From: Brussels, Belgium
Spent some time just now fully understanding the Chinese auto spawn of destroyed infantry...as I have several units that need to be destroyed fully in the Changsha pocket.
It is a pretty powerful game mechanic, and I don't think I ever played against an AFB that really used it.
Maybe not, but yes, really powerful if fully utilized ... which is why taking out CHI early is such a good idea as IJ ...
One of the reasons why I've never advocated for the generic withdrawal of Chinese units back towards Chungking. You need the space and time afforded by defending Changsha et al to reap the benefit of the auto resurrection.
I’m not sure NJP’s immediate goal in China is to attack Changsha. The double pincer move appearing from Lowpe’s last map (post #1133) might serve to open the road to Chungking before having established a PoW camp in Changsha. His armor in the plains would prevent most of the northern reinforcements from arriving to the city. The sooner he invests Chungking, the sooner its industry ceases to create supply (this is less important if he takes Lanchow, like he is poised to do, now that Sian is conquered). But isolating Chungking will also ensure the 400 free daily supply is not sent elsewhere in China.
NJP appears to be moving fast and deep in every area (maybe too fast, too deep), a bold move in China would be consistent with his overall strategy so far. Doubly so if he has understood Lowpe’s habit of defending forward, which is probable (he would be a fool if he hasn’t, but I don’t read his AAR). He may bet on the fact that Lowpe hasn’t had the time to reinforce Chungking yet.
And triply so if he has learned Lowpe was moving tank units to China from Burma.
I would guess that, if his artillery and tanks appear in Changteh, it would indicate he’s going to push forward.
On the other hand, if only infantry assaults Changteh, like Hengyang, then we can be sure he’s attacking Changsha next, with the artillery & tanks coming from Wuchang.