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RE: 9th-11th of December 42' - 10/6/2011 8:08:11 PM   
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12th-13th of December 42' - 10/8/2011 8:07:25 PM   
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12th-13th of December 42'

China
Joseph tries to get some units into my rear along the whole Chinese line. No way to ID them so far, no bombers want to drop intel bombs on them. There are still large Japanese reserves, so they might try to find one of those cracks in my lines.

Gilberts
A small convoy is spotted at Tarawa on the 12th and SBD fly into Tabiteaeu to take a shot at it. Only an xAKL and small PB are found and these are quickly sunk.


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December 42' - 12/25/2011 10:57:18 AM   
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13-31 December 42'

China
The Japanese tried a quick crossing early in the month, but have retreated since. The front seems rather stable at the moment.

Burma
A tri-division attack on Bhamo stalls, the bad terrain allows a single Japanese division and a brigade to hold off the attack. Air raids in support don't go particularly well, the fighters usually win their sweeps over the LRCAP, but bad weather kept them down for a couple of days on which the 2E bombers suffered.

Pacific
Tabiteau is being built up into a decent base, a resupply convoy moved in without problem dropping off more engineers and CD guns.

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RE: December 42' - 12/25/2011 2:12:21 PM   
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Merry Christmas Bart!

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RE: December 42' - 12/26/2011 2:58:02 PM   
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A Merry Christmas to you too and New Year's will follow soon, both in the game and real life.

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1 - 5 January 43' - 1/8/2012 9:02:08 PM   
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Oz
Bombers start operating against strategic targets from the Darwin region. A first attack is launched to good effect against the small oil fields at Babo (40% down). I'm going to wait a couple of days before going in again, Lemon has a nasty habit of sending in LRCAP if I return to a base and it's out of escort/sweep range.

SWPac
A CL raid against Ndeni kills a couple of SC, AM and xAKL. I didn't notice detection going up so thought the convoys there were safe. PT boats did engage the enemy, but CL and DD aren't the favourite enemies of the little boats. I'll be going for a more active defensive strategy with DD patrolling my forwards bases at night. The first Fletchers have arrived in theatre and this should be a role they excel at.

Pacific
Not much happening, but an 8 ship TF is spotted 1 day out from Tabiteau. I'm somewhat in the dark as to the composition, except that 2 DD are spotted. SBD are in position in case they come into range.


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6 - 15 January 43' - 1/23/2012 9:50:59 PM   
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These things are hard to keep track off once you get out of rhythm. I was surprised it hadn't fallen to the third page by now though.

China
The main action is here, a Japanese stack of 4000 AV (8 divisions, including a Tank Division) is once again approaching the jungle line and shocked a 2000 AV Chinese stack out of the way near Chikiang (?). They do not seem to want to cross the river though, instead attempting to block the road between Chikiang and Changteh. Worst is that the adjusted AV of the Chinese ended up little over 50% of their original strength. There isn't so much a shortage, as an absence of supply in the Chinese army, there is also at least another 10 division stack unaccounted for.

I'm seriously considering my options, if the line falls, do I fall back to Chungking ? Or towards the mountains and Burma ? I'm seriously leaning towards the latter, once a supply path from Burma is opened (fall of Shwebo or Lashio) I could ship in enough to get my army in fighting form again and to try to liberate China. Chungking on the other hand would become a prison camp.

Burma
Related, an offensive towards Shwebo failed. Of the 3 division involved in the attack the Indian division got mangled quickly. 2 Japanese divisions have taken up position in the jungle terrain so a quick breakthrough isn't feasible. An attack in the plains is starting to look more and more appealing again. Though Mandalay is a veritable fort with 3 Divions and strong forts behind a river, the other two bases are only weakly held, think SNLF units. There are divisions hiding in Taung Gyi (Tank), Tongou and in the jungles East of Mandalay, but in the open the Allied firepower should prevail by now. Having some 150 4E in India, together with the RAF mediums and a lvl 9 field in Shwebo also gives me some trumps. I'll have to think carefully about the plan though, the last 2 offensives here were aborted before they even began in earnest, I really want to avoid another failure.

SWPac
Attempting to get this moving soon. I want to get an offensive in before the 3/43 upgrade in which my AP become APA.

Pacific
Tabiteaua is a lvl 4 airfield by now, with supply for a modest bombing campaign. In about a week I'll start closing down Tarawa with mediums. Since LSTs (read, less-valuable amphibs) are arriving more troops and supply will be shipped it. From Tabit some short-range amphibious landings will be staged (Beru, Abemama), to strengthen my positions and gain airfields for LRCAP over Tarawa.

