Axis and Allies 1941: Round 3 moves (5/19/2014)

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The Atlantic ocean is near void of naval power.

Axis and Allies 1941: Germany has overrun frail Soviet defenses.   The United Kingdom and the United States are ill prepared to respond.   As Japan spreads their naval influence, India is the last holdout in the near east.  Round 3 is critical and may show a true direction of the war.  The war began on May 19th, 2014.

House rules allow deployment of reinforcements greater than IPC value of territory.

Round 3 Soviet Union

“We will pool the last of our army in Archangel.  Let them come after us.  We will bloody their nose!”

IPC board: RU 1, GE 19, UK 9, JA 12, US 14

Purchase units
With 0 IPC, acquires nothing (cost 0, left with 0)

Combat move
None.

Combat
None.

Non-combat move
Urals to Archangel: 3 infantry

Mobilize and collect income
None.
With 0 IPC in hand, collects 0 for a total of 0 IPC.

Round 3 Germany

“Immediate goals include isolating India and protecting North Africa.”

IPC board: RU 1, GE 19, UK 9, JA 12, US 14

Purchase units
With 27 IPC, acquires 4 infantry, 1 armor, 1 destroyer (cost 26, left with 1)

Combat move
Russia into Middle East: 2 armor
Caucasus into Middle East: 2 infantry, 1 fighter
Germany into sea zone-14: 1 bomber
North Africa into sea zone-14: 1 fighter

Combat
Battle for Middle East
Germany captures Middle East with 1 infantry, 2 armor
1 fighter returns to Caucasus
Germany gains +1 IPC (GE 20) from United Kingdom (UK 8)

Battle for sea zone-14
Germany is victorious sinking the British fleet with 1 bomber returning to Germany
German fighter lost

Non-combat move
Southern Europe to Northern Africa: 2 infantry by transport
West Russia to Karelia: 1 infantry
Germany to Eastern Europe: 1 infantry
Germany to Southern Europe: 1 infantry

Mobilize and collect income
Germany: 2 infantry, 1 destroyer
Russia: 2 infantry
Caucasus: 1 armor
With 1 IPC in hand, collects 19 for a total of 20 IPC.

Round 3 United Kingdom

“We’re experiencing a recession.   We can only afford to rebuild our navy or defend India.  Not both.”

IPC board: RU 1, GE 20, UK 8, JA 12, US 14

Purchase units
With 11 IPC, acquires 1 infantry, 1 destroyer (cost 11, left with 0)

Combat move
United Kingdom into sea zone-5: 1 bomber.

Combat
Battle over sea zone-5
United Kingdom bomber sinks German destroyer and returns to United Kingdom.

Non-combat move
Sea zone-28 to sea zone-26: 1 sub retreats from the Japanese fleet.

Mobilize and collect income
United Kingdom: 1 destroyer (sz-8)
India: 1 infantry
With 0 IPC in hand, collects 8 for a total of 8 IPC.

Round 3 Japan

“Maneuvering around the Himalayas, we continue to isolate India.  We will expand our invasion fleet.”

IPC board: RU 1, GE 20, UK 8, JA 12, US 14

Purchase units
With 13 IPC, acquires 1 transport, 1 armor (cost 13, left with 0)

Combat move
East Indies (sz-30) into Borneo (sz-32): 1 carrier, 1 destroyer, 1 transport offloading 2 infantry
Japan, uncontested, captures Borneo gaining +1 IPC (JA 13) from United Kingdom (UK 7)

Combat
None.

Non-combat move
Szechwan to Southeast Asia: 4 infantry, 1 armor
Northwestern China to Caucasus: 1 infantry
Manchuria to Northwestern China: 2 infantry

Mobilize and collect income
Japan: 1 armor, 1 transport
With 0 IPC in hand, collects 13 for a total of 13 IPC.

Round 3 United States

“The war is getting rocky. German air superiority and the North African juggernaut holds us back from action.”

IPC board: RU 1, GE 20, UK 7, JA 13, US 14

Purchase units
With 15 IPC, acquires 2 infantry, 1 destroyer (cost 14, left with 1)

Combat move
None.

Combat
None

Non-combat move
Eastern US to Canada: 2 infantry, 2 armor
Sea zone-11 to sea zone-10: 2 transports
Western Canada to Alaska: 2 infantry

Mobilize and collect income
Eastern US: 2 infantry, 1 destroyer
With 1 IPC in hand, collects 14 for a total of 15 IPC.

Round 3 ends
IPC board: RU 1, GE 20, UK 7, JA 13, US 14

Analysis
German air superiority minimizes the Allies navy in the Atlantic while Japan has a clear and present foothold in the Pacific theater.  Heading towards a direction of an Axis victory, the war may be one round away from surrender.

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