From: San Antonio, TX
ORIGINAL: USS America
Andre, can I ask you for a little bit of clarification on some of these? Questions in bold...
1. PP paid for LCU movement out of restricted command borders. Exception: I'm going to allow myself to use the four Thai Army 'divisions' within 4 hexes of the Thai border. Steve will have the same option for the (foreign) Indian troops around Burma. Anything more than that and we've gotta pay the PP. So for instance, Indian troops assigned to the restricted Indian commands could march to places in Burma without paying PP, but no farther?
I've thought it within reason for the RTA to assist in the liberation of Pegu and, argueably Rangoon. I could see an argument for the Indian restricted troops used in a reverse operation, provided that their use was limited to within 4 hexes march (therefore, no Ceylon) of the Burmese / Indian border. That's my take.
2. No strategic bombing before 1943. No strategic bombing before 1944 in China. Does this include no strategic bombing FROM China to other bases outside China in 1943?
I don't see why you couldn't bomb other countries outside of China from China in 1943...
3. Reasonable altitude settings for a/c to avoid "Stratosphere sweep" phenomena. In general, I'll rarely fly Oscars or Zeroes higher than 25,000 feet, Nates will be restricted to 15,000 feet. Hurricanes will be OK to the higher altitude, whilest P39s and P40s will be restricted to 15,000 feet and 20,000 feet, respectively. I'm cool with some rule to govern this, but I don't know enough about the different types of AC to know what's "reasonable" for them, other than P39's had very poor higher altitude performance. Can I request we come up with some "hard" numbers, even if there are a few listed exceptions, so I can just refer to my list before blowing this one out my rear end through ignorance? Also, would this just govern Sweep missions or others as well?
I haven't heard of problems with "stratosphere ESCORT" or "stratosphere BOMBING" missions, so my comments were in reference to SWEEP function.
I don't know if I have hard and fast numbers. I think that ALL fighters should be lower than 25,000 feet. For that matter, I think that heavy bombers (or medium bombers, whatever) should be at or below that too.
Mostly, I'm 'eyeballing' the PLANE INFORMATION and judging from the different altitude bands where the most impressive drop off is. For the Oscar, it's above 30k. For the P-39, there's a major functional decrease between 10-15k. I don't think the P-38 demonstrates significant degradation below 30k. This is mostly a problem with early war fighters, IMO.
We can review the data and come up with suggested 'hard' numbers, if you'd like
5. Limited 'expand to fit ship' functionality for IJNAF, USN, RN. Exception: USN CVE-R units. I have not messed around with this function at all. What type of limitations are we talking about here?
The IJNAF, in particular, start off with a fair number of ground-based fighter, bomber and recon groups. An aggressive IJN player COULD strip an a/c carrier whilest in port of all planes, land an IJN carrier-capable group on the ship, select "Expand to fit ship" and immediately have a 48, 64 or 72-sized fighter group. He then disembarks this huge fighter group and uses it for IJNAF training thereafter. Bingo-treble one's training capacity.
The HR is intended to allow some expansion to fit carriers for existing organic airgroups or airgroups added to carriers without organic airgroups, while side-stepping the gameyness of having bajillions of IJNAF or USNAF pilots in training squadrons.
Common sense: If you're going to use it for scouting / fighting, you can expand it to use to fit the carrier in question.
CVE-Rs, for their rather unique role, don't fit this mold well and should be allowed their oddly outsized replacement mission, IMO.
I'm always flexible with just about any HR's. I just need to know for sure what I can and can't do.
No worries, Mike. I'll call, "CHEATER!" early and often if I need to!