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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.




CrackSabbath -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (9/17/2014 12:02:21 AM)

Hello fellow WitPAE nut-jobs,

As I feared, the AAR was biting off a bit more than I can chew right now. Im keeping up with the game (weve had a bit of a lull as my opponent is moving to a new home), but too much is going on in life to give the AAR the time it requires. Full disclosure: Im also playing PBEM games of Flashpoint Campaigns and Combat Mission. So my lack of time is somewhat self inflicted Im afraid.

So far in the campaign weve had the usual Japanese blitzkrieg and two major carrier battles. The game is currently in turn #260 (23 Aug, 1942). My opponent is leading with 17,148 vp with the Allies having 9,773 vp. This is a 1.76:1 ratio, so Im not in immediate peril of an automatic victory. Hopefully I can keep it at this level by Jan 43.

Here is a summary of the current strategic situation by zone/front:

Eastern Pacific/USA-Oz supply line: My engineers are beavering away building up bases to the max or beyond in the Continental US, and Im furiously training air crews. Ive reinforced to the best of my ability key bases along the US-Oz supply route (Christmas Island, Pago Pago, Tahiti, etc). Most have at least a regiment of infantry, an AA unit, 1-2 base units and at least one squadron each of fighters, light bombers and patrol planes. None would last long to a concentrated assault, but all can defend themselves to some extent, and will provide some measure of early warning should a big TF appear in the area.
Threat level low. So far my opponent seems content not to cause any mischief here. I need to keep my guard up tho as he certainly has the ability to send some raiders in and sink a lot of tankers and cargo ships, whose convoys are lightly escorted. Submarines continue to be a threat, but nothing like the first few months of the war when every sortie out of port was done with white knuckles. I have a good number of ASW TFs (sub chasers and PCs mostly) plus several well trained PB squadrons on ASW duty. Ive also learned to sortie an ASW screen ahead of any major task force leaving Pearl, San Fran etc.

Central Pacific: Very quiet. Too quiet. I did re-occupy Canton Island and have an AV with a squadron of Catalinas on Baker Island in a half-assed early warning set up. I sense Japanese engineers are digging some very deep bunkers in the Caroline, Marshall and Marianas Islands. There will be blood.

Australia: Just like the Continental US Im rapidly expanding all major bases, and training aircrew and LCUs. So far no major disruption to my supply lines. Ive been pushing massive amounts of fuel into Perth, Melbourne & Sydney from the US and Cape Town.
Threat level moderate. It doesnt appear my opponent has any appetite to invade Australia at this time. Nevertheless the entire Eastern seaboard is heavily garrisoned by a mix of Australian and American troops, as are Darwin and Perth. Ive also pushed a large force of fighters, medium and heavy bombers to Oz. Many are training and/or cycling in and out of the Papua-New Guinea theater, or in the case of the bombers attacking targets in NE New Guinea. Much like the US there continues to be a significant sub threat both in Eastern and Western Australia. Ive beefed up my ASW forces on both ends, which lead to a very interesting (but mostly ineffectual - whew) raid carried out by my opponent which I will detail later.

Papua-New Guinea/Solomon Islands: This is where I have drawn my line in the sand in the SW Pacific, and the action here has been hot. I began reinforcing Milne Bay in March 42, which lead to an ignoble defeat. I had two CVs (Yorktown & Enterprise) covering the op, when Yorktown took a torp from a Japanese SS, and had to limp to Sydney for repairs. I took the gamble and kept the op moving forward, landing the final of three INF regiments (there was also a base force and two squadrons of Kittyhawks there). That TF ran afoul of the KB (or a big part of it) and was smashed; CV Enterprise, CAs Portland and Canberra, CL Phoenix and 3xDD were sunk, plus the CA Houston and CL St. Louis were heavily damaged. OUCH! I suppose the good news is the Amphib TF escaped after landing the troops. A short time later the Japanese landed a strong force which quickly pushed out my green troops. My stalwart Aussies did retreat in good order, and marched up the coast, arriving at Port Morseby just in time to tip the balance in that battle, as my opponent had landed a strong force there as well. The next phase of the Battle of New Guinea began in May, and led to the 1st big carrier battle, which I will describe in a separate post. Currently I hold strong, well supplied land and air forces in Port Moresby, Milne Bay and Terapo. I have begun an overland probe of Buna. That battle will begin to heat up soon.
As to the Solomon Islands, my opponent advanced as far as the Shortlands, leaving Guadalcanal open, which I have just occupied following the 2nd large carrier battle of the campaign, also to be described later. I have a heavy submarine presence in the Solomon Sea and in the areas surrounding Rabaul.
Threat level high. I dont anticipate another attempt at an invasion of the West coast of New Guinea, but a long, bloody fight is just beginning there. Im working on my combined strategy for this area.

