From: Winnipeg, MB
ORIGINAL: Nowi Ribak
situation as of 22.01.42 is quite nuanced - one the one hand the Jap advance is thorough, capturing Wake, Canton Island, Guadalcanal, Borneo etc. I try to leave them room, play mostly Sir Robin while consolidating at a few important landsites/ports.
Now the early push to the Solomons has surprised me, the capture of Canton was also quite aggressive IMO, so I prepared some small counterstrikes.
KB sailing around Ceylon and then vanishing north (probably to resupply) has opened the region for counterattacks, 2 of my smaller TFs with 1 CA, 2-3 CLs and 4-5 DDs plow through JAP AKs and sink ~15 and some other stuff. Now although this feels "off" I dont know what else to do? Just let them advance and invade without screening forces? Ignore vulnerable AKs just for the sake of it? Why only send AKs and PBs for major invasions? The also love sending AKs into CB defended ports ... nothing I can do there.
Same in the Solomon islands - very early push into the Coral See, seemed like a major threat for me. Gathered 3 CVs and counterattacked - mostly just again sinking AKs, no opposition so far.
Another minor observation: AI led 2 DDs and 5 AOs into the coastal battery at Bataan, completely wiping the floor with them (also mines ...). Now I did not do any thing for that to happen, just pulled back my INF forces to Bataan, as the JAP army is advancing aggressivly on the Philipines islands.
-So am I allowed to sink some AKs? Does this threaten his cargo fleet in a major way, or are some losses expected?
-Punishing JAP advance into Coral See ok? It is a major threat for Noumea and my US-AUS supply link, so I cant just let them flood me with AKs and army troops ...
-Does losing 5 AOs end the JAP game, or can I play on?
Now please dont just spam 'dont play AI', it wouldnt be helpful for my case, as I am really trying to accomodate to its weaknesses.
In situation A, the invasion TFs were in a place they did historically go, so striking at them is quite reasonable to me.
The Japanese expect to lose a few AK types but if you get over 30 of them before mid-1942 you might be resisting too much. The AI needs to take bases and get some supply to them if you want reasonable resistance later.
Japan can make more AOs - some from conversions and some fresh builds.
Noumea can be defended from Noumea. Striking in the Coral Sea wipes out too much of the shipping that could be headed for the Solomons or Port Moresby.
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