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RE: Strategic dilemma- looking for some advice - 2/14/2013 4:47:23 PM   
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Q-ball,

Aye, but whose base has closed off whose?

Koumac is a potato patch-completely out of action. LaFoa is, yet, inactive. Noumea has >100 fighters and a number of tactical attack aircraft (capable of reaching LaFoa or Koumac). Advantage Noumea.

There's no naval blockage, so Noumea is able to bring in supply at will. Resupply to Koumac and LaFoa will be under escorted air attack from LBA at Noumea. Advantage Noumea.

The IJ doesn't have an Air HQ present on New Caledonia. Sure, he *could* get one and bring it in, but it hasn't happened yet and would be weeks (?) to get one in theatre.

"As long as Noumea airfield is closed"? Tall orders, here, Q-ball. Hasn't happened yet. The formula for closing it is no sure fire thing.

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RE: Strategic dilemma- looking for some advice - 2/14/2013 7:09:36 PM   
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Intel Report on the Caledonia (Debacle into Triumph?) Game:
First, I want to say thanks for all the insightful responses—on both sides of the “should I stay or should I go now” strategy. These comments make the game even more fun and fascinating certainly for me and hopefully for everyone else. Here is a brief summary of the Japanese situation to help:

Intel Post 1 of 3:

Allied Opponent: Very skilled tactically, executes surface fleet raids very well, but sometimes I give him a bloody nose. Seems easily disappointed at losses. Concentrates his ground power at the key locations. Swoops in on lightly defended islands (Canton Island & Attu) with well organized amphibious invasion force. Usually bombards island for a couple days first and does plenty of recon. Seems like a methodical planner but bold. Willing to lose ships (I know that sounds like a weakness but I’ve won WiTP games against players who never risk anything). A dangerous opponent!
Likes to launch lots of sweep air raids (practically every turn in certain areas) that I decline to fight (not interested in air attrition). Sends unescorted bombers regularly against undefended frontier islands and airfields, which I occasionally beat up with a CAP or ignore.

Myself: Only my third serious game of AE (played the old stock WiTP quite a bit, but back when a squadron of invincible Betty’s at Rabaul could torpedo anything and you could stack Marcus Island with 3 USMC divisions). I have won once as the Allies in AE when my opponent did far less than historical by spring 1942, and lost once as the Japanese (I left KB on react 6 near Pearl Harbor in January 1942 and it didn’t survive an AI directed run through the PH gauntlet). I have a lot to learn and appreciate very much the insights from the forums and this thread. I am excited to finally have a game go beyond early 1942 against a worthy opponent!

Known enemy concentrations: Akyab, Chittagong, Port Moresby, Noumea, Dutch Harbor/Kodiak. 2 CV's spotted near Midway July 1942 (probably only US CV's afloat). US surface cruisers & BB's probably based at Fiji.

Political Points (@Chickenboy): We had no house rules at all, though a kind of mutual agreement not to be “gamey”—(i.e. no landing pesky sub detachments of infantry all over the coast everywhere etc). On moving troops out of Manchukuo to China- I am going to bring it up with my opponent to be sure we’re all good, if not I will spend the political points. I knew the Manchukuo garrison requirement would be affected but I didn’t realize it was a political point issue too. Anyway, a harmonious, fun and challenging game is what I (and my opponent) want. I also promised him that I would not give up as the Japanese if I didn’t win in 1942, that he would get his chance too. Now, I have been saving up those points in anticipation of moving the troops out eventually, but I wasn’t sure how far I would go on the offensive and where to put them yet. So that’s why none of this capacity has been deployed.

Pacific Theaters:

Burma July 1942 (quiet):

Ground: Significant Allied troop buildups at Chittagong (22 units) and Akyab (20 units). I have one division at Pegu but that division is prepped for Rangoon. Yes, a nasty trick to prep for the important base but keep the actual unit elsewhere, in case of a landing attempt nearby. Any ground move towards Rangoon and the division can reinforce in time. Several regiments guarding approaches to Burma and garrisons in the north country. I am weak here on the ground though- might need Manchukuo divisions in Burma eventually.
Naval: No action so far, British CV’s last seen stalking around south of Port Blair June 1942. I have a light force of cruisers and destroyers anchored at Singapore.
Air: 2+ squadrons of Hurricanes, unknown amount of bombers and 1 squadron of P-38’s at Akyab and Chittagong-I have based Oscars and Betty’s behind Rangoon to avoid useless air attrition war over Burma. I have nothing to gain by engaging his air force, my planes exist there in my mind only to prevent an Allied landing down the coast at Tavoy etc. More Oscar & Nick squadrons of mine training at Singapore and Thailand.

