Gili Gili is vulnerable to attack in 1942. The allies really do not want to lose Gili as it can lead to the loss of all of New Guinea rather quickly and allow Japan to threaten Australia, etc…Japan can mount an aggressive attack on Gili in turn 3 or 4. The allies should be on the lookout for such an attack developing and plan accordingly. This means deciding, for instance as weather to spend the precious 3 Commonwealth WERPS for a garrison in Gili or another step of infantry in India.
One thing that makes Gili an attractive target for Japan is that it can be invaded “for free”. By using a marine to invade from the Solomon Sea, accompanied by two 4/4 infantry from Lae, Japan is able to use 8 steps of CBA’s for ground support in Gili as well as the marines being able to use shore bombardment WITHOUT spending a special action [7.2]. If Japan conducts a normal attack for the invasion, and then follows up with spending a Special Action for breakthrough combat assault, they can use the CBA’s again with the double assault dice and possibly take Gili.
This example, shows both a week and strong defense of Gili Gili and Guadalcanal. In the week example, Gili will probably fall. However, it is possible for the allies to achieve the strong defense example shown by the end of turn 3. This strong defense has 8 steps infantry in Gili (including one step garrison), 13 step USA fleet in Port Morseby with code break to make Japan spend lots of oil to risk moving into the Solomon Sea, and 4 LBAs on the Solomon sea. It really makes Japan think twice about attacking Gili.
It requires that the Commonwealth spend a WERP to garrison Gili rather than India, but can you figure out how to achieve this setup by Turn 4 (starting in 1941)?
Opps, i got the lable switch above for strong and week.
Because its illegal as Japan dos not have a friendly uncontested area on the Solomon Sea as required by 7.2:
"The chosen site may not have an impassable symbol as its coastline facing the invading sea-zone, and the invasion must be launched from a sea-zone already containing at least one uncontested friendly-controlled area"