I think a part of the problem is that an Amphibious TF tries to load a slice of the unit in all ships. When you are Allied and are using AK type ships with no troops capacity, the troops component uses a lot of cargo space. Allies use 6 cargo load points for each troop load point, which uses up a lot of space in a hurry.
Here is a screen shot of the xAK Ruth Alexanders load. It is a C2 Cargo class ship with a cargo capacity of 5600 and fuel
capacity of 200. Notice that it is shown with a troop load cost of 419 and a cargo load cost of 1716.
That is 6 x 419 + 1716 = 4230 plus she is carrying 249 supply. As far as I understand, the loading screen does not account for the cross loading. As Allies, I try to never use an AK type ship in an Amphibious TF unless it is loaded with supply only. An exception can be made for the Armored units that have no troop load at all. The Japanese can get by using the AKs because theirs all have some troop capacity which really helps to alleviate the problem.
As a note, the 7th Australian Inf Div has a requirement of about 9100 troop space and about 21000 cargo space. If you are trying to load it on a Amphibious TF that has only AK type ships, rhat translates to 54,600 + 21,000 = 75,600 cargo capacity for just loading the division. Add in about 8,000 supply to be safe and add 20% for being an Amphibious TF and you get a cargo requirement of about 105,000. That would be a very large TF and might still leave a piece or two behind. If I needed to do this, I would not try with less than 125,000 cargo load available. The program never seems to load a unit just perfectly, so I always try to leave a bit of extra.
< Message edited by Dan Nichols -- 11/24/2012 4:27:10 AM >