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Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/19/2011 12:28:06 AM)

January 15, 1942

Strategic Analysis

Friendly Situation

On the whole, the first 1.5 months of the war have gone well. We finally have our forces allocated as desired and are for the most part past the somewhat annoying "organize and orient while simultaneously conducting a major offensive all over the map" phase.

Air losses were initially lopsided in our favor while the enemy contested the skies over northern Malaya and Luzon. Since then, Cuttlefish has ceded air superiority at the front and pulled back to key bases, a wise move as the rate of attrition was unsustainable given fixed Allied replacement rates. We will soon attempt to force a return to attritional air combat on favorable terms at Singapore and, to a lesser degree, in Burma. We are equally pleased with the early seizure of LBA bases in the DEI, allowing Netty coverage of approaches to key bases such as Palembang, discouraging enemy movements in these areas. Fighter and bomber production is proceeding well and pilot pools are decent and improving as training moves ahead.

At sea, we have not suffered significant losses and the IJN remains ready for battle. The flip side of this is that CF has also suffered minimal naval losses other than Pearl Harbor, where it appears at least three BBs were sunk and the rest were crippled for a long time. KB is fresh, KBL is currently enlarging air groups at Babeldoab to increase its combat potential.

On the ground, once again everything is proceeding according to plan except for the annoying but temporary reverse at Nanyang. We are concerned, as many JFBs are at this stage of the game, with how thin we are in Southern China. These fears are augmented by aerial recon showing 18 enemy LCUs gathered at Kukong and Kanshien. Luzon is bottled up and we are moving to finish Singapore. In Burma, we are advancing on Pegu and Rangoon in the face of minimal opposition. In the Pacific, we have so far overwhelmed the at start enemy garrisons in place.

Enemy Situation and Intentions

The enemy, after suffering initial heavy losses in the air, has generally avoided battle on land, at sea and in the air. Cuttlefish's e-mail chatter and initial moves indicated unfamiliarity with the Allied OOB and dispositions, resulting in a mostly passive approach at first.

However, as predicted, our fine opponent appears to have re-organized and re-oriented his forces and is prepared for a more active defense, beginning with his bold CV raid in the eastern DEI. We were fortunate indeed to guess right and pull out there, and we expect stiffening resistance going forward, particularly in the DEI. It appears CF has settled on trading space for time and withdrawing to strong points in the rear, but that once we cross his red lines we can expect an aggressive response. For example, he appears to be conceding New Guinea, but we suspect he is preparing to defend the second layer of the DEI as best he can. Cribtop Intel estimates he is husbanding his main strength in rear bases such as India, CONUS, SE Oz and perhaps Pearl.

That said, he has not elected a full Sir Robin, as his actions with Force Z and the USN carriers show. He appears willing to raid and nibble but not waste unrestricted ground forces in forward bases. One very open question is where his supply hubs will be and the extent to which he has improved the garrisons of rear bases such as Fiji, Noumea, Darwin, etc. Recon shows no evidence of an intention to create Fortress Palembang, Fortress Timor, or any other forward festung.

Desired Endstate

The course of the war to date has so far gone according to plan. We do not intend to alter much of our intentions or dispositions in most AOs (4th Fleet, 14th Army, 25th Army or Burma). However, there are two areas of concern and one possible opportunity.

16th Army

The enemy has shown his CVs here, and we must assume he will continue to commit his fleet to guard against our leap into Timor and Java. After consideration, we have determined that our initial plan to seize Samarinda, Balikpapan, Makassar and Bandjermasin can still be accomplished with acceptable risk under cover of LBA. We will position three Air HQs and numerous air groups to cover rapid seizure of these bases in very short hops. Timor is a bit more difficult but may not be essential for the time being. We will consider moving KB into the region for use against Timor and Dempassar, but even Timor may be doable with LBA assuming it remains unreinforced and we have Air HQs at Makassar, Kendari and Ambon. The whole question may be academic as we planned to hit Java and Sumatra after the fall of Singapore from the west rather than the east. The eastern DEI offensive was primarily a drive to isolate Java from Oz.

China

After the escape of a rather mauled but still potent Loyang garrison, we face two decent sized armies in North China. Intention is to engage the weaker Loyang force with 11th Army, while using advances that appear to be aimed at this army to actually cut the road to Nanyang. At that point, our still powerful and much reinforced 12th Army will re-engage the enemy army at Nanyang from the South. We hope to keep these enemy forces divided, seeking to isolate or force the abandonment of Nanyang.

Cribtop Intel is concerned the enemy may be gathering for a thrust towards the coast along an axis Kanshien to Amoy. We are thin here and CF surely knows it given his experience with the Japanese OOB. Significant reinforcements due in about 30 days will address the balance of forces and even allow offensive action in the south, but until then we are vulnerable. Cribtop HQ hopes to keep the enemy off balance in North China and elsewhere, but the danger cannot be ignored entirely. The enemy's big stack at Ichang remains in place. We are confident we have enough force over the river to counter any thrust from this army.

SE Fleet

This is the interesting AO. Enemy resistance has been nominal, and our phase one objectives will be achieved with the seizure of Lae, Buna, Milne Bay and Port Moresby. We plan subsidiary Ops to grab Horn Island, etc, but the big question is whether to press on more aggressively.

Our instinct is to move KB to the DEI to counter the enemy and ensure completion of the conquest of the vital SRA. However, we estimate that CF has not yet materially reinforced Noumea and Fiji. We have a regiment prepping for the former at Truk and could buy out a Division in Korea prepping for the latter.

PRO - The proposed ops would capture important rear area bases with significant VP value and could deliver a shock to Cuttlefish, keeping him mentally focused here. We can recon the bases to ensure they are unimproved, and, if so, take them quickly. They would not be held by major ground forces after capture but rather would serve as sub and nav search bases and defensive foregrounds to slow the enemy from reaching the MLR before it is ready. Capture of these bases could also cause CF to decide he "must" act in the Pacific, achieving the aim of keeping him away from the Darwin-Timor axis.

CON - The proposed ops would keep KB in the less important SE Fleet AO when our strategic focus is on the DEI and, eventually, NW Oz. Delay is not preferred. That said, if we want to come back for these bases later they will be reinforced and the price of capture much higher.

At present, we are leaning against any deep moves in the SE Fleet AO until we secure the DEI. However, we want to know what our readers think before deciding.

Execution

Awaits final decision on whether KB is headed to the DEI after the fall of PM or not.




