Shannon V. OKeets
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
So, just dinking around with my Global game, I finally got to the point where it was time for the Japanese to show up and pay the US a visit.
The US was more or less in anti-surprise mode as much as they could to a point, although they were in a position to improve their chances of declaring war against Japan.
Briefly, I put all new construction/repaired warships (except the two old battleships) on the east coast. Pacific had 2 transports and a amphib. Pearl had Nimitz and a AA gun along with 8 battleships. Most everything else was in San Diego, including another AA gun.
The Japanese Kido Butai included 9 carriers (all but the Hosho basically) and mustered 30 points of port strike.
The Japanese had the choice of either going for the obvious Pearl strike against nothing but old battleships or to go take a crack at San Diego.
That is part of the question of this little exercise: Do the Japanese do the obvious and go for Pearl or do they go strike the West Coast in search of more juicy targets?
I first moved the Japanese force into the 1 box off the coast of the US. During the US turn, the US player moved the three carriers there south out of harms way. The Japanese then declared war and sent in the 30 points of aircraft. Potential targets included convoy markers, cruisers, 2 transports and a amphib. The Japanese scored the transports, amphib along with a cruiser sunk. 2 more are in the repair pool.
Was I better off doing that over getting some battleships in Pearl?
In the future as the US, I think I will put any new amphibs on the East Coast until I am in the war.
Or you could spread out the valuable naval units in different ports on the west coast. That is one strategy Italy uses to protect its transports from surprise port attacks.
Perfection is an elusive goal.