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The Turning Point: floydg (A) & Coach Z (J) -- Luganvil... - 10/18/2007 8:58:15 PM   
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We've played several small-map scenarios and decided to take off the training wheels and try one using the full map. Since we're still a little gun-shy, we opted for the Turning Point (5/1/42 -> 9/30/43), which should be good enough to really get a feel for the whole game.

It's stock and we don't have many house rules (no sub/fast transport invasions, max 6 ship ASW, just added 4E bombers on naval).

We're up to the end of May and it's getting interesting, so I thought I'd share (after reading so many others' hard work). Hopefully it will be a good read (and hopefully we get a decent amount of the scenario done).

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May 1, 1942 - 10/18/2007 8:59:31 PM   
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Highlights: Japan captures Thursday Island via paratroop drop

  • Zero sweep from Lae over Port Moresby destroys Allied planes with no losses.
  • Japanese bombing runs on Kohima damage the base and destroy parked aircraft
  • Japanese repulse Chinese units attacking Nanchang; Chinese units retreat
  • Yokosuka 3rd SNLF parachute in and take Thursday Island.


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May 2, 1942 - 10/18/2007 9:03:36 PM   
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Highlights: Japan captures Wallis Island via paratroop drop

  • Zero sweep from Lae over Port Moresby destroys more Allied planes with no losses.
  • Additional Japanese bombing runs on Kohima cause more damage to the base and destroy more parked aircraft
  • 40 Sally’s attempting to bomb the 28th Chinese Corps at hex 39, 37 (NW of Nanning) are met by 20 P-40s from the AVG. More than 1/2 of the Sally’s are shot down and none remain to complete their bomb run. Some P-40s are in need of repair after all that action.
  • Yokosuka 2nd SLNF parachute in and take Wallis Island.
  • Air transports attempting to reinforce and supply the Japanese troops at Thursday Island are met by Allied fighters flown in to Meruake over night and are turned away.


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May 3, 1942 - 10/18/2007 9:04:53 PM   
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Highlights: Japan's Solomons invasion forces struck by American carriers

  • Japanese task forces unload troops at Gili-Gili, Tulagi and Lunga. The TF unloading at Tulagi is struck in the morning and then again in the afternoon by SBD’s from the Yorktown and Lexington, which were stationed just south of Lunga. Many ships are hit by bombs and 2 DD and 3 MSW are sunk. Also in the afternoon, a TF returning from
  • Lunga is also attacked and some damage was inflicted.
  • Allied troops reinforce the defenses at Lunga.
  • B-26’s, escorted by P-39’s attack Buna, but are driven away by Rufe’s stationed there. Later, an attack on a ML by several Beaufort’s was also repulsed.
  • The daily bombing runs on Kohima continued, causing more havoc and destruction.
  • Betty’s and Nell’s from Rabaul, escorted by many Zero’s from Lae, attacked Port Moresby. The Japanese attackers were barely scratched, while the defenders at PM lost aircraft, men, supply and some damage was done to the airfield.
  • More air transports attempting to reinforce and supply the Japanese troops at Thursday Island are met by Allied fighters and are turned away.


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May 4, 1942 - 10/18/2007 9:13:28 PM   
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Highlights: Japan captures Tulagi and Tassaforanga; repulsed at Lunga and Gili-Gili

  • SS Triton attacks AP Nichiryu Maru carrying troops off the coast of Tainan and scores a torpedo hit as well as assorted shell hits.
  • B-17s from Australia attack Thursday Island. They are met by some Oscars. A small amount of damage is caused to the airbase and some Oscars.
  • The daily bombing of Kohima continues, causing more damage and destruction of materiel.
  • Nell’s from Rabaul attack Meruake. Some are shot down by Kittyhawk’s and flak defending.
  • Betty’s from Rabaul, escorted by Zero’s (from Lae) and Rufe’s (from Buna), attack Port Moresby. More damage is caused with nary a scratch on the attackers.
  • Beauforts and B-26’s from Port Moresby attack a transport TF at Buna. One bomb hits an AK.
  • A Japanese carrier TF off the coast of Tulagi launch an air attack on an AV and DD docked an Ndini, sinking both ships.
  • Japanese capture an undefended Tulagi
  • Another portion of the Yokosuka 2nd SNLF parachute into Tassaforanga and secure the base for Japan.
  • The Allied defenders (portions of the Americal Division arriving the day before on destroyers) attack the Japanese troops landing at Lunga and force them to retreat to their new base at Tassaforanga.
  • The Allied defenders (portions of the 32nd USA Division arriving that night on cruisers and destroyers) hand the Japanese troops landing at Gili-Gili a defeat in their attack on the base.


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    May 5, 1942 - 10/18/2007 9:25:47 PM   
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    May 5, 1942
    Highlights: Second Japanese invasion attempt at Lunga begins

    • Allied ships, lead by CA Australia and CA Chicago, bombard the Japanese base at Thursday Island. Some damage was caused.
    • More Japanese troops (Kure 5th SNLF) land at Lunga and escorting CA and DD bombard.
    • Japanese aircraft attack the airbases at Imphal and Dimapur, causing some damage.
    • Betty’s from Rabaul and Zero’s from Lae attack Merauke, where they are met by P-40E’s, which shoot down some Betty’s and some get shot down as well. Almost no damage is done to the airfield.


