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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/17/2012 7:58:10 PM   
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As it is directly accessable from off-map, Cocos will be hard to blockade. If you get enough AV and Supplies on the island, it might hold out.

If he blockades it, he'll be tied up for months, and you always have a chance for fast blockade runners...

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/17/2012 8:10:07 PM   
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Sumatra:  To add some additional pain to the day, CAs Tone and Takao bore into Oosthaven, sinking CA Exeter and two CLs. 


This is interesting - the initial game setup has the CAs Tone and Chikuma in the Kuriles with KB. AFAIK, only the main KB TF can warp speed from the Kuriles; if he split it into a 4 plus 2 CV group I doubt that both groups would get warp speed.
To me, it appears CA Tone was assigned from the get-go to head toward Truk/Babeldoab and the DEI, perhaps with the CV group that attacked Enterprise? She certainly could not have gone to PH on Dec 07 and then steamed all the way to Oosthaven by Dec. 12 without stopping for fuel and using flank speed for a couple of days [these CAs can cover 20 hexes in one day at flank speed, but there is a damage and fuel penalty for that].

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/17/2012 8:12:14 PM   
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Oops, forgive me.  It was Takao and Atago (not Tone)

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/17/2012 8:16:00 PM   
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No forgiveness required - no one can remember all the crazy names in the game's lexicon!
Anyway, I hope I answered your earlier question about which CAs start with KB ...

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 5:05:09 AM   
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The world is flames!  Let slip the dogs of war!  The fox is in the henhouse!  Panzerjaager Hortlund is on a first name basis with a close friend of Roger Clemens who is fond of hyponemic durdles!  And the hyperbole is outa control! ...[and now back to our regularly scheduled AAR]:

NoPac:  The rampaging IJN TF turns out to be DD Sazanami and DD Ushio which promptly dispatche TK Hadnot and PC Crawford in the Gulf of Alaska.  Two subs then blockade the mouth of Puget Sound, sink two xAKL, and then hit mines (along with two SSX that do the same).  I'm guessing that I-16 and I-18 won't make it back home.  Meanwhile, the Japanese are landing at Attu Island.  My DD TF was just one day out, but we'll see if it can do any damage tomorrow.  What really concerns me is the possibility that Steve could've caught a whiff of Saratoga and could then try to chase her down. 

CenPac:  The main KB division remains posted north of French Frigate Shoals.  The other element long since disappeared (last seen near Johnston Island) and could be looking for Sara or even acting as the hammer to drive Sara into the anvil somewhere up north.  Over at Wake, Japan's invasion fell on hard times, but Steve is reinforcing.  But the Marine F3Fs, assisted by PBY patrol planes, have been tearing up the light transports, using a mix of bombs and shells to do the damage.  This is a new kind of weapon for me.

SWPac:  Oops, CA Canberra somehow left Milne and steamed for Sydney rather than Rabaul.  She'll turn around tonight.  Ent and Lex are not too far away.  The plan is to send one or both through the Torres Straights, though I'm wondering if Steve isn't waiting for just such a move.  I do have a small Aussie ASW TF set to check out the narrows near Horn Island.

Eastern DEI:  Japan didn't penetrate any further, so no action today.  Patrols report the main Mini KB, last seen in the Philippine Sea tearing up fleeing merchants, moving south and set to arrive near Morotai in a day or two.  We've just begun a little work on Fortress Koepang.  I'm also going to give some careful thought to Historiker's suggestion about Cocos Island.

Western DEI:  Japanese attack at Mersing fails but will succeed next time.  The Japanese are also landing at Singkawang.  B-17Ds out of Batavia hit the un-CAPed port at Kuching, putting two 500 pounders into badly damaged CA Kumano and another into an AV.  :)  That's one of my few good licks of the early war. 