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16-17th of January 43' - 1/30/2012 7:23:37 PM   
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China
More Japanese stacks are arriving at various points in the line, I'll try to get a map update in later today.

SWPac
Interesting message from Joseph this turn "Lot's of activity around Noumea the last week, you must be close to your next move." Coincidentally, carriers left Auckland last turn (AFAIK unspotted) and I've ordered loading to commence at Noumea today. As far as I can tell he got the radio SigInt for Noumea today (detection at 1/0) and maybe once or twice before this week. However, I'm pretty sure he either just fishing for an answer from me that gives him information, or is in no position to counter an invasion in that area. He is perfectly aware that I am very risk-averse, so by hinting at the possibility of an ambush he might try bluff me into delaying or aborting the invasion. If he is in a condition to counter and has solid information, he'd likely have kept quiet and just pounced on my invasion forces and/or carriers. Anyway, more information on this invasion will come in a couple of turns. Don't get too impatient though, due to RL there will be a (+/-) 10 day break starting on Wednesday. And for those interested, my reply to his e-mail was the following "I see you just got 1/0 detection over Noumea. Those responsible for the radio chatter will be punished, enjoy the turn." Would anyone be able to learn anything from that ?

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RE: 16-17th of January 43' - 1/30/2012 9:27:08 PM   
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Above is a map of China, with some recent moves by Joseph. About 7 division are up North, guarding Ankang, Sian and the crossroads North of the mountain. Another 12 divisions worth of troops should be in the South, deployed opposite our jungle line. As you can see Changteh is abandoned, it's retreat line can now be cut and the city itself is a deathtrap as well due to the absence of supply.

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18th of January 43' - 2/2/2012 7:46:00 PM   
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Last update before a holiday. As I don't have my gaming PC now Joseph is keeping the turn for the next week and a half. I'm sure he'll be finetuning orders for every LCU, squadron and PB across the pacific.

18th of January 43'

SWPac
Catalinas from Ndeni spot a 10 PB task force North of Guadalcanal, heading Southeast. Supply run, pickets, or something more deadly than PBs staging another raid against Ndeni. Whatever it is, he'd better not be too close to the island come the morning, because a DB squadron is stationed there.

ASW
"You must be up to something. Quite a lot of ASW about, clearing the way for an amphibious operation maybe ;). Those mousetraps are nasty pieces of work!"

2 SC groups that have been operating between Luganville and Ndeni for some time found targets today, and moderately damaged two I-boats. A third Japanese sub was reported sunk near Baker island, as it tried to engage a cruiser force I had patrolling in the area. The escorting DD were having none of that and hit it with a DC. I do doubt the report though, one direct hit usually isn't enough.

Also another not so subtle hint about invasions, but I'm not going to abort, I stand by my reasoning of last turn. Carriers are at sea and transports are loaded.

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19th-20th of January 43' - 2/13/2012 9:40:50 PM   
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China
Fairly quiet for the past couple of days. One division that was part of an earlier mega-stack was spotted, guarding the river crossing on the middle dirt road. There are only about 10 units there so it's unlikely that it's actually that stack (which had about 10 divisions + HQs + Tanks + Artillery).

Burma
Intel bombing reveals a single division on the coastal road. This one has been transferred here from the plains. It's been a couple of months since new divisions have popped up here.

SWPac
My carriers (or at least their planes) have been spotted between Suva and New Caledonia. I'm swinging them past Luganville into the Coral Sea to try and lose the subs. There they will also be in a position to cover transports and surface groups until D-Day.

The target of the invasion is Guadalcanal. The island is only lightly defended by some SNLF and Naval Guard units, they should be easily brushed aside by an American ID supported by combat engineers and a Tank Bn. Air resistance should be slight, there is a level 3 base at Munda and level 4 at Shortlands. 75 CVE fighters should be able to protect against raids from them. The main threat is surface ships against which a CA and a CL groups will be guarding. KB is also a danger, for which reason the Allied CV fleet is also in action. They will take up position either in the Coral Sea or to the North of Guadalcanal.

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RE: 19th-20th of January 43' - 2/13/2012 9:44:35 PM   
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21st of January 43' - 2/15/2012 7:34:43 AM   
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Bill: Thanks for the encouragement

21st of January 43'

China
A division has marched through the jungle just South of my mountain stronghold (2nd arrow from the top on my previous map) and pushed back a scouting corps. I'm keeping a close eyes on its further movements and any reinforcements it may get.

