From: Montreal, Canada
And finally, here's the situation on the soon to be Eastern Front:
My engineers have been busy fortifying the line in the North from Memel to just north of Warsaw. I'm a little disappointed that cites and towns cannot be fortified in this way...
My worry now is whether I can muster up enough forces to man the entire line in time!
The USSR is 64% mobilized so they are likely to attack soon!
Now for a few discussion points:
I am trying this approach because my last game as the Axis ended badly due to a massive Allied invasion in France in May 1943 at three points which I simply could not contain, and a dismal failure on the Eastern front against the Russians because I lost too much time and momentum dealing with hard to crack pockets.
I decided for my next game that I should take out England first (to avoid an Allied invasion in the West) and deal with Russian later.
This is by no means any easier to accomplish but it is sure is a lot more fun in terms of being a very interesting ahistorical "what if".
My thoughts on this approach in terms of the best strategy to succeed are as follows:
England must be taken out before the Russians get too strong in the East as can be seen to happening in the excellent Introduction to Strategic Command WWII video series by the Wargaming Guy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aidx19wLtys&list=PL1RTN7ITHVQPFrEtlRgk8_0eXnEDUm6fo)
This is why I am trying to do this with two HQ units and all my air units. What is also key is the way I was able to secure the channel with the Kriegsmarine under the protective cover of the Luftwaffe and screening cover of upgraded U-boats.
Another thing I did was to let the Italians get all the plunder points from the Fall of France (they also get a lot more MPPs every turn this way too) to help them out with getting their research efforts going.
It could be argued that these points would be better spent by the Germans...but I plan to let them get the Plunder points from Yugoslavia, Greece, and Egypt to make up for it.
The other thing I did was to build as many fortifications in the East as I could to try and help hold the line against the Russians.
Getting Spain to join the Axis is key with this overall strategy and so I also invested a fair amount of diplo chits (both German and Italian) in this. My understanding is that Spain will shift even closer to joining the Axis once London falls.
I'm not sure about this but I believe they will also shift this way once Egypt falls.
< Message edited by CC1 -- 2/17/2017 6:05:19 PM >
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”