Philippines: Fallen. I shall return. Maybe.
Threat level n/a. (My final outposts on Mindanao are just being cleared out).

DEI: Fallen. I used a Sir Robin strategy here, preserving much of the British, Dutch and US surface forces in the area. Im not sure if Id follow that course again kind of a lose-lose for the Allies here. I did pump out as much fuel as I could to Oz during the campaign.
Threat level n/a. I have many subs (mainly Brit & Dutch) staked out on likely shipping routes from Palembang etc. to Japan. This hasnt born much fruit . . .yet. Wait until the USN gets some good torpedoes.

Malaysia: Fallen. While Operation Sardaukar ([;)]), the evacuation of Australian INF units was a success, I did a poor job here. Against the AI I was able to set up a good line in front of Singapore to slow down the advance, and build up supplies etc. in Singapore. My opponent didnt oblige me thusly. I shall return. Maybe.
Threat level n/a. I have a moderate sub presence near Singapore.

Burma: Fallen. I think I did a decent job here of making a fighting retreat. My air forces inflicted credible damage on enemy air and land forces, and my poorly trained LCUs drew enough blood to withdraw with honor. I also pumped as much supply from Rangoon to up north as possible. My secondary line around Mandalay/Shwebo held for a bit, but I pulled back just in time to prevent being cut off. I did punish the Japanese forces advancing through the clear terrain hexes with constant attacks by medium bombers often inflicting 100+ casualties per day.
Threat level n/a.

India: Ive created a strong (I hope) defensive line running from Chittagong through Comilla, Imphal, Dimapur on to Lahore. Its no Maginot line , but it is definitely stronger than what I had in Burma; well supplied troops who for the most part have planned 100% for their locations, have trained up to or are approaching the national max, good fortifications (all LVL3), and Ive been steadily replacing poor commanders and assigning them to one of three Corps HQ who are within command radius.
Threat level high. So far the Japanese assault units are hot on the heels of my retreating forces. Both attempts to delay were brushed aside. The jungle will slow them . . . a little. Im anticipating the Japanese divisions will continue to pursue my retreating forces into India. I have the LCUs in the defensive line mentioned above. I do have some Armor LCUs in the Comilla area which can attack Japanese units who appear in clear terrain hexes. Likewise, Ive amassed a strong force of fighters and tactical bombers (US & British). Ive also moved what Im calling a composite/light division of US troops 2 Inf regiments, a tank Bn, combat enginner bn, 2x base force and an arty bn into my defensive line. I need a snappy name for that defense Phase Line Rubicon or some such.

China: Its a mess.

OK, that about gets us current with the game so far. Ill post the details of the two carrier battles and my short range plans soon. Ill try to post more often to keep up with current events.



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CrackSabbath -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (9/29/2014 9:23:14 PM)

As I mentioned earlier, so far in the campaign with my opponent kaleun there have been two major carrier battles. While this game is so much more than that (its really a logistics game, isnt it?), the carrier battles are what gets our collective blood pressure up, while getting that base stocked up for the upcoming push makes for dull reading.

