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RE: Tactical Question - 3/7/2011 10:17:19 PM   
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If you intend to contest Burma, the first thing you will have to do is flood it with fighters, to fight off his bombers, and your own bombers, to do to his ground forces some of what he will be doing to you. This all assumes you have bases with developed airfields and the base forces to support the air force.



My fighter units were pulled back to regroup and recover. I will throw everything I have over Mandalay as I'll be fighting over my own bases this time around. I have two Sentai's that have upgraded to Tojo IIa's, but sadly only 30 airframes have reached the front at the moment.

I'm redeploying bomber units in the DEI to Burma as well. My air support capacity is in good shape, if the size of my airfields leave something to be desired. I should be able to start causing some losses to his sweeps even if I don't get to the bombers. I will be hitting his exposed troops hard as I learned a long time ago the dirsuption bombing in open terrain causes and the switch from move to combat mode. I've been doing that all game long and thankfully it's something my opponent has not utilized at this stage. Essentially I'm redirecting a ton of aircraft to Burma and trying to get the Tojo numbers up to be my air hammer. they'll be manned by my best pilots.

I also have 700 AV almost at Moulmein for the rail journey to the front. I don't want to defend in open terrain, I just want to blunt his first attempt to cross the river, hopefully cause a withdrawal and perhaps I can push on back towards Katha and get in the rough terrain again. I'm withdrawing from Bhamo to hold at Lashio, Taung Gyi is another strongpoint to be held as long as possible, I want him to be forced to operate in the clear terrain as long as possible.

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RE: Tactical Question - 3/7/2011 11:05:09 PM   
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If you are up against significant numbers of 4E then you will neede the help of the IJN, even with Tojo IIa's. A6M's have cannons, Tojo's only have 12.7mm MG's. Against bombers cannons are a big advantage. The Tojo will be an excellent air superiority fighter.

If you can keep control of the air - stop your units being bombed effectively and bomb the Allied ground units, I'd say you can keep Mandalay indefinitely.

If you are about even - he bombs you as much as you bomb him, then it will be too close to call.

If he manages to bomb your units at will.....Mandalay won't last long.

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RE: Tactical Question - 3/7/2011 11:22:35 PM   
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Thanks for the feedback Yakface.

I figure I can commit 5 Oscar Sentai's, 2 Tojo Sentai's, 1 Nick Sentai and 2 1/2 of Zero's one of which includes the A6M3. I will do my best with these units. Luckily I have large plane pools and will be restarting production of both Zero's and Oscar's to keep my numbers up. Pilot reserves are great.

I have a further reserve of two army divisions in the DEI, but I hope to not have to move them at this time. The components of both the 1st and 2nd Tank divisions are en route from China so I will have these two divisions recombined as soon as possible, at least all the tank Rgt.'s are already in Burma.

I'll post a screenshot of Burma and the total forces available to me and their dispositions later. So much for not updating the AAR!

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Tracker Question - 3/18/2011 3:13:51 AM   
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I've been trying to organize my defensive arrangements and was looking at JAAF AF BN and units in particular. I've discovered that almost all of them have no radar while the JNAF ones do. Is there a way in tracker to find out what LCU's get in terms of upgrades and when? I haven't dug deeply yet and noticed a TOE up menu...is that it? I've looked at a few ENG. AF units and I see they are supposed to get radar at some point, just can't figure out when. I obviously want to get my radar equipped units to the front to enhance the air defences. Thanks in advance.

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RE: Tracker Question - 3/18/2011 6:26:39 AM   
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Radar device production is VERY slow .... check your pools, my experience is that you likely don't have any. 

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RE: Tracker Question - 3/24/2011 4:54:42 AM   
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Hey, I understand you've been frustrated of late, but I hope you'll at least keep updating this AAR from time to time. I've read the whole thing over the last couple days and picked up some good stuff RE: Japanese production and especially operations in China. Not many players give much credence to this theater so I've really been enjoying an AAR that gives it full treatment.

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RE: Tracker Question - 3/29/2011 12:07:14 AM   
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Thanks for the comments Pax and aaffins. I'll be updating shortly on events in the game, especially China, as there's been a major development which has unhinged the entire Chinese MLR in the South and forced a withdrawal from Hengyang and area leaving Chansha ripe for capture as the Chinese fall back to new positions.

Pax, I haven't had a chance to check out my radar device pools, but I suspect you are right. I'm hoping to get the proper units in place with radar soon and pull back units that need to upgrade.


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RE: Tracker Question - 3/29/2011 1:00:41 AM   
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I was able to get my radar to upgrade by allowing the unit (large AA Rgt and certain BFs) to be in a base with over 20k in supply and Replacement On. Of course, there had to be radar devices in the pool. You can check on them by clicking on "Intelligence."

Here is what mine shows my in early Sept 42 (scenario 2).




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Southern China - 3/29/2011 6:44:49 AM   
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I'll start by posting current screenshots to get things back up to speed in China and Burma. I'll highlight the major events that have occurred since the Sept. 21 update in text form. I'm going to switch from the day to day updates and concentrate more on the strategic side of things and go into more detail about my current operations and plans, or lack thereof. Troop deployments, economic updates and trying to understand the nuances of the game that I may have glossed over up till this point.

There is a lot going on in the background of the Empire as I redeploy LCU's and air units into more favourable defensive positions. I'm trying to streamline production once again and get my units upgraded with new equipment and aircraft. Projected Tojo production is set to 125 a month with the current rate at 79(46). I desperately need this fighter to challenge the Allies in Burma.

