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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/23/2012 5:54:19 PM   
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Borneo:  SBDs and Avengers sortie against Japanese shipping at Kuching.  Allied escorts brush aside light enemy LRCAP and score damaging hits on an LSD, an xAP, and an already damaged DD.  Non-damaging hits are scored against Hiei and no hits on Kongo.  CA Hawkins TF will head to Kuching tonight, accompanied by two six-boat PT TFs.  The B-24s at Singk failed to sortie vs. Cam Ranh Bay.

Singkep: No enemy attack.  Japanese AV up to 400.  Allies have nearly 200.

Allied Carriers:  Tomorrow, Allied carriers will take aboard the F4F squadron and two Avenger squadrons that have been doing duty at Sumatra.  The carriers will then steam west and thence northwest into the Bay of Bengal to participate in the invasion of Malaya.

Malaya:  Political points may be my biggest challenge.  I have lots of units gathered at Madras, but not enough PP to buy them (and, for that matter, not enough transports to tote them).  I think I'll end up with something like this:  26th Div. (alread at sea and prepping for Chumpion); an Indian brigade prepping for Victoria Point; three or four small armored units (each with 50 AV +/-) meant to land and then scamper inland; and about 150 aviation support.  On D Minus One, the Allies will send in a small fast transport TF to land troops at Victoria Point, which we believe is vacant.  On D Day, the main landings will commence, with a high priority placed on armored units moving inland to cut the peninsula and take Chumpion.  The latter is actually the more important base because it is on the rail line.  The bulk of Allied AV will go here.  Small armored units, if available, will then move north and south, up and down the rail.

Burma:  Allied forces still in the process of moving - 7th Hussars will move adjacent to Moulmein in no more than two days. 

NoPac:  Artillery will arrive at Onnekoton in a few days.  Steve is suddenly giving much more attention to Onnekotn, using his airforce daily.

SWPac:  Boela garrison TF is about to slide past Taberfane and should arrive at Boela in three days.  No sign of detection.

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/23/2012 5:59:50 PM   
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In AE they've built in penalties for keeping amphibious loaded LCUs at sea too long - daily additions to fatigue and disruption the magnitude of which depends upon the type of ship. Be wary of fatigue and disruption in that division that's been wandering the seas.

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/23/2012 6:36:11 PM   
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A friendly tip in my last game alerted me to that.  We'll be okay if the beach is undefended, as expected.

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/23/2012 6:38:51 PM   
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LSD: There are literally 2 (+1-2 in '43/44)? of these in the IJN OOB so they are precious in a way an allied player can never fully comprehend. What on earth are they doing hanging out inside allied SBD range I will never understand.

What is Chez thinking!?!

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/23/2012 6:47:02 PM   
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I think that the Allies moves on Singkawang, Sambas and Kuching spooked (ie, panicked) Chez.  He react strongly, counterinvading Kuching and trying to hustle reinforcements all the way around Borneo.  Right before those reinforcements arrived at Singkawang, Allied TFs bashed 'em good.  Then the Allies took the base.

I think Steve is therefore scared to death he might lose Kuching.  So he's determined to land troops there even if he has to leave two BBs and other valuable ships exposed to do so.

Of course, we know he's wrong.  In the first place, I'd never risk precious BBs in such an exposed way.  In the second, Kuching is not very important without Singkawang.  I think it's a mistake to tie down ships and troops there.  How's he going to feed them?

So I think Steve is rattled at the moment.  I'm hoping that the invasion of Malaya will add to that.

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/23/2012 7:19:49 PM   
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What are your plans to cut off Singers SLoCs using air power at Singkawang?

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/23/2012 8:49:34 PM   
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With Djambi (level four and building), Singkawang (level seven and building), Montok (level three and building), Singkep (level one and to be built if I can hold the island), and the Groet islands (some of which are/will serve as patrol bases), the Allies are close to surrounding Singapore with large concentrations of air power.  CL/DD TFs may also operate out of Singkawang, interdicting traffic to Singapore.

