jmpsmsh defeats Deltium (Axis +8) after 11 rounds of PBEM. The Axis had a good start into the game: Germany took Egypt and against the odds managed to survive the UK counter which cost the UK its bomber. On the other side of the world Japan decided to leave the islands to themselves and put full pressure on Moscow instead. In the following rounds Germany built a lot of infantry to hold France until Round 4 and to ready a big pile to move eastwards. However, the Allies managed to take back Africa for the starving British and tumbled back into the game with favourable dice in a couple of micro-trades.
With the help of Russian tanks the Suez could be sealed after Japan pushed a battleship and AC+2 fighter in to the Mediterranean.
At round 5 the game reached its ciritical point and became double-edged. Russia and the UK were both weak and it seemed that Moscow would fall in a few rounds - while on the other hand the US fleet was about to deliver a heavy blow in the Med. Without the possibility to directly support Moscow and half of the Japanese fleet gone the US started to go for the Pacific.
The Axis' clock was ticking! In round 9 Germany and Japan eventually attacked and invaded Russia's capital - but at what cost? In the end the UK succeeded in providing just enough defensive forces to Moscow so that Japan would not be able to withstand the US assault on Asia's coasts.
It should be mentioned that Deltium could have claimed the win since I was not able to respond to the game's start in time. Yet he showed great sportsmanship and decided to play instead. Thank you for an interesting and well played game!