I say always build an IC in India turn 1. Build 1 transport, 1 infantry, and 1 artillary to place in SZ3 at end of turn 1. Use your carrier fighter and sink the transport in SZ59. land it back on carrier. Bring your destroyer from 15 and merge it in 35. Bring your fighter from Egypt and land it either on the carrier or in india. Use your sub in australia and attack japan sub in the solomon islands. You can move your australian transport towards new zeland and see if Japan will move it’s fleet towards hawaii. Keep your fleet by india for this turn and see what Japan does with their fleet. Remember your fleet is to weak on offense during turn 1, but it is stronger than japans fleet defensively if they attack you. You’ll have 1 carrier, 2 fighters, 2 destroyers, and one transport. This meaning you’ll be rolling 3 3’s, 2 4’s, and 1 1 on defense. They will attack with (1) 4, (1) 1, and (1) 3 on offense. They probably won’t attack and will move their fleet towards Japan, leaving borneo wide open for you on turn 2. Since you moved your transport up from australia on turn 1, you’ll be able to use your infantry from Australia to take the islands and use your fighters for fire support. This will allow you to keep 4 infantry from india in india and will keep india protected until you get your tanks built by in turn 2. turn 3 you should be able to attack burma with 3 tanks and 4 infantry. Easy victory……
Use your BB and two transports from britian and canada and amphibious assault Norway with 1 tank, 1 art, 2 infantry if Germany still has it on turn 1. Turn 2 you build 3 tanks in india and an IC in norway. Turn 3 you should be building 6 tanks. 3 in Norway, and 3 in india. Britian can shuttle 3 tanks into russian front lines every turn, and pounding Japanese front lines with tanks every turn. If you build up on mainland europe with russia, Germany will have to build to match. If germany keeps on trying to get africa, or builds an AC in the baltic, let them. That makes Europe that much weaker.
There’s a couple of problems with this strategy……
1. The destroyer in the Suez is usually up against the whole Italian navy and airforce. That’s 1 BB, 1 TRN, and up to Bomber, 2 Fighters. ???
2. The fighter from Egypt must survive against the DAK which is also unlikely.
3. This means that defending India SZ we have just 1 CV 1DE 1FIG. Japan can throw at this 1 BB 1 CV 3 FIG. This seems to me to be an easy win for the Japs.
4. India Land battle is 4 inf defending against Bomber, up to 3 FIG and 2 inf. Close but Jap should win with 1 Inf + some air remaining
Granted this has completely upset Japan’s standard opening but a first turn capture of IC India is a rare prize for Japan and sets up an early Blitz through Southern Asia into Khaz/Egy or build TRN to go for AUS/MAD
Even if the first round battle is a UK win, I don’t think that UK can hold Japan 2 with up to 7 Land units + up to 7 air units + BB bombardments.
In short I see the India IC as quite an unsound strategy. It also leaves the Atlantic sea under-defended against German air and delays any Brit landing into Europe or Africa. Brits can’t really move fleet to SZ 3/6/7 without an AC+destroyers etc. due to German 5+ fig /Bomber/ Subs etc.
Similar arguments can be made against an early build of IC Norway. Germans can attack with Massive force to recapture. Then Germany uses IC to build INF next door Russia or tanks to blitz Moscow.
Correct Strategy for UK is to build AC T1 + build up a fleet of 4 trns and drop large numbers of troops in whatever spot Germans leave weakly defended. Fleet of 1 BB 1 AC 2 FIG 4 TRN in SZ 6 can threaten up to drop in 6 different locations.