Allied aircraft
     B-17D Fortress x 9 

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
     CA Kumano, Bomb hits 2,  heavy damage
     AV Sagara Maru, Bomb hits 1,  on fire

Bay of Bengal:  Another IJN DD TF (two ships) tears into some Allied transports and tankers fleeing into the Great Nicobars region, sinking several.  I didn't see where these bad boys came from, but I hope they transited the Sunda Strait rather than the Malacca Straits.  Surely PH wouldn't do something like that?  Meanwhile, vulernable transports will have to temporarily move away from Port Blair lest they get hit.  That's bad, becuase they didn't unload.  Meanwhile, Japan took Victoria Point, so Steve has a level four airfield and I know he's considering an air drop on Port Blair.  Two RN CLs are on the way to Port Blair from Colombo, but I feel like this is a slow developing bad dream.

Philippines:  Steve tries a para-assault of Bataan.  I have no idea what he's thinking.  Perhaps he thought I'd move all those troops forward, but I hadn't, so the IJ 'chutists are no more.

The Acolyte: Steve seems to be an accolyte of the "shock and awe" variety of warfare. I'm duly aware of the gravity of the situation, but it's also just a wee bit humorous to see all these things going on here there and everywhere.  




 


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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 6:57:30 AM   
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Re: subs and mines [as opposed to hearts and minds or clowns and mimes] - Pre-upgrade I always thought the effect of mines was underpowered vs. real life. No way should a sub with little reserve bouyancy survive a mine hit. Post upgrade, the question came up so I did a little test. I started up Scenario 1 and moved a few of the IJN subs around Pearl Harbour to patrol in the mined base. I learned:

One mine hit ~ 25 pts floatation damage and similar system damage. Most survive a long trip home.

Three mine hits ~ 65 floatation damage and difficult to control because of the similar system damage. Almost all subs with three hits sink within six hexes.

Mine damage does not take effect until the end of the phase [night or day] or until the ship or sub is involved in combat in the same phase. This means one sub could hit five or six mines and the damage does not register until much later. Darned annoying when mine production is so low.

Bottom line - mine effects are still underpowered. I guess this is good for the game experience as you can dare to sneak into a mined port, but IRL such raids were unlikely.

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 10:35:24 AM   
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CR - given the aggressiveness of your opponent, I would recommend careful consideration of your defensive options. Most likely, you'll be facing either an invasion of Australia or India - depending on which direction he jumps, so adequate preparations for that should be a priority. Your also looking for ways to counterpunch, which (as has been seen before) can pay great dividends when your opponent overstretches - but can also leave yourself vulnerable.

Basically, I recommend developing a "stop line" - where you can have a firm base of defense to limit the overall extension of your opponent, while not putting critical forces at risk of destruction either piecemeal or under unbreakable seige.

You always seem to find new and interesting ways to play - so this will be a great one to continue to watch. You have a good opponent here - so this should be a slugfest. Good luck!

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 12:23:13 PM   
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quote:

This is interesting - the initial game setup has the CAs Tone and Chikuma in the Kuriles with KB. AFAIK, only the main KB TF can warp speed from the Kuriles; if he split it into a 4 plus 2 CV group I doubt that both groups would get warp speed.


There are multiple TFs up here with first turn movement bonus. You can easily rearrange them so a CV (I send Kaga) to Camrahn Bay on turn 1.

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 2:27:05 PM   
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This is interesting - the initial game setup has the CAs Tone and Chikuma in the Kuriles with KB. AFAIK, only the main KB TF can warp speed from the Kuriles; if he split it into a 4 plus 2 CV group I doubt that both groups would get warp speed.


There are multiple TFs up here with first turn movement bonus. You can easily rearrange them so a CV (I send Kaga) to Camrahn Bay on turn 1.

Ah - right - now I remember that there were other [invasion?] TFs in the same hex with KB at the start. I never considered putting a KB carrier with a warp speed invasion force, but if you wanted to split the KB and have your CV end up far away that would be the way to do it. Good to know the possibilities. Thanks NYG!

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 3:08:08 PM   
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If you try the "Mersing Gambit" as Japan, having a heavy CV as floating CAP is a must, IMO. I chose Kaga as she is the slowest CV.