Looking back I've fallen into what Nemo often criticizes that many players do. I had a preconception of how limiting PDU off was and never really attempted to utilize the assets I had in meaningful ways to enhance my overall position. I'll be trying very hard to maximise the effective use of what I do have and strike at the Allies in more direct ways in the future. Right now though, the priority is push in China, stabilize Burma and get my units into position to strike hard and effectively at the Allies as they start to advance. I have no overall defensive plan at the moment besides fortifying and getting bases built up with enough support units in place to effectively respond to any Allied thrust, in any theatre, in a timely/decisive manner.

Production wise I think I'm in good shape. I'm now producing a surplus of 5000 HI points a day, gotten my naval yard points pool down to 16k and will be able to reduce the naval yards once the Musashi is completed in 41 days. Fuel levels in the Home Islands have just surpassed 4 million while oil is still at 1.7 million. Resources have topped 12 million and supply is holding steady at 3.5 million. More economy and production numbers in another update.

First off, here's the first screen of Southern China where there have been major developments causing a very fluid theatre at the moment.

Southern China Oct. 7/42:





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RE: Southern China - 3/29/2011 11:30:48 AM   
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Your situation in China for October 1942 looks remarkably familiar.  A very similar map to where I was in my longest PBEM at that time.  With a couple notable exceptions.

Changsa is ripe for the picking and should probably be prioritized for you.  I like your positioning SW of Siangtan.  If you capture this key town (in open terrain, naturally), he'll either have to reinforce Changsa, evacuate it or lose the lot.  Once Siangtan falls, you can move that force to the NE and cut the road hex from the North and Changteh.  He's a sizeable force building there, so be prepared for a massive stack counterattack in the forested hex to the NE of Siangtan if you take it.

As for Changsa, I would look upon this opportunity to isolate it before it can be reinforced further.  I'd also recommend putting some troops in there to muck with his ability to produce supplies from Changsa's LI / resources, regardless whether you can pull off an attack at this time.

If you need supplies close to their demand in and around Changsa, have you considered xAKL delivery to Hankow / Wuchang?  They'll sail all the way up there from the home islands, FWIW.  It makes a nice resupply mission straight to the heart of the matter.

Just a bit of caution is warranted.  You've some laudable territorial goals in this theatre, but this (forest terrain) is prime defensive territory.  Combined with city hex fortifications, it is inevitable that your exploits slow for you.  I'd concentrate on investing and eventually capturing Changsha and administering as severe a punishment on anything in a clear terrain hex (or on the move through one) that you can.

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RE: Southern China - 3/29/2011 4:35:34 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Chickenboy

Changsa is ripe for the picking and should probably be prioritized for you.  I like your positioning SW of Siangtan.  If you capture this key town (in open terrain, naturally), he'll either have to reinforce Changsa, evacuate it or lose the lot.  Once Siangtan falls, you can move that force to the NE and cut the road hex from the North and Changteh.  He's a sizeable force building there, so be prepared for a massive stack counterattack in the forested hex to the NE of Siangtan if you take it.


Hi Chickenboy,

Thanks for posting. I probably should have recapped the last few weeks prior to the current situation first before posting the current screenshot, as things would be clearer as to why they have developed so. The Chinese had garrisons of 21 and 26 units at Hengyang and Changsha respectively. Once my 11th Army crossed the river and occupied the wooded hex directly West of Hengyang that sparked a large withdrawal from both bases. If I had continued to drive North with the 13th Army and forced a river crossing, I think the Chinese feared a massive encirclement and decided to pull back. The Chinese left garrisons of roughly 40-50k worth of troops at both bases. Hengyang sported fort levels of 5, but my 11th Army of 3600 AV simply blew the defenders (800 AV) out after only one deliberate attack. I think supply is killing the ability of Chinese units to defend themselves in base hexes. You're spot on about trying to now encircle the units at Changsha and Siangtan. I'm taking a risk in attacking Siangtan directly, but I hope the defenders retreat into Changsha to then be surrounded and destroyed.

I don't fear a Chinese counterattack at all. There have been opportunities for the Chinese to mount limited offensives for 10 months now and they have always simply withdrawn. I think the supply situation is dire and they can't attack even if they wanted too. They've had no fuel since both Sian and Lanchow have been captured for months and the Burma Road is still blocked. The Chinese will, as you said, now rely on rough terrain and high fort levels to blunt my offensive. I hope to compress them enough that I can once again maneuver around them and seriously try for some major encirclements of Chinese forces.

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As for Changsa, I would look upon this opportunity to isolate it before it can be reinforced further.  I'd also recommend putting some troops in there to muck with his ability to produce supplies from Changsa's LI / resources, regardless whether you can pull off an attack at this time.


As mentioned, it previously held a garrison of 26 units that have mostly been withdrawn, it won't be reinforced . It will be caught between two Japanese forces of 3000 AV each, Changsha is doomed.

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If you need supplies close to their demand in and around Changsha, have you considered xAKL delivery to Hankow / Wuchang?  They'll sail all the way up there from the home islands, FWIW.  It makes a nice resupply mission straight to the heart of the matter.


It's hard to see on the map, as is blurs a little, but there currently is a supply TF unloading at Hankow. I've been doing this all game and there is plenty of supply for base expansion and offensive operations. Both Hankow and Wuchang are level 6 forts and the airbases will be size 7. Kweilin, Pingsiang, Hankow and Wuchang are flush with supplies.

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Just a bit of caution is warranted.  You've some laudable territorial goals in this theatre, but this (forest terrain) is prime defensive territory.  Combined with city hex fortifications, it is inevitable that your exploits slow for you.  I'd concentrate on investing and eventually capturing Changsha and administering as severe a punishment on anything in a clear terrain hex (or on the move through one) that you can.


