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Attacking and Defending SZ6 (Surrounding Japan)



  • I think of retaking SZ6 sort of like recapturing Moscow. A real pain but not a game ender if a counter attack is included in your overall strategy.


  • 2018 2017 2016

    Agreed. If I have preserved my fleet properly and I vacate sea zone 6 to go kill India, then I will get sea zone 6 back because A) I can take my time and consolidate my fleet before attempting recapture, B) a US invasion of Japan is impractical for the US and easily defeated with one build in Japan proper before I vacate the sea zone and another after I vacate the sea zone, and C) Germany has a free hand in dealing with Russia while the US is dumping all its income trying to hold onto sea zone 6.

    The US can slow me down in gathering my fleet for a bit, but if I can build at factories outside Japan the US cannot stop me from retaking sea zone six without completely abandoning Europe. Or, I can ignore sea zone 6 and threaten ANZAC after killing India – 15 IPCs from ANZAC is worth more than 11 from sea zone 6.

    The Allies can’t win just by holding sea zone 6 – the Allies also have to actively contest the East Indies, and they can’t do that if India is dead and the US is trying to hold sea zone 6 against me. If I have killed India and hold the East Indies, the Allies are in a bad way in the Pacific because my income is still equal to the US while they are convoying those 11 IPCs, and furthermore the Allied fleet is pinned in sea zone 6 if they try to defend it to keep my income down.

    ANZAC is now in danger, and enough pressure there will force the US to stop defending sea zone 6 to avoid losing the game. ANZAC by itself can either contest the East Indies or keep itself alive for an extra couple of turns while the US comes to take the pressure off. If the US doesn’t come to take the pressure off, ANZAC will fall.

    I grant you that I just can’t run back into sea zone 6 the first turn the Allies hold it, and probably not the first three or four. Yeah, the lost income sucks, but I can handle it .

    Marsh


  • 2019 2017 2016

    Interesting comments.

    How do you stop the US from building an industrial complex on Korea and therefore rolling back Japan on land? Also, how would you stop the US Navy from reinforcing across the Pacific?


  • 2018 2017 2016

    @simon33:

    How do you stop the US from building an industrial complex on Korea and therefore rolling back Japan on land? Also, how would you stop the US Navy from reinforcing across the Pacific?

    A US MIC on Korea can produce three units. Japan should have at least three MICs on the mainland (counting India and MICs that were used to finalize the India kill) can produce nine units. That means that Japan can build more units than the US can, which means that the US “rolling back Japan on land” goes considerably slower than the US would like unless they want to risk a rapid recapture of sea zone 6. Additional US forces must come from the mainland US, and if the US is doing that they are again not working hard enough on Europe.

    Now, you might say that the US can capture those Japanese ICs on the mainland, but I submit that the the US cannot do that without weakening its defense of sea zone six because Japan should still have a vastly superior air force that can defend those factories while they slow the “rollback” and build up Japan’s fleet for recapturing sea zone 6 or killing ANZAC.

    Marsh



  • @simon33:

    Interesting comments.

    How do you stop the US from building an industrial complex on Korea and therefore rolling back Japan on land? Also, how would you stop the US Navy from reinforcing across the Pacific?

    As I said earlier, if the US is spending in the Pacific to maintain control of SZ6 and/or producing through Korea to keep control of it - the Allies have taken the bait, are caught in a mousetrap and Europe is in dire straights.

    Assuming Japan built minors in Coastal Asia - Japan has twice the production capacity the US does once it secures India; and that includes the US building a Korean Minor easily SBR’d by Japan.

    The US faces a losing battle if incomes are generally equal and Japan can simply put more units on the board.

    Additionally, SZ6 is a terrible position for the USN if Japan decides to ignore it and shoot for ANZAC for the win.

    In my humble opinion, the USN needs to reclaim Flip as early as possible and have ANZAC reinforce it.  This forces Japan to have to redirect to Flip and buys the Allies a few turns before Japan threatens ANZAC or Hawaii.

    The US can achieve this with a minimal investment while investing heavily in the Atlantic in the early rounds.  The real naval conflicts with Japan won’t arrive for a handful of turns after Calcutta falls anyways - and even longer if you simply reclaim Flip and scuttle back to Queensland while Japan is focuses on India.


  • 2019 2017 2016

    @Marshmallow:

    @simon33:

    How do you stop the US from building an industrial complex on Korea and therefore rolling back Japan on land? Also, how would you stop the US Navy from reinforcing across the Pacific?

