Shannon V. OKeets
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
ORIGINAL: brian brian
I read through the script once and pretty much agreed with the whole thing. But Steve brings up a hugely important point ... the map of Persia is completely different now.
Something to look at when setting up against a Russian DoW would be whether the Russians can trace supply in the Caspian. No Limited Overseas Supply option = coastal supply. LOS option + NO CP in the Caspian = no coastal supply. Some WiF players put the Russian CPs in other places. After thinking about that, then you might want to consider which HQ the Russians commit to the campaign. Zhukov, paying motorized movement rates, could only approach from a railhead at a slow pace. Timoshenko or Yeremenko would now be a better choice. Trying to approach from Turkmenistan (I think, anyway the east shore of the Caspian) might be even trickier logistically. You'd be surprised how many players could screw up the logistics they'd need, to the benefit of the Persians/Japanese. The goal of the set up should be to gain enough impulses to get to the next turn and gain the MIL reinforcement, and without a Para threat and a poor Russian force mix (slow units, no CAV), this is quite a bit more probable now, but still only against sub-par play. (So the Russian AI should build a PARA if it wants to try this campaign, and put a CP in the Caspian at set-up). If the Russians had no Paras, or poorly pre-positioned HQs, or no CAV on the point of the advance, I might consider setting up in the woods next to Isfahan for extra protection against the surprise impulse ground strike, and then race them back to Teheran; you could gain an impulse that way by defending in the hex in front of Teheran. (presuming no threat from the east shore of the Caspian). The more the Russians set up in their most advanced hexes ahead of time, the more time they give the Japanese to get ready themselves.
But as the script notes, what is important is the likelihood of Japanese intervention. They would now have at least one extra impulse to get their own tricky logistics set up.
Also, instead of 'Oil Wells', you would probably just want to consider defending Bandar Shapur. The Russians have somewhat limited options on where to base a PARA to threaten that hex.
Against a Japanese DoW, Bandar Shapur would be just about the best set up in any case.
All of these are very good points. Thanks.
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