From: The Big Nowhere
ORIGINAL: John 3rd
Over in the Modding Area we have been talking about Admiral Richardson's January 1941 Plan to move a Carrier TF to Manila. The idea was to move 1 CV, 4 CA, 1 DL, 8 DD, 1 AO, and 4 DM to buttress the Asiatic Fleet. My guess would be that Enterprise might have gotten the assignment.
Here is the question: If this had happened and you, as the Japanese player, are allowed only one Port Strike, where to you attack?
Do you attack PH and go after the Battle Fleet leaving a CV to cause trouble in the Philippines and DEI
Do you throw everything you have at Manila to get that CV, the CAs, and SS but leave the entire Pacific Fleet undamaged at Pearl?
The only thing a CV group in Manila in 1941 is going to accomplish is a couple hundred victory points for the Japanese player. I've tried that little scenario, and if it does anything to stay in Betty range, its done for. The 1941 air groups on the carriers just are not up to the task of stopping a major raid by Bettys/Nells.
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'When in doubt...attack!'