Axis and Allies Classic: Remembering the fighter

AAClassic_FighterJAThe fighter from Axis and Allies Classic, defended your greatest cities.  It was a formidable opponent protecting its carriers.  It could strike across channels of waters.   It was your rapid deployment wing giving you the advantage striking vulnerable territories.  It also had cost 12 IPC making you think twice about such an investment.

The fighter of Axis and Allies Classic, was a pretty important piece.  Only it and the battleship defended on a”4″ while it shared qualities of armor attacking on a “3” while moving 4 spaces.   It was an important defending friendly or destroying enemy fleets.  It offered quick deployment to the front lines equal to an additional armor.  The fighter was utmost important providing cover for amphibious assaults.  Considering the classic rules, your air wings were practically your only hope giving you a statistical chance.   Furthermore, it made a most devastating, stubborn defense – if only you could afford more.  There leads the price and pain building your wings.

The Soviet Union is rarely in a position to acquire any fighters other than what they started with.  It’s an interesting chess piece deciding its opening move. The fighter is most always dedicated to an offensive but it should never be lost attacking.  It was too important defending itself against the German invasion.    The loss of Soviet fighters is the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union.  To have the Soviet power afford 12 IPC fighters, is simply icing for cake already eaten.

No one power are fighters more important than Germany.  It is their bells, knobs, and levers deploying their land or sea strategies.  Will it be used in land battles defeating the Soviet armies?  A quicker victory means more infantry and armor to push on.   Will it be used to sink the British fleet?  Every round without allied fleets is another round without D-Day.  The apex of the allies war, I long considered, is the moment Germany’s air wings are depleted.   Without them, the U.S. and the U.K. can start deploy amphibious landing with impunity.

The United Kingdom needs fighters as it is their arms extending from London.  It keeps the Germany fleet at bay.   It also can be optioned as influential, albeit expensive, guards of Moscow.  A pair of fighters from London to Moscow can hold off Germany just long enough for a counter attack.  When the Great Britain starts buying fighters, it generally means one of the Axis is out of the war and a massive naval buildup is in the works.

Fighters are all important to Japan as well.  They compete for supremacy in the Pacific rivaling the United States.   While Japan has its air wings, they carry the punch to land in Southeast Asia or over the Pacific waters.   However, at 12 IPC, a single unit equals one half of their economy at the start of the game.  When Japan can afford a fighter, likely to build its navy, the war may be nearing an end anyhow.  The U.S. has no other choice but to clip Japan’s wings.

The United States can most afford the fighter.  It was needed protecting their surface ships crossing the oceans.   Many would station in London and help with amphibious landings.  Without air power, the infantry would struggle making any ground.   It didn’t bode well if the U.S. needed fighters to defend land such as Alaska.  However, it was good strategy to counter the Japanese Imperial navy from approaching the western seaboard.

Another overlooked use for the fighter; your last naval weapon.  Often a power can’t keep ships  afloat.  The only way to counter enemy fleets too close to home is sending off your fighters.   This is a common strategy for Germany, but uncommon for other powers.  However, the fighter was too notoriously expensive.  Axis and Allies Classic, is also an economic war.   Fighters as

At times, spending an additional three IPC for a bomber seemed a better buy for those who thought only going on an offensive.   It was equal to over 2 armor but 4 infantry.  Players didn’t buy them for fashion only out of necessity.  Mostly to replace units providing important cover for their fleets.  Else, it was a spoils of war.  It’s expense made buying a fighter not too enjoyable unless you knew you were winning the war.   It’s a sign of desperation, not shared with modern varieties.   Perhaps this was the reason its price had dropped from 12 IPCs to 10.






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2 Responses to Axis and Allies Classic: Remembering the fighter

  1. JoeC says:

    Slight correction: fighters attacked with a “3”, not a “2”.

    And yes, they were too expensive. Only the rich could afford them. England could, because they really have nothing else to spend their money on. Japan could buy one, MAYBE, because its air arm is vital to taking India quickly. America could buy them, but there’s not much point to, unless it’s to place on a carrier in the Atlantic for transport defense.

    The fighter was a powerful unit, but should have been a bit cheaper to make it more tempting to buy. German, especially, needs fighters to stay alive. But at 12, there’s no way you can sacrifice 2 tanks or 4 men for a fighter.

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