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RE: Summary of Operations 1/27/44 - the end as we know it - 10/21/2009 2:56:02 AM   
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Summary of Operations 1/27/44 - continued

DEI: U.S. subs operating near Palembang report numerous Jap air patrols.


India/Burma: Jap recon flight over Akyab.

USAAF and RAF medium bombers launch ground attack strike against Jap LCU in Magwe. AAR follows.

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Day Air attack on 55th Division, at 31,29

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 50
B-25G/H Mitchell x 24

Allied aircraft losses
B-25G/H Mitchell: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
147 casualties reported
Guns lost 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-25G/H Mitchell attacking at 100 feet
9 x B-25G/H Mitchell attacking at 100 feet
6 x Blenheim IV bombing at 7000 feet
9 x Blenheim IV bombing at 7000 feet
9 x Blenheim IV bombing at 7000 feet
7 x Blenheim IV bombing at 7000 feet
4 x Blenheim IV bombing at 7000 feet
3 x B-25G/H Mitchell attacking at 100 feet
3 x B-25G/H Mitchell attacking at 100 feet
3 x Blenheim IV bombing at 7000 feet
3 x Blenheim IV bombing at 7000 feet
9 x Blenheim IV bombing at 7000 feet

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F-5C recon over Rangoon reporting no Jap TF's (-4 from last report), 26 Jap LCU's, resource production 5(96), heavy industry 24(169).

CW-22 Falcon recon over Mandalay reports 2 Jap LCU's, resource production 4(17).
Hudson I recon over Magwe reports 1 Jap LCU, airfield damage 23.
Detected status of Jap base at Meiktila - 3 Jap LCU's, resource production 3(98).
Detected status of Jap base at Moulmein - 2 Jap LCU's, resource production 4(97).

No detected Jap activity to repair damaged heavy industry and resource production at any location in Burma.


China: Jap recon flight over Kungchang. AAR's of latest Jap air strikes in China follow.

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Day Air attack on Chengtu , at 41,29

Japanese aircraft
J1N1-S Irving x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
J1N1-S Irving: 6 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 18

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x J1N1-S Irving bombing at 2000 feet
4 x J1N1-S Irving bombing at 2000 feet

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Day Air attack on Kungchang , at 46,27

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 3 damaged

Airbase hits 4
Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing at 2000 feet
3 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing at 2000 feet

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Day Air attack on 56th Chinese Corps, at 41,29 Chengtu)

Japanese aircraft
P1Y Frances x 3

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x P1Y Frances bombing at 6000 feet

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Day Air attack on 56th Chinese Corps, at 41,29 (Chengtu)

Japanese aircraft
P1Y Frances x 47

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y Frances: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged

Allied ground losses:
149 casualties reported
Guns lost 5

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x P1Y Frances bombing at 6000 feet
5 x P1Y Frances bombing at 6000 feet
4 x P1Y Frances bombing at 6000 feet
8 x P1Y Frances bombing at 6000 feet
6 x P1Y Frances bombing at 6000 feet
4 x P1Y Frances bombing at 6000 feet
8 x P1Y Frances bombing at 6000 feet

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Day Air attack on 1st New Chinese Corps, at 43,32 (Chungking)

Japanese aircraft
A6M3 Zero x 30
A6M5 Zeke x 21
N1K1-J George x 6
J2M Jack x 9
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 29
Ki-44-IIb Tojo x 34
Ki-61-Ib Tony x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero: 12 damaged
A6M5 Zeke: 10 damaged
N1K1-J George: 2 damaged
J2M Jack: 1 damaged
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 15 damaged
Ki-44-IIb Tojo: 14 damaged
Ki-61-Ib Tony: 11 damaged