Sound advice and one that I am prepared to take on. Essentially, I've gained all my achievements in this theatre through redeployments catching the Chinese at their weakest links and exploiting the fact they simply do not attack. I take advantage of my opportunities which are often met by a Chinese withdrawal to avoid being outflanked or encircled. Sian shows I'm willing to bludgeon my way forward if need be. The task now will be to punish any Chinese force in open terrain and cause large casualties where I can. As you pointed out, the first priority is to deal with the Changsha area, consolidate and watch for a Chinese counterattack. The goal here is to really make the Chinese pay a heavy price for simply giving up on Changsha. That being said, it's October 42 and I want to put myself into a dominant position in China. A drive on Chungking will pay two dividends for me that I can see. A further compressing of Chinese forces giving me lots of opportunity to outflank and possibly finally encircle large Chinese forces for destruction, and a potential drive West to threaten a reinforcement of the Burma theatre. I need to take full advantage of the poor Chinese supply situation and gain a strategic victory somewhere in this theatre.

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I enjoy your maps very much!


Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy them. They take a little time to put together and it's nice to know they are appreciated. Long winded response I know, I'm just glad things are picking up enough to warrant some good game and strategy discussions. Next post I'll update the Northern theatre. It's time to take Urumchi and be able to direct my full force towards Central China.

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Northern China - 3/30/2011 2:53:48 AM   
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Here's a screenshot of Northern China. This theatre is much quieter than the South, but that is intentional on my part. Other than some local offensives planned I hope to maintain a quiet front here for now. Next update will be Burma, where the situation isn't great and I have yet to figure out how best to defend the theatre.

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Burma - 3/31/2011 8:54:08 PM   
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The Burma front is static at the moment. I'm in emergency airfield and fort expansion mode as I'm completely unprepared in this theatre despite having 6 months to prepare an adequate defence. Even now I'm unsure how best to defend the region, although I do have a plan beginning to formulate in my head. I just hope I'm not too late.

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Oct. 11/42 - 3/31/2011 10:22:38 PM   
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The Empire is busy. China's southern front is fluid with Japanese forces on a base taking rampage aided in large part by Chinese troop withdrawals from Hengyang and Changsha. Japanese forces are filling the vacuum and advancing quickly consolidating the region. Chinese losses starting with the fall of Hengyang on Oct. 6 and the recent fighting up to Oct. 10 have been heavy. Chinese losses are 547 infantry, 582 non-combat and 74 engineer squads destroyed totalling 19444 casualties. Japanese losses have been minimal with 5 infantry and 3 non-combat squads destroyed totalling 2841 casualties. I have not included disablements, but the total casualties reflect the overall losses for both sides, barring FOW from the combat reports of course.

Changsha will be invested on Oct. 11 and assaults will begin on the 12th. However, I think the defenders will be withdrawn before I can close the trap and head towards Changteh. If it looks like the defenders wil stay I'l lhalt attacks until I cut off any routes of retreat and fully destroy the defenders.

In Northern China I'm about to assault Kuichuan with the 27th Division. I expect the base to fall quickly.

I'm finally getting my act together in the Pacific and concentrating on getting my defences in order. Support, garrison and air units are being deployed from the Home Islands as quickly as they are available. The DEI, Sumatra and Java are receiving the bulk of the reinforcements. Air units are being redistributed to provided complete coverage of any possible Allied movements. Supplies are low in Malaya so large re-supply TF's have been sent. In fact all the major hubs are being resupplied to allow smaller TF's to re-supply locally. 300,000 tons of fuel have just unloaded in the Home Islands and the tankers are en route to Singapore for the next load. Palembang, Java and Borneo are swimming in fuel/oil and I'm using some smaller tanker TF's to refuel Babeldoab, Saipan, Truk and Rabaul.

I need to save PP's though, I've been spending a lot on freeing up air units and changing some HQ's to allow rebuilding of certain units. I want to have enough to buy out 2 Divisions for deployment from the Home Islands before 1942 ends. 75 PP's a turn would be ideal!

The Allies are quiet with lots of radio communications reported at Noumea and PH. I think something is up and I will recon aggressively to see if I can spot an invasion. I may try a small offensive to retake Baker and capture Canton Islands. I'd like to try and disrupt the Allies somewhat before they eventually get rolling.

Here is the current situation in Southern China as of the morning of Oct. 11/42.





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RE: Oct. 11/42 - 4/19/2011 11:27:19 PM   
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We had a slight delay game wise as my opponent had an issue that needed clarification and a redo of a few turns was required. We have now reached the morning of Oct. 16/42.

What was significant about re-running a few turns was that an Allied force steaming for Ndeni was discovered by naval search on the 15th. We discussed the issue and I agreed that I would not direct Japanese forces to Ndeni prior to the turn in which they were actually spotted. The game will now resume into unchartered waters.

Japanese forces have already evacuated Ndeni by Mavis transport plane so the Allies will find empty beaches and the port and airbase levels untouched since the base was first captured. Japanese HQ has decided to counter at Ndeni with units from the Combined Fleet. My initial guess is that the Allies are mounting a small surface invasion force with no carrier or CVE TF's committed.

I have been moving naval LBA to Shortlands and Lunga and will try to interdict Allied shipping. I'm going to be very careful with Betty's/Nell's as I don't want my best pilots wiped out in case there is a serious Allied naval carrier CAP lurking over the horizon to pounce on the fragile bombers. I have two SCTF's available at Rabaul and Kwajalein for interdiction at Ndeni. Also, I have KB massed at Truk. My carriers have been based there ever since the carriers completed their last refits in the Home Islands in July/August.