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    May 6, 1942 - 10/18/2007 9:32:19 PM   
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    Highlights: Japan invades Attu - catches reinforcements; Gili-Gili invasion repulsed

    • Allied ships, lead by CA Australia and CA Chicago, return to bombard the Japanese base at Thursday Island. Slightly more damage was caused.
    • Japanese troops unload at the shores of Attu Island. At the same time, Allied transports are unloading the 58th USA Regimental Combat Team. Aircraft from the Soryu and Hiryu attacked the Allied TF, sinking three of the four AP’s and the escorting DD, killing many men still on board.
    • Japanese air attack on Imphal with 30xAnn, 23xMary, 20xLily escorted by 22xOscar are met by 17xHurricaneII. One Hurricane II is shot down but the fighters decimate the bombers, shooting down over 10. The bombing run completes causing a bit of damage.
    • Betty’s and Nell’s bombard Darwin and cause some damage.
    • Allied sub S-38 torpedoes DD Mutsuki just south of Rabaul.
    • Japanese troops at Gili-Gili are forced to retreat toward Buna after being attacked.


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    May 7, 1942 - 10/18/2007 10:18:23 PM   
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    Highlights: Second attack at Lunga repulsed; all Japanese fleet carriers attack (in three separate places)

    • Allied SS Pompano attacks AK Kinryo Maru near Kagoshima and scores a hit, and it sinks.
    • Allied SS S-47 attacks AP Syoka Maru off the coast of Lunga and scores four hits, killing some landing troops. The TF later unloads the remaining troops, which are also hit by coastal guns.
    • Allied SS Saury attacks AK Amagisan Maru northwest of Manila and scores a hit.
    • Japanese ASW attack near Rabaul scores depth charge hits on SS S-38.
    • Japanese bombers attack Changsha and are met by Chinese I-16c fighters, which destroy 5 Sonia’s. The bombers do some damage to Changsha.
    • A Zero sweep over Port Moresby trades 4 Zero’s for 4 P-39D and 1 Wirraway.
    • A Zero sweep over Darwin shoots down almost all 6 Wirraway defenders.
    • 64 Japanese bombers attack the 32nd USA Division at Gili-Gili and cause 101 casualties and destroy 6 guns.
    • 11xB-17E from Australia attack AP Chowa Maru by Lae and score a bomb hit.
    • Soryu and Hiryu airgroups finish off the fleeing AK Barbara Olson off the coast of Attu.
    • Planes from the Akagi and Kagi off the coast of Midway attack the AVD William B. Preston. Defending F2A Buffalo’s are slaughtered (11 of 19 shot down) and the ship has 5 bomb hits on it.
    • Carrier aircraft bomb the Allied airbase at Ndini.
    • A Japanese ground attack at Ichang is repulsed with a cost of 1400+ casualties on the Japanese side and minor damage to the Chinese.
    • The Americal Division at Lunga attack the Kure 5th SNLF and cause them to retreat to Tassaforonga. (again)


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    RE: May 7, 1942 - 10/18/2007 11:39:43 PM   
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    Suggestion - Put dates in the (body of) posts.

    :^)

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    May 8, 1942 - 10/19/2007 12:12:23 AM   
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    Highlights: Second invasion attempt at Gili-Gili begins

    • A second invasion by Japanese troops begins at Gili-Gili.
    • Carrier aircraft attack the AVD William B. Preston again near Midway, as it attempts to make it back to Pearl Harbor, but one more bomb hit was all that was needed to sink it.
    • 51xZero and 57xNell attack Kunming and 16 planes from the AVG intercept. All 16 P-40B’s are shot down at a cost of 7xZero and 3xNell.
    • 35xZero escorting 23xSally and 27xHelen attack Port Moresby and 17xP-39 and 1xWirraway intercept. 10xP-39 and 9 other Allied aircraft are destroyed for just a scratch to the Japanese.
    • The SS KVIII intercepts the AP Terukuni Maru attempting to make its way through the Straits of Mallaca [23,42] with some troops and scores a torpedo hit.
    • A Japanese attack SE of Homan results in over 1000 Japanese casualties in exchange for a few hundred wounded Chinese.

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    RE: May 7, 1942 - 10/19/2007 12:16:24 AM   
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    quote:

    ORIGINAL: Feinder

    Suggestion - Put dates in the (body of) posts.

    :^)

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    Good idea. I just edited all of the old posts. Thanks.

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    May 9, 1942 - 10/19/2007 8:24:54 PM   
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    Highlights: Gili-Gili invasion proceeds

    • More Japanese troops unload at Gili-Gili
    • DD Lawrence hits a mine at Midway. Other DD’s clear some mines.
    • 54xSally bomb Kunming and are met by 19xP-40B. 10xSally are shot down at a cost of 2xP-40B.
    • Bombers from Japanese carriers and Rabaul hit the 32nd USA Division at Gili-Gili.
    • Betty and Nell air raid on Darwin destroy some aircraft on the ground.
    • B-17’s from Australia attack ships unloading at Gili-Gili and score a bomb hit on a PG.
    • Japanese sub SS I-159 attacks a transport TF at Canton Island. The sub scores two torpedo hits, while escorts report 6 hits on the sub.
    • Japanese sub SS I-162 scores a hit on DD Humphreys at Midway.
    • Ground combat at Gili-Gili entails an attack by the Japanese, scoring some casualties on the American division and then a counter-attack, which further depleted the Americans.

