ORIGINAL: Shannon V. OKeets
I found the section on Gambits and Exploits very interesting. Have any of these been dealt with on the MWIF side and would anyone care to comment on their own experiences with these exploits?
These gambits and exploits are not as good as they make them out. I am not even sure I would call it exploits because that implies that it exploits the WIF rules and I am not sure they do that. What one call exploit another call viable strategy.
Aggressive play, like these gambits, can bring some benefits but they usually have one disadvantage that they affect the US entry status. Learning how US entry works and how that affects US production is essential when evaluating such game plans.
Without even looking at the gambits/exploits, I know that if they affect US Entry, then the Allied player can counter them (and put a real hurtin' on the Axis) by either taking a lot of US Entry Options early or simply building up his chits for an early entry into the war.
It's worth remembering that historically the Axis was looking really good in autumn 1942, and then the roof fell in when the US factories started turning out everything a commander-in-chief could dream of.
No wish to split hairs, but by autumn 1942 the Axis were in the deep do-do.
Italy had run out of oil, her capital ships laid up and (depending on when in the autumn we are talking) she had lost/was about to lose many troops at El-Alamein.
Japan had lost Midway and were being bled white on Guadalcanal, where losses in land and carrier-based aircraft were critical and troops on the island were starving to death. Even when they inflicted pain on the USN - and autumn saw the sinking of the Hornet at the Battle of Santa Cruz - the "victory" cost them so many planes, their carriers had to be withdrawn.
The German army in Russia was in a complete mess. The Russian counter attacks in the winter of 1941 had left the army in a sorry state. Army Groups North and Centre had to be stripped of men and equipment in order to make Operation Blue possible, and by the autumn, Operation Blue was in BIG trouble. The Soviets had learned how to fight and had retreated rather than be encircled (the Germans, moving further and further away from their supply lines, were punching thin air). The Army Group had completely
failed to meet it's summer objectives and was heading into another disaster.....a city on the banks of the River Volga.
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