Hey thanks for the replies. I understand that it is possible to set them back. However, I feel like a good axis player will use the German air to clear the med early and then the Italians still have the strongest naval presence in the med early game.
If the Germans then commit their air force to helping Italy in Africa there is little England can do alone to stop Italy from getting to the point to where they are earning close the same ipcs. Maybe I am wrong but once it gets to this point if the US doesn’t get involved, most of England’s effort is focused on Italy. Which is a win for the axis.
The US can tip the scales and make sure the Italians stay in Europe but I am just wondering what the most cost effective way would be. Thanks again for the insight. I really appreciate it.