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    May 10, 1942 - 10/19/2007 8:57:47 PM   
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    May 10, 1942

    Highlights: Japan captures Gili-Gili

    • Yet more Japanese troops unload at Gili-Gili.
    • An American ASW TF of 6xDD spot the SS I-171 NW of Hawai’I and report getting 10 depth charge hits on it.
    • An ASW TF of 4xDMS by Luganville attack the SS RO-64 and reportedly score 3 hits.
    • A Japanese bombing run on Kohima destroys and damages a total of 20 Allied aircraft and only lost 3 planes in the process.
    • Morning and afternoon raids on the airfield at Port Moresby result in the loss of 20 Allied aircraft and only lost 7 planes.
    • Japanese forces (87th Naval Guard and Sasebo 5th SNLF) capture Gili-Gili. The 32nd USA Division retreats.

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    May 11, 1942 - 10/20/2007 2:58:27 AM   
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    May 11, 1942

    Highlights: Allies land at Thursday Island and Wallis Island; Japan makes another attempt at Lunga

    • The SS S-44 attacks a Japanese transport TF leaving Lae and scores a hit on the AK Mito Maru.
    • Japanese CAx4 and DDx2 bombard the Americal Division at Lunga.
    • Japanese transports unload troops at Lunga.
    • Allied transports unload troops at Thursday Island in preparation to re-take the base.
    • Japanese transport TF south of Rabaul attacks SS S-39 and reports two hits on the sub.
    • Zero sweep at Darwin (8xZero) destroy two Wirraway in the morning; and in the afternoon, a bombing run by 31xNell and 23xBetty destroy a few aircraft on the ground as well as causing a general mess of the facilities.
    • 24xNell bomb the Americal Division at Lunga.
    • Long Range CAP (23xZero vs. 12xP-40E and 3xKittyhawk I) tangle over Thursday Island. 3xZero, 2xKittyhawkI and 3xP-40E are shot down.
    • 50xSBD’s from American carriers attack the Japanese transport TF unloading at Lunga. PC Ch 12 is hit twice (and later sinks) and AP Argentina Maru is hit 8 times (killing some troops still on board).
    • The Japanese sub I-158 near Pago Pago is pounded by 5 depth charge hits from 4xAPD and 2xDD.
    • SS Greenling takes a depth charge hit SW of Truk.
    • Allied transports unload troops at Wallis Island, which is later taken by the 24th USA Division. A small number of the Yokosuka 2nd SNLF still remain on the island.
    • Japanese (2xDivision, 2xBrigade, 1xArmor) make a concerted attack on Chinese troops (3xCorps) SE of Honan and are repulsed again and suffer over 1000 casualties to 500 or so Chinese.


    The situation in the South Pacific:



    A - CV Yorktown and Lexington leaving the area of Lunga after the strike on the Japanese invasion TF
    B - Japanese landings (again) at Lunga (Tassaforonga and Tulagi under Japanese control)
    C - 32nd USA Division after retreating from Gili-Gili. The Japanese troops north of them are the ones that retreated after the first invasion (and why my troops retreated here).
    D - Allied landing at Thursday Island. One invasion TF and two escorting TF.
    E - 4 Japanese CV spotted in port at Rabaul (but not for long...)

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    May 12, 1942 - 10/20/2007 9:47:45 PM   
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    May 12, 1942

    Highlights: CV Lexington hit by Betty's and Nell's from Rabaul; combat at Lunga and Thursday Island; Chinese withdraw outside Nanchang

    • American troops continue to unload at Thursday Island.
    • Japanese sub SS I-175 torpedoes the TK Chas Kurz as it approaches Pearl Harbor, scoring one hit.
    • Bomb runs over Kohima resume as 54xOscar, 4xAnn, 33xSally and 19xLily are met by 7xBuffaloI, 3xHurricaneII and 16xP-40E. The air combat takes a considerable time, but 10 Allied fighters are shot down with a loss of 4 Oscar and 3 bombers. The bomb run causes some airfield damage.
    • B-17C’s bomb Gili-Gili and cause very slight damage.
    • Japanese aircraft (34xZero, 53xSally, 25xHelen) from Lae attack Port Moresby. CAP is weak and 8 Allied planes are destroyed in the air and on the ground.
    • American carriers off the coast of Guadalcanal (Lexington and Yorktown) strike an AK at Tassaforonga. The AK and the escorting PG are sunk.
    • Japanese troops continue to unload at Lunga. Carrier aircraft from the Lexington and Yorktown strike, sinking the AK with the remaining troops and the escorting PG. Later in the afternoon, 12xBetty and 12xNell from Rabaul strike the carriers, scoring two torpedo hits on the Lexington, destroying most of the aircraft on the ship.
    • 31xNell and 20xBetty bombing Darwin’s port hit the DD Stuart while the crew was on shore leave, as well as causing slight damage to the facilities and materials.
    • Japanese SS I-156 torpedoes the AP Barnett unloading at Wallis Island, killing some men still on board.
    • 3xDD at Midway hunt down and report 5 hits on the SS I-162.
    • The SS S-18 E of Aomori scores a hit on AP Shoan Maru.
    • Japanese troops west of Nanchang attack the 4th New Chinese Corp and ferocity of the attack causes the Chinese to retreat back towards Changsha.
    • Japanese and Americans at Lunga trade attacks, with the Japanese suffering 245 casualties and 4 guns to the American’s 59 casualties and 2 guns.
    • An American attack at Thursday Island was a bit disorganized, as troops were still unloading from transports, but 119 Japanese casualties (from 755 defending troops) was reported, with only a loss of 1 gun which misfired and exploded, wounding 31 men.


