Larry wrote:Italian Power: This is a big deal! Italy is now the 3rd Axis power. It is suddenly a very big fish in a very small pond. Protected from the North by German, the Italian player can concentrate on the Mediterranean region, Africa, the Middle East and even contribute to the war in Russia. Don’t make the mistake of under estimating this new Axis power.
If the USSR player leaves only 1-3 infantry in front of a factory or their capitol, then usually the Italians have just enough power to clear these out, to make room for a German tank breakthrough. It's a real one-two punch combo!
The first time it happened to me as the USSR I was completely gob-smacked... I was so used to being able to 'block' with only 1 inf that it took me completely off guard. Never again
When I first saw them I thought what a joke they would prove to be as an Axis “offensive force”. I was quickly proved wrong. If they work on keeping their national objectives, don’t push too far into Africa, and concentrate the first couple of rounds getting units in position to “can open Russia”…they can be a great addition to the Axis war effort.
However, if the allies concentrate their bombing efforts against them instead of Germany and keeping their national objective bonuses from them by invading Africa ASAP they can quickly become “the soft underbelly” of Europe.
If they are played by a separate player instead of being controlled by the German player, they can also become very frustrating for the Axis players if they decide to go for more IPC in Africa instead of helping to bolster the eastern front.
I think they are a great addition to the game and (although I haven’t purchased it yet) I was disappointed to see them removed from the newest Axis and Allies 1942 game.
The scale of the 1942 Edition made it difficult to add Italy as an effective power. However, you may certainly look forward to seeing it in the upcoming Europe 1940 game.
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