I just lost a PBEM game against Christolos (AXIS). He played masterfully, I ... did not. This post is not worthy of the AAR sub-forum.
My overall strategy was:
1) Soviets - research all infantry advances, otherwise build every possible infantry unit that I could;
2) UK - try to upgrade ASW, build destroyers and escort carriers, try to rule the Atlantic first, later worry about Japan; research air advances
3) US invest heavily in research, otherwise build and upgrade destroyers, escort carriers, air units; less focus early on concerning building infantry or armor
4) China - build infantry, try to get at least one infantry research advance
5) Inda - build infantry, infantry advances, focus on defense early on
I did succeed in dominating the Atlantic by early '42, and as far as I could tell the German/Italian sub force was destroyed. However, The Italian fleet was dominant in the Med, and my Eastern Med fleet was destroyed or driven away.
After taking Malta, the AXIS had its way in North Africa and the Middle East. All my forces had retreated to Iran/India, and the remnants of the navy to India/Australia.
Japan defeated China by early '42, then declared war on the Soviets. Up till then, the Soviets had done a quite good job of defense against the AXIS - still holding onto Odessa, Smolensk, etc. By the summer of '42, Leningrad was in serious danger, but Moscow and the Ukraine were still secure.
Neither the US or UK were able to build much of a land force - almost all UK PPs were invested in reinforcements/upgrades. I never was able to build new carriers, other than escorts. My air power was well researched, but not enoough numbers.
Japan proceeded to take the historical gains in the Pacific, and then invaded Australia and destroyed the entire US and UK Pacific carrier forces, and about half of the US Pacific Fleet. With nothing in the pipeline in that regard, Japan effectively had complete control of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Japan had no opposition in the Soviet Union, and was proceeding to march west against weak garrison units. I had no capability to build Soviet armor or air units, spending every PP on infantry.
After the loss of the UK/US Pacific Fleets, and no future builds in the pipeline, I surrendered.
I have never figured out SC3 naval action. Christolos is a master of it, and even where I dominated in the Atlantic, he could savage my fleets with inferior German naval forces at will. Thus the constant drain on UK/US PPs.
I had 5 carriers defending Australia, all set to air cap. They were all destroyed in one turn by the Japanese carriers, and one maritime bomber unit.
I'm a bad player. Truly. However, I do think the scenario is unbalanced in favor of the AXIS. I say that NOT intending to take anything away from Christolos' play - he is indeed a master of SC3.
< Message edited by gwgardner -- 6/25/2019 11:14:57 PM >