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    May 13, 1942 - 10/21/2007 5:53:43 PM   
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    May 13, 1942

    Highlights: Thursday Island invasion force hit; CA Chester sunk by Japanese CVs

    • American troops continue to unload at Thursday Island. Due to coordination issues, the unloading is taking far longer than expected.
    • Another bomb run is made on Port Moresby from Lae. This time 46xSally and 22xHelen are escorted by 42xZero and 10xOscar (from Buna). Again, the weak CAP is chewed up (12 destroyed), but luckily, 6 Japanese fighters are downed.
    • The 13th Indian Brigade at Imphal is attacked 20xAnn and 21xMary, escorted by 17xOscar. 12 HurricaneII’s meet them, destroying two of each type and only losing 1.
    • A Japanese surface task force coming around the cape at Gili-Gili is discovered and 6xMarauder attack. One gets a hit on the CA Atago, but no smoke is seen.
    • Numerous swarms of Betty’s attack the task forces at Thursday Island. AK Lycaon and AP Wanganella are sunk. AP Westralia is also hit. The AK Asphalion is later torpedoed by the SS I-22 (which also finished off the AK Lycaon).
    • Betty’s and Nell’s attack Darwin again, causing more damage.
    • Acting as a decoy for the fleeing Lexington, the CA Chester and DD Phelps draw the attention of the Shokaku and Zuikaku and the Chester is pounded with 8 bombs and 4 torpedoes. The Phelps takes on as many crew from the Chester as possible before it sinks.
    • The SS Cuttlefish gets dinged up by an ASW task force at Palau.
    • Just west of Pearl Harbor, a 6xDD ASW TF encounters the SS I-4 and scores two direct depth charge hits on it. Almost at the same time, half-way between Pearl and Midway, the SS-171 is hammered with depth charges by another ASW TF.
    • Northeast of Changsha, the Japanese 3rd Division and the 1st Mortar Rgt attack 2 Chinese Corps. Rather than suffer mounting casualties, General Han orders a retreat to Changsha.
    • Southeast of Honan, the Japanese make another assault on the Chinese. Japanese take over 900 casualties to the 600+ from the Chinese.
    • Japanese make an ill-advised attack at Lunga, losing about 200 men.
    • Americans continue to mop up remaining Japanese on Wallis Island.

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    May 14, 1942 - 10/23/2007 1:48:45 AM   
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    May 14, 1942

    Highlights:: Second invasion of Lunga fails; SS-18 sunk by mine

    • The American SS S-47 finds the CVL Shoho SE of Gili-Gili and the torpedo attack misses. Escorting DD’s hit the sub with a depth charge.
    • SS S-18 attempts to sneak into Ominato harbor on a recon mission, but hits a mine, blowing a hole in the hull and causing the sub to sink.
    • A Japanese ASW TF at Pescadores attacks the SS Gernadier and reports two near hits.
    • Japanese bombard Port Moresby with 2xBB, 4xCA and 2xCL, sinking the MSW Lark in dry dock, inflicting over 700 casualties and wreaking havoc to the facilities. After the ships leave, another air raid strikes, hitting almost everything that was left.
    • The SS Nautilus finds the MSW Asahi Maru #2 attempting to clear some mines at Wake Island and puts a torpedo into it causing it to sink.
    • Another air raid on Darwin puts some more damage on the facilities.
    • Japanese carrier aircraft bomb the airbase at Attu Island.
    • Southeast of Honan, the Japanese make another push. This time suffering 1100+ casualties to the 600+ Chinese.
    • The Americal Division makes an attack on the Kure 6th SNLF at Lunga and the Japanese are routed and retreat to Tassaforonga.


    Analysis: It's becoming clear that the Japanese are planning to expand into the Aleutians sooner rather than later. The invasion of Port Moresby will also be soon and I'm starting to fear an invasion of Northern Australia is also in the cards.

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    May 15, 1942 - 10/23/2007 4:10:18 AM   
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    May 15, 1942

    Highlights: Third invasion attempt at Lunga; Thursday Island liberated.

