They do need to replace the two squadrons of Vickers Vildebeests in Malaya, though it's much more likely they'd do so with Australian built Beauforts.They were operating in North Africa from mid '41 IIRC (the first Mosquitoes arrived on Malta in Dec 42) and with that theatre over ITL, they should be free to move to SEAC.
Not sure when they started using rockets, but 6 .303 machine guns and 4 20mm cannons will make a mess of anything.
Also I can’t see the Officers ITTL throwing that sort of desperate move out to the Philippines given other theatre commitment’s it would require that bastard MacArthur having great pull than I’d expect him to have/
Yep but they have what command rank in the RN? And the USN has which victories against the Kreigsmarine, IJN and Italain Navy at this point which allows them to make such demand.MacArthur is sure that saving his butt is worth the loss of every single RN ship - Admiral King agrees.......
On the other hand if he can shift much of the inevitable criticism for not supplying MacArthur from the USN onto the RN he'll be happy.I don't think Admiral King is on board with that.
Far better to lose the Philippines than to let the Brits get associated with Mac's victory.
Probably won't matter to the American public but the British can't run any substantial aid to the Philippines without heavy escort even the subs and fast runner they were talking about sending is a hell of a dice throw.On the other hand if he can shift much of the inevitable criticism for not supplying MacArthur from the USN onto the RN he'll be happy.
Probably won't matter to the American public but the British can't run any substantial aid to the Philippines without heavy escort even the subs and fast runner they were talking about sending is a hell of a dice throw.
As opposed to the only reason the Ba****ds are battlin longer is that the British and Empire troops are kicking the Japanese back out of Malaya (and Burma)They will just claim that the British are fighting to the last GI
The only reason the Brits are having it so easy is the heroic actions of Mac and the Battlin Ba****ds of Bataan
And if you think that will ever have a chance of getting into the Chicago Herald-Tribune, I have a snowball I want you to deliver to Satan!1 as
As opposed to the only reason the Ba****ds are battlin longer is that the British and Empire troops are kicking the Japanese back out of Malaya (and Burma)
The resent success of the British forces in the Grik region, not only shows just how different the events in this TL have become in comparison to those of ours. They will be a major boost to British forces morale and effectiveness, in both the short term and long term. If as appears to be likely, the British can capture the port of Butterworth and return it back to a working state. They will be able to replace a number of supply trains with coastal shipping, which will not only reduce the strain on the West Coast Railway. But also free up slots on the main line out of Singapore for trains to run up to Gemas, and then on the Eastern Railway in support of the campaign on the East Coast. In addition both the coastal shipping and the increased traffic on the railway, will be able to bring much needed commercial goods to Singapore, on their return journey. Not only does this make a far more efficient use of the limited transport resources available in Malaya. It also makes a major contribution to the total war effort, as there will be no reason to ration rubber in such a harsh way as there was IOTL. The British in Malaya are now entering a period where their can regain some of the territory that was lost to the invading Japanese in the opening weeks of the conflict. While preparations are made for the eventual attack into Thailand, to join up with the assault from Burma. Which will lead eventually to an invasion of French Indo China, and the possibility of reopening the rail link to China. Which would vastly improve the provision of supplies to that embattled land, and force the Japanese to expend even more forces in their ongoing commitment to China.
At the same time the soon to be decision by Weygard in FNI, to switch sides and declare for the Free French movement. Will reduce the strain on allied shipping, and naval forces, which will allow the deployment of more and more capable units to the Far East. Without the Japanese success that they enjoyed IOTL, the disruption that arose after the fall of Singapore and the subsequent conquest of Burma, in India will be very much muted in comparison to what occurred IOTL. Without the need to retain as many forces in India on public order duties, there will be more forces available for deployment in both the Far East and the Mediterranean. And without the large scale losses suffered IOTL, in both the Mediterranean and Far East, Britain will not hit the personal shortage that it suffered during 1944, and probably only encounter them in late 1945. Britain doesn’t need to send large numbers of armoured vehicles to the Far East, especially not the newest and most heavily armoured. Nor is she going to suffer the large scale loss of armoured vehicles, like she did in Europe after the invasion of France, in the fighting in the Far East. There will be no need to deploy the newest and most heavily armoured tanks to the Far East, the present heavy is more than a match for anything that the Japanese can deploy. And the strain on on the logistics and infrastructure, that would occur from deployment of the newest tanks, isn’t worth the effort. As I have previously stated, while the British have some sympathy for the American forces in the Philippines, they have little to no respect for their commander. They will once they are sure of their position in Malaya, offer to attempt to provide humanitarian assistance to the besieged forces, and those others that haven’t as yet been isolated by the Japanese invaders. British submarines will in addition to running supplies into the besieged garrison, and evacuating trapped civilians and essential personnel. Will conduct patrols of the Philippines, sinking as many vessels as they can, merchant and naval, as this serves to reduce the vessels available for use against Malaysia and the DEI.