SWPac
My carriers are now to the SSW of Luganville, they're slightly more inconspicuous there. Again no detection and only 2 SBD that spotted subs (and were probably spotted in return). Tomorrow the landing force should be about 5 hexes from Lunga after which they'll do a high speed run to unload as much as possible during the first day.

Enemy forces spotted; 2 subs patrolling just of the path my invasion force will take and a possible small SCTF at Munda (3 ships, 1 CA and 2 DD reported).

I'm quite sure Joseph is now truly aware of my invasion plans. He can't have missed that my carriers were at sea yesterday and will likely notice SBDs today as well. On top of that there seems to be a lot of chatter over in Joseph's AAR. There are going to be a number of very exiting days ahead.

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22nd of January 43' - 2/16/2012 9:23:52 PM   
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22nd of January 43'

SWPac
And the battles begin, a dozen zero escort even fewer betties against my transports. A couple of CVEs are cruising in the same hex and it's fighters take up the defence (75 fighters, 25 Avengers in the TF). Not all that happy with them though, half the zeroes are shot down for only 2 wildcats, but 7 out of 8 Betties make their attack runs. Luckily there are no hits.

Meanwhile a complete sub line is discovered between Luganville and Guadalcanal, but no attacks are made against the allied task forces, the mass of CV air seems to be keeping their heads down.

Plan for the next turn(s) is outlined below. Subs will be moving to interdict enemies coming from Munda, while the CVs will take up station close to Guadalcanal so they can provide some leaking CAP to the defence of the invasion forces. Today 2 SCTF will be guarding the transports, with 2 more coming up behind for the following days. Generally, they consist of 2 CA/CL and 4-5 DD, not enough to stop BB, but hopefully enough to protect the transports adequately. See the map below for the plans.



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RE: 22nd of January 43' - 2/16/2012 9:35:14 PM   
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And as I forgot to add this in the previous post, I won't be able to watch the replay until tomorrow evening, so Joseph helpfully gave me a little hint on the coming turn. Nothing major should have gone wrong for the Allies and the AI reacted strangely, probably leading to some losses for Joseph (or lack of losses on my end). Interested to know what happened exactly, but I guess my amphibious forces and CVs are OK, maybe a couple of banged up cruisers though.

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RE: 22nd of January 43' - 2/17/2012 2:15:55 AM   
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Meanwhile a complete sub line is discovered between Luganville and Guadalcanal, but no attacks are made against the allied task forces, the mass of CV air seems to be keeping their heads down.

In my games I have been disappointed in my sub picket lines. They all appear to be watching the movie on the mess deck instead of what is going on up above.

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RE: 22nd of January 43' - 2/17/2012 7:11:48 AM   
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I've found subs to be next to useless* as well in my game, probably has something to do with the way I handle them. At least the Japanese have been even worse. By now I'm mainly using my subs as scouts, put them in loose lines on shipping lanes and see if they can spot any carrier planes flying overhead. Hopefully the Solomons campaign will give me a chance of using them a bit more.

*Except for mighty HMS Truant and the sinking of Hiryu of course.

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23rd of January 43' - 2/18/2012 10:09:40 AM   
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Short update on the days battles;

Very small SCTF led by a CL tries to interdict landings but is beaten off by Allied SCTF, no meaningful damage.
Air raids against the CVs take heavy losses (75 vs 25), but a Betty puts one torp in USS Yorktown. Moderate damage, but she will be retiring.
The amphibs didn't start unloading yet .... Troops are very spread out over the ships though, so I hope I can land most tomorrow.

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RE: 22nd of January 43' - 2/18/2012 8:48:38 PM   
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I've found subs to be next to useless* as well in my game, probably has something to do with the way I handle them. At least the Japanese have been even worse. By now I'm mainly using my subs as scouts, put them in loose lines on shipping lanes and see if they can spot any carrier planes flying overhead. Hopefully the Solomons campaign will give me a chance of using them a bit more.

*Except for mighty HMS Truant and the sinking of Hiryu of course.



In my opinion that is exactly what the USN submarine force accomplishes. 1) A threat forcing the IJ to escort stuff. 2) every once in awhile they get lucky; and 3) on a rare event it is catestrophic .. For you a Brit sub put a torp into something .. but I have sank 50 xAK's and 4 TK's with USN submarines and put a CV out for 3 months .. I look at it as a freeroll ..