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 4:18:01 PM   
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I've read and appreciate all comments and suggestions.  I have a bit of a breather today, so here are my overall thoughts based upon the first week of the war.

My Opponent and Me:  PH is experienced and hyper-aggressive.  He is either an acolyte of Nemo or Nemo is an acolyte of him (or perhaps it's better to say they come from the same litter of pups).  He likes engaging in reparte (I don't) and he is pushing the envelope to rattle me (I don't get rattled by the smaller stuff like the paratroop assaults and deep destroyer raids hither and yon, but I do get nervous when major operations target a vital area like India or Australia).  He's doing a very good job thus far.

Strategic Objective:  There are only two that I can really do anything about - Oz and India - so that's where I'm concentrating: 

Oz:  Troops have already been shuffled around and prep reset with the major emphasis on Melbourne and Sydney.  Garrisons have been stiffened in the base hexes to either side of Melbourne (likely invasion areas if PH wishes to go for the jugular quickly).  Some of the key rail line bases also get small garrison to prevent loss to paratroops.  I'll try to send one USA division this way early in the war, though accumulating PP is a challenge.  When I have enough, I'll choose between Oz and India based upon my evaluation of the threat levels. (Memo to Self:  Evaluate sending Kiwi units to Oz if doing so is efficient from a PP standpoint.)

India:  Karachi and Bombay will get the bulk of the garrison troops, with enough in Calcutta to provide a decent road block.  Two Marine regiments and a few other units (including 10th Air Force) are enroute.  A USA division will be allocated, though PP will make it tough to accomplish in the foreseeable future.  Port Blair and Diego Garcia are to get decent garrisons with a Marine CD unit going to Socotra (Scoodra, as GreyJoy would say) though I may divert it closer to the front if circumstances warrant. 

China:  Has to stand by itself and won't get much help from India in the way of supply (Steve will attend to the Burma Road expeditiously). 

Alaska:  I want to use a few small units to garrison the key islands as best I can.  This isn't a critical theater, but I don't want Steve to be able to waltz forward when even small garrisons would stop him during the winter months.

Hawaii and New Zealand:  On their own, although I may be able to scrape together the occasional small unit to attend to some of the islands between the two.

Russia:  Nothing much I can do here beyond what I'm doing (building forts and training).

Summary:  As stated a few days ago, my first hunch is "Oz."  I have no evidence to back that hunch yet, so it's just that - a hunch.  At the moment, both India and Oz will get as much as I can give them.

Tactical Matters that May Turn Strategic:  That enemy DD TF that rampaged around Great Nicobar is a tactical matter than could have a strategic impact.  I have vulnerable transports at Port Blair that will unload tonight.  I'm leaving them there despite the risk, because it's possible that Steve will para assault Port Blair tomorrow or the next day.  IE, it could be now or never.  I'm hoping those DDs are out of ammo.  Two RN CLs are on the way.  It's also possible that DDs will raid Colombo, which has no combat ships present.  There, too, a transport TF was about to unload an Indian brigade.  So Steve's little raid has impacts far beyond what they should.  Had the raid happened one day later, both transport TFs would have been mostly unloaded.  Taut times!

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 4:27:11 PM   
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Isn´t there a possibility that he will strike at China first? If he goes all in he can probably secure China in what, 3-6 months? That would still give him time to make a major thrust in either Oz or India. Much the same thing rader did?

I don´t know how important China would be from a Jap perspective but given the current imbalances in that theatre I would think Hortlund to atleast consider it. Given his hurry to cut off the Burma road would also point to this. That being said it not much, if anything you can do about it. But it would buy you a few extra months of digging in other theatres.


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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 4:38:49 PM   
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I realize that China's long term prospects are not good against an aggressvie attack by an experienced Japanese player.  However, I am pretty confident in my ability to handle the Chinese army.  I don't have any experience with China being conquered, so I don't know all the ins and outs of things, but I do think I can slow Japan considerably.

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 4:56:23 PM   
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It will take much longer than 3-6 months to secure China, more like 18 at least.

