I’ve been told NEVER to go Pacific/Kill Japan First with America by many good players but I find that when I am playing as the Axis, I play an almost perfect game when the Allies concentrate on Germany but inevitably stumble and fall if a skilled player goes to the Pacific with the USA.
This is the variation.
USA - All fleet buys in seazone 10 until they have enough to capture Borneo/East Indies and set up a factory on those islands (crippling Japan)… will use subs to block if it helps their fleet advance, avoids battle against Japan’s navy unless it is in an advantageous position
UK - Focuses on landing 4 transports worth of soldiers every turn to support Russia/skirmish against Germany… once Africa gets overrun, lands in Algeria with 7 soldiers with AA gun on a selected turn to retake, destroy German Med fleet by air if opportunity arises
Russia - stalls, occasionally sends troops east if it has the chance to annoy Japan
So basically, this is a variation of the Pacific strategy where the Allies do NOT build ICs in Asia. UK and Russia are anti-Germany, and the USA goes hardcore naval build against Japan.
Germany is SUPPOSED to be able to take Moscow but its always having a hard time doing this. Africa takes several turns before it starts turning out money (round 1 English Egypt counter and American Algeria landing, South Africa inf stalls, UK might reinforce Algeria). What should Germany build? I’m struggling with the balance of tanks and infs, should they go mostly infs or go half inf and half tank? How do you force Russia out of Caucasus fast enough?
What should Japan do to counter the US stuff? It seems like Japan has a variation of two options and both result in a loss.
Japan doesn’t build planes or ships, just builds ground units and tries to pressure Russia. USA fleet soon gets big and moves towards the islands and grabs them. In this scenario, I find that Russia bunkers up, and soon it becomes irrelevant whether or not Moscow falls (it almost never falls) because the USA’s got 3 factories in the Pacific.
Japan goes all naval, or partially naval. The main problem here is that Japan can’t pressure Russia enough and may on some turns make less than the US. Also, the USA has the advantage and I find its impossible to hold the critical islands indefinitely. The USA never attacks the Japanese fleet, they just maneuver and block with subs. Eventually, they get close enough to the islands and with a sub block they can attack your fleet directly while your fleet can’t hit their fleet directly.
So I guess I have two main questions.
What should Germany build?
What should Japan build?
Is the Pacific Strategy really inferior?
Also, should Japan’s planes ever leave Asia to support the Germans in this setup or are they basically ties in FIC?