From: PDX (and now) London, UK
email failure:No turn today as an email I sent that is listed as sent was never received by my opponent. Very strange. I wonder whose account doesn't like AE?
This will give me a chance to gather myself and assess both the current situation and the future plans of the Japanese Empire.
Current Status:It seems that after a first shock of losing some valuable naval assets our forces have dug in and shown their mettle by quickly adapting to take most of the first objectives in the DEI, in China and in the Pacific without any more major setbacks. This has been helped by the Allies continued withdrawl from key areas before they've lost fighting capability and equipment, and the strategy which seems in play throughout the map of pulling back to a further line of defense and beginning to build there in preparation for future attacks.
Goals for the next month of continued expansion are listed a few posts back on 1 Jan I believe. Maps will be available tomorrow.
Expansion Strategy after SRA:
Now I'd like to ponder the next steps after the SRA and first Pacific Expansions have finished.
We're devising one prospective plan for an invasion before the deadline expires, assuming Java, Singapore and the PI are well in hand by then and no major crisis is looming.
1. Deny the Allies a close support base for naval use and logistical support.
2. Attrit Allied air power where it is weakest in 42, among the British units.
3. Create a focus in this sector to draw forces and materials away from the support of China, which is the real strategic goal.
4. Create the impression that a Japanese invasion of India may be imminent and force my opponent to prepare for this eventuality by bringing in US forces and other support troops and air power that could otherwise be used in Australia, the Solomons, and in China.
5. Attract and learn to deal with the threats of Allied 4E attacks in a theatre of little importance before the masses of them appear in 43. I'm sure he'll be making some more night attacks here with 4Es. I'd rather have them be in Ceylon than in China or the Solomons.
1. The first step in this process would be to attempt to recon every base on Ceylon using Mavis from Port Blair and Glens from subs. If a fleet is present, which I highly doubt, there would be an attempt to sneak up on it with the KB after a feignt toward OZ.
2. Step two would be to invade the islands of Deigo Garcia and Addu, leaving some air support, a decent garrison, and search planes, most likely Jakes. Between these islands and the planes from Sumatran bases, there would be a narrow window for ship movement through this area. Hopefully in light of step 3 this would appear to be a diversion.
3. Invade northern OZ and give every indication this is a massive undertaking that would not stop there. Prep multiple units for Perth and begin to move units arriving toward their South Pacific destinations with an Aussie prep. I have units in Manchuria prepping now for every major base in every theatre including Anchorage, Pearl, Calcutta, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland, and Colombo. If the reports are going through, my opponent must know some subterfuge with destination preps is happening. The first division removed from Manchuria would be prepped for Perth but sent eventually elsewhere. Several divisions in Manchuria and the HI would have prep changed to OZ.
4. Before the window closes a massive invasion (4-5 divisions and support)supported by the KB (the mini-KB would move to the South Pacific) would take Ceylon quickly using troops from Malaya. Only a few smaller units would be prepped for the landing point. The convoy heading to Ceylon would be routed to Perth but have Ceylon as a waypoint, and change to the landing destination only once it's detected (I think this is possible, but haven't worked it out yet, but I have a test game head to head on now to work on some things like this). Obviously, long-legged ships would be needed, and separate surface and ASW would follow with it.
5. Most large ground units would be removed after the invasion with prep destinations in North India. They will head back to Burma. This will only create a momentary confusion as to destination, but if noticed it should change some reactions.
6. Bombing campaigns against southern India would commence and massive IJA fighter sweeps would come in from Burma and Ceylon to every available airbase target to render British air power useless. The replacement rates are low enough that the main issue will most likely be good AAA, although I know the Hurricane is tough in a defensive role especially. The KB and some other naval presence will stay in the area or close by to keep up the appearance something else will happen unless a major counter is occurring in the Pacific. (Most IJN LBA will be diverted to the Solomons and the Gilberts during this time to stave off any CV raids). Nicks would be brought in to try out against 4Es, and once the initial push has finished we will sit back and take attacks most likely, trying to conserve pilots over our own bases. One HQa Flot would be brought in for torp capability, with at least one large group of Netties and some A6Ms for long distance escort.
7. All Ceylon landing points will be heavily enough garrisoned by appearances, but will not use the better troops. Numbers could be high using garrison battalions, etc, instead of divisions. Some engineers would move in to build forts obviously, probably the 15 AV ones with about 48 engineers each. Once acceptable levels are reached these would be pulled out. The main hope is to keep the island as an advanced recon base and general distraction into mid-43. By this time hopefully the full weight of Japanese land power will have made some deep thrusts into China and the supply will have reached a critical point there. It seems any invasion would have to take out Addu and Diego as well to shore up the flank and reduce search capability, so I assume we would have time for more evacs once that has begun. Of course now that units can be bought back it's not quite as critical to get it all out, but I'd like to avoid having to rebuild over a 1000 AV of troops plus support.
8. If all goes to plan, I'd like to have Chunking in hand by mid-43. I'm not sure this is possible with a determined opponent, but that is the reason for this venture. If I can focus his attention elsewhere, maybe our troops can push through the first level of defenses and start movement in his lines. A good number of IJA MB and fighters would remain in China to maintain air superiority, and some IJN MB might remain in the area as well while there is a large presence of IJA in Ceylon.
I would welcome ANY thoughts about any of this.
< Message edited by obvert -- 10/27/2011 10:42:35 PM >