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 5:30:40 PM   
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I realize that China's long term prospects are not good against an aggressvie attack by an experienced Japanese player.  However, I am pretty confident in my ability to handle the Chinese army.  I don't have any experience with China being conquered, so I don't know all the ins and outs of things, but I do think I can slow Japan considerably.


I noticed in the thread on the main forum that you say there are no HRs this time. I had not realized that.

Re China, you have always (?) had a "no strat bombing in China" HR in previous games, right? That's my recollection at least. IF you have no such here, and IF he cuts or has cut the Burma Road already, and IF he secures Sumatra sooner than later, you may want to add China to the strat list with Oz and India. I think a China First strategy if well supported by a sally into India up to Calcutta to get at HI points, but no farther. Also, a hint will be if he goes slow in the PI LCU-count-wise and instead sends those extra Scen 2 troops up the middle in China. You'll know inside a month which, but until then you might want to have a really, really good look at Chinese supply and if it matches up with the troop locations. Rader did some things well, and his taking of China was something to study. You're not Greyjoy, but then again bombing is bombing the world round.

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 5:42:10 PM   
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You have a good memory, Moose.  I've typically requested a "no strat bombing in China until 1944" HR, with a corresponding agreement of none in the DEI until the same date.

In this game we started with no HR and agreed to play reasonably.  Of course, that's a vague term that two people will interpret differently, so who knows what will happen.

If Steve starts strat bombing in China, then all bets are off.  The Allies really don't have any way to counter that.  But at this point I'd rather see how things develop than to begin broaching the HR topic.

You make a good point about Luzon.  Thus far Steve hasn't given it alot of attention (same goes for Malaya).  He's allowing the troops to retire in good order to the main redoubts.  I don't know yet whether he's committed or diverted the main elements of the Luzon army.  In one of my previous games, Q-Ball diverted them in order to expedite his moves on Singapore, Sumatra and then India.  So I'm keeping my eyes open. 

I personally think Oz is the easier of the two strategic targets, but India holds its own allure.  It has always drawn the bold and adventurous IJ players.

I've already attended to shifting around my transport fleet.  As soon as possible I'll commence sending some big supply convoys to Oz and India.  I'll also have transports in position to handle reinforcements should Steve cross the various Lines of Death. 

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 6:29:30 PM   
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Philippines:  Steve tries a para-assault of Bataan.  I have no idea what he's thinking.  Perhaps he thought I'd move all those troops forward, but I hadn't, so the IJ 'chutists are no more.



This was not a bad move. It was only an outside chance of success but he has lost very little and it was worth a try. I give him credit for thinking of it because if it worked, you would have had a very serious problem. If he did it without pounding you with his bombers before hand then I suspect it just was a mistake though as you really need to disrupt before trying it and he would know that.


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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 6:31:38 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

I realize that China's long term prospects are not good against an aggressvie attack by an experienced Japanese player.  However, I am pretty confident in my ability to handle the Chinese army.  I don't have any experience with China being conquered, so I don't know all the ins and outs of things, but I do think I can slow Japan considerably.


The big thing is to never allow him to drive a wedge between your main Chinese armies and Burma. You can and probably will lose everything else but as long as you block his access to Burma, it really will not matter.


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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 6:54:56 PM   
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I´m glad you are optimistic about China! Hopefully you will be able to hold on. Watch the supplies though...it will run out eventually and probably sooner then you wished for!

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 7:02:19 PM   
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Thanks, JocMeister.  But just to keep the record accurate, I didn't say I was optmistic about China.  Rather, I'm confident in my ability to handle the Chinese army, thanks mostly to my experience in three previous PBEM games.  IE, I know what to do with the Chinese units, but whether other circumstances overcome that knowledge is yet to be determined. 



