Finally I have finished my first real turn of this game. It is always an epic procedure. Since this is a scenario 2 with a slight modification, I have to be extra careful. In my other 2 games I have not even tried to do everything the first turn, just the important stuff and then slowly caught up on things away from the immediate battlefield.
CL Boise, she has a chance. She was one hex from Jolo so I put her on cruise speed and auto disband and directed her to Jolo. We will have to wait and see what happens.
Because of the way Des set up KB, I did not suffer much damage at PH. I am expecting a second strike and will have to weather that storm. I sent out all of my Subs, two BB-2DD SCTFs, and 3 4xPTs to see if I can engage him on the surface. The BB-2DD SCTFs have orders to go to a hex within the nights cruise speed distance and return to PH and auto disband. I am also using two 2xDM mine laying TFs to lay mines at Lihue and Niihau. Who knows, maybe I can put a mine into one of his ships. They are also set to auto disband.
Most everywhere else I have done the usual. The Chinese are continuing to move into good defensive terrain. In Malaya the Commonwealth troops are falling to Singapore. On Luzon I will be trying to make a major stand in Manilla. I have a large TF at San Francisco loading an Inf Rgt, USN Base Force, FA Bn, and a CD unit with loads of supply all headed to Noumea. I have shops in route to San Diego to carry a Marine Rgt and a USA Base Force to Pago Pago and a USN Base Force and the 2nd marine Def Bn to Suva. I will be trying to hold the Noumea, Nadi, Suva, Pago Pago, Christmas Island(PO) line. the 1st Australia Rgt is loading and moving to Port Moresby.
I think one error in my previous games was to not make many AKEs at the start of the game. This has made it hard to rearm my combat TFs without going to a major port. I converted 10 Harriman and Hog Island freighters to AKEs this turn. I will be putting them at bases near or on the front lines. I will convert all of my C2 Cargo ships to AEs, but they are too valuable to risk in the early going. I get 28 Harriman and 25 Hog Island freighters in the first few months of the war and I can risk those. They are both large enough to rearm my CAGs, load Torpedoes on CVs or any other ship, rearm main guns of all my CAs. The one place I am short on AKEs right now will be the DEI. I have 4 conversions in Australia and in 12 days I can move some to the DEI.
The only bases that Des landed at were Batan Island, Guam, and Kota Bharu. I don't see any other invasion fleets at this time, so I do not know where he might be going for sure. I do have sigint that units are going to Laoag. I have two tank regiments at Clark Field moving to Vigan. If he tries to land with small forces I will counter attack. A mouse over at Kota Bharu shows 11 units. My troops did not auto bombard, he must have brought overwhelming force there.
Time to sit back and see where he will make his major effort(s). I did not chose to try a fortress Palembang. I dislike the move. If I succeed the game can be quite short. If I fail I have lost a lot of men and material. Anyway, Des is hopeful we can go very deep into this game and I am trying to accommodate him. I want him to be strong when I kick in his front door in Tokyo.