Hello everyone, been lurking here since February, purchased this excellent game same month and am currently playing my first campaign (scen 8, Quiet China) into February '43...
.) In India, January '43, I recaptured Cox's Bazar with 3 infantry divisions and 2 armoured units and now realize that supply there will gonna be a problem. Seems to me that no supply can be drawn from overland, so I sent 6 AKL's plus light escorts, which were greeted by dozens of happy Betty's and sent to the bottom.
What shall I do? Keep sending ships to be sunk, or just pull out of Cox again?
.) Same problem in Darwin, which gets bombed every turn by about 24 Betty's plus escorts, supply now down to 19 (!!) and I prepared a large convoy from Perth together with 2 cruisers, which I fear will be sunk while the AK's unload. I already lost a small convoy at Darwin (again 6 AKL's), and although the Allies have hundreds of ships I still don't want to send them on suicide missions.
How to supply Darwin without committting the whole RN to the task?
It sounds like you need to gain air superiorty, in SE India you should be able to close some airfields and erode morale with heavy bombers and also sweeps to attrit the enemy.
Heavy Bombers can go in minus escort, I run them at 11,000 and still close airfields, make sure they are all using the same Air HQ and larger/closer air base the better
Instead of large task forces run in a single AKL w/low value escort .
You should be able to run it from Chittagong to Cox's Bazaar , that way it will be capped instead of LRCAP.
Quite simple against the AI-
My game is 9/42 and I have 1/3 of an Australian fighter group and 2 USAAF fighter groups and they own the sky over Darwin
Make sure your base forces have the best radar available defending critical areas and also good AAA.
I'm supplying Darwin with fuel because I'm using it as a forward sub base and supply using around 10 AKLs and 2 AMs out of Perth with Port Hedland as an assembly port. My supply is at 25,000 to 27,000 coupled with building port/airfield/forts.
I make a supply TF using 5 AKLs and 1 AM to a hex west of Broome from there I'll single them up and run the gauntlet staying close to the shore as possible. One AKL leaves the nest every turn. (hear this Andy Mac) I've been doing this for months and no AKLs have been attacked by air or sea, tried it with an AK and it found the bottom. From hex 66/123 they'll make a high speed dash almost down to Wyndham (hex 71/125) from that point cruise to Darwin. Just return in reverse order.
I'm not LRCAPing any of this as bases from Broome to Wyndham are vacant.
In my game I just about have Normanton up and running as the Gulf of Carpentaria seems quiet so this may be a more viable area of operation for milk runs to Darwin and possible Ops aginst the DEI.
< Message edited by SuluSea -- 8/12/2010 2:08:58 AM >
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