So we're nearing the end of April 1942 in our PBEM. I'm the allies. I'm not a newbie, but I'm still relatively inexperienced compared to a lot of PBEM players. My opponent seems to have played much more than I have. Things are not going well for me, and I'm hoping for some input. Here is the situation by region:
Japan controls it. All of it. I have no ground forces left, and the only Allied naval forces in the area are the subs I'm trying to catch some of his transports with.
He's landed at Darwin and pushed south to Tennant Creek. Tennant Creek will likely fall within another day or two. I'm building up the airfields at Alice Springs, and moving infantry forces up to make another stand there, as it will be more difficult for him to move on the poorer quality roads between Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. I have significant bases built at Perth and Townsville, in addition to all the standard southern ones. I have most of my 4E bombers in Townsville right now, which I plan to move to Alice Springs to slow his army's advance southward once the airfield gets built up a bit more.
He's had his way with this region too. Rabaul, Port Moresby, Luganville, all his. Noumea is still in Allied hands, but he could take it in a single day if he wanted, as I have very little I can bring to defend it in terms of land forces. New Zealand is still safe, as well as my LOC to southern Australia.
Central and South Pacific:
Japan has Wake, all the islands around Kwajalein, and Baker Island. I have heavily fortified Canton Island and have a huge fighter and bomber force there, as well as a sizable infantry force. Suva is also heavily built up, though not quite as much. Pago Pago is a work in process. I've been using Papeete as a stopover for transports, as it gives me a safer route to Australia. Midway has been heavily built up as well. The most significant action in CENTPAC so far was just a few days ago when I tried to sneak a SCTF near Wake to use floatplanes to recon Wake for possible bombardment raids. However, he just happened to have a couple CV's scouting between Wake and Midway, and decimated my SCTF... 1 CA, 3 CL's, and a few DD's lost.
He landed at and took Moulmein and Rangoon, and is pushing up to Mandalay. I have Mandalay fortified, and hope to slow him there. I've been building up Imphal and Dacca for use as air bases and defensive bastions, especially Dacca. I have subs in the area, as KB is present. He's been launching huge raids against bases in the area, to the point that I've grounded my fighters and am just relying on my significant AA presence at Dacca to protect them, as they just get shot down whenever they fly. Ceylon is still mine, but isn't nearly as heavily defended as it should be.
Apart from my PH and CENTPAC losses, my fleet is still pretty intact. I've taken heavy transport losses though. I have 7 Fleet carriers (5 American, 2 Brit), plus Hermes and Long Island. I've been mostly keeping them hidden, but have launched some brief raids in the North Pacific, and kept a couple south near Suva as a surprise if he ever tries to land at Suva. I haven't lost too many subs, but many are severely damaged and in port for lengthy repairs, so I only have a moderate sub force to use.
That is the bulk of what's going on to this point. He has about a 5:1 victory point lead on me already, and I don't see any way I can prevent an auto-victory come 1943. Considering the information I've given above, what suggestions do you have? I'm getting clobbered everywhere, and whenever I try to sneak in a counter-attack or surprise, it just gets beaten back or outright destroyed. The most productive thing I've been able to do is get one lucky Mk. 14 shot to actually detonate on Kaga.
What can I do? Where can I do it? How can I do it? How can I prevent an auto-victory? His margin only keeps growing. Thank you for any insight you can give.