I am playing a 6 man game this weekend, playing as the UK and Anzac, and have had 2 weeks to discuss strategy with my fellow Allies. Depending on whether it looks like the Germans might go for a Sealion strategy, and as well depending on how far south the Japanese navy goes (with a 95% chance of a well executed J1), I am going to buy the aircraft carrier in Calcutta and attempt to play through my strategy that started this thread.
I’ll update the message board with the results.
With all of my experience playing as the Japs, and playing a very similar strategy to the J1 depicted by Young Grasshopper, I have found that the Japanese navy in all its might, is not replaceable unless they have managed to expand successfully into the money islands, and at least onto the doorstep of India by around round 3/4. In the early rounds it is all about building transports, minor industrial complexes, and ground units in Asia. The Americans on the other hand, can out-build the Japs, and sustain that growth until the Japs have reached the goals above.
The Japs must expand to that $60-$70 IPC income before they can start hammering out battleships and aircraft carriers. Therefore if the British and Anzac fleets cause a prolonged battle over the money islands on turn 2/3, the Japs will have to either bring their entire fleet down to take care of the threat, and ensure they get the money islands, or they will have to guard against the entire round 2/3 American fleet (which becomes scary quickly).
Prolonged battle for money islands in early rounds, split navy, decimated main fleet without money islands all equal eventual defeat for the Japs…
The aircraft carrier with 2 ANZAC fighters, plus Ceylon destroyer and cruiser, and Anzac destroyer and cruiser in the sea of Java (S42), or at the port of Singapore (S37) at the end of round 2, is going to give the Japs more of a fight than they can handle. It is going to allow the Americans to Smash the ��� navy early, give the Allies naval dominance, and result in an early halt to the Japanese expansion in the Pacific, and inevitably
their eventual total destruction.
… That is the goal at least.