15 January 42'
Wow, even though we're back on schedule it seems hard to keep the thread on the first page. Seems like a lot of interesting AAR out there, I do hope that you're all still following this one though .
First a question to the readers, I've been thinking about sending the Hermes to patrol West of Sumatra/Java to hopefully surprise an invasion fleet. The Hermes of course isn't much of a weapon once any air opposition comes in, but my opponent seems a bit lax in utilizing his LBA (no CAP over Kuantan invasion and Miri) He also doesn't seem interested in using his carriers in the DEI. (Only one short sighting after the initial deployment of mini-KB). If kept well out of range untill it goes in for the strike, it may just do some damage and scare my opponent a bit. Any thoughts about this from you ?
Rounding up the lost boys
A sad tale is unfolding on many fronts at once, defeated and cut of forces are being eliminated on all fronts by the forces of Lemon.
- In Northern Borneo the 108th RN base force surrenders
- The surrounded 8th Bde surrenders in Malaya
- On Mindanao, the Japanese shock attack one of the two remaining outposts, it will fall tomorrow
Maybe the PT boats off the PI fall under this heading as well, 1 MTB and 2 PT boats escaped to Borneo, but the other PT boats are now stuck, the shortest distance between a PI base and Borneo is now 1 hex too far. They tried to attack some transports of Leyte, but even though I got a 'combat icon' on the map, no animation or report, no torpedoes fired either.
Subs take revenge
Well, at least they're trying very hard.
Seal and Cachelot got attacked by ASW screens when trying to attack, no damage to speak off.
Saury and Grayling both have a dud on an xAK, Seadragon on a DD.
The least valuable target of the day gets the best torpedo, Tambor sinks an xAKL between Truk and Guam.
What about SoPac ?
Well, this area has fallen from view a bit as no combat is taking place, but I'm hard at work here, even though I could have been better organized if I had started earlier.
Pago Pago: The main stronghold in SoPac. One USMC regiment is now nearly completely ashore, 3 squadrons off P-39 give overhead cover (a bit low on AV support though.) The 2nd USMC regiment fill follow once it has filled out on the West Coast.
Fiji: An independent regiment and one regiment of the Americals are on their way, the rest of the Americals will follow.
Noumea: Merely a recon base at the moment, AVPs will arrive soon, I won't garrison it untill I can do so in style (1 division)
Tahiti: Is being built up as a rear area base, I don't think it will ever be seriously threatened, my opponent seems a bit too cautious for such an adventure.
If anyone has question about my positions/plans somewhere, feel free to ask.