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RE: 22nd of January 43' - 2/19/2012 10:11:38 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Smeulders

I've found subs to be next to useless* as well in my game, probably has something to do with the way I handle them. At least the Japanese have been even worse. By now I'm mainly using my subs as scouts, put them in loose lines on shipping lanes and see if they can spot any carrier planes flying overhead. Hopefully the Solomons campaign will give me a chance of using them a bit more.

*Except for mighty HMS Truant and the sinking of Hiryu of course.



In my opinion that is exactly what the USN submarine force accomplishes. 1) A threat forcing the IJ to escort stuff. 2) every once in awhile they get lucky; and 3) on a rare event it is catestrophic .. For you a Brit sub put a torp into something .. but I have sank 50 xAK's and 4 TK's with USN submarines and put a CV out for 3 months .. I look at it as a freeroll ..


Can't argue with that opinion. My USN subs have had their successes as well, but so few and far in between. By now there is a strong LBA ASW asset in most places as well, and Joseph routes close to his shores, so most hunting grounds have become too dangerous because of that as well.

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RE: 22nd of January 43' - 2/19/2012 10:18:55 PM   
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Wow, I am one week ahead of you and the front line trace in the Solomons is very close to my own. In regards to the US subs, have you tried any offensive mining? I've been mining outposts, the river to Rangoon, river to Palembang (is next), Tarawa etc.. I've also hand picked all the captains (I have fun with this) and been very lucky hitting IJN CVs. I think counting this weeks action, I have eight successful KB intercepts by the silent service (although I have not got a confirmed Kill yet).

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23-24 of January 43' - 2/19/2012 10:27:10 PM   
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23-24 of January 43'

Guadalcanal invasion
On the 23rd everything got into position, carriers took station close to the island to provide cover and the invasion forces sailed up to the shores. The Japanese reaction was mainly LBA, with betties and zeroes coming in from Shortlands. As reported above the air losses were disproportionally in the Allied favour, but Yorktown was hit by a torpedo 23 systems and 24 flooding put her far from the danger zone, but leaving here in the combat area doesn't seem prudent either and she ordered to retire to Noumea. CL Jintsu leads a couple of destroyers through the slot, but an allied task force headed by USS Phoenix and USS Nashville head her off. The following battle does next to no damage to both sides, but the Japanese retire.

On the second day the landings go in, all through the day and night troops poor on the beaches, leading to a healthy 540 AV against 140 AV. The Allies have also brought tanks and combat engineers, so the odds look good against the mainly infantry forces that make up the SNLF and Naval Guards. On the seas the previous day repeats itself, air raids against the carrier fleet see 55 Japanese planes fall against 15 Wildcats, but USS Saratoga is hit by a single torp for light damage (10 system and float). A number of Japanese subs are hit hard during the day, leading to the loss of two (I-122 and I-168). With all troops ashore, orders are given for all AP to head South under cover of the CVs. At Lunga, half a dozen AK will remain to unload supplies, covered by 100 fighters on the CVEs and 3 cruiser TFs. On land, a deliberate attack is ordered, to be supported by B-17 bombers from Luganville.



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RE: 22nd of January 43' - 2/19/2012 10:37:22 PM   
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Wow, I am one week ahead of you and the front line trace in the Solomons is very close to my own. In regards to the US subs, have you tried any offensive mining? I've been mining outposts, the river to Rangoon, river to Palembang (is next), Tarawa etc.. I've also hand picked all the captains (I have fun with this) and been very lucky hitting IJN CVs. I think counting this weeks action, I have eight successful KB intercepts by the silent service (although I have not got a confirmed Kill yet).


That sounds like a very good success rate. My subs never seem to notice KB until it's ready to pounce on a landing (foreshadowing alert). Then again, I haven't done as much work on picking sub commanders, so that might explain some of the problems I have. The mining is a good hint, I haven't used it much so far, due to all the talk of the low mine numbers and the large number of small sweepers that exist. By now Joseph might have all of those in port, so I might surprise him with a couple of surprise mining missions.

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RE: 22nd of January 43' - 2/21/2012 3:32:45 AM   
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work on picking sub commanders
I pick aggressive commanders. That way, when the torpedoes don't explode, they just might surface and fire a few rounds into the buggers.