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/20/2011 10:56:22 PM)

Jan 16, 1942

Subs

I-154 misses a DD in Force Z as it retires toward Soerebaja and pays the price with a solid DC hit. She will limp back to Kendari to pump out. I-174 misses a Dutch DD one hex SW of Kendari. We put the sub here in anticipation of a bombardment attempt, but the enemy TF doesn't bombard. Was this an attempt at a shipping intercept with "retirement allowed" or a bombardment TF with flubbed orders? Unknown but Cribtop Intel guesses the former.

4th Fleet

No change.

SE Fleet

We will divide Operation LPM into two wings. Lae and Buna will be seized by a TF that begins loading today and will approach from secure waters north of New Britain. Milne Bay and PM will be assaulted by a TF that loads tomorrow. The PM invasion will sport our LSD and nine AKs so as to unload quickly under fire, as the waters around PM are somewhat exposed due to the geography of the region (of course, enemy CVs are probably not a concern unless they are moving at top speed from the DEI right now).

Dagua occupied.

14th Army

Camiguin falls. DA Cagayan takes the base, odds 4:1. 3 LCUs retreat, but the largest infantry unit unexpectedly surrenders, casualties 6447(579) vs 154(0). This ensures the fall of Mindanao without the need for reinforcement.

16th Army

Recon from Kendari confirms Koepang is not reinforced, which is good news. As an aside, enemy concentrations appear to be Batavia, Singapore and Rangoon, which buttresses our theory that CF is pursuing a more intentionally historical strategy.

Our fleet is safe at Babeldoab. KBL is re-sizing air groups and we are clearing a little SYS damage before the next op. Ground forces for Timor are gathering at Babel while the Operation SM (Samarinda to Makassar) forces will stage to a jump off point at Jolo.

For the moment the focus is on shifting Air HQs to Kendari, Ambon and Tarakan. The Tarakan HQ will leap ahead to Makassar once it falls. These Air HQ movements will be accomplished by a combination of transport aircraft and FT TFs to maximize force protection.

25th Army

We continue to get base forces, AA and engineers into Kuala Lumpur. We also flew in a Sentai of Oscars and set a CAP trap, but the enemy does not raid the field. The coming air offensive will feature three Sentai of Oscars and one Daitai of Zeros. We will sweep Johore to draw off a partial CAP from Singers, then tackle Singers itself. Finally, the daily bombing begins.

15th Army

BA 1 hex NE of Pegu shows the enemy is a remnant of the Burmese unit we carved up at Moulmein. DA Tomorrow. Recon of Pegu shows minimal opposition and 33rd and elements of 55th Divisions are ordered to cross the river. We have officially cut the rail line from Rangoon to the interior, so the large enemy concentration at Rangoon will either attempt to flee by ship or die in place.

China

No change.




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/20/2011 11:31:21 PM)

Jan 17, 1942

Subs

Anns from Cam Ranh Bay and Formosa harass enemy subs. Tracker reports that a Dutch CMc is sunk by a sub laid defensive minefield at Sinkawang. The enemy must have been trying to lay an offensive minefield but was instead a victim of our mines. Fun! We will have to send a DMS to the port in case the Dutch got their mines overboard before sinking. This result will tend to ward off the expected but so far non-existent bombardments at the base.

4th Fleet

No change.

SE Fleet

The Milne Bay/Port Moresby invasion loads while the Lae/Buna invasion sails. KB and South Seas Fleet will escort the PM invasion to the target.

Truk makes level 7 port. We will shift construction engineers to other bases and begin the arduous process of creating a defensible perimeter. That is a good sentence for a Japanese AAR entry on January 17, 1942.

14th Army

Polillo invaded as dot base duty continues.

16th Army

Repairing and re-orienting for the next ops. All enemy fleet units have been observed retiring by Mavis search planes.

25th Army

No enemy raids at Kuala Lumpur. Looks like CF won't fall for our CAP trap. The main army is still marching on Malacca.

15th Army

DA NE of Pegu sweeps aside weak opposition, odds 32:1, casualties 104(14) vs nil. The sooner we formally cut the Burma Road the less we need to be worried about enemy offensives in China.

China

No change, still marching.




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/21/2011 4:43:56 AM)

Jan 18, 1942

Subs

The endless war against relatively immobile enemy subs continues, but now on two fronts as we combine Ann ASW aircraft with SC based ASW TFs near Cam Ranh Bay in addition to Formosa. Several attacks today but no hits. We are keeping the enemy spotted and his head down, however.

4th Fleet

No change.

SE Fleet

The PM invasion TF loads. Next up are a series of reinforcements for Rabaul, including the small paratrooper units that began the game in Formosa, SE Fleet HQ to torpedo enable Rabaul and many nearby bases, and a second base force to add AV support. We have already posted an AG and an AS to Rabaul as well.

This is good because our Bettys futiley attempt to bomb two enemy xAK at Port Moresby today. We need those torps. Interesting intel as it proves there are no Allied fighters present.

Any thoughts on the question I posed in the Jan 15th analysis above?

14th Army

Polillo taken, Calayan invaded. Yay, dot base cleanup! I swear I love the rowboat corps just because every base they take is one more we don't have to invade.

One interesting note is that our daily assaults on Clark and Bataan airfields occasionally yield a dead Catalina. I thought the Allies could buy these valuable planes out of the PI? If not, the enemy is choosing to lose a scarce resource.

16th Army

Continuing to prep for the next big offensive.

25th Army

Marching on Singers.

15th Army

Marching on Pegu. Air recon confirms 13 enemy LCUs in Rangoon. Interesting. We have torp enabled Nells waiting at Chumphon in the event CF tries to evac.

The SNLF has been airlifted to Port Blair. Now to fly out the 1st Raiding Regiment for use in Burma.

Our brave Royal Thai Army allies barely take unoccupied Mergui. AS of 66 for a brigade of the RTA 1st Division drops to 9. [8|] FYI, in case you're wondering, our house rules allow use of the RTA in Burma.

China

The enemy's "Loyang" stack succeeds in withdrawing a hex, which actually enables our nefarious plan to encircle Nanyang. Other than that we are slogging ahead. Working on a program to "upgrade" Sonias to Lilys in this AO.

Recon shows an enemy LCU in Pakhoi. We were about to amphib both this base and Kwangchowan. Hmm. We will take Kwangchowan with both units and then decide our future actions.




nashvillen -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/21/2011 4:05:14 PM)

You ask for comments, but as I am reading your opponents’ AAR also, anything I say will be tainted even if I try to not include anything I have read there, sorry. Also, if I go too far the other way it could be misconstrued as helping him! I am, clearly, a JFB, but I am above all a gamer with integrity that I wish to keep![:)]




ny59giants -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/21/2011 6:46:15 PM)

Looking back in your AAR, I would still like to see an invasion of Australia at some point. I would go for Noumea to anchor your eastern flank, but no invasion of Fiji or Pago Pago area. He can only reach you from there with CVs and 4e bombers. You stated that you would not go far beyond the historical boundary, but there could be an opportunity here if you want to be that aggressive. Most AARs show the Japanese player being more aggressive in India, but I want to see if Australia is a possibility.




