Germany is only three turns away from the russian capital and is without immediate threats to the territories it’s holding.
Maybe your next step could be to declare war to the western allies with Japan.
The idea of getting rid of the UK planes as fast as possible, before they can sit behind a stack of ground troops, is interesting and would certainly result in a weaker Egypt. How do plan to handle being behind against Russia as a result of your two strat bomber purchase?
G2 buys and beyond would be ground troops to invade Russia. I agree with you that it will be harder against Russia but it’s still possible. 2 rounds without serious ground troops purchase would place Germany in serious troubles.
The German planes in Southern Italy won’t be able to reach Syria unless Italy was able to secure Greece on I1. If that’s the case (Greece is not Axis-controlled) you would need to commit all your strat bombers to Syria, correct?
Only the four Strategic Bombers have enough range to do the raid on Malta or Syria. It could be possible to bring smaller planes if they were landed G1 in Southern Italy and did not scramble during the Taranto raid. I won’t do the raid with four Strategic Bombers if there is more than 1 AA gun, 1 Inf, 1 Fighter and 1 Strategic Bomber on the island. I’ll use those Bombers instead to threathen Sealion and against Russia.
Is your plan going to change if they land allied aircraft in Syria? which is equidistant for them to Malta?
I mean - it sounds like fun don’t get me wrong, but seems alot of focus for only a little gain.
Syria is even better. My goal is to get rid of most of the RAF threat. Without the Maltese AA gun, it would be easier for the Luftwaffe to kill them. It would gives the benefit of more freedom of operation for the small Regia Marina and remove defense for Cairo.
As always, if UK is dumb, go ahead and prep for Sea Lion
In my last game, I wanted to go for Malta but my opponent didn’t buy enough stuff on G-B so I went for Sea Lion instead of Malta and captured London easily. I never had the chance to do Hercules yet but I’d like to try it next game.
I plan to execute a form of Operation Herkules (Invasion of Malta) in my next game with Germany to help Italy in the Med by destroying all the RAF aircrafts on the island on G2.
-2 Strategic Bombers 24 IPCs
-The rest could be a sub, 2 INF, ART, MECH to send against Russia or maybe to capture Gibraltar.
On G2, I will send the four Strategic Bombers to strafe everything on Malta. Thus will allow Italy to start reinforcing Africa I1 without having her TT sunk and start building a navy (with another TT!) and operate in the Med more easily.
Sure it will be costly for Germany but it could accord one turn of bad spending and it could vive Italy a head start.
Is anyone ever tried something like that?
An expensive way to get Egypt almost everytime. Germany could place an AC and 2 TT G2 (2 TNK, 2 INF) in SZ93 and land the whole Luftwaffe in Alexandria G2. Italy could then soften Egypt with everything available I2. G3 Germany cleans the remains of the 8th army and try to hold the place with 2 TNK and 2 INF (losses attributed to planes). If UK3 counterattack succesfully, Italy retakes the place I3 and German aircrafts help hold the ground G4. After that reinforce with IC, TT, Air. But like I said earlier, it’s kind of expensive to do things that way.
Killing Tobruk (and Ethiopia) UK1 may over strech UK too much and leave Egypt vulnerable from amphibious assaults from Italy. Tarento seems safer in my opinion but loosing this battle is almost fatal for Egypt.
If you don’t go Sealion G2, bombers in West Germany can be used to sink the Royal Navy in SZ76 and land in Italian Somaliland. This attack would greatly help Italy to dominate the Mediterenean Sea and threaten Egypt. It’s a good response to a UK1 all men London buy.
The French did put up a good fight against the British at the battle of Dakar on the West African Coast, an attempt to sink the Richelieu. The Royal Navy was repulsed with heavy dammages and had to go back to Gibraltar. Richelieu took little part in it, firing 24 rounds in two days but scoring no hits.
Jean Bart, still incomplete, faced the US Navy during Operation Torch and took a heavy beating. She was unoperationnal for the rest of the war.
I like the immobille Battleship house rule. It could be included in the game, especially in SZ 87 but maybe in North Africa too.