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obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/5/2012 12:20:25 PM)

China

The pincers are approaching Sian. There are about 65,000 Chinese there, but if the 4,500 AV on the way make it intact, this should be able to take the base.

In the far north we have to make a decision. Keep moving to Lanchow or cut north to far away bases and come back down from up there, or go for Yenan, which has to be very short of supply.

In the South, our army is chasing the equal sized Chinese army trying to reach it before it gets into the forests.



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obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/5/2012 12:39:48 PM)

Burma

We're holding at Pegu awaiting Armour to arrive from Malaya. Our Rgt got trashed in the river crossing, so it's up to the Thai forces to hold here and move forward once the Armour arrives, at least testing out Rangoon.

We're set up well for the air war here, at least until more Oscar 1cs come online and the Sallys committed to Singers are free.


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obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/5/2012 1:47:25 PM)

SCTF raiders near Perth

This TF just sighted 2 ships at Carnarvon. Heading in tomorrow.

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obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/5/2012 1:52:27 PM)

Oregon Maru

Just an update. The Oregon Maru and others fulfill their mission to deliver a base force to Tabituaea. All of these islands will get help soon from Naval guard units and engineers as well.

Oregon Maru will head to Truk to pick up resources and then back to Tokyo.


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obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/5/2012 5:10:09 PM)

15 Jan 1942

subs: More interesting sub activity. RO-61 misses with 6 torps against CL Perth near Townsville. Le Triomphant gives chse to no effect. S-173 off the west coast north of San Fran hits xAKL Hirondelle and sinking sounds follow. First kill out here.

OZ raiders: For some reason this SCTF stops short of Carnarvon but shows no detection increase. The ships are still there. Maybe next turn.

China: Tanks again try to deal with a few hurt Chinese Corps on the yellow road to Sian. They come up 1 to 1 but inflict more damage to these units while remaining untouched. Clear hex + armour equals trouble for the Chinese. Bombers plaster Kukong for 53 field hits plus other assorted damages.

DEI: Quiet as fleets move out and get spotted by the Dutch and British. Next turn might be very interesting. Bombing continues over Soerabaja and Batavia, scoring hits on the fields.

Nothing else of note to report.




obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/5/2012 10:59:46 PM)

16 Jan 1942

subs: Brutal nights continue. Salmon put one fish into xAP Naminoue Maru bound for Balikpapan to pick up another unit for Java. She might go down. Fires are only 1 but float damage is 56. She'll head 2 hexes to Tarakan for a while. Tambor is attacked by a wee PB. 2 DDs get two good hits on KXVI near Samarinda. A DD heading back to Yokohama for repairs sights Nautilus and forces here down but can't crack her shell. Stingray attacked near Banjermasin. Two more attack Pollack near Okinawa. They're moving on up, to the north side ... . And, most heart warmingly, S-37 (5 bomb hits) and KXIV (2 bomb hits) are sunk by a Netties on Port attack at Soerabaja. Thank you recon.

OZ raiders In other news this TF finally decides to commit and nails AS Platypus at Carnarvon. Only one ship here it seems. Now they'll run back.

DEI: The first Fast transport TFs make it to Semarang and Tjepoe and unload peacefully as the mini-KB deals with the chaos of various Dutch and British bombers overhead. Wildebeests come in two sorties, the first escorted by B-339s, and actually make it through to attack. Nothing hits and zeros take out 4 here and 5 more in the next attack. Many little pesky Blenheims and Falcons are also shot down. The amphib TF arrives next turn with engineers and the 38th Div.

China: The push to Sian continues with an attack in each advance, pushing back the weakened Chinese units with heavy losses. I think we'll just make it without destroying them outright. The southern army failed to catch the Chinese units before they fled into the forest. They'll now move north and east trying to cut them off as bombers hopefully slow their progress.

PI: The beginning of the end began for the two PA units left on Mindanao. In spite of heavy losses they held the surrounded hex.





obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/6/2012 12:32:15 PM)

17 Jan 1942

I hate PT boats.

DEI: The moon is low, only about 5%, so I knew there was danger. Many SCTFs of DDs and TBs roamed the area around Tjepoe and Semarang. Some were attached to their amphib TFs. It didn't matter, as 6 Dutch PTs broke through and hit two xAKs with gunfire and one AK and one xAP with a torpedo each. How do they always pick out the most valuable ships? This is exactly why I prefer fast transport TFs. Can't move Divisions with them though. The ensuing problem is that the TF turned around and ended up 5 hexes from Semarang. We'll have to restart it tomorrow.

Semarang and Tjepoe both fell easily. Our paradrop on Soerakarta did not capture the base, but will prevent the rail being used until reinforcements move in.

subs: The camper at Balikpapan was severely damaged by 3 DC hits today. Near Perth I-121 has a field day sinking xAK Charon with a torpedo in the night and AG Canopus with 5 shell hits during the daylight. Stingray attacked 5 IJN DDs in the Java Sea and missed, and the DDs couldn't track her down.

PI: Near Cagayan the PA Divs still won't give up. Another decisive battle but no surrender. No real hurry I guess as Luzon won't be finished until after Singapore falls.

China: More unopposed bombing of fields.

Question. Thinking about Sian already. It's a clear hex, so we should be able to use air power to weaken the troops there. Is it feasible to bring in our 2300 AV on the fast road directly and then move the other across the river to shock in after that? It looks like there will be a good amount of Chinese there when we arrive. At least 2500-3000AV. We'll have 4500 or so. If forts are say around 2, will we get mauled? Or should we go around across the water onto the fast road and take an extra two weeks but get there more safely?

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obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/6/2012 1:09:52 PM)

18 Jan 1942

Malaya: Our forces crossed the causeway into Singapore and achieved a 1 to 1 attack. This is the first time I've had them do so well. The isolated and destroyed units during the campaign really helped out, as did changing out all marginal leaders, I imagine. The forts went from 3 to 2. We'll still have to rest for the next attack due to high disruption.

