ORIGINAL: castor troy
There's plenty of things ahistorical about the game that affect both sides. That said, this is the best game ever.
One that doesn't get air time is the ability for the Japanese side to tie down a division or more like on Peleliu for months.
"The Battle of Peleliu, codenamed Operation Stalemate II, was fought between the United States and the Empire of Japan in the Pacific Theater of World War II, from September–November 1944 on the island of Peleliu, present-day Palau. U.S. forces (originally consisting of only the 1st Marine Division, but later relieved by the Army's 81st Infantry Division), fought to capture an airstrip on the small coral island.
Major General William Rupertus—commander of 1st Marine Division—predicted the island would be secured within four days. However, due to Japan's well-crafted fortifications and stiff resistance, the battle lasted over two months."
I think what SuluSea was saying (and I agree) was that, IRL, the Japanese could hold down an Allied Division (or more) for months. In the game, island sieges never seem to last that long and are resolved much more rapidly than IRL.
In my PBEM against Rainer79 I landed something like 1500 av on Babeldaob, got bogged down, had to wait three months for my reinforcements being prepared to land on an island I already had three divisions plus support on and then it still took me weeks to take the place. Oh, I do think the game can have island battles that last for ages, with the need to prepare your troops for nearly 100 days to land them in acceptable shape the game makes island battles longer than real life because in real life you can land as many troops as you wish without suffering casualties as soon as you have a big enough bridgehead.
In this case I wouldn't blame the game, I would blame the gamer. Send a single div plus some support to Peleliu, have a 100% prepped IJA div sitting there in forts 5 or 6 and see how long the battle lasts.
Focus guys.....focus. My original remark is about the Japanese E class patrol boat. Take your piddly stuff outside...
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