    A US MIC on Korea can produce three units. Japan should have at least three MICs on the mainland (counting India and MICs that were used to finalize the India kill) can produce nine units. That means that Japan can build more units than the US can, which means that the US “rolling back Japan on land” goes considerably slower than the US would like unless they want to risk a rapid recapture of sea zone 6. Additional US forces must come from the mainland US, and if the US is doing that they are again not working hard enough on Europe.

    Now, you might say that the US can capture those Japanese ICs on the mainland, but I submit that the the US cannot do that without weakening its defense of sea zone six because Japan should still have a vastly superior air force that can defend those factories while they slow the “rollback” and build up Japan’s fleet for recapturing sea zone 6 or killing ANZAC.

    Marsh

    Suffice to say, that I’ve never seen this strategy work in practice. USN can also bring in reinforcements and planes can just fly in. There is also China becoming active in the north. Should buy a certain amount of time before Japanese Asian production superiority can bite.

    But I’ve gotten your answer, so thanks.



  • @Spendo02:

    @simon33:

    Interesting comments.

    How do you stop the US from building an industrial complex on Korea and therefore rolling back Japan on land? Also, how would you stop the US Navy from reinforcing across the Pacific?

    As I said earlier, if the US is spending in the Pacific to maintain control of SZ6 and/or producing through Korea to keep control of it - the Allies have taken the bait, are caught in a mousetrap and Europe is in dire straights.

    Assuming Japan built minors in Coastal Asia - Japan has twice the production capacity the US does once it secures India; and that includes the US building a Korean Minor easily SBR’d by Japan.

    The US faces a losing battle if incomes are generally equal and Japan can simply put more units on the board.

    Additionally, SZ6 is a terrible position for the USN if Japan decides to ignore it and shoot for ANZAC for the win.

    In my humble opinion, the USN needs to reclaim Flip as early as possible and have ANZAC reinforce it.  This forces Japan to have to redirect to Flip and buys the Allies a few turns before Japan threatens ANZAC or Hawaii.

    The US can achieve this with a minimal investment while investing heavily in the Atlantic in the early rounds.  The real naval conflicts with Japan won’t arrive for a handful of turns after Calcutta falls anyways - and even longer if you simply reclaim Flip and scuttle back to Queensland while Japan is focuses on India.

    Those minors are most likely in chinese areas so how long will you hold onto them once you basicaly take all your forces away to take india?
    Japan does not have that kind of money and will need some just to defend the homeland itself.

    What prevents the US from taking back philipines once it has SZ6, you can even start reclaiming the areas that have factories on them and since they are chineese you can reinforce with inf instantly. With only 2 factories vs 1 in korea and the chinese production you will be hard pressed.
    And with nearly no ground forces left after the india attack how ill you take back the money islands from anzac?



  • Yeah, Marsh’s math doesn’t add up. We’re not just talking 11 IPC of convoy damage per turn, but another large chunk of IPC to defend Japan proper - at a crucial turning point in the game, no less. Holding India at that point doesn’t bring Japan even close to US production, and ANZAC and Chinese production plus any support the Russians can offer on that front have to be taken into account as well. The time it takes to recover even in ideal situations is plenty of time for the US to order up a boatload of loaded transports and get them to amphib assault Japan, plus they’ll have the bombard support and no doubt a huge number of planes (as they’d be needed to hold SZ6 in the first place). Japan proper needs to be stacked with well over 20 units to defend that, and if it is, then there’s no building forces to reclaim SZ6 because there’s no money for it. That’s not to mention that if the US can hold SZ6 then it can take Philippines as well.

    India is NOT worth it when you can simply outbuild them on land and advance at your leisure while holding SZ6 strong.


  • 2018 2017 2016

    @SubmersedElk:

    Yeah, Marsh’s math doesn’t add up. We’re not just talking 11 IPC of convoy damage per turn, but another large chunk of IPC to defend Japan proper - at a crucial turning point in the game, no less. Holding India at that point doesn’t bring Japan even close to US production, and ANZAC and Chinese production plus any support the Russians can offer on that front have to be taken into account as well. The time it takes to recover even in ideal situations is plenty of time for the US to order up a boatload of loaded transports and get them to amphib assault Japan, plus they’ll have the bombard support and no doubt a huge number of planes (as they’d be needed to hold SZ6 in the first place). Japan proper needs to be stacked with well over 20 units to defend that, and if it is, then there’s no building forces to reclaim SZ6 because there’s no money for it. That’s not to mention that if the US can hold SZ6 then it can take Philippines as well.