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Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 103418 troops, 1182 guns, 437 vehicles, Assault Value = 3518

Defending force 36473 troops, 428 guns, 260 vehicles, Assault Value = 884

Japanese adjusted assault: 2348

Allied adjusted defense: 1303

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 3)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
7694 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 324 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 80 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 89 disabled
Guns lost 61 (5 destroyed, 56 disabled)
Vehicles lost 12 (2 destroyed, 10 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
4938 casualties reported
Squads: 87 destroyed, 264 disabled
Non Combat: 74 destroyed, 346 disabled
Engineers: 16 destroyed, 67 disabled
Guns lost 105 (27 destroyed, 78 disabled)
Vehicles lost 46 (7 destroyed, 39 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Assaulting units:
4th Division
Imperial Guards Division
18th Division
21st Division
33rd Division
55th Engineer Regiment
143rd Infantry Regiment
5th Division
41st Infantry Regiment
2nd Division
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion
3rd Mortar Battalion
3rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st RF Gun Battalion
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
5th Mortar Battalion
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
2nd Gordons Battalion
5/14th Punjab Battalion
11th Indian Division
2/17 Dogra Battalion
2nd Loyal Battalion
2nd Argylls Battalion
3rd Cavalry Regiment
SSVF Brigade
27th Australian Brigade
1st Malay Battalion
1st Manchester Battalion
1st Hyderabad Battalion
3rd SSVF Battalion
3/16th Punjab Bn /1
2nd Malay Battalion
1st Mysore Battalion
22nd Australian Bde /1
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
111th RAF Base Force
110th RAF Base Force
Malayan Air Wing
1st Indian Heavy AA Regiment
109th RN Base Force
29 Battery/3 HAA
224 Group RAF
Singapore Base Force
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
223 Group RAF
Singapore Fortress
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
2nd ISF Base Force
AHQ Far East
III Indian Corps
Malaya Army
24th NZ Pioneer Coy
5th Field Regiment

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subs: Interesting things around Sydney. I-3 got a shot at CA Australia, but missed with 4 torps. The second attack on a CA down here recently makes me think a KB raid might be in order. It looks like this port is at least in frequent use.

O21 takes ten more hits at Balikpapan and should be done.

PI: After a 60 to 1 attack, the PA troops near Cagayan continue to hang on and fight. Come on already!

China: Recon cover is pretty thorough here, and we keep spotting fighters appearing in various spots. Looks like the AVG trying to trap some unescorted bombers. so far only one section of it, but more might appear at any point and catch us off guard. I'm sure it'll happen sooner or later. In the meantime, we'll keep it going.

NO PAC: Nothing. Except some sigint reports from Anchorage.

SO PAC: The KB fires up minus the Akagi which is steaming back for repairs after resting and healing up some of the system damage caused by the torpedo hit a few weeks ago. There are no extra pilots at this point in the war, so it's bare bones for each squadron. While the air support is there, the Rgt at Rabaul will head for La Foa and aim to conquer Noumea. I'll point it at Truk with a waypoint near Koumac in case it shows up in sigint reports, and change it at the last minute. Several small SNLF units are zooming around taking bases. Wallis island is on the menu just to make the Allies nervous. I don't plan to do more than use it for recon and search.




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obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/7/2012 7:02:42 PM)

Supply loss to bombing

How much supply is lost to a bombing campaign? I know it's 1% lost per supply hit. Then 1% of the remainder for the next one, and so on. Then there is the cost to keep building the fields back up. How much does this cost?

So typical stikes at Changsha have achieved some success, something like this on average per attack by a group of 27 Sallys and a group of 12 Lilys:

Runway hits - 15

Supply hits - 2

Airbase hits - 2

Changsha has 150,000 troops. Say there is around 20,000 supply there. (This seems high, but all of those troops must draw a bit).

That would take out 400 supply for the supply hits alone. Over a month that would be 12,000 supply!! Which is a lot in my book. That doesn't even count the fixing of the other damage.
Even if it only has 10,000 to start with, destroying 6,000 for a month from one bombing destination is pretty good, considering each turn there are 5-8 bombing groups active.

So is this in the ballpark? And does anyone know how much is used fixing the runway and airbase?

My strategy in China is entirely based on destroying supply, taking away centers of production, (Sian and Changsha in that order to begin with), and trying to weaken but not destroy troops so they will have to use both supply and reinforcements continually to try to get to fighting strength.

I'm itching to shut the Burma road, and this is the next big push we'll make once the armour arrives in Burma.

I know my opponent has just started a thread to get advice on China, and I'd love to get some here as well. Are there any JFBs out there?





obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/8/2012 1:56:39 AM)

19 Jan 1942

China: A group of I-15 Chinese fighters appeared in Yenan today and took down one Oscar 1a and an Ann. Oscar 1as are terrible. Elsewhere the IJAAF plastered Sian with 44 runway hits and also hit Changsha hard and peppered Nanning and a few scattered ground troops.

subs: At Balikpapan O21 hits an ASW DD with one torp, and sends it down, but then takes 9 hits for Heavy Damage. Near Palembang O16 is attacked while stalking our tankers and takes 7 hits including 2 direct. I'm hoping this is another one down. ASW is really getting some hits now. Nautilus is attacked by a PB near Saipan. Near Batan Is Sturgeon is attacked by 2 PBs.

Malaya: Rest now for a few turns at Singers.

PI: In a 98 to 1 attack the Mindanao troops still can't force the 102nd PA Div to surrender. Maybe next turn.