Unfortunately I dont have the combat report for The Battle of the Coral Sea on this computer, so Ill go from memory. Id drawn a line in the sand in New Guinea and was determined to hold and expand Port Moresby and Milne Bay. Kaleun had other ideas, and soundly kicked my ass on land and at a sea. After my humiliation in March, 1942 (USS Enterprise plus 2 x CA, 1 x CL and 3 x DD sunk vs. zero Japanese losses), the Japanese landed troops in Milne Bay which was quickly captured, and soon after landed troops @ Port Moresby, which did not fall.

By May I was ready to begin a counteroffensive with the goal of 1.) re-taking Milne Bay, and 2.) preventing further reinforcement of the Japanese troops battling for control of Port Moresby. I sent 4 carrier task forces (Saratoga, Lexington, Yorktown, & Hornet) into the Coral Sea looking for trouble. They found it.

The morning air action of 10 May, 1942 was centered around Port Moresby, where I sunk two transports and a small escort (PB). That afternoon, our task forces finally found each other and launched major strikes. The Lexington and Hornet TFs were never spotted. Yorktown and Saratoga werent as luck, both being sunk along with the heavy cruiser Chicago and destroyers Mahan and Ellett. According to pilot reports and fleet intelligence ([:D]) I sunk the Japanese CVs Hiryu and Soryu, and damaged the CVs Akagi, Shokaku and Zuikaku. So in terms of damage done and ships sunk, it would probably be considered a draw leaning slightly in the Allies favor since more Japanese carriers were damaged. But from a strategic perspective it was a victory as 1.) this was the last attempt by Kaleun to reinforce Port Moresby and 2.) Within ~6 weeks I had cleared all resistance from PM and re-taken Milne Bay (which is now host to two squadrons of B-26 Marauders among other things).

Next, the Battle of the Solomon Islands.




jeffk3510 -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (9/29/2014 9:45:37 PM)

All I know is you have a badass profile pic, therefore you should do fine.

Have fun, man!




jeffk3510 -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (9/29/2014 9:53:32 PM)


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ORIGINAL: CrackSabbath

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?



Creating an AAR and keeping it up to date and interesting is as much or more work than the game itself IMO.. .especially when you really get through the first few months, and your turns take 15 minutes to do.. if that.




CrackSabbath -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (9/30/2014 12:19:35 AM)

@ jeffk3510. Thanks man! I just wish I didn't look so much like The Dude. [;)]

I'm just about "caught up" with the action. I don't know if I'll get back into character, or just give a blow by blow. We'll see.

On that note, I did get my hands on the May 10th combat report, and my memory, just like The Dude's, is faulty. The initial airstrikes were in the AM. Here it is in all it's bloody glory (just the CV batlle).



AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 10, 42
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Milne Bay at 98,137

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 31
B5N2 Kate x 61
D3A1 Val x 49

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 38
F4F-4 Wildcat x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 9 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 3 destroyed, 9 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 4 destroyed, 13 damaged
D3A1 Val: 2 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Yorktown, Bomb hits 3
CA San Francisco
CV Saratoga, Bomb hits 3
CA Chicago
CA Chester
CA Salt Lake City
DD Benham

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
9 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
11 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
12 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
8 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
2 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
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
VF-3 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-42 with F4F-3 Wildcat (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
VF-8 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
VMF-212 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Deboyne Islands at 102,135

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 47

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 36
F4F-4 Wildcat x 19
SBD-2 Dauntless x 15
SBD-3 Dauntless x 63
TBD-1 Devastator x 29

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-2 Dauntless: 2 damaged
SBD-2 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 destroyed, 11 damaged
TBD-1 Devastator: 3 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Shokaku, Bomb hits 1
CV Soryu, Bomb hits 3, on fire
CV Akagi, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires
CA Takao, Bomb hits 3
CV Zuikaku, Bomb hits 2, on fire
BB Hiei
CA Atago
CV Hiryu
BB Yamashiro
DD Tanikaze, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
BB Haruna, Bomb hits 5, on fire
CA Aoba, Bomb hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
5 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
14 x TBD-1 Devastator bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
7 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
11 x TBD-1 Devastator bombing from 6000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
5 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
3 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
14 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
10 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Akagi-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
Soryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
Hiryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 1 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 1 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes

Ammo storage explosion on CV Zuikaku
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Zuikaku
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Akagi
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Tanikaze
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Soryu


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 98,130

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 4

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 17

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 4 destroyed, 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAP Tsingtao Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAP Keihuku Maru

Japanese ground losses:
128 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
264th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Tsingtao Maru


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Milne Bay at 98,137

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 17 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 9

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 15
F4F-4 Wildcat x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
VF-3 with F4F-3 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
VF-42 with F4F-3 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 85 minutes
VF-8 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
VMF-212 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Milne Bay at 98,137

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 11 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 9

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 13
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
VF-3 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
VF-42 with F4F-3 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
VF-8 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
VMF-212 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Deboyne Islands at 102,135

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 23 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 41

Allied aircraft
TBD-1 Devastator x 15

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
TBD-1 Devastator: 2 destroyed

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x TBD-1 Devastator bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Akagi-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
Soryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 65 minutes
Hiryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Milne Bay at 98,137

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 13

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 11
F4F-4 Wildcat x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 2 destroyed, 3 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD Hughes
CV Saratoga

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 57 minutes
VF-3 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
VF-42 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
VF-8 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
VMF-212 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Milne Bay at 99,137

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 20
B5N2 Kate x 103
D3A1 Val x 96

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 28
F4F-4 Wildcat x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 4 destroyed, 9 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 7 destroyed, 27 damaged
D3A1 Val: 3 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Yorktown, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Chester
CV Saratoga, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Benham
DD Phelps, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Ellet, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CA Salt Lake City
CA San Francisco, Bomb hits 6, on fire
CA Chicago, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Gwin
DD Meredith

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
13 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
13 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 11000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
14 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
26 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
20 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 GP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
15 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 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
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-3 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-42 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-8 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-212 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Yorktown
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Saratoga
Fuel storage explosion on CV Saratoga


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Deboyne Islands at 102,135

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 43

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 25
F4F-4 Wildcat x 12
SBD-2 Dauntless x 13
SBD-3 Dauntless x 52
TBD-1 Devastator x 37

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-2 Dauntless: 2 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 destroyed, 5 damaged
TBD-1 Devastator: 4 destroyed, 5 damaged
TBD-1 Devastator: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CV Shokaku
CV Hiryu, Bomb hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
BB Haruna, Bomb hits 7, on fire
CV Akagi, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CV Soryu, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Takao, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CV Zuikaku, on fire
DD Akatsuki
DD Hamakaze
DD Arashio

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
5 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x TBD-1 Devastator launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
7 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
14 x TBD-1 Devastator launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
9 x TBD-1 Devastator launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
12 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
5 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(11 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Raid is overhead
Akagi-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Soryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Hiryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
Shokaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuikaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 5 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Akagi
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Soryu






CrackSabbath -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (10/1/2014 12:27:12 AM)

By early August the bulk of the fighting (excluding the long slog of the China campaign) was in the New Guinea/Solomons theaters, and in Burma, where my forces were being quickly and methodically pushed into India. My attempt at a hit and run raid on Rangoon by British CVs and a bombardment force in early June was an unmitigated disaster. My bombardment TF (followed by the CV TF) stumbled across a Japanese carrier TF in the night, but failed to engage (arrghh!). The Japanese carriers then blew the CV Formidable out of the water the next day. I beat a hasty retreat, and ceded the eastern Indian Ocean to kaleun (The Queen was not pleased). Outside of Burma and China then, it seems kaleun has stopped his advance. My assumption at this point is he is digging in on his periphery, pumping as much oil as he can out of the DEI, and waiting for the arsenal of democracy to begin the long task of bashing down the castle gate (so to speak). One positive note was on July 25th the sub USS Herring, while patrolling near Kochi, reported that it hit the CV Hiyo with a torpedo, and that said torpedo actually detonated! Hell yeah! According to Fleet Intelligence [:D] the Hiyo was sunk (Im still skeptical about that little tidbit. Maybe Japanese damage control really is that bad, or I got a lucky hit on a magazine).

