I’m having trouble understanding the dynamics of the pacific. Mostly, I will put the bulk of my US resources into building an atlantic fleet, and start shuttling forces to africa and eventually, if all goes well, europe.
But you start out with a BB +transport on pacific, and I don’t know what to do with it. In my games, J1 will mostly have destroyed the us force on SZ52, either all out, but often “light”, e.g. with cruiser, sub, fighter, and bomber.
So, my question is: What are good options for BB+transport during US1-3, and any additional forces you may keep/build in pacific, and in what cases should I prefer what options? Also, what to do with the destroyer (I mostly take that to atlantic)?
Options that I have tried:
-move BB +transport to atlantic side:
Pro: more/earlier pressure on atlantic/africa/europe
con: No pressure on Japan, leaves it free to make its own plans.
Makes it easy for japan to take alaska, which in my experience will cause a drop in the efficiency of atlantic campaign because it forces you to defend, while the costs for Japan are quite limited.
-Try to take/presssure one of Japans expensive islands (philipines/ borneo/east indies).
pro: Forces japan to defend, taking and holding one of these islands will be very painful for J.
cons: Less pressure on atlantic.
Is hard to pull of with just BB+transport+air. May require you to build some additional forces on pacific, which will further weaken / delay pressure on atlantic.
I never tried landing forces in Soviet far east/buryatia, or pressuring Japan itself, but I imagine the first may be a decent option early on?