The severe defeat of the British troops by the Chinese army in Hainan had very dramatic consequences for our campaign - the player for Britain, in a fit of rage, accused me personally of correcting the files (and apparently even the engine) of the PON game and eventually left our campaign.
Despite all the absurdity and offensiveness of such accusations, I was interested in the reasons for such a heavy loss for the British. I received backup files from our host Dmitry and conducted a number of test runs of this move and this is what I found out:
- Firstly, it immediately became clear that Hainan is not an island, although it is depicted as such on the map, it has land connections with mainland China. Apparently the player for Britain did not know this and did not expect that the Chinese army would enter the region so freely.
- Secondly, before the battle the British troops were divided by the player into 6 squads (!!), some of them quite small. This is a direct path to the destruction of these
-Another British detachment of two formations was landing from ships on the shore at the time of the battle. This is absolutely terrible - these soldiers will definitely die in battle
- The quality of British troops is very poor and there are many inexperienced recruits. The characteristics of Commander Cambridge and other commanders are extremely weak, especially in defense.
-It is very strange that the main strong detachment of Cambridge itself did not have fortifications - this, of course, would not have changed the result much, but still it would have been very stupid not to place it in the trenches.
View of the Chinese army before the battle
The terrible position of British troops before the battle:
- I conducted two tests of the move with the deployment of troops like the British player and their result was similar to our move
- I changed the composition and formation of the British troops - the results were better, but also always led to the defeat of the British.
- The best solution for the British in my tests turned out to be this option: take a passive position, abandon heavy siege weapons) and immediately march in one large detachment (with a 35% command penalty) towards French Vietnam. I managed to reach the neighboring region without a fight or losses, which means the British would have a chance to get to Vietnam without a fight.Here is my conclusion: With such quality, quantity of troops and such weak commanders, landing on the enemy’s main territory is suicide. The British would need to attack China overland either from British Burma, or first concentrate a large army in French Vietnam and only from there advance overland to Hong Kong!