Axis and Allies 1941: Opening moves (7/21/2013)


US armor liberate Alaska from Japanese occupation.

This is the first round opening moves for a game session of Axis and Allies 1941.  Experimenting with the format of the game session, it is slightly different from previous reports.  The war kicked off on July 21, 2013.





Round 1: Soviet Union

IPC Board: USSR 7, GE 12, UK 12, JA 9, US 15

Strategy session

  • The Soviet Union plans an aggressive strategy versus Germany while avoiding moves against Japan.

Purchase units

  • With 7 IPC, the Soviet Union purchases: 2 infantry
  • Cost 6, balance 1

Combat move

  • Karelia into West Russia: 1 infantry
  • Archangel into West Russia: 3 infantry
  • Russia into West Russia: 3 infantry
  • Caucasus into Ukraine: 3 infantry, 1 armor
  • Russia into Ukraine: 1 armor, 1 fighter


  • Battle for West Russia
    • Soviets RETREAT to Russia
    • Soviets infantry rolls 1 for 19
    • USSR left with 1 infantry
    • GE left with 2 infantry
  • Battle for Ukraine
    • Soviets RETREAT to Caucasus
    • USSR left with 2 armor, 1 fighter
    • GE left with 3 infantry, 2 armor

Non-combat moves

  • sz-3 to sz-6: 1 sub

Mobilize and collect income

  • Russia: 2 infantry
  • With 1 in hand, USSR collects 7 for a total of 8 IPC

Military journal and memoirs

  • The abject failure in West Russia may have doomed the Motherland.  Nothing turned in the Soviet’s favor and they may be out of war as early as round 1.

Round 1: Germany

IPC Board: USSR 7, GE 12, UK 12, JA 9, US 15

Strategy session

  • Germany’s plan for land is written for them.  It is the exploitation of Russia.  Will they focus and head towards Moscow?  Or a wide sweep capturing as much IPC resources as possible.  Meanwhile, they must choose naval battle with Great Britain.

Purchase units

  • With 12 IPC, Germany purchases: 4 infantry

  • Cost 12, balance 0

Combat move

  • sz-16 to sz-14: 1 sub to challenge the UK carrier

  • sz-9 to sz-11: 1 sub unfettered to eastern shores of the United States

  • sz-5 to sz-8: 1 battleship and sub sails out of the Baltic Seas to challenge a British capital ship and its sub

  • Western Europe to sz-8: 1 fighter

  • West Russia into Archangel: 1 infantry uncontested CAPTURES 1 IPC from USSR

    • Germany to 13, USSR to 6

  • West Russia into Russia: 1 infantry

  • Germany into Russia: 1 bomber (3 spaces)

  • Ukraine into Russia: 2 armor

  • Ukraine into Caucasus: 3 infantry

  • Eastern Europe into Caucasus: 2 armor

  • Italy into Caucasus: 1 fighter (3 spaces)


  • Battle for sz-11

    • Germany WINS an easy victory sinking the US transport

  • Battle for sz-14

    • Germany is DEFEATED and loses its sub

    • UK left with 1 carrier and fighter

  • Battle for sz-8

    • Germany gains a PARTIAL WIN

    • Germany left with 1 battleship and sub.  Fighter returns to Western Europe.

    • UK left with 1 submerged sub

  • Battle for Caucasus

    • Germany overruns and CAPTURES 2 IPC from USSR

    • Germany to 15, USSR to 4

    • Germany left with 3 infantry, 2 armor

    • Fighter lands in Ukraine

  • Battle for Moscow, Russia

    • Germany overruns and CAPTURES 3 IPC from USSR

    • Germany to 18, USSR to 1

    • Left with 1 infantry, 2 armor

    • Bomber returns to Germany

    • Looting the national treasury, Germany collects  6 IPC

Non-combat moves

  • Italy to North Africa: 1 transport bridges 2 infantry

  • Eastern Europe to West Russia: 2 infantry

  • Germany to Italy: 2 infantry

  • Germany to Western Europe: 1 infantry

Mobilize and collect income

  • Germany: 4 infantry

  • With 6 in hand (6 from capturing Moscow), Germany collects 18 for a total of 24 IPC

Military journal and memoirs

  • Germany captures Moscow with aid of their bomber out of Germany.  Caucasus is captured, opening a path to India.  Making a naval presence out of the Baltic may be a risky decision since they are vulnerable to British reprisals.  Today belongs to Germany, but the United Kingdom places their bets on tomorrow.

Round 1: The United Kingdom

IPC Board: USSR 1, GE 18, UK 12, JA 9, US 15

Strategy session

  • In the Atlantic, Britain must first win the war over the seas.   Near the Indian Ocean, they must counter the Japanese Empire.

Purchase units

  • With 12 IPC, the United Kingdom purchases: 2 infantry, 1 armor

  • Cost 12, balance 0

Combat move

  • sz-14 to sz-16: 1 carrier with fighter challenges the German fleet in the Mediterranean

  • United Kingdom into sz-8: 1 bomber and fighter

  • sz-8 submarine emerges to challenge the German fleet there

  • sz-10 to sz-11: 1 destroyer


  • Battle for sz-11

    • The United Kingdom is DEFEATED.  After a long, exhausting battle the German sub sinks its enemy

  • Battle for sz-8

    • The UK enjoys a PARTIAL VICTORY sinking the German battleship.

