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    Real Strategy Requires Cunning

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Jushu said:
Does the emperor always wake up at 0000 for the meetings? :p Sorry for being a smartass, but it just sounds funny.

He´s the Tenno (= God)! He doesn´t need to sleep! :rofl:

btw: what´s going on in europe? I would like to see some action there, for example a war Allies vs. Comintern...
 

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Jushu said:
Does the emperor always wake up at 0000 for the meetings? :p Sorry for being a smartass, but it just sounds funny.
well, time in the game is either greenwich or CET, so 00:00 ist day in japan
 

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what has happened in europe? has the allies given back all their territory that they nicked from the germanic empire?

if i was attacking the soviets i would attack mongolia to take out a puppet, move though west china to the artic circle and try and hold the west flank whils closing off the east. Having a mobile deffence line in the west whilst my TAC's and CAS deal with any troops moving to attack me!
 
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what has happened in europe? has the allies given back all their territory that they nicked from the germanic empire?

if i was attacking the soviets i would attack mongolia to take out a puppet, move though west china to the artic circle and try and hold the west flank whils closing off the east. Having a mobile deffence line in the west whilst my TAC's and CAS deal with any troops moving to attack me!
That would iterest me allso.
 

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Why not wait another year to invade Russia build some more units to help with the invasion.
 

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Cpt Rossi said:
Why not wait another year to invade Russia build some more units to help with the invasion.

Invading Russia now would add more bang to the buck to this AAR...plus I don't think certain readers would want to wait another game year to see the shedding of communist blood.
 

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Cpt Rossi said:
Why not wait another year to invade Russia build some more units to help with the invasion.

I can see three major reasons. One Remble would not have the manpower to build up a much larger army. Two the Soviets do have the manpower to build an army (which they would do). And three the Soviets have a larger IC base to build that larger army. So invading sooner is actually better for Remble and not waiting.

Plus Remble mentioned he hates having divisions doing nothing. ;)
 

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Jushu said:
Does the emperor always wake up at 0000 for the meetings? :p Sorry for being a smartass, but it just sounds funny.

appologise accepted, but if you think about it japan isn't on the same time code as the UK if you play as japan you'll see that midnight is actually like UK 7 am.

I now appologise for being an unfunny smartass. :p
 

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Why would you push for war with the SU????

With 65 manpower that is plain suicide....You wont be able to reinforce your army in a war of that magnitude. Not to mention they can deploy over 500 divs to your inland empire??

If you have a "cunning plan" like always then i cant wait to see it but it seems like your acting like hitler did invading russia.....Should focus on the allies before you open such a huge front...


Amazing AAR thow....Your really good at these....

Read both of yours. Following always with great intrest
 

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well, attacking the soviets is risky but he has no real choice. if he does not attack them, it is likely that they will attack him at some time, leading to the following two problems:
1. they will continue to grow in peacetime with more IC and MP income than remble has while he has to fight the US. they will simply outproduce him and if he waits too long, the odds might be 6:1 instead 5:1
2. he does not know when the soviets will attack. he is therefore forced to have a defensive force standing in china. and this force wont have any use until the soviets attack, so he might be supplying his army several years for no gain
 

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I think remble should attack from the belly, cuting the SU in half.
To make sure the SU can not convoy her troops you should invade all her east coast...
You could encircle half of her army...

unfortunately i doubt that half of the soviet army is in siberia as remble keeps pointing out there are no troop at the border, so i doubt that you will even get 50 divisions unless he redeploys large amounts of troops and then he will be outnumber like 10:1.
 

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Northern Resource War

Why such deliberation over whether to undertake the forthcoming war in the Northern Resource Area?

The Emperor has willed it. So it will happen. That is all we mortals need know.

(Although war in Europe would be very nice).
 

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I Killed Kenny said:
I think remble should attack from the belly, cuting the SU in half.
To make sure the SU can not convoy her troops you should invade all her east coast...
You could encircle half of her army...

Remember it is the AI we are talking about, it would find a way to supply itself anyway. The AI is smart like that.
 

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robou - Thank you. I had to go look what award it was :)

Jon Young - Bases everywhere in this scenario, except Bombay. Sinkiang would be the obvious choice as it is closer to resources.

stnylan - The Pacific is going well so far and the USN is crippled so I do not expect the pace to slow down, it will probably increase.

rampagingmouse - All of my bombers and some interceptors will move to Asia, leaving just NAV's and single INT's for patrols of the Pacific. The Soviet airforce is not a major concern. They can have 500 squadrons if they want but if they don't have a base in range it won't help them. There are four Soviet airbases east of the Urals, thats all just four. Of those four only two are close enough to operate CAS and only Vladivostok is in an area I wouldn't want them to be using.

