Opening Moves This scenario lasts from Winter 1941 till Winter 1942. Japan has just declared war on the USA , UK and Holland. I was the US, James was the Japanese army, Jon was the Japanese Navy and Craig was the UK, Netherlands, Kuomintang and communist Chinese. We played on Sunday night, 2 days earlier it had beenJohn Prados' Third Reich
Japan wins by taking 13/16 objectives (Hong-Kong, Rangoon, Singapore, Batavia, Balikpapan, Tarakan (Taralam) Davao, Manila, , Lae, Rabaul, Espiritu Santu, Guam, Wake, Midway, Dutch Harbour, Pearl Harbour)any less is an allied victory.
Set up Japanese and US had CV spread around their shipyards for repair to get round the 3 season delay. The Philippine garrison was down in Davao to avoid harm as far as possible. The Japanese had their fleet based in the home islands, Truk was empty. Japanese from Hanoi threaten Yunnan.
Winter 1941 Imperial Edict
Production The US bought 12 CV and 9 surf delayed till Fall 1942 UK had a 9 surf. UK, Netherlands and Nationalist Chinese save on offensives as the US buys a general offensive. Nationalist Chinese build in Mengtz and Tenchung facing Indo-china. UK builds 2 arm divisions, 14th HQ and an inf corps in Britain which will take two more seasons to get onto the hex-map.
Sea Zone Placement Japan places after the UK and US whilst she has more CV factors. This is a big advantage as she can choose whether to contest a zone having seen the height of the allied sea control stack. The US places the Hawaiian CV and surf into sea control to protect them from naval strikes. Should have added the TAC and some sub to this. Japan controls the zone around Wake with a 9 point of surf to stop me strategic-redeploying to it, leaving the island defenceless. If he had based in Truk with fleet trains to extend his placement range he might have blocked reinforcement of the Philippines. Allied subs raid merchant ships.
Strategic redeployment Britain sends 9 Surf to the middle-east box, this preserves them from a naval strike and allows transport of units out of the Britain box in Spring. The 3 TAC in Singapore split to India, Australia and Burma to complete their garrison without which BRP in Spring would be halved. The US reinforces the Philippines with 9 surf 2 inf corps 8 TAC . Hawaii receives 5 TAC and 3 SAC. Japanese send CEA HQ to Siam.
Operations. Communist Chinese attrition attack for little effect. US general offensive, a 3-4 inf corps sails to Wake brushing aside the Japanese surf on sea control. Japan might have postponed this till after she had taken Wake using her surprise attack. CV, surf and fleet train move from west coast to Hawaii, they are exposed to a strike by the Japanese carriers now. British 3-4 inf steps from India to Burma to complete ground garrison. Japanese general offensive cracks the Nothern flank of the communist Chinese with troops from Manchuko, takes Hong Kong. Amphibious assault on Wake with majority of the carriers bounces as he only brings one marine division. Balikpapan, hex next to Singapore, Lae and Rabaul all fall to amphibious assaults. LC return to Japan to reload. 2CV left at beach-head next to Singapore, the rest return to Japan.
Spring 1942 Russo-Japanese incident.
Production. US built most of her force pool but not the armour divisions nor 8th army HQ, a beach-head built at Midway. Japan spends 19 BRP on offensives. This is more than a general offensive would have cost but she can’t take another of those till Summer.
Sea control. US places most of her surf and sub in Hawaii. Dutch fly 2 TAC to Gulf of Siam but the Japanese see how weak they must be and put a 5-4 TAC in which wipes them out. Japan puts her main carrier force into Wake Island zone, this blocks supply and SR and is obviously so strong that moving past during a naval offensive is out of the question, sucks to be the 3-4 inf on Wake. Submarines raid the Japanese merchant marine.
Strategic Redeployment. US moves a corps to Dutch Harbour and Midway. Britain shifts an arm and inf to middle east.
Operations. Japanese attrition cuts of 2 communist Chinese armies which die out of supply in the end phase. Japanese Kwangtung offensive bullies the Nationalist Chinese backwards. UK attrition offensive goes un-used. US Naval retakes Balikpapan with 15 surf trouncing Japanese sea control 9 surf which tried intercepting leaving and returning to Manila, US carriers from Pearl strike into Yokohama and Osaka sinking a meagre 2 LC and but also bagging a fleet train, they return to base feeling safe this time as I know the Japanese carriers are tied into sea control of Wake Island. Japanese naval goes un-used. CEA HQ offensive bounces off Rangoon. Japanese attrition achieves little against the nationalists. US Naval wasted as everything has already moved.
End phase. 2 communists corps die out of supply (this shouldn’t happen, Chinese units are always in supply inside China). Wake garrison flipped for lack of supply.