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/21/2011 11:54:15 PM)

Nashvillen - I totally respect that point of view and adhere to it myself when reading both sides of an AAR.

Nygiants - well, I didn't plan to go past history in the Pacific. Parts of Australia are definitely on the menu!




Capt. Harlock -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/22/2011 2:16:21 AM)

quote:

You stated that you would not go far beyond the historical boundary, but there could be an opportunity here if you want to be that aggressive. Most AARs show the Japanese player being more aggressive in India, but I want to see if Australia is a possibility.


My thoughts are to go where the victory points can best be harvested. Now is the time you have overwhelming power against the Allies. Australia is useful not as a resource area, but as a place where the Allied player is more likely to commit forces to battle, and with luck, destruction.




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/22/2011 6:41:52 AM)

Jan 19, 1942

The very model of modern major quiet turn. We will only report the (few) highlights. Lots of Ops are in the prep stages, but most of the action today is in the tail rather than the tooth.

SE Fleet

Auki occupied by rowboat. Lae and Buna invasions hit the beaches tomorrow. Milne Bay/PM invasions RV with KB and South Seas Fleet and set course for the targets. This invasion TF is all 18kt, thus D-Day is only about 4 days out. Various reinforcements leave Truk for Rabaul, as does a TK convoy to deliver enough fuel to support sub ops.

14th Army

Calayan falls.

15th Army

DA Pegu tomorrow should take the base with no trouble. Enemy planes recon Moulmein, but we still have the 55th Division cav regiment there. Even if the Allies try an Amphib, our LoC runs to Chiang Mai and shouldn't be cut. We recon Toungoo and find the enemy now has 4 LCUs in position. A para assault may be off the table. We will sweep Rangoon tomorrow with Tojos and Oscars just to stir things up.

China

The "Loyang" stack has moved a hex and continues to retire down the yellow road toward Sian. We will try to catch them but for the most part are trying to cut off Nanyang without being noticed.

5th Fleet

All Operation AA (Aluetians) TFs have safely made port at Ominato. We will repair SYS damage and consider a descent on Adak if troops become available. Don't want to overdue the NOPAC front, but Adak would be a good base to take to forestall enemy counteroffensives.






Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/22/2011 11:25:13 PM)

Jan 20, 1942

Subs

We are gathering forces for Operation SM, using Jolo as a staging base since troops are coming from Hong Kong, Babel and Cam Ranh Bay. On the way in, DDs escorting one of these TFs DCs Seadragon.

4th Fleet

No change, but plans for Operation BC (Baker to Canton Is) have been approved and forces allocated. The Op will be carried out entirely by FT TF.

SE Fleet

Lae and Buna invaded. Milne Bay and Port Moresby are next. Then we have a decision to make about KB.

14th Army

No change. We will be able to pull out 6 construction engineers in a few days' time. 3 will go to 16th Army AO and 3 to 4th Fleet to begin constructing the perimeter defenses.

16th Army

Waigeo occupied by rowboat and Sarmi is invaded by a dot base clean up force. We have flown much of 21st Air Flotilla HQ to Ambon. The rest is loading tomorrow on an FT TF for delivery. We will then perform the same trick for moving 11th Air Fleet to Kendari. 5th Air Division is on ships bound for Tarakan.

At Babeldoab, KBL has finished re-sizing its squadrons and significantly augmented its air groups. Repairs on SYS damage for all ships of the fleet will be complete in 3 days. Recon shows Timor is almost undefended.

25th Army

Our troops are writing a new Kabuki play entitled "It's a long march to Singapore, but at least resistance is minimal." The air war over Singapore begins in two days.

An odd combat result at Beaufort, where a tiny SNLF company attacks two enemy base forces. Adjusted AS is 9:10, for a 1:2, but there are no casualties on either side. That is some gentlemanly warfare. [:D]

15th Army

The lone enemy defender at Pegu skulked off in the night, so our DA takes the base by default. We are at the gates of Rangoon, and the bulk of 15th Army, reinforced by 21st Brigade, are ordered to converge on the prize. Unfortunately, weather scrubs the sweeps ordered for Rangoon. We will try again tomorrow.

1st Raiding Regt has been retrieved from Port Blair and will be put to use in Burma somewhere.




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/25/2011 7:15:46 PM)

Jan 21, 1942

Lots of banzais, a successful sweep and sub on sub combat!

Subs

S-41 duds on a DD near Quinhon. Lucky ship. I-2 torpedoes SS Gudgeon near Pearl Harbor. The enemy sub shows up as sunk even though one torpedo hit was an outright dud and the exploding torp did not list "heavy damage" in the CR. We think we got her as Tracker also shows Gudgeon as a goner. Anns from Formosa report a hit on an S-boat.

4th Fleet

No change. We load soon for Canton Island as Glens recon the base.

SE Fleet

Lae and Buna fall. Milne Bay will be invaded tomorrow and PM the day after that. KB and South Seas Fleet will cross from the Solomons Sea into the Coral Sea tomorrow in support of the PM Op. Recon shows the garrison of PM unchanged and a small supply convoy unloading.

Lae will immediately begin building as a major air base. Buna is mostly intended as a supply base for PM and an overland escape route when the enemy comes calling in future times.

14th Army

DA Malabalay drives the former defenders of Cagayan on down the road, odds 5:1, casualties 340(66) vs 30(0). We forgot Cagayan has a garrison requirement and suffer a partisan attack. Oops. Troops will scuttle back to put down the locals. The garrison requirements are more of an impediment to taking Mindanao than the Philippine Army.

Catanduanes invaded. Naga falls with resources intact.

16th Army

Sarmi falls. We continue to move to establish pre-conditions for Operation SM and the seizure of Timor, dubbed Operation DK after recon shows Dili empty but Lautem occupied. To that end, we had flown about half of 21st Air HQ into Ambon yesterday while loading the rest on an FT TF. These actions cause the "child" unit at Ambon to become the parent and inherit the torpedoes. As a result, Zeros and Nells with teeth take up residence earlier than expected. By the time we attack eastern Borneo and Timor in about 10 days, the local waters will hopefully be too dangerous for CF to try another carrier raid.

25th Army

An SNLF that marched down from Sinkawang takes Pontianak, odds 53:1, casualties 142(9) vs 3(0). I guess three of our squads had some sort of friendly fire incident as the retreated enemy base forces had 0 AS.

