For the past two days the Buffaloes have been stood down over Singapore. With most of their planes repaired and pilots rested they will rise again today to fight the sweeps. Up until now the buffaloes have taken the largest losses of all planes in the pacific theatre and the only reason that will change is because I'm running out of them. The ambush at Kuala Lumpur worked, but I should have sent more squadrons. Now only 4 planes rose and shot down 2 out of 25 betties, who know what would have happened if I had sent 3 or 4 squadrons.
On Luzon the situation is pretty good, a recon regiment advanced ahead of the main force and was thrown back, but with only light losses. He now knows what forces are there and is still advancing, he's confident he can take the base.
In the air it were some good days. Another Betty raid was caught, leading to 3 downed and more damaged. A 2 zero sweep was caught and one shot down for no loss.
On Mindanao 2 regiments have now landed, one at Dadjangas and one at Cayagan. This will be enough to take the base. I've snuck a PT TF into a small base just North of Cayagan, I wanted to sortie it against the landing forces, but now recon is again indicating heaps of DD, CL and even BB covering the landings, very frustrating, but at least it's slowing him down to cover every landing so thoroughly.
Lots of little ground battles, but unfortunately not many going my way. I'm wondering if I'm not being over-aggresive, but then again, most of the front-line troops are disposable, so losing small battles isn't really a big deal (I hope). We do have a deal that he will not attack nearly destroyed corps untill the bug about non-respawning corps is fixed in patch 2.
At Kweisu 2 regiments and a brigade rout the two corps that were trying to get North to beat up on the 2 trapped cavalry bde.
South of Nanchang 2/3rds of a division rout a corps. I'm pulling together all units that were near the coast and will fight him near Nanchang.
The corps in a blocking position near Yenan now sees a division advancing on its position, they hold an attack (thank god for those terain bonuses), but I am hoping the corps can get out there soon.
Busy days for subs
I-17 sinks xAK Capillo, this is one of the ships fleeing the PI through the pacific, she is in the middle of nowhere with no reason at all for that sub to be there, talk about bad luck.
I-19 runs into my CV TF, it get hits with a depth charge and is claimed sunk, optimitic FOW.
Busy days for the allied subs
- Seawolf is attacked by an ASW TF, she isn't hit and goes on to attack and hit an xAK, she gets a dud for her troubles.
- Gudgeon and Pollack attack a convoy near Saipan over 2 days. Multiple attacks result in quite a bit of duds, but one torpedo does explode on target. I'm hoping for more attacks today as there are 3 subs in the vicinity of the convoy.
- S-36 puts 2 torpedoes in an xAK of Luzon.
FOW isn't too optimitic in these cases though, no xAK are confirmed sunk. Do any other allied players notice ships torpedoed by subs not showing up on the sunk list ?
Bits and pieces
My CVs are escorting important convoys to NZ and Australia. I'll group them together there and see if any opportunities arise. This could get interesting because I think that an attack is brewing in the SoPac. KB is very likely in the Truk area and mini KB was last seen sailing Southeast past the New Guinea coast.
One last question, how afraid do I have to be for POW? She's up to 50 float damage now (44 major) and still about 12 days out from Colombo. Closer to the map edge though, but far away from CT, is she still in danger of sinking once off-map ?
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