If you do it early enough you can take Gibraltar without the need for a navy. It does open up more landing spots for the Allies but taking the base from them is a hindrance to the American player. And if you maintain parity with the Soviets above the Black Sea you can then undercut them through the Caucasus.
Unlikely to be worth it though. Opening up the weak points in both Spain and Gibraltar doesn’t help the Axis. And those 8 inf in Turkey are a real pain to take out.
Lots of good options for G1 builds, but here are my personal thoughts. Two bombers can help Sea Lion in the following way:
Clean up residual ships on G2 to prevent ship blocks
Bomb London on G2, doing ~9 points of additional damage to the factory which reduces the number of infantry built on UK2.
Join in on the London raid on G3, contributing 8 more attack power (equivalent of 2 transports loaded with infantry + art) for approximately the same purchase cost
Attack the Russian response on G4-G5; bomb Russian factories along the front.
Attack the US Navy trying to liberate UK on G4-G10ish
Additionally the two bombers are quite useful to bomb Moscow and support a Barbarosa if Sea Lion is not an option. It is not as optimal of a build of 6 art + 2 inf for marching into Russia, but still is very beneficial.
Yea you are correct. I guess POWs would never really work in this game because unlike real war it does not matter how many men you lose
I’m not convinced the idea couldn’t work, only that the current idea of it wouldn’t work.
How about a situation where, for every 3-5 infantry you kill, you gain a PoW that can be placed anywhere. PoWs need to be protected from liberation and every PoW in a province over it’s IPC value costs you 1 IPC/turn in support.
You don’t muck with the balance around attack/counter attack and amphibious assaults.
You’ve got incentive to distribute the PoWs you capture and risk their liberation, rather than stock them in your capital.
The Axis, generally considered the stronger side, will take brunt of the downsides since they are killing large numbers of Russian and Chinese infantry. Might actually balance the game.