Furthermore, if the same is faced by using the army, then NATO has the option of taking East Germany for themselves. Successfully taking Leningrad is a bigger problem, as the additional unit build by NATO may well result in a slow but sure victory. Additionally, self-bouncing may be countered by supporting the move with the Norwegian Sea fleet. Arguably, USSR’s best choice is to take with the army, secure Sweden for themselves, and attempt to reclaim East Germany somewhere in the future by building an army in Albania and Moscow.
However, losing the gambit must also be taken account into by the NATO player as it risks losing Sweden and putting them into an awkward position. Once USSR manages to build a fleet in the northern coast of Leningrad, the power of the fleet in Norwegian sea is significantly weakened. It even poses a few problems as the USSR fleet in Sweden can prevent NATO from coming to the North Sea.
In a different variation follow-up, NATO may attempt to go to the Arctic Ocean instead for a direct convoy from the army in Alaska. The armies located there may be a problem for NATO, as it is not threatening any USSR centers, and may not threaten any USSR centers at all unless convoyed. Convoying these armies may be considered as making full use of them. Whether it would be in Urals to help the efforts in Europe, or in Siberia to pressure Vladivostok or Shanghai, the army may serve a better purpose in those locations.
Variation #2 - Istanbul—Eastern Mediterranean/Albania—Ionian Sea