Thankyou everyone for your comments. That 12th April turn was a real low for me, and marked the end of any attempt by me to defend Hawaii, at least until (if) the main KB is spotted elsewhere.
Thankyou for your comments. I certainly hope to be able to hold Pearl Harbour, the CD guns there should be enough to destroy any invasion fleet approaching. Lahaina will be a tougher fight, but there are 32 155mms CD guns, plus lots of engineers and forts are nearly at level 5.
I hope that this game doesnt go into 1946, I think that the Japanese economy will collapse before then.
You were right earlier on regarding the bombing of Kona. I simply didnt expect so many engineers to be present there, and for FatR to risk flying LRCAP and even the Soryu on LRCAP at night. A carrier battle that day would have been a massacre.
You can fly US Army planes from carriers? I never knew that. Presumably the planes need to be loaded in port as an air transport TF and can then fly off later. That would certainly be something to think about.
Agree about the fuel problems that Japan is or soon must be suffering, but I dont think the difference is as great as you make out. Scenario 1 gives Japan 3,075,670 supply and 4,491,283 fuel whereas in scenario 70, Japan starts with 2,711,045 supply and 4,179,533 fuel. Certainly a significant penalty/difference. We can agree to differ on the Zero results.
The Yamato is indeed out there, PT swatting at Lahaina this turn!
From my game as Japan, in mid April, I had lost around 700,000 fuel compared to game start and had increased the supply by around 600,000. The supply situation then significantly improved until September 1942 but fuel stayed around constant. In this game, I think that Japan massively increased production in the early stages, particularly that of Oscars and Sallies, has an increased industrial demand in this mod, has used his fleet far more than I did, and has lost a lot more transports. If I was to hazard a guess, then I would estimate Japans total fuel to be around 2,500,000 and supply at around 2,750,000.
There is also the ongoing mystery of the number of ships at Singapore. Recon reports 294 xAKs still at Singapore, either an extremely elaborate ruse to get me to fight in Hawaii, shipping for the Indian mission, a serious misuse of Japans merchant marine, or incorrect recon by the Dutch planes.
Sallys port attacked Pearl Harbour sinking a seriously damaged submarine which had been repairing there and also hitting the Arizona and Nevada. Worryingly, the flak at Pearl Harbour did almost no damage to the Sallies. On the 14th, the Yamato moved towards Lahaina and battled against a number of PT boats. In a large number of night battles, 13 PT boats were sunk but they did manage to torpedo a large Japanese minelayer and an APD. The gloopy sound suggests that at least one of them sunk. Japanese troops land on the empty Molokai and three more Japanese units move towards Hilo. Submarines operating in the Philippines spy a transport fleet, presumably more troops for Hawaii.
Nells attacked Townsville harbour and sink the AM Townsville there. How ironic! Australian troops are moving closer to the northern Australian bases of Coen and Portland Roads, there should be small airfields at both bases by early May. I am seriously considering an invasion of Horn Island in mid to late May.
The two corps in the north of the country are retreated and then retreated again by Japanese tanks, the pursue command allowing them to perform a river crossing without a shock attack.
All Chinese troops are to be retreated to Sian, and I am moving a large number of units from Ichang towards Nanyang as a diversion, I simply cannot allow Sian to fall.
With a large part of the Japanese army up north, I am preparing for an offensive on Hong Kong, which recon reports
Fairly quiet. A Hurricane squadron shoots down 5 Marys in Burma while ambushing a regular Japanese raid. Sigint reports the Japanese 16th Division to be in Singapore, but I have no further clues on its preparations.
Due to the improved Zeroes, FatR will not be operating the later versions of the Zero until the time that they arrive in stock. This means that the A6M5 which appears in October 1942 in this mod will not be used until mid 1943 and the A6M5 will be postponed from August 1943 until mid 1945. This seems a sensible compromise.