I haven't implemented this plan yet because I'm using Singkawang to try and hit Kirishima with B-24s, since the ship is in crippled condition at Cam Ranh Bay.

Once Victoria Point and Chumpion are taken, Singers will be truly cut off.

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/23/2012 10:16:04 PM   
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The $64-dollar question is whether Chez will mount a massive counter invasion and/or counterstrike.  I think there's a pretty good chance he will.  Even prior to Singkawang, he was making bold and risky moves to reclaim lost territory (Muntok and Singkep).  He reacted sharply when the Allies took Kuching.  Singkawang is far more important than those three bases, and he's already expended alot of ships trying to reniforce before the base fell.  He's got to be desperate.

If he comes, he would have to bring three or four divisions to Singkawang, supported by everything he has, including the KB.  On that chance, I haven't changed the prep for the units that took Singkawang.  I can't afford to until I'm convinced that a counterattack isn't coming.

And it might not be.  Or it might be.  I don't know!  And that's why we play the game:  Uncertainty = Drama = Excitement!

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/24/2012 1:08:12 AM   
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Last minute change in orders before sending the file to Chez:  recalled the B-24s from Singkawang to Oosthaven.  Their place has been taken by all the available Avenger and Beaufort squadrons (though no torps available).  I figure it's better to keep trying for the nearby BBs rather than hoping for a max distance raid that may or may not fly.

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/24/2012 4:07:47 PM   
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Their place has been taken by all the available Avenger and Beaufort squadrons (though no torps available).  I figure it's better to keep trying for the nearby BBs


Any chance of using B-25's with 2000-pounders?

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/26/2012 4:20:02 PM   
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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/26/2012 4:44:54 PM   
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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/26/2012 4:53:26 PM   
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Page 1 does not show up in this post, just a little box for an undisplayed jpg.

Edit - WTHeck?? After I posted my complaint above, page 1 appeared in your original post. Maybe the upload of the image to my display was delayed??

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/26/2012 5:03:44 PM   
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The Meat Grinder:  On Pearl Harbor Day, we pause to look at the meat grinder that the DEI has become over the past three weeks (see ships losses in preceding posts). Japan has to come to the Allies now, so it is probable that this beneficial-attrition situation will continue for weeks or months to come.  Japan either has to fight or has to give up vital territory without a fight.  This is an optimum situation for the Allies.

The Results:  What has Japan accomplished at such cost over 22 days?  She has lost and reclaimed Kuching.  She has invaded and been stymied at Muntok.  She has invaded Singkep in a campaign that is stalemated at the moment, though which she may win.  And she has lost Singkawang, the crown jewel of this campaign.  The Allies have seized and held Singkawang and adjacent Sambas, have tied down 600 Japanese AV on Muntok and Singkep, have continued to build the big bases in and on the Java Sea, and will continue expanding in the short term: Malaya to the west and Sampit to the east.

DEI/Malaya:  A fairly quiet turn on the 7th as most Japanese ships have retired from Kuching.  The Hawkins TF and bombers did rough up four DDs and an xAP.  The USN carriers south of Sumatra recovered the F4F squadron and two Avenger squadrons from land bases.  The carriers are moving west in preparation for the invasion of Malaya.  D-Day might be ten days away.

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/26/2012 5:12:50 PM   
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12/7/42
 
The Meat Grinder:  On Pearl Harbor Day, we pause to look at the meat grinder that the DEI has become over the past three weeks (see ships losses in preceding posts). Japan has to come to the Allies now, so it is probable that this beneficial-attrition situation will continue for weeks or months to come.  Japan either has to fight or has to give up vital territory without a fight.  This is an optimum situation for the Allies.