The Allied plan, as I see it, is to capture Ndeni with as little troop investment as possible and operate under a protective LBA based at Luganville while the airbase is built up. Once an effective LBA presence can be on hand, I expect to see a substantial number of troops reinforce the island. As soon as Japanese LBA appears in some form against Allied shippping, I expect heavy 4E raids based from Koumac, Noumea and Luganville against Lunga and Shortlands to close the airfields. I hope the trickle of Japanese LBA will give a false sense of security. I will sortie a small SCTF from Rabaul or Kwaj to interdict any follow up Allied shippping and provide bait to determine if Allied CV's are present. In the meantime, KB will steam to a position Northeast of Ndeni to strike if required. If there are no heavy Allied surface or carrier TF's committed to this operation, KB will try to remain undetected and in all likelyhood return to Truk.

Strategically, I'm completely unprepared in the Solomon's in terms of a suitable base expansion program that will give me flexibility in defending the region. My major airbase's are at Lae and Rabaul, with Lunga not quite level 4 and Shortlands a woeful level 2 or thereabouts. I feel I need to counter this invasion as aggressively as possible, but not at the expense of showing my entire OOB in case it's a very small invasion. I need to start to oppose any Allied incursions into the Empire and buy time to get a proper defence set up in the Solomon's. However, for weeks I've been getting large radio traffic messages from Pearl Harbor and I believe something bigger is planned. Ndeni may just be a teaser to see how I'll react so it's going to be interesting. I want to commit just enough to cause problems and possibly recapture the base in order to see what the Allies response will be. How badly does Smeulders want Ndeni?

My search reported 6 DD's and 1 AP in two separate TF's so my intial thoughts are confirmed at this point, that it's only a small invasion to establish support units on the island to build up the airfield. I will commit a small surface force to spark an Allied reaction. Just how strong that reaction may be has yet to be determined. I will sortie the fleet to be on hand incase the threat is more substantial, however I will do my best to remain undetected, yet close enough to be a factor, until more information is available.







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RE: Oct. 11/42 - 4/20/2011 12:59:52 AM   
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Ah, welcome back SqzMyLemon. It's good to see you are back in business again. Your AAR is a great tutorial for new JFBs.

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Ndeni Invaded - 4/21/2011 5:14:20 PM   
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Oct. 16/42:

The Allies landed on Ndeni as expected today by a fast transport TF. The exact composition of Allied forces can't be determined at this time since I have no units on the Island to provide the necessary intel. There are 21 ships spotted in 3 separate TF's of which the largest appears to be a destroyer.

The Japanese response on day one of the invasion does not bode well. Torpedo equipped Betty's based at Shortlands were ordered to interdict the enemy invasion fleets. Only three Betty's of a possible nine reached Ndeni, the other six losing contact with the raid and returning to base. Zero's based on Lunga assigned long range escort of the Betty's failed to fly at all. The three attacking Betty's were all shot down by P-38's on LRCAP based from Luganville.

As expected, a large force of 23 B-17's hit Lunga's airbase, luckily no damage was inflicted to the airfield. Air units on Lunga did not escape losses though. A total of FIVE out of 14 Zero's assigned CAP were destroyed, with two being lost directly to A2A and a further 3 were Ops losses. The intelligence report indictated one B-17 lost to Ops.

Positives:

I was smart to limit the number of Betty's available to hit the Allies as I would certainly have lost more then the three I did, especially with the escorts not showing. That's about it in terms of good news.

Negatives:

Poor airfield construction overall in the Solomons means I've really limited the effectiveness of any LBA strikes I can mount. I have isolated bases built up to only level 3 or 4 and almost no supporting bases at all. For example, If Lunga ends up being cratered, which it will, I will have no ability to interdict the battlefield with fighters. It also means that if I commit surface ships to action they will not be operating under my own LBA, if anything, they will be subjected to Allied LBA and CAP based at Luganville which is currently level 5.

Lemon-san is in trouble .

However, Ndeni has airbase and port levels of 0. It should take a little while to unload troops and supplies which may give me some time to strike a counterblow. KB is 3 days away at mission speed, if I choose to move one day at full speed I can strike in two. I can send in two sacrificial DD's currently at Tulagi to try and disrupt the Allied landings somewhat and perhaps more importantly give me a better idea of Allied surface ships committed to the operation. I have two surface TF's of BB's, CA's and DD's steaming towards the theater and both are two days away. I am going to see if it's feasible to retake the island if I act quickly enough. I have decided to still send KB towards Ndeni. I'm going to try and destroy what I can for three reasons. First, I need to finally test the Allies by a show of strength and try to inflict some losses. Second, it may delay further Allied planned advances in the area simply because KB is present and that might buy me more time to get my airbases built up and more support units in play while the Allies are fighting for Ndeni. Third, it's time to have some fun, I'm bored, in a horrible position strategically and I have nothing to lose at this point because this game was lost months ago.

I'll post more tonight when I get home from work and bring things up to date. I have to repeat though, I'm in trouble in this game and it's going to get awfully ugly if I dont get my act together. Banzai!

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Ndeni Invasion D+1 - 4/22/2011 8:35:34 PM   
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Oct. 17/42 Update:

Interesting times as there is a little more action these days.

A large air attack in Burma...by the Japanese this time!

A small surface action at Ndeni with hopefully more to come in the following days.

Screenshots follow to bring things up to date.

One note, Japanese ASW truly sucks. Two Allied submarines were spotted by air ASW on the 16th so I vectored 15 SC's and DD's onto the route the submarines would take through the straits and not one contact! Not one! Talk about completely depressing. The only positive thing happening in the submarine war for Japan are the Allied dud torpedoes.

Here's the first screen:





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RE: Ndeni Invasion D+1 - 4/22/2011 8:36:24 PM   
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RE: Ndeni Invasion D+1 - 4/22/2011 8:37:41 PM   
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RE: Oct. 11/42 - 4/22/2011 8:42:07 PM   
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Thanks for the compliment. It's more an AAR on how not to proceed as Japan . I'm glad you are enjoying it though and getting something useful from it. I'll continue to post periodically to keep things updated. I've been meaning to post more on the economy of late, but haven't felt motivated enough and I'm losing time to my other hobby...model building.