Kuantan falls to a recon regiment.

15th Army

The big move today was to sweep Rangoon with Oscars and Tojos from Rahaeng. As expected, AVG was still cooling its heels at Toungoo. We slice up a squadron of Buffaloes, losses 10:0 in our favor.

In my e-mail sending the replay to Cuttlefish, I joked: "So you do have an air force after all. Hadn't seen them in a while."

His response was classic: "No, I don't have an air force. I have Buffaloes. It's not the same thing."

China

Nothing to report other than relief as we checked the reinforcements list and the LCUs we thought were coming in 30 days actually arrive in 11 days. This greatly reduces any window CF has for an offensive in the South.




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/25/2011 7:48:12 PM)

Jan 22, 1942

Subs

Seadragon duds on a DD near Jolo.

4th Fleet

No change.

SE Fleet

Milne Bay invaded. KB ambushes and destroys the supply convoy spotted at PM yesterday and thus reveals its presence. Two PGs and three medium size xAKs are sunk for no loss. Cribtop HQ is ok with this as Catalinas and Empires at PM spot our CVs anyway.

Recon shows Nadi appears to be unreinforced. Checking Suva tomorrow.

14th Army

Catanduanes falls. DA Surigao by a tank regiment takes the base and finishes the former defenders of Batangas. Resources are taken intact, the tanks will march on to other conquests.

16th Army

11th Air Fleet begins to fly into Kendari as the big Mavis group takes up residence and provides search coverage from Java to Darwin.

25th Army

As planned, we sweep Johore Baru with Zeros from Sinkawang and Oscars from Kuala Lumpur. Intention was to engage leaking CAP from Singers in order to ensure significant numerical superiority and thus favorable attrition. The ploy works as the Zeros destroy 13 Buffaloes and one Blenheim IF for no loss. The IJAAF is late to the party and has nothing to fight. Several pilots in the Zero Daitai get their second and third kills in this battle and the air group is quickly becoming elite in terms of experience.

SA by our little SNLF Coy at Beaufort again fails to take the base, odds 1:1, casualties 5(0) vs 26(0). The LCU is undamaged after the replay but is just too small in the face of the rough terrain. We were shipping another small unit by the area. They will stop in to finish this farce.

15th Army

Our LCUs have all gathered at Pegu and will march on Rangoon tomorrow. We choose not to sweep Rangoon again for fear the AVG would be laying in wait with superior numbers.

China

Our plan to shift the focus of the attack from the Loyang stack to the encirclement of Nanyang is about to break into the open. We will see what happens, but Cribtop HQ believes CF will be forced to withdraw from Nanyang or suffer annihilation of his forces there. We assume he will choose the former option.

Other

We now have enough ACMs to cover all existing minefields and they are en route to their destinations.







Canoerebel -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/25/2011 7:52:45 PM)

Cribtop HQ analyzes file size, eh?




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/25/2011 8:17:51 PM)

Well, yeah. But I misremembered and the replays are usually 2MB while orders are usually 3.1MB, so it was a false alarm. I deleted the reference to file size in my prior post, so these two entries will probably seem confusing to other readers.

However, all that silliness aside, I have observed that replay file sizes, at least, get much bigger in a turn with a lot of action, particularly long air or sea battles.




Canoerebel -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/25/2011 8:40:14 PM)

Yer inscrutable!




Capt. Harlock -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/25/2011 8:43:01 PM)

quote:

but there are no casualties on either side. That is some gentlemanly warfare.


Oh dear . . . these things with the pointy ends were supposed to go into the rifles, weren't they?[:D]




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/25/2011 8:44:51 PM)

To Canoerebel: Or senile. A little young for that, but any excuse is a good excuse!

Oh, well, I'll always have that crazy lifeboat doctrine. Speaking of which, I've got two empty xAKs tagging along with the PM invasion fleet just in case.

To Capt. Harlock: [:D]




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/26/2011 5:53:46 PM)

Jan 23, 1942

We storm ashore in good order at PM while Cribtop HQ argues whether to send KB to the DEI or the South Pacific next.

Subs

Searaven duds on an APD returning to Manado after dropping off the balance of 21st Air HQ at Ambon.

4th Fleet

The Canton Island invasion loads at Kwaj.

SE Fleet

D-Day at Port Moresby goes well. We take a few paint scratching hits to 2 CAs and minor penetrating hits to CL Katori and an xAK. Interestingly, the xAK hit was an empty lifeboat ship, so I guess we found another use for this doctrine. [:)]

The invasion escorts generally keep the enemy gunner's heads down and our troops and supplies pour ashore quickly and in good order thanks to high prep (for an early war target) and the fact we are exclusively using our precious AKs and our lone LSD for this op.

Kates from KB pound the port to further suppress the guns in the PM phase, our Bettys fail to fly from Rabaul due to weather but no real loss.

Allied BA shows raw AS at 459:104. We are at very low levels of DIS and fatigue and will DA tomorrow. At most two or three attacks to take the place, and even that's only due to terrain and what forts CF has managed to cobble together with only one base force and the organic engineers of his original infantry units. No sign of enemy air or sea intervention.

Elsewhere, Milne Bay falls and Lae begins building its airfield. Large reinforcements, including SE Fleet HQ, begin to unload at Rabaul. Additional reinforcements from the Home Islands will arrive at Truk tomorrow. Fast transports from Tokyo sail for Keijo as we will buy out the crack 20th Division for either a South Pacific invasion force or a theater reserve in about 3 days.

14th Army

No change except that we re-occupy Cagayan and sheepishly restore order. What's the hot key to see garrison requirements?

16th Army

Namlea occupied. 21st Air HQ is fully ensconced at Ambon. 11th Air Fleet has all flown to Kendari except for the motorized support and the torps. We doubt we can load motorized support on APDs but will use xAKs at Manado if necessary. 5th Air Division is two days sail from Tarakan. All fleet units will be fully repaired at Babeldoab tomorrow. Picket ships have sailed to watch the approaches to the Makassar Strait. Cribtop HQ authorizes Operation SM to proceed.

A word on pickets, since I mentioned them. My policy is to use combat ships for pickets rather than xAKLs as I think this is more historical (I've seen references to subs, DDs and the equivalent of PBs being used IRL, so that gives me a comfort level). I know this is a sometimes controversial topic, this is just my personal preference. We certainly need all the eyes we can get given the recent action by enemy CVs in these waters.

25th Army

We order another sweep of Johore Baru tomorrow. Then we will go for Singers itself. Southern Army HQ marches out of Saigon to provide support for the assault on Singapore and to help draw supplies to the front.

