From: Chicago, Illinois
I'll eat my toaster - with it plugged in - if Q-Ball has even the slightest problem with auto vic. No way.
I will do my best to spare you what would seem to be......painful! For the record, it's 15,500 to 10,000 right now, not even close, though that's before he will take Batavia and Manila.
I haven't posted in awhile, but a few developments.
Greyjoy was repulsed again on a 1-2 attack on a mountain road near Lanchow. Casualties are about equal actually, though he may continue to bang away, since I have more trouble repairing damaged squads than he does (supplies!). I seem to have stopped him for now, but if I lose one of these attacks, the flood gates will open. We'll see how it goes. But I think China will be a grind for awhile.
CVs and Whatnot:
HMS FORMIDABLE was torpedoed off Pago Pago. She took almost no damage, as those RN CVs are very tough, but GJ knows I have RN CVs in the South Pacific. She was on her way to Pearl.
Not sure what others do, but I personally think the RN CVs should be combined with the USN ones early. The RN CVs have poor airgroups, and as a result can't get alot done on their own other than harass merchant ships. But they are great AA platforms, and really tough hulls; good qualities mixed with USN CVs in a big fight. The RN CVs would soak attacks and shoot flak, and hopefully attract Vals, which cannot sink an RN CV with less than like 40 hits. I also joined PRINCE OF WALES with the USN CVs early, and she will be glued to the USN CVs for the next couple years. PoW has excellent AA value.
KB was last sighted off Amchitka on the 26th. Not sure if it's still in the Aleutians, but we're not moving up there without sending more pickets out first.
Supplies are running low in the Phillipines. With stacking limits, you can't stack everyone in Clark. You can stack everyone in Manila. I had kept the troops spread between both, but I just abandoned Clark, and moved all combat troops into Manila. All the construction and base troops that I can't use anymore, I moved into Bataan, because I don't want to feed them anymore. Is that evil?
The only issue with this is that I'll lose the Bataan forts, so he can bombard Manila, but the harbor is mined, not sure he'll do that anyway.
Padang fell, so that's it for Sumatra. Java is down to Batavia; an attack by 2000 AV was repulsed at 1-2, but dropped the forts to 2, so it's only a matter of time; 2-3 weeks maybe. At least I made him bring alot of guys to finish it off.
See map below.
It's hard as Allies to do much before the Indian Army is ready. It's now MAY 1942 though, and the Indian Army gets ready pretty fast. Another reason why as Japan, you need to get to India QUICK.
The 7th Indian Div is full-strength, and "Bought" by PPs; it is marching to Kalemyo. The 17th Indian is resting and gathering strength at Cox Bazaar. 19th Indian is at Imphal, and 2/3 strength. 23rd Indian is "bought", full strength, and just needs to build some morale. 20th and 26th Indian are 2/3 strength, and need to be "bought". I have enough replacements for the last two, just waiting before I spend the PPs. This totals 6 decent divisions that didn't really exist at the beginning. Not bad.
I will probably pull the Australians and send them to the SW Pacific, now that India is secure.
I also have 3 Chinese Divisions in Burma/India right now, and another Corps is marching that way (I bought it)
< Message edited by Q-Ball -- 9/15/2012 12:45:11 PM >