From: Shawnee, Kansas
Hi everybody - And Merry Christmas to youall and hopes that the holidays find you and yours in good spirits!
Now, for the serioua stuff. After having been away from pacWar for several months, I started a game with the thought that I'd try a few new techniques. I started being more agressive early in the game when I notices that the Japanese were taking islands with noting more than a couple destoyers and a handful of troops. Using the two infantry divisions and a few undamaged battleships fom Pearl I easily kicked out the landing party on Tarawa and Maloelap. I also sent some Australian troops to Ambon Island and began contesting it.
As the game wore on, it bacame apparant that Ambon must be a ketstone to the Japanese strategic plans because both sides have been pouring troops and planes into the battle. I think I've had more surface actions in this game than is normal for 10 games. It's really bloody. I've lost all but one of the British carriers. It's August of 43 now and we're still going at it over this worthless piece of real estate. But that's not all. The japanese advance has stopped halfway down the New Guinea peninsula, the KB has been thrown into the Battle for Ambon, the drive up the Malay peninsula has stopped and done nothing. My 4 carriers are stampeding through the Central pacific and I'm preparing to take Eniwetok after establishing myself firmly on Kwajalein. But strangest of all, the japanes have gone through the Phillipines like a firestorm, as usual, but refuse to land on Panay. They keep several bomber groups in the PI that do nothing but bomb the 4 guns and 31 squads that remain there.
I was wondering if somebody else would explain this and if possible, give it a try.
"Those who don't remember History are condemned to relive it" George Santayana