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Japanese starting force dispositions - 12/18/2013 12:00:42 AM   
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Hi all,

I've been wondering, as I'm planning my first Japanese AE move, how much knowledge, intel and recon the Japanese had of the Allied dispositions in the SRA? We all know the Japs needed more force on Luzon but they seemed very well versed and skilled on conquering the rest of the SRA. Does anyone have any knowledge as to how much of this was down to Japanese skill/training, Allied lack of preparedness OR was it down to Japanese foreknowledge of what was where and as such what force to allocate to overcome it?

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RE: Japanese starting force dispositions - 12/18/2013 1:23:18 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Speedy

OR was it down to Japanese foreknowledge of what was where and as such what force to allocate to overcome it?

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The Japanese had diverse sources in pre-war intelligence. Traditional human intelligence, such as spies and informants, played an important role as the war neared. Japanese consulates in targeted areas collected information and passed it back to Japan for war planning purposes. Overflights of British bases in Malaya weren't uncommon. Japanese "tourists" were also active, and Japanese fishing vessels conducted extensive hydrographic surveys of potential landing areas. Japanese intelligence officers posed as foresters along the Thai-Burma border to scout out invasion routes. The large Japanese commercial community in Manila was a valuable source of information. Even in the Solomons, native scouts on Guadalcanal recognized a Japanese officer, "Ishimoto", who had posed as an itinerant carpenter at Tulagi.

The down side was that all these planted sources dried up pretty quickly when the war started.

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RE: Japanese starting force dispositions - 12/18/2013 1:25:47 AM   
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Allied lack of preparation + ingrained racially motivated disdain for the Japanese = six months of Japanese free reign.

As you allude to, the majority of Japanese forces (especially their army) was not especially impressive. Plenty of stamina and drive in the individual infantry soldier, but lets not forget the very flimsy background against which they won their early victories.

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RE: Japanese starting force dispositions - 12/18/2013 4:58:14 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Terminus

Allied lack of preparation + ingrained racially motivated disdain for the Japanese = six months of Japanese free reign.

As you allude to, the majority of Japanese forces (especially their army) was not especially impressive. Plenty of stamina and drive in the individual infantry soldier, but lets not forget the very flimsy background against which they won their early victories.



Yes, I just started a brand new campaign after finishing up a four year marathon. I am just blown away looking over my first day's dispostions. The Allies were just so pitifully weak in the Pacific and Asia.

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RE: Japanese starting force dispositions - 12/18/2013 3:50:55 PM   
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Enjoy it while you can lol. It will not last

Of course they did have this little issue over in Europe that they were having some minor troubles with at the time too

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RE: Japanese starting force dispositions - 12/18/2013 4:23:58 PM   
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Thanks for the replies guys.

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