15th Army

Marching on Rangoon while 1st Raiding Regt gets in position to try an assault on Toungoo. Recon has deduced that although there are 4 LCUs there, they are very short of guns and AFVs, meaning they may just be base forces. We'll think about it.

China

Operation N, the attempted encirclement of Nanyang, begins in earnest today. We will carefully time various elements to arrive just outside the city on the day one division finishes moving from the yellow road from the plains to Sian over 1 hex to the grey road running from Nanyang to Sian. If CF notices this movement, he surely will have to react. If he does not, we may force him to retreat overland toward Anking or even catch his army in Nanyang. Cribtop Intel is still trying to determine the prospects for a march on Sian. Much of that depends on the results of Operation N. We shall see - Cribtop HQ has seen numerous players, even the high quality JFBs, sputter in the attempt to get Sian through the forests and isn't sure the game is worth the candle.

Otherwise just counting down the days until we get our South China reinforcements. We are beginning a small op to seize Kwangchowan and Pakhoi.

Home Islands

Resorce flows into the Home Islands are really humming along thanks to advice from Mike Solli, nygiants59 and others. Oil is starting to flow from Miri and Brunei as well - the first shipment of DEI oil will arrive at Nagasaki in about 48 hours. Banzai!




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/26/2011 8:35:20 PM)

Jan 24, 1942

I am taking a few extra days off for Memorial Day, so we are cranking the turns.

Today the enemy probably cast the deciding vote on where to send KB.

Subs

Nada.

4th Fleet

We are executing an odd op for Canton. Since FT TFs pile on the disruption, we plan to land the Canton SNLF at Tarawa to recover DIS before reloading for the final run in. The alternative is to await traditional invasion shipping currently busy in SE Fleet, or use 10 kt xAKLs that can't carry squat and are as vulnerable as newborn kittens.

SE Fleet

We bomb PM with Bettys and Kates while continuing to unload a few stragglers and a lot of supply. Our lifeboat xAK takes another minor shell hit but otherwise the enemy defenses are neutered.

We expected taking PM to be a weeklong operation needing two or three attacks to finish up. Instead, DA today reduces forts to 2 and easily takes the base with 9:1 odds. Banzai! [&o] Two enemy LCUs are destroyed, the rest flee into the jungle with casualties of 2005(208) vs 205(1). Apparently, CF expected the base to hold out too, or he just forgot, but either way our troops are surprised to overrun two enemy air search groups, destroying 10 Catalinas and 3 S23 Empires. Banzai! [&o] [&o] This is a nice boost as the Allies are chronically short of long range search aircraft.

As Tokyo Rose joyfully informs us, Operation LPM is thus just about wrapped up. We will linger a few more days to dump supply at PM, then all fleet elements will retire to Truk. Well, all fleet elements except KB (read on below).

14th Army

Legaspi falls, and the last base on Luzon except for Clark and Bataan is now under the grip of the Rising Sun. The PA air unit that we were chasing hasn't been seen since Naga. CF either disbanded it or flew out the remnants via Catalina (or perhaps it died of attrition). Dinagat is occupied by rowboat.

16th Army

[sm=character0229.gif] Alert! Alert! Nells flying out of newly torp-enabled Ambon spot two TFs and report enemy CVs 5 hexes SE of Saumlaki. [sm=character0229.gif] Our Nells scramble but the enemy is at almost extreme range for our Zeros (13 hexes) and the strike cannot locate the enemy. The enemy TFs are reported to be heading West along a line that would skirt the coast of NW Australia just off Darwin.

Cribtop Intel estimation of enemy intentions: 1) Enemy was lying in wait to ambush an invasion attempt against Timor; 2) Enemy is actually moving East and the report was in error, indicating a desire to transit the Torres Strait en route to SOPAC bases; or 3) Enemy was moving toward the Torres Strait in hopes of interfering with our PM invasion when the air raid by KB on a supply convoy on Jan 22nd alerted him to presence of our carriers, at which point the enemy reversed course and is making for the Indian Ocean in order to avoid contact. Alternative 3) is judged to be most likely, but in any case this situation makes it clear that the enemy intends to lurk in the eastern DEI.

Options: Cribtop HQ considers a full speed pursuit, but the distance and fuel status of KB makes this untenable. Our carriers and escorts are in the green, but a 16 hex sprint would leave us dangerously low without prospect of reliable refueling locally. We could ignore the enemy flat tops and proceed with Operation SM under LBA cover, but any attempt to invade Timor or Dempassar is deemed too risky without the presence of our CVs. While capture of these bases immediately is not essential, we will be hard pressed to invade Java or Sumatra without chasing off the USN CVs. We have carefully considered opinions expressed by Nemo and others that KB is not needed in the DEI. This theory holds that land bases plus dismounted KB air groups can be used to advance while keeping the vital CV hulls safe from viable Dutch torpedoes. We are inclined to utilize this approach or some variant thereof. However, even this will require KB to transit into the eastern DEI.

Decision: The enemy gets a vote, and sometimes his actions make a decision for you. We will postpone or perhaps even abandon the Fiji invasion and KB will head to the DEI to form MKB, which will probably remain joined for the rest of the game. We may still try a snap invasion of Noumea if recon shows it unreinforced.

25th Army

Sweeps of Johore Bahru find nobody home. On to Singapore!

Reinforcements land at Beaufort to clean up. They land with high DIS and we will wait a few days.

15th Army

No change.

China

No change.

Other

Much to our disgust, BB Nevada comes off the sunk list. [:(]




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/27/2011 2:27:49 AM)

A few musings.

This is very early, but we believe sub & AMC recon in the South Pacific may finally be revealing the enemy's supply hub. At a minimum, we now know what Cuttlefish has NOT reinforced, namely Fiji, Noumea, Canton Island, and British Samoa (although our intel on British Samoa is a little old). However, we have received numerous radio intercepts out of Pago Pago. While Japanese SigInt is horrible, even level 1 SigInt usually shows airfield and/or anchor symbols, and each time Pago Pago shows an anchor. Is CF dumping supplies, fuel & troops here? Perhaps, perhaps not, but we will certainly investigate further as locating and attacking the enemy's deep hubs has been a goal for some time now.

We are feeling good about the decision to send KB to the DEI despite this discovery, but Pago Pago may be worth a visit during the early days of Phase II.

Ahh, the next turn just arrived - back to it!




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/27/2011 7:51:52 PM)

Jan 25, 1942

Subs

Saury duds on an ACM near Ishigaki. We are moving ACMs to pre-war minfields at Takao, Canton, etc. Glen boat recon of Suva shows that yesterday a small convoy dropped a US LCU but little else. Cribtop Intel believes it to be a base force or Marine Defense Bttn. Looks like the enemy is building his fence in this region after all.