Allied ground losses:
122 casualties reported

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing at 2000 feet
7 x Ki-61-Ib Tony bombing at 2000 feet
7 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing at 2000 feet
9 x Ki-44-IIb Tojo bombing at 2000 feet
9 x Ki-44-IIb Tojo bombing at 2000 feet
7 x Ki-44-IIb Tojo bombing at 2000 feet
9 x Ki-44-IIb Tojo bombing at 2000 feet
9 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing at 2000 feet
3 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing at 2000 feet
7 x Ki-61-Ib Tony bombing at 2000 feet
7 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing at 2000 feet
9 x Ki-61-Ib Tony bombing at 2000 feet
6 x N1K1-J George bombing at 2000 feet
6 x A6M5 Zeke bombing at 2000 feet
9 x J2M Jack bombing at 2000 feet
9 x A6M5 Zeke bombing at 2000 feet
10 x A6M3 Zero bombing at 2000 feet
11 x A6M3 Zero bombing at 2000 feet
9 x A6M3 Zero bombing at 2000 feet
6 x A6M5 Zeke bombing at 2000 feet

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Day Air attack on 1st New Chinese Corps, at 43,32 (Chungking)

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 3
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 21
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 39

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ib Oscar: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 13 damaged
Ki-45 KAIb Nick: 36 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing at 2000 feet
2 x Ki-43-Ib Oscar bombing at 2000 feet
3 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing at 2000 feet
13 x Ki-45 KAIb Nick bombing at 2000 feet
14 x Ki-45 KAIb Nick bombing at 2000 feet
12 x Ki-45 KAIb Nick bombing at 2000 feet

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Day Air attack on 3rd Chinese Corps, at 46,27 (Kungchang)

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 32

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 3 damaged

Allied ground losses:
52 casualties reported

Aircraft Attacking:
32 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing at 2000 feet

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Day Air attack on 67th Chinese Corps, at 43,32 (Chungking)

Japanese aircraft
A6M3 Zero x 44
A6M5 Zeke x 53
N1K1-J George x 13
J2M Jack x 27
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 71
Ki-44-IIb Tojo x 78
Ki-61-Ib Tony x 56

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero: 9 damaged
A6M5 Zeke: 16 damaged
N1K1-J George: 6 damaged
J2M Jack: 4 damaged
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 30 damaged
Ki-44-IIb Tojo: 26 damaged
Ki-61-Ib Tony: 22 damaged

Allied ground losses:
205 casualties reported
Guns lost 2

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x Ki-61-Ib Tony bombing at 2000 feet
5 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing at 2000 feet
20 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing at 2000 feet
20 x Ki-44-IIb Tojo bombing at 2000 feet
20 x Ki-44-IIb Tojo bombing at 2000 feet
20 x Ki-44-IIb Tojo bombing at 2000 feet
18 x Ki-44-IIb Tojo bombing at 2000 feet
20 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing at 2000 feet
6 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing at 2000 feet
19 x Ki-61-Ib Tony bombing at 2000 feet
20 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing at 2000 feet
18 x Ki-61-Ib Tony bombing at 2000 feet
13 x N1K1-J George bombing at 2000 feet
13 x A6M5 Zeke bombing at 2000 feet
27 x J2M Jack bombing at 2000 feet
27 x A6M5 Zeke bombing at 2000 feet
24 x A6M3 Zero bombing at 2000 feet
20 x A6M3 Zero bombing at 2000 feet
13 x A6M5 Zeke bombing at 2000 feet

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Day Air attack on 12th Chinese Air Base Force, at 41,29 (Chengtu)

Japanese aircraft
P1Y Frances x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y Frances: 1 damaged

Allied ground losses:
20 casualties reported
Guns lost 1

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x P1Y Frances bombing at 6000 feet

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Day Air attack on 12th Chinese Air Base Force, at 41,29 (Chengtu)

Japanese aircraft
P1Y Frances x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y Frances: 3 damaged

Allied ground losses:
95 casualties reported

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x P1Y Frances bombing at 6000 feet
3 x P1Y Frances bombing at 6000 feet
3 x P1Y Frances bombing at 6000 feet
3 x P1Y Frances bombing at 6000 feet
3 x P1Y Frances bombing at 6000 feet
6 x P1Y Frances bombing at 6000 feet
3 x P1Y Frances bombing at 6000 feet

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Jap ground forces N of Kweiyang continue bombardment attack. AAR follows.

