From: Sunderland, UK
This is good, although I do have a comment on the political points/national borders interpretation.
Burma is my favourite ground theatre in the war against Japan. In it, Slim and his army developed and demonstrated air mobile operations, and eventually rolled the Japanese out of Burma with an air mobile offensive. To me, this is important as a modern development of the deep battle concept. Neither India nor China paid attention to the Burmese borders. The Chinese initially sent large numbers of troops into Burma in 1942, most of which retreated out via the Salween valley, but many via Ledo. China then transferred a full corps to Northern India, which Stilwell trained up and equipped American-style for the Ledo Road offensive--these were the best troops the Republic of China had at the end of the war. The Burma Corps retreated into India in 1942, and the Indian Army garrisoned the Chin Hills. In 1942-44, the Indian Army attacked down the Arakan, conducted Chindit operations behind the Japanese lines, and eventually repulsed a Japanese offensive at Kohima and Imphal. In 1945, the Indian and Chinese Armies then proceeded to eject the Japanese from Burma.
There were several reasons all this didn't happen in 1943-44. During the monsoon, transport shuts down. Even during the rest of the year, ground and supply transport was very limited. It's not accidental the 14th Army invented air mobile operations; the game understates the nastiness of the terrain. Secondly, most of the Indian Army was involved in controlling India in 1942-44. The garrison requirements are very understated during that period. Thirdly, the 14th Army was last in priority for supply in the British Empire. Fourthly, both the Indian and Chinese armies had a lot to learn during 1942-44. Note, nothing about PP expenditures. Burma got everything that could be spared from more pressing concerns and (key!) supplied. In WWII, it didn't help to deploy an army when all you could sustain in operations was a division. It varied among the arms, but in no more than a year, all you would have left would be a division. (Tanks had to be replaced in 3-4 months of operations, trucks and artillery in a year, infantry in six months to a year. Note these considerations also explain why the Japanese spent most of their time in garrison in China.)
The recent mods to take into account supply limitations are likely to help with this.
< Message edited by herwin -- 10/19/2011 9:20:28 AM >
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