Thanks for this. Couple of comments, but as always no observer has total knowledge of the situation.
1. Paoshan and Tsuyung--he has huge investments there for pretty much no gain in this era. Those bases produce nothing and by now you have easier ways into China than through the highest mountains in the world. He also has air defenses there. Why? I wouldn't do that. But as the old saying goes, when you catch your enemy making a mistake don't get in his way. Leave these two alone.
I think he is semi wary I´ll try to get supply going to the Chinese basin where I have 30.000 Chinese AV and no supply. He can´t move the troops into Burma without paying PP though.
2. OTOH, Kunming is a fat, fat economic target. It's in easy range of bases you hold like Taung Gyi. Burn it down. Big HI generators there for one thing.
Its already toast since a month or so! See, I listen!
3. If he's using the railroads he's going in and out of strat mode on both ends. 1-3 days each time. Recon the rail heads and selectively bomb when you see the LCU count jump. Catch the LCUs moving between strat mode and you can get big kill rates.
I managed to do it once and it yields spectacular results. But its risky since he puts up very heavy LRCAP.
4. Other than supporting itself and Bassein I don't see why you have the uber-investment at Prome. He clearly wants to keep Rangoon, for what I'm not sure except VPs. He isn't going to get the oil in the Mandalay group, so Rangoon is support becasue it needs support to support its own defense, and so forth to infinity. A defense at Prome to protect Ramree's front door I can see, but 200,000 men? Can't see that. If Prome has Forts 6 I'd pull a lot of that out and make it mobile. Bassein has the river shock rules to help, but it you abandoned it that wouldn't be the end of the world. He spreads his Rangoon stack out to take it, and then what?
I have 200.000 supply at Prome. I really don´t want to give that away. And most of the supply in Central Burma goes via Ramree - Prome. Without Prome I would really struggle with supply. I have 4000 AV right now at the Hex south of Prome. But its 3 Chinese corps in there which accounts for roughly 2500 AV. The rest is beat up BDEs and some trashed Indian IDs.
5. Port Blair looks open. Could be just the map mechanics. But if it is open, or even if it isn't--take this base! It's defensible, it can quickly go to AF 6, and it opens up Tavoy. Moulmein, and Pegu to reduction by air. This is important because, as Mr. Mobility in 1944-45, you are going to want to land at Tavoy and mess up his whole day. The troops you pull out of Prome? Guess where they go? Drive north from Tavoy, take Rahaeng, and you begin to put a massive Japanese army "on an island"." Almost cut off from supply from Bangkok. Defending on three sides, with the sea at their backs. At that point knocking over Rangoon becomes feasible, or he leaves. That simple.
Its just unreconed. He has troops there. Tavoy is unfortunantelty too far south for me to properly cover. He has some 200 bombers in the area. Any landing would require CV support.
6. Port Blair also makes Rangoon harbor a death zone for supply TFs. He has ships sitting in Rangoon now. That should not be allowed with the air force you now possess.
Its a bunch of MTBs. I take out about 1-2 each day. Its hard to get AC to attack them.
7. Paratroops to help with the railroad problem?
No allowed per HR
8. Amphibious landings even farther south than Tavoy. Malaysia gets very narrow in the north. It can be cut, isolating Singers and threateneing Bangkok. It takes away the railroad in northern Malaysia and cuts the Magic Road from Singers to Korea for resources and oil.
I completely agree. And I have considered it. But this requires CV support. I decided that my "Mindanao before 45" will get the CVs. So any landings in the rear is out the window until probably mid to late 45. By which time I strongly suspect Burma will be a backwater.
9. Your green arrow, new Allied advance, is STILL through the jungle. Stop doing that! Roads and sea lift. Move, move, move! If you have sea control he HAS to walk. You don't. Taking Chinag Mai and the northern railhead has some limited utility, but it's a long way to Bangkok that route. Go at it from the west. Ride most of that way on comfy transport ships.
Well I hear you but without CV support I can´t sealift. And I can´t move by roads as he is blocking the only 2 roads there is with 6000 AV
Anyway, some things to think about. You can grind, but you don't have to. Force him to hard decisions. Don't give him what he wants, which is you beating on fortified positions. Stick and move, stick and move.
I´m moving I´m moving!
And remember, this is 1942 Bullwinkle being envious of the assets you have to play with!