It's June 43 and I'm disappointed how the German AI has handled the situation arising last turn. They should have realized that they HAVE to counter the Allied invasion of France and should have operated troops from the Eastern front to France. But they didn't even operate one single unit! Also, they did not realize they have to assume defensive positions in Russia. They still in vain attacked against vastly superior forces and weakened themselves to a degree that in the next turn they lost another couple of panzers. In fact, this turn was their demise as next turn they will be overrun on all fronts.
On the other hand (not having played WAW before), I was surprised by the American/British naval operations at Java. I KNEW they were coming, but I thought they'd come with amphib landings. Instead they sent a big fleet of 3 battleships, 2 heavy cruisers, 4 destroyers and 2 carriers. (I spotted them mainly with my subs first and later in battle. There MAY be further naval units hidden behind those I spotted.)
I had one carrier, 1 escort carrier, 1 battleship, 2 heavy cruisers, and 2 subs there - which I thought would suffice. Man, was I wrong.
All ships were at full strenght, execpt my 2 cruisers were at 8. I have naval weaponry 2, advanced fighters 3 and long range aircraft 2. They got the same upgrades except they only have advanced fighters 2.
Using my subs and my carrier, I still could *just* sink one carrier on my turn (I was the one to spot and to strike first). As their other carrier (providing escorts) was down to aircraft strength 5 by then (mine was down to aircraft strength 3), I thought I'd survive next turn easily (even though I was at naval/tactical and could not adjust this to cap for next turn, but my escort carrier was providing full cap).
But then, on their turn, their carier sank mine in two strikes and their 3 battleships and 2 heavy cruisers sunk both my heavy cruisers and damaged my escort carrier badly. Next turn I was not allowed to attack their "hidden" remaining carrier with my subs, even though I knew where it was and inched towards it - when I moved next to it, my strike allowance went down from 1 to 0. I'm in full retreat now (with my battleship and escort carrier) and hastily try to get the bulk of my fleet over from Pearl (though it still has to be replenished).
< Message edited by Hartmann -- 8/3/2019 4:38:32 PM >