The Results:  What has Japan accomplished at such cost over 22 days?  She has lost and reclaimed Kuching.  She has invaded and been stymied at Muntok.  She has invaded Singkep in a campaign that is stalemated at the moment, though which she may win.  And she has lost Singkawang, the crown jewel of this campaign.  The Allies have seized and held Singkawang and adjacent Sambas, have tied down 600 Japanese AV on Muntok and Singkep, have continued to build the big bases in and on the Java Sea, and will continue expanding in the short term: Malaya to the west and Sampit to the east.

DEI/Malaya:  A fairly quiet turn on the 7th as most Japanese ships have retired from Kuching.  The Hawkins TF and bombers did rough up four DDs and an xAP.  The USN carriers south of Sumatra recovered the F4F squadron and two Avenger squadrons from land bases.  The carriers are moving west in preparation for the invasion of Malaya.  D-Day might be ten days away.

Nice summary of the carnage CR. Thanks for compiling the list. One thing you can add to "The Results" - he has apparantly abandoned two divisions on Sumatra while he tries to deal with your incursions into Borneo and the islands south of Singapore.


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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/27/2012 1:37:12 AM   
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Borneo: BB Valiant TF bombards Kuching, part of the "activity" meant to suggest that base is a high priority for the Allies. The bombardment shows Imperial Guards present. This unit was prepping for Palembang, so now she's been diverted to a dead-end base where she'll serve no real purpose. Allied strike aircraft finish of DD Usugumo. B-24 raid from Singkawang vs. Cam Ranh Bay yields intel that the KB is parked there, but Kirishima is the target of this port attack:

Allied aircraft
LB-30 Liberator x 6
B-24D Liberator x 14

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Kirishima, Bomb hits 7, on fire, heavy damage [500 pounders]
xAK Kenzan Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Koki Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Malaya: The Allies buy the Indian brigade slated to take and garrison Victoria Point. I think the invasio force might begin loading in three days - time and PP enough to buy perhaps three small armored units.

NoPac: Arty and an AA unit are ashore at Onnekotan Jima.

SWPAC: TF with Kiwi brigade and base force will arrive at Boela, Ceram, tonight. No signs of detection.

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/27/2012 1:55:43 AM   
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Thanks for the ship loss summary. Wow, I knew it had been active, but did not realize how brutal the fighting over the last few weeks had become. Nicely done.

Onward!

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/27/2012 2:55:51 AM   
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Borneo: BB Valiant TF bombards Kuching, part of the "activity" meant to suggest that base is a high priority for the Allies. The bombardment shows Imperial Guards present. This unit was prepping for Palembang, so now she's been diverted to a dead-end base where she'll serve no real purpose. Allied strike aircraft finish of DD Usugumo. B-24 raid from Singkawang vs. Cam Ranh Bay yields intel that the KB is parked there, but Kirishima is the target of this port attack:

Allied aircraft
LB-30 Liberator x 6
B-24D Liberator x 14

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Kirishima, Bomb hits 7, on fire, heavy damage [500 pounders]
xAK Kenzan Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Koki Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
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Strange there was no air opposition from KB's fighters [I think they can still operate at 50% strength in port]. Could this mean he has offloaded KB's aircraft to an airport where they can be closer to you without KB being exposed?

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/27/2012 10:55:13 AM   
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That must have turned your opponent's face white - good for him that you didn't land several 500lb bombs on his flight decks, bad for him that you have their location.

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/27/2012 8:54:14 PM   
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B-24 raid from Singkawang vs. Cam Ranh Bay yields intel that the KB is parked there


Valuable intel indeed! Any plans to vector submarines to the area?

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/27/2012 9:00:46 PM   
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Here's what the mouse-over of the "anchor" icon at Cam Ranh shows.

It is possible this is exagerrated or totally off, but I would err on the side of assuning it could be true. The KB was most recently in action in the southern South China Sea three weeks ago. Since then, she has disappared but her BB escorts have been in action around Singkawang and Kuching. So Steve probably parked the carriers there and forgot about them. Now he'll have to send them elsehwere - Manila or Formosa would be my guess.




