Having played on both sides in several games it seems to me that it is both easier to win as the Allies, yet they are harder to play.
This is going to be my first in a 147 part series: How to win as the Allies.
I am basing this on the 1943-1945 campaign game.
There is a lot to do on the first turn. I spend a few hours sorting everything out..mostly air. This way I set up for the future.
In England, build new airfields on all the towns in the Eastern and Southern parts of the country. Especially all hexes of London. You will have to make room for a construction engineer to appear so make sure you don't have three units in any of these hexes.
I also improve all existing airfields in this area to level 3.
Transfer all 4 engine bombers in Africa to England and attach to 8th or BC. Same goes for all the long range fighters.
Put those (and the ones in England) in bases as close to Germany as possible. That means Dover/Cantebury area.
Transfer all the air transports to the area around Tunis. They can fly supply from the Depot to Sicily or Italy if needed.
Transfer all 2 engine bombers to Africa. Their job will be to destroy the Luftwaffe when it appears in Italy.
I usually try and keep my airforce tidy in England. Put the same plane type at each base. There are a lot of fighter squadrons spread around England.
I transfer all the Torpedo Bombers close to Sicily. I take a lot of the planes out of RAF Coastal (England) and move them down to Africa. The airbases in Africa will be getting full...so prioritize on range. Torpedo bombers on the coast. 2 Engine bombers farther back. Air tranports around Tunis. Fighters on the islands.
When you take Sicily...a lot of these planes will be rebasing forwards.
I usually put every squadron on AUTO upgrade. A lot of the spitfire squadrons will convert to Hurricanes. When they do, I retrain them as bombers. You will end up with around 16 squadrons of them. They will be based in Italy and used against German Panzers and for Interdiction.
I usually put all the recon planes in one AD except for a couple which I leave in Africa. I recon by plane type. Shorter range fighters recon the Ruhr. Lightnings recon the 8th AF targets..and so on.
Bomber Command bombs the Ruhr at night. I put all the Lancasters and Halifax's in it along with all the night fighters. They hit manpower only (or so I tell them, they seem to hit everything)
8th Airforce Bombs the Ruhr during the day. I usually only hit the sub pens once sometime in August..maybe again in October. Instead they bomb the Ruhr during the day. They bomb Heavy Industry/Fuel on HIGH priority, and Resources/Vehicles/AFV on lower priorities. You are looking for victory points.
Tactical airforce I put all the fighter bombers. Malta I put fighters. Strategic I put the 2 engine bombers.
One of the Transport commands I put all the transports.
All multi-role units I move to a High command HQ. I like to use them on the map to fill out the lines and run around...but it is easier to move them to where you want by transferring them by changing their HQ.
Basically when an Army HQ enters Sicily (or Italy, or France) you can push them into that HQ, then pop them out on the map the next turn.
I combine the paratroopers in Africa, and move them to an airfield closer to Sicily. The 509th Para Regiment (US) I set for (157, 284). Set a new target for them: (153,285) Barcellona for the British and (154,286) for the Americans.
“My logisticians are a humorless lot … they know if my campaign fails, they are the first ones I will slay.” – Alexander the Great