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Oct. 17/42 - 4/24/2011 6:46:29 PM   
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Oct. 18/42 Update:

Sub Ops:

SS S-18 put a torpedo into the xAK England Maru bound for Lae, she'll sink tomorrow. A fragment of a reinforcing JAAF AF unit will be lost.

Australia:

Darwin continues to be pounded and the airbase and port are completely closed. I continue to hit Darwin so I can redeploy air units to both Burma and the Solomons without seeming to lessen my air presence in the DEI.

Burma:

All quiet today. I am reconning enemy airbases to determine the next potential target for a sweep and bombing attack. I want to engage Allied aircraft directly to inflict losses and utilize the Tojo in a sweep role.

I expect a heavy Allied air attack on one of my airbases this turn. I've provided for a limited CAP response.

China:

Changsha's airbase was hit for 6 AB, 4 ABS and 50 Runway hits. The goal here, as always, are supply hits. No movement from Changsha to the N.W. is shown today and Chinese units at Changteh are static as well. The 11th Army has begun it's movement to the N.E. to surround Changsha. I will deliberate attack Changsha tomorrow to keep some pressure on the defenders.

The Japanese 12th Tank Rgt. shock attacked Ansi today forcing the Chinese 34th Seperate Bde. out of the base. The Chinese losses 13(0) infantry and 22(0) non-combat squads destroyed totalling 471 casualties. There were no Japanese losses. Chinese reinforcements were detected marching S.W. from Hami towards Ansi. The 27th Division will reach Ansi tomorrow and then both units will march to engage the Chinese on the road to Hami. Speaking of Hami, it is now undefended and the 4th Cavarly Bde. just arrived at the base and will capture it tomorrow.

Another small engagement occurred at 74,53 in rough terrain S.E. Of Tuyun. The 5th New Chinese/C Corps was forced by the 4th Ind. Mixed Rgt. Japanese losses were light at 0(1) infantry squads disabled totalling 11 casualties. Chinese losses of 5(13) infantry and 1(6) non-combat squad totalling 179 casualties. I'm using these small Japanese units to deal with the small Chinese units deployed to try and interfere with my supply lines. I push them back for little loss and I plan on then using my small units to infiltrate into the Chinese rear and disrupt supply lines and maneuver to provide potential future encirclements.

In Western China the 5th and 56th Division's supported by the 21st Med. FA Bn attacked Chinese forces in the mountains at 63,45. Odds were 1:2 and Japanese forces suffered 2(39) infantry, 1(46) non-combat and 0(1) engineer squad losses totalling 750 casualties, while the Chinese sustained 5(77) infantry, 6(49) non-combat and 1(8) engineer squad losses totalling 924 casualties. The drive on Paoshan will continue with another deliberate attack tomorrow.

The Solomons:

Ndeni falls to the Imperialist's. Enemy units accounted for are the 1st USMC Parachute Bn and the 8th Marine Defense Battalion. Interestingly no support units, unless the 8th Marine is considered one.

My SCTF found no one home at Ndeni. Disappointing, but I will try another attack today, but at mission speed. I hope to catch a possible follow up supply and support TF. The risk is that I will be within range of naval air attack from Luganville. I've tried to provide the SCTF with LRACP from Lunga. Zero's have been assigned LRCAP with the TF selected as it's target. Is the the way to do it?

I almost committed KB to within strike range of Ndeni to be in a position to attack a reinforcing TF, but I decided to remain out of range to the N.E. I hope to remain undetected so that Allied surface units may be committed against my SCTF incursions, then I'll strike. I'm worried about my SCTF of a BB, CA and 4 DD's being hit hard by enemy DB's upon reaching Ndeni, but it's an acceptable risk to determine the strength of the Allied countermeasures and I need to be strong enough to pummel any Allied ships I encounter.

Just awaiting the next turn to see what happens at Ndeni


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Oct. 19/42 Update:

An anti-climatic turn!

The Solomons:

No follow up Allied support TF's were found at Ndeni unfortunately, but more importantly no Allied naval air attack materialized against my SCTF. KB is still undetected to the N.E. of Ndeni. My SCTF remained at Ndeni after the turn so I wonder if they might draw out some Allied surface ships after all. So far it's been a sparring match to find an advantage and unfortunately that plays into the Allied hand more than my own. The longer I have to wait around hoping to engage something, the greater the chance KB will be spotted before achieving anything of note.

My SCTF has been ordered to withdraw out of strike range from Luganville and I'll actually return it back to Rabaul to refuel. I still have another SCTF within striking distance of Ndeni and KB lurking. I'm gathering a force together that may counter invade Ndeni if I can stop additional Allied units landing. I think there is a second landing planned, but so far the Allies are not committing it. Perhaps is means Allied CV's are on the way to provide cover. My spidey sense is tingling and with KB available there's the potential for a 6 vs 6 CV engagement if the Allies commit their carriers. If they are even nearby.

I have about eight submarines around Ndeni and am hoping to get Glenn reports of any enemy TF's en route, especially if there's a chance the Allies might commit their carriers. So far Allied TF's tend to blow right by my submarines and it's rare that I actually get a sighting let alone launch an attack. On the other hand, it seems the Allied submarines are constantly reacting and attacking my TF's around the map. It's still a frustrating experience so far and my ASW efforts have been abysmal despite constant air and naval ASW efforts on my part. In fact, I had a small DD torpedoed this turn and it will sink tomorrow. What sucks is this particular TF had actually launched a DC attack against the sub earlier in the round, yet it was not suppressed and still ended up hitting one of the escorts.