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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/28/2012 11:03:17 PM   
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SWPac:  Allied DD TF tangles with a Japanese supply convoy at Woodlark Islands and sinks two xAK and two xAKL.  The transport TF arrives at Boela undetected and will begin unloading tonight.  At Auckland, troops including Fiji Brigade begin loading for the trip to vacant (and Allied controlled) Sorong.  Now I've got to track down what I have preparing for Morotai (also vacant and Allied control) and get them under way).

DEI:  A quiet turn.  Japanese recon of Tawi Tawi suggests that Steve is beinning to take note of the array of bases still controlled by the Allies.  A vast wolf pack of IJ subs operating near Billiton Island.  So far they haven't done anything I regret.

Malaya:  The Allies bought a small armored unit today and will purchase another tomorrow.  The plan is to begin loading the invasion force tomorrow.  Everything looks good around Victoria Point.

Burma: The Allies push the beleagured IJ force outside Rangoon back into the city.  Now the Allies can advance into Rangoon and gauge the strength of the defense.  7th Royal Hussars will cross the river and test the IJ garrison at Moulmein in about three days.

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/29/2012 12:46:01 AM   
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Now I've got to track down what I have preparing for Morotai (also vacant and Allied control) and get them under way).



Gott im himmel! He left Morotai vacant and ungarrisoned?

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/29/2012 1:22:25 AM   
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More than that.  He left it vacant, ungarrisoned, and still controlled by the Allies....

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/30/2012 3:43:09 PM   
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Malaya:  The Victoria Point invasion TFs begin loading.  The first wave is three APDs carrying a detachment of an Indian brigade.  Recon shows VP is ungarrisoned, so the hope is that the Allies can land, sieze the base, bring in aviation support from Port Blair by air transport, and have local CAP up and running to provide cover for the rest of the invasion.  Steve might try to thwart that by air transport of his own.  The second wave will consist of the bulk of the Indian brigade, 26th Indian Division, two armored units, and two AA units.  Once these get ashore, the plan is for the armor to race inland to take Chumpion, also believed to be vacant, and then to split and head north and south to move on two other bases that may be empty.  As this is going on the Allies will bring forward several units currently posted at Port Blair.  Four American and one RN carrier to provide cover as necessary.  The APD component could be ready to come ashore in three or four days.  VP by Christmas!

DEI:  A large mock invasion TF will gather near Singkawang.  The Allies will feint towards Kuching, including massed 4EB raids and some bombardments by sea.  I am pretty confident Steve is expecting a real move on Kuching, so I hope this will persuade him to move his air forward, thus buying some "space" for the Malaya invasion.  Beuforts sortied with little escorts against an enemy fast transport mission to Singkep and got chewed up in the process.

Burma:  The first Allied unit should arrive in Rangoon tomorrow or the next day.  Up at Magwe, the scene of the "Very Happy Stalemate" that dragged on so long, it appears that the isolated IJ army is quickly shedding AV, undoubtedly because of supply problems and daily Allied air attacks.  Two IJA divisions are stuck out here, so it's a major sitatuion.

NoPac:  Onnekotan forts go to level three with 206 AV.  I'm still hoping to get 500 AV here before spring, but finding the units and the political points will be challenging.  Para has 670 AV with 4.6 forts.  I'm shooting for 1,500 AV and 6 forts by spring, but I might be pushed to even get 1,000 AV here.

SWPac:  Landings at Boela uncontested and apparently undetected.  80 AV ashore with a base force unit.  Sea Bees on the way.  The eastern DEI appears wide open - lots of vacant and important Allied bases with no apparent enemy patrols or recon going on. 

