40 SO wrap-up:
As Euro-Axis commander I spent much of JA and SO agonizing over how to proceed. The overall situation is that the euro-axis are quite successful having seized Malta, Morocco, and inflicted heavy losses recently against the Tommies as well as the French. However, USSR looks huge, now building with the factories and resources of Manchuria as well as Persia. The Japanese are in a simply awful position, building at something like 8 BP per turn.
We faced some game bugs and had to go from v 2.7.5 back to 2.7.0 (cvp disappearing or not working correctly bug). So I can't easily load the save game to see exactly what JP was building at.
Given this situation the German high command decides to employ a strategy that I personally don't like because I think it's too powerful. I'd normally never choose this strategy because in an evenly balanced game I think it can be too strong. My philosophy is that I like both sides to be enjoying the game and I always prefer an interesting game to a one-sided game. So this strategy isn't my cup of tea at all.
However in this game I feel that something drastic is needed to keep the Axis in the game and give us a good chance to make it into 44 and 45 with a good game still going on. So the decision is taken to try to take Gibraltar by air and sea assault rather than going through Spain. Euro-Axis builds have to pivot to support this strategy so an IT AMPH is laid down (waaaaaayyyy too late haha), and all PARA and MAR divs are built by Italy and Germany as well as an IT ATR.
Japan will be lucky to survive into 44/45 and I'm not sure at all that Japan will even be able to seize its' basic defensive perimeter of Manila, Singapore, and NEI. Japan will also face an SU DOW probably in early 42. So Japan has really got a lot of work to do to re-establish some sort of order in China, prepare a defense of Korea and N. China v SU. On top of this only 1 JP CV, a CVL, has been built. I don't think any other naval assets at all have been built including no CV's, no BB's, no TRS, no AMPH, no SYNTH.
Japan has begun to take back some of China but by only killing 1 unit in JA 40 and 1 unit in SO 40, CH has got the +.25 PM boost which gives it extra BP's so China is still very strong.
So Euro-Axis needs to do whatever possible to put pressure on CW and eventually SU while also forcing US to pay attention to Europe rather than focusing heavily on the Pacific.
Although I'm not happy with the overall situation I'm looking forward to trying a med strategy. I've never tried this before with Germany so it will be interesting.
Here is the situation at EOT SO 40 in Europe.
< Message edited by jjdenver -- 5/6/2018 12:59:05 AM >