    • A US Navy 6xDD ASW TF SW of Pearl Harbor locates the I-168 and reports two direct hits on it, along with a few minor hits.
    • At Efate, the SS I-154 attacks an ASW TF and hits the DD Selfridge three times, causing it to sink.
    • As the ML Oglala returned to Pearl Harbor, the SS I-1 put one torpedo into it.
    • Another wave of Japanese troops unload at Lunga.
    • A Japanese fleet is located northwest of Dutch Harbor. B-26B attack the BB Ise and DD Yudachi, with no success.
    • Japanese troops make a big push at Ichang, but suffer over 3100 casualties to the 556 Chinese injured.
    • East of Changsha, a Chinese Corps is attacked by a single Japanese division. Despite small losses, the Chinese feel weak and retreat to Changsha. A similar thing happens just SE of Changsha. Now there is no more line of defense before the Japanese can lay siege to Changsha.
    • Americans make a push on the Japanese controlling Thursday Island and take control of the base. Japanese troops take up defensive position in the jungle.


    Analysis: He really wants Lunga, but can't seem to pull it together. In China, it seems his major thrusts are Ichang and Changsha. I think his plan is to "divide" China and work north and south.

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    May 16, 1942 - 10/23/2007 5:14:54 AM   
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    May 16, 1942

    Highlights: Japanese soften up Port Moresby and Dutch Harbor

    • Japanese troops continue to unload at Lunga.
    • A Japanese TF containing 2xBB, 4xCA, CL and 4xDD arrive at Port Moreby at night. The AK Idomeneus was there unloading supply and was blasted to the bottom with many shell hits and one torpedo hit. They later bombard the base causing minor damage. Aerial bombardment later during the day from Japanese carriers, Lae and Rabaul leave the base in ruins.
    • Another Japanese TF containing 4xBB and CL bombard Dutch Harbor. 300+ casualties are reported along with two aircraft. As the ships leave, several small attacks by B-26B’s are brushed off with the loss of several planes.
    • The SS Nautilus at Wake torpedoes the MSW Toshi Maru #5 and sinks it.
    • Japanese sub SS I-154 torpedoes the DD McDonough at Efate as it was sweeping for subs with two other DD, and sinks it.
    • Japanese attack SE of Honan and are repulsed.
    • American troops chase the Japanese in the jungles outside Thursday Island base and report to have eliminated almost all remaining defenders.


    Analysis: Yeah, he's-a-comin'. I'll need to reinforce Dutch Harbor, but Port Moresby is a lost cause - I just don't have a way to protect reinforcements any more with a decimated airbase there, insufficient range from Australia-based LBA, too many transports damaged, and tons of Japanese LBA based in Lae and Rabaul (I'm guessing 150+ bombers and 50+ fighters). Plus, I'm sure the small number of troops and supply I could possibly sneak in to PM couldn't be enough for what I think he'll hit the beaches with, since he's invaded PM before in a different scenario with a small amount of troops (less than 2-to-1 on AV) and got bounced.

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    May 17, 1942 - 10/23/2007 5:24:30 AM   
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    May 17, 1942

    Highlights: Japanese landings and Port Moresby and Attu; Subs go wild all over the place.

    • Two ASW attacks on the SS Tuna score a direct hit on the sub.
    • The SS RO-64 puts two torpedoes in the DMS Wasmuth at Luganville and sinks it. Later that day, the sub finds the PC Tiger and torpedoes and sinks it as well.
    • An ASW attack by a transport TF at Wallis Island scores a direct hit and numerous other hits on the SS I-156.
    • Japanese troops hit the beaches outside of Port Moresby. Coastal batteries score some hits on the escorting ships. Spotters report over 1500 casualties in the landings.
    • A Japanese TF at Balikpapan catches the SS Sturgeon by surprise and rattles the boat a little.
    • The SS I-6 scores two torpedo hits on the MSW Townsville by Anchorage and it sinks.
    • The US sub S-23 puts two torpedoes into the AO Shiretoko outside of Tokyo Bay.
    • 49xSally and escorts hit the airbase at Kunming, looking for the AVG. They hit one P-40B which was being repaired. They also cause some damage to the facilities.
    • 25xAnn, 39xSally, 19xLily escorted by 15xOscar are met by 7xMohawkIV just in from UK over Kohima. The Mohawks shoot down only two bombers and some aircraft are destroyed on the ground.
    • Another Japanese bombing raid on Darwin hits, causing some damage to the facilities.
    • Japanese carrier planes bomb Dutch harbor damaging the facilities, but 7xP40E CAP and flak damage or destroy almost 1/3 of the 75 attacking bombers. The B-26B at Dutch Harbor go after two separate Japanese TF, one containing the BB Kirishima and the other the BB Yamashiro. Neither attack yields any results other than some damaged bombers and shot down escorts.
    • A mixed ASW TF of British and Australian DDs hit the SS I-16 off the coast of Diamond Harbor, scoring two reported hits.
    • The SS S-27 hits a Japanese MSW TF clearing the mines the sub left at Wake Island. The MSW Choun Maru #8 gets torpedoed and sinks.
    • Late in the afternoon, Japanese troops unload at Attu Island.
    • Japanese attack at Ichang and suffer almost 2500 casualties to only 350+ Chinese. Chinese counter-attack and do not do so well, taking almost 400 casualties to the 126 Japanese.
    • Southeast of Homan, the Japanese have massed over 100,000 men. They begin shelling the 30,000+ Chinese defenders.
    • The one Japanese division at the edge of the city of Changsha is attacked and forced to retreat back towards Wuhan.
    • The AK Barnett sinks outside Wallis Island.