China:

My assault against Chinese forces West of Paoshan didn't materialize as the Chinese vacated the hex prior to the combat phase.

Hami is captured by the 4th Cavalry Bde.

Burma:

All is quiet and there have been no retaliatory Allied air strikes against my airbase's yet.

The days ahead:

I'm frantically dropping off more engineer and support units in the Solomons on a crash airbase building program. I am currently redeploying a number of Val and Kate LBA units to the theatre as well. Unfortunately, they will be out of range of Ndeni and won't be a factor in the upcoming battle for the island.

I'm rethinking my China strategy to try and come up with an operation that can isolate one of the large Chinese stacks opposing me. Changteh seems the best bet at the moment if I can keep the defenders of Changsha from escaping and linking up. I think my main effort still must be to further isolate China by pushing for Kunming and area to ensure the Burma Road remains closed and keep the supply crisis alive and well.

I need to stop using PP's! I need more combat units and so far I've been unable to stop my whittling points away on support and air units. If I can maintain some disciple I should be still able to buy out two divisions from the Home Islands.

The turn awaits me for when I get home and Smeulders has noted my SCTF at Ndeni, I wonder if he's planning on engaging them. This last turn was disappointing in terms of action and intel, but I sense we might have our first real major naval battle of the war soon.

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Oct. 20/42:

Sub Ops:

SS Guardfish finishes off DD Kukuzuki just East of Kendari.

DD Yunagi hits SS KXI with a direct DC hit near Shortlands.

China:

Changsha's airbase hit for 15 AB, 5 ABS and 78 Runway hits. I'll switch to ground attack in preparation for another deliberate attack tomorrow.

The 17th Chinese/B Corps located S.W. of Sining was bombed for 0(15) infantry and 0(7) non-combat squad losses totalling 84 casualites.

Oct. 21/42:

China:

The 17th Chinese/B Corps bombed again for 0(9) infantry and 1(7) non-combat squad losses totalling 131 casualties.

The planned air bombardment attack against Changsha was grounded due to weather. The deliberate attack went in as planned. Odds were 1:2 and the forts were reduced to level 5. Japanese forces suffered 12(305) infantry, 10(155) non-combat and 4(49) engineer squad losses totalling 3209 casualties. The Chinese have suffered 49(63) infantry, 16(44) non-combat and 0(4) engineer squad losses totalling 1707 casualties. Overall, I'm not losing too many squads destroyed so I'll continue the assaults while the 11th Army moves into position N.W. of Changsha. They are about three days away from reaching their blocking position. I have left units of the 23rd Army (800+ AV) at Siangtan to discourage a breakout attempt across the river by the defenders.

The Solomons:

Much ado about nothing! Allied forces have not followed up at Ndeni as hoped for. KB will be withdrawn back to Truk as will the majority of the surface ships. I have decided to not retake Ndeni. The island does nothing to strengthen my defence nor will it bring on a naval engagement. Allied air units have increased at Luganville, and I believe that will be the extent of the forces deployed in defence of Ndeni. The Allies will not commit any surface ships as there is no reason to. I'll await bigger fish. Japanese subs will continue to patrol the area though and I'll lay a few mines.

Current Strategy:

I'm going to focus my defensive efforts on the DEI, Java and Sumatra. Attempting to reinforce the Solomons is counterproductive at this stage. Allied airbases in Northeast Australia are the main threat to my defences anyway as New Guinea has not really been built up either. I'm going to focus my energy on making the Mariana's my main line of defence with the Celebes and Mindanao next on the priority list.

I still have no clue as to where the major thrust of an Allied counteroffensive will land. I understand letting the Allies grab anything cheaply at this stage is counterproductive, as it means little committment of Allied assets is necessary. I look for an opportunity to have an meaningful engagement, yet have not provided the climate for that to occur. So it's time to really look at where can I pose a threat to the Allies that will bring on some kind of substantial Allied response.

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Strategic Musings - 5/5/2011 12:03:26 AM   
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I look at my situation daily and I'm at a loss as how best to proceed. I feel I should be doing something to disrupt the Allies, but other than operations in the Burma and China theatres I don't see what I can be doing offensively to hurt the Allied war effort at this stage.

My submarine force to date has been a complete non-factor. I can't locate his transport TF's or surface ships. On the rare occasion I spot something my submarines either don't react or are spotted before they can attack. When they do attack it's usually against an escort and they miss.

My economy is doing well. The fuel/oil is reaching the Home Islands on a regular basis and stocks continue to rise throughout the Empire. Air production is monitored closely and I'm trying to conserve as much HI by halting production once pools start reaching high numbers. Pools of Ha-35 engines are above 700 while both Ha-32 and Ha-33 number over 300+ each. I question just what is an adequate number of various engines to have stockpiled?

In Burma I'm going to try and mount a limited offensive to push the Allied left flank around Myitkyina. I have 9 divisions committed to Burma and wonder if that is too many. The rest of the Empire is rather bare. Sumatra has one division, Java has the 65th Bde. and various Naval guard units, one division is at Makassar, another at Ambon. I have one divison each on New Guinea and at Saipan. I just feel...weak...everywhere.

I have strong surface units off the coast of Burma and Malaya, mini-KB of 3 CVL's and 1 CVE is located at Singapore. I have a CV TF at Soerabaja and the remainder of the Combined fleet is based out of Truk.

Air units are concentrated in Burma, the Celebes and the Solomons. I'm resizing and moving forward all units I can. My next major upgrade in fighter aircraft is the Oscar IIa and the Tony. More air units will be bought out of China once the Nate's can upgrade. I have a total of two Tojo Sentai's equipped with the Tojo, everything else is the A6M2 Zero or Oscar Ic.

