Historically Italy declares war on France after Dunkirk but before Paris falls.A Mussellini blunder IMO.Had she stayed neutral and been attacked by UK (eg. Taranto raid) an outraged public would’ve maybe supported the war effort.In A&A this is represented as some sort of income bonus.Of course a neutral Italy would’nt allow German units to land on their airbase or pass through N.Italy while on their way to S.France.
Been playing historical games since 1970.Despite glitches,1998 hasbro cd hooked me on A&A
Posts made by ampdrive
RE: Italy plays before UK
RE: Italy Politics House Rule G40
well this is interesting.Global game is supposed to start after Dunkirk evacuation jun 4 1940 and before paris falls jun14.Historically,Italy joins war jun 10,so arguably neutral at the beginning of a global game.So perhaps if Germany retreats from Paris G1 and has not landed air or passed through italy ,then Italy is still neutral UK1.
Is Uk allowed to start war with Italy and if so would a Taranto raid spark a similar outrage in Italy that Pearl Hbr sparked in USA?
RE: WW1 what if ?
Germany did in fact a quick knock out blow to France in 1870/71 and many of the German officers in 1914 had experience from that short war, so it is not strange they belived they could do it again.
I think Narvik makes an important point.Germany expected a quick war and free passage through Belgium.I recall reading the phrase"home before the leaves fall"
meaning if things more or less went according to plan,it would all be finished in a couple of months.I imagine the planners at the time would recall Napoleons 1812 invasion of Russia.
Thanks for all the responses gents
WW1 what if ?
So in Aug 1914 Germany mobilized for an attack on France through Belgium(the ill fated “Schefflin plan”),while keeping a small army in the east to defend against Russia.What if Germany had decided to attack east and defend its short western border instead?If no invasion of Belgium,would UK and later USA join war at all?Remember the spark for the war was a Serbia Austria-Hungary conflict.
I think Germany could’ve handed Russia a significant defeat and taken a lot of territory before winter 1914.As for the west I think Germany could’ve held back the French.As it went, Frances opening attacks on Alsace-Lorraine were repelled by Germanys reserve army while its main force was busting through Belgium.
I’d like to hear others thoughts on this.
RE: A Nonsensical Retreat Rule?
I 100% agree with retreat rule as it is.It’s a dynamic way to relocate slow moving units or consolidate a fleet.As an attacker you hope to take out all but 1 of the defending units.For the likely price of a few fodder units,you can better your position.