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CrackSabbath -> A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (3/27/2014 8:43:03 PM)

As all good n00bs must do, Ive recently embarked on my first PBEM journey in WitPAE. I decided to go all in and start with Iron Babes C (ext map, lowered cargo ~ Hist 1st turn off, Dec 7th surprise on). I asked for an experienced Japanese opponent, and Kaleun was kind enough to accept the challenge.

My hope is to learn some hard lessons, become a better player, and eventually take the plunge and play the Japanese side. My expectation is that Kaleun will smack me around regularly until eventually the weight of American industry can cover for the many stupid mistakes Im sure to make.
As Kaleun recently informed me that he is going to publish an AAR of our campaign, I decided to do the same. Im sure some day in the future Ill be able to look back at the blunders made with painful, but well earned self-awareness.

1st official AAR post to follow soon . . .




CrackSabbath -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (3/27/2014 11:47:21 PM)

From the personal diary of Adm. Holden McGroin

Feb 2nd, 1942. Naval Station, Pearl Harbor.

Only 57 days since the date that the President says shall live in infamy, and 47 days since that poor sod Kimmel was sent packing. I wonder how long Ill last. I wonder too why I was chosen over the likes of Nimitz, or even King himself. I suppose my deft handling of the 32nd Port Dredging and Harbor Maintenance Flotilla won me the honor.

As I broke my fast upon a light repast of steak, eggs, bacon, sausage, flapjacks, grits, home fries, toast, coffee (just a splash of bourbon its a work day), orange juice, grapefruit juice and a pack of Lucky Strikes (Im cutting back), my gaze was drawn from my manicured front lawn to an empty Battleship Row. While the damage done to those beautiful ships on the 7th of Dec was severe and the loss of life tragic, none were actually sunk. Ironically, the worst damage was suffered by the poor USS Arizona weeks after the cowardly attack while she was under way to Bremerton Naval Yard for dry-dock repairs. Shell be back in action by early 43 Im told. I take that attack as a personal affront, Arizona being my home state (hence my natural nautical inclinations). Only the hapless AVD-7, USS Preston, currently resides on the bottom of Pearl Harbor. Admiral Halsey had the poor taste to say the Japanese did us a favor bombing Battleship Row, as now our carrier task forces can make 30 knots. Maybe he has a point.

Needless to say morale at Naval HQ is rock bottom. Every communication received brings more bad news. Hong Kong fallen, Singapore isolated, Japanese ships running rampant through the Dutch East Indies, the Japanese Zero fighter all but unbeatable, and disaster in the Philippine Islands!! I cant even look my mess steward in the eye for the shame! Luzon has all but fallen! Our forces are surrounded in Manila. Yesterday that maniac Gen. MacArthur launched a disastrous shock attack against the Japanese aggressors. My communiqu clearly stated that a deliberate local counter attack should be taken . . . or did I check the wrong box on the attack requisition form. Hmmm . . . I may need new glasses.

The only bright spot so far in this damnable war was in early January when the Japanese launched an amphibious operation at Mersing along the Malaysian coast north of Singapore. While the landings ultimately were successful, a powerful Japanese task force reportedly made up of 2xBB, 2xCA, 4xDD fled during the night from a much weaker Dutch task force (2xCL, 6xDD). Sadly, the Dutch commander failed to find the amphibious force. I wonder if the Japanese Admiral committed Hairy Cary or whatever they call that. Even more curiously, the Japanese lacked air cover, and over the next few days, the mixed force of British, Australian and Dutch planes continuously attacked the Japanese, reportedly sinking five cargo ships (full of troops I hope!), and damaging a heavy cruiser and battleship. However, by the middle of the month those damned Zeros appeared and our air forces took a licking.
Well, enough for now . . .




CrackSabbath -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (3/28/2014 3:35:40 AM)

Evening, Feb 2nd, 1942. Naval Station, Pearl Harbor.

