I think you need to look at Burma/India as well.
Burma in the short term yields valuable oil and refinery's that are relatively easy to get your hands on.
India, at least upto the Calcutta/Darjeeling axis, I think, is a long term but achieveable strategic goal
Just my 2 cents!!
Thanks for your input Empire dude. I'm no expert in land warfare and frankly the land war in WITP-AE isn't WITE quality if you know what I mean. But hey......if Burma is a pushover then yeah, I say let's go for it. I'm just thinking that there would be months at a time where I'd have to save up enough supply to do a major offensive and I'm more a 3-D thinker where the complex inter-relationships of planes and ships and foot dudes working together to make a plan happen is more to my liking. That plus I don't like the garrison bleed-off that happens when you actually do grab some area.....you have to leave some troops behind as a garrison every where you go on the land.
Supply isn't that bad IF in connection with your India focus you are also putting China out of the war. If you have Singers to Fusan open and Shanghai to Rangoon open via Kunming, you should not have supply issues in India. Yes you will have to ship some, but your conquests will get you a lot. Taking Calcutta normally gets me +100,000 supply. Madras also is usually a big haul. Ceylon is usually good for +50,000. Plus you are also capturing a lot of fuel. Read raders AAR. When he took India, he netted more than a million HI equivalent in HI and fuel. That's a lot and you will never get that in OZ of SE Pacific islands. From the IJ perspective, the game is all about HI and fuel. I never fight unless I see some of one or the other in the goal.
I absolutely agree with Pax. The war is being fought to secure those oil and resources for the Japanese economy.
Although the Land warfare element is not upto WitE standard, it is still vital to the game.
Another aspect that you need to consider is the 'Batter China to Death' strategy. Lots of industry and resource lying about here to use in the Japanese economy.
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