From: Cameron, Missouri
Please remember I am new and really have no idea what I am doing. I am first confronted by air unit Lend Lease. I have no idea and it doesn't seem to allow me to do anything so I leave it alone.
I scrap a few lessor air units (sorry didn't keep track).
South African units to South Africa...easy.
All ship, except a few convoys that will move into the Bay of Bengal go to Calcutta.
5-1 GAR to Calcutta
I decide to concentrate the Commonwealth Land units around the "front" in Burma.
3-3 INF (Indian and 7-3 INF and 3.7inch AA to the hex NW of Mandalay.
I put the Wavell HQ to the West of this and the 4-3 Inf (Indian) to the SW of Wavell.
(Just a note here about Wavell. This is one of the most underrated Generals in WWII. He at least from what I can see, seems to be a really good general, he just got a bad deal and now few look know who he is.)
I scrap a few units (sorry didn't keep track).
4-3 INF to Mandalay in Burma.
At Ragoon I put the Yamashita HQ and the Ki-44-la FTR. I really thought about putting the HQ with the INF, but want it available for transport if needed.
I put the units required into Japan with 2 transports ready to move.
I put 3CP's in the 0 box of all sea zones. I wonder do I really need to have come CP's in the Sea of Japan. I am worried about resource transport, but shouldn't the rescources be able to get transported throught the China Sea?
I also look at Kwajalein. To me it looks like it can get supply from the Marianas so I put no CP in the Marshalls.
2-4 MAR to Kwajalein as I suspect it will be a target for the Americans.
4-3 INF, 8-3 INF, and 2-3 AT to 126,176 with the Yamamoto HQ in the Hex to their NW. I want to make a strong overland push for Port Moresby.
6-3 MAR to Rabaul with a TR
4-4 MAR to Truk with an AMPH
1x B5N2 NAV to Kwajalein. This gives it access to 3 sea zones and provides some protection for the Marshall and Gilbert Islands.
1x L20 ATR to Rabaul
1x LND3 to Rabaul
1x LND3 G4M1 Betty with range of 22 to Truk.
1x FTR2 KI-27 to Rabaul
1x B6N2 Jill CVNAV to Kwajalein. Size will not allow it to fit on any CVs.
2x sub to Kwajalein to move into The Marshalls sea zone.
1x sub to Rabaul to move into Coral Sea zone.
1x sub to Ragoon to move into the Bay of Bengal.
CVL Zuiho, CVL Shoho, CVL Hosho to Japan because of no planes.
1x CA to 0 box South China Sea, China Sea, Japanese Coast, Bismark Sea, The Solomons, and The Marianas.
CV Zuikaku w/D3A2 size 4
CV Shokaku w/A6M3 and B5N1
CV Hiryu w/ B5N2
CV Soryu w/ B5N2
CVL Unyo, no planes, cannon fodder.
6x BB including Yamoto
5x Movement allowance 6 CAs
CV Akagi w/ A6M2 and B5N1
CV Kaga w/ A6M2 and B5N1
CV Junyo w/B5N1
CV Ryujo w/ D3A1
CVL Taiyo, no planes, cannon fodder
5x BBs including Haruna, 8x CAs
I scap a bunch of units. Did I do good, bad, no idea.
I set some units to the East Coast. Why am I even dealing with the East Coast in this scenario?
Petty much shoe horned as the scenario requires me to put units in certain places so I am only going to deal with the units I get a choice of.
2x CPs to West Coast, Mendocino, and Hawaiin Islands
2x CPs to The Marshalls and 2x CPs to Coral Sea
CV Lexington and Yorktown go to Hawaii with the Enterprise.
I have a sinle LND3 and looking where to put it I find no better place than Port Moresby which has no land units. I realize that there is nothing to keep the Japanese from walking right into it. I don't know if I just wasn't allowed to put a unit there or if I was and put them in Australia instead. I have no choice, but to put the 2-4 MAR, MacArthur HQ, and 8 inch MOT Div into Moresby.
My single SUB goes to the 3 box of the South China Sea to strike a Japanese resources.
Single TR goes to San Diego where I put a 6-4 MAR and 4-4 MOT INF.
For surface forces this leaves 6 CAs. I put 4 in Darwin with the idea to move into the Timor Sea and disrupt/threaten Japanese forces. The other two go to Hawaii.
1x PBM-1 Flying boat to Espiru Santo in tghe New Hebrides.
1x P-39 FTR2 to Port Moresby.
As I contemplate where to put my last unit, a P-40 FTR2, I reinforce the feeling that I just do not have enough units to protect everything. When the CVs leave Hawaii there is no more air, so do I put it there? What about Australia, or the the New Hebrides?
I decide to put it at 129,178 just 3 hexes to the southeast of Port Moresby. From there it can cover Port Moresby and strike at Rabaul. It can even reach into the Solomon Islands and with a slight move might be able to cover Henderson Field.