    Analysis: Port Moresby invasion has begun, Dutch Harbor seems soon. The Attu invasion is logical, since it has a level 4 airfield (and he's stinging from being repulsed the first attempt), which will be a point for Dutch Harbor invasion air support. China seems to be a stalemate for now, until he really makes a big push somewhere.

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    May 18, 1942 - 10/24/2007 12:49:26 AM   
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    Highlights: CV Yorktown sunk; third attempt to take Lunga fails.

    • Japanese troops continue to disembark at the beaches of Attu Island.
    • Japanese troops also continue unloading at the beaches outside Port Moresby. Coastal guns get some hits on an escorting MSW and DD
    • Outside Pearl Harbor, an ASW TF of DD attack and sink the SS I-1 with depth charges.
    • Allied ASW TF’s at Kodiak and outside Columbo also score some hits on subs.
    • A Japanese surface combat TF containing 2xBB, 4xCA, CL and 4xDD pay a night-time visit to Thursday Island. There, they catch an AK and 2xAP unloading and supporting operations. The three merchantmen are quickly sunk, however, it was reported that the CA Mikuma took a small arms hit.
    • 50xSally bomb Kunming. 12xI-16c attempt to get to the bombers, but 36xOscar keep them back.
    • 21xAnn, 33xSally, 18xLily escorted by 15xOscar attack Kohima. Only 3xMohawkIV are available to counter the attack, all of which are destroyed.
    • The CV Yorktown spots the CV Kaga and CV Akagi by Ndini. A strike of 17xSBD escorted by 7xF4F-4 is launched. All SBD are shot down by 34xZero. The Japanese counter-attack in two waves. The first wave blows thru the 15 fighters on CAP and scores numerous hits on the CV Yorktown and the CA Portland. AA does do some damage, however, and more than 2/3 of the attacking planes are shot down or damaged. The second wave finishes off the CV Yorktown and puts on bomb in the CA New Orleans.
    • B-26B from Dutch Harbor attack the Japanese TF in the area. One attack goes after the CV Soryu and the second against the BB Ise. Neither scores a hit.
    • 11xBlenheim attack a transport TF at Akyab escorted by 15xOscar. One Blenheim scores a hit on the AP Seiwa Maru.
    • An Australian/American SC TF is spotted west of Port Moresby and 17xBetty from Rabaul attack. The CL Hobart takes a torpedo hit.
    • The Japanese troops SE of Honan make another attack, now that they feel the odds are favorable to them and they now number over 120,000 men. However, the 30,000 Chinese hold their ground and almost 1000 Japanese casualties are reported to under 300 Chinese.
    • The Japanese 88th Naval Guard attacks the Americal Division at Lunga. It appears that they were not well-prepared and 282 casualties are reported. The Americal division (secretly reinforced overnight by a Fast Transport TF) suffers two wounded as their mortar exploded due to a malfunction. Major Hamilton orders an attack and the 88th Naval Guard retreats to Tassaforonga.


    Analysis: I got lulled into a false sense of security that the CV Shokaku and Zuikaku were gone from the Solomons and I could move the Yorktown up to hit his Lunga invasion forces again. I didn't think the CV Kaga and Akagi were in the area and got caught flat-footed. My first (and only) strike on his carriers didn't even make it past the CAP, which just added to the injury. But at least I was able to sneak in and get some more troops to Lunga, which really burnt up Coach Z, since his carriers were there waiting and never saw me sneak in and out of Lunga. Of course, now these Fast Transport ships are in range of the two carriers.

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    May 19, 1942 - 10/24/2007 1:19:01 AM   
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    Highlights: Paratroop drop at Ndini; invasion of Kiska begins

    • Troops continue to unload at Port Moresby. In the afternoon, APD APD-6 is reportedly hit by coastal gun fire.
    • The SS S-31 is depth charged from 6xDD, 1xCL escorting a bombardment TF near Dutch Harbor. The sub takes 3 hits. The bombardment TF continues on and bombards Dutch Harbor (4xBB, 1xCL, 6xDD) causing significant damage to the port and other facilities. Coastal guns report 1 hit on the DD Hatsuharu.
    • Two small ASW TF between Kodiak and Anchorage find the SS I-2 and report a total of 5 depth charge hits.
    • The SS S-38 puts a torpedo in the AP Midori Maru carrying troops at just SW of Gili-Gili (suspected to be more troops for the Port Moresby invasion) and takes 5 depth charge hits by the escorts.
    • A small bombardment of Attu Island by 1xDD and 1xCL cause a small amount of damage.
    • A 4xDMS ASW TF scores 10 hits on the SS I-154 at Efate, sinking it.
    • Japanese troops land at Kiska Island.
    • 56 Japanese bombers attack Kohima causing decent damage to the airbase.
    • The CV Kaga and CV Akagi’s planes attack two surface fleets near Vanikolo. The CA Astoria, CA Portland, CL Leander, DD Porter are sunk and several other ships suffer significant damage.
    • The AP Chaumont is torpedoed by SS I-157 by Wallis Island. Escorts report 3 depth charge hits on the sub.
    • SE of Honan, the Japanese attack again. This time, the Chinese break and retreat to Honan. The casualties are 1300+ for the Japanese and 450+ for the Chinese.
    • Japanese attack at Port Moresby. The Japanese 65th Brigade, 21st Mixed Brigade and Kure 7th SNLF attack. Their combat engineers reduce some of the fortifications.
    • NW of Naning, the Chinese attack, but the Japanese are ready and the Chinese lose 400+ to the Japanese 100+.
    • Allies at Thursday Island attempt to root out remnants of the Japanese defenders. Some casualties are reported.
    • Americans make an ill-advised attack on the invaders at Attu Island and are easily repulsed.
    • Japanese paratroopers land at Ndini, but the defending base force holds their ground.


