From: Chehalis, WA
Can the Allies get to a point where the subs are really hurting the Japanese convoy and the overall economy?
JSG said it.... it's the loss of tankers that will hurt Japan. Without tankers, Japan can't import enough oil and fuel to keep the HI supplied. In my game with Brad, I am starting to feel the loss of my tankers. We are in Jan 1944 and he has sunk 36 tankers with the majority of those in the last 8 months. That's somewhere around 35-40% of my tanker force. He has also sunk 6 AOs. I will need to use cargo ships to haul fuel and oil soon but they are very inefficient for this. It will be the only way I will be able to maintain adequate oil flow to the home islands in the future.
Japan has plenty of cargo ships to ensure adequate resources in the home islands and Hokkaido has tons of resources so stopping that will be near impossible.
Cut off the flow of fuel and oil and Japan will wither on the vine.
Ret Navy AWCS (1972-1998)
VP-5, Jacksonville, Fl 1973-78
ASW Ops Center, Rota, Spain 1978-81
VP-40, Mt View, Ca 1981-87
Patrol Wing 10, Mt View, CA 1987-90
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