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Ground combat at 41,33

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 860 troops, 35 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 798
26th & 32nd Infantry Divisions, 1 Mortar Bn
Defending force 7191 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 262
36th & 62nd Chinese Corps

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RE: Summary of Operations 1/27/44 - the end as we know it - 10/21/2009 7:31:32 AM   
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Sorry to hear game not continued.  I was eagerly anticipating significant Allied moves and victory at Verdun (nee Samoa).  Must admit I was very curious as to outcome of discussion held several months back with several posters regarding Allied strategy - what was adopted, what was rejected, what was modified, reasons etc.

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The Demise of this Show turned out to be premature... - 10/24/2009 8:52:56 PM   
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Pillager and I have re-established contact and plans are to continue our PBEM once both sides are again up to speed.

We lost contact resulting from a combination of several factors - mainly his RL situation, also a little of my own. Thrown into the mix was a technical (non-personal) glitch with game save files shortly before we dropped off. Also in the mix was my (incorrectly) concluding he wanted to move on to AE.

After noticing my last post in this string earlier this week, Pillager dropped me a line and the decision was made to re-start and continue this game at least for now. We're both still working on getting familiar with AE, putting a future rematch in AE within the realm of possibility.

While awaiting Pillager's next move, I can respond to Alfred's question and address some of the Allies' current "big picture" (this also aiding in my getting back up to speed in this game).



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The Demise of this Show turned out to be premature... - 10/24/2009 9:56:42 PM   
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Operation Bulldog - invasion of Paramushiro Jima, Sakhalin and the Kuriles

Plans for Operation Bulldog originated from a suggestion put forward by Canoerebel several months before.

With the difficulty of effectively attacking the main portion of Pillager's Japanese outer perimeter line between Midway and Port Moresby (including Wake, the Marshalls, Canton Is, Samoa, Suva, Noumea), the concept of Operation Bulldog fell in with the idea of looking at the flanks of Pillager's perimeter line in the Pacific for possible Allied attack sites in these areas as an easier approach. The northern flank of the Japanese outer perimeter line being a strike westward from the Aleutians.

As initially planned, the scope of Operation Bulldog included U.S. occupation of Paramushiro, Sakhalin, and as far southward as possible into the Kuriles. Real estate to be captured in this operation sufficient to maintain an Allied shipping route from the Aleutians via Paramushiro to Sakhalin as free as possible of most Japanese LBA interdiction. The operation included no plans for a U.S. landing on or capture of Hokkaido - available U.S. LCU strength in the North Pacific theatre as estimated by 3/44 not making this action feasible.

Several pros to Operation Bulldog included quickly establishing a threat to the Japanese home islands, this threat allowing U.S. 4E bombers to quickly begin strategic bombing on Japan proper. Known movements of Japanese LCU's in large numbers from Manchuria to garrison numerous Pacific bases in the south also making the possiblity of success in this operation somewhat attractive.

However, there were also several cons to Operation Bulldog as well as conditions that had to occur in order for Operation Bulldog to have a possibility of success.

One was the element of surprise. As mentioned over a number of daily situation posts, I had been picking up indications (several Sigint reports, AAR's of bombing raids, things being detected on the game map) where Pillager was performing at least a modest Japanese build-up in the northern areas. A Japanese build-up here may have been coincidence just as easily as the result of any Japanese detection of U.S. movements in the North Pacific area, no known evidence supporting either conclusion.

Preparations for Operation Bulldog through early 1/44 included a substantial volume of U.S. LCU's (several combat divisions plus tanks, assault and construction engineers, base force units), planes, supply and fuel entering the North Pacific theatre, virtually all of this shipping proceeding no farther westward (for security reasons) than the primary build-up base at Adak. Shipping movements into Adak began approx 12/20/43 and are on-going.

There has been no evidence to date of any Japanese detection of U.S. transport shipping moving into or from the North Pacific area - this most likely to be submarine incursions. The primary U.S. shipping route into Adak is due westward from Seattle/Vancouver with a secondary route from Pearl Harbor taking a wide (eastward) detour before moving northward to merge with the main shipping route from Seattle at a point roughly due south of Anchorage.


