Axis and Allies 1942 Opening Round Russia

Opening Round Action In Axis and Allies 1942

Today we’re gonna discuss the first round strategy of axis and Allies 1942 edition

Axis and Allies 1942 Opening Round RussiaWhether you are a veteran player of Axis and Allies or an aspiring general just starting the game and wants to get off on the right foot these opening strategies will put you on the fast track to dominating your foes.

The strategy will focus on the first round moves for all the countries involved played in order starting with the USSR.

The Soviet Union frequently has the same strategy of buying infantry, retreating from battle and eventually getting destroyed by Germany in Russia. What if this wasn’t always the Soviet’s fate? What if instead they went on the offensive and put Germany on their heels right off the start. Well, that is exactly what we are going to discuss and employ during the first round of battle.

One of the main problems with the Soviet Union is that they are heavy on infantry which has terrible attack attributes, and when combined with a lower IPC it is hard for the Soviets to keep any form of pressure on the Germans and usually leads to just building up infantry in Russia and trying to hold on as long as they can. The problem with this is that even if you have 70 infantry on Russia put a low IPC count the Germans are able to destroy more troops then you can replace, this means that it’s only a matter of time before the Soviet Union is defeated.

In our opening round, we are going to set a more offensive tone for the Soviet Union by purchasing artillery to go with our massive infantry. This gives the Soviets the opportunity to attack at a much higher level as infantry attributes go up to 2 on the attack when combined with the artillery force. also by forcing an attack against Germany the Soviets will gain more IPC’s per round all well depleting the Germans massive IPC per round count. At the same time, we are going to lead to a mass of infantry to slow the advance of Japan in northeastern Russia.

Now does the strategy work every time? The simple answer is no, you never know exactly what your pony does going to do but for me just purchasing infantry and trying to hang on can be incredibly boring, every once in a while you just want to throw your opponent off and try something new.

 

Here is the opening round Axis and Allies move by move strategy for the Soviet Union:

 

Let’s start out with the purchase cycle and here we are going to purchase for infantry and three artillery for a total of 24 IPC. Now in the combat phase, we are going to hit Germany hard first in West Russia and then in the Ukraine SSR.

 

West Russia:

We will bring down all but one infantry from Karelia SSR, and our single artillery unit. From Russia, then we bring in all four infantry our one artillery unit and two tanks. We also have one tank sitting in archangel that we will bring down into West Russia.

Soviet Union Attack Power: 9x Infantry *2x Artillery * 1x Tank for a total attack power of 18

German Defence Power: 1x Tank * 1 Artillery * 3x Infantry for a total defense power of 11

This gives you a chance of 62.07% of winning this battle. 

 

Ukraine SSR Strafe:

We are going to do initial strafe of the Ukraine which simply means we’re gonna attack in the first round if it goes well and we happen to take it over fantastic but if it doesn’t look good we’re going to retreat back into the Caucasus. We’re going to bring in our 2 Yak three fighters one from Russia and the other from Karelia to support our three infantry, one artillery and three tank units in the Caucasus.

Soviet Union Attack Power: 2x fighters * 3x Infantry *1x Artillery * 3x Tank for a total attack power of 21

German Defence Power: 1x Bomber * 1x Fighter * 1x Tank * 1 Artillery * 3x Infantry for a total defense power of 16

This would give you a 56.76% chance of winning this battle. 

That will complete Russia’s attack phase for round one, now it’s up to the dice to play this strategy out. Taking West Russia should be relatively easy but overtaking Ukraine is another story.

 

The one other thing that you can consider here instead of using your Fighters In the strafe of Ukraine you can divert them over to water zone 5 and attack the submarine and transports littering this area. This will most likely make the difference for the British Navy surviving Germany’s first-round attack against them in water Zone 7. You will likely lose a fighter either in the battle or during Germany’s first-round retaliation as one of your Fighters will be left pretty much undefended After being forced to land in Karelia. 

 

Soviet Union Attack Power: 3x Infantry *1x Artillery * 3x Tank for a total attack power of 15

German Defence Power: 1x Bomber * 1x Fighter * 1x Tank * 1 Artillery * 3x Infantry for a total defense power of 16

This would give you a 48.39% chance of winning this battle. Now, remember you are not necessarily trying to take Ukraine at this point oh, you are simply trying to eliminate old Germany’s Infantry in this space. You will have one attack do that before retreating back into the Caucasus. 

 

Battle of Sea Zone 5: Now that you’ve saved your two fighters from assisting in the strafe of Ukraine you can use them in the Battle of sea zone 5 by attacking the one German Cruiser, submarine, and transport in this Zone. It is most likely that the sub is going to submerge after the first round of fighter attacks, this will leave you with a 66.67% chance of winning this battle and greatly reducing the Germans attacking abilities of sea zone 7 in their first round. 

 

Now the choice is yours but these are two very good opening moves for the Soviet Union, I personally like including the Battle of season 5 in my opening move. You can quite easily take Ukraine by bringing in your two fighters but it will most likely be taken back the next round by the Germans. I find it better to Simply do a strafe, retreat to the Caucasus where you can regroup and possibly go after Ukraine in the next round. And although you are ultimately going to lose an expensive fighter, in my opinion, it is well worth it to take out the cruiser and transport and help your allies in Great Britain. 

Next Time in opening round action we will focus on Germany

Make sure to check back for our next article where we will discuss Germany’s opening move answering What you can do if the Soviets do use this strategy or the more aggressive tactic you can take if your opponent is more conservative. On a separate note did you know that Beamdog, the company behind Axis and Allies online is located right here in Edmonton? Check out their webpage where you can see some of the other great games they are working on. 

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