From: USA Me-FL-DC-Guam-WS-NE-IL-?
In my previous "The Prince" edition (referring to Machiavelli, not some pinhead pop star hiding as a font, thank you very much) I asked about Sir Robin and was it still a viable strategy). Since I couldn't start an ARR when started our PBEM, and It's too late now (who'd be interested in a ARR that's already a month into the game?) I was hoping to ask a few general strategic questions of those of you "masters" who might be willing to advise a humble student.
Chickenboy decided to use a Manila 1st gambit, negating the PH strike. I'm sure that his ARR must cover it, and my losses in great detail. I lost a lot of shipping ,naval auxiliaries (which hurt more than anything) and fleet submarines and 4 piper DD's (which hurt as I like to covert them to AVD's and APD's). Almost all of his main strength , especially the KB was , and is, deployed against 1st Manila, then the DEI. My USA air power was totally wiped out, B-17's and PBY's were evacuated , (as at this point , they are much more useful to me than anything else. Naval Search aircraft are at an absolute premium, and absolutely critical to my survival if I'm going to stay out of the way of the KB). So in DEI,Mayala and the PI's I've been doing the standard delay and fall back tactic. He's heavily reinforced his Phillipine invasion forces, making my best efforts little more than speed bumps. In the DEI , again he's heavily reinforced his invasions , and is breaking into my citadels, where I've concentrated my supplies and forces. Only in Mayala is he slowed by my forces, being only halfway down the peninsular. Singapore has been very useful in repairing my damaged subs from Manila , and then serving as a forward base for my S-boats and Dutch boats , who having giving a Good account of themselves against AKL's and PB's.
Elsewhere, I've NOT reinforced my forward Islands like Wake,Midway,Johnston and Canton, but instead sent AVP's and AVD's to the more exposed ones. There I've stationed every available PBY to provide warning. This way , if the KB closes on their position , I can evacuate with minimum losses. Use them while I can, but I simply don't have the strength to defend them. Once the KB is gone I can go back, or if necessary re-take them.
I'm heavily reinforcing PH with every LCU and as much fuel and supplies as I can. If the KB comes calling , I can evacuate ships and endangered aircraft (TR's,PA's and anything else that can't fight back) and with the equivalent of several divisions on the island, he won't be able to take it, only temporally immobilize it.
I've been building Darwin,Colombo'Callcutta and Rangoon with lots of supply and LCU's (especially INF) My intention is to use these as 1) defense lines, and 2) bases from which I can launch penetration attacks and eventual invasions. For some reason he's left these alone.
He's also left PM alone, which really worries me. I've evacuated all the small units from bases like Lae and such to there, I've been building up supplies and mining the heck out of it. I've got two brigades on the way , and whatever CD units that I can send. I also have been building up Cooktown, Cairns and other coastal Airfields to use as training bases , as well as to attack any forces heading for PM. If he takes PM, I'll use these bases to launch daily LBA attacks against PM and keep it of minimum use to him.
On the central Pacific front , I had a major set back. Enterprise and Lexington were near Wake when a 9 plane strike of Betties got a hit on Enterprise. I've been having a problem with units resetting themselves (or I've embraced total senility!) and most of the fighters went into training mode. He scored one hit on Enterprise , which totally wiped out her air group and caused 76 pts of float damage. (The screen said massive explosion! I don't what it hit, but it was catastrophic). I detached cruiser strike groups to hit Roi, which must have been where the Betties were based, as they didn't bother me again. Also , as the cruisers were closer than Enterprise, I assumed that they'd be attacked instead of her. I had two AR's and lots of supplies on Wake , but she sank one hex out. This leaves me very short of carrier air , not to mention carriers!
For now , all I can do is train everything that flies up to a decent level. All of my BB's are undergoing refit stateside. I'm converting AK's to AR's and AKE's and AE's as fast as I can, Bird class AM's to AVP's and old DD's to APD's and AVD's (3 to 1 ratio).
It's now early Jan. 1942. Comment's, observations and suggestions would be very welcome. Again I apologize for the non-AAR format , but when we started it wasn't possible for me. If anyone thinks starting a AAR at this late date would still be of interest, please let me know.
< Message edited by AW1Steve -- 9/11/2010 11:35:34 PM >
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