From: Cammeraygal Country
There will come a time when you will have so many 75 plane USAAF, and 72 Plane Commonwealth fighter squadrons that you won't be able to actually fit them all on a base within range of the action. You'll be swapping them out in and out to absorb replacements and train at rear bases (and they don't stop improving at 70 skill, they keep going up although more slowly). 100 % train at 10,000 feet and zero range.
Sounds like you are building up your deep defences to protect your various LOCs, which is good, you get lots of stuff to fight at the front with down the track. Midway isn't worth fighting for - you can bomb it flat with B24s from Lihue (or B17s from Pearl) for live training. It is basically indefensible for the Japanese.
Canton Island is however worth fighting for. You can't put enough stuff there to just fort up on the ground, what you want is to remove the starting base forces to make space, put some fighters, SBDs and search planes there, send some auxiliaries for seaplane support and to support a fleet of PT boats, and fly in some aviation support squads from one of the subsidiary air HQs (leave a splinter back at Pearl) while you use a separate infantry regiment to defend. You can live with a bit of ground force overstacking if you put enough supply there, so add in some coastal defence artillery and some AAA as well. A tank battalion takes up too much space, and escalates the supply costs penalties through the roof, but is doable. It takes a long time to build the airstrip fom level 2 to level 3 due to the 0 potential, so best left to later. It is worth building the port to a 3 and then withdrawing the engineers for the time being.
That air HQ is very important. It's presence will provide a 5 level command bonus to the function of the air base, as long as the base itself, and the HQ are in the same command chain. IIRC if you use USN forward air pacific HQ, it has the same command chain. So your level 2 base becomes a level 7 base for admin purposes, meaning you can put more SBDs and fighters there, with 20k supply on hand it provides replacements, etc.
< Message edited by Ian R -- 9/9/2021 1:20:35 AM >
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