Here a recap of various AARs I've done over the course of time (not exhaustive list - GoogleTranslate is your friend):
1) "A la guerre comme à la guerre" : started as Jap until April 1944 (with AV on 01/01/1944) and then restarted as allied with another opponent from 01/01/1944. Currently paused for personal reasons at Jul-1944.
2) "Pacific Bunga Bunga" : a collection of various matches put together in a single AAR since I'm a messy person
3) "Pacific Rim(job)" : a match I'm currently doing as Japanese but which will end soon
4) "WITP : Logistician's Edition" : match as Japanese posted on this forum and ended prematurely.
Let's see how this AAR will go.
Wanted initially to call it "Hiroito's Evil Twin" and make up a story with this fictional character helped by John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart and various others but I decided it was too much of a story to set up.
On the flip side, I'll have occasional moments, fuelled by alcohol, in which various interesting characters will intervene leading allied troops. I already foresee some, but I need more gin to have a clearer picture. Or blurrier. Or whatever.
Anyway, let's go back to serious things like some poor japanese pilots being killed by FLAK over PH, something I'm sorry for.
I've received the combat of the 7th Dec but not yet the turn. Omar has been so kind to give me a dummy turn so that I could check stuff around.
There have been moments of panic when I couldn't open the file due to a password problem. I was extremely sure of having typed the password correctly but still it didn't read it.
I have always used names of ex-girlfriends who happened to bear names of IJ bombers, but I ran out of names (who the hell has ever got a girlfriend called Lorna?!) and therefore it was the first time I changed my habits. As it turns out, I messed up putting a space before the PSW but everything worked out just fine after I realized that. In the meanwhile, I had communicated it to Omar so now I'll have to change it.
A part from this, everything went well.
No, I'm joking. He has blown up every single ship he could blow up all around the map. A massacre.
KB strikes PH and blows up all the BBs. Three are sunk immediately but I don't see very well the guys in the California, which has a nice 98 floating damage, of which 79 major...
I think he'll try a second day inthe place. I also think he knows I have this perception and he will therefore go in an unusual place: I'm going to sortie my surface forces mostly EAST of PH and hope for the best. Someone of those poor fellas is gonna survive, maybe. Maybe.
Manila is roasted as well.
Singapore, Georgetown and other places aren't doing better.
DesertWolf's landings are however way more interesting. He landed in:
I do see Guam as nothing relevant, but the other ones merit some analysis.
Midway PLUS Wake PLUS Rabaul all point to an effort from his side in the Pacific. This, coupled with the PH strike from the KB, is worrying.
In Rabaul he brought a good amount of AV (over 300) plus ENG and an AirHQ. It's clear he wants to develop the base ASAP.
Wake is usual.
Midway is interesting since I deem it a very weak position for the Japanese to be held. I guess it implies an effort from his side in the NoPac early on, reducing my possible intervention directions.
Now the question is whether he's doing these moves to close the SoPac early on and then forget about it or he wants instead to strike deep south and therefore he's gonna hammer the area for long.
I cannot tell at the present moment, but I have a bad feeling.
Manado is a super old classic. He apparently landed 12.000 troops, which are a little bit too many for my 60AV in the place. In any case, I have ordered the Manado Garrison (43AV) and the Manado Base Force (15AV) to hold the position at all costs. They are going to be among the first martyrs of the Dutch army in the DEI.
Kuching is interesting instead. It's an AF lvl3 and he has brought ENG and a AirHQ in the place. I suppose he wants to develop the area to level 4 and then start using his nasty Betty/Nell in naval interdiction.
The position of the base is somewhat good since it's complex to bomb it from the sea.
Troops have landed also in Kota Bharu, which makes for another AF lvl4 in the area.
Kuching+Kota Bharu landings tell me that he has not planned to get Singapore very quickly and he wants to get bases all around it in order to have the possibility of mantaining a mid-term bombing campaign over the british base.
In general, I do foresee a very heavy early involvement in the Pacific from his side, something that I cannot stop for notorious reasons. I hope he's not going for the throat, since I doubt I can afford any kind of campaign there early on.
Manado landing (with all those troops) is worrying but there is literally nothing I can do about that. Myself, I always land in Sidate and use it as a base for Mavis so that I can control the Banda and Ceram Seas.
Broadly speaking, I have no idea of his future moves. I think he's going to be cautious in Singapore, preferring a conventional siege to my usual Mersing gambit, and he's going heavy in the SoPac. This pojnts toward an early engagement of either (both?!?!?) NZ or Australia.
The combo Manado-Kuching, also, should help a little bit in a push against Eastern Java coming from the Moluccas. I guess he's going to assault the area very very soon.
Personally, I don't have ANY strategy for the match developed yet. I think my main goal is going to be as opportunistic as I can during the Jap landing bonus and then develop a coherent, long-term grand strategy.
In the first months, I mostly aim at the usual things: slowing him down, setting up a proper logistics and sending forward a good amount of troops.
PH results (funny eh?):
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