    Analysis: The ships returning to Noumea from the Fast Transport mission to Lunga were hit by carrier planes, as was the TF which used to escort the CV Yorktown. The latter of which, I made an ill-advised rush to engage the Japanese in a surface action, but didn't get close enough at night and got slammed during the day. And now he's using his paratroopers again, this time at Ndini, which only has a portion of a BF.

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    May 20, 1942 - 10/24/2007 9:09:07 PM   
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    Highlights: Japan takes Kiska

    • Troops continue to unload at Port Moresby.
    • Japanese troops continue to unload at Attu Island.
    • Sub SS I-18 off the coast of Trincomalee torpedoes the AK Empire Hasksbill and then surfaces to score two hits with the deck gun.
    • A Japanese bombing run on Kunming shoots down 5 fighters from the AVG as well as 2 Chinese fighters, at the cost of only 2 Oscars.
    • 6xBlenheimIV bomb Akyab and are met by 20xOscar. Only 4 bombers make it thru and cause no damage.
    • Japanese carrier aircraft attack the Allied cruisers near the Santa Cruz Islands again. CA New Orleans takes numerous bomb hits, but stays afloat.
    • Japanese attack at Port Moresby, taking 300+ casualties to 100+ of the defenders.
    • Some Japanese at Thursday Island are rooted out.
    • Japanese troops take Kiska Island.
    • Diamond Harbor expands the airfield (now 3)


    Analysis: Japan now has a good foothold in the Aleutians.

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    May 21, 1942 - 10/24/2007 9:22:23 PM   
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    Highlights: Japan takes Attu

    • Troops continue to unload at Attu Island and the Maizaru 1st SNLF and elements of the 7th Division successfully launch an attack on the American defenders, taking the base and all surviving defenders prisoner.
    • More troops land at Port Moresby, now including the 8th Army HQ. Japanese bombers soften up the defenses with some bombing runs, but cause little disruption.
    • Japanese bomb Changsha with minor results, except for shooting down 8xI-16c.
    • Japanese bomb Kunming causing moderate damage to the airbase and destroying 4 aircraft.
    • LB-30 bomb Myitkyina, resulting in minor damage.
    • 17xAnn and 18xMary escorted by 14xOscar bomb Imphal and are met with 10xHurricane. Three planes are lost on both sides and minor damage is caused to the airbase.
    • Japanese carrier aircraft again attack the retreating Allied cruiser and destroyer TFs 240nm west of Luganville. The DD Dewey and CL Achilles are sunk, CA Minneapolis and DD Morris heavily damaged.
    • 58xNell escorted by 42xZero bomb Dimapur. 8xHurricaneII intercept and 6 are shot down. Some damage to the planes on the ground is reported.
    • More Japanese paratroopers are dropped at Ndini with no significant results. Carrier aircraft attack the fragment of the Americal Division at the base causing a small number of casualties. Reinforcements by air are intercepted by Japanese fighters.


    Analysis: Port Moresby looks lost soon. I attempted to go after his carrier TF with my cruisers, which was a big mistake and I lost a bunch of ships.

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    May 22, 1942 - 10/26/2007 12:59:31 AM   
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    Highlights: Attack at Port Moresby; Dutch Harbor bombarded

    • Troops continue to swell the beaches by Port Moresby. Bombing runs are made to soften up the Allied defenses. Japanese forces later attack with poor results (25767 attackers on 15914 defenders, suffering 546 casualties to 198 Allied).
    • Dutch Harbor is bombarded by the Japanese (4xBB, CL, 5xDD). Coastal guns report 4 hits on the DD Yudichi. Over 500 casualties are reported, along with assorted damage to the facilities. Carrier aircraft also strike the base, destroying some planes on the field and causing more facility damage.
    • B-17s from Australia hit the TFs outside Port Moresby. In multiple strikes, all that can be reported was 1 bomb hit on the CL Tenryu.
    • Dimapur is bombed by 38xNell, causing minor damage, but CAP shoots down a Zero and a Nell (at a loss of 2xHurricaneII).
    • Wyndham is bombed with minor damage.
    • Japanese fighters from carriers off the coast of Ndini continue to intercept Allied troops being flown in to Ndini.


