In early/mid 42, I was so concerned about defending the SRA that I basically ignored Burma. I had thought that an advance through the Burmese jungle was virtually impossible, so I defended the central Burma bases very sparsely.
It is now Nov 42 and a sea of allied units is slowly, but steadily advancing from Imphal toward Katha and Shwebo.
I hold Akyab with the 4th Div and 143rd Rgt. The hex to the NE of Akyab is held by the 14th and 20th Divs, the 21st Mixed Bde, the 65th Bde and the 112th Rgt. The hex to the E is held by the 21st Div and the 4th Rgt. I am confident I can hold here - for a bit.
The problem lies in central Burma. All I have here are 5 Thai infantry divisions, the bulk of the 14th Army (16th and 48th Divs plus all of the army's tank and artillery support units), four Southern Army infantry divisions (1st, 8th, 9th and 10th) and 4 Southern Army artillery units. Based on recon, he has a horde that would make Genghis Kahn proud.
To top it off, I had been ignorant of the unlimited stacking at level 9 airfields (I had thought that anything above 450 engines would result in overstacking penalties). I discovered this when I noticed that my opponent has over 700 aircraft (over half of which I estimate to be transports and 4Es) based at Calcutta and suffers virtually no Ops losses each turn. In short - I'm pretty sure I am completely toast in this theater.
My question is this: Is the Magwe oil center worth quite possibly losing the LCUs I have in Burma? Should I cut my losses and fall back to the Rangoon/Moulmein/Raheng line? Or should I stay and fight?
Well, first off, no Magwe isnt worth it. The allies can bomb it easily enough. Never repair anything in range of enemy bombers.
Secondly he is exploiting a flaw in the game. Units in bases can starve to death because the base is out of supply. But units NOT in base hexes dont have this problem. They can trace supply back quite a ways, not just to the nearest base. Was a flaw in the original design, and because of the game engine, was never corrected, nor could it be short of making every hex on the map a "base" (which personally, I believe is the way it should be).
Now on the plus side. Airplanes fly from bases, and they need supplies to fly. And the allies can not get supplies into central Burma bases over land. They would have to take a port and ship it in or fly it in by transport.
Fall back far enough and hold on to the ports, and then start bombing his spearheads, and you will eventually drive him back. As for the hordes of units, they get lots of company and battalion sized units that dont pack much punch. But you have to be mindful of them oozing around you and surrounding you.