From: Bangor, Maine, USA
If the CW isn't able to put a land unit in Malta (so it stays empty), this means personally would DoW the Italians as the CW. Of course, this means that Joe should be convinced to wait with his DoW's.
This is the third allied impulse (or am I mistaken?). Uncle Joe would urge to purge the CW military leadership for not getting a CW land corps into Malta in the first Allied impulse (yes, I know, it's a bug, so probably you'll have to shoot the programmer, uhm... ...).
On the other hand: why didn't the USSR demand Eastern Poland in the second Allied impulse? Was US entry so low that he couldn't do this? If so: the allies have to gamble now. The USSR gets Eastern Poland and the Italian will then DoW the CW (I would) and will occupy Malta and start grabbing those nice CW territories in Eastern Africa (which is a must, since Balbo is there, and he needs to get out of there as soon as possible) OR the CW will keep Malta and the USSR might not be able to get Eastern Poland, if the weather roll for the next impulse is bad or if the US entry rolls for DoW'ing Italy by the CW goes bad... Good luck...
Also, I don't like the way you've put the last CW corps in Bombay at set up. It should have been setup on a certain Med Island or the Rock bordering the Med... A partisan might appear in Bombay, yes, but it's only to happen in about 1 out of 10 games, but an invasion threat by Italy is going to happen every game IMHO. I would sent a SCS with the Italian division out into the Med in the first Italian combined impulse for that reason. Now where is it going to invade? Corsica, Gibraltar, Malta, Oran, Algiers, Tunis, Marseilles? A lot of places to choose from in an Italian surprise impulse, and some of those will be empty. So please CW or France DOW me, or suffer the consequences. That division should be at sea a lot of times in the first turn...
The USSR should also keep a good look on the positions of Yamamoto and the Japanese Marines. My Japanese will go to war in 1939 with the USSR to grab those nice Persian oil fields before he can conquer Persia. So, before the USSR can attack Persia, Yamamoto should be involved in the Chinese campaign and not situated anywhere on a TRS. Remember: he can simply sail to the area and wait for the return to base phase to enter the Persian ports. He stays there during conquest phase, provided the Emperor did DOW the USSR. It will be very hard for Zhukov to get him out of Persia.
Of course, a USSR-Japan war might mean an end to those nice attacks you're now doing in China (you have to defend Manchuria), however its Oil we're talking about here. And Oil is everything for Japan in the war. If Japan hasn't any oil left, he's like a dead fish in the water. Take than also into account that in 1939, the USSR hasn't got a lot of land units (and some of there are in Persia, keeping Yamamoto in check) to put pressure on the Manchurian border.
My advise to Uncle Joe would be to DOW Persia later in the game (f.e. in 1940, when he's got more land unit on the Manchurian-Soviet border to put pressure on the Japanese). Against 10-12 Soviet Corps in Siberia, I wouldn't DOW the USSR as the Japanese. Against 7, I would DOW the USSR and try all kind of nasty things.
Now, if the USSR uses his European Army against the Persians, I would go in conference with Berlin and see if it wouldn't be possible to go for a Barbarossa starting in J/F 1940, since there's only going to be about 10 Russian Reservecorps in Europe. This is of course a huge gamble, with France still in the game, but you'll be getting a nice Rumanian and Finnish army and a good starting position from those two countries as well, since the Borderlands and Bessarabia can't be grabbed by the USSR (his army is far, far away in Persia and Manchuria..). With a little luck (please: good weather in M/A 1940), you'll be able to grab a whole chunk of land and resources in the USSR to give you the economic power to crush the French). If Belgium is still neutral, don't attack them in 1939 and keep the army in Poland.
So the question is really: where are the USSR corps at this moment?
1. Nope, still just the start of the 2nd Allied Impulse.
2. Because this is the 2nd Allied Impulse . . . they could have in the first, but I wanted to be able to rebase the Polish aircraft for the Pilots (interned) for immediate CW use.
3. He was in Malta, but the bug made me move him . . . so I chose Bombay, since I was already set to reinforce Gibraltar.
4. I usually wait a bit before threatening the CW with Italy in the W. Med. I like to try to close out Egypt and the Middle-East first. It also lets me try for a landing in Greece if I go that route.
5. I misspoke. None of them are on TRS, but stacked with them in Japanese cities, waiting to sail to wherever they are needed. Given that I'm trying to crack China, I really don't feel I can afford a 2nd war at this time. At best, I can send in "peace-keepers" when the USSR attacks Persia.
And, finally, there are about 3 USSR units on the Manchurian border, but while I would normally want a 1939 quick war to take Vladivastok and force a peace . . . . compulsory peace is not going to be included inthe initial release, so the war would just keep going on and on and on. I don't like that, but that's the way it is. The rest of the Siberian forces are in place to take Persia in 2 impulses, so Japanese peace-keepers might not even get there in time. They are much better off being used in China.
If Italy can still align Iraq, that means the USSR has other issues to deal with based on a 2nd front for Barbarossa . . . more on that later, if it happens (which I probably will make sure does happen, since I want to test bringing Turkey into the war that way).
Somehow I knew you'd be the first to respond to this, and I get the sense that you think the CW should not risk the DOW, and simply hope they can get away with reinforcing areas Italy begins to threaten.
I should also note that, while Unlimited Breakdown is in use, Reforming units is still being worked on (this week, I think) by Steve, and I'm hoping it will be ready for me to put to good use once Japan starts going ballistic in the Pacific. So, I am working under a few limitations here.
Hope this explains the weird things that you've noted. If I'm wrong about the CW DOW, please let me know.
Edit: On the other hand, since it was a bug that left Malta open to attack, I could just leave it alone, even if Italy does DOW the CW . . . . but where is the fun in that?
2nd Edit: If I don't hear differently in the next 12 hours or so (my general sleep schedule), I'll assume I should not DOW with the CW and try to get at least one more impulse complete.
< Message edited by Red Prince -- 11/12/2011 11:37:30 PM >
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