    India is NOT worth it when you can simply outbuild them on land and advance at your leisure while holding SZ6 strong.

    When playing the Axis, I welcome all attempts by the US player to attempt the invasion of Japan. Certain Axis victory, it means.

    Marsh



  • I think y’all are underestimating the amount of US material required to hold SZ6. It’s an insane amount if you aren’t going to use blockers, and using blockers bleeds you in Sub for DD trades every turn. Any planes Japan builds on Japan can attack the SZ as well as their whole fleet and airforce in China. The most productive part is the threat to advance to SZ6: that forces the IJA to stay in range to counter, preventing it from finishing off China/India without a one-time use airbase.

    The US will basically never have threat of actually taking Japan: mass transports are incredibly telegraphed and mean no naval reinforcements will be coming. To actually get it done you need to bomb Japan into the ground while doing so, and there’s no way Germany won’t have the game in the bag by then. Japan can even just gun for Egypt if need be with all the US resources going into the capture of the island.


  • 2018 2017 2016

    @ShadowHAwk:

    Those minors are most likely in chinese areas so how long will you hold onto them once you basicaly take all your forces away to take india?
    Japan does not have that kind of money and will need some just to defend the homeland itself.

    What prevents the US from taking back philipines once it has SZ6, you can even start reclaiming the areas that have factories on them and since they are chineese you can reinforce with inf instantly. With only 2 factories vs 1 in korea and the chinese production you will be hard pressed.
    And with nearly no ground forces left after the india attack how ill you take back the money islands from anzac?

    I’ll go over and shake the US player’s hand in gratitude if they split their fleet to retake the Philippines, thus allowing me to destroy the fleet in detail rather than collected in one big defensive ball.

    It occurs to me that since I know all of these things might happen that I might have left some force in Manchuria to deal with a US conquest of Korea. Even if it’s not enough to retake the territory, it will certainly be enough to keep the US bottled up until my fleet returns. It also occurs to me that if the US is threatening sea zone 6 in enormous force that I would have to be a fool to let all my ground forces get lost taking India. I will also know exactly what the US can land with because I will see it coming.

    I won’t lose all my ground forces in India. I’ll have plenty left on the mainland, at factories that have been producing for several turns contributing enough forces to overwhelm India with proper air and naval support. I’m sure you’re familiar with the concepts of factories in Malaya, FIC, and yes, even on mainland China. When my fleet heads for India, those factories begin building forces to defend themselves and Japan gets a defensive build. The next turn, those factories get to build defensively again, before the US can actually build its factory.

    On its next turn, the US can either defend sea zone 6, build an IC in Korea, try to retake the Philippines, or try to shut down my factories, but they can’t do it all. ANZAC will have had its income nerfed already, so it is not a problem, and one of the fleet’s jobs is covering the flank to prevent ANZAC from causing trouble while India gets crushed.

    By the time the US is pumping out troops from that shiny IC, my fleet and air force will be closing in on ANZAC or sea zone 6 (my choice). If it’s the latter, my planes will be positioned to hit sea zone 6 in conjunction with my fleet.

    When my attack on India is ready, the US can have sea zone 6 and Korea. The turn I take India, the US can build its factory. I can strat bomb it on Japan’s next turn, with plenty of fighter escort. Now, with its no longer shiny factory, and the possibility of the Japanese fleet heading back to sea zone 6, the US can build three units (after it buys off the damage). Is it going to A) buy naval units or B) by forces to start rolling back Japan’s mainland holdings?

    You say there are more US forces coming. Ok, then exactly what is the US player sending to Europe?

    Now, you may say that the US brings enough force to start rolling up Japan’s mainland holdings, retake the Philippines, and also defend its shiny factory, but if it brings that much land force it’s sea zone 6 force is probably so weak that I don’t have to worry too much about it.

    I haven’t even mentioned deploying blockers to slow the US down by a turn in taking sea zone 6, nor have I mentioned using blockers to slow down the advance down the coastline if the US fleet decides to follow the Japanese fleet. There are all sorts of fun options with blockers.

    And then there’s a really fun option if I don’t feel that I can reclaim sea zone 6 or put enough pressure on ANZAC: once I take India, i go kill UK factories in Persia and South Africa, guaranteeing victory on the Europe board due to the inevitable collapse of Egypt and Moscow, and in about four turns countering the loss of the 11 IPCs from sea zone 6 and Korea by taking all of sub-Saharan Africa.