Kanitatlan - Killing their convoys is an interesting idea. I had thought about it but there are a few reasons why I can't really do it. Firstly they have too many convoys and I do not have enough of a Navy to enforce it. Secondly if I am convoy hunting I cannot choose when to fight which means I can easily get 'jumped' by a nasty fleet. I have no spare ships and very little spare IC to build more. Thirdly my Subs are almost useless and sink in large numbers when even one Destroyer finds them.

My policy has been to deny the Pacific to the Allies by removing their ability to Transport troops across it in any large numbers. The fact that there are no 'super' stacks that I can see seems to point to this being a viable tactic.

Places like Ngulu are important and really do have to be removed. Taking it means the AI will lose interest in that area, if I leave it then sooner or later a Super Carrier Fleet will operate around it and that would destroy a large amount of my fleet before I could kill it. I prefer to have a lot of warning before an enemy fleet of that size shows up and if I have to keep monitoring Ngulu it draws my forces away from where they could be. My four NAV's would not fare well against one of these fleets either so I would have to engage them with the IJN if or when they arrive.

Maj. von Mauser - Thanks. Your hopes of the Soviets making the DoW may not be far off the mark. I may not actually have a choice but to be at War with them. You will have to wait until the end of March before I explain why I think they will be the ones making the DoW though :D

Sokraates - Well the AI cheats so I don't think it likes the sportsman like conduct approach. I would have to edit to do that and you know I hate to do that ;)

alan_le_cowboy - Airbases is a good topic and I covered it somewhat in my reply to rampagingmouse. As a general 'rule' I do not build airbases, Tahiti in my other AAR was an exception. If I build airbases the Soviets can take them and use them, if I protect whats already there it becomes a lot easier to deny them access to a frontline base.

Jushu - It is kind of amusing yes but as has been pointed out 0000 is actually 2 hours after dawn for Japan.

Inner Circle, Delex - Europe is a peaceful continent. Nothing at all is happening and the US still controls Breslau with the Soviets refusing to give up Tirana.

Reado - Mongolia would be a priority certainly but it takes time to march through that territory.

Cpt Rossi, Panzer6, Manziel - Panzer6 and Manziel are correct as usual :) The Soviets get stronger and I get weaker in comparison as time passes. The earlier the better and this year would be the best time with the USN crippled for at least a year.

Nathan Madien - Invading the Soviets would liven the AAR up but it is the type of decision that can lose a War so I would only make it for strategic reasons :)

Tomatoes - Thank you. I do have a plan of course, but its not particularly cunning. I will use Soviet Strategy against them and trade space for time.

I Killed Kenny - The only Soviets I know about are in Vladivostok and the island to the north east. The rest may well be in the west still.

Ruodnane - Very well put :D

I will say one thing before we all get over excited about the forthcoming War with the Soviets. My 100+ divisions will not be pushing 600 Soviet divisions around anywhere. I might get the jump and manage to advance a little but when they all show up there will only be one direction I will be moving and its not forwards.

I have 16 TAC and 16 CAS which is nowhere near enough to stop the Soviets advancing, I would need at least three times that number to do that. I will be going backwards so you might want to get used to that idea.

Update to follow ...
 

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Operation Obsolete

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0000 February 1st 1946.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamashiro, Osaka.

American Transport ships had been spotted in the Central Marshalls and the two Submarine Flotillas patrolling the area had intercepted them.​

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Toyoda would be forced to withdraw because of the Destroyer Division escorting them and the bombers would have to deal with the threat.​

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The latest reports from Australia were favourable and Ozawa had few concerns about the conquest of the Country at this time. Troops were advancing throughout enemy territory with no sign of any resistance. Ozawa's only concern was the lack of range on the Close Air Support bombers but there was nothing he could do about it as the longer ranged Tactical bombers were critical to success in other areas.​

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An enemy fleet had been spotted entering the port on Admiralty Island which prompted Ozawa to send Air General Gondo on a reconaissance mission. The Carrier USS Lexington and the last remaining Battleship of the United States Navy, USS California, were amongst the ships in the port. Unfortunately for these ships Japanese Tactical bombers were already in range from their base on Yap.​

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Ozawa's problem in Australia was illustrated at 0400 hours on February 1st when an Australian division counter attacked Lt. General Yokoyama Isa in Mount Isa. The first division was joined by a second and they forced a Japanese withdrawal north. The Close Air Support aircraft could not reach this far inland and would have to wait for the enemy to advance before exacting revenge.​