Current status of Operation Bulldog:

With the detected signs of Japanese build-up in the north, I had been reconsidering the feasibility of Operation Bulldog since the beginning of 1/44. Over the past several weeks (of game turns) I had made the decision to relegate Operation Bulldog to a decoy operation. Relatively large volumes of U.S. shipping continue moving through Adak, however, this shipping now consists of empty transports arriving in Adak and leaving Adak with LCU's, planes and material that had been earlier been sent there. The volume and routes of shipping into Adak has continued largely unchanged, only the direction of cargo movement has been reversed. If Pillager has detected and is watching Allied shipping movements in the North Pacific, all the better. What is leaving the North Pacific and Operation Bulldog is moving on to fun and games elsewhere.

More on elsewhere in future posts....





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The Demise of this Show turned out to be premature... - 10/25/2009 7:05:54 PM   
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Samoa - Verdun in the Pacific

This invasion was my chosen site to break Pillager's Japanese outer perimeter line in the Pacific, this choice among a number of (for the most part) equally bad options for accomplishing this task. Pillager could not have planned and prepared the location of the Japanese perimeter better, from Wake to Port Moresby, no routes of approach where any type of Allied LBA could be used to support or cover an amphibious attack. A wide belt of open sea (12-15 hexes across, four to five sailing days by transports) in front of the entire length of Japanese defenses allowing ample warning of an Allied approach to any location.

Known intelligence showed that many bases along the Japanese perimeter were fully built up and garrisoned. Pillager had transferred most of the Japanese LCU strength that could be removed from the Kwantung Army to the south - these units reinforcing Jap bases all along the outer perimeter line as well as many key bases in interior areas (Truk, the Marianas and Marshalls, Canton Is, Rabaul, Marcus, etc). These Japanese troop dispositions were verified by numerous Sigint reports over a considerable period of time.

The initial Samoa invasion and subsequent naval/transport sorties to reinforce and supply Pago Pago have taken a toll on U.S. and Allied ships, particularly transports. A large proportion of the transports sunk were small AK's, many of these Allied ships that had successfully evacuated the Phillipines, DEI, Malaya, and other locations during the early Japanese advances of 12/41 to early 1942. These transports had been held in reserve and earmarked for use in amphibious and island hopping operations due to their size, quick loading/unloading capacity, and relative expendability. However, most of these small transports are now gone. Only a relatively small number of larger U.S. transports and landing craft were sunk in the Samoa operations, leaving the overall U.S. and Allied transport situation in good shape.

The U.S. escort carrier force lost heavily during the initial Samoa invasion, 7 of the 10 CVE's participating in this operation were sunk with an eighth CVE heavily damaged. This force has been gradually replenished with new CVE's arriving as reinforcements and its return to action is expected shortly.

Many BB's in the U.S. naval bombardment force also received substantial damage from Jap LBA naval strikes, mainly in the initial Samoa invasion. Several of the more lightly damaged BB's are repaired and back in service, a backlog of older BB's with heavier damage remain in U.S. west coast shipyards. Current operational level of U.S. naval shore bombardment forces is approx 50-60%.

Heavy employment of the U.S. Main Carrier Force in escorting the transport sorties to Samoa have also taken a toll. While no U.S. CV's or CVL's have been sunk and only one CV (Saratoga) and one CVL received heavy damage from Japanese air attack, many of the carriers and larger escorts (fast BB's and cruisers) in the Main Carrier Force now require or are in the process of undergoing repair (refits) for "wear and tear" damage during operations off Samoa. These ships also receiving upgrades as they are taken "off-line". U.S. ship reinforcements (carriers, fast BB, cruisers) are being dispatched to the South Pacific as they arrive in the game to relieve other ships in the Main Carrier Force so they can be taken "off-line" for refits and upgrades. Destroyers are somewhat less of a problem as their numbers are more than sufficient to establish a continuous rotation of fresh DD's into the Main Carrier Force.