    Best yet: if my plans all go down the toilet, my buddy playing Germany still wins because if the US is spending in the Pacific it is either not spending enough to trouble me or it’s not spending enough in Europe to trouble Germany and relieve Russia.

    Marsh



  • @ShadowHAwk:

    @Kreuzfeld:

    @ShadowHAwk:

    @knp7765:

    As Japan, I have had good luck putting an airbase and 3 more fighters on Korea. If you can keep 3 fighters there and 3 on Japan, then 6 fighters defending SZ 6 is pretty powerful, even if the US only sends air and subs. They will have to send a lot of planes to take those Japanese fighters out and it will be costly.

    Not really, you got a DD there and 6 fighters.
    US sends in 6 subs and 3 fighters + 3 tacticals.

    Lowluck for ease of comparison.
    Round 1 Japan 4 hits
    Round 1 US  3-4 hits
    So 4 subs vs 1 DD and 2 fighters
    Round 2 japan 3 hits ( rounded up )
    Round 2 US     4 hits ( rounded up )
    US wins with 3 tacticals left.  So 3 planes and 4 subs vs 6 planes and 1 DD 48 VS 68 Yes ill take that trade please.

    I think the idea of being able to scramble 6 fighters is not to actually scramble them, but it force the US to use alot of resources on killing it. As japan, if you attacked with that force, I would not scramble, but I would send in a single DD and alot of Airforces to just kill all those subs going in. That way, I would trade 4 subs with one DD.

    Well problem is that after that i just non-combat my whole fleet in there. Ofcourse if your fleet is out of position.
    And that would be a guaranteed 11 IPC loss due to convoys.
    Kamikazes are useless again because your the attacker not me.

    If i even had enough land forces i would take korea for good measure and then reinforce it with russia so now you got a fleet in ZS6 and korea in US hands that you wont be taking back anytime soon.

    I think other people have answered this, but, I would ofcourse try to make this plan suicide for you.

    To break the defence of SZ6. there are two cases: Case 1. If I am not strong enough to kill the us fleet in a counterattack in sz6, then I have lost it already and the only thing I can do is to slow down the inevadable. The japanese fleet is stronger on the attack than the defence, so if I can’t deadzone sz 6, then, I am definitly not strong enough to stand there and hold it either. (japan has 25 + planes that all can reach on an attack, but can only have like 18ish planes on the defence).  I can slow down the loss by puting  in a few blockers, but realisticly, the zone is lost no matter what I do and we don’t have to even talk about defening it. This sees to be the case you are describing.

    Case 2: If I am capable of deadzoning japan, then I will have no more than a single DD defening the zone, usually, I will have nothing. Anything you send in, I can kill imidiatly.  The only time I will lose controll is if I am going to india, and then I will send all my planes there for one turn, and then they will use the second turn to come back, and on the third turn I attack. This means that you will be able to hold the seazone for a grand total of 1 japanese incomephase. If I am not able to come back and deadzone it if I go to india, then i do india slower and without all the planes.



  • @Marshmallow:

    Best yet: if my plans all go down the toilet, my buddy playing Germany still wins because if the US is spending in the Pacific it is either not spending enough to trouble me or it’s not spending enough in Europe to trouble Germany and relieve Russia.

    Marsh

    This is the only real important thing to take away from continuously enforcing an Allied SZ6 convoy strategy.

    The US in almost every game is better off not denying income from SZ6, but denying Japan victory long enough to turn the Germans in Europe.

    The cheaper the US can achieve this, the better; which is why I fully argue the US plan in the Pacific has to be forcing Japan to retake Flip that you have fortressed up while it was away in India.  Effectively, trading one VC for another and gaining multiple turns of production in the process.



  • @JeroldTheGreat:

    @ShadowHAwk:

    kamikazes are basicaly useless in the game, unless there is a huge naval battle

    .

    Could someone please clarify the kamikaze rules? I thought that you could kamikaze any enemy surface warships in the marked zones during combat movement but I guess I’ve been completely wrong this whole time.

    Just to add to Kam rule: Kamikaze can not attack Subs or Transports: So if you go into sz 6, go with a lot of Subs to kill the Japanese navy, but only on attack as a few of you already mentioned. The Japanese player will have to start sacrificing there destroyers if any, which then starts your surprise attacks once destroyers are out of the way.

    BH


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