This is my first post here to the forums, although, I’ve been skimming some of the articles here for about the past week or so. I’ve been able to consistently beat my friend while playing as the axis, usually through a German strategy that focuses on capturing Africa first and then leveraging that economic advantage to crush the USSR (it also has the added bonus of effectively castrating the UK) the Japanese then link up with them in Transjordan after conquering india, and that’s game. However, I’m having issues countering the Russian Black Sea Sub build. My friend plays with the UK and USSR focusing on the Germans, while the Americans contend with the Japanese.
Normally my friend likes to play with an aggressive attack against Ukraine and West Russia. While he usually buys inf and artillery or 3 art 3 armor as russia, this game he built 3 inf 1 art 1 armor and 1 sub.
I did my normal German purchases of an AC and transport build off the coast of Italy, coupled with a mixed buy of inf and armor in Germany. While this normally places me a little bit short in terms of troops in Europe, it normally works out in the end, due to the fact that I’m crushing him in Africa. The play started out with the usual G1 German assault on Egypt with 1 fighter 2 inf and 2 armor. Egypt was captured with 2 armor remaining.
Other moves included a successful capture of Karelia with one inf (he left it open) and destruction of the British seazone 2 fleet with only loss of the zone 8 sub. The entire British Atlantic (except the seazone 1 tranny) and Med fleets were destroyed.
As the UK he went with an all bomber purchase bombers and retook Egypt with an amphibious assault from India supported with the inf from transjordan and cruiser support shot and fighter. He captured it with 2 inf remaining (I got some really atrocious rolls).
I won’t go over the Pacific theater, because I have a pretty good grasp of the situation there, even with all of the US funds going to the pacific, I find that the Japanese can easily match any US fleet build coupled with their overwhelming initial unit advantage means that Japan actually is really quite difficult to take down.
For R2 he destroyed my battleship with 2 fighters and 1 sub, losing only the sub. G2 I retook Egypt with the inf and art from libya (initially from algeria) and 1 tank and 1 inf transported from southern Europe (Results 1 inf, 1 art, 1 armor remaining).
UK 2 he purchased a South African IC and 1 bomber saving three. He sunk the carrier 2 fighters and transport off the coast of egypt with his three bombers, landing the surviving single bomber in transjordan protected by one inf from persia.
R3 nothing particularly unusual or exciting happened in the European Theater. G3 I opted not to purchase more navy b/c i was starting to get concerned that I might be a little bit shorter on inf than I’d like in Europe. I sent my Afrika Korp to destroy the bomber and the inf, suffering no casualties.
In the end, ultimately, I got kicked out of Africa b/c his SA factory was dropping 2 tanks a turn, with no corresponding German investment. Any new naval builds would be destroyed by his UK bomber command.
Do you guys have any suggestions for possible counters, or should I just adopt a different German strategy altogether? I’m actually rather fond of my current German African strategy and am somewhat reluctant to abandon it.