Here is the setup we have decided.
Still not sure how Bill and Hartwig will split up things...
Harvey - SWPAC, Burma, India and DEI, Commonwealth
Me - NOPAC, SOPACw/Lloyd, Canada, Philippines
Lloyd - US Logistics, SOPACw/Jeff, China, Russia
I will let Harvey and Lloyd post as they wish.
The first turn there isn't a whole lot to do for us, as we can only move certain units per house rules.
I plan to max out Hawaii as it is one of the most important hubs/areas on the map, if not the most.
All of the bases on the island chain can be beefed up, both port and airfield.
Truk, Marianas, Midway, South coast of Japan & Wake will be the patrol targets of the PH subs and surrounding areas… However, I cannot give orders to any of the subs that are not already out on patrol.
I plan to move my carriers as fast as I can away from action for the time being, as they will get sent to the bottom as soon as the KB shows up, if they're around.
My gameplan here is to have them in the SOPac area to take a shot at any un-escorted invasion force, pending no KB activity in the area. Harvey has mentioned knocking off many un-escorted invasion TFs this way right off the bat, as have I in AI games.
Major shipyards will be maxed as will the following more than likely:
All pilots with 50 exp plus will go to reserve and I will fill up all trainers and pull 50 exp pilots and send them to needed areas as soon as the training program is up and going.
B-26 Marauders to train Naval Attack at 100 ft, 100%. I plan on transferring them from Eastern USA to San Francisco, where I will have Lloyd ship them to the front for me. SO or SW Pacific.
2nd Marine Def Bn is prepared for Pago Pago. I don't see any reason not to ship it there, and start maxing out Pago Pago, as I plan to hold it. This will be our vital base/area along the supply route to Auz/SoPac. I am not sure what exactly Bill and Hartwig will take in this area, but I am under the impression the Japs in Scen 2 can advance far further than historical...
34th Infantry Rgt can be shipped to PH where it forms part of 24th Division. If we need this elsewhere, as we don’t feel PH is threatened, than I will have Lloyd send it the same area as the above mentioned.
I am considering beefing up Kodak Island and not Dutch Harbor.. more on this later, after further discussion with my war partners.
I will send all fleet boats to Pearl Harbor, and probably the S Boats to Aus for Harvey to use as he sees fit.
Suva/Nadi (maxed) (So close to Noumea that Pago-Pago should be maxed first, then look at situation)
Pago-Pago/Savii (maxed) See above..
Phoenix Isl- Not sure yet… so easily taken by Japan…can’t defend everywhere. Thoughts?
Johnston Isl – would be great to hold, but if Japan wants it, I think they could easily take it
**Phoenix/Johnston Isl- We will just have to determine the man Japanese axis of advance. They can't be everywhere, but they can usually take what the want in the first year or so of the war, especially in Scen 2. If they do a Manila strike, they would probably have a major thrust through the DEI to take that as soon as possible, and use at least some of the KB to support that. At least, that would be my thoughts..
Xmas Isl – (maxed/garrisoned) what are PBEM vets thoughts on the Line Islands?
TF 408 NE of Espiritu Santo will return to Sydney and disband there. Extra CA and troopships are always welcome. Harvey/Lloyd can decide how to use those.
TF 407 in Canton Isl is destined for Noumea(so they unload the artillery there). I am thinking about sending these to Xmas or Pago/Pago. I will then have the remaining ships disband in Sidney. If Lloyd would like them in the West Coast, then they can decide who needs them more. Same reasons as above, plus having that wonderful AGP (can re-supply PT boats, one remedy against Bombardment TFs). In AI I can usually hold Noumea, I think this should go somewhere else.. we will decide soon...
I plan on combining as many LCUs as possible, which is far better than fragments fighting disoriented…
I like saving the Cebu BF…large support and radar…
I plan on moving main defense to Clark Field, as Bataan and Manila wouldn’t likely be attacked from the sea… however I am about convinced they are planning a port attack at Manila turn one, and will probably completely wreck the majority of our assets there. They will retreat to Bataan or Manila once Clark is taken… which is usually a signal of the beginning of the end.
***I say I am about convinced, soley based on the way Bill and Hartwig asked about port strike rules on turn one. TO ME, it doesn't sound like they will attack Pearl turn one, but if they do, we will take either hand of cards we are dealt.
This can be a bear for Japan if done correctly and I plan to give him a bloody nose every chance I get... I have read numerous AARs about surprising some invasion TFs on the way to the Philippines, or DEI and such...
Davao’s PBYs will go to Soerabaja, and AVD to Port Morseby or wherever Harvey would like it.
From the sound of things, Lloyd will be handling all logistics requests in my theater, and I will provide appropriate escorting and protection. Doing this in the first part of the year with the assets given, could prove to be a difficult task. It will be interesting to see how we work on this together, as we both decided to handle SWPac jointly so to speak, because of this relationship/setup.
Keep in mind the majority of what I mentioned cannot be adjusted on turn 1 because of HRs, but I just wanted to layout my game plan at least.
We plan on defending in the places we can, and not everywhere. That is not possible or smart.
I suggested our defensive positions/supply routes/major reinforcement areas based off of the image Sardaukar uses in his "Newbie guide" because I feel like that is an excellent plan.
I will use Nemo’s suggestions/guide/posts on taskforce composition, which is TOP NOTCH. Highly recommended. This will be easier to do, once our assets our plentiful, and more ships become available.
I will let Lloyd and Harvey fill you in on their respect areas/Nationalities.
Feel free to jump right into the discussion and speak up! Everyone is welcome.