From: Deepest Dixie
An Intro From my Opponent
This is posted exactly as sent to me via email:
"Ward has invited me to send a "Letter of Introduction" for the new AAR he has started, although, for obvious reasons, I won't be allowed to enter the hallowed ground and read this until the war is well and truly over.
It was some months ago that Ward and I first made contact, as we both had slow games in progress and were looking to use the extra time in profitable grognarding. I must confess that I was a little in awe of Ward's 'Matrix Veteran' status but as we exchanged thoughts about game tempo, HRs etc it seemed that we were on the same page, pretty much. So far this match has been a rich and rewarding experience (for me) as I have been treated to something of a masterclass in the aggressive-defensive style of early war strategy that an Allied player is capable of - when they know what they are doing. It's no excuse to say that my previous PBEMs as Japan were pretty much played out against Sir Robin defence variants, for example taking Burma with a ragtag body of 15th Army elements previously resembled something akin to the proverbial hot knife through butter. Singers always fell right on cue, with old Sir Perceival still marching in baggy shorts out with the white flag flying . Koepang was a minor speedbump on the voyage to NW Oz. Not against Ward however, oh no - he just had to tear up the script!
In short, during the course of this game (we are currently in May '42) I have been wrong-footed several times for underestimating the Allies capabilities, and paid the price for neglecting that sage advice attributed to Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest to "get there firstest with the mostest". (Of course, Ward is also a more knowledgeable student of American Civil War strategy and tactics than I). Anyway, little does he suspect but his strategy is playing exactly into my hands right now... "I will force the enemy to take our strength for weakness, and our weakness for strength, and thus will turn his strength into weakness". Shh..don't anyone tell.
I do hope you enjoy reading Ward's AAR, and I will endeavour to spice up the action a little to keep him more honest in the coming months.
As glowing a recommendation as this is for my playing style, I must admit that I have an advantage with my current early war strategy that I am using as much as possible. Currently, Skyros and I are playing a similar game with a more advanced date of Feb. 43, and I have to admit that things are not going well for the Allies in that universe. Whereas we are engaged in some bloody land combat in Northern Burma / Southern India where I feel I have the upper hand, Skyros has pretty much had his way with me despite some early successes on my part. I am using a similar early war strategy in the game against Walker84 as the other game, but I am using the experiences against Skyros to learn from and apply here. I am sure Skyros will recognize the similarities and differences in the games, and I welcome his, and all other's commentary in this AAR.
"Never take counsel of your fears."