Next week is Greg’s Spring Gathering… Â Cincy, Ohio
I would love to be there, but I’m in CA. Â I’ll be in Cincy in July visiting family.
Remember that the USSR starts with several infantry in the east, which need time to walk to Moscow and then the front.
Germany has most of its troops already at the “new front” by holding EE and trading UKR/Belo/Karelia.
You dont need to be “ahead” in Ground units. You need to have “enough” to swap these territories and gain Africa.
As to Africa, if you destroy the allied transports, Africa SHOULD be yours for these first 4 rounds. The allies wont have any transports left to have landed in Africa.
Also, The point of the Navy is FLEXABILITY. You can merge. Get London. Nuke the allied fleet. Contest Norway. Or just defend and cause allied pain in the cost to sink you (which they have to do to open Germany/EE to amphib attacks).
It might happen that the fleet dies and you can only wait for Japan to save you. But with a UK fleet and focus vs Germany, there is NO UK IC in India. This usually results in a rapid Japan advance.
Moreover, Japan can swing a transport or 2 to Africa to speed its conquest if needed.
Squirecam, don’t get me wrong, I’m with you on the flexibility of the navy. Â If the Allies make a mistake, yes, some of those cool options are there. Â I am coming around to the idea that NOT building navy leads to a worse situation for Germany.
I know you are correct in what you say, because you must be having those results in actual play. Â The disconnect for me is, I don’t know what types of numbers your Russian opponent is putting up against you.
As long as we agree that Germany is not ahead (although I say significantly behind) in ground units, I’m fine. Â But what I’m saying is that if the G big stack is too small to take WRus, and Russia adds about half of its ground unit production to Moscow each turn, by the time the Japanese reach the outskirts of Moscow, the Russians have a big enough stack to hold off the Japanese. Â In my experience.
As for Africa, perhaps Germany has had bad luck in several games, but I kid you not, I have seen UK take it back T1 and/or T2 several times, especially if Med fleet moves west!
And what is the UK Indian Ocean fleet doing all this time? Â That’s the point, if Med fleet moves west and UK actually takes back Africa, UK can move into the Med T2 if it wants! Â I saw it happen.