Summer 1942 Imperial edict.
Production. Japanese navy rebuilds 2 LC but has to hand them over to the civilians whose ships they let the Americans sink.
Sea control. US quite strong in Hawaii. Dutch shot up in gulf of Siam again. Japanese actually couldn’t have reached Wake last turn, doubly so now a fleet train has perished, she puts some surf and subs around the home islands. Subs raid Japan for a few BRP.
Strategic redeployment. UK brings in the units from the middle east. 2x1-3 inf divisions sail for Espiritu Santu.
Operations. Communist attrition attack goes nowhere, might have been better employed pulling back and straightening her line. Japanese general offensive encircled most of the communists James was rightly proud of pulling this off, pushed the nationalists back, wiped out her own troops adjacent to Singapore. Attack into Rangoon failed again even with paratroops negating the river. Espiritu Santu falls to a lucky 3-3 inf. Amphibious assault into Manila with a 3-3inf, 18 CV and 45 surf loses 6 surf and 3CV but wipes out the 15 surf there. The inf was unsupported as the fleet went for the US surf so she got shot to pieces by a marine corps. He could have kept the carriers safe by leaving them 2 hexes back and still used them. His carriers returned to Kagoshima and the battleships to Osaka. He could have made the CVs safer by hiding which ships went where. US general offensive, the nationalists did not even try to relieve the communists but did cause a little damage. My 16 carriers sailed into Pacific Ocean 8 with 2 inf corps then split, assaulting Kure and Sasebo and striking Kagoshima sinking 6 more CV and his other fleet train. CV strength now lies 16:12 in my favour and I have 12 more slipping down the ramps next season. Confident that the tide has turned my fleet drops anchor Sasebo. The marines cocky after their successful defence of Manila take Shanghai.
End Phase. Most of the communists die out of supply (again this shouldn’t happen, Chinese are supplied in any hex of China). Wake corps repaired. We should have rolled for Japanese surrender but only a 1/36 chance.
Summary. Things look black for the Empire, Jon and James have only 5 of the 13 objectives (Hong-Kong, Guam, Lae, Rabaul and Espiritu Santu) they need for victory and have little prospect of gaining more. The effort Japan put into China is wasted as the objectives lie in the white nations’ colonies. Our new reading of Chinese supply means she wouldn’t have eliminated as many communists anyway.
The attacks on Singapore and Rangoon slowed down. To win in Burma they should have built an airbase in range and SR 5 TAC and an arm. To take Singapore they just needed replacements and an attrition attack in spring. Dutch harbour and Manila were wide open in Winter 1941. Landing on Mindano with an inf corps followed up in Spring with an attack on Davao should take the last US supply in the Philippines as long as they blocked reinforcements and stopped the US retaking Balikpapan. Batavia should fall to an amphibious assault with an inf corps, a marine division, 16 surf and 6 CV. So I think it is possible for Japan to gain 13 objectives are possible.
For all this to happen the US fleet must be sent to Davy Jones’ locker. Now the Japanese fleet outnumbers the US at the start and they need to destroy his reinforcements as they appear.
Carriers are doubly important because they can choose where to naval strike and the player with more CVs places 2nd in sea control. The enemy can only defend one sea zone against them. Thus it seemed to me a victory to lose 15 surf for 3 CV a 6 surf and an inf corps at Manila as it used his carriers operation for the Summer season . My naval doctrine is to send TAC and sub to sea control to protect my CVs whilst they are in port. My carriers then perform a naval strike on the juiciest least defended target within 9 zones. Surf transport in SR, escort carriers and LC during operations.
The Japanese in China can draw supply from province capitals so sealing them off from Japan wasn’t as clever as I thought. I should have sent my marine corps to Japan instead of Shanghai and built 2 tank divisions in spring so they could exploit off the beachheads. I might have been sitting on 8 Japanese cities plus Iwo Jima and a 5/6 chance of Tojo begging MacArthur for terms.
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- Posted Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:01 pm
Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to share your play with us.
How do you like the GPW overall?
I'm coming round to it. I played Pacific Theater of Operations many years ago and I prefer it as it has counters for every heavy cruiser, battle ship and carrier which are rated for armour speed, guns and air capacity, aircraft have quality ratings. PTO has search rules and monthly turns and it seems the ships really did sail every month or so. GPW has a shorter playing time, Jon bought it so he likes playing it and I don't know it very well so I get the joy of learning the system. This was our first game of GPW and we made some howlers interpreting the rules. Jon has John Prados Third Reich and we've racked up 5 sessions with it so know most of the rules for GPW. What really brings it up in my estimation is the fun we had. I was sitting waiting for the Japanese to wipe out my new built carriers in Spring 1942 and felt huge relief when he didn't target them.
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- Posted Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:32 pm