4th Fleet

Canton force rests on Tarawa. Resources move back to Truk on a re-supply convoy that headed to Kwaj. Convoys that stop in at Truk will haul resources back to the Home Islands. May as well not sail with empty hulls.

SE Fleet

Salamaua occupied. Our invasion TFs spend the day unloading supply at our new conquests and are ordered to sail for home tomorrow. SE Fleet has landed at Rabaul and torpedo enabled our Bettys there.

KB transits the Torres Strait and shifts to 16th Army AO.

14th Army

We bombard Clark today as the Hong Kong artillery arrived yesterday. CF has mostly PA LCUs at Clark, the Amis must be at Bataan. Interestingly, he has shifted some troops forward as there are now 29 LCUs at Clark and 16 at Bataan. Previously there were roughly 20 LCUs at each base. We suspect the enemy is already beginning to feel the effects of low supply given the amount captured at Manila and the gratifyingly large number of supply dump hits our IJAAF bombers have been getting over the past few weeks. This bombardment has another purpose, namely to "show" four amored units in the stack opposing Clark just before we surreptitiously pull them out for use in Java and Oz.

Guiuan invaded by dot base warriors.

16th Army

5th Air Division will finish unloading at Tarakan tomorrow, and forces have gathered at Jolo for Operation SM. All pre-conditions are in place and the first phase of the Op, a landing at Samarinda followed by overland conquest of Balikpapan, will commence in just a few days. Fleet elements have sortied from Babeldoab to provide distant cover and SCTF protection. KBL has about 50% more planes than at war's start. We are likely to park the CVLs at Jolo and use a few air groups from Tarakan in co-ordination with a Betty Daitai and 1/3 of a Zero Hikotai as an experiment with the dismounted air group doctrine. It's not that we are too "scared" to expose our carriers to Dutch subs in all situations, but in the case of the Makassar Strait's narrow waters with numerous bases, we cannot come up with a good rationale to take the risk instead of using the "unsinkable" airfield at Tarakan.

25th Army

The survivors of Sinkawang, Sambas and Kuching had been marching through the jungle to Pontianak under air attack for weeks. They emerged from the undergrowth yesterday to find the meatball flag flying over their sanctuary. We add insult to injury by a DA today and chase them back into oblivion, casualties 152(19) vs 6(0).

The airfield at Kuala Lumpur, crawling with six construction engineer units and numerous base forces, has quickly been built up to level 3 and will hit level 4 soon. The level 3 field can handle operations by all three Oscar Sentai without overstacking. We are therefore ready to begin sweeping Singapore itself and order the aerial attack to commence tomorrow.

The main army has reached Malacca and will seize it tomorrow. We will be in Johore Bahru soon thereafter and then gather for a day or two before crossing into Singers.

15th Army

No change. We enter the Rangoon hex tomorrow.

China

Cuttlefish's Sian Army (we are tired of calling it the "Loyang" stack as that base is now 150 miles behind the lines), continues to retreat deeper into the forest toward Sian. This is puzzling to us as every hex of defensible rough terrain the enemy cedes without a fight is a battle the IJA doesn't have to expend combat power to win. It also continues to separate his Sian and Nanyang armies, making relief of the latter location more difficult. The IJA 11th Army plans to maintain contact with the Sian force and thus keep them out of the Nanyang fight. These movements create possibilities for us in China unless CF elects to evacuate Nanyang asap. Hmmm... We will post a screenshot to show the developing situation.

[image]local://upfiles/29885/282B14C0A39443A0B935FB0290332E0A.jpg[/image]

1 - Enemy Sian Army continues to retreat to the West (note movement arrow revealed by aerial recon), pursued by 11th Army

2 - Enemy Nanyang Army so far remains in place

3 - Planned moves by 12th Army elements to encircle Nanyang

4 - Key movement to Nanyang's LoC by a division originally part of the Sian advance. Moves in item 3 will wait until the day before this division moves onto the road to Sian. If the enemy retreats from Nanyang, 12th Army offensive will immediately commence.




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/28/2011 3:11:51 AM)

Jan 26, 1942

Subs

No combat, but our Glen recon continues at Pago Pago, Fiji and Noumea. Four 8 depth charge carrying SCs have arrived at Takao from Japan. The existing ASW TFs have been recalled to recover SYS damage. After that, each ASW TF will be re-formed with an 8 DC patrol ship as the flag. Intention is to stop keeping the enemy's head down and start taking his head off, so to speak.

4th Fleet

No change.

SE Fleet

Terapo is captured by airborne assault. We will pull the small para unit back tomorrow. This type of attack is known as a "rod and reel op" in Cribtop doctrine. We are turning Rabaul into a major base now, today it hit level 4 airfield and will go on to level 7 to allow in the field upgrades.

14th Army

Our armor units move out for the beach after one more bombardment attack. Cribtop HQ is pleased to note that 2 or 3 enemy squads are destroyed outright in each of these bombardments. Is this evidence the enemy is already low on supply?

Guiuan falls. Seriously, who came up with the spellings of some of these bases? Add a consonant or two just for fun. [;)] Culion invaded.

16th Army

Nettys and Zeroes move into Tarakan. Cribtop HQ issues a warning order that Operation SM will commence prior to the end of January.

Biak invaded by dot base clean up forces.

25th Army

Occasionally your pixeltruppen perform feats of valor that impress you even though they are just binary code. Today our 18 plane Zero Daitai at Sinkawang covers itself in glory! We had ordered the Zeroes and 3 Oscar Sentai from Kuala Lumpur to sweep Singapore itself, expecting heavy opposition as recon showed 49 fighters present. Our intel was spot on as 48 Buffaloes rise to defend the base. However, the Zeroes arrived to find the Oscars a bit delayed. Despite 3.5:1 odds, our brave IJNAF pilots pressed home the attack, accounting for 5:1 losses and actually breaking through the enemy CAP. Banzai! [&o][&o] This action is not really strategically significant (although we continue to get excellent exchange rates in A2A combat), but was so bravely executed we almost wrote up a first person account just to memorialize the victory. The IJAAF arrived next, and, although late to the party, cleaned up another four kills for no losses. Per Tracker, we obtained a total exchange rate of 16:8, but that is deceptive as only 1 of our elite pilots was KIA. This victory leaves a handful of fighters operational at Singers. We will bomb the airfield tomorrow with two full groups of IJAAF bombers (6 Sentai).

Malacca falls to 25th Army today. We engaged in Maskirovka by ordering only 1 Division to attack. This gave the appearance that 1500 AS dropped to 243. In addition, we have two more divisions above the 1500 to commit, probably 2200+ AS in total. Not sure this will mean much to the enemy, but it never hurts to show weakness when you are in fact strong.

