From: Brisbane, Australia
Welcome to the Japanese AAR of the game between tocaff and I - two guys slugging it out in the southern hemisphere. There are minimal house rules and we are playing scenario 15 stock.
The attack on Pearl Harbour was postponed at the last moment.
Sea: In a series of attacks against task forces supporting the beachhead at Kuantan 1 Hudson, 2 Vildebeest, 1 Swordfish & 1 Blenheim were claimed as kills. A coordinated attack comprising 6 Swordfish, 12 Blenheim and 3 Hudson escorted by 24 Buffalo launched an attack on the covering surface action task force. 1 torpedo smashed into Haruna causing her to limp away with 22 09 12 damage. In return flack knocked down 1 Swordfish and 1 Blenheim from the attacking force. In another attack MSW W.6 was hit by 1 bomb causing 62 45 35 damage. Haruna and W.6 have been ordered to Saigon, however, little hope is held out for the survival of W.6.
Bombardment at Kuantan results in 137 casualties, 3 guns and 1 vehicle lost with 4 airbase hits, 5 airbase supply hits and 23 runway hits.
Air: Raids were launched against airfields at Singapore, Alor Star, Khota Bharu and Kuantan. For the loss of no Japanese planes 4 Buffalo, 1 Blenheim and 1 Vildebeest were claimed as destroyed.
Land: Troops landed at Kuantan and set about securing the beachhead.
China (Hong Kong)
Air: Raids launched against a number of ground units resulting in 114 casualties and 1 gun lost for loss of no Japanese planes. Raid on Hong Kong causes 22 casualties and 2 guns lost.
Land: Units have starting moving to take up position protecting roads and railways. A number of units are moving towards Yenen. Shock attack to clear Chinese units in Nanchang results in Chinese forces retreating suffering 96 casualties and 5 guns lost whilst Japan suffered 384 casualties and 10 guns lost.
Land: Makin is invaded without opposition.
Sea: Coastal gun battery fire at Wake Island inflicts following hits on ships assigned to invasion force –
CL Tenryu, Shell hits 3
DD Mochizuki, Shell hits 8, on fire
DD Yayoi, Shell hits 4
CL Tatsuta, Shell hits 4
Only significant damage is to DD Mochizuki with 45 23 37.
Land: Shock attack on Wake Island results in 239 Japanese casualties and 6 guns lost for 121 Allied casualties and 2 guns and 1 vehicle lost. Fort level reduced from 1 to 0.
Air: Raids were launched against airfields at Clark Field and Laoag. For the loss of 1 Betty 7 P-26A, 5 P-35A, 4 P-40B Tomakhawk, 5 P-40E Warhawk & 2 B-17 were claimed as destroyed.
I-122 v MSW Maryborough. 1 torpedo results in its loss. I-122 received 2 hits for 10 10 00 damage.
1-124 v AO Trinity. 1 Shell hit + 2 torpedoes – heavy damage.
I-124 v AO Trinity follows up with 2nd attack scoring hits with 3 torpedoes.
Naval Losses for the Day
MSW Maryborough, AO Trinity
The failure of KB to launch a strike against Pearl Harbour was something of a mystery. I used the same settings in my game against Ambassador and in this game the strike took to the air. Just have to put this down as one of those things that happen… wonder if I can get a reputation bonus for not putting the American battle line to the sword and galvanising public opinion behind the slogan of ‘Remember Pearl Harbour’.
The attack on Wake Island was something of a shock as this was meant to happen some days later… in any event Japanese forces have knocked down the forts and there is a prospect of an early victory. The CD guns did not wreak their usual havoc with only Mochizuki suffering major damage – not enough to sink her so she should fight another day.
In general I’m not planning anything radical for the time being at least as I’m still getting used to this monster.
We’ve have already got through about 6 turns since we started so I give a brief overview of where we are at.
Kuantan fell and allied forces have retreated. There is a small fighter presence on the airfield until the damage is repaired and a more substantial air presence can be built up.
Further north; Alor Star has also fallen.
Land forces have been making their way towards Tavoy and should be there within a day or two.
China (Hong Kong)
Hong Kong is being a difficult nut to crack and for the time being I am keeping up a steady bombardment attack supplemented by aerial assault on the ground forces.
I have decided to make my first thrust at the town of Yenen. Assaults so far have reduced the forts from 2 to 0. Forces are waiting a few days to bring down disruption levels and bring in some further combat forces.
In a worthwhile move Chinese forces launched an attack on Nanning. Given the small size of the Japanese forces present here I was happy to see the soldiers of the rising sun hold their ground.
Makin Island has fallen and an invasion force is on the way to Tarawa. Forces at Truk are preparing for an assault on Rabaul.
Wake Island fell relatively easily. The KB is returning from the abortive Pearl Harbour raid. From my posts with tocaff I think he had lost all contact with KB until the last turn when KB found and dispatched Penguin (almost made a successful escape from Guam).
Successful landings at Vigan, Laoag and Lingayen have been consolidated with air combat units beginning to take up residence at Laoag. Naga also has a beachhead. The allied forces have made a deliberate attack on the Japanese units here (obtaining a 3-1 result) but the Japanese assault forces held their ground and should only consolidate their ground from this point on. The next day of combat should see a landing a Legaspi in support of the Naga operation. Recon picked up a report of a surface combat group containing at least one CA near the beach head. Mini KB is in the area and 2 surface combat forces have been vectored to the Naga area to force action there.
The next day or two should also see a landing a Davao.
Since the commencement of hostilities the IJN has enforced a close blockade of Manila and this has been rather successful with a number allied vessels being sunk. A PT attack on the beachhead at Legaspi saw 3 PT boats destroyed.
Brunei has just fallen and forces are now poised to attack Miri.
The early focus has been around the American west coast port at San Francisco. A number of successful attacks along with floatplane flying over the city have caused mass hysteria amongst the populace. The only major damage has been I-155 after hitting a mine a Singapore – I expect her to be a loss next turn.
I have just got WitPTracker operating so I am looking forward to the advantages it will bring to my war effort.
Naval Losses to Date
Japan: MSW W.6, AP Huso Maru
Allied: PG Asheville, Tulsa
AS Canopus, Otus
AO Cuyama, Trinity, Platte, Pecos
TK Mindanao, Montebello, Gertrude Kellogg
AP President Madison
PT PT 34, PT 35, PT 41
AK Sagoland, Dos Hermanos, Anakan, Taurus[/code]
MSW Mayborough, Finch, Penguin