From: Tucson, AZ
It's actually pretty close at this point in the war. Remember, we were preparing for California to be invaded when all the islands started falling. Most of the Commonwealth troops were in Europe and Africa. US did not have significant troops in the Pacific. Australia had to ask for support. Luckily for the US, The Japanese were initially focused on oil which was west. The Japanese enjoyed great success until June of 1942 and Midway.
An aggressive Japanese commander can really show their strength early in the war compared to the weakness of US forces. My father tried to enlist in Dec of 1941 and was sent home. The military didn't have the infrastructure to handle everyone who came forward. That's how unprepared we were.
Hey there Hank...long time no hear from. I hope all is well with you. Thanks for posting your background info and the story about your dad. Sorry about that, dad. Yeah, this scenario doesn't allow a lot of units or equipment for the Allied side and the Japs are bursting at the seams with troops and ships and planes and now that the US BB's are gone the Pacific is almost my private lake. With all the heavy guns and carriers I can take just about any island I want to.
I heard through the grapevine that there's some kind of raid planned on Hawaii to see what's there now and maybe sink something. And Alaska is a possible target. There's Jap ships up there sniffing around. It wouldn't take much to put some people in Dutch Harbor. I don't like the weather up there. In WITP-AE Dutch Harbor's harbor get's frozen over and during the winter there's no ship traffic of any kind except ice breakers and I don't remember ever seeing an icebreaker....I guess they didn't have them back then? Anybody know?
Also, Manila fell so now there's just mop up to be done in the PI and I still need to grab all those smaller islands around the Celebes down to Timor. I've got people on the west side of Sumatra complete with a port and a couple of airfields. Now to take over the rest of the island. Java is going to be next. Also, I've got people in Borneo so now the trick will be to storm the ports of Tarakan and Balikpapan.
Australia has come up in the conversation in my head lately. I'm self-debating whether and when to invade Australia to take over at most the northern coast, fly some planes down there. If that works then play it by ear for the east coast down to Melborne. I'll need 10 or 12 divisions for something like that so it feels like I need to decide whether to invade India or Australia because I can hardly do both, especially right now. Maybe after China has been mopped up and those troops can theoritally be released for other duties. But that's perhaps 6 months from now, maybe more. I'm pressing to achieve an engineer in a broken bridge hex right now near the border with Thailand and Burma I think it is. Where's Rangoon? Burma? Rob made sure to blow both bridges over the River Quai ( spelling ? ) into the surburbs of Rangoon. I see no defenders there but that means they are invisible yet.
I don't see a need to grab Ceylon at this time but it could come up after India is not a thing.
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