From: Hessen, Germany - now living in France
trying to get my many forces into Singapore without suffering 20% losses... I have over 10 divisions and several corps, as well as misc. Arty's, tanks,
but on first entering I loose 25,000 troops.. mainly disruption...
Is there a better way to enter without such huge loss?? Should I be going in a couple of div's a day?
I even tried going in on move, instead of combat, no change....
also, if you have high disruption, will you gain back you combat strength with rest?
Know the pain. In my ongoing (first) PBEM I have suffered crippling losses at Singers because I have handled things badly - not moving fast enough, not bringing enough logistical support, not sweeping and bombing enough and starting it too late, etc.
The time needed to rebuild shattered divisions forced me to shelf plans for expanding the Empire. Lessons learned for next time:
Speed is key. Singers start with low fort levels but the enemy can build-up forts quickly - this must be prevented to avoid heavy losses and disruption.
The "Mersing gambit" strategy is one way of doing that, but it is risky. Instead, I will take Kuantan (with the part of the 18th Div still at sea, covered by the BBs and LRCAP from Kota Bharu) and Singkawang (with troops at Cam Ranh Bay) as early as possible, with air support units ready to follow asap.
From there, I will sweep Singers heavily (sending at least one of the 45-plane Zero units from Formosa) and fly much recon as well. With Zeros and Oscars sweeping, enemy CAP should be weakened quickly.
Then I will send the Netties, Sallies and Lilies en masse (by that time, Alor Star and Georgetown should have been captured by 5th Division, giving with Kota Bharu three level-4 airfields in range) to bomb the Singers airfields to prevent fort construction. I will send badly needed air support units to the front line bases asap - there are many in Japan that will be purchased for PPs and rushed to Malaya in fast AKs / APs (I'm playing DBB where air support has been nerfed).
With the balance of Malaya captured, I will assemble my troops at Johore (combat troops only, no support troops in the first crossing), recombine subunits into divisions, put them in rest mode and stockpile supplies at the base to spoiling limits.
When ready, I will give move orders in combat mode and follow command and switch the air force to ground bombing to raise disruption of enemy ground units. Depending on fatigue, it may take two or three days to march to the river crossing - if the Singers air bases have been damaged enough by bombing, there should not be enough time for the enemy to repair them and switch to fort construction.
After the first shock attack, I will rest the assault force to get disruption down while keeping bombarding and bombing, with an eye on Singers airbase damage > switching bombers back to airfield attack if necessary. Then resume ground bombing and ground attacks until the enemy surrenders.
That's the plan - not sure what else can be done.