.