15th Army

Tomorrow we bombard Rangoon to determine raw AS and will order sweeps and bombing attacks on both the airfield and port (as numerous enemy merchies are observed in the place by recon). Intention is to sink a few ships, but also to convince AVG to stay put at Toungoo - specifically we are hoping CF will order them to LRCAP Rangoon. 1st Raiding Regt arrives in Chiang Mai tomorrow and will soon attempt a coup de main against the enemy's most powerful fighter formations.

China

No change.

Other

Today is the first day of the war that Tracker shows resources in the blue instead of the red on the industry chart. Excellent. In addition, today the first TK convoy bearing SRA oil to the Home Islands finishes unloading at Nagasaki. Banzai!




Canoerebel -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/28/2011 9:51:26 AM)

The forests to the east are the key to the defense of Sian.  Cuttles is making a mistake to give them to you without a fight.  He may think he has time to withdraw his Nanyang army to Sian, or perhaps he plans on moving them southwest to Ankang, but that's would only make sense if he had enough AV to fight in each of the forested hexes.  It seems like he's not quite sure how to manage the defense of Sian - but defending Sian in Sian is not the way to do it.

Do you have a paratroop unit in China?  Sometimes, an Allied player might leave an interior base open...and when the enemy takes that base an entire position is threatened with isolation.  If things look promising for the Japanese to make it through the forests with a real shot at Sian, you might want to at least have the capability of a sudden assault on Kienko from the air.  If it's lightly held, you suddenly sever the Sian army's path of retreat, which can panic a player (if he's been careless enough to leave Kienko undefended - unlikely, but not impossible).




ny59giants -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/28/2011 12:23:35 PM)

Since he is deciding to leave his Buffalos to fight at Singapore, where are all your para units?? A quick grab of Port Blair may cut off any retreat to India for rebuilding. If he leaves them in Singapore, CF may decide to "Withdraw" the units for a few months, but he will miss the valuable training time needed to get his pilot skill up.




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/28/2011 4:29:56 PM)

Thanks, gents. Nygiants, we actually already seized Port Blair by para assault, so that gate is closed.

Dan, we don't have a paratroop unit in China but your idea is very sound. We'll do some recon to determine whether there's an opening. I already searched Anking and found two LCUs, but other bases may be even more important.




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/29/2011 12:14:41 AM)

Jan 27, 1942

A day of interesting possibilities discussed at a Council of War at Cribtop HQ. How do you have a Council of War with yourself? Err, nothing to see here... move along now. [;)]

Subs

Seadragon duds on a DD escorting a TF full of supplies bound for Operation SM near Jolo and then duds on CVL Shoho as the fleet arrives. Yikes! We will launch an ad hoc ASW TF tomorrow to hunt this sub down. At Formosa, we assemble and launch the first ASW TF containing an SC with 8 depth charge launchers to try to clear the always infested channel.

4th Fleet

No change.

SE Fleet

90% of Operation LPM elements are or will be safe at Rabaul after tomorrow's replay. South Seas Fleet retires towards Truk to re-fuel, re-arm and clear SYS damage. We will invade Noumea soon provided we have a good grip on the location of the enemy's CVs. We have a little bit of clean up to perform in New Guienea, but for the most part our Phase I objectives are secure.

14th Army

DA 1 hex W of Malabalay retreats two LCUs, leaving one LCU in the hex, odds 6:1, casualties 412(40) vs 98(0).

16th Army

All elements of Operation SM are in place. We load as soon as the orders are given.

The last troops needed for Operation DK will begin unloading at Babeldoab tomorrow.

25th Army

Oscars sweep Singapore again, facing 25 Buffaloes and inflicting losses of 9:1. Then the bombers hit the airfield and do good damage, destroying planes on the ground and generally trashing the place with 64 runway hits. Air superiority has been established at Singers. Daily bombings will continue until the end.

Yesterday it was the Kuching Punjab Battalion's turn to stumble out of the forest at Pontianak. A bit sloppy of CF to miss this two days in a row. We DA today and drive them back into the jungle with their Dutch allies, odds 26:1, casualties 23(3) vs nil.

15th Army

We attack Rangoon's airfield and port, but with much less success than at Singapore. First, Oscars fail to sweep despite orders to do so. Fortunately there is no CAP so that doesn't hurt us. The IJAAF bombs the airfield and the IJNAF bombs the port. Thunderstorms in the hex limit hits and in general the results are desultory. We will not try again tomorrow due to the danger CF will put the AVG up on LRCAP from Toungoo.

1st Raiding Regt arrives at Chiang Mai. We are seriously considering a para assault on Toungoo in an effort to destroy the AVG's air groups. Casualties amongst the transports could be horrible if he has a lot of CAP. We could sweep against numbers and accept losses in order to get the transports through. The big question is whether we can deliver enough to seize Toungoo against 4 LCUs in a rough hex. The enemy appears to be strictly base forces, but this could be too tall an order for a single regiment (even a crack outfit with 90 EXP). What do you readers think?

BA Rangoon shows raw AS at 750 vs 539. The enemy is composed of low quality troops, but we need to wait a few days to draw supply into our LCUs and for the arrival of an RTA unit at Pegu, which will release another 138 AS to Rangoon. We are well ahead of the historical schedule in Burma, so this doesn't bother Cribtop HQ.

China

All LCUs in the enemy's Sian Army save 3 retire to to the hex SE of the city, with the rest on the way.

PS - I constantly confuse 11th and 12th Army for some reason. Everything I posted in the screenshot post above referred to 11th Army as 12 Army and vice versa. You'd think we'd get it straight. [sm=sign0003.gif]

Council of War

We convened to consider a variety of operations.

Operation SM. The enemy has gotten great intel of our forces gathering at Jolo. He knows KBL is there. We assume he has some Sigint of LCUs prepping for the Operation SM targets. His carriers were last seen heading West past Darwin and thus could be in a position where he will be tempted to interrupt the operation. Meanwhile, KB has fallen into a "hole in the ocean" being completely unspotted in the Arafura Sea while awaiting a few extra DDs to catch up and provide additional ASW screening. Officers of Combined Fleet propose that this may present an opportunity for a CV battle with LBA support in our favor if KB moves West to the southern end of the Makassar Strait (LBA are fully in place at Tarakan, Kendari and Ambon). Cribtop HQ is of the opinion that the enemy will probably spot KB and stay away, but in the end we choose to authorize the Op. Rationale is that the path of KB stays in relatively open waters and will leave the CVs positioned to support Operation DK once Operation SM is complete. In addition, KBL can transit the Makassar Strait to join up with KB, thus obviating the need for KB to enter restricted and sub-infested waters. Who knows, if the enemy tries to sprint in to intercept the landings at Samarinda or Makassar, we just might get him.

