The point I was trying ineptly to make, is that successful attacks must go to certain places.
It is not enough just to concentrate tanks and cav and attack here because it is convenient.
The attack must always be directed by a thorough and careful examination of all players road/rail, resources and city distribution, with the eye always upon grand strategy.
That being said, I can usually predict my enemy sherpunkt with acceptable accuracy, and take cost effective counter measures early.
That would have been to no avail this game if you had notice my vulnerablity.
It would have been an unmitigated disaster for me if you guys had rushed Tottori.
Another thought, you could have produced an army right into Ironduke's threatened areas.
We have done this before and it is effective.
If you didn't guess our strategic plan this does not mean that there was no plan.
Our schwerpunkt was north of Lazy's capital. My tank and cavalry army supported with AT and flak and air assets was advancing through the desert in order to cut Lazy's capital area with a lot of resources. The capital area had just one railroad connecting it with the rest of his empire. At the same time I was advancing also south of the capital (the railroad in the jungle) and was planning to flank the capital area also from the south. Lazy concentrated his attack power against Iron's centre. When he noticed my schwerpunkt he started to concentrate there and inevitably his effort against Iron would have weakened. All the offensives against you were simply a distraction (I actually disbanded the trains in my capital on turn 1 in order to get extra raw to build up this kind of distractions). Most of the front against you had good defense terrain. Even if you would have had success there, it would have taken a lot of time. But at the same time Lazy would have been under the direct pressure of two players, whereas his terrain was not especially good for defense. Sorry - but strategically I didn't see any bright future for your team.
Iron actually produced an army into his threatened areas but the army composition turned up faulty - instead of dive bombers and tanks he hoped at first to rely on fortified cities and heavy arty. By the end of turn 4 Iron produced only a couple of tanks SFTs and no planes.
Concentrating on Tottori would not have been good strategy in my opinion because the cost of success there would have been giving free hands to Lazy against Iron's centre. But Iron's centre was extremely vulnerable - good tank terrain. When we would have captured from you one city plus 5-6 raw, Iron would have probably lost at the same time 4-5 border zone cities plus a couple of raw in the centre. Hardly the Tottori operation would have been worth it.
< Message edited by kombrig -- 12/3/2012 7:11:50 AM >