From: Alberta, Canada
I'm in a very similiar situation as you in my PBEM as the Allies in June/42. I'm going to lose China by the fall of 42, the Aleutians are under Japanese control with the exception of Dutch Harbor. New Caledonia, Fiji and many of the Southeast Pacific bases are Japanese held. An invasion of New Zealand seems imminent. Unlike you though, I've had no major fleet actions yet and my navy is largely intact.
I know it seems overwhelming and where do you start? Think of it in terms of building a puzzle, a big puzzle of 5000 pieces say. At first, you look at those pieces and think you'll never get it done. Then you get some areas started and simply build from there. In this case, you already have some areas of the puzzle built, you just need to add to those areas and that will eventually lead to other areas of the "puzzle" you can then begin to fill in.
As others have pointed out, you can build up the dot bases near Kodiak to begin putting pressure on his Aleutian holdings with your 4E's and fighters. Burma will be a grind, but you need to build up your logistics support. As you build up bases the supply flow and ability to stockpile will also improve. Yes, you have a lot of enemy airbases to suppress, but don't let that discourage you. As Historiker has pointed out, mix up your targets, don't try to take them all out at once. One or two at a time and the effect will graduallly take it's toll.
Australia, again, build up your logistics to sustain your operations. Set yourself small goals to accomplish. Seems to me you build up and secure your positions at Perth and Geraldton and then set your sights on Carnarvon, then Exmouth. Build up your airbases then you can start hitting Port Hedland, Broome and Derby. Build up Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and then start putting pressure on Daly Waters.
Applying constant pressure in a way you can sustain is the key here until you recover and can make a big push. It's not glamorous or a quick fix, but hitting and grinding down Japan's ability for sustained operations will pay divends later. Take the time to pound those airfields into rubble, as others have suggested, not doing so in your recent operations around New Caledonia proved problematic, to say the least.
These are just three areas of the puzzle you've already built up, now you simply expand them and keep adding pieces. These areas don't require you to risk a single ship. Set up your LBA and then your naval units can operate under your own LBA umbrella. It's not exciting, or what you may have hoped for, but it is something to build on until your fleet recovers. Don't let the entire situation overwhelm you, pick your battles. Look for the easy pieces to add to the puzzle, that will allow more opportunities to open up for you, then you can tackle the tougher areas of the "puzzle" so to speak.
I hope you don't mind the puzzle analogy, but I find for myself it really does work. It's easy to feel things are unmanagable at this stage, but one step at a time, or one puzzle piece at a time. A little effort and preparation on your part and before you know it, the final few pieces will fall into place and you've finished the puzzle.
My AAR was literally years of no action, so I understand your concerns about the fun factor. It's still there, you just have to switch gears. Building up logistics for that eventual big push or trashing every airfield in sight can be fun too, if you keep the overall goal in mind.
You may have come out short recently, but I envy the action in your game and the fact you came out swinging. More experience will only make you that much better in the future. Keep it up, you'll recover from this last set back and get more chances to take it to Japan on your terms.
< Message edited by SqzMyLemon -- 6/29/2012 5:01:15 PM >
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