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/30/2012 4:18:22 PM   
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My limited experience with APD for amph ops is that they cause so much disruption on the carried units that they really suck for "contested" landings. My experience is limited because I came to this conclusion and stopped using them this way - so my data is a bit stale. So my guess is your landing will have a very low adjusted AV. If VP is empty it won't matter and it might be a "feature" since it won't look like a serious landing. (So maybe he'll think it is a feint to draw him away from Kuching).

Of course, in his shoes VP is a lot scarier to lose and as soon as I saw ships coming in or a landing I'd shift naval strike packages to that area. Really interested to see how this operation plays out.

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/30/2012 7:18:11 PM   
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I think the Malaya landings will really catch Chez off guard and give him yet another problem in a sea of difficulties.

What did you think of the idea I PM'd you a while back? The Boela/Morotai axis could be used to implement it.

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/30/2012 7:55:43 PM   
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LSD: There are literally 2 (+1-2 in '43/44)? of these in the IJN OOB so they are precious in a way an allied player can never fully comprehend. What on earth are they doing hanging out inside allied SBD range I will never understand.

What is Chez thinking!?!



Try loading up Ironman Japan. They have a plethora of those buggers. That scenario gives the Nips err..I mean LYBs loads of extra everything.

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/30/2012 9:59:19 PM   
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Borneo:  4EB hit Kuching in big numbers.  The mock invasion TFs will take station northwest (true) of Billiton tomorrow.  I hope Steve will catch wind of the TFs by day after tomorrow.   On that day, the Royal Sovereign TF will bombard.  Recon shows six units at Miri, none at Brunei or Beufort.

Sumatra:  An Assie brigade and a USA tank unit are pushing back the demoralized little remnants of the Japanese force that had been trying to lift the siege at Padang.  In tomorrow's attack, I think the Japanese will be pushed back to the hex east of Sibolga.  Steve has turned his airforce to hit this Allied force, which tells me Sibolga garrison is weak.  Then we got SigInt today that an IJA regiment is aboard a Maru bound for Tadjasomething, th eport north of Sibolga.

Malaya:  The fast transport TF made good time and should arrive at Port Blair tomorrow.  The amphibious TFs will depart Madras tonight.  The carriers are on station in the Bay of Bengal, ready to accompany the amphibuos TFs.  Victoria Point still looks vacant.

Burma:  7th Hussars crossed the river and shock attacked the Moulmein garrison, dropping forts from 3 to 2 and getting 1:1 odds.  Steve will have to attend to this immediately if he wishes to save Moulmein.  An Indian brigade will deliberate attack at Rangoon tomorrow.  The IJ army in Burma is so bad off there is the remotest of chances it could succeed; but mainly I'm counting on gauging enemy strength.  A solo IJA regiment has arrived at Pegu after a long retreat through the jungles.  A Brit brigade failed to dislodge it, but shall be reinforced by a Chinese brigade tomorrow.

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RE: Das darf nicht wahr sein! - 3/30/2012 10:05:29 PM   
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Crib, I apologize for not replying to your PM!  We just completed a deadline for our next issue, so I've sort of had blinders on.

I think your point was the possibility of taking Rangoon, bringing in supply, and thus fully "activating" the Chinese army to go on the offensive.  That's exactly what I want to do - on the hope that I can use the supply draw buttons to get the supply from Rangoon into China, where the units can then replenish and reinforce.

I have made major use of China in most of my PBEM games - including two major invasions by sea and several in which the Chinese invaded Vietnam to meet up with the western Allies coming up from the south.  IE, I like coordination on a big scale between China and the West.

Whether I will go that way in this game remains to be seen.  It's certanily possible if Steve clogs up the Philippines.  Right now, for instance, I have SigInt that suggests that Hainan Island is lightly garrisoned.  I've been there before.  On the other hand, at the moment the most propitious vector of advance seems to be the eastern DEI, where there is absolutely no sign of Japanese patrols or interest.  That will end at some point, but until it does, that's where the Aliles can advance quickly and at little risk. 

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