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First PBEM game - 10/5/2019 6:46:24 PM   


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Hello I started play my first PBEM game and I have a few questions.
Is better send my 2 CV Lex and Ent to Pearl Harbor or to try prevent invasion on Tarawa ( if I can make it) and after it continue to Indonesia.
How can I save POW and Repulse? Both have flt damage 60-65 and system damage around 30 and their cruise speed is 3 knots. Is better send them to Singapure for short repair or send them to Java and after to Australia?
Is it safe send my TFs with Gurka brigades to Rangoon? Or is better send them to Chittagong?
And last question for now is How can I defend effectively Burma road? I have read that it is important to defend this road as long as possible.
Or if you have any more advice I will be glad to help me
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RE: First PBEM game - 10/5/2019 7:11:26 PM   

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Hey, you're the commander in chief, so you decide! That's the fun of the game. Make your best guesses, learn from your mistakes and successes, and have fun.

To answer your questions, briefly:
1. Up to you about Lex and Ent. Enemy subs are a danger. Enemy carriers could be, too, if your opponent guesses your destinations. And watch out for sending ships to Oz or Indonesia, as fuel can become an issue (Indonesia has plenty but sometimes your TFs will find the route closed and they'll be low on fuel when they do so).
2. PoW and Repulse might do best to hole up for a few turns or a few weeks, hoping to hide while the vortex swirls about them, then make a break (for Capetown, not Oz) when it seems like the enemy's forward forces are out of ammo or retiring to replenish, if such a window occurs.
3. Rangoon can become hot early, due to enemy fighters and bombers at Bangkok or vicinity. Very early, sometimes you can get troops in, but be careful.
4. You can slow your opponent by posting troops in the jungle/good defense hexes south of Rangoon and Pegu. Most of your troops are poor and mostly they can't stand up to Japan. Your bombers and figher bombers can selectively target advancing enemy units. Against a good and experienced opponent, the best defense is simply knowing he has to advance via bad roads and that his units may suffer for supply. Once he sends major TFs around Singapore or around Sumatra, all bets may be off. So you'd better also attend to your deep defenses, as at Madras, Calcutta, Chittagong etc. You don't have nearly enough troops to do these things, so be careful if you decide to fight forward. You might end up regretting it.

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RE: First PBEM game - 10/6/2019 12:16:37 PM   

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First, you need to think like your opponent. What would he do?

We can assume he reads the Forum and he knows who you are.
Now he knows what you are concerned about.

We don’t know what scenario you are playing.
We don’t know what house rules you are playing.
We don’t know if you are playing for victory points.

Your opponent knows more than we do at this point.
You are becoming a security risk. Go dark, plug your hole.

As a general rule:
The Japanese can take anything they want in 1942.
Most likely he will concentrate on what he needs to take.
That is not the Burma Road and he is going to close it, at some point, no matter what you do.

He has the KB, we assume intact.
The place to send your valuable carriers is where the KB is not located.
Get your search assets out and see if you can locate it.
Use your US subs to search, their eyes are more valuable than their torpedoes at this stage.

If you are going to waste your MK14 torpedoes, don’t waste them shooting at rust bucket cargo ships;
Waste them shooting at the KB if you can find it.

Check your manual on rearm, I think in scenario one “early war” there are only two places the KB can rearm. The Japanese home islands, Tokyo, or Truk Lagoon.

Tarawa is an insignificant atoll.
You have a tidal wave of destruction heading your way and Tarawa is not the hill to die on.
You can’t defend it if he wants it bad enough.

You don’t want to go back to Fleet Command and tell them you lost your carriers
defending an ant hill, it is bad for morale.

Save those major warships in the DEI if you can.
If they have significant damage they won’t make it out no matter what you do.

You need to focus on what you can save and what you can use to slow him down.
Warships and planes to slow him down, tankers and cargo ships to save.

Then, have a strategy for China.
Built up your supply chains. Set up your refuel points in the central Pacific.
Train your pilots. Build up your airfields. Fortify.

Load your cargo ships and tankers with fuel and get them out of the DEI.
The only way they can slow him down is by sinking.

Temporarily shut off heavy industry in Australia to save fuel.
Get troops to Port Moresby and Noumea you need to hold them if you can.

Move troops to the Indian border with Burma.
Move engineers to Ledo and build up that airfield.

Now that he knows all this, you need a different plan.

Search the forum, there are ideas out there.
Search AAR’s to see what others do.

Watch this AAR, Historical Gamer, on you tube and see what he did.

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