And if Russia on round 2 builds 2 or 3 AA Guns, do the Axis NEED to bomb them? Didn’t they just basically throw away 10-15 IPC which is about what the Axis would have been able to bomb them for on Round 3 anyway? Meanwhile, the axis now have all those extra bombers for long range threats.
You’d be amazed the interesting challenges just one extra German bomber causes the Allies in the hands of a relatively good to exceptional player. Now imagine how 3 German bombers can totally screw up your entire afternoon!
So let’s move into the fantasy world of a Russia that can magically afford all these AA Guns and still have an army (though in reality they’d probably be seriously considering vacating Stalingrad at that point, but whatever.)
3 Japanese bombers makes America’s life hell. That’s -10 IPC from W. USA each round. 2 German bombers makes England’s life hell that’s -8 IPC from England each round.
So you have an America earning 29 IPC and an England earning 4 IPC (For East and West Canada, since Japan and Germany have everything else.) Maybe they are earning 8 IPC since Russia is magic in this fantasy and can magically produce AA Guns and army and win the game all by themselves.
Dunno…doesn’t seam like a stellar situation for the allies. What, are you going to put AA Guns on Transports and float them around England to stop Germany from attacking you there? Or how about guns in SZ 55 and SZ 54 to stop Japan?
Basically, your entire rebuttal to the strategy is flawed. If Russia buys the AA Guns, in reality, they’re crippled to the point they cannot recover anyway. It would take seriously more than 3 AA Guns or 4 AA Guns to defend Russia the way you want too (forcing all incoming bombers to risk two AA Gun shots) and if you do manage to get them, you’re not going to be strong enough to stop the Axis. And, if you just have amazing luck with the dice, and I’m talking upper 5% here, and you manage to keep Germany and Japan back AND get enough AA Guns and don’t need to risk trading armor every round or lose a fighter to AA Guns to trade territories, then America and England are easy targets for SBR damage and you’ll be alone.
There’s no way out. No matter what you do, the Axis can counter with an easy stab with those bombers. You’re only hope is to overwhelm the Axis with allied units before they can ramp up. And that assumes, of course, they don’t see your silly rebuttal and pump out tanks to crush you before you can exploit them.