John 3rd -> RE: Strategic Vision (12/29/2008 6:29:23 AM)
Great commentary fellas.
Jeff--Any AAR I write in serves as a discussion bed for strategy, tactics, and the Japanese economy. In many ways Nemo, Michael, Dan, and 2nd ACR (plus others who jump in periodically) serve as the General Board/Staff in the Imperial Liason Conferences. Advice, comments, and insights are most welcome. Course that doesn't mean the Army or Navy Minister will follow ANY of it! [8D]
This is the fun of a 2x2. Brad and I have to hammer out some sort of Operational Plan, cooperate, and see it through. This situation makes it much closer to the reality of the time. It isn't the same but feels like it. For example--The idea of throwing 70% of the Army into India scares the heck out of the guy watching the Pacific; however, the chances of spectacular success also beckons enticingly.
Just got the Dec 8th Turn in and run. The Gods of War are still favoring Japan after a great opening day with a solid second day of sinkings.
December 8, 1941
The following bases were taken against either no or token opposition: Aparri, Vigan, Batan, and Davao in the Philippines. Guam fell as well.
The major action of the day was fought around sinking as many of the Allied ships fleeing Manila Bay as possible. To this extent the Japanese Combined Arms did quite well.
1. CarDiv2 swung way south towards Jolo and hit 2 of 3 US DD fleeing the Philippines.
2. The Mini-KB sank an AO, AS, and hit another AS.
3. The field day was held by the 4 small STF (1 CL and 3 DD each) situated on many of the egress points.
a. CL Tama's TF sank an AK and AS.
b. CL Kiso's TF sank 2 AK and a PG.
c. CL Kinu's group sank 3 AK and a MSW with damage to a further 3 AK.
d. CL Yura's TF sank 3 AK.
4. 14 Nells from Saigon hit the US DDs putting at least 1 Torp into each of the 3 ships.
5. SS jump into the act as well:
a. Ro-34 hits an AK
b. I-155 gets whacked by the 3 US DD during the night before they are hit. I-155 heading to Saigon for repairs.
c. I-153 sinks a PG and MSW
d. I-162 hits an AO with 1 Torp
e. I-165 hits an AK near Balikpapan
f. Should note that I-156 put a Torp into CL Tromp on the 7th.
The Allies get into the action with S-36 hitting an AK at Aparri and getting smacked in return by 3 DC causing minor damage.
A massive air raid nails Maila Bay on the 8th. A total of 79 Zero and 122 Betty/Nells crush the Harbor facilities inflicting 1,111 Casualties and considerable damage to the Port. A force of 20 P-40 intercept the incoming force but are wiped from the sky by the Escorting Zeros. For the loss of a single Betty, the American fighters are decimated for a second straight day with 10 P-40s being shot down. Unfortunately the Bombers have to attack land targets since the Bay is empty...
The bomber force at Formosa splits up a little bit to catch shipping fleeing to the east of the Philippines. Bombers fly into Naha and Saipan to punnish any ships moving into their range. The remaining Bombers shift to Naval Attack.
The Kido Butai works to repair damaged aircraft and will swing south of Johnston Atoll on its way to the Marshalls. A Glen-SS reported some shipping NW of Palmyra so it is worth a look. To the disappointment of Adm Nagumo, BB Pennsylvania remains a float...
Totals: For the day 18 ships are sunk--1 DD, 10 AK, 2 AS, 2 PG, 2 MSW, and 1 AO. Another dozen or so are hit and damaged.
Adm Yamaguchi loves being aggressive and he gets his wish. CarDiv2 will move to the NE of Balikpapan and take a swipe at any shipping there. Perhaps some American warships might be hanging around. There is a chance of counterattack here so CAP is at 60% and we'll see what comes. A pair of AO are nearly finished loading at Palau and will depart tomorrow to refuel CarDiv2.
1. The Wake Island Force departs with an escort of 2 CA, 2 CL, and 6 DD. Nearly 6,000 Infantry should take care of those Marines.
2. Tarawa and Nauru TF will depart tomorrow for their targets.
3. At Truk the following takes place:
a. Admiralties TF with an NLF
b. Madang, New Guinea TF with an NLF
c. Kavieng TF carrying an SNLF and Construction Btn. Since this force might be attacked, CL Kashima and a DD ride as escort.
4th Fleet HQ at Truk hopes these TF sailing with little escort will draw an Allied response. In Truk's Harbor sits 2 BC, 4 CA, 2 CL, and 12 DD ready to provide a 'surprise.'
Operation Fortitude SOUTH
As per Brad and I's conversation 4 Infantry Divisions in Manchuria begin planning for the Invasion of Eastern Australia. There are 2 planning for Cairns and 2 more planning for Townsville. Hopefully Allied intelligence will pick-up on this...