Hmmm perhaps I did not make myself clear, or perhaps you disagree with my conclusion. If the UK bomber goes to Anglo it cannot attack the reinforced Baltic fleet in SZ7. So I will be able to unify my fleet. Sure you got Anglo back, but now I have two transports instead of one for pounding the Russians and holding Africa, and I have enough fleet to keep the Allies out of Africa for a good long while. Anglo will not survive the G2 counter. And now Africa is in German hands for the duration of the game until the Allies can overpower the combined might of the enhanced Luftwaffe + German unified fleet.
**I outlined what I believed would happen in my previous posts.
To respond to your reply, sure, the UK bomber hits Anglo, Germany unites its fleet, no prob. Sure Anglo doesn’t survive the G2 counter. However, these are problems that the Allies can overcome.
Exactly as I wrote previously, I believe the Germans will soon either have to withdraw into the Mediterranean or the Baltic. Probably they will retreat to the Mediterranean, at which point the Allies can set up an infantry drop into Karelia/Archangel; even with 8 fighters and a bomber, the Germans will have to trade fighters for transports, and the Allies can rebuild quickly.
Even should the Germans retreat to the Mediterranean, for best effect, the German fleet will have to stay at S. Europe, and the German fighters at W. Europe. This is not good for the early game; Germany should ideally use fighters for trading with Russia, and Germany’s fleet is better used to drop to Trans-Jordan or Anglo-Egypt on G2 following UK1 recapture. Of course, this is not good for late game either; if Germany has forces in Africa and the Allies don’t, the German Med fleet should be used to transport units to Ukr/Caucasus; similarly, German fighters stuck at W. Europe cannot trade.
SUPPOSING Germany does NOT move Med fleet east and split fighters between W and E Europe, that still lets Allies set up transport chain to Karelia/Archangel, and with Germany relatively passive, Russia gains more time. But if Germany DOES move the Med fleet east, if the Allies went KGF, the Allies drop into Algeria with up to 10 units (3 US transports 2 UK transports), which Germany’s 2 transports plus existing forces in Africa just can’t match. Sure, the German W. Europe fighters could blast those forces along with German transported units and/or units from Libya, but all this takes time and takes pressure off Russia.
So pick what you want to happen. Keep fighters at W. Europe and the German fleet at S. Europe, or don’t. Either way, you’re not going to get off scot-free.**
Also a UK2 counter on Japan is not that great an idea. It can be done but sending 2 inf and a fighter vs 2 inf + AA gun doesn’t seem very attractive to me. Especially when that fighter could prove crucial elsewhere (i.e. Moscow).
Christ, lad, UK shouldn’t be shoving fighters into Moscow on UK2 unless the Russia and/or UK players are total dumbasses. I just can’t even imagine it would be necessary. And UK moves the AA gun out of India on UK1, of course, and Japan probably doesn’t have 2 infantry to spare for India, and even if Japan DID, 2 inf 1 fighter is still favorable odds - especially with the bomber around.
The tank blitz across Africa was not halted by the purchase of 2 ftrs, but by the movement of the battleship to Gibraltar instead of Anglo Unfortunately I don’t see a way around this. That sub must join the fleet in SZ 7 for this to work, and sending naked fighters against the battleship is very unattractive to any Germany player. Is losing a 10 IPC fighter worth delaying your blitz across Africa by one turn? On the other hand this way you don’t lose 2 tanks, which equals 10 IPC. It still feels wrong somehow, but I suppose if it works well within an overall strategy sacrificial risks are ok?
Yeah, well, even when hitting Anglo-Egypt with 3 inf 3 tank 1 fig 1 bomber, Germany loses some units on the attack, then UK counter of 3 inf 1 fig 1 bom is pretty strong. But if you hit Anglo with 2 inf 2 tank, UK will smash the hell outta it UK1 for sure. The way I figure it:
PLAN A: Germany HOLDS ANGLO
End of UK1: 2+ German tanks in Anglo-Egypt. UK down 2 IPC (Anglo)
End of G2: German tanks in Anglo-Egypt blitz. Germany up 6 IPC (Anglo, 4 other territories)
End of UK2: UK down 6 IPC (Anglo, 4 other territories)
End of G3: German tanks in Anglo-Egypt either retreat to Anglo-Egypt leaving Union of South Africa in UK hands, or they don’t. Germany up at least 6 IPC.
Net: UK down 8 IPC, Germany up 12 IPC. Germany might have to rebuild a tank, but if it did, then Germany should have Union of South Africa. Overall IPC difference 20 IPC.
Plan B: Germany LOSES ANGLO
End of UK1: UK recaptures Anglo-Egypt.
End of G2: Germany recaptures Anglo-Egypt with 1 tank (that’s all that can reach unless you have a Med transport bid). Germany up 2 IPC (Anglo)
End of UK2: UK down 2 IPC (Anglo)
End of G3: German tank in Anglo-Egypt blitz. Germany up 5 IPC (Anglo, 3 other territories (2 tank blitz 1 other reachable)). Germany has to rebuild tanks.
Net: UK down 2 IPC, Germany up 7 IPC, Germany has to rebuild 2 tanks. Overall IPC difference 9 IPC, but Germany has to rebuild 2 tanks, so IPC difference -1 IPC.
I mean, OK, maybe UK could do something in India with the infantry it blew trading, but like I wrote earlier, if Japan wants India on J3, it’s pretty tough to stop them without bleeding Russia some. (J1 Japan runs around a bit and builds transports and flies fighters east to Pearl, J2 Japan drops 4 units into French Indochina and flies fighters back from Pearl, J3 Japan hits India with 6-7 ground plus air - (One of the Japanese transports that made the drop to French Indochina on J2 picks up 2 infantry from East Indies on J3 and drops them in India; if Japan dropped tanks in north Asian coast, if India looks to be a problem, Japan tanks head south).
You could move those UK infantry into Europe instead to start trading UK blood for German blood (instead of your precious, precious Russian blood for German blood). But by UK3, you ought to have a transport chain into Karelia/Archangel anyways, so the UK blood for German blood can begin anyways.
Now I’m not saying that this is a refutation of Germany 2 fighter G1 build, but I am saying you’re going to pay the price.