- Jul 4, 2015
We too are confident in our might. High Command has not considered that route entirely but a very similar choice. We, as also you have, proposed a light force commanded by General Tojo to drive south through Shanxi and Communist China and the major cities of northern China like Beiping and Tianjin. A second front will be opened by an amphibious force in the northern coast and a third offensive will land on the southern coast of China. However our doctrines do not aim to destroy the bigger chinese army but rather annihilate their operational ability to conduct war by taking their major industrial, supply, military and political assets (Victory Points) in fast surgical penetrations. We are developing what we call the Fluid Combat Theory, which proposes that our units should not hold static lines or fronts against the numerical superior enemy to prevent them from reinforcing or reorganizing a defense in depth of China. It is important for our troops to always be stepping on the heels of our enemies as they fall back. Our 500.000 strong forces that will take part in combat operations against China would suffer terribly if the Chinese were given time to set up a proper defense in depth of the country.I believe Japan can achieve the conquest of backwards China easily enough. Have the operational commanders considered a three-pronged offensive, with a cavalry sweep through the weak state of Shanxi, a direct drive south along the border, and an amphibious strike upon Nanjing, with the intention of encircling and destroying the entirety of the Chinese Army?
I feel that going after the Soviet Union before the Western Allies would be the ideal; China will be a land war by default, so land wars should be resolved first. Doing so would allow you to maximize the efficiency of producing armor, artillery, and infantry, while long-term investments into naval power can be made throughout the period. When the war winds down, you can go all-out into naval production, and have an army that's at least as powerful as you could need, and you should be in an excellent position to mass-produce aircraft.
Also noteworthy is that if you launch campaigns to conquer the Chinese states, you'll allow the Western nations to mobilize for war much sooner. *breaks character* You could create the historical alliance between the Chinese states (and, preferably give a dramatic increase to Nat Chi's national unity so they don't break easily) so they all declare war on you, making the war so much more interesting and allowing you to conquer all the states without multiple DoW's.
High Command was wavering on its decision but no more. We are sure our destiny as an Asian superpower lies in China and Russia and not on the Pacific. We shall attack the USSR after China falls, with our hardened veteran forces. Our goal is to conquer the russian Far East and drive to Siberia. We plan of cutting off the main Russian forces around Vladivostok with a quick amphibious assault behind their lines. Once our war with Russia has concluded favorably, we shall direct our attention to the european colonial powers and ultimately the United States of America. Asia shall be for Asians.
As for the lesser Chinese states, we have concluded a neutrality agreement with them to prevent them from helping China for as long as we remain at peace with them (lol the truth is that I can`t declare war on most of them - except for Com. Chi, Shanxi and Sinkiang - because my neutrality is not low enough, weird).
Strategic bombers are a bit too expensive for our capabilities right now but we shall consider this option for the future. Our main basic strategy for war against USSR is to encircle most of their army around the Vladivostok peninsula and then drive through the massive gap in their lines until we reach the lands of Siberia. What other options shall we consider Field Marshal Hawke?Also, there's a way you could cripple Far East Command - using strategic bombers, sever the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Expensive, certainly, but used in conjunction with tactical bombers attacking enemy stockpiles of supplies, you could cripple the Soviet ability to defend the Far East. Heavy aircraft production also opens the way to paratroops, which would be a valuable asset in your island hopping campaign.
I had forgotten to post the strength of the rest of our forces that will invade China (i just fixed the mistake, check out the screenshots above). We have 150,000 men under General Tojo in Manchukuo, in Port Arthur we have an additional 145,000 forces that will perform amphibious operations in the northern coast of China. Finally, in Taiwan, we have the 170,000 strong Imperial Formosa Army, attached to the Imperial Supreme War Council in Tokyo, tasked with invading the southern coast. All in all, we have about 500.000 troops on stand by, ready to seize the Republic of China and preserve the Glory of Our Empire.150.000 men arrayed against China? That is not a lot. Quality will have to triumph over the untrained Chinese hordes. But I have faith in the invincible Japanese army.
I take it that you intend to annex all of the warlords in the area. That will create a lot of threat, it'll be interesting to see if anyone reacts to it.
We shall handle it, that's for sure.He can handle it with that much, I'm fairly certain.
The presentation of this AAR is excellent, as well.
Thank you very much, it means a lot to Us. Sayonara until next time!