Up to this point, I had been building up my bases on Christmas Island, Tahiti, Pago Pago, Suva, Noumea and Luganville without any opposition from the Japanese. Noumea and Luganville, in particular, have substantial bases, and from there on Aug 15th, 1942 I kicked off operation Towerwatch [;)] the occupation of the hitherto unheard of islands of Guadalcanal and Tulagi. Clever, eh? To cover the amphibious and surface forces, I had three carrier task forces centered around the CVs Lexington, Hornet and Wasp. I had to decide whether to place my carriers south of Guadalcanal where they could provide CAP coverage, but would be less at risk, or to be a bit aggressive and patrol north of the island, and put them along the main anticipated threat axis. I went for the second option. As it turns out, kaleun was looking for trouble too . . .

The battle details are below, but the summary is I (apparently) sunk the Japanese CVLs Ryujo and Shoho, and inflicted heavy to moderate damage on two CVs and another CVL. In spite of ferocious attacks, and due to some heroic damage control efforts, none of my ships were sunk. In fact, although the Hornet took 8 bomb hits and had severe fires burning, she currently is steaming with 52 system damage, 11 engine damage, and zero flotation. The single torpedo the Lexington took did considerable damage, though she now only suffers 21 system, 2 engine and 10 (major) flotation damage. All three CVs are heading to the US for repairs and or refit.

Ill claim a minor victory in this battle, both in terms of direct damage inflicted, and the fact that I have been able to quickly build up strength on Guadalcanal (31x F4F Wildcat, 14 x SBD-3 Dauntless. 15 x TBF Avenger) and Tulagi (15 x F4F Wildcat). On the downside, I only have one operational carrier in operation in the Pacific (Im using my two CVEs to ferry FGs to Oz, etc), and Ive learned my lesson about CVs operating alone. Dont do it!

So, major Amphib operations wont be happening until at least late Nov, Dec. Ill discuss one other interesting battle and the current strategic outlook in future posts since were pretty much caught up now.



AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Aug 16, 42
Morning Air attack on TF, near Lunga at 114,138

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 26
D3A1 Val x 15

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 35

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 destroyed
D3A1 Val: 3 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 3 destroyed

Allied Ships
CA Northampton, Bomb hits 3
DD Bagley

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Tulagi at 114,137

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 108 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 46 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 20
B5N2 Kate x 10

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 4 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
DMS Chandler
CL Helena
AP William Ward Burrows

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ontong Java at 117,131

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 92

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 44
SBD-3 Dauntless x 79
TBF-1 Avenger x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 7 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 8 destroyed, 22 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVL Ryujo, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CV Kaga
CV Junyo
CVL Shoho
CV Shokaku
CVL Zuiho, Bomb hits 1
CA Chokai
CA Chikuma
CL Kitakami

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Auki at 116,135

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 43
B5N1 Kate x 18
B5N2 Kate x 42
D3A1 Val x 75

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 4 destroyed
B5N1 Kate: 2 damaged
B5N1 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
B5N2 Kate: 9 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 3 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 15 damaged
D3A1 Val: 2 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CV Hornet, Bomb hits 8, on fire
CA Pensacola, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CV Lexington, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
CL Boise, Bomb hits 1
CLAA San Diego
DD Mugford, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Henley
DD Craven
CA Salt Lake City, Bomb hits 2, on fire
DD Drayton
DD Sterett
DD Case
DD Blue

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ontong Java at 117,131

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 47

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 16
SBD-3 Dauntless x 38
TBF-1 Avenger x 35

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 destroyed, 9 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak
TBF-1 Avenger: 7 destroyed, 4 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CV Shokaku, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CA Aoba
CV Junyo, Bomb hits 1
CV Kaga
CVL Shoho, Bomb hits 4, on fire
CVL Zuiho, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CVL Ryujo, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CA Chokai




CrackSabbath -> RE: A N00B WHO SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY Crack Sabbath (A) vs. Kaleun (J) (10/14/2014 12:53:07 AM)

Hola WitPAE friends.