SO PAC: The KB and its replenishment TF are in a race to Tulagi, and the AOs are winning by 2 hexes. Hmmm. I hope this doesn't indicate how it will perform off the coast of OZ.




obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/8/2012 10:57:53 AM)

20 Jan 1942

DEI: Wow, our TF escorts finally did their job and protected the big ships from the little ones. One of our amphib TF with 4 xAK and 2 SC was attacked by 7 PT Boats. I would think this would be disaster. After two attacks there were no hits and the PTs ran away. They ran right into the protecting 3 DDs which sank 2 of 7.

One lone brave B-339 keeps appearing over Soerabaja. Escorts haven't yet hit the lucky guy. No bombers destroyed, but a few damaged.

PI: Finally, in a 524 to 1 attack the 102nd PA Div surrenders. Now to move these forces to Luzon and see if we can't move into Bataan. Transport is waiting in Cagayan.

subs: Cuttlefish (near Sendai, getting closer), Stingray, Snapper and O16 were attacked during the turn. This means O16 is still operating, which is too bad. All indications were that it was a goner. RO-66 took out the Dorothea Luckenbach in the straits near Suva with two torps in spite of a DD present. Good news.

China: More bombing. Good attack on Chansha. Armour units leading down the yellow road to Sian took another 300 squads from 3 Chinese Corps. These are mostly trashed now and we'll tone down the attacks to push them out of the way of the main force only. No AVG still.

Troops at Sian bombarded to see what they're up against today. A good amount of Chinese here. Good thing another 2400 AV is on the way!

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Ground combat at Sian (83,41)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 63041 troops, 632 guns, 116 vehicles, Assault Value = 2270

Defending force 84890 troops, 520 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2729

Japanese ground losses:
332 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 34 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled


Allied ground losses:
87 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
32nd Division
13th Tank Regiment
13th Ind.Mixed Brigade
34th Division
35th Division
11th RGC Temp. Division
13th Division
58th Infantry Regiment
13th RGC Temp. Division
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
11th Army
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion

Defending units:
1st Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
16th Chinese Corps
47th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
36th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
2nd Group Army
55th Chinese Corps
34th Group Army
Red Chinese Army
5th War Area
22nd Group Army
4th Group Army
15th Chinese Base Force
4th Construction Regiment


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obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/8/2012 12:40:42 PM)

21 Jan 1942

DEI: During the past few turns Nav Search noticed a large TF of some kind of small ships meandering away from Soerabaja. I thought these might be PTs trying to get in range of the two ASW TFs at Macassar. This turn 5 DDs were sent in and hit 14 Amc and 1 small AR, sinking the lot. Good EXP for the DD crews, and a few less trinkets for the Allies.

Today 2 B-339 came up over Soerabaja. 1 Nell down. One B-339 down. For some reason the CAP from Semarang isn't flying here. The zeros are set to escort and 20% LR CAP over Soerabaja. They're fatigued 24% but not escorting or CAPing. Strange. I might send them to Tjepoe to see if it works better two hexes closer and at a base all to themselves.

China: A sweep of 9 Oscar 1c over Sian was intercepted by 1 H81-A3 of the AVG. No planes lost, but this is good info. A bigger sweep will try tomorrow.

Also, in bigger news, an army of Chinese is moving down from Ichang and has reached the clear hex next to Hanchow. It caught me a bit by surprise, but several Divs are being strated in and ENG units from Manchuria will arrive once the rail is clear in a few days, so unless the massive stack from Changsha joins in, we should be alright. I don't thikn the Chinese have the supply to move all of these pieces into an attack at once, but if they did, it would be devastating. Especially with the bulk of our forces moving to Sian. Luckily there is a lot of armour and a few spare Brigades and Divs in reserve in the south.

The combined AF will go after this force tomorrow with every available bomber in range, including a Betty group moved in from the DEI. Take advantage of the clear.

The southern army has turned and is approaching the clear hexes south of Nanchang. Here we should meet his souther army that we encountered earlier at Chusien. It should be around 1200-1300 AV. About the same as ours. One more Div is running along from Wenchow trying to make it for the battle, and is only 2 hexes behind now.

PI: The 2 Sally groups attacking Bataan continue to struggle hitting the base from 15,000. They get on average 3-5 runway hits and 1 supply or 1 base hit per turn. Aircrews are around 64 Ground bombing skill and getting better every day, but can't seem to get this one. Forts must be high already. Oh well. That's the way it goes here.

SO PAC: The KB refueled today. Now to stealth mode for the drive south. The amphib TF has almost reached La Foa on New Caledonia. Koumac fell to a small SNLF and an AF Coy moved in with 6 Jakes for some more eyes.

Malaya: Bombardment at Singers did well today. Our AV is going back up quickly. Once disruption is below 10 we'll go again.

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Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 3612 troops, 307 guns, 178 vehicles, Assault Value = 2952

Defending force 32776 troops, 401 guns, 250 vehicles, Assault Value = 596

Japanese ground losses:
10 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 7 (2 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 12 (2 destroyed, 10 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
109 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)
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obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/8/2012 1:47:12 PM)

22 Jan 1942

Did I mention I hate PT boats

DEI: Well. Any suggestions? What I'm doing simply isn't working. Is it possible to defend these convoys? There were 2 separate DD TFs in the hex, set to react at 1 and 3.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Tjepoe at 54,103, Range 1,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Ariake, Shell hits 1
DD Tsuga
APD Fuji
E Shimushu
SC Ch 5, Shell hits 2
AMC Asaka Maru
xAK Kano Maru, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Rokko Maru, Shell hits 2
xAK Santos Maru, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Manzyu Maru, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
PT-31
PT-32
PT TM-5
PT TM-6
PT TM-7, Shell hits 8, and is sunk

