Wow, that was amazing.
Many people are under the impression that Japan should seek "The Decisive Battle". It's the same mindset that Japan had during the war, and against the Allies here and in RL, it's a failing strategy. Most of the more successful players seem to me IMHO have better results with tough, tenacious fighting on land and slashing attacks at sea, together with the occasional deep raids on supply lines and aggressive use of subs (for awhile). Slowing him down is a valid goal. John III is one of the deep raiders, and his play often shows such successes, but also the game-changing failures, of this approach. Your success here, while it won't stop him, will definitely make him more mindful of his assets. LOL he needs to cover his assets IOW.
KB is definitely the Terror of the Merchant Marines when used wisely.
I'm glad to see mind_messing and Ranger Joe frequenting your AAR. They have a very good understanding of the game. M_m has a deep conceptual grasp, and RJ is tricksy and thorough.
You caught him with his trousers down. No way a convoy of that size should be so lightly guarded. If he's talking about not being competitive in two years real-time, that's one thing. If he's talking about not being competitive in game time, that's mid 1944! Rainbow Team is on a deadline at some point to bring the pain to Japan. You may have him on the back foot for awhile at least. It's a compliment you deserve. I would look for a counter by land or a deep raid of his own. A hearty Banzai to you!
What were the events that brought about this great raid? Did you have intel, like from Glen subs or radio info, or was it a blind raid? I'm interested in how this all came about.
And how much time have you spent with the game before you entered into your first grand campaign?
In terms of how the raid came about, I carefully tracked radio intelligence patterns which suggested significant activity in and close to the US West Coast. I further used that intelligence to narrow down likely naval movement paths and positioned Glen subs to tighten the search. So basically 80% signals intelligence and 20% submarine scouting lead to this result.
I bought the game in either November or December 2019 and dived straight into a PBEM after testing out what a CV clash looked like in the Coral Sea Scenario.
My first campaign is this one: https://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=4819071&mpage=1&key=Enterprise%2Chit
I then started the Empire of the sun campaign which is my second game and the first as the Japanese.