I keep a copy of the following contact report on my desk. Its from Dec 17th, ten days after the sneak attack on Pearl. The USS Stingray had what we believe was the fleet carrier Akagi in its sights. Four torpedoes fired . . . four! . . . and no reported hits. That big bastard should be on the bottom of the Pacific right now, the crew who killed our boys at Pearl fish food! Damnation!! Those pointy headed sons of bitches at BuOrd need to pull their thumbs out of their asses and figure out what the hell is wrong with our torpedoes!! Every damn day reports cross my desk of torpedoes fired, and no detonations. Duds!! Nobody expects every torpedo to hit, but when they do, theyre not exploding! What damn good is a torpedo that doesnt explode?!?!?

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Sub attack near Nagoya at 110,62

Japanese Ships
CV Akagi
BB Kirishima
CA Chikuma
CA Tone
CL Abukuma
DD Akigumo
DD Kasumi
DD Arare
DD Tanikaze
DD Hamakaze

Allied Ships
SS Stingray

SS Stingray launches 4 torpedoes at CV Akagi
Stingray diving deep ....
DD Kasumi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Arare attacking submerged sub ....
DD Tanikaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hamakaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Kasumi attacking submerged sub ....
DD Arare fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kasumi attacking submerged sub ....
DD Kasumi is out of ASW ammo
DD Kasumi is out of ASW ammo
DD Arare fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Kasumi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kasumi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kasumi fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Well, enough bitching for now. Now we have to figure out how to win our part of the war!




Commander Cody -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (3/28/2014 5:13:29 AM)

Good luck, Admiral Holden McGroin (with aide-de-camp LCDR Heywood Jablome by any chance?).

Cheers,
CC




CrackSabbath -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (3/28/2014 5:34:22 PM)

Thank you Cdr Cody!

Do you know Lcdr Jablome from the Academy, or perhaps you know his family, the Nantucket Jablome's? I was lucky to take him with me when I left the 32nd Port Dredging and Harbor Maintenance Flotilla.

Strategic situation update to follow . . .




CrackSabbath -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (3/29/2014 5:56:59 AM)

Feb 4th, 1942.

Its been a hectic couple of days so I havent been able to put together my strategic summary. The latest bad news (and its all bad lately) comes from an area of extreme strategic importance Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea.

An Australian Amphib TF (2xCA, 2xCL, 2xDD, 4xAP, 1xAK) was landing a reinforced regiment of infantry along with a base construction unit and supplies. This TF was screened by a Surface TF (3xCL). Our intention is to build an air base there to help stem the Japanese advance in the Solomon Sea. We knew sending these forces in without air cover was a calculated risk. The 1st two days of unloading proved the risk worth it as attacks by Betty bombers from Rabaul were ineffective.

However, we now know where those damn Jap carriers are! 265 planes swarmed the Amphib group so there are at least three Japanese carriers in the area! While the attack was devastating and three transports were sunk (damnatnion!!), we were lucky that they had unloaded all but a handful of equipment (a few artillery pieces and vehicles). Loss of life was mercifully light. The damaged ships are limping towards Sydney Harbor. As to the Japanese TF, the last contact report has it steaming NE.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Milne Bay at 101,133

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 55
B5N2 Kate x 109
D3A1 Val x 101

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 13 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
CL Adelaide, Bomb hits 1
CM Bungaree, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires
CA Australia, Bomb hits 6, on fire
DD Vampire
DD Voyager
xAP Rangitata, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Maori, Bomb hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Rangitiki, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires
CL Hobart, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CA Canberra, Bomb hits 1
xAP Sarpedonia
xAK Cycle, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires

Allied ground losses:
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
25 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 11000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
12 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
17 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
17 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
11 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
25 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
11 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
25 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
10 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
1 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
12 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

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Maori
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CA Australia
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CM Bungaree
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Rangitiki
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Rangitata


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CrackSabbath -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (4/1/2014 5:39:53 PM)

Stepping out of "character here. I'm doing fine keeping up w/sending my opponent turns, but the AAR is more work than I thought. I'll keep it going, but more along the lines of updating major events & battles, not a turn by turn recitation of every depth charge dropped. At the least those of you following kaleun's AAR can enjoy some schadenfreude as you watch me make n00b mistakes and play right into his hands.