Japanese ground losses:
235 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 18 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Allied Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Japanese TF suspends unloading operations and begins to get underway
Reduced sighting due to 28% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 28% moonlight: 1,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
Range closes to 4,000 yards...
Range closes to 2,000 yards...
Range closes to 1,000 yards...
DD Tsuga engages PT TM-7 at 1,000 yards
DD Ariake engages PT-32 at 1,000 yards
DD Tsuga engages PT TM-5 at 1,000 yards
PT-32 engages SC Ch 5 at 1,000 yards
AMC Asaka Maru engages PT TM-7 at 1,000 yards
PT-32 engages xAP Manzyu Maru at 1,000 yards
PT TM-5 engages xAK Santos Maru at 1,000 yards
PT TM-7 engages xAK Rokko Maru at 1,000 yards
PT TM-7 engages xAK Kano Maru at 1,000 yards
Range increases to 2,000 yards
xAP Manzyu Maru screened from combat
DD Tsuga engages PT TM-7 at 2,000 yards
PT TM-6 engages xAK Santos Maru at 2,000 yards
PT TM-7 engages E Shimushu at 2,000 yards
SC Ch 5 engages PT TM-7 at 2,000 yards
AMC Asaka Maru engages PT TM-7 at 2,000 yards
E Shimushu engages PT TM-7 at 2,000 yards
AMC Asaka Maru engages PT TM-7 at 2,000 yards
PT TM-7 sunk by APD Fuji at 2,000 yards
PT TM-6 engages E Shimushu at 2,000 yards
PT TM-5 engages DD Ariake at 2,000 yards
PT TM-6 engages E Shimushu at 2,000 yards
AMC Asaka Maru engages PT TM-6 at 2,000 yards
PT TM-6 engages xAK Rokko Maru at 2,000 yards
orders Allied TF to disengage
xAP Manzyu Maru , xAK Santos Maru screened from combat
- escorted by E Shimushu
DD Tsuga engages PT TM-6 at 2,000 yards
APD Fuji engages PT TM-5 at 2,000 yards
PT TM-6 engages SC Ch 5 at 2,000 yards
AMC Asaka Maru engages PT-31 at 2,000 yards
PT TM-6 engages xAK Rokko Maru at 2,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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subs: Sculpin misses a convoy near Siragao. I-123 is attacked by 3 AMs near Perth. Stingray takes 3 damaging hits near Soerabaja, none direct. KX takes 1 hit near Kongalla.

China: Bombing the troops near Hankow destroys or disables 71 inf squads and 62 support squads with some ENG as well. A good start.

Malaya: IJA bombardment destroys 14 and disables 10 inf squads at Singers. About time for another DA.

DEI: Djokjakarta falls to the 38th Div on Java. On to Soerabaja.

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Ground combat at Djokjakarta (52,103)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10706 troops, 124 guns, 66 vehicles, Assault Value = 456

Defending force 496 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 410

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 410 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Djokjakarta !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), preparation(-), morale(-)
experience(-)
Attacker:


Allied ground losses:
525 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 50 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (5 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 2


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
38th Division

Defending units:
Djojakarta Base Force
Semarang Base Force

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obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/8/2012 5:22:09 PM)

23 Jan 1942

Some good and some terrible today.

China: The AVG jumped the bombing of the units next to Hanchow, resulting in a few new Allied aces. It had to happen, but they could have been better escorted. Only the Oscars and Nates were on duty, and didn't cover the IJN planes well at all. About 10 pilots were lost, obviously the worst part. Attacks still came through giving these units heavy losses yet again, around 80 inf and 75 support troops destroyed. 11 Betties and 3 Nells lost.

Troops captured Chenchow today.

SO PAC: The KB moving in to support landing at La Foa.

subs: I-20 attacks CA Canberra and is chased by Le Triomphant near Sydney. It would be great if these ships moved out to attack the La Foa invasion. We'll see. I-123 continues to be molested by ASW TFs, with two attacks and no hits today. Changing up that patrol.

DEI: In other bad news the zeros at Tjepoe again did not fly to escort the Nells attacking Soerabaja. In this disaster 7 B-339s suddenly arrived and 7 Nells were lost, and another 5 pilots. Grrr. Hits continue on O21 in Soerabaja port. It must have taken 5 bombs over the past four days. FOW? Later the escorted Betties from Balikpapan arrived and 5 of 7 B-339s were shot down, hopefully also killing some of the newly experienced pilots.

In good news today, the blockade of Java rail is in place, the 38th is progressing toward Soerabaja, and all troops are ashore that we will bring for the moment. 6 units and 15,000 are list now in Soerabaja. This could mean we'll have enough just here to take the base, with about 700-750 AV total.






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obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/8/2012 5:26:47 PM)

Major ship losses

The updated list. Looks pretty solid intel now that 4 of the BBs actually went down. Still surprised to see Boise here. Maybe that one Long Lance was enough.


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obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/8/2012 5:29:03 PM)

Air losses

Yesterday did not help the IJ score here. Still, not bad, and the air to air numbers are great. So may ops losses though. Definitely a reflection of being on the offensive, pushing groups to the limit, and just flying more missions.



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PaxMondo -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/8/2012 7:33:24 PM)

Oh, that's a lot of 2E IJN pilots lost in one day ....




obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/8/2012 8:27:54 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: PaxMondo

Oh, that's a lot of 2E IJN pilots lost in one day ....


It is a lot in one day! For whatever reason, maybe that bases and armies were so close to the scene, only about half were lost. A few wounded, a few MIA. It was equal to what I'd lost in almost two months previous to that though, which immediately led me to bring in another 45 plane crack zero group.

I'll post overall losses after working on the current turn.




obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/9/2012 9:10:29 AM)

24 Jan 1942

SO PAC: La Foa invaded. The 144th Rgt here will only take Noumea and the move out on the way to Rabaul. The SNLF from Koumac is on the way to hold the base, plus one AF Coy. No sign the KB has been spotted yet. It will begin moving toward Sydney.

subs: S-40 attacked near Balikpapan. Quieter out here now.

