From: Zichron Yaaqov, Israel; Before, Treviso, Italy
What about striking at the base of the snake?
Plain, flat YEEEESS sir.
1,2 - Yes, and if possible, together;
3: aren't enough targets to strike before exposing and wasting forces there?
You should add Makassar Islands as a must, and now, and possibly northern Guinea also as possible target.
Don't be "stingy" with army units to counter attack-land, on the contrary use the approriate numer and strentgh to assure the complete and fast annihilation of enemy's garrisons. We are in the "Hit-ans-run" phase, which has to be fast, quick, decisive and VIOLENT at its greates possible extent.
I'd like to raise your interest also to other possible locations, such as Marshalls-Gilberts, Aleutininas, and generally every where far from known location of main US Carrier Fleet.
In addition, I'd like to reiterate the propositon to employ the KB for a good raid in IO, or in North-Central Pacific, or even in Sothern DEI-Carpentera Gulf-Coral SEA, provided the position of Main US Carrier Fleet is known and far and engaged somewhwere else.
That you are depleting forces in China, does not find my personal approvation, for reasons we've talked about since.
"I want him to land at any post hex in Luzon"
I cannot understand why to wait for this. He'll leave the small Philippines island garrisons he toke unprotected by Sea, soon or late, therefore I'd suggest you to think and take the necessary planning and measures to prepare the counter strike-invasion there, Celebes like. The nature of the Philippines arcipelagus greatly favor fast attacks from short distances (isn't it what the Japanes tried to do and implement for the Battle of Leyte Gulf?).
REgarding a Burma response, if you are contemplating the possibility to gather land based air striking force (and fighter escorts), in combination with the greatest possible number of PTs, small nimble subs and fast good DDs + the embarked naval air arm (read: the full KB) to stage a combined, massive, phased and saturation attack on his main Carrier Fleeet or to which fleet it should be posted to protect in the Philippines, so yes momentarily you don't have the means for counter action in Burma.
Counter offensive in Burma in my opinion is otherwise desirable, not to achieve anything by itself, but just as the necessary move to induce CR engaging the greatest number of units in Burma (while we, i propose it again, try the real offensive over ALL the Chinese front, with the startegic objective to seize the Western approaches to India-Burma....then Burma could be neglected).
The fact he's not pressing on in Burma, is fearfully hinting me he's redeploying in China. If so, you'll feel it, in three-6 months from now.
Manado-Mindanao: OF COURSE not to abandon them now!!
< Message edited by adarbrauner -- 1/17/2017 1:47:03 AM >