From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
It's a complicated situation. I want to take these islands but don't wish to get my troops unnecessarily messed up, beyond the expected battle casualties, in the process. My experience is that Cold Zone landings will well and truly mess them up.
Why do I want these islands? The are on my LOC, of course, but beyond that they hold more than a half million enemy troops. The Allies are here in huge numbers, having succeeded in drawing the Japanese into a decisive battle. It's been a meat grinder, but thus far the Japanese navy has suffered a serious setback. The battle in the air hasn't been one-sided, but the Allies are making progress there. That leaves the ground battle. At some point, sometime, somewhere, the Japanese army must be attacked and defeated. This is the most efficient environment possible - even though the Kuriles are strongly defended, enemy troops are isolated and the Japanese navy and air forces are at a disadvantage, to one extent or another. This is a compact fighting zone that has many advantages over others. Eventually, the Japanese positions will begin to fall, and then Japan will be really hurting. If the Allies go into the spring of '45 having taking most or all of the upper Kuriles, and having in the process whittled away the Japanese navy, air force and army, then they'll be in a strong position to take the war to Japan proper.
I think I'm right about invading in Cold Zones, but more importantly I don't think it's necessary. The current plan is to invade two more Kuriles before winter sets end, giving me plenty to do during the three-month winter effects. If I run out of things to do, I'd turn to Uruppu, which is outside the Cold Zone.
Final plans haven't been made yet. If Ketoi suddenly falls, I may elect to proceed with Paramushrio this year. But if Ketoi drags out, as currently seems likely, I'll focus on two islands during the winter months, with the possibility of Uruppu as a third.
< Message edited by Canoerebel -- 6/12/2018 4:57:54 PM >