This is a first turn move that gives the UK a naval advantage over Germany. The turn begins when UK purchases 3 submarines. Then, UK announces its 2 combat movements. The first is an attack on the german submarine off the coast of Western Europe using the 2 fighters from the UK. There is a 17.2% chance that the german submarine (assuming it’s not hit the first time) will roll a 2 or less twice in a row and defeat the british fighters. However, there is a 75% chance that the 1 of the 2 fighters will roll a 3 or less on the first attempt, thus ensuring victory for the British . Assuming this attack is succesful, the British bomber flies from the UK, through the newly won sea zone, through the strait of gibraltar, and attacks the german battleship and transport. To aide in the attack, the british battleship in the sea zone adjacent to gibraltar and the british submarine in the suez canal also move into the southern europe sea zone. This attack has a 59% of success in the first round and a 20% (if the submarine makes a hit) of winning the battle and having no british casualties. In the first round, there is less than a 1% chance (.77%) of the british sub, bomber, and battleship will all miss and both the german transport and battleship make a hit. The odds are clearly in UK’s favor.
This attack throws a wrench into any german plan of capturing Africa. Now the UK can use its resources elsewhere and not worry so much about protecting Africa. The submarines purchased at the beginning of the turn will be used to help secure sea zones in the mediterranean and the Atlantic on future turns. It is suggested that at least 2 submarines are placed in each sea zone that is adjacent to a German held territory. This blockade that is formed will prevent the Germans by expanding by sea or air. The only way to any other continent will be through Russia. Russia will be able to concentrate more on the western front than their eastern front because the US will be able to deal with Japan and not worry about Germany to the east.
Although many gamers believe that UK’s job is trivial in comparison to the US’s or Russia’s, the UK proves extremely valuable in that it can indirectly prevent German expansion and force them to attack in places that the defender has the advantage.