From: the bridge of the DNTK Kitakami
It is only January 42 - you cannot expect major reinforcements or experienced/well-trained troops/crews/pilots just yet!
True... I forget that on this side of the fence one thinks totally opposite!
1. First, look at your replacement queues. That will give you a sense of when and where the reinforcements will arrive. Hint - send lots of transports to Aden and send some of Abadan's tankers over with fuel for Aden. If supply is sketchy, send some of your transports to Abadan or Karachi to pick some up.
xAPs, AKVs and some xAKs in place in Aden. The fuel is something I had not considered, and will do either this turn or next.
2. When those short ranged 4000 nm xAKLs are no longer useful because of the distances on map, send them to Cape Town and have them work hauling supply from EC USA to CT.
Most of the 10-kt cargo haulers are either in the East Coast or on their way there... the ones that survived the first few days, that is.
3. Look at your pilot pools to see what is coming from the training system. They graduate to on-map availability at 12 months training so the numbers for 11 months will be your next month influx.
Hmm... good point. Let's see... last month this is what I got (numbers rounded):
* US Navy, 600.
* US Marines, 100.
* Dutch, 10.
* Australian, 70.
* Canadian, 20.
* Indian, 10.
* British, 170.
* New Zealanders, 35
* US Army, 440.
* Commonwealth, 10.
* French, 5.
* Philippinos, 10.
* Soviet, 35.
* Chinese, 10.
That sounds like a lot, but they arrive at a deplorable exp level (US Navy is high at 44, Chinese is low at 23). Training as many pilots as I can in most on-map air units that can be safely put on training, but training takes a long time...
4. Look at your industry screen to see the number of airframes being produced per month, by type. If you need info on future months you might have to go to the editor to see what aircraft are produced and when.
This is what gives me the shudders (current production, not all planes are listed):
* USN - 8x F4F-3A, 12x F4F-3, 33x SBD-3, 12x Devastators.
* USA - 18x A-24, 15x B-17E, 25x P-39D, 50x P-40E.
* Australia - 12x F2A-3, 12x Swordfish II.
* New Zealand - 12x F2A-3, 12x Swordfish II.
* UK - 8x Albacore, 5x Sea Hurricane Ib, 33x Hurricane (various).
* Canada - 12x Kittyhawk I.
I have lost so many fighters so far, that replacement rates are not enough to keep current units operational. I have already withdrawn one of the P-40E squadrons from the Philippines because of the low number of planes remaining.
Things begin to look a bit better in the coming months, though: 36x P-400/mo. in February; 60x F4F-4/mo. in March, 15x Aus Kittyhawk Ia/mo. in April; 24x P-38E, 35x TBF-1, 12x Auz F4F-4 & 12x NZ F4F-4/mo. in May; 45x Hurricane IIc trop, 24x Can Hurricane XIIb/day in June. But getting there is going to be tough. I will have to take a look at planes that can be bought with PPs, I guess.
5. Don't forget to manage withdrawals or they will bite your PP hard! Start moving the units to be withdrawn to a base that allows that weeks ahead of due date.
Thank you. Yes, I will pay attention to this.
Thanks for the comments, much appreciated!
Tenno Heika Banzai!