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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 10:08:54 PM   
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Allied Shipping:  Not a single Allied ship was sunk today!  After taking it on the chops for a week this was refreshing.  The opening week of the war saw the Allies lose 101 ships for a total of roughly 971 points.  However and contrary to my opponent's comments after the first turn, I found the losses at Pearl (and now elsewhere through week one) relatively light.  The Allies have lost two BBs and CA Exeter and several small CLs  Damage to the merchant and support fleets fleeing Hong Kong and Manila were signficiantly higher.  Steve did a very nice job implementing an effective blockade. 

Japanese Shipping:  Japan has lost CA Chokai and CL Kashami.  CA Kumano was heavily damaged and will be out of the war for many months.  Japan hasn't suffered any damage from subs to this point.

NoPac:  Oof!  I juked when I should haved deked (or something like that).  My USN DD TF slated to probe at Attu missed out on IJN Tfs landing at Adak and Umnak.  Close but no cigar.  The Japanese DD TF is back in the middle of the Gulf of Alaska.  Saratoga is to the landward side.  Don't know if she's been spotted.

CenPac:  No KB sightings today.

SwPac:  Two RO-class subs near Milne Bay got a glimpse of an RAN cruiser TF heading for Rabaul.  I feel sure Steve is monitoring the Torres Straits and half epxecting Lex and Ent to make for that passage.  That's the plan.  I have a replenishment TF waiting nearby plus a small ASW TF to patrol the narrows.  But I'm re-evaluating the plan and may not take a chance with my carriers; or I may conclude that "war is hell" and it's necessary to take chances sometimes.

DEI:  The east is relatively quiet though Morotai will fall tomorrow.  In the west Singawkang and Mersing fall.  Allied troops in goodly numbers will occupy the wooded hex west of Mersing to prevent Japan from severing the road to Singapore.  Japan only landed two regiments, so this isn't a full-blown threat.

Bay of Bengal:  I am relieved and pleased that most of two Indian brigades landed without incident at Port Blair.  I'll sleep better knowing that base can't be blitzed.  Troops also landed at Diego Garcia.

China:  The Chinese made their first intentional stand.  Two corps were attacked unsuccessfully by IJA 35th Div. in a forested hex south (true) of Chengchow.

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/18/2012 10:52:32 PM   
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Japanese Shipping:  Japan has lost CA Chokai and CL Kashami.  CA Kumano was heavily damaged and will be out of the war for many months.  Japan hasn't suffered any damage from subs to this point.



Given the trade-off you made to get reliable torps you need to get some bang in the first six months. Given that I am now a mightly expert at the Japanese economy I would say you have near zero risk in sending fleet boats into shallow water in this early period. Avoid going into ports themsleves, but shallow is fine. The early IJN ASW is beyond pathetic. Not only mostly converted xAKLs dropping DCs, but many are the small type and many are set shallow. An ASW rating of 2 is "good", and there is very little air ASW support. You can operate in the Sea of Japan with impunity for example. It sounds crazy given what will happen later, but right now you can go wherever you want.

Before the big resource and POL centers are taken there are really about four key ports he'll probably be using to get the economy going. Two on Hokkaido, Port Arthur, and Kunsan (?) on the west side of Korea. You should flood the Yellow Sea with subs and use aggessive skippers who will fight on the surface. You'll begin to do some damage if you throw later ASW doctrine out the window and "act crazy" now. Go where his merchants are and kill some. Don't worry so much about getting warships. Feast while the gettin's good. Put aside your training and send the subs where "good sense" says you shouldn't.

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/20/2012 4:26:42 PM   
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That's helpful advice, Bullwinkle.  Thanks.

PH has suddenly and completely disappeared.  Haven't heard from him for several days.  I don't know his habits and schedules yet, so I don't know if this is typical or unusual, but I'll just kick back for a few more days before I get in touch with him.  But I'm pretty sure he's not demoralized by the opening week of the war.

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/20/2012 5:54:27 PM   
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It will take much longer than 3-6 months to secure China, more like 18 at least.


Actually, with a competent defense China should hold out til early 1944. With some bastions holding a bit longer. On no account should you lose the road to Burma. That is really a big deal-not the loss of China.

