Alfred -> RE: Thrilla in Manila (9/11/2011 6:00:36 PM)
Your right Crackaces. I'm moving that also. I do plan on buying out the PI fighters. I just want to keep them around long enough to help out with forts and evac'ing the ships if I can. I don't think Koniu will let me get the out. I don't know how many trips I will be able to make with my tankers in DEI but I'm going to try untill it gets to hot. I don't want to loose any tankers. I'm already hiding the ships that will convert to AEs, and such. I will use the ships that convert to APA in safe areas. My carriers are combat ships they will move around looking for chances to hit the Japs but I will try and keep them back away from the fight as much as possible.
I'm thinking of taking those 2 Indian brigades andputting them in Timor. I want to beef that area up some maybe form a protective barrier around Darwin. I know if he wants it he can take it. I will fight for Ambon and Kendri. I'm airlifting Inf units from outlying bases to them.
I'm thinking of buying a inf BN and putting it in there just for some extra fight. I was wrong it was not a Lancer unit but a Mohawk unit. But I plans for them now.
For me it's hard to form a long term plan this early. I don't know where he will attack and what will happen. He already messed with my by hitting Manila. I'm kinda happy for that though. Yea I know there old BBs but I plan on putting them to use. I still have all those cats and fighters that I don't have to rebuild. The only things that I can see are my supply hubs and stuff.
keep your thoughts coming. I don't feel lonely anymore
A few issues for you to consider.
1. Malaya Army Indian units are both inexperienced and low on morale. They don't provide much of a challenge in the first few months. Of far greater value is rescuing the 2 Australian brigades from Malaya. They can link up with other Australian battalions to form the 8th AIF Division.
2. Brigades are much weaker than Divisions. Always preferable to consolidate your brigades into their parent Division.
3. Ditto for Battalions. If possible consolidate them into their parent Brigade.
4. Timor has 3 bases. You propose to move 2 Indian Brigades to Timor. Ergo, you are leaving something "open". If you are serious about defending Timor, you need adequate garrisons at all 3 bases on the island.
5. Ultimately the single most important factor in holding Timor long term is shipping a lot of supply there before the enemy gets there. The problem is it is very easy for Japan to impose an aerial blockade of Timor. All Japan needs is one of these 3 bases to base Nells/Bettys:
You will be very lucky to save just one of those bases.
6. You are spreading out your Dutch troops too thinly trying to hold both Ambon and Kendari. Even if you concentrate on one of these bases and reinforce it with other Allied troops, it will be very difficult to hold against an invasion.
7. Not certain what the situation is at hong Kong, but get some of those battalions, for whom reinforcements are available in the depots, out ASAP. Fly them to buttress your Dutch units.
8. Don't use your Dutch TK and AO to haul fuel out of the DEI. Use instead xAK to haul out fuel. The small capacity Dutch TK and AOs are particularly valuable in transporting fuel to very small island ports, hence try very hard to save them. Quick port turnaround time will be very useful later on.
9. Don't bother using your Dutch PA on naval search. At this stage use them all to airlift troops. If you want some naval search capacity, use the Dutch heffalump bombers. Don't waste the heffalumps on naval attack, you will get a very, very poor return on investment.
10. Try bamboozling your opponent by not moving Filipino troops to Bataan. Instead fly them out to one of the Filipino bases which produces supply. Cebu is a good candidate. Essentially the effectiveness of a Luzon last stand at Bataan is critically hampered by lack of supply. Clark is a far better base for a determined defense (and Manila also has some good points in its favour, namely it's supply generation capacity) than Bataan. If you move Filipino cadres to Cebu you can subsequently use up your Filipino reinforcements when the parents are destroyed on Luzon.
11. Try basing your Filipino airforce on Luzon. Place the P-26 on low level naval strike. Often Japanese players leave Cebu alone until most of Luzon is secured and then send relatively unprotected naval forces to capture Cebu.
12. If you do manage to get supply into Darwin/Timor, you will be surprised at the relative ease and effectiveness of on sending supply to Cebu via sub transport TF. Of course you have to understand the context when I say relative ease/effectiveness.[;)]
13. Zamboanga is similar to Cebu but because it is not an island base, it is easier for Japan to conquer. Essentially I am saying look at your Filipino supply generating bases and turn them into mini festung Palembangs. The flip side is you would be engaging in supply denial to the enemy.
14. Buying out the PI fighters is not necessarily a good idea. They have only a short shelf life before they have to be disbanded and you may well struggle to find sufficient spare airframes to maintain their TOE. Think carefully about using the PPs saved to rescue the good LCUs in the Philippines and Malaya.
15. Don't fall under the trap of thinking that because Pearl Harbor was not hit, you won't have a Catalina airframe shortage. To ensure you don't get a shortage concentrate on flying them only within their normal range and with 50%+ experienced pilots.