Austria was a little risky and only left 6 inf and 2 art in tyrolia to defend against italy well sending the 6 inf and 2 art in Trieste into serbia. MY first turn buy as Austria was 5 art and one plane. I left one inf in the capital for that. I as Austria was hopeing that the 6 inf and 2 art sent into serbia would be enough to take it out. I knew that the the Italian player was very conservative. so he would either turn 1 be attacking 6 inf and 2 art vs. the same force in tyrolia or walking into trieste with that force to be counterattacked by Vienna, serbia, and Tyrolia forces. This would buy me the time to get the serb force back to triests turn 2. Thus giveing me parity with the italians again. The problem was going to be I3 because Italy could then get the Rome group to venice. thus on turn 3 Germany and Austria went into Switzerland, flanking ITaly makeing Italy commit to attacking the swiss group I3 and away from Austrian land thus giveing Austria a couple more turns to pump troops into Russia. This game was some what of an outlier because CP got very good dice rolls in Africa and were still walking around it turn 6. Against an italy player that was aggressive this strat may not have worked. I think the CPs would have won this game because even though it may have been hard for Germany to take Paris with Austrias IPCs it was in a position to begin a move on Rome turn 6 and it had such a massive stack the italians probobly would have died next and then brit french U.S. would be in trouble.
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RE: Central Powers Frustration
Central Powers Frustration
So my Axis and Allies 1940 group started playing 1914 in November. We have played 5 games so far. The central powers have only won one out of the five. Now our group has some more experienced and less experienced players but all have played 10-15 games of 1940. That is why we found it very frustrating that the Central powers can’t seem to get decisive wins. We had the three best players play the central powers twice and they only won once. Our group has come to the belief that unless the allies make really stupid mistakes E.G. Russia stacking Poland R1, France attacking Spain F2 or France attacking Germany F1 in Belgium its very hard for the central powers to win. If the allies just pull starting stacks back and launch counterattacks in strength with consolidated artillery and air supremacy they can decimate the CPs starting stacks and continually buy time by reinforcing contested territories with just enough to slow the CPS down. The only time the CPs won was with Austria buying a fighter, getting every unit it had into Romania and Galacia A1 except 12 inf and 4 art it left for Serbia and Italy defense and then throwing that whole force into Ukraine A2 makeing Russia pick between contesting Moskow and fighting a massive stack on defense with air superiority. The Germans also threw the Berlin and Silesia stacks at Russia. Russia threw everything into Ukraine but it still took 2 turns for the Russians to run out of troops and the Austrians and Germans had just enough to wipe Moskow turn 6. The French made some dumb counterattacks so the Germans managed to hold them off and thus the CPS had bigger armys and more IPCs by turn 7 and we agreed that they were probobly going to win. However for that to happen everything went right for the CPs. It seems if just one thing goes wrong the CPs will lose. Notably if the CPS do poorly enough on the front they are not pushing they still lose because even if they take Moskow or Paris, their territories are very IPC rich so if for example the French manage to take and hold Ruhr and Alsace for three turns thats 27 IPC and if the Russians take Budapest and Galacia the same occurs. Just contesting is enough to massively decrease CP production. Thus even if the CPs take Moskow or Paris it seems easy for them to lose if they do badly enough on the front they are not pushing. We thus saw France get to 40 IPCs after Moskow falling. Is anyone else haveing these kinds of problems?
RE: Ottoman-Austria Crazy Mediterranean and Africa Strategy
My point is not that the specific Austrian buy was a good idea. I told him it was a hoprrible buy for the aforementioned reasons. My point is that if the Austrians can buy just enough navy to get the british fleet out of the Suez the Ottomans can get in and take out the two british tranports. I think this would work well in an CP attack france game where Britain has to spend more on helping France then building in India and attacking Ottomans. Britain would have to try to protect the Suez and support France and it might be too much for them.
Ottoman-Austria Crazy Mediterranean and Africa Strategy
So It has been stated a couple times that there arent alot of new ideas on these forums. This maybe a new one. Although the central powers lost this game I think the strategy still has merit. I was the Ottomans. My buddy Austria decided to just buy 2 BBs A1, A2, A3, and A4. He wanted to try to take naval superiority in the Mediterranean while Germany tried to solo Russia with transports in the baltic. I thought this strategy was stupid and maybe insane but ran with it. O1 I bought a plane, 2 infantry, and 1 artillery. Britain did not attack in TJ round 1 or Persia so I sent everything into Arabia that could reach and moved every unit possible into Smyrnia and Syrian Desert leaving 3 inf in Mes to prevent a Russian attack and 1 inf to activate bulgaria. I thought 6 inf and 2 art in egypt couldn’t hold out against my 6art 18 inf even with 4 inf from Ind transports. Because of the Austrian naval threat UK2 moved cruisers and BB to 17 to help Italians out. Every other allied power sent their med ships into 17 as well. Since UK couldn’t match my force once it all got to TJ turn2 he retreated from Egypt leaving tranports in the indian area with no escort! thus on t3 I took Suez and started building subs. Britain sent units to kill my ottoman subs but eventually one survived and I got it through the canal. It then hunted down the 2 UK indian tranports which UK can’t replace. The Ottomans then proceeded to take over Africa with their starting army. With air superiority none of the allied units could stop them so by turn 7 I had taken out all allied units in Africa and Ottmans were getting into the 40s IPCs territoryl Now all of this didn’t matter because the Austrian player didnt have any land units to help defend Germany and Germany couldn’t withstand the French, British, American Assault after he killed Russia. The Allies took Berlin so we called it turn 8. However it did make me think if the Austrians built just enough naval units (not 2 BBS a turn) to get the entire allied navy in 17 and the ottomans took Africa since there is 24 production in Africa (that is only one less than Russia) would that swing the advantage to the Central powers? The Ottomans could then use that production to take India and then throw everything into a navy and then try to take Rome. I know everyone would say the allies would land troops in Africa to take it back. However if the Ottomans have 6 inf and 6 ART in Africa with Air Superiority they should be able to shrugg of allied attacks in the Congo area with counterattacking and the tranports would take turns to get down to Africa with troops needed to fight the AH and GE. If you kill the indian transports the allies would have to bring in transports from other theaters. What do you think of this strategy?