From: Tucson, AZ
A few little things about Australian stuff in this scenario:
- The 8th Div only had 2 brigades in Malaya, not the 3 shown in this scenario. I think by Dec 1941, the 23rd Bde had been split up into 3 battalion groups, to provide weak garrisons at Timor, Ambon and Rabaul.
Having the 23rd Bde in Malaya at the start might give the Allies an unhistorical advantage there; on the other hand, the Japanese should have to fight some slight defences in Rabaul, Timor and Ambon.
- The "49th Brigade" starting in Port Moresby in New Guinea was actually the 49th Battalion, and in Dec 1941 it was joined with two other CMF (ie militia) battalions to form the 30th Brigade. The other two battalions arrived in Moresby in Jan 1942 I think. In this scenario a 30th Brigade starts in Melbourne but it would probably be better to just have the two battalions starting in Oz.
These CMF units were badly equipped and trained at this stage. Apart from the 8th Div in Malaya and the 1st Armoured in Oz, I think all of the Oz land units on the map at the start were militia with generally poor equipment and training - too strong & too proficient in this scenario.
The high-quality 6th & 7th divisions were en route back from the Middle East at this stage, clawed back by the govt in a tussle with Churchill. He wanted them to divert to Burma after the Jap onslaught but the Oz govt insisted on their return to Australia despite pressure from him and from FDR. It might be a bit interesting to include a what-if Burma option in the scenario. The other non-militia division, the 9th, stayed in the ME until after El Alamein, again the subject of a tussle between Oz and the Brits & the US.
There were legal restrictions on the deployment of militia units outside of Oz, to start with - might be worth a house rule limiting deployments to New Guinea in 1942 to one brigade at any one time or something. Grigsby's old PacWar had something like this.
- The 1st Armoured Division only had a few tanks in Dec 1941, equipping with Stuarts and Lee/Grants later in 1942. The scenario has it starting with 150 Shermans (!) and Lee/Grants. A house rule prevents you from moving the division out of Oz, which is good, but on the other hand, various sub-units were in fact sent out during the course of the war (eg one regiment of Stuarts to New Guinea in 1942; they were useful as the only tanks at Buna/Gona). I think the scenario as it is doesn't give the Australians any tanks outside of Oz. The division itself was dissolved in 1943.
- Canberra's location is completely off; it's inland, not on the coast.
Wow...Thanks a heap for your information. Maybe Thomas Harvey will make some changes to the scenario to make it more accurate. I had no idea about any of this stuff. Good thing it's playable as it is.