With the supply route to Malta now secured, the fast fleet minelayers of the Abdial class are now free to be deployed in the Far East. And can conduct missions to supply American forces in the rest of the Philippines outside of the besieged region, with again humanitarian aid, and evacuate both American casualties who have been rendered unable to be returned to action, civilians especially women and children, and vital military personnel who the Americans can not afford to be captured by the Japanese. While there is no question that these will be through highly contested waters, these ships can effectively outrun anything that they can not outgun. And there very experienced captains and crews, should be able to handle both the navigation and opposition forces, without to much difficulty. Just a few runs by these ships will make excellent propaganda for the British, especially inside the USA. The RN is providing relief to Americans suffering under the Japanese, which the mighty USN, is for some reason unable to do. And the more resources that the Japanese are forced to divert to their Philippine campaign, they less they have to allocate to the Malayan campaign. Or supporting their actions in Borneo and the rest of the DEI, as it will be they the Japanese who find themselves struggling to allocate their limited resources. Note the resources needed to prevent the British from supplying the besieged American forces, and to try to prevent the British running a two or more fast ship convoy into Leyte or Davao, far exceed those available. The Japanese would need to divert squadrons of aircraft, along with numerous ships, from what ever vital task they are presently engaged on, to try to intercept the British. As without ether ship borne radar or aircraft mounted radar its all down to mark one eyeball. And without an established and integrated reporting system, the task of coordinating the various reports will be a nightmare. Given just how primitive communications were at this time, just passing any sighting report to the high command, will be a major challenge.
At this stage of the war, the British are reasonably content, despite the first year being much of a disaster, which is historically normal for them. The situation now is stable verging on good, as Britain itself is safe from invasion and air assault, given just how committed the Germans are to their invasion of the Soviet Union. The Middle East and North Africa, are soon to become a secure backwater, while all the advantages lie with the British in the Mediterranean. And having survived the initial Japanese assault in the Far East, it too is now stable, and the advantage is about to swing towards Britain. However the Italians, Japanese and Americans are all seriously upset, as right now they are all in varying degrees of difficulty. The Italians are not just seriously short of resources, and have lost all of their overseas territories, but face an ever increasing air assault. And the probability of an invasion, which they do not have the resources or manpower to effectively defend against. The Japanese have seen their intricate plans fail, and the vital oil that was their principal reason to go to war, is now even further away than it was before they launched their campaign to the South. While the Americans have suffered a significantly embarrassing defeat at Pearl Harbour, and their forces in the Philippines, are in comparison to the British, failing to impress. FDR, who wanted to be the saviour of the West, and be in a position to dictate to the British. Is now reliant on them to extract some good news out of the Philippines. And thanks to their defence of Malaya are in a much stronger financial position than they were IOTL. And thus no were near as dependent on American largest, as they were IOTL, and up until America can get significant boots on the ground in Europe, will very much be calling the tune for now. Given the present situation, FDR is going to be very tempted to carry out a Doolittle type attack against Japan, if only to gain some prestige, and silence some of his critics at home.
Basically no, unless he can come up with a third carrier to provide the escort to Hornet and Enterprise, which would enable a total of 32 B-25 Mitchell’s, to take part. Which is still a very minor raid in comparison to those taking place in both Europe and the Far East, at this time. The only major change from events IOTL, I could see happening, is the American fleet doesn’t encounter the Japanese picket boat it did, or having encountered a picket of some sort. The Americans decided to press on until they reach the designated launch position, and thus provided the aircraft with a much greater chance of reaching their destination airfields in China.could he try to push a more grandiose version of the Doolittle raid?