Dixie -> RE: No Way to Fight a War (Dixie vs GBL) (8/2/2011 4:45:31 PM)
Panicked reports are being received in Washington DC, unconfirmed so far these reports indicate that the Japanese have attacked US and British territory and forces. Japanese carrier based aircraft are reported to have attacked Pearl Harbor leaving the harbour and airfield in ruins and the USN Battleships are reported to have all been crippled or sunk. Initial indications are that USS Nevada and California are beyond saving after receiving multiple torpedo strikes. Further rumours from Hawaii indicate that explosions were detected from the defensive minefields covering the approach to PH.
Contact has been lost with USS Antares shortly after she sent SSS report to Pearl Harbor.
Japanese bombers also attacked Manila, home of the Asiatic Fleet submarines. Several reports indicate severe damage was sustained by several submarines. The USN oiler USS Trinity is believed to be badly damaged and burning out of control in the harbour. USS Childs is reported lost with all hands as she attempted to get underway.
Great Britain reports that Japanese forces have landed in Northern Malaya, near the Thai border. RAF forces have launched a series of heavy air attacks on Japanese shipping concentrations. Japanese air forces have countered with raids on British airfields in the northern regions of Malaya, repulsed with heavy casualties.
I've only seen the combat replay so far, GBL is sending the actual save file later. Until then I can only base my information on what was seen during the combat replay. I was expecting far worse than I seem to have got, especially at Pearl Harbor. No air raids on Singapore and only two landings at Kota Bharu and Batan Island, which suggests to me that instead there's going to be at least one landing in the South Pacific. Rabaul anyone?
BB California, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
BB Pennsylvania, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires
BB Oklahoma, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
BB Maryland, Bomb hits 9, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires
BB West Virginia, Bomb hits 5, Torpedo hits 2, on fire
BB Arizona, Bomb hits 6, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires
BB Nevada, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
CL Phoenix, Bomb hits 1
BB Tennessee, Bomb hits 5, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
AM Vireo, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
AVP Swan, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Detroit, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CA New Orleans, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1
AO Neosho, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
CA San Francisco, Bomb hits 1
I'd guess that Nevada and probably California are doomed, but the rest of the BBs should be retrievable. Arizona, Maryland and Pennsylvania might even be ready to move back to the mainland for repairs fairly soon. 40 aircraft were also lost, including 15 PBYs. I had plans for those...
xAKL Anakan, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
SS Sailfish, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage
SS Sealion, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage
AO Trinity, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
SS Swordfish, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage
xAP Neptuna, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
SS Seal, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage
SS Salmon, Bomb hits 1
AVD Childs, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
TK Mindanao, Bomb hits 1, on fire
PT-34, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
The results of two air raids on the port. All 850kg bomb hits, so the subs are probably quite badly messed up right now. Even if I do lose them all it's only 5 out of the 27 Asiatic Fleet subs, so I feel that the US has escaped lightly there considering what the damage could have been.
Airfield attacks managed to destroy a few aircraft (3 in fact!), but they were all P-26 rather than B-17s or P-40s. Will the failure to kill my more effective fighters and heavy bombers come back to haunt the IJ forces?
Malaya (& Burma)
Mostly air raids here, as expected the RAF bombers got chewed up quite badly without actually hitting anything due to Japanese fighters. The Buffaloes did OK against a couple of unescorted raids, but got slapped about when they ran into Oscar.
56th Infantry Rgt with 12th Engineer Rgt and 5th JAAF Coy have landed at Kota Bharu. Not a big force but more than enough to overwhelm my Indian troops there. I'd expect overland advances from Thailand and further landings in the next few days.
A raid against Rangoon managed to swat down some more Buffs and slightly damage the airfield. A sweep by Navy Zeros achieved nothing as all my fighters were hiding by the time they arrived. I hope they crashed into the jungle on the way home!
Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.