All the above naval and transport activity off Samoa has resulted in a heavy workload for U.S. shipyards, to the point where some damaged ships with lower repair priority are being temporarily "mothballed" until sufficient shipyard capacity is available to handle their repair without slowing the turnover of ships having a higher repair priority. The actions off Samoa have resulted in the establishment of a "triage" system for damaged ships where emergency repair is handled in forward bases and damaged ships are being distributed between various shipyards according to ship type and each ship's level of damage. Emergency repair facilities at forward bases have saved a number of ships very heavily damaged off Samoa that might have sunk under other circumstances. The "triage" system is expected to continue its usefulness in subsequent U.S. Pacific operations.

Ten U.S. combat divisions, two Corps HQ, plus a number of other LCU remain on the three Samoan islands (Pago Pago, Savaii, Upolu). These units are in various levels of "repair". One primary objective of recent and continuing operations is freeing up U.S. LCU's in the Samoa area, restoring them to fully operational status, and getting them moving again. I will touch upon the status of LCU's on each island shortly.

The U.S. base (particularly the airfield) on Pago Pago is now intact and fully operational for the first time. The transport sortie to Pago Pago that is just concluding has left nearly 100K supply on hand in Pago Pago base with still more supply unloading. Approximately 200-300 planes are now operating from Pago Pago airfield, these almost entirely a mix of Corsairs and 4E bombers. U.S. fighter plane strength on Pago Pago is sufficient to repel Japanese LBA strikes against Pago Pago base or Allied ships at Pago Pago. 4E bombers now on Pago Pago are beginning airfield strikes against Jap bases on Upolu and Wallis Is - plans are to render Jap airfilelds at both locations inoperable and keeping them that way. This situation combined with the very heavy attrition inflicted on Japanese LBA is the main force shifting the tide at Samoa in the Allies' favor. An additional 500+ U.S. planes of all types are available at Penhryn Is and are easily transferrable to support air ops on Pago Pago.

The three U.S. combat divisions, one Corps HQ, and other LCU's on Pago Pago are at full TOE strength and fully operational.

With Pago Pago base fully operational (and likely to remain that way), the next Allied focus in the Samoa area is Savaii. My plans are to repeat at Savaii much the same process that was done for Pago Pago - transport sorties bringing in supply, engineers and base support LCU's. Gradually getting the base (especially airfield) on Savaii operational, then bringing in more LBA. Two U.S. combat divisions are on Savaii, both of them presently in poor supply and operational condition.

Once Savaii is brought up to operational status, then we deal with finishing the U.S. capture of Upolu... The necessity of this is mainly to free up the five U.S. combat divisions, one Corps HQ, and other combat units that are now stuck on Upolu. Plans are to continue keeping the Japanese airfield on Upolu fully suppressed and supplying the U.S. ground units on Upolu. Now that Pago Pago is fully operational with large stocks of supply points, plans are to begin moving supply from Pago Pago to Upolu using small landing craft (especially handy being that Pago Pago and Upolu are in adjacent hexes). Most of the U.S. LCU's on Upolu have a substantial number of disrupted elements and are below full TOE strength. Supply levels on Upolu also being quite low.

Recent intelligence is indicating the KB does not appear to be operating from Suva and has at least temporarily moved north (though it is not known where it has moved or why). The possibility of keeping the KB up north is a significant factor behind preserving Operation Bulldog as a decoy operation.

The air battles over Pago Pago have what is turning out to be a very significant result, the ongoing decimation of front-line Japanese LBA. I plan to continue using Samoa as a "meat grinder" for Japanese air strength, either LBA or carrier-based.

My estimates are moving toward a conclusion that the KB represents a substantial portion (if not most) of the remaining operational front-line Japanese air forces in the Pacific. If this trend is true, Pillager will eventually be forced to employ the KB in a role of providing air support for Japanese defensive operations (rather than as a naval attack force), and possibly in a unfavorable situation that can be strongly exploited by U.S. carriers. I expect at some point to get such an opening, only a question of when and where.

At this time I have no immediate strategic plans for advancing beyond Pago Pago, this in keeping with an overall Allied strategic idea of finding the most promising point of attack then exploiting this point of attack with the maximum force available. If the most promising point of attack is from the Samoa area, so be it. Right now I exclude nothing.

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