Africa has no victory point, no strategic advantage except for lowering UK income / vs. lowering Russian income. But then, it’s Russia who you have to beat if you want to win.
I disagree. Africa also gives Germany IC which it can spend on units. Plus, you have to take into account the amount of ICs the US and/or UK has to spend to counter this extra battleship. The Battleship ends up paying for itself.
So if anything, I’d go for an AC + tran for the Med. It has basically the same effect, but adds another route to Caucasus. On the other hand, neither a Carrier nor a Battleship will ever defend either Germany or your panzers on their way to Moscow. So… nah…
I’ll try the AC + tran. I still think the Battleship might be better as it can take 2 hits. This makes a world of difference if it is in a minor or major naval battle. The AC is also useless without a fighter.
I won twice with Battleship strategy after posting to this forum. 1st game opponent made the double mistake of building an atlantic fleet UK1 which was wiped out G2. And attacking africa with US too early which ended with a wiped out fleet in the atlantic. Germany controlled Africa, game over.
2nd game was against a better opponent, but the plan worked in a different way. UK didn’t build a fleet but instead built a factory in South Africa. US held off its African invasion until US3 and invested heavily in a navy. G4 attacked Trans-Jordan. G5 attacked Madascar. G6 Australia. Germany just parked itself with a large force in belorussia and counterattacked any russia advance waiting for Japan to catch up. Because US had to build such a large Atlantic Navy, Pacific was ignored. Once Japan controlled Asia, it moved onto Alaska then Hawaii after dumping off its fighters to help defend Germany. The 2 battleships protected Japan’s backside against any transports that might be built in South Africa. Granted, the dice were with me when US attacked Southern Europe, but other than that dice were pretty even.
So, in summary the battleship payed for itself multiple times over. US had to delay Atlantic advance and build extra naval units which were never used in a battle.