CR. MY opponent took the route up North all the way to Cold Harbor. However, in 1943 I easily took it all back with a winter campaign. It was not a problem I just bypassed Japanese strong points and took smaller bases and built them up. Then as soon as the spring weather came in 44, I invaded the large isolated bases and took them out quickly. The Allies can do this with the help of the invaluable LST. Personally, I do not think winter is a big issue up North. It should be. but is not.

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/20/2012 6:18:20 PM   
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It will take much longer than 3-6 months to secure China, more like 18 at least.


Actually, with a competent defense China should hold out til early 1944. With some bastions holding a bit longer. On no account should you lose the road to Burma. That is really a big deal-not the loss of China.



If I´m not mistaken the Burma road is already closed.

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/20/2012 6:43:33 PM   
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He means lose physical possession of the Burma Road. In that instance, Chinese troops can't flee to supply plentiful India and the Japanese suddenly have a much more defensible line of communications on the flank of any Allied advance on Rangoon. An Allied nightmare scenario.

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/20/2012 7:12:39 PM   
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That's helpful advice, Bullwinkle.  Thanks.


The Korean port is Keijo. I was only close on the 'K'.

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/21/2012 9:39:48 PM   
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NoPac: My innocent little DD TF found some a small transport TF, dispatched a couple of ships, and then ran into a powerful TF including BBs Yamashiro and Mutsu. One USN DD goes under and the TF will flee for it's life to the west and then south (Midway). Just to the east, a lonely xAKL that had arrived in the Aleutians from Midway ran afoul of a part of the KB - cursor shows two CV with 90 strike aircraft. Shazam! I have several TFs not too far to the east (5 DDs, one replenishment, one carrying a CD unit). They will flee to the east. Saratoga had pulled back and should be free from danger unless Steve picked up an actual hard sighting and vectored in the KB, it acting as the hammer and the force near Adak as the anvil. Sara will pull backa bit and then retire to Seattle. I dispatched some picket ships out of Seattle a few days ago, so a nice screen is almost in place.

SWPac: It looks like Steve is going to press into the eastern DEI. I want Ent and Lex there. They are about to refuel (an AO pre-positioned near Cooktown to handle this contingency). I have a small Aussie ASW force ready to patrol the entrance to the Torres Straits. I'm worried about subs, but I can make good use of the carriers in the DEI. If my CVs are sighted, even that could be useful as it should make Steve cautious.

DEI: I think Steve is coming for Ambon. Two Allied combat TFs will patrol a couple of choke points. They may be sacrificial lambs, but i'm trying to slow the Japanese down until the carriers can get here. Hermes is only four days away.

Luzon: Not sure yet, but don't think Steve is pressing hard here.

Malaya: Same here.

Burma: I'm trying to cobble together a force to hit Meiktila, but I don't have much to work with.

China: Nothing major yet.

Political Points: I naddition to the usual small but important expenditures (mainly to handle TF and sub commanders), I need to accumulate big numbers for three important but cumulatively unaffordable expenses:

1. I would love to use Chinese troops to help defend India. Some of the Chinese divisions that start near the Burmese border are cheap. Those could help secure India. It's worth it.

2. I have two USA divisions (27 and 41) that can be deployed to Oz or India. If I buy the Chinese units, I may then focus on one of the USA divisions to send to Oz.

3. With Diego Garcia and Port Blair secured against blitzkried, I'd feel really good if I did the same at Cocos Island. This is a good but not essential expenditure. I'm debating buying a Dutch unit for about 100 AV and sending it fro Soerabaja to Cocos by ship.

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/21/2012 9:53:35 PM   
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Well, if Hermes is almost there, victory is assured.

Just teasing - the plan makes sense, but it just shows how tough it is to play Allies at first when one is thrilled about the impending arrival of that particular rustbucket.

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RE: War and Peas - Hortlund (J) vs. Canoe (A) - 4/21/2012 11:42:15 PM   
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Not sure about availability of air transport yet, but you could fly the Chinese from Kunming to Ledo!

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