I have indicated the cities I controlled at this point, as well as the lines of attack that came later from the British and Japanese. The power curves here and before indicated that the Japanese were by far the most powerful, and the British among the least powerful. So I decided that my initial opponent would be the Japanese and that I could probably neglect the British for the time being, which turned out to be a bit optimistic. Given the balance of power, I estimated that the Japanese were skirmishing with the French and Russians, and the British were skirmishing with the Japanese, and that the Japanese were the most successful.
But first I had to decide on my priorities. Clearly the two highest priorities were to spread out and grab as many cities and resources as possible, and capture my national cities on the land to the East. This means that I had to build some ships, and although I forgot about that for a while, it also means that I need a port over there if I don't want my units to starve.
As the map shows, I did grab an initial city in the NW, then sent armored car units scooting for the others. I also sent a transport with infantry to grab Odessa tothe SE, because it was the only city in the area that sould serve as a port. Unfortunately I forgot that supplies need Seacap to cross the water, and it wasn't long before I realized that I had to build more transports to increase my seacap so that my units could be supplied.fortunately I had not met any enemy units there yet, because units that are out of supplies can die really fast.
Another item of importance is that I had only a couple of raw (mineral) hexes in my starting area, although I had a lot of oil. This meant that I should create engineers as soon as I could to increase my mines to level 2, which quadruples their production from 20 to 80.Doing this requires a lot of production points (PPs), minerals and engineering points, and everything is in short supplies, since I have to produce trains to increase my landcap, staff for my HQs, trains, trucks and horses to move around my units, and infantry, artillery, machineguns, and aircraft. All mechanical units require minerals to build and fuel to run, and although fuel was not a problem at this time, I was very short of minerals.
OK so the strategy is to hold the Japanese at the neck and keep them from spreading out in my territory, and keep one or two weak units to the West to keep an eye on the British, and to protect the towns and mine at the top of the mine. The towns can only produce resources or PPs,but the mine has a fourth of my early mineral production, so I didn't want to lose it to a meandering British unit.I captured the oil hex where the British unit is on the map, but made no attempt to hold it since it was not critical at this point and my infantry unit could defend better from the town.
While I was running around in the East capturing cities and resources, the Japanese came at me full force at the neck of land to the South.I began to produce units as fast as I could, and created a HQ on the town there to support the defence, and redirected the production from a couple of cities to this new HQ, called AG South. I tried to give my units combined arms, and supported them with artillery and eventually aircraft, whereas the Japanese units were infantry-only except for a few air units.
In ATG defenders are much tougher than in AT, and attacking enemy units with odds of less than 3/1 without softening them up first with air power and artillery is asking for heavy casualties. Apparently the Japanese did not know this, and kept attacking with Banzai suicide attacks that gave them something like 10/1 casualties in my favor.
Just when I thought I was dong pretty good, things got complicated when the British showed up in force to the West, and when I collided with the Japanese to the East near the coast, where they were apparently coming up from the narrow neck of land there. As if that were not enough, the Japanese were also appearing in the far East. The land there is not an island, it is connected to the center by a neck of land further South.
Now I was fighting on four fronts, three of them against the Japanese. Unless the French and the Russians, who so far had not made an appearence, could hassle the Japanese from behind, I could be in trouble. I had to shift production to the other fronts and even remove a few units from the main Japanese front to meet the new threats. One of my engineering units I had sent to the mine in the East of the main front was surrounded, the British were trying to envelop my units in the West, where I had to give up a city that gave me only PPs but that the British could use to produce anything.
Although I had not bothered much with fuel since I seemed to have plenty, I was going to find to my dismay that when you are attacking with planes and armor and moving ships around, your 15,000 surplus of fuel can disappear in a single turn, and your kickass mechanized units are left high and dry.