Were grinding away with game-time now Sep 11, 1942.
No major shifts in the VP ratio lately. It currently stands at
Turn: 279
Date: 9/11/1942
Japan VP: 17,587
Allied VP: 10,081
Ratio: -1.745 : 1

Just a few game days ago we had our first major surface action of the campaign. Id been pretty much reinforcing and expanding Guadalcanal at will. Japanese attempts to sink the reinforcement groups by air attack were unsuccessful, with only on AK suffering moderate damage, and my Marine fighters racked up a pretty impressive kill tally (now three aces on the island).

On Sep 7th, he afternoon air patrol spotted a Japanese TF about 120mi from Guadalcanal. Unfortunately it was spotted too late to send an air strike. against the reported 3 CA's. I was sure there would be a few BB's and a swarm of DDs, so I had my two reinforcing TFs flee to the south at full speed. They were about 80% complete with their unloading.

My surface TF of 4 x CA, 3 x CL, 1 x CLAA and 8 x DD sped north, leaving 1 x CLAA, 2 x DD, 2 x DE and 4 x APDs to escort the transports south.

The night action that ensued was bloody, and a Japanese victory. I was right about the BBs, but there werent any DDs present, which was a relief considering the well deserved reputation of the Long Lance torpedo.

The CA Louisville and DD Hughes were sunk during the night, and CAs Houston and Quincy both went down within 48 hours of the battle. My TF got their licks in, but only the Japanese CA Kako seemed to suffer serious damage. The following days airstrikes did yield several hits (details below), but none appeared to be fatal.

Fortunately, when the Japanese TF passed through the Tulagi and Guadalcanal beachheads, they didnt shell the LCUs, and only found a few PT squadrons waiting for them. My PT crews were brave, but were crushed without inflicting any damage.

On the plus side, my after a few days of hiding southwest of Luganville, my transports have returned to finish their offloading. I now have three squadrons of Marine Wildcats, two Dauntless, and one Avenger stationed on Guadalcanal, plus a Navy squadron of Catalinas and 5 float planes from damaged cruisers providing naval search and local ASW respectively. From my POV things will slow down in the Solomons until probably Dec when my three CVs will be back in action and I can pursue further amphibious actions.

I do have a ground attack underway in Buna. Not sure if I can dislodge the Japanese garrisons there, but at the very least I will discomfort my opponent and cause him to react to me for once. I do fear Im about to get my ass kicked in India. More on that later.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Sep 08, 42
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Rekata Bay at 114,134, Range 8,000 Yards

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
SOC-1 Seagull: 3 destroyed

Japanese Ships
BB Mutsu, Shell hits 20
BB Yamashiro, Shell hits 20, on fire
CA Tone
CA Chokai, Shell hits 1
CA Aoba
CA Kinugasa, Shell hits 1
CA Kako, Shell hits 10, heavy fires
CL Naka, Shell hits 1, on fire
CL Kuma, Shell hits 3
CL Tama, Shell hits 5, heavy fires

Allied Ships
CA Northampton, Shell hits 3, on fire
CA Houston, Shell hits 10, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Louisville, Shell hits 15, and is sunk
CA Quincy, Shell hits 8, on fire
CLAA San Diego, Shell hits 1
CL St. Louis, Shell hits 1
CL Helena, Shell hits 2
CL Honolulu, Shell hits 2
DD Gwin
DD McCalla
DD Hughes, Shell hits 4, and is sunk
DD Russell
DD Morris
DD Bagley
DD Patterson
DD Sterett, Shell hits 2, heavy fires


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Rekata Bay at 114,134

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 7
F4F-4 Wildcat x 10
SBD-3 Dauntless x 15

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CA Kinugasa, Bomb hits 1
CL Naka, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CA Aoba, Bomb hits 1, on fire
BB Mutsu, Bomb hits 1




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