From: Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Thanks for the patience, guys! My Turn 2 went off to Mike this afternoon. First, a quick recap of Turn 1.
Pearl Harbor carnage was pretty light compared to many I've seen. Mike hit the airfields harder than most Japanese players. He did lots of damage, both to the base and planes, but he didn't close the airfield. He destroyed 16 Catalinas but only a couple of any other plane type. He did lose 16 Kates in the attack to balance out the Cat losses a bit. At the port, BB California went down, along with a DM and a PT boat. That's it. More than likely, BB West Virginia will be joining California in the mud on the bottom of the harbor. She has 40 System and 98 Flotation damage with 22 fires still burning. It doesn't look good for her. Of the other BB's, Tennessee will be completely repaired from her paint damage in 4 days. The other 6 will be a couple to several months repairing, but none will sink. Only 4 cruisers took damage and only CL St. Louis will take longer than 2 weeks to be completely repaired.
The airfields in the PI were hit pretty good, but not a lot of planes were destroyed. No ships in Manila were damaged. It was a similar story at Singapore. Force Z, already being at sea, was allowed to be issued orders and I sent them out of harm's way toward Soerabaja for now. There were no landings in Malaya, but I've spotted at least 4 TF's in a hex together 4 hexes from Kota Bharu and 5 hexes from Mersing. They could hit either base tomorrow.
As for plans, I've ordered the 18th Brit Div to Darwin and have some supply and fuel heading there from various DEI spots as ships evacuate the theater. Some troops, mostly engineers and support troops will also head to Darwin from the DEI and PI. I'll be marching one of the Aussie home guard divisions up to Darwin also, along with various smaller units and support units. Time to dig in here as I get ships organized and heading to Capetown to send a big supply TF to Darwin.
In the South Pacific, I've decided to defend in force as far forward as Suva and will send at least a division of GI's there. Pago will also be defended, with at least a Marine Rgt and Defense Bn. As I secure these bases, I'll make plans for the Americal Div to head to Noumea.
On Java, I'm planning to defend heavily at Soerabaja, leaving only token forces at Batavia and a few other spots. Most other Dutch forces will fight and die in place.
In the PI, I'm going to try to leverage the urban defensive terrain of Manila to make my stand. Perhaps Mike won't expect it and will spend lots of energy bombing a mostly empty Bataan base for a while.
In Burma, the only thing I consider to have value in the early game is the Burma Road. I can't win a fight here once Mike decides to visit in force, so I'll attempt to screen him from breaking the rail line around Pegu to gain a couple of extra days of 500 supply/day into China.
China itself will see most of the units able to change commands heading for the road to India. I'll buy them out as they get to the border over the next several weeks. I want to get them into the well supplied bases in India and then start filling them out. They don't take away much fighting power from China at the start by leaving, and they can build into a pretty strong fighting force later on for my counter attack, all the while not using the scarce supply in China. I'll do the same for almost all the Chinese Air Force. Their starting planes are almost useless, except as trainers. I'll let them sit and fly circles in India to train some Chinese pilots for later on when semi-useful planes start arriving. The one exception is the two DB-3M squadrons, with about a half dozen bombers between them. They withdraw in only a couple of weeks, so I won't spend PP's on them. They moved to Wenchow and will attempt to hit the small oil fields on Formosa at Taihoku. Nothing but a nuisance to Mike, but it will tweak his logistical focused nose a bit.
I'm planning to build up two big air training bases in India at Bombay and Delhi. Chinese squadrons will go to one and Commonwealth squadrons will train at the other. Engineers are on the move toward Calcutta, Dacca, and the frontier bases leading up to Ledo. I want Ledo ready to start flying supply to China once the Burma Road is cut.
I just got the Turn 2 replay back in my inbox, so I'm off to watch the movie.
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