We will begin to load on January 29th in order to synchronize arrival of KB so it is in position just after the invasion of Samarinda.

China

The enemy's actions and the good progress of our LCUs leave us in an excellent position. Cribtop HQ orders the commencement of the main advance of Operation N to begin on January 29th as this will allow for the best timing of arrival of all units around Nanyang. If we are fortunate, the enemy will not recognize his danger until it is too late. If we eliminate the Nanyang stack, Cribtop HQ believes Sian is doomed.

Raiders

Knowledge of the general location of the USN CVs creates opportunities for a deep raid in the Pacific. Specifically, Cribtop HQ believes CVE Taiyo could re-size her training air group, upgrade to Zeroes, then add in a re-sized Val group and possibly a few Kates. Then, with a light escort of a CL and at least 4 DDs, she could move deep into the enemy rear and begin a patrol heading east from a location near Pago Pago. Pursuing a zig zag path using waypoints, we hope to locate and disrupt the enemy's convoy routes. There is some danger as CV Yorktown will be arriving about now and may catch us as she transits to join her sisters, but it seems well worth the risk.

Toungoo

We are of two minds about this as discussed above and would like reader input. Cribtop HQ is willing to risk losses as the reward would be great. Destruction of the entire AVG in a single afternoon would be a blow to the enemy's air power and his morale.




ny59giants -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/29/2011 1:21:32 AM)

quote:

A day of interesting possibilities discussed at a Council of War at Cribtop HQ. How do you have a Council of War with yourself? Err, nothing to see here... move along now. [;)]


If your wife cannot see you for counseling on this due to ethical issues or a conflict of interest, I can squeeze you in later next week. [sm=00000280.gif]




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/29/2011 2:45:25 AM)

Ahh, you remember the Mrs. Cribtop the professional counselor discussion in Canoerebel's thread! 250 Geek Master Points are awarded to Griffindor!

Next turn just arrived, post later tonight.




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/29/2011 11:15:00 PM)

Jan 28, 1942

Subs

Seadragon is really starting to piss me off. Today she duds on a DD in a powerful ASW TF created specifically to hunt her down near Jolo. Imagine how mad I'd be if any of her torpedoes had actually exploded. A PB acting as a picket ship for Operation SM tries to hunt K VIII all by itself near Namlea. The other picket ship evades torpedoes launched by K XVIII in the Makassar Strait. The main Operation SM fleet will definitely be set to follow an all DD ASW TF in these dangerous waters.

4th Fleet

No change.

SE Fleet

No change.

14th Army

Catbalogan invaded. Culion falls.

16th Army

Biak falls. Dutch bombers have a go at APDs transferring to Tarakan but miss. The APDs will FT TF 5th Air Division down to Balikpapan once that base falls. KB unites with a new DesDiv in the Arafura Sea. Car Div 1 is up to 9 DDs and 30 ASW, Car Div 2 has 9 DDs and 28 ASW. She will set course for the Banda Sea and then proceed west.

25th Army

Beaufort (finally) falls, 2 enemy base forces retreated, casualties 154(12) vs 6(0).

We sweep and bomb Singapore again. Four more Buffaloes fall out of the handful that still oppose us. The airfield raid gets good hits and destroys a few more planes on the ground.

15th Army

No change.

China

DA against the hapless Lusu War HQ far behind the lines by an NCPC unit forces a retreat and casualties of 90(14). We will chase the HQ across the north China plain until it surrenders.




Cribtop -> RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop (J) vs CF (A) (5/29/2011 11:34:04 PM)

Jan 29, 1942

Subs

A Jake flying from Indes Fleet reports a hit on a sub near Jolo. Many of our subs from the West Coast have arrived at Kwaj and are moving to new home bases and hunting grounds, including the east coast of Oz and the Indian Ocean.

4th Fleet

The Canton invasion force re-loads for the run into the target.

SE Fleet

Thousand Ships Bay occupied. All Operation LPM elements have arrived at Rabaul. Recon shows what appears to be the original garrison on Horn Island. We will try to seize this base by airborne assault soon. Today we accumulate enough PPs to buy out 20th Division and load her on 21kt transports for the voyage to Truk. Appalling how few PPs we have now, but they will re-build quickly as we don't need to buy anything else out for quite some time.

14th Army

Catbalogan falls. An Amphib TF sorties from Takao to pick up three armored regiments that are being re-deployed for the eventual invasions of Java and NW Oz.

16th Army

As KB sails NNW of Babo, Car Div 2 is spotted by a Catalina. The "we've spotted enemy carriers" message doesn't play but we must assume our presence has been noted. Further, with Catalinas on search (presumably from Koepang) we expect to be spotted repeatedly. Not exactly a shocker, but it appears an attempt to counterambush the USN CVs is now unlikely.

However, another target has presented itself. Kates on Nav Search provide great intel of Darwin. No enemy fighters and only 14 bombers are spotted, but a large Tanker convoy is at the base and 41 ships are disbanded in port. That is too juicy to pass up, so we will move into range and attack tomorrow, with help from the Ambon Nells just for good measure. We consider the likelihood the USN carriers will double back to attack KB low as we have lots of Mavis and Nells on search between Timor and Darwin and there is no sign of the enemy. We also ponder whether a target of opportunity is distracting us from strategic goals, but believe 7 enemy TKs are well worth a 24-48 hour detour. The A Team is thus issued attack orders, much to the joy of KB's pilots. The next replay could be very interesting.

At Jolo, the Operation SM invasion force has loaded and will sortie in conjunction with KBL, Indes Fleet and an ASW TF.

25th Army

We bomb Singers again. The enemy has left about 11 ships in harbor, so tomorrow we'll try our hand at a port attack. An armored unit arrives in Mersing and will take it tomorrow while the main army is closing in on Johore Bahru.

15th Army

We are leaning in favor of Operation Dying Tiger (the airborne assault on Toungoo). The upside is so substantial that risk of loss of every transport and the regiment seems worth it. Plus, if the assault fails, 21st Brigade could march up the road to bail the surviving paras out.

Just to turn tomorrow into the biggest air attack day since December 7, we will also sweep Rangoon and bomb both the port and airfield again. Cribtop HQ is surprised CF hasn't committed AVG to the battle for the Burmese capital.

China

Lead elements of Operation N jumped off the start line as scheduled yesterday. The enemy has fully consolidated his army 1 hex SE of Sian and we are marching on this hex. The possibilities in northern China over the next several weeks are very interesting for us.





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