Bomber forces are completely inadequate. I have Lily's strictly on ASW patrol as they are poor ground bombers. I have one unit of Helen's in China, all my other modern bomber units are Sally IIa's. I still have large numbers of Sonia's, Ann's, Mary's and Ida's that will mostly upgrade to the next generation of Sonia. Betty's and Nell's are hoarded in training roles, ASW or Naval search at the moment. I don't like losing these pilots on non-naval missions as they are too valuable.

Pilot pools are in great shape.

I continue to shuffle units around reinforcing the perimeter while expanding and fortifying positions. I just don't know how effective all these preparations will be if the Allies wait to hit me with a sledgehammer. I truly am concerned. I just don't see what else I can do besides wait and continue to push in China for as long as I can.




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RE: Strategic Musings - 5/5/2011 4:45:04 PM   
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My submarine force to date has been a complete non-factor. I can't locate his transport TF's or surface ships. On the rare occasion I spot something my submarines either don't react or are spotted before they can attack. When they do attack it's usually against an escort and they miss.


Yeah. Gone are the days of uber subs for the IJN. Too bad. I'd recommend considering a sub reserve as a response to incursions of the Allies. If he does decide to go for-say-Lunga, will you have enough subs in the area to smother any route of advance? Sure, it won't keep him from gaining his objectives, but you'll at least be able to concentrate your subs around where his combat-laden ships will be. Include mini-subs and their carriers in your calculations too.

Flooding a landing site with submarines of all types will: A. Make his escorts use their ASW ammunition, rendering them less able to fend off repeated contacts. B. Allow some possible hits on escorting vessels or, luckily, troopships. C. Make him respect the submarine threat by forcing some a/c to naval search and ASW duties. These won't be on naval attack at least...

In February 1943, my opponent can take most single hexes in SoPac that he wants by massive (and exclusive) application of the Allied combined fleet. I can attrit some of these forces over time *just* with submarines and the threat of air or surface attack. His activities on the S. coast of New Guinea have cost him a CVE and a number of DDs, xAKs and CV Enterprise badly damaged by submarine. Had it not been for "Lexington"'s luck, she would also have been the victim of a full spread of 6x53cm torpedoes.

If he needs to take a defended hex, he'll have to keep air support (probably in the form of CV support) in immediate vicinity for several turns. Bathe him in torpedoes and see how lucky he can get time in and time out. So what if you lose a few RO-boats or minisubs in 1942? They'll die in spades in 1944-may as well make them worthwhile.

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My economy is doing well. The fuel/oil is reaching the Home Islands on a regular basis and stocks continue to rise throughout the Empire. Air production is monitored closely and I'm trying to conserve as much HI by halting production once pools start reaching high numbers. Pools of Ha-35 engines are above 700 while both Ha-32 and Ha-33 number over 300+ each. I question just what is an adequate number of various engines to have stockpiled?

Me too. I don't have a solid feel (other than more=better) for number of engines to stockpile and amount of HI to stockpile before 'the lean years'.

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In Burma I'm going to try and mount a limited offensive to push the Allied left flank around Myitkyina. I have 9 divisions committed to Burma and wonder if that is too many. The rest of the Empire is rather bare.

That strikes me as a lot of your available unrestricted force, particularly since you're still on the offensive in China.

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Sumatra has one division, Java has the 65th Bde. and various Naval guard units, one division is at Makassar, another at Ambon. I have one divison each on New Guinea and at Saipan. I just feel...weak...everywhere.

Where are your garrison forces? I mean the "garrison unit" forces that are given you throughout 1942-1943. These are approximately 120-130 AV units nicely made for some of the areas you describe. They've been very helpful in garrisoning some of the lesser areas you describe.

I'd consider shifting at least one, maybe two IDs down to the SoPac. The backside of New Guinea, Admiralty islands, Shortlands, Lunga, Tulagi, Rabaul, etc. are important bullwarks-too important to be laid bare, IMO.

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Air units are concentrated in Burma, the Celebes and the Solomons. I'm resizing and moving forward all units I can. My next major upgrade in fighter aircraft is the Oscar IIa and the Tony. More air units will be bought out of China once the Nate's can upgrade. I have a total of two Tojo Sentai's equipped with the Tojo, everything else is the A6M2 Zero or Oscar Ic.


The Tojo IIa will be a nice surprise for you for the next 6-8 months or so. It's a very capable mid-war plane. The IIb is decidely 'meh', the IIc is a worthwhile build. Their low maintenance requirements suit them well to the New Guinea / SoPac campaign and they can hold their own (particularly with PDU off) for some time before they are ecclipsed by more capable Allied airframes. Chin up!


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Bomber forces are completely inadequate. I have Lily's strictly on ASW patrol as they are poor ground bombers. I have one unit of Helen's in China, all my other modern bomber units are Sally IIa's. I still have large numbers of Sonia's, Ann's, Mary's and Ida's that will mostly upgrade to the next generation of Sonia. Betty's and Nell's are hoarded in training roles, ASW or Naval search at the moment. I don't like losing these pilots on non-naval missions as they are too valuable.



With their questionable efficacy in the strategic role and their mediocre value in a defensive land campaign, I too am wondering how best to use my LBA bombers. Like you, I've used my Bettys and Nells for training up trainers for my CVs, with additional responsibilities for ASW, Naval Search and the occasional torpedo attack foray.

I've been using more of my IJAAF LBA as trainers for LowNav attack. They can be effective (particularly the armored Helen IIa) in this capacity if trained high enough. You'll take some casualties, to be sure, but they can be a useful force.

