From: USA Me-FL-DC-Guam-WS-NE-IL-?
I've been informed That I'm not being allowed to disband TF's , so I have to assume that everything in a TF at PH or Singapore is doomed. Andre has generously said force Z may move, but only towards Java. My feelings are that if he won't let ME drive my ships , I shouldn't LET HIM drive my ships. So force Z, along with everything I have on the board, is totally "Hand's off" for the 1st turn. From what I can tell , his theory is Japan gets the extra stuff from scenario 2, and the Allies are totally bound by history while the Japanese are not. Sounds like an absolute JFB's wet dream.
Andre is very agressive , especially in trying to accumulate ship kills. (I'd actually call him Greedy). I have to assume that everything that floats in the PI , at the end of turn one won't. I expect (barring Devine intervention..like poor weather) to Lose Force Z. I expect him to maul PH, then since he knows where my CV's are , to hunt them down. (He has said "trust me, I won't screw you", but I feel a little like Charlie Brown with Lucy holding the football) . BTW , Andre plays hardball in China. And he's told me he intends to. Any time I've tried the "Slow retreat" option , he's massacred by infantry when they are in the open with armor units. So I guess it will be "stand in place and die" in China.
So assuming 1) everything in PH gets trashed, 2) I lose everything in the PI 3) I lose force Z. What can I do? I'll have Boise, Marblehead, Houston and a few 4-piper DDs'. I'll have the Saratoga group on the west coast. I'll have a few scattered Dutch and Brit Cl's and DD's. It's been suggested that I do "hit and run" raids on Pelilu and Takeo.I expect to lose most of my subs in Mainila.
Any other ideas? Right now I feel like the main thing I can do is curl up in a ball and enjoy the rape.
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