1st some advice please. Im at a loss what to do in Northern OZ. Im building up Darwin as an important base, but at a loss what to do with the isolated bases, especially Exmouth and Port Headland. They are truly isolated, and difficult to supply. My inclination is to abandon them. Broome, Derby & Wyndham have road links, so at least can be supplied somewhat via that route. Im still leaning towards pulling out of Broome & Derby. Your thoughts?




richlove -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (4/1/2014 8:20:18 PM)

Can we get a map of the area? Supply won't work very well over the roads, but you should be able to send dinky 1 VP xAKLs from Perth to most of them. You almost certainly don't want to defend them now, but it might be worth keeping an LCU in there just to make kaleun commit more than (say) a Bn of troops.

Darwin is very easy to cut off. I'd be very cautious about building it up at this point in the game.




CrackSabbath -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (4/1/2014 10:04:54 PM)

Feb 13th, 1942. Sydney, Australia

I arrived in Sydney, Australia yesterday after island-hopping across the Pacific in a B-17. Ill be meeting with General Sir Robin Brave, commander of ABDA, this afternoon to discuss our strategic plans in Burma, the DEI and Northern Australia.

First, some bad news caught up with me as we were on a fueling stop in Suva. Manila fell on Feb 10th after weeks of hard fighting. The final assault kicked off after a devastating night bombardment by two Japanese surface task forces. Intelligence IDd the following ships: 4xBB (Hyuga, Ise, Fuso & Nagato), 2xCA, 4xCL and 10xDD.
May their hulks soon litter the floor of the Pacific!

More troubling, what of the Japanese carriers? The last sighting was the afternoon of Feb 4th after they sent three transports to the bottom of Milne Bay. Did they return to Truk to refuel? We have four fleet subs circling that base, but no sightings. What mischief are they up to now?

What of our carriers you ask? Were being cautious with our CVs, maybe too cautious. We did raid Wake Island back in January, but the only tangible result there would be for the propaganda copy writers Weve organized our four fleet carriers (Yorktown, Enterprise, Lexington, Saratoga) into four TFs, operating in pairs. For the last several weeks, Yorktown and Enterprise have been covering a major reinforcement effort along the Noumea, Suva, Pago Pago, Tahiti line. Weve moved two regiments of Marines, three regiments of Army infantry (24th Inf Div), numerous supporting units (HQ, artillery, AAA, base force units), tons of fuel and supplies, and finally a good chunk of the II Fighter group (P-39 & P-40s) and V bomber group (B-26 (B-17s ferried themselves)). The overall mission has been a success. The only serious loss was the sinking of the transport USS Steel Ranger which had VMF-221 embarked. Eighteen beautiful F-4F3 Wildcats sunk by a submarine fortunately the flight crews were rescued. Two squadrons of Dauntless dive bombers made it through.

So we feel we have a good start at reinforcing that portion of the line. While we dont fool ourselves that they are impregnable, the forces there can at least put up a fight, and keep the vital US to Oz supply line open.

Sweet Sara and Lady Lex were covering a similar reinforcement of Palmyra and Christmas Island, then were sent to lurk SE of Ocean Island after a Japanese attack there. We hoped to catch the next Japanese thrust south, but it hasnt materialized (yet). So we allowed both groups to bomb the hell out of the Japanese troops on Ocean Island. Yorktown and Enterprise are off to the Coral Sea to cover the next phase of our New Guinea operations (after a quick refuel stop in Noumea). Sara and Lex are heading back to Pearl Harbor. Well refit them one at a time and get rid of those ridiculous 8 inch turrets.

