I cannot recomend strongly enough that you buy both AAP40 and AAE40. Once you play one you will want the other. Additionally with games like either edition they quickly become unavailable and out of print. When it’s time to buy whichever one you didn’t buy it will cost a lot.
I am not just a player but a collector and while not trying to be pompous, I have found that when you miss out on the original print run of games you will pay “pound of flesh” and then some to obtain some editions or even simple units.
Just buy both you will thank me lateror make a profit selling what you wish you hadn’t bought.
what he said…i have two copies of each…and im having a blast playing each game by itself and global…
ill be honest though… i prefer pacific first…the naval battles are fun to roll dice for and great aircraft carrier dogfights and amphibious operations all over the board…i love both games…but pacific 40 was the first one i bought