From: The Eastern Sierras
In China I'll be dumping units from Manchukuo into the fray. I want to pound Steve out of China and push my troops up through Burma all the way up into India.
Question: Does China's legendary supply woes pretty much preclude Steve from trying to beef up China with troops from India?
I do not see you consider what "NO HRs" gives your opponent. First consideration for China is that he can move HALF of its Chinese units into Burma, and keep them supplied all the time. Can you even concentrate that much force there, to cut China? OK, roads are horrible, and Chinese units take month to march into Burma, but still.
Second possible thing are hordes of 4Es at skip bombing. My early tests with 1106 put completely green B-29 at 33% accuracy with this attack. You have to destroy Allied air force for all costs.
I'm going after the Hawaiian Isles from T1. Right now I'm thinking 3 INF Divisions plus combat engineers, an HQ, and some artillery for the amphibious assault. Does that sound right?
I do not think PH is worth the effort, but you should throw some tanks. US AT strength is poor initially. Also try to get those 200mm howitzers from Manchuria.
And I do not think taking PH is even possible by standard methods. The only possibility I see, is daily bombardments by BB, you have to get rid of this fort with BB guns first. PzB was able to rearm YAMATO at Christmas Island, so that should be probably your main base of operation.
Regarding China to Burma - yup - that's a long and torturous road. Marching that with supply problems would be a witch with a capitol B... Right now I'm pushing up with the RTA and 15th Army plus support from the SAA. I think that with proper support behind some of those bases on the choke-points, (Lashio, Myitkyina, & Ledo) I should be able to do all right as Japan.
Regarding 4E allied bombers - heck - those things are fighter killers. By themselves thay can probably rack up enough victory points in air-2-air kills to prevent Japan from winning by auto-victory . Still - there are ways to get at the 4Es. They are kinda limited in the base they can fly out of, and if I can target them when they are on the ground... <wolfish grin>.
Pearl Harbor is a swell place to sit on and run Japan's naval forces from. I mean - I can really hamper and harass his naval Ops from that vantage point. Besides... I really kinda want to take it - just because... <grin>. That is an interesting thought though - about Christmas Isle. I'll go back and read PzB's AAR. Thanks for the thought!