From: Deepest Dixie
My grand strategy has three parts: 1) Consolidation, 2) Wait and See, & 3) Annoyance
Essentially I will be playing more conservatively than I normally like to do because of my inexperience with AE – I want to lessen the chances of a catastrophic mistake.
A) In Burma I will set up some defensive lines, speed bumps if you will, on the roads and trails leading upcountry. Of course I will do large supply dumps in Rangoon, and attempt to make it a fortress. Along with this, I want to build up some airfields north of this to provide support for the place.
B) India will receive air reinforcement via off-map, and LCU’s as I can buy them out. The coast will be fortified.
C) Diego Garcia will have a priority for reinforcements – I want it to be a bastion for defending the off-map wormhole.
D) In China I will be doing a partial Sir Robin as I withdraw strength to defend the industries upcountry in advantageous terrain. The multitude of starving Chinese divisions will be running hither and yon mucking up supply routes, if practicable, and defending selected hexes. Very possibly I will buy out a few Chinese units to join the Burma effort as garrison forces.
E) In the DEI I will attempt a fortress Palembang, if the Allies get the time to do it, it can put a hurting on Japanese expansion.
F) The PI is Dugout Doug’s bailiwick – not much I can do there other than fortify Bataan and slow the advance as much as possible. The place is a write off anyway. However, I will be buying out the B-17’s ASAP and sending them elsewhere. Where I send them will depend on what my worthy opponent does his first turn. I will probably get some transports out also, I will need them for the Burma Road.
G) Oz is going to fortify Perth and to a lesser extent Geraldton. I intend to focus on off-map convoys for Down Under. PM is not going to be a priority.
H) CENTPAC and SOPAC are not going to get a lot of attention from me, although I may do some head fakes like I am going to defend it.
I) NORPAC will REDACTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE AAR'S AUTHOR
J) The US will be keeping engineers as home for the foreseeable future, except for those going to NORPAC, to build up bases there. Considering my lack of experience, it is very possible I will suffer a catastrophe somewhere and need those VP’s to prevent an Auto-victory. (Again thanks to ******** for discussing this in his AAR)
K) The surviving BB’s will be heading to the states for repair and upgrade. Until they get some decent AAA they are nothing more than big slow targets IMO. Eventually they will be tasked for Amphibious Bombardment duties.
Wait and See:
I will, by necessity, be reacting to Skyros’ actions, and when I determine his Schwerpunkt, I will try to come up with a plan. He will have the initiative for a while.
A) I will be concentrating a great deal on submarine warfare, using the S boats and Dutchies for interdiction where possible.
B) The fleetboats, at least early on, are little more than underwater scouts, so I will use them as such to try to determine what Skyros is up to. I will also be using fleetboats for some limited minelaying in places I don’t think the Japanese will be expecting them.
C) As part of the fleetboat scouting, I want to keep an eye on some out of the way ports, and maybe combined with other intelligence, I can utilize small fast TF’s for quick bombardment strikes. Also, I have an idea for possibly setting some Nell/Betty traps – something to play with. Anyway, taking a page from the Shenandoah campaign, I want to use speed for quick strikes around his perimeter. I will set up some small replenishment bases in places like the Tongas and Cook Islands from which I can base them. Sure I will take losses, but war means fighting, and fighting means killing.
Lastly, Skyros has allowed me to change the orders of my aircraft on the first turn – I just can’t move them, and I just did a little sandboxing. I believe I will be able to really limit the damage I take in aircraft that first turn.
I welcome your comments and suggestions. I have a thick skin, so if you see me being an idiot, please call me out on it!
< Message edited by AU Tiger -- 7/25/2013 2:50:43 AM >
"Never take counsel of your fears."