Just to introduce myself – I’m a new recruit to WITP. I bought Uncommon Valour a few years ago, didn’t get it, shelved it, tried it again a few months ago, got it, and immediately bought WITP. What an amazing simulation! And pure magic that the game, with its huge scale, can still evocatively project me onto the bridge of some run-down freighter, plodding scared toward some unknown, ramshackle port. OK, you vets out there will nod knowlingly at the newbie’s new-found ecstasy. Anyway, I just want to acknowledge what an incredible product WITP is, and to thank all those who are bringing about the new Admiral’s Edition.
Having still barely scratched the surface of WITP and, although I have read a lot of forum submissions, I may well be about to discuss some area already covered. In addition, my comments are made in ignorance of any changes between WITP and the Admiral’s Edition and the underlying system and mechanics of either. OK, here goes.
What originally prompted me to write to the forum was that in WITP, LT Col. Varley is listed as the commander of 22nd Bde AIF, when he was in fact the CO of one of its battalions - the 2/18th. The Brigade Commander throughout the Malayan Campaign and the majority of the Battle for Singapore, was Brigadier H. B. Taylor. Suffering from intense fatigue, he handed over temporary command of the brigade to Varley on 12th Feb 1942, just before the surrender of Singapore. I realise this is a minor detail.
Then I started to look at the morale and, more importantly, the experience ratings of the British, Indian and Australian units in Malaya and spotted some very strange values. I realise that this is a fairly small and limited area, given the scope of the Pacific War, but the Malayan Campaign is my research speciality, and it’s representation in the Admiral’s Edition is of great concern to me. My MA research concerned the performance of the Australian ground forces during the Malayan Campaign and the Battle for Singapore, and hopefully my current research into the battalion-level leadership and training of the Australian Army during the Second World War will lead to a PHD in the not too distant future. Whilst I make no claims to be an expert, or to brag about my still limited knowledge, I mention these things so as to establish that I am a little bit more than a casual student of the Malayan Campaign.
WITP allocates some very inaccurate experience and morale values to units in Malaya. But one of the screen downloads for the Admiral’s Edition, shows an Indian unit with completely different, and I think more accurate, values.
Would it be possible to get a preview of the various values that will be used for Malayan ground units in the Admiral’s Edition?
Given all the other factors that affect ground actions, how important is the experience value?
Could we see a timetable for ground-force equipment up-grades? Some Australian artillery units started the campaign with 3-inch mortars, whilst others started with the 18-pounders as listed in WITP. All of these units had been re-equipped with 25-pounders, by the time they commenced action with the Japanese.
Sorry about the length of this posting. Thanks for letting me join the forum.