The British have captured Baridia and forced the Italian Army Group back to Tobruk where they hold strong fortified positions. Meanwhile, British Forces have mobilized in Egypt to counter the arrival of the DAK at Benghazi. The battle for North Africa is heating up.
The British, as you would expect, have maxed out their diplomatic efforts towards Spain (Max 3 chits) to counter German influence, but it is not enough. Spain continues to lean further and further towards the Axis. As USSR, even after war entry, is disabled from investing in Spanish diplomacy, the Axis Majors have a very strong opportunity to sway Franco before US entry into the war.
In a last ditch effort to sway Franco (75% Axis), the British have threatened to blockade American imports into Spain, which has tempered Franco's Axis leaning slightly (one time 5-10%) but the decision has also angered the USA, and lowered American leaning towards the Allies.
What a difference between this round and our last! At this time in our first match, the Axis were still fighting the French in Algeria, the British had marched all the way to El Aghelia, and the Axis had begun their decisive battle to secure the English Channel. As the Axis chose to fight on all fronts, Barbarossa was noticeably weakened and Germany would never threaten any of the Major Soviet Centers (Moscow, Stalingrad, Leningrad). The result would be ultimately be Axis surrender in September 1945.
Now in Round 2, my opponent has cautiously reduced the opportunities for the Axis to take any unnecessary losses. Vichy was promptly accepted, the Italians have dug in around Tobruk, Germany looks for alliances with Spain and Sweden, and the Axis Fleets bide their time, building their collective strength. This has caught me somewhat off guard, and I suspect the Axis to be preparing an overwhelming force for the invasion of USSR, and the war to truly begin in 1941!
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