Thanx for all the responses,
Some questions, and input, if I may.
@Sugar – you would rather lose England than Egypt? That is 180 off what I would choose. How would you proceed with England axis occupied? Let’s say you save Egypt. How are you getting back into Europe? The Germans have more money, and less to defend (yes I know England must now be defended, but now the allies have much more than the channel between them and the beaches).
I will let Sugar answer this. But just so you know, Sugar is the best player of this game that I have met yet. I thought I was good, but he humbled me easily.
Good point wormwood, the Germans did play it poorly.
Yes it’s July 41. USA at 58%, Russia at 55%. So the axis is biding his time on Russia. But he should still be strong enough to hit them hard, since at 55%, England will most likely fall before they have to face the Russians and his losses have been low.
Russia will be gaining 2% to 5% mobilization per turn now (both Axis and Allied turns). So if you average 3.5% per turn they will be in the War within about 11 turns even if the Axis do not invade. Of course, in the meantime they will also be gaining more MPPs each turn.
Spain is leaning 25 to allies. My French got 2 hits, and the English one. I did invest 150 by England into Spain during the game that I wish I had back, but I’ve had Spain fall several times, and last time I played this opponent, so I did not want a repeat. Looking back, I overplayed that. But I don’t think 150 would save me anyway. France fell in June, I think.
So if he wants Spain he will have to attack Algeria. That is good, it means his MPPs will be relatively low even if he conquers most of the UK.
Current axis strength in England is 2 lvl 2 tanks, 2 para, 2 hq, 1 fighter,a couple of armies, and some corps, maybe 3 or 4. He does not have a ton of acreage, so all this is packed pretty tight in the vicinity of Portsmouth.
So if you can keep up the fight in the UK for a few more turns he will not have these units for Barbarossa. That is also good.`
As it stands, he has Portsmouth and Bristol. I still have an army in London max entrench, an aa next to it on one side, a corps and a garrison on the other, a corps and a garrison at Plymouth, and everything north of oxford (but not much in the way of units). I have the special forces, a corps, and an army in the queue that will arrive in the next month or so.
I still have good strength units, but my hq is at 3 and my air is all toasted. I still have most of my navy. So things have not completely failed, but I’m seeing all battles going his way big time, so I know it will all fall apart and wanted advice before it was beyond saving. With US and Rus rediness so low, I know time is on his side.
My first air died mostly intercepting on the first couple of turns, and I’ve had little in the way of escort. Next game, I put them on escort.
Most of this is, of course, not good. You don't need the HQ for supply in England just for support/unit attachment. But at strength 3 it is not providing much support. So move the HQ as far north as you can while still maintaining unit attachment and then build it back up to full strength (I know this will be expensive). If you have lost both of your fighters in the UK that is very bad. If you have the MPPs build one ASAP (if lost in supply they should be cheaper). If you don't have the MPPs then you will have to use your carrier air to escort your TAC (of which you should have 2 in England). Not sure why your AA is ineffective, perhaps because not attached to an effective HQ. Keep a close eye on your units efficiencies. If you still have most of the RN than you may want to make a suicide run into the English Channel to try and get some BBs adjacent to Bristol and Portsmouth to bombard the ports and towns. Send in your DDs, CLs, and CAs first to engage his subs and other screening units. If you do commit the RN then commit it all. He only has so many attacks. At least while his airforce is destroying your fleet it will give your land units a turn of rest.
A few other points:
Yes the Bismarck was crippled by a swordfish, but it was a one in one thousand hit. The Bismarck was attacked other times and not injured seriously. But still (like in Toronto) I recognize that air can dominate ships. My issue is the useless RAF. They were at least the equal of the Germans in air to air combat. So why am I losing so badly with HQ supported air? And why is my AA pretty much useless?
Another interesting point – remember the German Channel dash? Right up the channel and, everyone made it home.
Who is commanding your HQ? If you sacked Gort and replaced him with Montgomery than I'm not sure why he is outperforming you in the air assuming you are both the same tech level. I am guessing that his units have higher efficiency. If an air unit has low efficiency you are often better off grounding it for few turns to let it build up, then to send it into combat to be slaughtered.