Starting another game with WITPQS (George).
He's starting up another game as well, so not sure when the turns will start flowing. We are playing Da Big Babes - C version. If you aren't aware of it, it greatly limits carrying capacity of transports, so it takes the WITPAE model and stretches it even further. India, OZ, SOPAC...not sure if these are possible in this version because of transport limits. Not ruling them out, but we'll see. To give an example, it usually takes around 10-15 transports to carry a division. In this version, it takes 20-25 transports. Big difference.
That being said, these are the plans. George likes to not Sir Robin, but withdrawl all forces to defendable positions. He's quite good at this. So, Luzon will be moved to Clark. Malaysia will be moved to Singapore. Java will be moved to either Batavia or some other defendable location. Fortress Palembang he's already done to me once. So, I'm massing a number of invasion fleets behind the KB, which will port strike Singapore on the first turn. The invasion fleets will be positioned close to northern Malaysia. Last game, someone convinced me that first turn invasions of Southern Luzon, Malaysia, Northern Borneo, Sumatra are fantasy because the allies were watching for it and would have responded. So, I'm keeping everything fairly close to historical locations. The KB and supporting amphib and SCTFs will move down Malaysia and into the straights. Invasion fleets will hit Mersing, Singkawang and Palembang, followed by Java and Balikpan, cutting off the Phillipines and allowing me to take it at my leisure.
For right now, historical perimeter is my initial goal. Won't know about "phase 2" locations until I see the impact of the transport changes in this scenario.
Nells and Betties from Formosa will port strike Manilla in addition to port strikes from KB and betties/nells from Siagon on Singapore. I'm bypassing PH because all I'll hit is BBs and a few other ships. There's subs, AKs, and APs in both Manilla and Singpore. I want to attrite his shipping. That's going to be key in this game. In addition, I'll port strike Hong Kong and George Town to nail more AKs. With the KB and some Betties and Nells in Palembang, I'll be able to bag some more goodies in Java. The worry is that the dutch subs, which don't have the unreliable torps, can be pretty effective in straights around Java. Hopefully some ASW pickets in the shallow waters can help. Would rather not like to lose a carrier, but I want to secure SRA as quick as possible.
In china, I'm going to try something a bit different. I'm going to ignore Sian and the north. I'm going to invade Wenchow from the start. Wenchow is actually fairly important. It has it's own resources, light industry, supply, heavy industry and resources. So I'm going to focus 3 divisions on it, the 33rd, 4th, 21st (I've had more in the past and still not taken it) right out of the gate. I'm also moving all APs from Home Islands and surroundings, plus short range DDs, to Wenchow, so once taken, I can reload onto APs/DDs and move to where I believe them needed, with oiler support, which will probably be Malaysia. Phillipines will be a slow campaign. Take out the air power and I'm not worries about PP. In the past, I've tried to take too much and split my forces too thin. So 33rd, 4th and 21st will move to Malaysia and/or Hong Kong after Wenchow falls, most likely Malaysia. I haven't decided if southern china or Singapore is critical in the first 2 months. I'll also be able to pull out more divs from manchurai.
Burma isn't a big deal since it requires a bit of transports to get stuff out of there. The Thai army will do the initial attacks (within 3 hexes of the border) and I'll follow up with some divisions, but the goal there is mostly defense. I'll eventually take Burma, but mostly to prevent attack from there.
My goal in China is to open Vietnam to Shanghai LOC. With the new stockpile feature, I'm hoping to be able to transfer resources and oil from Java to Sumatra to Malaysia and then via rail/road to Shanghai. I'm hoping to greatly reduce transport requirements. We'll see.