    Analysis: I have been rushing in as much as I can of a Regimental Combat Team from Kodiak to Dutch Harbor, but it may not be enough. My three CV at Pearl Harbor (Enterprise, Hornet and Saratoga) and a surface force with one BB are on their way up to Dutch Harbor and should be there soon. I also had the 2nd USMC Division loaded up on AKs and headed to Pearl, but diverted them north as well and they should be at Dutch Harbor in about 5 days.
    I also have intelligence that an armored unit is moving to Kendari, so he must be staging for something in Northern Australia or PNG. I am moving up some troops from the east coast of Australia to Darwin.

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    Format? - 10/26/2007 1:01:06 AM   
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    Is this a readable (and understandable) format for my AAR? Any suggestions for improvements would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    RE: Format? - 10/26/2007 1:35:18 AM   
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    I'd say it's actually a nice change, although an additional screenshot or two would further enhance the experience. Certainly beats reading pasted-in combat reports...

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    RE: Format? - 10/26/2007 2:04:03 AM   
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    quote:

    ORIGINAL: Terminus

    I'd say it's actually a nice change, although an additional screenshot or two would further enhance the experience. Certainly beats reading pasted-in combat reports...


    Thanks. I have some screenshots coming up (May 27 and 28). Yeah, the combatreport.txt AARs give my scrollwheel a lot of exercise.

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    May 23, 1942 - 10/26/2007 5:03:15 AM   
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    Highlights: Invasion of Dutch Harbor begins

    • More Japanese troops unload at Port Moresby.
    • The SS Seal by Kendari is attacked by an ASW TF and causes some damage to the sub.
    • The SS Sturgeon by Balikpapan undergoes numerous ASW attacks after launching several (non-detonating or non-hitting) torpedoes at a tanker.
    • The DD Bulmer is hit by a torpedo at Wallis Island. The TF reports a possible hit on the I-157.
    • Over 60 Japanese bombers hit Changsha, causing damage to the facilities.
    • An air combat over Wuchow between 31xOscar and 9xI-153c resulted in two I-153c shot down.
    • 53xNell bomb Dimapur. CAP of 3xHurricaneII and 4xP-40E intercept 39xZero. One Zero is shot down at a cost of one of each Allied fighter. Minor damage is caused to the airfield and 3 bombers are destroyed on the ground.
    • B-17s from Australia hit the TFs at Port Moresby. One bomb hit is made on the CL Tenryu. 4xP-40E from Thursday Island follow in another attack, but three are shot down by the 25 plane CAP (now including some A6M3 Zero's).
    • Japanese invasion of Dutch Harbor begins. One AP hits a mine and coastal guns score hits on two AP, a PC and a PG. The Japanese 7th Division unloads.
    • Coastwatchers report that Shortlands airfield has expanded to level 3.


    Analysis: Okay, so the invasion of Dutch Harbor has begun. My carriers are one day out from there, so I may be able to save Dutch Harbor.

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    May 24, 1942 - 10/26/2007 6:23:11 PM   
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    Highlights: Japan invades Ndini and Luganville; Carrier battle by Dutch Harbor

    • Japanese continue to unload troops at Dutch Harbor. 2xBB, CL and 3xDD bombard, causing some damage to the facilities. Coastal gunners report hitting the BB Kirishima once and then later scoring a hit on a PG escorting the transports.
    • More Japanese troops unload at Port Moresby and more softening bombing runs are made. B-17s from Australia attempt to hit the ships, but none do
    • Japanese invasion of Ndini begins.
    • Near Soerabaja, the SS Permit is attacked by 3xDD after a failed torpedo attack on an AP. A direct hit on the sub is scored by ASW.
    • It is reported that PG Ikunta Maru hit a mine at Marcus Island.
    • Japanese bomb Changsha again, causing some more damage. CAP was able to shoot down 4xOscar.
    • Japanese then bomb Yunan, causing minor damage.
    • A small bombing raid is made on Kohima and the 6xP-40E on CAP shoot down a Sally and a Lily.
    • Aircraft from the CV Enterprise, Hornet and Saratoga attack the ships by Dutch Harbor. The transports are missed, but it is reported that there were 11 bomb hits on the BB Hiei and 6 on the BB Kirishima. Japanese carriers retaliate, scoring two bomb hits on the Enterprise, a bomb on the Saratoga, and a bomb hit on the Hornet. CAP was able to shoot down 21xVal and 10xKate.
    • ASW TF attacks Japanese sub I-175 NW of Pearl Harbor and scores 5 direct hits, sinking it.
    • Japanese invasion of Luganville begins.
    • A Chinese Corps SE of Honan is forced to retreat.
    • Japanese forces at Thursday Island are wiped out.


    Anaysis: Our first carrier battle and I think I came out in the red on that one. The Japanese carriers were out of range for my carrier planes (he loves that damn fifth hex), so I went after his BB at Dutch Harbor. His strike then hit the Saratoga with moderate damage and the Enterprise with minor and Hornet with slight damage. But I did shoot down about half of his aircraft, so he will be hurting. In order to get a better handle on the damage, I'll pull back the carriers towards Anchorage.
    In the South Pacific, I now need to worry about the invasion of Ndini and Luganville. My 9 remaining BB and a few CA and CL are on their way there to see what kind of damage they can cause. I also have a USA Infantry division on AP's just out of Efate ready to reinforce Luganville. I also have a NZ brigade on it's way up.


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