ORIGINAL: Capt. Harlock
On my opponent's message - I would ascribe that to the frustration of the moment. He did congratulate me in a follow up email and told me that I played well so it's all good as far as I am concerned.
Did you tell him that you had managed to flow major amounts of supply into China? I think more than anything else, his loss is due to the failure to move on Rangoon.
I completely agree - my opponent's lack of attention to Burma was crippling in so many ways. Supplies into China, using Rangoon to destroy the MKB, using Rangoon to air supply Singapore are the most important facets of this.
I did not tell him directly but I think he will now see that from the AAR
I don't think it was that at all. You can easily ignore Burma till April without a problem...only taking it earlier if Allies Sir Robyn away.
In a scenario 1 game, Japan is always on a knife's edge. They have to destroy large numbers of Allied troops quickly to keep momentum going -- which generally means a focus.
Japan didn't focus, and they never destroyed Allied troops instead they lost theirs. In addition, they used a lot of very doubtful shock attacks, frittering their troops away. And finally, they never really established air superiority.
It would be interesting to look at the save game, I suspect Japan failed their personal morale check when the artillery train was destroyed in China.
A solid victory, congratulations.
Thank you Lowpe, appreciate it!
On the Burma issue, let me put it this way. Both my success in China and the holdout of Singapore would have been impossible if I didn't hold Burma, and the setbacks suffered by my opponent in both theaters were critical to his loss.
The reality is that my opponent made critical mistakes on both the strategic and operational level. But his strategic mistake of not neutralizing Burma created the opening for my operational victories. It doesn't matter much how well I use my air forces or armies if I don't have the supplies to fly and fight. The way I see it, my opponent first and foremost lost the logistics war, and then the rest.