From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
NoPac: Everything quiet here today. No sign of enemy carriers or sizeable counter operations (I don't think John will come unless he brings his carriers; at least for awhile). Operation Quercus is complete. At a cost of one CA and two DDs, the Allies occupy Akutan (160 AV, base force, engineers) and Cold Bay (140 AV, engineers), and reinforce Kodiak (350 AV). On the plus side, the Allies sink one AO, one PB, and at least one DD, maybe two. Overall, this has been a highly successful operation. If the enemy carriers rise to the challenge, I will deem it a strategic victory of the first order.
Pacific: Quiet. QE is perhaps three days out of LA. With 18 SYS damage, she'll need a week in the yards, after which I'll buy 27/C Div. for transport to Melbourne.
DEI: Quiet. Singers is down to 16k supply, so she might hold another two or three weeks.
Luzon: Nothing's happened at Clark field in weeks.
India: The combat TF near Addu Atoll? Well, it's a carrier TF. Good patrols out of Addu and Diego report carriers with 50 fighters, 40 bombers, and 12 auxilliary. I'll steer clear of this puppy.
China: MLR still looks good.
John's Email: John asked me via email what I thought of his sub's performance over the past few days. I didn't reply, in keeping with my practice. Part of the reason is that I really, really would like to ask him about a few things that have happened in the game, but doing so would either disclose important information or appear to be goading.
The Game to Date: To this point, I think there are three major advantages that have accrued to the Allies. I don't take credit for any of them. IE, they are each self-inflicted wounds by Japan:
1. Use of Infantry Divisions: I've detailed this at length recently, so I won't go into detail. Suffice to say that John's stalled campaigns at Singers and Clark and his failure to jump hard somewhere else are symptomatic of this failure.
2. Use of the KB: From my perspective, the commitment of the KB to New Zealand in a lengthy cruise was a tactical failure and a strategic disaster.
3. Air War: As of this date, John has a seven point lead in the air war - 947 to 940. As of this date, there are no active air campaigns ongoing in any theater, and there haven't been for for at least six weeks. If auto vic were on the table, this would actually help John (because the Allies would almost certainly do better than a 1:4 ratio). But in a game that's going the distance, Japan can and ought to attrit the Allied air force in 1942 to take advantage of the woeful aircraft pools. At the moment, it doesn't look like there will be any major air campaigns any time soon.
I do give John high marks for his "shock and awe" move into and through the DEI at the outset of the war. This was well organized and overwhelming (in part because I stood in front of a tidal wave).
As for my play thus far, I've only done one thing to date that I take any pride in - the just completed operation in the Aluetians. I have done very little else of any worth.
This evaluation comes from my limited perspective as the Allied commander, so I may be missing important things. But, to this point, I think John hasn't had a good concept for Phase II, thus allowing about six weeks to pass without accomplishing anything worthwhile. If, as I hope, he commits his carriers to NoPac, then his situation should really deteriorate.
Now, to answer Q-Ball's question, here's the general allocation of major Allied infantry units to open the war:
1. Marines - went to occupy key NoPac bases to secure the area and to prevent a repeat of what happened in my game vs. PzH.
2. 18th UK Div. - two brigades lost at Cocos Island; the third is defending Diego Garcia. The division has been rebuilt and is currently at about 215 AV.
3. Australian Div. - one division is at Karachi, the second is at Socatra, pending a decision on commitment. Originally, I was considering sending this to Oz, but much more likely now to go forward in India (Calcutta) or possibly to Ceylon.
4. Americal: beginning to arrive at Capetown; this unit will probably go to Oz.
5. 27th USA: One RCT is at Melbourne, one is en route, and the last will board QE at Los Angeles in a week or so.
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