Below is a reply I wrote to jard's post in the "USA: Road to War" thread by Morrigan. After I typed it up, I opted for this thread topic.
Jard, on May 14th 2005, 10:06 AM, said:
I'm curious how that plays out for you. I think I would like it, just to not have to capture those provinces when war w/ the SU breaks out.
I've just fiished a sitting w/ my Germany game w/ CORE v.90, and so far so good. It's Dec. '39 and Vichy France has been created and Poland has been partitioned. The SU is fighting the Winter War w/ Finland. I've annexed Denmark and contemplating going after Norway w/ 6 mech infantry. The UK is surprisingly quiet, to the point where I have begun to consider an invasion. But, my worries are centered on the Red Army.
Oddities so far, for me, include having Yugoslavia join the Axis. This is my first game as Germany w/ CORE, and I'm pleased to discover that Vichy France remains neutral rather than joining the Axis. Or, this was an event opition they chose in my game. At least I will not have to worry about Allied landings in Marseilles.
Currently, I'm positioning my army for Barbarossa. The plan is to encircle the Red Army forces in the Pripet Marshes by a large scale offensive from the north (Memel). Once this is accomplished, I plan to blitz as quickly as possiible to the key points required to trigger the "Bitter Peace" event. I would love to be done with the Soviets by the time the US enters the war, but that is wishful thinking.