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At 0800 hours Admiral King was found by the patrolling squadrons of Yamashita as he entered the North Mariana Trench. Nothing would be done to directly attack this fleet but it would be monitored for as long as possible.​

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Lt. General Kuribayashi and his Rebaul Garrison had been rescued from that island over a year ago and were slowly making their way back there. Truk would be their place of garrison for the time being as the defensive troops arrived throughout the Carolines.​

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The Naval bombers had failed to sink the Transport ships in the Central Marshalls and they had managed to unload their troops before the bombers could return at dawn. The undefended islands now had enemy troops being dropped off which would need to be stopped before it got out of hand.​

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The full weight of Japanese Tactical bombers decended on the Admiralty Islands at 2000 hours on February 1st. The Carrier USS Lexington would be the first to sink closely followed by the 4th Destroyer Division. The bombers would return the next day to sink whatever was left.​





0000 February 2nd 1946.
Diplomatic Offices. Tokyo, Japan.

Mamoru was examining the current trade deals with the Soviet Union and decided there was still room for improvement so he summoned the Soviet Ambassador.​

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Japan would need to send less supplies for the same amount of energy as the trade was re-negotiated. The cost of some Indian tea was well worth it.​





0600 February 2nd 1946.
BB Division 1 Flagship. IJN Yamasiro, Osaka.

The American troops in the Marshall Islands had decided to try and take advantage of the temporary lack of Japanese ships in the Central Marshalls. The Submarines had been forced into the harbour on Kwajalein and were still being repaired before putting back to sea.​

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The single marine division had no real chance of succeeding against Adachi and his two divisions but it did not stop them trying. The situation could easily deteriorate unless enemy troops were prevented from being reinforced.​
 

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Admiral Godo had been moving Carrier Group D north west of New Guinea to intercept a small enemy fleet when he encountered something larger.​

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Admiral Calhoun had brought the heavily damaged USS Hancock back out to sea and had inadvertantly bumped into a large Japanese Carrier Fleet. Night and rain would see both fleets go their seperate ways with nothing but minor damage inflicted. Godo would ignore Calhoun's fleet as he knew it was already doomed being this far behind Japanese lines and in the area it was in.​

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Godo was chasing a Canadian fleet that was making a nuisance of itself in the Marianas and was heading south. The 41. Unterseebootsflottille had already been sunk by its Destroyer escort and it needed to be stopped before it found anything dangerous to land on, assuming it had any troops on the Transport Flotilla.​

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By 2100 hours on February 2nd the USS California had been sunk in the port of Admiralty Island and the bombers were called off to hunt Calhoun and the USS Hancock. The United States Navy no longer had any Battleships.​

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A second reversal occured in Australia as another Japanese advance was forced backwards by Australian troops advancing from the south. Both counter attacks would be handled once they entered air support range and Ozawa would be content to advance along the much more critical coasts in the mean time.​

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Godo caught the Canadian fleet at 1400 on the 3rd but would fail to inflict much damage at night with rain pouring down. He would pursue this fleet for several days but would only manage to sink the Destroyer Flotilla before the Transport made good its escape.​

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Itabana was the first to find Calhoun at 2000 hours on February 3rd. He quickly advised his fellow bomber pilots of the whereabouts of the USS Hancock and he was soon joined by the remainder of the Tactical bombers in the region.

By 0500 hours on the 4th the USS Hancock along with the Light Carrier USS Belleau Wood and the 35st Destroyer Division had been sent to the bottom of the East Caroline Basin. The bombers would not return for a second run as this fleet was too small and they had other things to take care of.​

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Gondo was sent to find out what had entered Rabaul at dawn on February 4th. He found a single Transport Division which he would spend the next two days sinking.​

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General Umeza and his exhausted troops arrived in Wyndham at 1100 on February 5th to capture another airbase along the coast. Even this base was still too far away from the center of Australia but he would force whatever fleet was hiding in the port directly into the waiting BB Division 3.​

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Admiral King arrived before the fleet left the port and was the first target for BB Division 2's guns. The additional Transport fleets in the harbour joined mid battle which would allow some to escape. IJN Yamato would sink both of King's Divisions during the encounter.​

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With no further large ships detected the vast majority of the bombers returned to reducing the organisation of the defenders of Ngulu. They had not recovered much and would be set back even further in their recovery by the latest targetting. The time was approaching for a third attempt on Ngulu but there was still slightly too much Naval activity in the area and the marines still needed some more rest.​
 

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Just your usual brilliance Remble! Ever thought of becoming a military tactician?? :D Poor Americans everything appears to be going wrong for them. :( I would advise against war with the Soviets as their crap infrastructure would just kill your troops as the Soviet reinforcements arrive...
 
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