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RE: 22nd of January 43' - 2/23/2012 6:25:08 AM   
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By apri 42 I have actually hit 2 CVs! They were both reported as the same CV but I think that is FOW. I must have been extremly lucky with my subs :)

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RE: 22nd of January 43' - 2/26/2012 3:34:54 PM   
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After a week long break Joseph has restarted the PBEM game, a full update of last turn will come later.

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25th of January 43' - 2/26/2012 7:56:11 PM   
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25th of January 43'

A painful day around Guadalcanal. First, the CVEs turn out not to be enough to hold back the betties. In 2 strikes, they manage to take all 4 CVE out of action with 1 sinking. The escorting Zeroes inflict nearly equal losses on the defending Wildcats. The diversions of Wildcats to Ndeni and CVs further South lead to further ops losses.

With the CAP out of the way, KB comes in and luckily their strike is underwhelming. "Only" a hundred strike aircraft show up and sink 2 DE, 1 AK, damaging a moderately damaging a CL and a further 5 AK (varying degrees of damage).

Meanwhile Japanese CL tried to attack the last position of the Allied CV task force and they remained to the South of Guadalcanal during the day. This put them in range of the retiring Allied CV which struck hard, out of 3 CL and 5 DD only 2 DD should be in decent shape.

On Land the Allies did carry the day, the division and supporting troops came ashore in good order. B-17 were ordered as tactical support and the Japanese were easily routed to Tassafaronga.



The plans for tomorrow is to evac anything that has the speed to do so from Lunga. Cruisers (including the damaged USS St.Louis) and destroyers will steam South at full speed. CVEs and AK are disbanded in port, to be defended by 3 squadrons (Spits, Corsairs, P-40E). 3 DD have remained, they'll try to get the undamaged AK through the sub line if KB retires.

I don't think that the Allied CV have the power to take on full KB at the moment, I'm spotting some 550 planes in KB (All Japanese flattops should be able to put up 700 at this time of the war), whilst mine only have 350. However, I am willing to accept battle closer to my bases, so the Allied CV will move closer to Luganville, where they can fight if Joseph chooses to send KB south to attack ships fleeing Lunga. There they will be supported by an additional 50 P-30 and 50 SBD.


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26-28th of January 43' - 3/4/2012 9:46:05 PM   
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26-28th of January 43'

The breakout in the night of the 26th went well for the Allies. Early in the night, a SCTF around USS Pensacola meets the crippled DD Oite assisted by DD Matsukaze. The blazing Oite is sunk, but managed to divert enough attention away from it's companion, which leaves with only hit. USS Selfridge takes light damage in the engagement. A second ground around HMAS Australia and USS Boise comes across DD Yunagi, which is driven off. Slightly more worrying battles comes later in the night and further to the South, first the damaged USS St. Louis is attacked by I-5, but the destroyer escort works well and the sub is driven off, maybe even sunk. Later, St.Louis runs into a small DD task force headed by CL Natori and the Japanese get the tactical surprise. The Allies battle valiantly and while all ships are hit and moderately damaged they manage to disengage, St. Louis will be back in a couple of months.

Come the morning, KB has taken up position just to the South of Lunga, from there they manage to hit some fleeing SC ships and attack the SC that remain near Lunga. A number of the small ships are lost, over Lunga the CAP takes down a couple of zeroes escorting KB bombers and betties flying in from Shortlands.

The final battle worth mentioning on the 26th is the bombardment of Ndeni, a PT-group holds off BBs Yamashiro and Hyuga for some time, the following bombardment of the island is ineffective.

The 27th is a bit more damaging for the Allies, with no naval forces present to protect the Island, the airfield and troops are subject to a devastating bombardment. No less than 7 battleships, including Yamato and Mushashi shell the forces ashore (giving a total of 9 BB involved in this operation, I've only got 4 South of Pearl). The field is thrashed, half a dozen planes destroyed and every other one damaged. Two CVE disbanded in the port are hit Surprisingly, no follow up air-raids are made.

With air cover gone and the threat of new bombardments still existing, the three DD left at Lunga escort out USS Prince William and 2 AK, all other ships are left so as no to slow down the other ships. Getting the Prince William out is a huge bonus, I had already written off all 4 CVE, but at least one will survive now, with 2 other still disbanded in Lunga harbour, though heavily damaged.