    • UK left with 1 sub while all air wings land in the United Kingdom

    • GE left with 1 submerged sub

  • Battle for sz-16

    • The UK is VICTORIOUS defeating all German vessels

    • Losing its carrier, UK lands its fighter in Gibraltar

Non-combat moves

  • India to the Middle East: 1 infantry

  • Eastern Canada (sz-10) to United Kingdom (sz-6): 1 transport offloads 1 armor

  • sz-29 to sz-33: 1 empty transport seeks safety in Australia

Mobilize and collect income

  • United Kingdom: 1 infantry

  • India: 1 armor

  • Australia: 1 infantry

  • With 0 in hand, the United Kingdom collects 12 for a total of 12 IPC

Military journal and memoirs

  • While eliminating Germany’s surface vessels, the UK was unable to track down the subs.  While making no ground maneuvers, Great Britain sets the stage for future Atlantic amphibious operations.  

Round 1: Japan

IPC Board: USSR 1, GE 18, UK 12, JA 9, US 15

Strategy session

  • With the fall of Moscow and the prominence of the German army in Europe, Japan can afford to take a defensive posture in Asia and concentrate attacking American interests.

Purchase units

  • With 9 IPC,Japan purchases: 3 infantry

  • Cost 9, balance 0

Combat move

  • sz-46 into Philippines (sz-38) via Japan: 1 destroyer, 1 transport picks up 1 infantry, armor and offloads

  • sz-31 into sz-33: 1 destroyer and sub challenges the UK fleet off of Australia

  • sz-45 into sz-40: 2 fighters from carrier challenge the US battleship off of Hawaii

  • Coastal China into Szechwan: 2 infantry

  • sz-46 into Szechwan: 1 fighter from carrier

  • Japan into Szechwan: 1 bomber (4 spaces)

  • Japan (sz-45) into Alaska (sz-48): 1 battleship, 1 carrier, 1 transport carrying 2 infantry

    • 1 fighter from Japan will be assigned to the carrier


  • Battle for sz-33

    • Japan WINS the sea battle

    • JA left with 1 destroyer and sub

  • Battle for sz-40

    • Japan WINS the sea battle

    • JA left with 1 fighter landing on carrier off of Alaska (sz-48)

  • Battle for Szechwan

    • Japan RETREATS

    • JA left with 1 infantry, fighter, bomber landing in Coastal China

    • US left with 2 infantry

  • Amphibious attack for Alaska

    • Uncontested, 2 infantry CAPTURES 1 IPC from US

    • Japan to 10, US to 14 IPC

  • Battle for Philippines

    • Japan CAPTURES 1 IPC from US

    • JA left with 1 armor

    • JA to 11, US to 13 IPC

Non-combat moves

  • None

Mobilize and collect income

  • Japan: 3 infantry

  • With 0 in hand, the Japan collects 11 for a total of 11 IPC

Military journal and memoirs

  • Japan spreads their military influence from Alaska to the Philippines.  Only their maneuvers in China is considered a setback.  Choosing to overlook undefended territories controlled by the UK, Japan chooses to tap American resources.  

Round 1: United States

IPC Board: USSR 1, GE 18, UK 12, JA 11, US 13

Strategy session

  • With German subs lurking off the Atlantic coast, the United States is removed from European theater for a least a round.  The Pacific situation is worse with Japan occupying Philippines and Alaska.

Purchase units

  • With 15 IPC, the United States purchases: 1 destroyer, 1 transport

  • Cost 15, balance 0

Combat move

  • Eastern US into sz-48: 1 bomber

  • sz-42 into sz-48: 2 fighters, 1 sub

  • Eastern US into Alaska: 1 fighter (3 spaces)

  • Western US into Alaska: 1 armor


  • Battle for sz-48

    • The US is DEFEATED losing all vessels

    • JA left with 1 battleship, carrier, fighter, and transport

  • Battle for Alaska

    • United States CAPTURES 1 IPC from Japan

    • US left with 1 armor

    • US to 14, JA to 10 IPC

Non-combat moves

  • Western US to Western Canada: 2 infantry

Mobilize and collect income

  • Eastern US (sz-11): 1 destroyer and transport

  • With 0 in hand, the United States collects 14 for a total of 14 IPC

Military journal and memoirs

  • Bold operations to reclaim Alaskan earth and seas comes at a costly price.  Sacrificing their entire air power, the US barely challenges the Japanese Imperial fleet. 

The first round belongs to the Axis powers.  With the fall of Moscow, Germany has complete armies in Europe.  Japan’s strategy is obvious, neutralize the American fleet in the Pacific buying both Axis powers time to accumulate resources.  The Allies have the luxury from nearly depleting the German fleet. 

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2 Responses to Axis and Allies 1941: Opening moves (7/21/2013)

  1. Seattle says:

    Great guide,
    but I don’t like how it tells you to move exactly. General strategy per country is more then enough.

  2. Anonymous psedoname says:

    The US get 17 ipcs’, count them this is in the errata