• Often the threat of action is more effective than the action itself. 😄

  • '18 '17 '16 '11 Moderator

    The only real viable arguement I can see for not killing Pearl is that with it, America can have 3 Aircraft Carriers, 5 Fighters, 1 Battleship, 1 Destroyer and 1 Transport in SZ 55 at the end of USA 1 and can buy 5 more transports on USA 2 to add to the destroyer/2 transports comming from E. USA (SZ 10.)

    That’s a huge threat to Japan.  But it effectively removes 50% of the attack troops off the German front. (Assuming England looses a lot of ground as does Russia while America looses only 4 of it’s 42 starting, usually.)

    Meanwhile, a small investment of 16 IPCs for 2 subs a round (maybe even getting SSX if tech is in play) and Japan nuetrallizes that fleet quickly.  (Fighters without carriers are no threat to Japan.)


  • I’ve had success not attacking Pearl but only because the US player was frustrated that I could match his naval builds and still put troops into asia.  It slowed the march on moscow greatly but also kept the US from attacking Germany.  Anyway it was a solid Axis victory.  Leavig Pearl alone makes some players think Pacific campaign any money not going towards Germany is good to me.

  • 2007 AAR League

    i can’t believe it happend, i agree with jen.  i do attack pearl 90% of my games, but i have on ocasion not attacked and still won.  since allies win majority of games anyway, it really doesn’t hurt.


  • I just did a Pearl variant that worked out ratehr nicely…

    Pearl with air only, plus my DST (lost my SUB in UK1).

    I took out the Pearl fleet, lost the DST, and landed my FIGs from the attack on an AC I have moved to Wake.

    That left my AC out of range of much of the air power normally available for a Pearl counter (Western FIG and Eastern BOM were out of range).  That would ahve left the US attacking a loaded AC with 1 BB, 1 TRN, 1 FIG.  (almost 50% US would be wiped out in that attack).

    And it kept a BB off Japan to cover my TRNs, and I still have an AC and BB off Kwang.

    In short, I got Pearl and almost the entire British navy (they have 1 TRN in the Indian Ocean, and 1 SUB in the Pacific) for a cost of only 1 SUB and 1 DST.

  • 2007 AAR League

    i agree switch i usally use just air power+ 1 sub or dd, but this game i went a little thin, i also attacked the uk fleet in sz 34, so pearl cost me 1 sub+ 2 fig. not to bad.  but my point is withoput a kill japan first plan not attacking pearl isin’t that bad.  it’s hard for me not to go after japan if i’m left with the pearl fleet. the question is, is it better for the axis to draw USA in the pacific, and japan battle them thier ? can germany hold off UK & russ? i believe germany can hold on, but cannot take moscow, and to win you have to take a capitol.


  • You need the DST at Pearl to prevent the SUB from submerging.  If you let the SUB live, the US has some very tempting options…


  • @ncscswitch:

    You need the DST at Pearl to prevent the SUB from submerging.  If you let the SUB live, the US has some very tempting options…

    What would you use the sub for, if it was the only piece surviving the Pearl attack?


  • A sneak shot and fodder for one hell of a US counter in the Pacific… 2 FIGs, 1 BOM, 1 BB, 1 TRN, 1 SUB, 1 DST.

  • 2007 AAR League

    @ncscswitch:

    A sneak shot and fodder for one hell of a US counter in the Pacific… 2 FIGs, 1 BOM, 1 BB, 1 TRN, 1 SUB, 1 DST.

    I’m pretty sure the DST can’t reach Pearl on a US1 Counterattack which would probably be your only chance.


  • You are correct, it cannot reach Pearl on US1.

    But the point is that if the SUB survives, then the US has a vaible 4 ship fleet in the Pacific… 5 if they add an AC, 7 if they add the Hawaii and Western FIGs.

    Now Japan has some serious issues to deal with.

    But if Pearl ends up 100% dead, including the SUB… then the US is looking at MASSIVE cash to the Pacific in order to be a threat to Japan, instead of just 16 or 24 IPC in order to be a serious threat.

  • 2007 AAR League

    So you think that if Japan only gets 2 hits on the first round you would submerge the sub instead of leaving the FIG alive?


  • Yep.

  • '18 '17 '16 '11 Moderator

    Actually, I’m not so much worried about the sub living through pearl as I am the thought of loosing my precious fighters to defender shots.  That’s why I bring the Sub/Destroyer…I don’t actually count on them for the battle as much as I count on them to soak up 100% of return fire.

    It also means I don’t need my capital ships which keeps them safe from American retalliation.

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