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Subject: Taiwan And China Play 3-D Chess
SYSOP    10/21/2021 5:35:10 AM
 
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Docduracoat       10/25/2021 3:08:34 PM
All very good for a Seaborne invasion, lots of missiles to sync the transport ships. The only problem is if they decide to do an aerial assault.
 
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Docduracoat       10/26/2021 8:12:48 AM
All very good for a Seaborne invasion, lots of missiles to sync the transport ships. The only problem is if they decide to do an aerial assault.
 
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Toryu88       10/27/2021 1:27:59 PM
A purely air borne assault would be easily contained. For one it has been proven historically that a lodgement of any kind cannot be adequately supplied by air for any length of time. So the Chicoms could bring in airborne troops but without linking up with an seaborne assault to establish a logistics train it wouldn't last long. Those MRLS systems if not used on ships off shore could be used to blanket any attempt to establish a logistics buildup on the beaches. It is really amazing how many tons of munitions and other supplies a single division uses up per day at the tempo of combat on the modern battlefield. For example 100 men require 600 meals over two days: 3X2X100 = 600. Say a division has 10,000 men, you need 60,000 meals and that equals around 100 pallets (50 cases or 600 meals each) just for food, and in an initial invasion food is probably the least important item offloaded. Then there is water another hugely important item. Then there is Class II and Class III items, personal equipment and clothing and petroleum products respectively. Consumption for a 14 vehicle company of IFV for 24 hours is projected to be around 2330 gallons. Fuel and petroleum account for 60% of the tonnage consumed. For an air lodgment this would be much lower since the number of vehicles would be smaller and lighter in weight requireing less fuel. The probably most importantly of all is ammunition. It makes up a mere 20% of the tonnage required for a vehicle heavy American unit. So lets say that the Chinese require only half what our rather high consuming US soldiers require, nearly 300lbs of munitions per day, this is of all types mind you. Multiply that by 10,000 men that equates to 1500 tons of munitions per day per division. Despite successes in keeping the German pockets supplied in the first winter in Russia, Goering's promises to keep the 6th Army supplied was pathetically inadequate. Despite marshalling all the resources the Luftwaffe had in cargo carrying planes they never came close to the 500 tons promised. Even using 1000 planes carrying one ton each they didn't come close because of losses in aircraft and crew. The losses effected them until 1944. Granted cargo planes carry much more now, Their Xian Y-20 can carry 66 tons or one main combat tank. They have 200 of them and if history is any predictor they would need every single one of them and most of them would probably be making a one way trip. Taiwan isn't any slouch in airborne defenses. They would indeed need their whole miltiary airlift fleet for resupply and could expect to take serious losses which would threaten their ability to make the necessary followup drops. A Unit Basic Load varies but
 
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