From: Detroit Mi, USA
"Making History:The Calm and the Storm", I'd say is a great entry level game into grand strategy. It's all turn based and the interface is very easy to use. I put it above HOI's and GGWAW series and the rest as far as replayability and ease of play. You can play any nation and as the title says you can make your own history of WW2. I won't say the ai is excellent, but, then again what grand strategy ai is? It's challenging enough to enjoy the fun of the adventure of playing it though. It's probably pretty cheap at Strategy First or Amazon by now as well.
There are two things that have anything at all whatsoever to WWII, The technology and units, and the the one and only historical event of the game: the anschluss, and even then it happens at any time in March 1938, not on March 12, the original date. After that, anything goes including possibilities like a German/French alliance or even if you are a non aggressive German, you actually are liked by the British, so An anglo/German alliance is not under the realm of possibility. I once played a game where everyone but Germany and France were at war and the Americans were only at war with the Russians
Iron bottom sound in that game was the north sea and the Baltic Sea and almost the entire Japaneese navy was there while the passve Germans watched everyone sink.