Q-Ball -> RE: Tale of Two Wars (8/3/2012 9:51:00 PM)
Thanks for the advice gents...couple different viewpoints. crsutton says China is doomed against a good Japanese player, and Wirriway Ace says no. I'm not sure myself.
I think GJ is showing a very good understanding of land warfare, better than me in fact. I will post an update on China in a bit.
Let's focus on elsewhere first, where things are a bit more favorable to me
As January comes to a close, some patterns are emerging.
Japanese Plans: I can't tell the master plan yet, and I haven't received any real juicy intel. Here is what I can tell:
1. Japanese are making a major push in China (duh). Alot of his early PP buys are tanks, and there are a ton of planes, including Zeros. INTEL reports units prepping for Sian and Yenan. There are also alot of extra air units in China, including ZEROS.
2. After those 2 initial landings in the Aleutians, nothing. This feels like defensive perimeter moves.
3. I think he is bypassing Luzon, and letting the US Army there rot. That's what I would do, but looks like he is doing exactly that.
Beyond that, can't tell if a move is planned to Australia, Pacific, whatever. If he is going all-in on China, which is the strongest possibility, a landing in NE India would help support that. I think that is a strong possibility.
Still no crossing to Singapore....our troops are tanned and rested, and ready to rumble behind size-3 forts. GJ admitted in e-mail he had a stacking problem at Johore, which is why no crossing yet. But they are coming......
Probably the #1 thing I can do to help China right now is hold Sinagpore. The die is cast in terms of steps I can take, but I think I managed to get set-up pretty well, and I bet it will take GJ a good chunk of February to clear it. We'll see. The AV count is 990, and most units have decent morale now.
The blob of ships is now moving SW of Ambon; my guess is Koepang, that would make the most sense. There is another large group of ships off Singkawang, and I suspect they are preparing to invade Java. Ambon has fallen. The remaining major bases are Balikpapan, Makassar, Koepang, and Java.
Many Betties sortied from Singkawang to try to torpedo some Dutch cruisers refueling at Tjitilap, but my P-40s really did a number on them, shooting down between 4 and 12 depending on the report you read. The pilots were credited with 12 kills. No torp hits either.
I've lost alot of my Dutch fighters, so the 25 P-40s are mostly what's left in terms of fighters on Java. The AVG is already withdrawn, I ran out of planes basically.
The ground forces from Medan re-captured Sabang, which had earlier fallen to paras. The paras were gone, but we destoyed the base force there. Nice!
I bombed Adak with CV aircraft; this was a "show-me" move, designed to chase any reinforcement convoys away for awhile, because I know all his CVs are around Australia right now. I also bombarded it; mostly to build night experience for cruisers. None of these attacks really did much damage.
Looks like Horn Island is getting invaded tomorrow....see the screenshot. We have about 100 AV, lvl 3 forts, and enough supplies to last awhile. He would need about a Division to storm it outright, I think. The units I have there are generally pretty good quality.