I always seem to end up with the UK helping out Russia nicely, via Karelia, but I can never seem to get the USA into the game.
What’s your preferred strategy with the USA? A north European juggernaut with the UK? Through north Africa? Island hopping in the Pacific? Or something else?
Really need input on this one :?
As I always say, it depends on the board situation.
I’ve said it a hundred times, I’ll say it a hundred more. Your best response depends on the board situation. If you don’t adapt to the board situation, you are going to get hammered.
For example, say Russia either attacked 3 German territories on R1, or got bad luck on a 1-2 territory attack, and say Germany bought 8 tanks and kitchen sinked Russia on G1 (i.e. used German air to slam any concentration of Russian units wiping out most of Russia’s forces) and Japan built 3 transports 1 tank, and say Russia put 6 infantry at Burytia that Japan killed. In such a case, even though you will probably still have the Pearl fleet, you are probably better off going for a KGF with US reinforcement from E. Canada to London, then London to Karelia/Archangel. The Axis are going to try to whack Russia FAST and HARD, and a KJF is just way too slow.
On the other hand, if Russia opened conservatively with a 1-2 territory attack and Germany didn’t hard counter with air, and UK built an industrial complex at India, then US is almost forced to KJF, as the UK complex at India will fall if the US doesn’t do something to pull Japan’s attention away from it.
CSub 20 probably refers to
1: the fact that an Allied fleet in the Med is vulnerable to combined German naval and air attack, which can inflict very heavy casualties. The Allies can clear the German Med fleet with air, but it delays either UK or US a turn for the air buy.
2: the fact that an Allied landing at S. Europe has to risk valuable fighters against AA and/or overcome infantry defense there. Following turn, Germany can counterattack with infantry and artillery from Germany plus tanks from Eastern Europe (the usual defensive posting for German tanks). It is very hard for the Allies to sustain any sort of offense in Southern Europe, as Germany can just retake in most instances. For the Allies to take and hold, you typically either need A) massive UK ground forces in Africa with the UK fleet abandoning the Baltic/North Atlantic to pull units from Africa to S. Europe, B) a REALLY massive US fleet, and in either case you need to defend two fleets against German air (you need to defend the Allied fleet unloading into Africa that’s west of Algeria, and you need to defend the Allied fleet unloading Africa to S. Europe).
Yeah, the Germans can force the same 2-fleet defense against the E. Canada-London/London-Karelia route by posting bombers at W. Europe, but Germany only starts with 1 bomber - Germany should have 4-5 fighters to threaten the S. Europe route, which means the Allies need that much more defense.
If you try to SEAL the Germans in with a block of US and UK infantry at E. Europe, then that’s a lot of force that isn’t at Russia. If the Axis player is decent, you’ll probably find that Russia falls before Germany does, in which case you’ll have a problem. The solution is to NOT block Germany at E. Europe, and to keep dumping infantry into Russia through Archangel. After you have a nice fat block of infantry at Russia, then you press UK/US against Germany and Russia against Japan, or you press US/Russia against Japan with UK running interference in Europe.