What is in the stack one hex west of Katha?? Move some units due east into Katha to gain control of that hexside. Then, move some SW to head for Shwebo. At this point in the game, defending in clear terrain is not good for Japan. You should have the '43 Inf for all your units and with the significant increase anti-armor for the infantry squads, they can stand up to Japanese armor.
IMO, keep some troops in the hexes just above Prome and clear out the central bases and push down somewhat towards Toungoo.
I'll get back on my soap box and ask if you you have both a Command and Army/Corp HQ prepping for Prome?? You should probably have a second set doing the same thing for Rangoon which is where your focus should be at. This base is your goal for now.
Hey Michael! Your absence has been noted!
Erik has abandoned both Katha and Shwebo! Its completely empty! That stack you are talking about is moving straight towards Shwebo to join up with the forces there. I have some 1200 AV and lots of AT in that stack!
I have been a good student and all units are upgraded to 43 variants.
I looked through the map a million times now. I agree with your assessment. I will secure central Burma. I donīt want to risk everything with a river crossing into 120.000 men in a wooded hex. Iīm going to swing NE with my main stack before crossing.
I have a Corps and Command HQ 100% prepped for Rangoon and Tungoo. Only a Corps HQ prepped for Prome but I switched the Command HQ prepped for Katha to Prome some 12 turns ago when I realized Prome wasnīt going to be a quick grab. Slowly learning! ;)
10 Aux aircraft is about right for the number of float planes carried on a BB and a couple of cruisers, or two BBs and one cruiser.
If you can feint a landing using empty xAKLs to draw out his BB TF, use TBs to hit them. Do you have Beauforts available? Any left over Swordfish or the other biplane TB around? Do you have torps available for your Cats?
If you can't do that, and if you have lots of DDs, you could send two TFs of 6 DDs each at high speed to engage the BB TF. Again, a fake landing to draw his TF down toward you would help, rather than you going under his air cover.
BTW - great move with those 6 DDs that smashed that convoy!
As for Burma, he may be trying to draw your troops into the open at Magwe so he can bomb them more effectively. However, tank units are nearly immune to bombing and if you can take Magwe you get its oil, and deny it to him.
The crossings above Prome appear to be blocked now but you can go south of Prome and cross near Bassein. He will have to pull back some troops to Rangoon. If you can cross between Prome and Bassein and advance two hexes, you can cut his supply lines from Rangoon and put his troops further north in danger. You would need to be able to leave blocking forces in each hex across the river to protect your own supply and retreat path. The main thing is to avoid attacking cross-river into an occupied hex. He will have enough there to really hurt your force.
That's the way I see the situation, but I am not well experienced in handling or attacking big stacks either!
Do you think the BBs/CAs can be listed as CVs? They are on the fringes of my search so Iīm fairly certain Iīm not getting a very good id!
I have a gazillion TBs in the area including some 50 Beuforts. If he comes within range of PM with them there is a good chance he will loose them! I have 56 Avengers with torps at PM right now.
Magwe is in allied hands already. Took it without a fight last turn! No oil there though. I destroyed it a year ago and Erik hasnīt bothered to repair them. As soon as supply get going I will start placing a CAP there and let my troops rest up a bit!
I was thinking along the same lines as you. To move down towards Bessain. But I realized it will put me in the exact same position! I would still have to make the crossing into a wooded hex! I decided to play it safe and secure the center while letting Ramree getting built up! I can then move south and engage his forces without the river crossing!
Ramree Island really needs to have supply shipped in as fairly little will flow from Akyab. Set Ramree to stockpile supply so that none flows backwards to Akyab (until you take Prome). It will still supply LCU, it just won't share with other bases.
Instead of trying to bomb the armored unit in the jungle, bomb the units in the open terrain like at the bases in central Burma. If they are trying to rail south they are somewhat more vulnerable to aerial bombardment. Kepp doing what you are doing to smash his air forces. Even if he has plenty in the pool the limit of 12 per week per squadron will keep those units at a disadvantage allowing continued odds in your favor unless he pulls them back. The sooner you get those bases in central Burma the sooner you start building them to the sizes you want. You do already have engineers and base forces marching through the jungle, right?
The more troops that you can trap/destroy/maul down to Pegu, the easier the crossing at/near Moulmein will be.
Ah, good thinking on stockpiling Ramree! Hadnīt thought that it could flow "backwards" I have two small TFs dumping supply but they are vulnerable until I can get a CAP up. AF is now at 3 and I have 4000 supply at the base. So Iīm slowly getting there!
Iīm trying to keep the pressure up on his air force but while Iīm not loosing pilots I am loosing P47 frames. Iīm down 20 this week alone. Only 55 left in the pool! Worst case I can downgrade the 125 I have in SOPAC though. Iīll keep going at it. Erik has limited himself to LRCAP only 2-3 hexes from Rangoon. Iīm trying to sweep the fringes of that but I loose some frames each turn! This turn was a disaster with 15 P47 lost!
I have a good number of engineers in both stacks! Not enough BFs for all the bases in central Burma though! They started moving two turns ago though! Magwe already have a nice level 7 airfield!
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