So I am on something like my 7th global game.
The current situation is Sept/Oct 40. Germany is apparently going for something other than Barbarrosa as there has been some ship building, etc.
Italy is at war with France, but not the CW.
In France, the Germans passed several opportunities to take Paris, although Paris has a fairly strong stack in it (15 points including a AA unit). By the end of the turn, there were just ground units in Paris, 2 units close to the Italian borders and a unit guarding the French fleet in Marseilles. The Germans control all other French factories and the only French ground unit coming in was a garrison. The Allies tried to do a all pass twice and failed both times to end the turn. (first time was a 40%, second time was a 60%). The first pass didn't hurt too bad. Missing the second one was bad because it allowed the Germans to occupy the factory in Toulouse.
The French were offered a chance to surrender and they did so. This allowed the bulk of the French fleet to escape.
So the question would be, was this the right thing to do as the French?
The second thing going on really isn't connected to this, but deals with the Chinese. I tried a bit of a different Japanese strategy this time and just loaded up against the Communists. Yamamoto and the two marine units headed in to help there. The HQ that starts in China was also there a the group was also reinforced by the motorized that starts in Manchuria. The Manchuria HQ railed down to support the very small army in the center. Long story short, the Japanese just blasted the Chi-Coms. The Chi-Coms saw what was happening and immediately started to try to run. It was a fighting with-drawl until the end. (All units were either in a city or in the mountains). In the end, the Japanese just had too much and the Jul/Aug turn ran too long and the Chi-Coms have no cities left under their control.
After pushing forward a bit, the Nationalist Chinese figured out there was not much they were going to be able to do in terms of putting enough pressure on the Japanese to get them to stop the push against the Chi-Coms and by moving forward, the Nationalists were actually opening themselves up to the Japanese army that had a lot of units now closer to Chunking than they had. They have since started to pull back, but as everyone knows, this is a slow process. It now appears the Japanese can come screaming down from the north and get Chunking, etc. It will take them time to do that obviously, but I think the Chinese are basically cooked in this scenario. The Nationalist army is almost at full strength at this point, but production has dropped off and the Burma road is closed. The situation with the Japanese is such that it may be a bit before the US can demand the road be open again.
The Chinese were offered a chance to surrender and they passed for the moment.
So the question here would be is that the right thing to do with the Chinese at this point? (production for them last turn was 4). The benefit would be catching Yamato and both big Marine units deep in China and the Japanese stuck going to combines until they are at war again.
US Entry has been a big disappointment for the Allies.
It currently stands at 21 and 4 for the Euro Axis (this after France has fallen) (When Russia occupied Poland, that caused a chit to be pulled and when they demanded Bessarabia, that was another chit. The UK has not declared war on Italy in part because of the low US entry and because the Italian navy has not been real active. The only real thing going on in the Med has been the Axis coming after Greece and the Italians heading west to take out the French possessions in North Africa.
For Japan it is 18 and 7. (every chit pulled for the Japanese pool has been a 1).