From: Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Don't overlook the fact that you'll need a lot more supply than China can possibly produce on her own. You've gotten some into Rangoon, but its only a drop in the bucket as to what will be needed. You've also got some units out of country (or are about to) IIRC, and the Burma Road is still open. Good, but that's not enough either.
If you haven't done so, start getting Ledo ready, and get whatever you have there to airlift supplies into China. Remember, bombers may also be used as transports. Every little bit helps. Supply is definitely going to be one of your most important shortages in China.
From what I've read in the forum you'll need a lot more than expected. Heck as a Japanese player I know I've used more than I thought to subdue the place.
Playing against the AI I cleared Burma and the Burma Road, cleared most of the air and sea opposition and started bringing supply for China.
I brought convoys to Rangoon, convoys from Cape Town to south China ports, convoys from North America to southeast China ports and I am sure there was some overland supply moving from India through northern Burma to the Burma Road.
The convoys dumped around 4 million supply but between filling out units, building selected airfields and ports and repairing selected industry, it looked like my objectives were only about half done. The constant influx of raw recruits was keeping experience levels from rising above 50 and the Chinese were still lacking heavy weapons to compete with IJA tanks and artillery.
Eventually I just brought in US and British units with decent heavy weapons and tanks to roll up the Japanese. Combined with the Chinese units they were unstoppable.
P.S. didn't use air power that much - bases not built large and lack of air support were the main reasons. I did bring in lots of AAA to keep the Japanese air force at bay, but I think limited supply did more than anything to ground their aircraft.
From reading late war AAR's, it seems that the Chinese forces, no matter how well supplied, will never be more than a complimentary force to other Allied units when it comes to a major offensive. Even if they are filled to full strength and completely supplied, they don't have the firepower.
Assuming I am able to hang onto some part of China, reopening the Burma Road and linking up with any Chinese survivors will be a priority. Of course, that's a ways down the road.
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