From: Sunderland, UK
ORIGINAL: Mike Solli
ORIGINAL: Mike Solli
In one of my PBEMs I did invade Darwin. The goal was to trash his B-25s and B-17 sitting there. I had bombarded the place a couple of time and did destroy a good number of them, while damaging a bunch more. I invaded and took the place destroying the damaged planes. I destroyed over 200 planes. Looking at my notes, it happened in early May 42. I stayed about a month and successfully withdrew my forces. I was afraid it would have turned into a self-sustaining POW camp. You need to ship all supply there while the Allies can use the roads to supply any relief force. Once Allied air power builds up, you're dead meat.
Basically, I think Northern Australia is easy to take but practically impossible to hold. I'd much rather use those land forces to defend the SRA.
Why had your opponent concentrated all his aircraft at Darwin? And why didn't he pull any of them back? I play CHS, and when a squadron on the north coast needs a rest, I pull it back to an inland base for R&R. You *can* ship damaged aircraft cross-country--it's not like they're stuck at the base in Darwin.
Invading Darwin wasn't my first thought. I sent some CAs there to bombard and disrupt his bombers. When my ships got away without damage, I did it again.
No mines? No coast defense units?
They were very successful. At that point I decided to send a division there. They made it and were unable to dislodge the Allied forces.
Time to move the air out, especially the damaged aircraft. If I pull out a damaged squadron of 12 or 24, it makes room for an undamaged squadron of the same strength (if I want to keep air in the hex). I prefer to have base forces at a number of bases, rather than having all my eggs in one basket. Of course, I play CHS.
By this point, he had quite a few damaged bombers sitting there. I moved in the rest of the force (basically everything I could scrape up in the area) and finally drove him out. It was the naval bombardment that really caused the invasion to occur. I got lucky. Basically, it prevented the destruction of Amboina by about 6 months or so.
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