The other advantage of LowNav training is their upcoming role in kamikazes. I've been dumping as many IJAAF bomber pilots with a LowNav skill of 60+ into my pools as I can, after keeping some capable units on the front lines. I hope to have 500-1000 trained LowNav pilots in the pools for when kamikazes become available.

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Pilot pools are in great shape.

I continue to shuffle units around reinforcing the perimeter while expanding and fortifying positions. I just don't know how effective all these preparations will be if the Allies wait to hit me with a sledgehammer. I truly am concerned. I just don't see what else I can do besides wait and continue to push in China for as long as I can.



After mid-1942, there's not a lot you can do to your opponent to make it impossible for him to capture whatever singular piece of soil he wants to-particularly on the 'outer rim' of defenses. What you *can* do is to make it expensive, slow, bloody and aggravating.

Force him to concentrate all his offensive power on one backwater, malarial fen after another. Sure, he'll capture it over time-no question. Bloody his nose. Damage his ships. Fall back at your pace under control. Avoid the Allied breakthrough and you're doing fine.

Good luck, lemon-san! BANZAI!


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RE: Strategic Musings - 5/5/2011 7:07:16 PM   
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Thanks for posting Chickenboy. Your comments and support are always appreciated as it's a lonely AAR at times.

Submarine warfare has been the most frustrating aspect of the game for me. I stopped long range patrols as they were not spotting or attacking anything. I've concentrated my submarines in the Solomons, DEI and IO as those seem the most likely route of advance at this time. I agree with your assessment to mass them and use them to harass future Allied landings and pick off what I can. I'm not worried about losing them either as they've done nothing to date worthwhile. Submarine production was completely halted months ago so the naval points would go towards surface ship construction.

I'm looking at reinforcing New Guinea and Rabaul. I figure if I can make him slug through the jungle that may open up some possibilities to strike his naval assets as the Allies reinforce. Garrison units are arriving on Java, Ambon, Rabaul and Timor. I hope to free up the divisions there and have a strong reserve for re-deployment where the Allies push. I'm going to try and sneak a division into PM as that base is almost undefended and a strong defence there could buy me some time, although it would get pounded by Allied LBA. I'm moving special base forces with CD guns to likely chokepoints and bases of invasion. I have the Wake CD unit unloading at Merak, but thought I might deploy it at Oosthaven or Sabang on Sumatra before realizing it would be in clear terrain and obliterated from the air. It's a great CD unit and I'd like to put it somewhere important. Maybe best at Bataan to close Manila to the Allies.

I'm trying to submarine proof the DEI. I'm expanding all the dot bases where there is only one water route to a level one port so I can deploy an ACM and mine the bases to try and nail his submarines as they traverse to get into the Banda and Java Seas.

Burma doesn't feel right to me. I agree it seems I may have committed too many divisions there. As the fort levels increase at key bases I may withdraw 3 divisions to push on Paoshan and threaten Western China, or withdraw these divisions completely to add to a strategic reserve. Because I've made progress in China, the plan was to eventually buy out a few divisions for re-deployment in the Pacific by early 1943. Western China is weak and a 3-4 division offensive could pay dividends, and also keep the Burma Road closed indefinitely.

The Tojo is certainly an improvement over the Oscar. The initial sweep operations by my Tojo's performed very well despite losing 14 aircraft. They downed a lot of P-40's in Burma. I may actually redeploy them to the Solomons area. I only have 2 1/3 Sentai's of them, so they need to be deployed where they'll be put to best use.

I see now how I should have done a lot of things differently that would cause the Allies a world of hurt retaking territory. I have to deal with what I have though, I'm playing catch up and luckily my opponent is conservative in his approach and isn't pressing me at the moment. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for 4-6 months before any major Allied undertaking. At least I'm not terribly spread out and should be able to mass for a counter stroke of my choosing when the opportunity presents itself. Logistics is the key and getting the right units in place for any eventuality, that's a lesson I'm learning daily and unfortunately a little too late.

When I'll have time I'll try and post some detailed screenshots showing all my fort/base and troops levels throughout the Empire to give a better picture of my defence and garner some discussion as to how things look overall.

Thanks again for posting. The slow pace of the game doesn't facilitate discussion, but I'm hoping eventually as things heat up I can get more thoughts from others. I'm really trying to learn how to become a better player so I really appreciate everyone's thoughts and suggestions especially from those who've been there and done that already.

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RE: Strategic Musings - 5/6/2011 5:37:43 PM   
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After running yesterday's turn I took some time to try and really think about how best to defend the Empire. As stated, I feel I'm weak everywhere except Burma and China. I believe I'm spreading out my assets too much in an attempt to defend a lot of territory, much of which is in my secondary defence zone and leaves my frontline too weak. As Frederick II said, "he who defends everything, defends nothing" and I'm guilty of that.

I plan on heavily reinforcing Sumatra, Java and Timor in the West and New Guinea around Lae, PM and Rabaul. I want to funnel the Allied push towards the Gilberts and Marshall's. Right now my frontline deployments show such weakness that the Allies are free to pick and choose any number of areas to strike. I need to start reducing those choices by creating strongpoints that will require a large Allied committment to take, or force the Allies to choose an easier target in the direction I want them to go.

It's taken me this long to "see" the big picture and just how easy I am making it for my opponent to cherry pick his potential route of advance. I'll bring the war up to date shortly and provide screens highlighting the new defensive plan. The first priority is to move troops forward and get these strongpoints established while I still have time. Also, I have too many troops sitting idle while they could be deployed elsewhere contributing to establishing a much more formidable defence.

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RE: Strategic Musings - 5/6/2011 6:38:57 PM   
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You can fly in additional troops to PM from Lae or Rabaul, so consider that. It tends to be a little sneakier too. You don't have to ship load a full ID, if you're worried about them getting bounced at sea.

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