10-13 May 42'
I finally did another small map, so let's start with that.
The Japanese attack on Ankang was huge, 7 divisions, 5 brigades, 2 infantry regiments and a topping of tank and engineer regiments, totalling over 4600 AV. The defenders were a mere 850 AV, behind some forts, but they were under supplied as the supply routine didn't get anything to the city. Unsurprisingly the defenders were routed in a single attack. Losses were the typical slaughter of Chinese against Japanese, 1300 vs 8300, but the number of destroyed Chinese squads is staggering. 270 combat and 470 non-combat squads.
The relief forces were turned around before the city fell, it was obvious a force straight from Sian was going to be too slow and the Northern relief force was worth more outside of the city, were they at least would have some supply. A new defensive line will be made in the mountains North of Ankang, I'm still debating whether or not to evacuate Sian wholesale or not.
Around Changsha some sorties were made by the Japanese air force. He had correctly guessed I'm Strat Moving out some forces towards the Chungking area, but the bomber luckily targeted other formations.
The P-40E fight the Oscars again on the 10th, with low losses for both sides. The P-40 were grounded for a couple of days to take replacements, but will take to the air again soon. No sense in keeping them grounded until Soerabaja falls.
Tjiltjap finally gave up to an attack on the 13th, I'm surprised this base held for nearly two weeks. It won't be long now before the final battle for Java begins at Soerabaja, the first enemies are already marching in that direction. Defenses are 500 AV and level 4 (maybe 5) forts.
Several combat TFs have been spotted South of Timor, not quite sure what their goal is. Last turn a 11 ship TF, with BC and CA reported was just 4 hexes away from Darwin.
Sweeps over Darwin have restarted, but are not yet contested. I plan to put the CAP back up when bombers start appearing.
Cachalot succumbs to the damage, the first Allied sub lost in the war
KXII finally ends the long dry spell for subs, hitting an xAK at the Kai-Eilanden, a dot base near Dutch NG being invaded by the Japanese. I'm still struggling to find the convoy routes of my opponent, nearly all of my sub kills have come from swamping the waters near invasion beaches.
I'm having some problems with a number of TF's, some due to my own fault, others to some weird mechanics. They're nice cautionary tales.
- A TF carrying part of the 41st Infantry Division was accidentally put on full speed in her run from Cape Town to Australia. This led to her nearly running out of fuel, she was diverted to near Diego Garcia, where a number of ships have merged with the TF to refuel it.
- Another TF from Cape Town to Oz is acting very strange indeed. It had left without loading fuel, so I tried to turn it around, that did something weird so I turned it back to an on-map hex. That seemed to work (although it meant I'd lose the ships for a month and a half on an empty round trip), but today it should have arrived on-map and instead it just when back to being 27days away from the map.
- A TF was returning from OZ and should have had just enough fuel to make Los Angeles. However, it turns out that ships with little fuel left will not share it with other ships in the TF, this meant some of the shorter ranged ships ran out of fuel some 20 hexes out. I noticed this a bit late, meaning I've got a number of ships with 30-40 systems damage (including 6 TK!). To resolve this, I split the TF, ships with fuel were going to LA and an AO TF would leave LA to refuel the other ships. The AO TF should have reached the ships out of fuel today, but instead it halted to refuel the detached ships, meaning another day of extra systems damage.