Our subs are moving now to the are near Addu and Colombo, hoping to get into some convoys from Cape Town. Still not much activity either here, around OZ, PH, or the west coast.

DEI: Bettys hit O21 with 2 bombs in the Soerabaja port. That should do it.

In spite of a 614 to 55 AV advantage our attack came out at 2 to 1 and failing to take the base at Soerakarta. Next turn will be a shock attack.

China: Back to normal in China. No opposition to attacks on multiple bases from the air. The troops near Hanchow have turned and are headed back to whence they came. Suits me fine.

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obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/9/2012 3:20:15 PM)

25 Jan 1942

subs: Snapper stalks the Mini-KB near Soerabaja and gets one hit for its trouble. I had all Kates on 30% ASW, so maybe that helped sight it before any torps were launched. S-38 is attacked before launching near Semarang. KXVII goes after an ASW TF with 4 torps N of Borneo and misses. KX and Shark are attacked by separate TFs before launching near Dongala.

DEI: Sending another SNLF to clean up Ambon, which is still hanging on in spite of 3 attacks by the SNLF and ENG units there. I'll use the one that cleaned up Macassar, then send it on to Koepang. No hurry around here anymore. The key spots are secure, with Java about to be added to the list.

China: Nothing new this turn. Just rotating through the bombing schedule. Almost caught up to the Southern Army in a clear hex. This could get fun.

Malaya: Another DA at Singapore comes up 1 to 1 again. Thought it might push through this time. More rest. More bombing. Forts were reduced to 2, so that's good, as were the 94 Allied inf squads destroyed, to 20 for the IJA. 3 Allied units destroyed as well.

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Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 99002 troops, 1182 guns, 435 vehicles, Assault Value = 3070

Defending force 33174 troops, 402 guns, 250 vehicles, Assault Value = 617

Japanese adjusted assault: 2190

Allied adjusted defense: 1731

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 3)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
4839 casualties reported
Squads: 20 destroyed, 513 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 47 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 113 disabled
Guns lost 46 (4 destroyed, 42 disabled)
Vehicles lost 8 (2 destroyed, 6 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
2805 casualties reported
Squads: 91 destroyed, 94 disabled
Non Combat: 54 destroyed, 123 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 30 disabled
Guns lost 42 (22 destroyed, 20 disabled)
Vehicles lost 26 (14 destroyed, 12 disabled)
Units destroyed 3






obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/9/2012 3:53:50 PM)

26 Jan 1942

subs: Triton attacked and missed a TK convoy near Kushiro.

DEI: O21 is still around. There was a sub indicated in the port at Soerabaja, so I threw 25 Bettys on port attack at it. The report states O21, 1 bomb hit, heavy damage. It better be heavy. It's taken multiple direct DC hits and at least 3 bombs, according to the reports.

At Soerakarta our forces shocked and got an 11 to 1 killing off almost 200 support troop squads and taking the base. Banzai!

CENT PAC: Baker island was taken this turn. I might put a small SNLF there and some recon and search, but not much will be done with it.

SO PAC: At La Foa the144th Rgt takes the base. No damage.

China: Tanks crossed the water and further ruined 3 Chinese Corps in the hex north of Sian. The other goal of this is to hold the troops in Sian to exiting another way should we eventually force them to retreat. I'd like them thrown into the forest for a while.

Near Nanchang our troops bombarded. With some continued air assaults, we might be able to rout this force here in the clear.

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Ground combat at 85,55 (near Nanchang)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 40986 troops, 357 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 1821

Defending force 40189 troops, 194 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1141

Japanese ground losses:
64 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
34 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
22nd Division
12th Ind.Mixed Brigade
17th Division
11th Ind.Mixed Brigade
116th Division
2nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
4th Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
100th Chinese Corps
86th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
16th Construction Regiment
23rd Group Army
25th Group Army
3rd War Area
10th Group Army
32nd Group Army

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PaxMondo -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/9/2012 5:23:44 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: obvert

O21 is still around. There was a sub indicated in the port at Soerabaja, so I threw 25 Bettys on port attack at it. The report states O21, 1 bomb hit, heavy damage. It better be heavy. It's taken multiple direct DC hits and at least 3 bombs, according to the reports.


FOW: Lies. Lies, Lies. [;)]

At least for me, FOW is worst with respect to subs. I take the claimed hits and divide by ten. If even 25% of my reported hits were true, I would be hitting the allied subs BEFORE the left the naval yard. [;)]

[:D][:D][:D]




obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/10/2012 12:21:07 AM)

When I watch the replays, and a critical hit is indicated, usually with some kind of explosion internally, that has to be bad for the sub right? How many of those does it usually take to actually sink the sub? And how much damage is a 'sub leaking water' message? I luckily haven't gotten many hit yet of my own.

We first found the O21 at Balikpapan on the 17 January 42. Here is the history of the toughest sub ever made.

Jan 17

ASW attack near Balikpapan at 64,97

Japanese Ships
PB Chiyo Maru
PB Hitora Maru
PB Kakyu Maru

Allied Ships
SS O21, hits 3 (1 direct)

Jan 18

ASW attack near Balikpapan at 64,97

Japanese Ships
SC Ch 22
SC Ch 23

Allied Ships
SS O21

SS O21 is located by SC Ch 22
O21 bottoming out ....
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Sub attack near Balikpapan at 64,97

Japanese Ships
SC Ch 10

Allied Ships
SS O21, hits 10 (2 direct hits)

SS O21 launches 4 torpedoes at SC Ch 10
O21 bottoming out ....

Jan 19

ASW attack near Balikpapan at 64,97

Japanese Ships
DD Hagikaze, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
DD Nowaki
DD Shiokaze

Allied Ships
SS O21, hits 9, heavy damage (2 direct hits)

Magazine explodes on DD Hagikaze
SS O21 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Hagikaze
O21 bottoming out ....

Jan 25

Morning Air attack on Soerabaja , at 56,104

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 18 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
G4M1 Betty x 27

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
SS O21, Bomb hits 2, heavy damage

Jan 26

Afternoon Air attack on Soerabaja , at 56,104

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
G4M1 Betty x 27



Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged

Allied Ships

SS O21, Bomb hits 1 (250kg), heavy damage




obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/10/2012 12:36:05 AM)

27 Jan 1942

subs: I-173 sights BB Colorado escorted by two DD off Eureka today. No attack made on the BB. We've not had any luck hitting military ships, after at least 5 contacts within a few weeks. Yesterday we noticed a sub at Truk. 2 CMs and a sub threw about 100 more mines into the port. This turn the Argonaut hits a mine and is reported sunk!

SO PAC: The KB is about two days out of attacking range of Sydney. No detection level rise. No sign of any ships.

DEI: At Batavia Bettys mixed it up with a port attack and sank 5 AMc. Nothing special. Still an anchor icon and a listing of a sub in Soerabaja.

Burma: Armour has almost arrived in Pegu. Sallys are keeping Rangoon at about 25 airfield damage. No sign of AVG or British fighters. Getting uneasy about that.

Malaya: 23 squads destroyed to bombardment at Singers. Soon another DA will commence.

China: Crushed the Chinese Southern Army near Nanchang in the clear with about 6 groups attacking. Then our Southern Army shocked getting a 7 to 1 and wiped out 10,000 Chinese troops! It retreated to another clear hex, so now we'll most likely get another shot as well. A long chase that gets some results.

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Ground combat at 85,55 (near Nanchang)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 52682 troops, 459 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 1820

Defending force 39377 troops, 194 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1095

Japanese adjusted assault: 2108

Allied adjusted defense: 290

Japanese assault odds: 7 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: disruption(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
4354 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 194 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 24 disabled
Guns lost 35 (1 destroyed, 34 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
10370 casualties reported
Squads: 734 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 515 destroyed, 161 disabled
Engineers: 47 destroyed, 55 disabled
Guns lost 32 (20 destroyed, 12 disabled)
Units retreated 11


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
116th Division
22nd Division
17th Division
11th Ind.Mixed Brigade
12th Ind.Mixed Brigade
2nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
4th Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
28th Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
86th Chinese Corps
16th Construction Regiment
25th Group Army
10th Group Army
3rd War Area
23rd Group Army
32nd Group Army

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obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/10/2012 11:58:22 AM)

28 Jan 1942

Approaching the end of the month. I always like this time to reflect on how things are going and what needs to improve.

Air, Land, and Sea

In the air we had our way early and only recently have the AVG or British units been able to offer any real resistance. A little more care must be taken to mutually support operations, be patient, and to watch fatigue and moral before flying into enemy territory now.

On land quality is starting to show in China. SNLFs in the DEI are doing some major work and will assist in the siege of Soerabaja and the final conquering of Ambon and Koepang soon. The IJA has performed well everywhere and all major units have the best leaders possible (as far as I know[:)])

In the oceans the IJN has don every well so far, and hasn't lost any major warships. Several DDs have gone down, an AMC was lost early, and other smaller APDs, DMS, and PBs, but that's it. No opposition is left in the DEI other than PTs, although they have done very well, sinking a total of 4 xAKs, 1 DMS, and hitting several other ships.

Subs continue to miss important Allied surface vessels. CA Canberra, CA Australia, CL Perth, BB Colorado, and several others I can't remember have been sighted but not damaged. They are pecking away at merchant fleets, and have hit some well escorted ships lately, which is great.

Economy

The economy is humming right along. All air factories have finished their resizing and upgrading. The R n D is moving along with the Rufe and Helen (due in 4/42) about half complete. I just added a second Tojo IIa factory to bring that research to 60 total (5 fixed). Hope to get it by August, but that might be a stretch.

Engines are mostly fixed up, except for the Ha-33, which has a lot to fix (49) and the Ha-32 (24). The Ha-34 is at 35 but will need to go up to around 130-150 soon. I'll wait until supply has gone up to a good surplus in mid-Feb, as there's no hurry.

The Naval construction has been healed and we're starting to show a minor surplus now (16). HI has not been increased anywhere, but will be once we get the rest of Java and secure Singapore. I'll increase Soerabaja, Batavia, Singapore, Georgetown, Saigon, Hong Kong and Wenchow. Centers and hubs for fuel and resources.

Fuel

Some fuel is flowing out of Balikpapan and Miri/Bruneii to Babeldaob and SO PAC. Babeldaob is about up to 50,000, and another 45,000 is unloading. Rabaul has a beginning 25,000. Truk is getting low at 30,000. Kwajalein has 20,000. Some will go to Tulagi as well, which will be the temporary home of 4th Fleet HQ until major campaigns begin in the area. Then this will be moved back to Shortlands.

We've lost 2 TK in this early top up of fuel to the Allied subs. After the respective bases have enough for a month or so of operation, all tankers will hang out in port waiting for the rest of Java to be conquered and the longer patrol distance for Dutch, British, and US subs to go into effect. Greater ASW will hit choke points and a good deal of mining will happen in the straits and small islands approaching the DEI to further thwart the Allied subs.

DEI: At Semarang PTs again attacked a well defended amphib TF. Another xAK and a DMS lost for 1 PT. 85% moonlight. I'd think this should be better now, but it's not.

subs: S-41 attacked. Seal launches 4 torp at a TK, but all miss.

And another hit!! FOW must be happening a lot here.

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11
G4M1 Betty x 26


Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
SS O21, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage

China: More bombing.

SO PAC: Efate falls today. KB still shows no detection level rise, but it sighted 2 PG and the search aircraft dropped bombs out there. Pretty sure he knows we're here now. Just one day away from the launch point however, so it's maybe to late to flee for all but the quickest.

Malaya: At Singers today our troops working hard for a 3 to 1 attack, but still didn't take the base. I don't think I've seen a 3 to 1 not succeed. Our casualties are slightly higher, but his destroyed units are larger. Sigh. More rest and bombardment. Another attack soon. I hope to have this base by the beginning of Feb.

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Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 94843 troops, 1178 guns, 437 vehicles, Assault Value = 2765

Defending force 31911 troops, 381 guns, 244 vehicles, Assault Value = 538

Japanese adjusted assault: 2423

Allied adjusted defense: 627

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 2)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
6190 casualties reported
Squads: 134 destroyed, 269 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 74 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 17 disabled
Guns lost 33 (15 destroyed, 18 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
4177 casualties reported
Squads: 155 destroyed, 123 disabled
Non Combat: 167 destroyed, 207 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 50 disabled
Guns lost 65 (17 destroyed, 48 disabled)
Vehicles lost 81 (29 destroyed, 52 disabled)
Units destroyed 3




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obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/11/2012 1:06:05 AM)

29 Jan 1942

SO PAC: The KB reaches out her long air arm toward Sydney Harbour today. I'll post more details than usual on this one. Tried something new with the Vals. Doesn't work well at all. Kates do well in the second attack though, so it's not a lost day. There were 18 ships listed in the port. Didn't hit even half of them. I guess the Vals need to dive to be effective. Period.

The KB will move South to hit both Melbourne and Sydney tomorrow, as well as any fleeing ships still in the area.

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Morning Air attack on Sydney , at 90,167

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 95 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 35 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 37
B5N2 Kate x 37
D3A1 Val x 107

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 7 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
CA Louisville, Bomb hits 1
CL Perth, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
City Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
12 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
City Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
21 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
18 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
27 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
16 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
City Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
21 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Sydney , at 90,167

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 20 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on Sydney , at 90,167

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 35
B5N2 Kate x 60


Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 2 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
CL Achilles, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Perth, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Louisville, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Corrimal, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Carlisle, Bomb hits 1
xAKL Canopus, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

Port hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
22 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
23 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb

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subs: Nasty today. KXV puts 3 torps into TK Kiyo Maru. There was a field of burning oil on the sea for hours afterward. Saury attacks two PB escorting another TK which then attack it inconclusively.

And again ...

Afternoon Air attack on Soerabaja , at 56,104

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 19 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
G4M1 Betty x 26

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
SS O21, Bomb hits 2, heavy damage




obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/11/2012 11:22:25 AM)

30 Jan 1942


subs: Nothing. For the first time in about a month.

China: The Southern Army did it's job today. After all Divisions catching up to the Chinese troops here, bombing for several turns in a clear hex, and bombarding with artillery, troops shock attacked. Losses to the Chinese were staggering, and will render this Army ineffective for a long time. Even better, it retreated on a path which leads to another clear hex after the one forest hex it's in now, and we can probably catch it and really put the hurt on next time.

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Ground combat at 84,55 (near Nanchang)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 28363 troops, 255 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 1548

Defending force 31237 troops, 218 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 773

Japanese adjusted assault: 349

Allied adjusted defense: 105

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: disruption(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
3494 casualties reported
Squads: 38 destroyed, 164 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
14704 casualties reported
Squads: 686 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 464 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 41 destroyed, 18 disabled
Guns lost 33 (23 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Units retreated 12


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
11th Ind.Mixed Brigade
22nd Division
116th Division
17th Division
12th Ind.Mixed Brigade
2nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
4th Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
70th Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
86th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
16th Construction Regiment
25th Group Army
3rd War Area
10th Group Army
23rd Group Army
32nd Group Army

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In other news from China, a Div and two Brigades have a Chinese Army trapped in the forest one hex north of Sinyang, with no hex sides under their control for escape. I will attempt to keep it this way by using armour to hit other units trying to get into this hex. I would like to let supply get low and after the result in Sian, bring troops back here to finish them off.


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Ground combat at 85,47 (near Sinyang)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 45390 troops, 308 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1458

Defending force 23992 troops, 210 guns, 11 vehicles, Assault Value = 775


Allied ground losses:
30 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
84th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
7th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
21st Group Army
3rd Group Army
31st Group Army
89th Chinese Corps

Defending units:
20th Ind.Mixed Brigade
3rd Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade


DEI: Troops bombarded Madoien. DA tomorrow.

Malaya: More bombardment at Singers. Shock attack tomorrow. Fingers crossed this is it.

SO PAC: The KB moves SW and hits multiple targets today. First an attack by Kates at Sydney, which had a good hit rate. Looks like the Perth might have gone down after yesterday.

Then Vals and Kates found fleeing xAKs near Geelong and Melbourne, bagging nearly all of them. Finally a group of Kates hit Melbourne harbour, finding nothing there. After the turn a TK and an AK are listed in the port though.

Overall a good strike, although these are low quality transports, it at least takes some capacity for moving supplies around cheaply, and might force the use of better value ships later. Overall, losses to planes and pilots was very low, so this is a win/win operation right now.

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Morning Air attack on Sydney , at 90,167

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 71 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 28
B5N2 Kate x 17


No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
CA Louisville, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Achilles, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Hamakua, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Mangola, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Port hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Geelong at 81,170

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
B5N2 Kate x 28
D3A1 Val x 69



Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 damaged
D3A1 Val: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
xAK Dumosa, Bomb hits 10, and is sunk
xAK Era, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Kekerangu, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Mundalla, Bomb hits 11, and is sunk
xAK Period, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Ulooloo, Bomb hits 11, and is sunk
xAK Mernoo, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk
xAK Cardross, Bomb hits 13, and is sunk
xAK Goulburn, Bomb hits 9, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
9 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
15 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
13 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
9 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 10000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 10000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Mundalla
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Dumosa
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Mernoo
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Ulooloo
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Goulburn
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Kekerangu
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Cardross
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Period


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Melbourne at 82,170

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 105 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 39 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13
B5N2 Kate x 13
D3A1 Val x 18



Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
xAKL Kini, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
xAKL Wear, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
AMc Durraween, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
AMc Korowa, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
13 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Kini
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Wear

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Portsea at 81,171

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 28
D3A1 Val x 14



No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAKL Koonda, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAKL Kooyong, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
xAKL Mortlake Bank
xAKL Burwah



Aircraft Attacking:
10 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Kooyong


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Afternoon Air attack on Melbourne , at 82,170

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13
B5N2 Kate x 23



Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 damaged


Allied ground losses:
6 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Port hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
23 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

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Noumea was captured today also. The 144th Rgt will load up and head toward Rabaul, meeting up with another amphib TF on the way carrying an SNLF unit.




obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/11/2012 2:23:59 PM)

1 Feb 1942

All kinds of nice presents arrived today. Several small IJN air units, some of which upgrade to either Vals or Kates, arrived. Plus a number of Brigades were mobilized in Shanghai and Peiping. This means two more Divisions will be freed from garrison and sent into battle, most likely shoring up the central areas. I need some mobile forces to counter any counters he attempts in the area between Hankow and Nanyang, and up the road to Sian if he continues trying to cut my supply line there.

In another 10 days or so the big drop of Naval Guard units for the Central and South Pacific arrive, so I can then shore up the Gilberts, the Marshalls a bit, and get one into Ndeni before any quick attempts are made. Mostly I want to get max troops on atolls and small islands that will force a shock attack upon invasion. The rest can wait a bit and build more slowly. I will develop a mobile fast transport reserve for both the Gilberts (probably waiting at Nauru) and the Solomons and South New Guinea (most likely at Shortlands).

I nearly forgot to withdraw a FP Pete unit and almost lost the PPs.

Malaya: Tokyo Radio was heard today. The Army at Singapore finally pushed through and crushed the last defenders. A 15 to 1 assault!!!

Now, the intrigue begins. Where will they go next? There are a good two months left on the invasion bonus. The menu includes North OZ, Perth and Sri Lanka as well as one other operation I'm not sure about yet that I may look into for the very end of the invasion bonus if other objectives are being met. The most secure option is China, and it is the area that is my primary focus. I do want to put pressure on the Allies though and create the impression that I could still invade deep into India or OZ, and even farther into the Pacific.

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Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 90600 troops, 1151 guns, 434 vehicles, Assault Value = 2602

Defending force 28335 troops, 368 guns, 213 vehicles, Assault Value = 346

Japanese adjusted assault: 5698

Allied adjusted defense: 375

Japanese assault odds: 15 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Singapore !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
2637 casualties reported
Squads: 14 destroyed, 264 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Guns lost 13 (1 destroyed, 12 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
21436 casualties reported
Squads: 497 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 3832 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 166 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 452 (452 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 249 (249 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 29



SO PAC: HQ decided at the last moment not to attack at Sydney again as 58 fighters and 60 bombers were reported by Jake recon to be in the airfield. We thought of maybe just sweeping, but there's no sense risking these pilots here when it's not favorable conditions and over enemy territory. Also, most zero group pilots had 25-30 fatigue.

Attacks on the runway and supply at Port Moresby continue to put damage on the base. It's listed at 43 now.

subs: KIX attacks two SCs near Blikpapan. KVII hits another SC near Malang with a torp, splitting her in half. Allied ASW DDs attack I-155 near Perth. Two MLs leaving Singapore attack I-158 in the straits near Medan.

And the saga of O21 continues ...

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Morning Air attack on Soerabaja , at 56,104

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 16 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 14
G3M2 Nell x 31
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 2


No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
SS O21, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage


Port hits 7
Port supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
31 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 12000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb


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Morning Air attack on Soerabaja , at 56,104

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 31 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
G4M1 Betty x 26
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 2


Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
SS O21, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage




obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/12/2012 7:01:00 AM)

Central China

The first goals of clearing the northern areas and the south are beginning to achieve results. Over 4500 AV are in or are moving into Sian. The southern army group has routed its Chinese equivalent, and is pursuing now to finish the job.

The reserve was thin for the first two months, and when 15 units moved down from Ichang a few weeks ago I had a scare, but after a relentless bombing campaign, they turned around and moved back. Now two more divisions will be added to the Central Reserve.

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obvert -> RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) (1/12/2012 12:28:42 PM)

2 Feb 1942

subs: Nothing.

DEI: A fast transport TF brought another SNLF to Ambon to try to break the stalemate there. The CD guns put a few hits on the DDs and one on CL Naka.

China: More careful bombing followed by sweeps and massing groups in one spot, but altering destinations randomly and frequently. This has resulted in no surprises from the CAF or the AVG lately.

Landed paratroopers at Chihkiang. They took the unoccupied base with 30 AV in place. Now IJA forces have a window of about 7-9 days to fly in supply and possibly other troops. Because of the base's situation across the river from the large stacks of Chinese troops and in a forest rough hex, if we get to 1-2 forts with 100 AV by the time there is a shock across, the Chinese Corps that arrives could be in for a surprise. If it looks like he sends a bunch of units or we can't get enough supply and AV in I'll just start pulling these out in a few days.

Having trouble pulling supply into the dot base east of Lanchow. A small contingent of armour and infantry is there with one HQ, and I've tried to push and pull supply along, but it's still at only 20. Units are beginning to run low as well. If this doesn't improve soon, we may have to pull back and wait until Sian is conquered.

Malaya: All units resting now for a bit at Singers. Lost a DMS clearing the mines. That's one way to do it.

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