From: Brisbane, Australia
heavy fighting around Medan sounds interesting im expecting a stand around there somwhere to, not sure what to bring there,
do you remember how many forces you landed there and if it was adequate? (of course we'll learn it by just waiting for the AAR to tell, but whats the fun in that ?? )
i was scanning trough the last page for the location of KB, when i saw the TF in front of OZ something caught my eye!!
you were running KB as a single TF (or at least the map only showed 1 TF). I believe that the strikes from CVTF get disorganised (bombers flying without escorts etc)
when the TF is to big (i believe 200 planes? not entirely sure on that point).
Do you still run KB as a single force? and did this show at some point?
Hey there flaggelant
I'll have to go back through my posts from Todd and see if I can locate the turn dealing with the Medan landings. I think from memory I had a brigade and some other supporting units. In a few turns time there will be a development at Medan (that should give you a clue regarding the adequacy of the landing force) but in the mean time I can tell you what units I found at Medan... they were 1st NS Garrison Battalion, 2nd NS Garrison Battalion, Medan Coastal Gun Battalion, 6th Dutch Naval Base Froce and 15th DAF Base Froce. A reasonable concentration of Dutch force and fits with Todd's policy of withdrawing to build a line in the sand in depth. These units have been left to their fate. I suspect Todd expected me to be upon them a lot sooner, however, still being new to this game my expansion has been deliberatley slow of late.
As for KB.... this is another reason my expansion has slowed. I think it was around this time that I decided to send the bulk of KB (Akagi, Soryu, Zuikaku and Shokaku) back to the HI for their upgrades. Hiryu has either finished, or is about to finish, her repairs and she will proceed to Singapore to join Kaga and the mini KB to make up the carrier force to shield the DEI operations and operations beyond. As you may know Todd and I are now progressing through October '42 in the game and I am plesed to say that Todd has been spending a good deal of time wondering where KB is and what it is planning... the truth is not much apart from some well deserved R&R back in the HI.
As for KB as a single force... given that I am in October and still have all the main players I expect I will have 2 KB on the go for my next operation but I think that is still a little way off.
As for my prior operations with KB (there have only been 2 - the Enterprise ambush and the destroyed convoy off Norfolk Island). These have been the full KB but due to her slow speed Kaga had to be detached for both so it was a 5 carrier KB that Nagumo was deploying.
Just went back and had a look at that map. KB did start out off Oz as a single unit but once the convoy had scattered KB split and went hunting. Something of a risk as Todd could well have had a carrier force covering the convoy and splitting KB would have exposed KB to destruction by overwhelming force. As it was Todd was not expecting KB to pop up anywhere near so far south in his shipping lanes and at the time he wasn't covering the convoy... I'm fairly sure his convoys now enjoy some very strong capital ship protection.
< Message edited by SierraJuliet -- 4/20/2010 3:03:02 PM >
Kido Butai, although powerful, was a raiding force, and this is exactly how the Japanese understood its usage. 'Shattered Sword'