From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
GJ's move is the biggest and best I've ever seen, whether it be AE, WitP, or UV. To have lost China and India and to then pull this is just a stunning accomplishment.
We all know that there are plenty of very tough days ahead with carnage for both sides. Rader will recover his equilibrium eventually (but only after suffering terrific losses, I suspect), and will put up a tough fight. But no matter what happens at this point, GJ will will win this battle.
In fact, this is analagous to Q-Ball's surprise massive invasion of the DEI in late '42 in his game vs. Cuttlefish. Lots of fighting was to come, but Q-Ball had won the game already. Achieving strategic surpise on such a scale in such a critical theater can be that decisive. And GJ's surprise is on a larger scale and in a more important region than was Q-Ball's.
Mark me - my intention here isn't to suck the pleasure out of watching this campaign unfold. There is great drama and excitement yet to unfold. Rather, what I am trying to do is point out the magnitude of GJ's accomplishment here. Through a clever masterstroke, the lad has turned the tables from decisive defeat to victory. Whether that will be a decisive victory or a victory on some other level is still to be determined, and rader will have plenty to say about that. But to go from China and India lost to massive occupation of Japan's homeland so suddenly?
And what about rader? With the entire China army free and all those scads of troops he has, he leaves the door at NoPac pretty wide open? Wow!
I bet this was rader's reaction sequence over the past few days:
Reaction Level One: Wow, GJ is invading the Kuriles with some troops. I better airlift in enough to stop him. I better commit all my available air to hammer his forces.
Reaction Level Two: My puny little efforts to airlift in troops and commit my air are totally meaningless. GJ has brought the entire Alied army, navy and air force. He has enough to overwhelm my Kuriles bases. I am in BIG trouble here!
Reaction Level Three: *#*(@$&@##!!!!! He's brought enough to overwhelm some of my Hokkaido bases! What the heck have I done? How did this happen? I better not commit my air or ships against such an overwhelmingly superior force! *#($#&*$#&@#
Reaction Level Four: And now Shikuka?
Reaction Level Five:
< Message edited by Canoerebel -- 11/29/2011 1:14:26 PM >