From: Chicago, Illinois
Looking forward to how you do from the "Dark Side"..
Nevada is toast, methinks. That should be it, though.
2nd strikes on Pearl Harbor now are not wise. DivePac did something against me though; he didn't attack, but 2nd day he did conduct sweeps over PH, which shot down a couple dozen of my fighters easily. Not a bad day-2 idea, if you are not going to attack the port.
I don't understand why he wouldn't land at Kota Bharu. No matter what you do, that's a good landing; you secure a size-4 airbase immediately within bombing range of Singapore, and maul 2 Brigades in the process. 2 Regts are sufficient to accomplish this, if you want to commit stuff elsewhere, like Mersing. The fact he didn't do this leads me to believe your opponent lacks understanding of air power basics. We'll see.
I do think that means a Mersing landing........and without aircover, that's not very smart. I would start moving the Dutch PTs and everything else toward Singapore, and hit that landing with so many surface TFs the escorts are overwhelmed. Torp bombers are a good idea of course as well. I would also re-size the Swordfish group on HERMES, and put her to sea immediately; you can fly-off those Swords to Sinagpore in event of a landing. The more the merrier. Don't set Buffalos on CAP, they will just die; their function is to die as escorts, so the torp bombers get through.
I would station Force Z south of Singers ready to pounce, but I would move all the cruisers you can to Singers itself. Those old RN CLs are excellent for sacrificing on a landing, and I would start moving EXETER and other cruisers from Ceylon. If you focus on this one area, you can actually overpower the IJN, and slaughter the invasion.
If he doesn't land at Mersing (but why would he drop the paras if not), but if he doesn't, then those surface ships will be key for Palembang. Load-up one of the RAF HQs and put it at Palembang to make it torp-capable (OR, alternatively, the FarEast COMMAND HQ in Batavia).
Move a base force unit along the rails to Talenb-whatever (the size-2 airbase south of Medan). This will allow you to fly some Dutch B-10s over Mersing, for a little extra punch. Set the B-10s on LOWN, 1000 ft, and they will actually score a hit or two. They carry 300kg bombs, which actually hurt if they hit something. A handful of Dutch buffalos can escort them.
Also, look at the Vindicator unit on Lexington. That unit can stage from Wake-Rabaul-Darwin-Java; you may need to pause to collect stragglers, but you can have that unit in Singapore in a week. The Vindicator has amazing staging range.
Start getting some transports together in the Bay of Bengal. If he is really determined, he can probably take Mersing and cut you off from Singapore despite horrific shipping losses. If he does that, and still hasn't taken Kota, move everyone to Georgetown and evacuate them. Send them to Port Blair or whever, but you may as well move them out of Malaya.
< Message edited by Q-Ball -- 6/22/2012 4:36:38 PM >