China needs to change its defense style very quickly.
Even if China defends 2 units per hex minimum it's hard to stay alive, but 1 unit per hex is a guaranteed defeat
I think the strategy in China was to screen initially. China falls back pretty quickly but a double move helps JP start to put a hurt on China along with some attacks near Changsha (sneak peek about what happens)
re: JP plans. I realize I may not be able to carry out what I lay out in my plans so if it doesn't make sense in 42 I'll just hole up with a defensive shell rather than being too aggressive and exposing my fleet to a lot of damage. More important with my JP will be to defend against US after taking the perimeter. Any offensives vs the Brits are 2nd priority to grabbing US perimeter and holding it with land units and LBA. And preserving JP CV's is high priority. I want to prevent US CV ascendancy as long as possible although I know it'll happen. If JP can knock out Natchi, get everything east of Chita from SU, and defend well vs the US then I think that's fine because JP isn't going to win the war. It'll be decided in Russia.
re: Barb on a budget. 41 will be on a mini-budget but I think by 42 it'll be very strong and I don't think Russia is decided in 41, I think it's decided in 42. I want to setup for 42 by using an O-Chit in 41 to cross the Dnieper, take Stalino, take Smolensk, surround Leningrad, cut off Murmansk. Then in 42 I'll drive for Caucasus. I doubt I'll ever assault Leningrad. It doesn't seem to be worth it. The reasons I'd say it's "mini-budget" in 41 is that I'll spend 7 on a synth in 39, and try to leave some GE air (4+ range FTR, a few NAV) to help Italy in the Med. It's not super budget, just mini-budget.
re: France. Since I built the Synth turn 1 I won't build the HQA in JF 40. Instead I'll build it summer 40 to be ready for Barb 41. This will let me build other stuff that will arrive in MJ/JA 40 (planes, INF, ART, MIL, MECH). I also plan to throw an O-chit in MJ 40 in France to break things open. My thinking is that an HQA arriving SO 40 is less useful than other stuff arriving MJ 40 and JA 40. By building Synth SO 39 (-7BP) and not building HQA JF 40 (+8BP) I'm actuallly +1 BP in France in MJ 40 and JA 40. I say this because I see a lot of Germans build the HQA in JA 40. Maybe many also don't build it, I'm not sure. France will be hard no matter how I slice it though since I know there will be 6 CW units defending the 2-3 hexes along the coast so the French front will be compressed. I've just got to hope that some Italian air support, the O-chit, and the para can help me break the French front in MJ 40. Some good news is that I drew the IT 6 range LND3 that can also air transport. So maybe I can run him up to France in summer 40 to get in 2 paradrops per turn.
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