From: San Diego (Lives in Indianapolis)
Only now I realize the acute lack of Allied escorts. Japanese subs can hunt with impunity until I organize my convoys, which will take 1-2 months. I am separating my transports by class, based mainly on endurance. The Allied merchant fleet starts with a capacity of roughly 1,5 million tons and I intend to use all of it. Everything that arrives later as reinforcements will be held as a reserve or to transport troops.
I 'll keep convoy routes to me, but I can tell you my 6 months projection.
SE Asia 1,5M
SE Asia 1,75M
Advice from AFBs is most welcome. Are these values enough for early '42?
Coming late to the party, but I can tell you are someone with experience playing as Japan. The smart Allied player plans his logistics in advance, and makes smart choices about how he husbands his early war transports; however, as someone who has only played the Allies in a number of PBEMs, I have to say, I have never calculated in this great detail the actual amount of supply I am sending in the first year of the war.
The only exception being--you have to pay very close attention to Australia. It might be worth your while (for future reader's benefit as well as yours), to shut down some, or all, of your HI in Australia if you have not already done so and just ship in supply until your capacity to ship fuel increases.
As someone else has commented, as the Allies you literally have infinite supply being generated at the edges of the map, and you have the assets you need to keep Australia supplied. If you leave some of the HI in Australia on, you'll need to be careful that you're shipping enough fuel, otherwise the HI will eat all of the fuel in Australia right under your nose.
Nothing is worse than having shipping stuck in Australian ports because your industry has eaten all the fuel!
Other than that, by in large, even with an intense IJN sub campaign, it's going to be very hard to supply starve the Allies in areas where it wouldn't be starved from to the proximity to IJA LBA or because it's an area where the IJN (and the KB) can operate freely anyway.
< Message edited by Revthought -- 1/12/2017 8:27:53 PM >
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