From: Mass. USA. now in OHIO
ORIGINAL: Big B
I'm not sure I agree with the implication here of shortage of supply and oil on the West Coast of the USA before 1943.
In researching the Philippines Campaign I read "a large backlog of troops and approximately 1,100,000 tons of equipment destined for the Philippines had piled up in U.S. ports or depots by November 1941."
I have also read both volumes of The First Team, and duly note the shortage of oil in the South Pacific Area in 1942 (keeping the old battleships not too active in theater at that time) - but I think this was because of available shipping - as was the case illustrated above in equipment earmarked for MacArthur in the Philippines - not shipping out before Dec 8th.
Furthermore, reading of the above situation, it is clear that the US Navy would not allow shipping to distant areas without what it saw as adequate escorts.
When you look up world wide oil production for 1940-1945, you will see that America (North America) produced over 2/3 of the world's oil even before the war.
So I don't think lack of oil or supply was a problem for the Pacific Theater per say... I see a 'lack of shipping and escorts', and creating a vast network of base infrastructure to contain the supply and support vast fleets and military forces that was responsible for shortages in the Pacific Theater 1942...
my 2 C
I don't have time to look it up right know, (will be at work) but is it a "oil" thing or a "refinery" thing. You can have all the Oil you want, but if your refineries are not large enough, It's going to pile up. Also, I agree. Based on what I have read, Shipping and escorts was a problem....GP
I do think BTS and other RA branded scenarios simulate this "OK" for what we can do with this game. But can we slow down oil flow to simulate this instead?
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