In 1941, bauxite was mined in Arkansas, the Caribbean, and South America. Smaller amounts were produced in India. The only source under Japanese control at the start of the Pacific War was in the Palau Islands. However, Japan seized rich deposits in Malaya and the Netherlands East Indies early in the war. When these became inaccessible due to the submarine blockade later in the war, attempts were made to use aluminiferous shale from Manchuria, but this proved to be a poor source of aluminum, and production plummeted.
Japan had imported five to ten thousands tons of aluminum per year prior to 1934, but thereafter made strenuous efforts to increase domestic production. Abundant hydroelectric power aided the development of the aluminum smelting industry. Japanese production of aluminum in 1941 was 71,740 metric tons and peaked at 151,000 tons in 1944, while U.S. production was 309,100 tons in 1941 and peaked at 920,200 tons in 1943. At the time war broke out, Japan had stockpiled 254,740 tons of bauxite.
for your information, it takes 4 tons of bauxite to make 1 ton of aluminum
Japanese had to import their bauxite from this island of Bintan (that one below singapore) during the war, and once they lost the philipines,
they were completely done fore (1945 they made a total of.. SEVEN kilotons of aluminum, versus NINE HUNDRED kilotons by the usa)
AE becomes ridiculous when the japanese player starts turning off ships to build ac, when that was impossible
back to the topic:
the Yamato battleships really had to be built, only a fool would stop the development of any particular weapon system in peacetime
but if you want to make a custom scenario, where they are not built
then only ships or tanks can be made from yamato's materials
< Message edited by Commander Stormwolf -- 11/1/2012 12:14:29 PM >
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