Im off to the meeting with Sir Robin Brave. Next entry to follow soon




CrackSabbath -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (4/2/2014 4:20:53 AM)


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ORIGINAL: richlove

Can we get a map of the area? Supply won't work very well over the roads, but you should be able to send dinky 1 VP xAKLs from Perth to most of them. You almost certainly don't want to defend them now, but it might be worth keeping an LCU in there just to make kaleun commit more than (say) a Bn of troops.

Darwin is very easy to cut off. I'd be very cautious about building it up at this point in the game.


Here is the map. My thoughts on Darwin is yes, ships could be cut off, but LCU's could at least march south.


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BBfanboy -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (4/2/2014 4:32:32 AM)

The Japanese tend to land with a few tank units and Australia at this stage only has armoured cars, and very few A/T guns.
Troops trying to march south are harassed and blocked by the IJA tanks until their infantry can come up and engage.
They will also quickly place bombers with longer range than yours on the northern bases and take a heavy toll on troops in the open.
AA defences are also poor in early 1942 Aus.
Not saying you shouldn't try to hold Darwin, but you need to protect the flanks all the way back to Alice Springs.
Since access by sea is the only way to effectively supply and reinforce N Aus., you need to wait until you can have some control of the sea
before committing much up there.




CrackSabbath -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (4/2/2014 8:17:45 PM)

Thanks BBfanboy. I fear I was a bit too cavalier assuming my interior lines of communication would be more helpful than would be realistic. I'm adjusting my plans for Darwin a bit - I'll kep building the defenses, and keep it well supplied, but won't send large #s of troops in there, and will have some defences along the N. coast. They will probably end up being speed bumps, but I have to trade space for time in '42. Just as long as I don't give up too much and trigger a Japanese victory in '43.

I'll disperse some of the Dutch aux ships that I've been evacuating out of DEI to Darwin (per the orders of General Sir Robin Brave, Commander ABDA [;)]).




CrackSabbath -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (4/6/2014 3:55:37 PM)

14 Feb, 1942. Sydney, Australia

My meetings with Sir Robin Brave seemed endless yesterday. The mans hangdog expression, droning voice and drooping red moustaches wear on ones patience. One can understand how the dire situation with ABDACOM would wear on any mans resolve though. The command itself is a desperate hodge-podge. Being blunt, I believe with the exception of northern Australia and Burma, the whole command area is doomed. Manila fell days ago, and with it the last significant resistance in Luzon (one battalion of Marine AA gunners are holding out, bless their leather-bound hearts). The rest of the Philippines are manned by small garrisons of 2nd line troops, God help them.

The situation in Maylasia is no better. Singapore is isolated. While the polyglot air forces in the area fought bravely and have made the Japanese pay dearly in the air, their overall affect on the ground campaign has been practically nil. It pains one to see good me give their all and die in the face of such odds. The forces in Singapore itself are formidable on paper, but they are isolated, and if the Japanese choose, they can starve them out. Im glad Sir Robin Brave was forced to ship the two Australian Brigades from the 8th Division back home at the insistence of Australian PM Bruce Mc Bruce. Likewise, the bulk of the Royal Navy squadrons in the area were evacuated to Ceylon, where they will be crucial to our future plans.

The British bases along Northern Borneo barely slowed the Jap advance, poor sods. The Dutch are doing what they can to shore up their defenses in their holdings in Sumatra, Java and Borneo. We all know this is the prize the Japs are after, and damnation there is little we can do to deny them the crucial oil reserves in the area*. Ive had the remaining surface forces in the area pulled back. While they can fight bravely against Japanese surface TFs and bombard Japanese ground forces, theyre sitting ducks without adequate air cover. Were keeping a significant submarine presence in the entire area, but only the Dutch torpedoes seem to actually explode.

Ill discuss our plans in Burma and Northern Australia in my next entry.




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