From: PDX (and now) London, UK
Jun 21, 43
Ok guys, this is the turning point. Unfortunately all my strategies and efforts weren't enough.
The enemies landed at Vella La Vella using LCIs and LSTs... some 80 Dive Bombers, escorted by Zeros and OScars took off from Rabaul.... 74 of them never got back...and, as usual, we sunk ONLY 5 empy LCIs... 50 precious pilots gone for nothing...
Enemy CVs spotted near Brisbane... they are coming.
here's the real problem.
Brad played with me. 60 days of daily CAP Traps with empty ships near Saumlaki.... but this time it was for real. Brad used again LSTs, Barges and LCIs (all expendable) to land in a single night the 22nd Marine Rgt, a regiment of the 25th US Division, 2 full Engineer units, a base force and a Marine Parachute regiment... more than 400 AVs at Molu, one hex north of Saumlaki.... this is bad... and this time there's nothing i can do. It was the only "dot" base i left ungarrisoned... i hoped it was too "far away" from his bases...MISTAKE. Now in a couple of turns he'll have a level 1 AF...and then all will be over. The whole southern DEI lost.
Don't know if this time it's wise to try to counterinvade... i only have 3 brigades in reserve...clearly not enough to dislodge 400 1943 allied AVs...
What should i do?
I'll be out of order for 3 days for job reasons....
Ouch! That kind of quickness is the difficulty, especially after all of his prep. This is like anywhere else though. He's got to maintain the base as well. You can bombard, bomb, interdict supply routes or even bring in the KB to cover a counter invasion after you've knocked the supply down. Maybe one base in the DEI 7-8 hexes from his closest isn't sustainable with the right attention paid to it.
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill