Attacking Italy (Southern) Europe was an option in the basic game - just not a clever option.
Italy is quite protected (from what I have seen of the map) - Italy being a separate player is a bonus to Germany - startegic bombing italy does NOT hurt German resources…
But I know too less of Triple A to decide exactly what to do…
My comment with respect to Strategic Bombing was on using Italy as a base for bombers to attack Germany. This was actually done during the war to split and avoid German air defenses. I am assuming with the change in Strategic Bombing rules that the German player will place an AA gun in both Northern Europe and France to reduce the effects of bomber attack. Attacking from Italy would avoid this. However, if Italy can be persuaded to change sides, then an Allied attack on the Rumanian oil fields might be a viable option.
However, the ability of the Allies to attack Italy is constrained by the very limited US production capacity. In actuality, during WW2 the US mounted a major offensive in the Pacific against Japan, mounted a strategic bombing campaign against Germany while building up the mass of forces for the D-Day invasion, and fought a major campaign in the Mediterranean Theater, all at the same time. That is not possible in the game as it appears presently.
Also unknown is if there are any limitations to the number of Axis troops in Libya. The port capacity of Tripoli put a cap on the number of troops that could be supported, the number diminishing steadily the farther from Tripoli they were. It does not appear that there is a separate area for Cyrenaica.
If you implement production levels into the game you would have also to implement troop quality, Equipment quality morale and a million other things - some favoring the Allies, some the Axis.
Regarding the three front war (Pacific - West Europe - Africa) : not only the US had to do this quite all major powers had to do it. Sure the US did produce MOST war equipment, but without the help of others the US alone would NOT have won… - despite production supremacy
If Germany and Russia were at peace (stupid decision to attack the red while still at war with the brits) an invasion to Europe would probably have failed - you can bring only SOOO many troops with ships - if the enemy has enough reserves he can push back the enemy into the water with ease…
T am not convinced that the US won the war in Africa and Italy.
Key factor in the med was the British carrier of Malta, the presence of a strong Royal navy to contain Italy and shipping to Africa - both factors are missing in the setup of this game (AAE has malta and as avid brit player its my first duty to hold Malta at ALL COSTS)
…err… rant and anti US mod off …
(Sorry but I can’t stand if the Efforts of the Brits - at war 1939-1945 - and the Russians - summer 1941-1945 - are forgotten to easily - The US played a great and vital part in the war, but they were not alone)
This game is an abstraction and I want to play both sides and WIN with both sides…
BTW the idea of splitting Africa into MORE territories sounds great (Morocco Algeria Tunesia Libya Cyrenaica)
I do NOt think the idea of limiting the number of units in certain territories is a good one. - Those territories represent huge stretches of land… - you would have to limit the pacific islands to an inf+plane - then
The Allies can limit the number of Axis units in NA just the way they did in the real world - sink the transports - kill off the Axis… :evil: