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Cannonfodder -> january 29 - 31 II (6/17/2012 8:53:41 AM)

Singapore

Singapore holds... for now! One of the Indian brigades got stuck behind the lines and is now moving on Kluong, forcing the Japanese to keep a garrison.. about the best that troop can do..



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Dennis probably had a big "O crap" moment when the Singapore CD guns opened fire on a mid sized (about 8 ships) supply convoy he set to resupply Malaya.. Unfortunately for him he ordered them to unload on the west coast, not the east coast of the Peninsula...

All but two xAKs were sunk by CD and mines.. the survivors were sunk during the AM/PM air phase by Vildebeest torpedo bombers..




Cannonfodder -> february 1 - 3 (6/20/2012 9:26:56 PM)

Pacific

BB Mississippi takes a torpedo from I-9 after refueling at Pearl Harbor and is heading back to San Fransico for repairs..

South west Pacific

Pensacola and Louisville bombard Rabaul and attract the IJN attention as a few days later a cruiser TF reinforces the area. The Australian cruisers are still in the area but withdrawn just out of range..

Singapore

Singapore is under pressure but so far doing ok..

February 1

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 21961 troops, 406 guns, 129 vehicles, Assault Value = 1161

Defending force 46757 troops, 534 guns, 354 vehicles, Assault Value = 749

Japanese ground losses:
188 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)


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

February 2

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 38867 troops, 492 guns, 476 vehicles, Assault Value = 1162

Defending force 46843 troops, 535 guns, 354 vehicles, Assault Value = 751

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Japanese adjusted assault: 533

Allied adjusted defense: 1253

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
5033 casualties reported
Squads: 201 destroyed, 143 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 80 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 27 disabled
Guns lost 48 (12 destroyed, 36 disabled)
Vehicles lost 67 (2 destroyed, 65 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1801 casualties reported
Squads: 20 destroyed, 152 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 78 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 40 (5 destroyed, 35 disabled)
Vehicles lost 17 (1 destroyed, 16 disabled)

February 3

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 6266 troops, 282 guns, 75 vehicles, Assault Value = 853

Defending force 45578 troops, 530 guns, 356 vehicles, Assault Value = 628

Japanese ground losses:
65 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 17 (3 destroyed, 14 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
163 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

DEI

Still quiet, but KB has rearmed/fueled at Hong Kong and is now heading SW.. (pass Cam Ranh bay)




Cannonfodder -> february 4 - 9 (6/25/2012 9:34:51 PM)

Australia

164th Infantry and 193rd tank battalion are unloading at Melbourne. The Americal division will be formed as soon as the remaining regiments arrive. Planned use is the defense of the east coast of Australia (for now).

Large tanker and cargo convoys are arriving at Australia to stock the continent.

Northern Australia

The first two supply convoys have unloaded at Darwin. The area is stripped of ships. Anything worth mentioning is now at Perth or moving further south.

18th UK is digging in and training up.

SWPAC

A IJN cruiser force has arrived at and is guarding Rabaul. No major movements here yet.

CBI

Some NG units have landed at Mersing. Probably to guard supplies that have been unloaded there. I have been able to cut the railroad at Khira Khan for a few days, hampering the flow of supplies (I hope). Torpedo bombers based at Singapore attacked the shipping and damaged two freighters.

Pegu has fallen. The IJA seems to be regrouping for a push on Rangoon.

A large force is now east of Sian and attempting to cross the river into a rough hex into a single Chinese corps dug in there. Hope to slow the advance a bit here. I am moving 38th and 47th corps over the river to cut the supply line and force a reaction. A couple of bombers and fighters are transfered to Sian to start interdict the fascist invaders...

DEI

KB is operating in the area. It is now escorting a troop convoy moving on either Sumatra or Java. I have lost around 45-50 aircraft attacking the convoy, scoring hits and a couple of ships, sinking at least one, probably two..

KB struck at Singapore. It badly damaged the two dominant Hurricane squadrons I have there. Still very happy with results. Many Sally and Lily type bombers have been destroyed in un(der)escorted strikes. A total of 130 aircraft (60% bombers) are claimed for the loss of about 20 hurricanes...



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Cannonfodder -> february 10 - 12 (6/29/2012 8:58:59 AM)

Pacific fleet

USN Carriers with tanker support are moving into position. With only miniKB unaccounted for I feel confident enough to threaten Dennis on other fronts.

Singapore

Another assault weakens the garrison and attackers alike.. AV ratio currently is at 850/550 raw, forts at level 1. I should be able to squeeze a bit of live out of the beliegered troops... poor bastards.

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 38274 troops, 492 guns, 483 vehicles, Assault Value = 1124

Defending force 46315 troops, 534 guns, 360 vehicles, Assault Value = 645

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 592

Allied adjusted defense: 1025

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
3287 casualties reported
Squads: 36 destroyed, 329 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 65 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 43 disabled
Guns lost 45 (8 destroyed, 37 disabled)
Vehicles lost 50 (2 destroyed, 48 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1724 casualties reported
Squads: 21 destroyed, 100 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 51 (7 destroyed, 44 disabled)
Vehicles lost 10 (1 destroyed, 9 disabled)

DEI

Allied torpedo bombers, based Palembang, feast on the IJN cargoes and transports. At least 6 ships are sunk, a couple of more damaged as they try to reinforce the Sumatra invasion (troops landed at Oosthaven). If intel is correct I have destroyed elements of the 21st division.

Dennis is betting on KB air coverage but he is keeping KB to far away to be able to support. The bombers are detected between 5-10 minuts out.. No radar yet! If he wants coverage as they pass Palembang he'll need to LRCAP the convoy at low level. (If you ask me he should just bomb the airfield)..

About 500 IJA AV now has dry land under their feet on Sumatra (38th div, with support), with at least another 350 (damaged 21st division) on the way... That is not enough to take Palembang swiftly... He'll need to reinforce here as quickly as possible....

Morning Air attack on TF, near Toboali at 51,93

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 30



Allied aircraft
Vildebeest III x 16
B-339D x 1
75A-7 Hawk x 2


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-339D: 1 destroyed
75A-7 Hawk: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
AK Tosan Maru
xAK Nichizui Maru, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Uyo Maru
xAK Ume Maru
xAK Tone Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Kurama Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk

Japanese ground losses:
1625 casualties reported
Squads: 47 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 54 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 2 disabled

and..

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Toboali at 51,93

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2



Allied aircraft
Vildebeest III x 16


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Vildebeest III: 3 destroyed

Japanese Ships
xAK Nittei Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
AK Sagami Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Yubari Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
xAK Keiyo Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Kachidoki Maru, Torpedo hits 1

Japanese ground losses:
452 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Vildebeest III launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo
4 x Vildebeest III launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo


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Cannonfodder -> february 13 (6/30/2012 9:07:31 AM)

Pacific

11th BG is upgraded to the B17E.. I'll probably station them in Australia.

DEI

Vildebeests and Falcons are again succesful.. CL Jintsu is sunk, as well as additional cargo vessels and troop transports.. BB Kongo and CA Takao take a torpedo. Most of the bombers are lost in the fight, but I am hoping for one more day of succes!

With quite a lot of troops lost aboard those transports Dennis will have to consider reinforcing more on Sumatra, and keeping the KB in support! With MiniKB now spotted (hanging around in the east DEI) I am free to operate in the Pacific. Unfortunately I am still out of range...

CBI

29th division reveals itself (moved in from Manchuko) and attacks the Burma division. Ouch

Ground combat at 56,52 (near Pegu)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 13199 troops, 102 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 419

Defending force 3663 troops, 29 guns, 15 vehicles, Assault Value = 121

Japanese adjusted assault: 266

Allied adjusted defense: 10

Japanese assault odds: 26 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
482 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 56 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled


Allied ground losses:
1583 casualties reported
Squads: 61 destroyed, 24 disabled
Non Combat: 34 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 19 (9 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
29th Division

Defending units:
1st Burma/B Division


I won't be able to hold Rangoon for long and am now reorganising. Base personel is moving out, a garrison of about 150 AV is kept to delay the attackers and enable me to dig in further north..

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cantona2 -> RE: december 24 I : Battleship encounter (6/30/2012 10:07:02 AM)


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ORIGINAL: Cannonfodder

Battleship encounter

Force Z encountered enemy shipping, but not the kind we like to see! Nevertheless, Battlecruiser "Hood" ... erm BB Fuso is sunk by a hit, knocking out forward turrets and a direct hit into the magazines, eploding and sinking her with all hands... All it took was two 14" british forged steel...

Nagato succeeds in penetrating PoW armour with a 40cm hit and force Z disengages.. The good news is that the PoW only took 12 major float damage. She'll need some yard time though..

Night Time Surface Combat, near Davao at 79,91, Range 9,000 Yards

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
F1M2 Pete: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
BB Nagato, Shell hits 5
BB Fuso, Shell hits 4, and is sunk
DD Kuretake, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Sanae

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales, Shell hits 2, on fire
BC Repulse
DD Vampire
DD Tenedos
DD Thanet
DD Electra
DD Express




Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 32% moonlight: 12,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 9,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 9,000 yards

Range increases to 5,000 yards
Magazine explodes on BB Fuso
BB Fuso sunk by BB Prince of Wales at 5,000 yards

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Cannonfodder -> RE: december 24 I : Battleship encounter (7/6/2012 10:23:27 PM)

Hehe, yeah that was a very good fight..




Cannonfodder -> February 14-20 (7/8/2012 3:31:31 PM)

DEI

The fight for Sumatra continues. The 38th div is moving on Palembang, but slowly. It will probably reach the area in early march.

the dutch airforce bomber fleet is still largely intact. Most of the fighters are destroyed. The 139WH-3 bombers and CW-22 Falcons score hits on transports and merchants. On the 20th B17 bombers target Oosthaven port and hit a few old DDs and an AP hiding in the anchorage. Sinkings are confirmed.

Why Dennis does not bomb airfields in Java is absolutely unclear to me...

CBI

Rangoon is cut, about 150 AV remains to defend the town. New trenches are being dug in the jungle. The coastal road is wide open though. I am betting on his unwillingness to move further ahead uncovered.. 2,5 division is not enough to secure Burma..

47th and 38th (chinese) corps take position east of Sian, cutting the supply of the IJA divisions west of position.. as planned.

Singapore

Holds.. The Japanese forces are badly damaged, but so are the defenders.. It will probably fall early march opening up a major port for the IJN. Most of the aircraft are evacuated. I am using Pt. Blair for that purpose.. Exception is 488 squadron (New Zealand, 63 kills). It's moved to Soerabaja to defend the B17s stationed there. Next stop would be Darwin.

SOPAC

Baseforces and some infantry being moved to Pago Pago (secondary base in the area, Suva being the primary)...

Port Moresby is low on supplies. Attempts being made to resupply it..

CENPAC

BBs Maryland, Nevada and Arizona have all system and engine damage repaired. Ships are ready to be moved to the East coast for major repairs and overhaul.. 4 DMS are leading the way in a ASW TF.




Cannonfodder -> February 21 - march 4 (7/27/2012 10:02:44 PM)

DEI

The 38th div and the damaged 21st div (due to transport sinkings) shock attacked Palembang early march, and suffered for it. Looks like Palembang will be able to hold out for a good while, with two Indian brigades, a dutch regiment and several battalions.

Java is invaded. I have tried to get some supplies in but KB is still supporting the operation and land based bombers attack any shipping in the DEI..

CBI

Rangoon has fallen and I am moving into position further north..

Singapore

Holds.. but it won't be long now..

Clark Field and Bataan..

Hold off a couple of assaults, but supplies are running low.

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Cannonfodder -> march 5 (7/28/2012 8:37:56 PM)

SOPAC

Australian and New Zealand cruisers try to intercept an unloading troop convoy at Munda. Being detected they fail the intercept and in turn get intercepted by cruiser force "Rabaul". The battle is inconclusive (Australia does take a lot of system damage from fires) but it gives me valuable intel.

Day Time Surface Combat, near Munda at 110,135, Range 17,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Aoba
CA Kinugasa, Shell hits 4
CA Furutaka
CA Kako, Shell hits 1
DD Oboro
DD Uzuki, Shell hits 1
DD Kikuzuki, Shell hits 1
DD Yuzuki

Allied Ships
CA Australia, Shell hits 1, on fire
CA Canberra, Shell hits 2
CL Leander, Shell hits 1
CL Perth

Last two weeks the US carriers have been moving into position. They are now fully fueled and in position to intercept this cruiser force IF it withdraws to Rabaul. This seems likely as the group moved in at full speed and expended some ammo..

I flew the torpedo bombers of to make sure the carriers are operating at max. efficiency. 120 Dauntless divebombers and 140 fighters (100 wildcats) are ready to rumble. Most of the fighters are set to CAP as there are G4Ms and A6M2s at Rabaul. I am not sure how many..

KB and mini KB are in a galaxy far far away so fingers crossed

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Cannonfodder -> march 6 (7/29/2012 3:32:10 PM)

SOPAC

The cruisers weren't hit very hard but several troop convoys in the area took a severe beating. Other good news is we only lost a couple of aircraft to defending A6M2s and flak..

No retaliation from land based air so far..

Japanese Ships
xAK Matsue Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Venice Maru, Bomb hits 3, on fire
xAK Kogyoku Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Yokohama Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Japanese Ships
xAK Kumagawa Maru, Bomb hits 3, on fire
xAK Kotoku Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires
xAK Kosei Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAK Tenzan Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Nagara Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Okiyu Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire
xAP Kokuryu Maru, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Maya Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage

Japanese Ships
xAK Yamazato Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Asakaze Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires
xAK Kozui Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Japanese Ships
CA Kako, Bomb hits 2

I am moving the fleet towards the NE to strike at a badly damaged troop convoy that won't be able to get away. This is about 7 hexes from Rabaul so I'll probably get attacked from there tommorow. The airfield there shows only a few fighters and bombers so if there is anything there it will be fatigued from the flight in. That should help my radar assisted CAP..

Ofcourse it is a risk but with KB and miniKB far away one worth taking again. After the strike I'll withdraw towards Suva..





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Cannonfodder -> march 7 (7/30/2012 7:44:19 PM)

SOPAC

Its a bad day for the Japanese merchant marine..

AM first attack on US carriers

Morning Air attack on TF, near Green Island at 112,127

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 23
G3M2 Nell x 6



Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 17
F4F-3A Wildcat x 17
F4F-3 Wildcat x 37


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed
G3M2 Nell: 3 destroyed, 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Enterprise



Aircraft Attacking:
1 x G3M2 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

AM strike

Morning Air attack on TF, near Lihir at 113,122

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 9
F4F-3A Wildcat x 13
SBD-2 Dauntless x 26
SBD-3 Dauntless x 50


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Yamadori Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Tatukami Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires
xAK Shinyubari Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Takaoka Maru, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Keisho Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kotoku Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Sydney Maru, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Anyo Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire
xAK Okiyu Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kamoi Maru, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Fukuei Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
PB Kyo Maru #11, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Hokuan Maru, Bomb hits 1
xAK Nagara Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Morning Air attack on TF, near Lihir at 109,124

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 7 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11



Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 13
SBD-2 Dauntless x 15


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-2 Dauntless: 5 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Kumagawa Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kosei Maru, heavy fires, heavy damage

Morning Air attack on TF, near Lihir at 113,122

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes


Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 16


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Yamadori Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Anyo Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Takaoka Maru, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Tatukami Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Korei Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage

Morning Air attack on TF, near Lihir at 113,122

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes


Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 16


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Hokuan Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Keisho Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Sydney Maru, and is sunk
xAK Tatukami Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Anyo Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage

PM air attack against supporting cruisers (somehow lagged behind a hex, so CAP is leaking..)

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Buka at 112,128

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13
G3M2 Nell x 6



Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 11
F4F-3A Wildcat x 8
F4F-3 Wildcat x 23


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
G3M2 Nell: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F2A-3 Buffalo: 1 destroyed
F4F-3A Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CL Achilles
CA Pensacola

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Buka at 112,128

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 26,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
G4M1 Betty x 6



Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 7
F4F-3A Wildcat x 3
F4F-3 Wildcat x 16


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
G4M1 Betty: 3 destroyed, 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CA Louisville

The USN is withdrawing in the general direction of Suva. CAP wasn't performing as good as expected so lingering would just put the ships at risk for no apparent gain. My estimate is the Japanese lost about 6000 men in Navguards and baseforces/construction troops with about 15-20 ships sunk or about to sink..

30+ IJN aircraft destroyed...

US losses about 25 aircraft with 15 pilots KIA and MIA...

Not bad for an early march action....

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Cannonfodder -> march 8 (8/3/2012 7:12:51 AM)

SOPAC

Was it a bug or just really bad luck? The carriers decided to withdraw after being ordered to do so, but the small cruiser force assigned to cover the flattops lingered in Betty and Nell range.

Orders set were the same for all TFs

Morning Air attack on TF, near Feni Islands at 112,126

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12
G4M1 Betty x 27



Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
CA Louisville, Torpedo hits 1
CA Pensacola, Torpedo hits 1
CL Achilles

and

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Feni Islands at 112,126

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12
G4M1 Betty x 26



Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
SOC-1 Seagull: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CA Louisville, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CA Pensacola, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
DD Selfridge

Thats the end of the Pensacola and Louisville. Decided to scuttle the latter as she could be considered lost in the position she was in.

DEI

The Japanese might have complete control of sea and air but not so much on the ground. The allies can stop the advance for a good while with what the IJA has deployed. Dennis is overextending himself and is trying to grab everything at the same time..

Good!

CBI

Chittagong is being reinforced. The IJA is crawling up with about 2,5 divisions. The allies should be able to stall that advance in the Jungle with forces available or at least delay them..

Overview

IJA deployments in division AV equil. (actual div. count) :

Rangoon 2,5 (2,5)
Sumatra 1 (2)
Java 1,5 (2)
Singapore 1,5 (2,5)
Clark AF 1,5 (2,5)







Arnhem -> RE: march 8 (8/4/2012 10:29:03 AM)

Dang, you've having a pretty solid game thus far. I like your moves with your surface assets in the DEI area, I'd say you've put out way more hurt than Dennis would have expected. Congrats on putting a dent on the IJ merchant marine that's gotta hurt him further into the game.




Cannonfodder -> RE: march 8 (8/5/2012 9:10:35 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Arnhem

Dang, you've having a pretty solid game thus far. I like your moves with your surface assets in the DEI area, I'd say you've put out way more hurt than Dennis would have expected. Congrats on putting a dent on the IJ merchant marine that's gotta hurt him further into the game.


Yeah, it's a DBB-C game so I am hoping that this will hurt his ability to haul supply and resources... The real price is his tankers and oilers though..





Cannonfodder -> march 9 and 10 (8/5/2012 9:19:31 AM)

SOPAC

The last allied surface ships in the Rabaul vicinity now make their escape. Thinking about refueling and going for upgrades as the F4F4s have started to slowly come in and the Buffalo fighters are terribly obsolete.

Hornet arrives!

DEI

The torpedo bombers I still had at Palembang are moving out. I'll try to get them to Colombo.

CBI

Port Blair is reinforced by an Indian brigade (from Colombo) and 12000 supply. Now Dennis will need at least a division to secure it. He didn't detect my convoy so this could be a real nasty suprise for him.

Near Toungoo the Burma division - C is attacked by the 33rd infantry. They hold but will fold soon. They'll buy me enough time to get the battered units from Rangoon to safety.

Ground combat at 56,51 (near Toungoo)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 11713 troops, 98 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 327

Defending force 3677 troops, 27 guns, 15 vehicles, Assault Value = 124

Japanese adjusted assault: 143

Allied adjusted defense: 127

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
399 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 31 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled


Allied ground losses:
180 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled


Assaulting units:
33rd Division

Defending units:
1st Burma/C Division

Silent service

Brave little S-39 is sunk by depthcharges.. Poor bastards




Cannonfodder -> march 11 -30 (9/23/2012 9:56:34 AM)

Sorry for not posting for a long time. Our game has been on hold for about 2,5 -3 weeks due to holiday / business trips and when we did play it was just a matter of Dennis trying to reinforce areas he was already invested in. A couple of merchants have been sunk by the still active Dutch Airforce, now flying Mitchells, DB7s and P40Es, but that is about it..

He recently moved reinforcements into the DEI area and started the assault on NG (I assume his goal is Prt Moresby for now).

Singapore did not fall yet but will within a turn or 3.

Best way to explain the current situation is posting screenshots of a few of the major theatres.. Over the next few turns I'll try to clarify my defense/battle plan for the coming two months. No real plans on offensive moves as Dennis his moves did not reveal any future goals to me..




[image]local://upfiles/30342/AF051AD9C46647069D805F9872B2820B.jpg[/image]




Cannonfodder -> march 11 -30 / Palembang (9/23/2012 9:57:46 AM)

Battlegroup Palembang:

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Cannonfodder -> march 11 -30 / NG (9/23/2012 9:59:36 AM)

Situation in NG

[image]local://upfiles/30342/E990AF134C5344A0ACA15DFBBBDCC221.jpg[/image]




Cannonfodder -> march 11 -30 / Burma (9/23/2012 10:00:27 AM)

Burma..

An Indian brigade landed at Prt. Blair, requiring Dennis to land about a division there to capture it...

[image]local://upfiles/30342/2A9DABBB5DE34122979F5BB85100DE07.jpg[/image]




Cannonfodder -> april 1 -9 / Burma (10/5/2012 8:36:12 AM)

Singapore

Falls. Sealanes to Rangoon are open now. That makes the IJ player life easier. He can now move in support troops by sea, instead of walking the jungle.

Burma

No real succes in ground combat. Most of the area is to open to make a real stand vs three full divisions. The sky is dominated by the allies. No airbases or fighters sighted yet. It is all infantry. With sealanes now open we might see an increase in activity..

[image]local://upfiles/30342/F92817AE9B2F4BBEBE4C1EB922AC7EF8.jpg[/image]




Cannonfodder -> april 1 -9 / Java (10/5/2012 8:38:23 AM)

Batavia

Taking a pounding. This probably wont last long although the japanese are taking casualties as well.... Dennis must be in a hurry now.

[image]local://upfiles/30342/1EC87F79CA4F4384803BF7DA19E1A1DD.jpg[/image]




Cannonfodder -> april 1 -9 / Pacific (10/5/2012 8:43:15 AM)

Pacific

Allied carriers are upgraded or upgrading. Hornet is sailing for Pearl Harbour, uniting all 5 USN carriers. Enough airpower to force Dennis to cover his landings, slowing down any further progress!

[image]local://upfiles/30342/97F8C1F3237E415A8EB4D56AE2F2C381.jpg[/image]




obvert -> RE: april 1 -9 / Pacific (10/5/2012 9:37:48 AM)

I may be missing it somewhere, but I can't see where you've listed the date in recent posts. Where are you guys right now?




Cannonfodder -> RE: april 1 -9 / Pacific (10/5/2012 10:05:09 AM)

Hello Obvert, thanks for reading!

I always post dates in the subject area of the message.




obvert -> RE: april 1 -9 / Pacific (10/5/2012 10:27:50 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Cannonfodder

Hello Obvert, thanks for reading!

I always post dates in the subject area of the message.


Got it! Thanks. Very interesting game. Looks like you've pushed the Japanese schedule back quite a bit.




Cannonfodder -> april 10 -15 (10/14/2012 10:48:14 AM)

Most important events:

Pacific

Canton island falls. A small troop detachment supported by KB invaded and captured the island. There was just a basegroup there (supporting search planes). It will be rebuild.

Java

The three brit carriers attempt to attack a Japanese resupply convoy unloading. Unfortunately the convoy leaves one day to soon and just the small taskforce guarding it remains. British bombers run into a prepared CAP and take heavy losses for just one torpedo hit on a CL.

Morning Air attack on TF, near Kalidjati at 50,99

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 6
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 18



Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 22
Fulmar II x 9
Martlet II x 16
Swordfish I x 11


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Albacore I: 1 damaged
Fulmar II: 2 destroyed
Martlet II: 3 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CL Nagara, Torpedo hits 1
DD Tokitsukaze
DD Yukikaze
DD Yamakaze
DD Kawakaze
DD Umikaze

Morning Air attack on TF, near Kalidjati at 50,99

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 3
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 6



Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 5


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Albacore I: 3 destroyed

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Kalidjati at 50,99

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 6
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 16



Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 24
Fulmar II x 7
Martlet II x 6
Swordfish I x 1


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Albacore I: 3 destroyed, 3 damaged
Fulmar II: 1 destroyed
Martlet II: 1 destroyed
Swordfish I: 1 destroyed

Batavia is now ready to fall. Japanese push to Soerabaja in the east. I am still using Soerabaja to rearm and refuel submarines operating in the area.

Near Singapore

A few days after the failed carrier raid, British battleships succeed in sneaking into the Malacca strait. By chance (sigint) I receive intel that the Japanese are going to land troops at Tandjoengbalai. Dutch patrol planes still operating from Sumatra pick up a convoy and the Royal Navy intercepts... No escorts are protecting the poor troop ships (false sense of security) and many Japanese soldiers go down with buring ships. British submarines manage to pick of two additional undamaged ships and two damaged ones.

Nice tactical victory! Now I just need to disengage. No serious op losses on aircraft for the Japanese this turn. I am assuming for now that most of the Air HQs are deployed elsewhere. Nothing at Saigon and no aviation support at Singapore yet. We'll find out soon. The british battleships are detached and running full speed for Colombo. The supporting destroyers and cruisers try another intercept and then will speed for Colombo as well. Destroyers and cruisers are much harder to hit with torpedoes!

KB is in the Pacific and miniKB was sighed far to the east of Java a few days ago and not expected to be in range.

Note that this is another reason to capture Port Blair as soon as possible!

Night Time Surface Combat, near Tandjoengbalai at 47,78, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
xAK Kano Maru
xAK Kyusyu Maru
AMC Saigon Maru, Shell hits 5, and is sunk
xAK Natisan Maru
xAK Hakonesan Maru, Shell hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Hakubasan Maru, Shell hits 17, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Kotohira Maru
xAK Ryuyo Maru
xAK Yamabuki Maru
xAK Achou Maru
xAK Ayato Maru
xAK Chihaya Maru
xAK Enju Maru, Shell hits 1
xAK Gosei Maru
xAK Hokuriku Maru, Shell hits 2, on fire
xAK Kisogawa Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Kuroshio Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire
xAK Meiten Maru, Shell hits 5, on fire
xAK Meiko Maru, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Nihonka Maru, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Nojima Maru, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Reiyo Maru, Shell hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Hakozake Maru
xAKL Hakka Maru
xAKL Heiku Maru
xAKL Kashi Maru
xAKL Jokuja Maru
xAKL Kasui Maru
xAKL Kaisho Maru
xAKL Tatibana Maru
xAKL Tatebu Maru
xAKL Kyuei Maru
xAKL Bokuei Maru
xAKL Chosen Maru
xAKL Matsutan Maru
xAKL Kokuei Maru
xAK Nittatsu Maru
xAP Brazil Maru, Shell hits 12, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Koan Maru, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL P-5
xAKL Hokuzan Maru

Allied Ships
BB Revenge
BB Royal Sovereign
BB Ramillies, Shell hits 1
BB Resolution
CL Hobart
CL Enterprise
DD Arrow
DD Decoy
DD Electra
DD Encounter
DD Express
DD Isis

Japanese ground losses:
6643 casualties reported
Squads: 127 destroyed, 176 disabled
Non Combat: 96 destroyed, 114 disabled
Engineers: 43 destroyed, 33 disabled
Guns lost 104 (81 destroyed, 23 disabled)
Vehicles lost 23 (11 destroyed, 12 disabled)




Cannonfodder -> april 16 (10/14/2012 8:18:42 PM)

Near Singapore

Apparantly there were torpedo bombers nearby. They just didn't detect my taskforce due to command issues (no search set according to Dennis).

Hobart and Enterprise with DD escorts made another attack run, sinking several AKs before withdrawing. During the combat Express and Encounter collided.. Express subsequently took a torpedo fired by a submarine and sank. Encounter, detached as well got mauled badly by G4Ms and Hobart also ate a torpedo, putting her at 81 float (60 major) within Betty and Nell range. She is a writeoff....

The RN battlewagons were detached after first contact and are on the way to Colombo, for now undetected. They should be able to make it.

I would have just lost Hobart if not for the collision..

Night Time Surface Combat, near Malacca at 48,81, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
xAK Kano Maru, Shell hits 1
xAK Kyusyu Maru, Shell hits 15, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Natisan Maru
xAK Kotohira Maru, Shell hits 3, on fire
xAK Ryuyo Maru, Shell hits 2
xAK Yamabuki Maru, Shell hits 3
xAK Achou Maru
xAK Ayato Maru, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Chihaya Maru, Shell hits 1
xAK Enju Maru, Shell hits 3, on fire
xAKL Hakozake Maru
xAKL Hakka Maru
xAKL Heiku Maru
xAKL Kashi Maru
xAKL Jokuja Maru
xAKL Kasui Maru
xAKL Kaisho Maru, Shell hits 2, on fire
xAKL Tatibana Maru, Shell hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Tatebu Maru
xAKL Kyuei Maru
xAKL Bokuei Maru
xAKL Chosen Maru
xAKL Matsutan Maru
xAKL Kokuei Maru
xAK Nittatsu Maru, Shell hits 1
xAKL P-5
xAKL Hokuzan Maru

Allied Ships
CL Hobart
CL Enterprise
DD Arrow
DD Decoy
DD Electra
DD Encounter
DD Express
DD Isis

Japanese ground losses:
191 casualties reported
Squads: 14 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 16 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 21 (7 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Vehicles lost 39 (14 destroyed, 25 disabled)




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Night Time Surface Combat, near Malacca at 48,81, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
xAK Gosei Maru, Shell hits 27, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
CL Hobart
CL Enterprise
DD Arrow
DD Decoy
DD Electra
DD Isis

Japanese ground losses:
200 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Malacca at 48,81, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
xAK Kotohira Maru, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Ayato Maru, Shell hits 10, and is sunk
xAKL Kaisho Maru, Shell hits 6, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CL Hobart
CL Enterprise
DD Arrow
DD Decoy
DD Electra
DD Isis

Japanese ground losses:
64 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (2 destroyed, 1 disabled)




Cannonfodder -> april 17 - may 4 (11/6/2012 8:49:37 PM)

China

Stable for now. Supply is a big issue ofcourse....

Burma

Shwebo, Mandalay in Japanese hands. Blenheims have been bombing troops for weeks now, disabling a lot of squads. No significant IJN/A airgroups spotted to counter this tactic.. IJA is staying in the clear hexes, not advancing into Jungle.

Java

Not much longer.. Batavia almost done, Soerabaja under siege. Damaged a lot of IJ divisions. Those will need recovering

Sumatra

Palembang holding out. SIGINT showing reinforcements moving on Oosthaven (at least two divisions, probably more). That should enable Dennis to take Palembang and free up those forces (july somewhere)

Timor

Japanese landings in east and west area. I have got two battalions at Koepang and the last P40Es of the dutch airforce are stationed there..

SW Pacific

Bad judgement let to the loss of several cruisers at Prt. Moresby

http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=3208803

I did manage to get the better part of what I believe was a division moving on the base... That will delay the Japanese and advance and will probably give me another month of preparing for a Japanese move on perhaps Suva, Pago Pago or the West coast of Australia?

Allied ship losses
[image]local://upfiles/30342/C35D1A90CDD145E1BED1D119CAE9EAC8.jpg[/image]

I could have prevented the sinking of Houston and Leander. Louisville and Pensacola got hit by torpedo bombers because they didn't retire when they were ordered to (still can't explain it, the carriers retired and they had the same orders). The rest of the capital ships were lost in heavy combat with the IJN. The IJN losses are much lighter (two BBs, CVE, several CLs and DDs).

Up to now my surface ships attacked troop convoys whenever possible. With the game now in may and the bases that I want to defend build up quite well I will change strategy from slowing down the rising sun.

New goal: Attrition warfare.. not the planes, not the troops.. those can be replaced. The allied airforce will be used to create local air superiority

Carriers, battleships, cruisers, destroyers... these can't be replaced...




Cannonfodder -> may 4 - 14 (11/17/2012 8:58:40 PM)

As the last remnants of the KNIL and the dutch airforce are being destroyed, thought I post a salute.. Not bad...



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