From: University Park, Texas
In a recent PBEM I had something like 120,000 armaments points in the pool at one time; a large batch of reinforcements arrived and burned them all in a couple of days. A typical infantry division needs maybe 20-25,000 points to fill out fully....
Well I just burned 2k in one day ( never happened before - but of course it does now that we're talking about it !!! still May 43 in the game in question ) ... so I'm down to 15k in the pool ... so guess it is time to beef up production .. but if you're saying I.D. burned 60K per day over 2 day period ( 120k total ) - then I'll be in trouble if I wanna fill out my infantry divisions. Fortunately, I would prefer to spend the PP for them first, move them and THEN start beefing them up ( less PP and less transport ) ... so I should be able to control the 60K per day hits even if they do come ....
Some Numbers and a bunch of assumptions:
1. an "average" inf div requires about 23,400 load points, a brigade 15,500, etc for each type of unit
2. There are 93,000 load points of "unfilled requirements" not counting Manchuria at start (very soft number)
3. The Japanese start with 20,000 armament points in the pool and 501 factory points
Then if we look at the reinforcements per month and assume that all have to be filled out with new production, the Japanese will require
538,000 points between 7dec41 and 1jun42 (7 ID, 6 rgt, 14 garrison, 12 SNLF, 1 CD, 2 HQ, 54 IJX base units, 2 base units, 9 special base units and 3 engineer units)
181,000 points between 1jun42 and 1dec42
156,000 between 1dec42 and 1jun43
293,000 in June 1943
Now if we assume that there are NO losses between 7dec41 and 1jun42, then the total requirements for this period becomes 631,000 points or about 105,000 per month.
The first point is that while the "crunch week" is bad (over 240,000 points in one week!), this peak month is only two and a half times the average for the first six months of the war, not counting losses.
However here is where I start getting a little confused. In one game I did not increase the factories yet by June, 1942 I had filled out virtually all of my forces (not including Manchuria), replaced losses and had a few hundred points in the pool. IF you only get one armament point per day per armament factory (see page 180 of the manual and a separate thread) you will produce 90,300 points which, with the 20,000 you start with, gives a total of 110,300 points produced. So how did I fill out 538,000 points of new production as well as replace losses and fill out the partial-at-start units? Even if all the new units arrived at 25% strength for free, that still leaves 403,500 points just for the new units.
< Message edited by pompack -- 10/10/2005 10:58:36 PM >