One interesting note, since the battle around Guadalcanal began, 5 Japanese subs have been reported as sunk in the area. Right now, losses stand as follows

Allies;
Sunk
1 CVE
2 DE
1 AK
5 SC

Damaged, disbanded at Lunga;
2 CVE
5 AK

Damaged;
2 CV (light, but Saratoga will need to visit PH)
1 CVE (near Luganville, light)
1 CL (Moderate)
5 DD (3 Moderate, 2 light)

Japan;
Sunk;
1 CL
2 DD
5 SS

Damaged, presumed sunk;
2 CL
2 DD

All in all it's not a great battle for the Allies due to the CVE losses, but it did net a foothold in the Solomon chain.

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Guadalcanal
Let's first return to the battle we left off with, Guadalcanal. As soon as the Allied fleet had left, bombardment attacks commenced as mentioned above. While lessening in intensity, they do continue and they have sunk both CVE disbanded at Lunga. Japanese ships are constantly patrolling near Lunga, last night 4 DD were sent out to attack the Japanese ASW forces near the island, but they ran into Kirishima and Hiei, this battle ended with 2 DD on the bottom of Ironbottom Sound for only 1 shell hit on a BB. The damage to the field has repaired reasonably well though and SBD are sent in to attack Japanese forces within 2 hexes of the island. Let's hope there is not too much leaking or LRCAP.

Overall the situation is not that good. Due to an operational airbase at Munda and a lack of aviation support at Lunga (heavily hit in BB bombardments), the Japanese have local air superiority, strengthened by bases at Shortlands and Rabaul. These bases also serve to rearm and support Japanese surface warships, which control the approaches to Lunga. I could probably find the ships for an even fight and get enough CAP up from Lunga for a day or two of operations within range of the field, but if KB would show up this would mean the end of any ships in that operation. The Allied CV fleet is going to through R&R, with Saratoga still 5 days out from Pearl and Yorktown at Noumea before moving to Sydney, so they can't be used to oppose KB. I am thinking about strikes from deep in the Coral Sea though, these would hit ships between Lunga and Munda and maybe Munda itself.

China
A large(+-5000 AV)army turned up at Tuyun and was threatening to cross the river just before Kweiyang. This area was held by some 4000 AV, but knowing just how much a Chinese AV is worth these days, it was still a major emergency. A breakthrough here puts the Japanese straight on the fastest road to Chungking, while cutting off over 10000 AV from the Burmese border. Even if this offensive didn't break through my lines, the capture of Tuyun put a railhead right at the most critical point of my line. From any point on the rail line masses of troops could be shipped here, giving me but 5 days to react (disembark trains and 2 day march out of the hex, this means I'd have to keep about 10000 AV here (largest offensive stacks seen so far were 8000 AV). Such a force here would leave any other point on the jungle line vulnerable.

A better tactician than me might have been able to hold the line now, but I'm choosing to retreat, the whole Chinese army is making for Kunming. Once in the mountains, there are 2 point against which Joseph can attack, first is Kunming, but the concentration of the Chinese army there will makes sure that a frontal attack will be hopeless. Second point is over the track from the North to Tsuyung, but this can be watched by British recon from India, giving me ample warning of movements along the road. Basically, I am taking away a Josephs ability to concentrate against weak points in the line, because there will be only 2 very strong points.

The retreat plan is the following; the river line is rolling up towards Kweiyang, already 11000 AV hold the river crossing, with another 6500 AV on the way. These will hold a bit longer, to slow down the attack Northwards towards Chungking. This should allow the army that held the Northern mountain approaches to Chungking (5000 AV)to retreat out of them and onto the mountain path to Tsuyung, I may have given them some bad orders though, some 300 AV is left in the mountains, some 1000 may not get out in time to avoid an attack against them. Let us hope they are not cut down by pursuing Japanese forces in the fields North of Chungking. In the middle some 1000 AV will fall back or hold, depending on how close the opposition is and how important it is there is delay. All in all, I plan to have at least 20000 AV in the mountains by the time I am done. This should force Joseph to keep almost all of his divisions in China out of fear for counterattacks. (And these will come if I get the supply in China.)



Burma
Planning to break the stalemate here, not yet sure what I'll do exactly, but I'm planning to use heavy armour, huge numbers of bombers and Chindits. Should be enough to get something done right ?

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9th of February 1943

Guadalcanal
The SBD ambush worked far beyond expectations. At dawn, US forces on the island could spot CA Chikuma and escorting destroyers patrolling the slot. A strike was quickly launched and 2 bombs found their mark. Quickly returning to base, the SBD refueled, reloaded and struck again before the cruiser could get away. Another 4 bombs struck in the second wave, hopefully enough to seal the deal. No ground losses of float planes, but 2 Jakes are given as ops losses.

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