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RE: Strategic dilemma- looking for some advice - 2/14/2013 7:12:07 PM   
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Intel Post 2 of 3:

DEI July 1942 (quiet):

Ground: Allies hold Koepang on Timor, uncertain of troop deployments (can’t get good recon on Darwin & Broome where airfields are being constructed.) This sector seems light a bit of a standoff until one side or the other brings reinforcements. I need more ground troops here though ultimately, otherwise he could drive fullback style up the middle and take PI. I am building up at Ternate, Ambon & Kendari, and further back at Davao.

Naval: His subs have done a lot of damage here, sinking a light carrier. Otherwise quiet.

Air: Occasional allied bombing of Dili and Kendari ineffective, easily countered by CAP of Zeroes. I have a Betty squadron at Kendari as well. But Broome and Darwin will eventually have powerful Allied long range bombers.





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RE: Strategic dilemma- looking for some advice - 2/14/2013 7:14:33 PM   
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Intel Post 3 of 3:

China:

Ground: Changsha surrounded by Japanese troops (6,000 AV plus every artillery piece on the continent). First attacks knocked forts from 5 to 3, resting now and coming back again soon. If he tries to sally from Changsha, I’ve got 2 divisions across the river at each point so it will be very ugly for his 1700 AV worth of starving infantry. Medium Chinese forces at Ichang and west of Changsha, but I have a tank regiment bridgehead across the river SW of Changsha (I think big mistake for him to let me do that long term). Randomly, I also have air supplied infantry regiments of 500 AV making an end run around on the dirt road near the Gobi desert to the “back side” of Chungking at Lanchow. It will probably be a dead end

Air & Naval: nothing going on there. My Manchukuo fighter squadrons training up on old planes like Nates before I use them later. I basically avoid air combat unless it furthers some goal of mine.


Alaska July 1942 (some action):

Ground: I have a base at Amchatka with 144 AV and fort level 3, still being built up by engineers. I have not moved air in there yet but will eventually. He has the Attu island base to my west, so Amchatka is “cut off” but not effectively so. He is building up Kodiak and Dutch Harbor. To protect the northern front I have built up Paramushiro-jima with substantial ground and support. It will be a northern “Truk” and should be enough of a deterrent.

Naval: My subs have spotted lots of convoys into Dutch Harbor. For a while I used some BB’s to blast Attu Island’s PBY Catalina base but now the BB’s are headed south to Caledonia.

Air: Not much, bad weather, just patrol planes.


Lastly- i do have an Air HQ on Caledonia. Just no planes can fly into ravaged Koumac airfield. But eventually...



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RE: Strategic dilemma- looking for some advice - 2/14/2013 7:37:06 PM   
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Hi Lee,

This will be my last comment here, as this is becoming an AAR.  I encourage you to open up an AAR in the appropriate section for additional comment.

With no HRs concerning movement of your units outside of the Kwangtung territory, why on Earth does your opponent have any open terrain cities still in China?  Why have you not mopped the floor with him there with your superfluous AV in China?  I'd immediately dump out all of the artillery, infantry and unnecessary base / support forces that you can and take these sites.  Places to start:  1.  Ichang; 2. Pakhoi-Nanning-(other city on rail W of Kweilin).  3.  Is Nanyang (extreme upper image) still in Allied hands?  Intolerable.  Kill them. 4.  Loyang and Changchow?  They're not in the image either.  If they're not yours, they should have been 6 months ago.  5.  Sian?  Add that to the short list of cities that shoulda been yours by now.  You've some work to do in China.

2.  You've some unfinished business in the Southern DEI.  Taberfane, Dobo, Saumlaki, Bobo and other dot hexes should have been captured.  Koepang needs to be neutralized-it's a priority.

3.  Your Burmese defense is likely insufficient.  Recommend buttressing with Manchuko troops, as previously indicated.

Good luck and keep us posted!  Looking forward to your AAR.

Chickenboy.





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RE: Strategic dilemma- looking for some advice - 2/14/2013 8:02:26 PM   
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Per Chickenboy's suggestion this thread is being moved to the AAR section here: http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=3270286&mpage=1&key=�

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