ORIGINAL: House Stark
Ouch Joc, that does hurt a bit. It does look like you might not break through. But there does appear to be a silver lining-that of Japan's limited supplies. His stack was showing a (-) for supplies, so it already appears to be a possible issue. I don't know the answer to this, but I'm sure someone reading this AAR can tell you how much supply it will cost for Erik to repair 1200 disabled devices and replace 400 destroyed ones. Have you considered mass bombardment with your superstack? Drain his supplies and you might eventually have a chance; at the very least you will hamper his operations and force him to ship his supplies to Burma as opposed to other areas that you are planning to attack. You lost a good deal of stuff, but most of it was disablements. Retreat the most damaged units and rebuild them with your infinite supply.
Good advice on the Bombardment! I actually tried the first one this turn. Not stellar results but I do hope it burns supplies for him. And I havn´t let any of the divisions bombard yet. Want them to heal up for a few days before they add to the bombardment.
Not surprised to see that to be honest. Similar experience to mine in Burma. Learn from it is my view. There's little point in trying to break through in Burma if the japs have substantial troops there. I have always experienced these kind of results there regardless of having the right leaders in place, positive supply and better equipment.
Yeah, its a shame. But I kind of expected it. I´m going to shift focus the make him burn supply here instead of attacking directly!
Its a bad day Joc. Shake it off, take a step back and look around. I agree with Bull to a point.
Look at what Obvert has in Burma. Think about all the resources he is using in that area (fuel, supplies, HI, LI). Don't go head to head with him. Outflank him. If you can't do it on land look at what your navy can help you with. If he has all his combat units forward look at his rear for an invasion. Pt Blair, Sabang come to mind. Go after his supplies, he can have 1 million men infront of you but without beans and bullets they are useless. If Pt Blair is in your hands, you can cut his supply lines into Burma. Sabang is the same way.
Watch out getting into a big attritional war here. Get close enough so that you can level his oil centers. Thats all you need in this area. Oil is the Japs life blood, without it they are done. Their are several bases that can be built up to base B 29s. That all you should need. Bomb his oil at night destroy it and move on. Maybe try and get some nav search bases to help your subs out finding his tankers. PI is a good place to cut off his oil routes.
Keep the faith man. You got this. Just relax and make him pay for pissing you off. Only in the game, don't go knocking on his door or anything like that. This is just my 2 cents. I'm not that good a player.
I needed a nap when I wrote my last entry here.
But I still stand by my central point. It's mid-1944. The war is in a new phase. You are a very good player in the technical sense. You understand the rules and game mechanics. Now, take the next step. Focus on the "why" of every move, not the how. Stop worrying about which side blew more stuff up on the last turn; it doesn't matter. Ask how your move is getting you closer to the goal of winning the game. Every day he can get you focused on aircraft exchange ratios is a win for him.
Pin him in Burma and leave it alone to rot. Use your sealift to get behind him if you like, but I'd pull a lot of those premium LCUs out and give them new jobs. He can't easily redeploy his huge stack if you control the seas. It's a long walk to Shanghai and then home.
Relentlessly pound on the Marianas, take them, and get after the next closer targets. Remove his means to resist. Those guys in 1944 weren't stupid, and they were playing with real lives.
When the war ended on VJ Day the PI wasn't secure and neither was Burma. It didn't matter. Japan still was in total collapse mode.
Focus, focus , focus. Take losses when they are necessary, but no more than are necessary. Drive for your objectives. Leave the bashing alone.
Thanks for the advice both of you! I think we are actually thinking quite alike. I´ll try to explain how I´m thinking here and you can tell me if I´m an idiot!
Burma stopped being my main push a long time ago. I still wanted to try the "death star" thingie to see if it would work. Now I know it didn´t. But the (-) supply modifier showed me my constant bombings of Rangoon is doing its job. So I´ll continue to do that. I´ll also add ground bombardment to the mix to try and burn even more supplies. I want him to keep his troops here and pour in reinforcements, supply and aircraft. This is what Bullwinkle called my "pin".
My main push is still the New Guinea to PI route. I have 9 divisions working on this route plus an insane amount of Tanks. All prepped and ready. If everything works out I will still land on Mindanao before the year is up. Even I can destroy the KB I can land there in 2 weeks. I already have troops prepping the landing sites. I´m that close! Three jumps and I´m there. The good part is that since Erik has everything in Burma all I need to do is get the troops ashore and its mine.
For the last 5-6 months this area has received 95% of all reinforcement. I now have 5 divisions for this area. Another 4 will be added in the coming 30 days. ETA on clearing the Marianas is before 44 is up. Erik is shipping reinforcements in and I will let him (its only small units). He needs divisions here to slow my advance but he doesn´t have them. Anything he send here will be a waste.
In early 45 I hope to join the NG and Marianas advance into an unstoppable 20-25 Division advance to clear the Philippines, Formosa and Okinawa. I just need to break through and under his very thin defense there is NOTHING. I have no intel on any combat troops whatsoever on the Philippines for example. I just need to get there!
Only ambition here during 44 is to secure a level 9 AF within his oil. I´m loosely looking at the Celebes just to secure the flank of my NG advance. Manado will be secured by the NG advance though so it might not be needed. I just havn´t looked very closely at the area yet.
I do think I have a solid plan going here. And everything I have done for the last six month have been in accordance with this. I think it will work. The hammer will soon fall again and I hope to crush the KB under it and whatever happens the floodgate of New Guinea will soon open again!
< Message edited by JocMeister -- 5/15/2013 8:29:47 PM >