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RE: 10-12th January 1945 - 11/26/2013 1:17:38 PM   
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Thats awesome!

You have AEs, AOs and VRF Squadrons with you I assume?

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RE: 10-12th January 1945 - 11/26/2013 1:18:53 PM   
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I most certainly do. Oodles of them

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RE: 10-12th January 1945 - 11/26/2013 1:22:53 PM   
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Got to love that ability.

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RE: 10-12th January 1945 - 11/26/2013 1:30:37 PM   
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Very much so! A little thing but totally changes the operational ability for fleets

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13-14th January 1945 - 11/27/2013 3:04:16 PM   
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Hi All,

CentPac:

Further sweeps went in against Tokyo on the 13th and all Jap raids were repulsed.

Orders were issued for a mixture of Sweeps and the first CV raids on Tokyo's AF's. All in all I've decided the game does NOT want me to win the game anytime soon

My raids were fragmented to b*ggery (grrr patch) leading to over 150 of my total losses coming from the fragmented raids. Not impressed. The only consolation was we destroyed over 280 reported enemy planes on the ground.

I'm resting the DB/TB's tomorrow with more sweeps going in AND the Mariana based B29's are going to bomb Tokyo's ports and AF's.

I still need 2700 more VP's for victory but I still aim to do this by the end of January when my B29's revert to city bombing over Tokyo again soon.

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CV's re-supplied at Singapore and are heading back to Hong Kong.

Last elements of Japs at Praboemoelih and Cagayan should be wiped out by the end of January too.

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Everything else:I've stopped many of the other areas - like moving newly arrived ships or sending out a lot more subs on patrol as simply put they won't get to where they need to by the time the Japanese surrender! The subs hardly detect anything nowadays anyway as the Japs have no real waterway to traverse anymore.




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15th January 1945 - 11/28/2013 8:04:46 AM   
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Hi all,

A very good day for the Allies that furthers the demise of the Japanese empire. It can't be long now until the people sue for peace

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Tokyo's AF's were closed today as Hellcat's sweeping over the city found no enemy planes in the air.

In late AM a raid of 98 x B29's plastered the AF's destroying a reported 214 enemy planes on the ground. Only 22 x B29's hit the port:

Afternoon Air attack on Tokyo , at 114,60

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 13
B-29-25 Superfort x 9

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-1 Superfort: 2 damaged
B-29-25 Superfort: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
PB Fukkai Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Ikazuchi, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
CMc Ninoshima, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Shirayuki, Bomb hits 2, on fire
PB Chokai Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CMc Toshima, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Fubuki, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
CMc Washizaki, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
AMc Wa 15, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Teikyo Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
SC CHa-25, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Tokuyusan Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
AMC Saigon Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
SC CHa-13, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Nippo Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CMc Enoshima, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
AG Arasaki, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Kiri, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Madras Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Samarang Maru, Bomb hits 1
ACM Wa 8, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMC Awata Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
PB Hirotama Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Asagiri, Bomb hits 1, on fire
AKE Mamiya, Bomb hits 1
CMc Kurokami, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk

Repair Shipyard hits 1
Port hits 8
Port supply hits 2

Tomorrow Guam's B29's will bomb Tokyo City whilst Tinian's go for the port again.

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SRA:

The stubborn resistance by the Japs at Praboemoelih is nearly at an end:

Ground combat at Praboemoelih (48,92)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 34413 troops, 578 guns, 734 vehicles, Assault Value = 1056

Defending force 18024 troops, 156 guns, 484 vehicles, Assault Value = 194

Allied adjusted assault: 1170

Japanese adjusted defense: 7

Allied assault odds: 167 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: disruption(-), fatigue(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
9779 casualties reported
Squads: 294 destroyed, 71 disabled
Non Combat: 903 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 78 (78 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 74 (65 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Units destroyed 4

Allied ground losses:
248 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 32 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

2,300 more VP's are needed for victory...........

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RE: 15th January 1945 - 11/28/2013 8:40:56 AM   
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Thats a seriously nice haul! 2300 VPs and Tokyo is closed? You could get that AV in 2 days...

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16th January 1945 - 11/28/2013 1:02:39 PM   
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Hi All,

Hi JocMeister - yes the end is nigh and reports are coming through the Japanese Empire could be on the verge of surrendering with their homeland under constant battering.

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CentPac/SRA:

The largest daylight raid of the war was launched on Tokyo today causing over 80,000 fires throughout the day (back to 35,000 in my turn):

Morning Air attack on Tokyo , at 114,60

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 4
J2M2 Jack x 2

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 37
B-29-25 Superfort x 123

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-1 Superfort: 2 damaged
B-29-25 Superfort: 10 damaged

Japanese Ships
AG Arasaki, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Tenzan Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Kiri, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CMc Enoshima, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
AKE Mamiya, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Rokko Maru #2, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Rakuto Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Asagiri, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
AMC Saigon Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
AMC Awata Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
SC CHa-30, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Teika Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Shirayuki, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kuniyama Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAK Tokuyusan Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Asahisan Maru, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
xAKL Atuta Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Janbi Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Hitora Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kirikawa Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Goshun Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAK Chile Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
LSD Shinshu Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Sainei Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Tatsuta Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
PB Fukkai Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Kirisima Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
DD Fubuki, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Tempei Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
E No.34, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
AMc Wa 11, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Teikyo Maru, Bomb hits 1

Manpower hits 175
Repair Shipyard hits 1
Fires 42470
Port hits 12

The B29's go again tomorrow supported by CV DB/TB's attacking selected targets in Tokyo as well.

3500 Japs are wiped out at Praboemoelih and Cagayan.

The door is creaking......1,870 more VP's are needed for AV.




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17th January 1945 - 11/29/2013 7:06:08 AM   
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Hi All,

Another heavy day for the Japanese as endless raids by B29's and CV based DB/TB's pummel Tokyo's industry, port and AF's throughout the day. A few Jap fighters try to intervene but the sheer amount of Allied material easily gets through to hit 10's of ships, destroy 40 planes and damage industry.

We'll keep going until the Japanese Empire surrenders.

Japanese resistance has ended at Cagayan and Praboemoelih with 7,000 Jap troops leaving their OOB.

All quiet elsewhere as the war winds down......

840 net more VPs needed for AV.

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RE: 17th January 1945 - 11/29/2013 7:15:15 AM   
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So most likely you just sent away the last turn of the war then?

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RE: 17th January 1945 - 11/29/2013 7:21:01 AM   
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It's a possibility. It will either be today or tomorrow that the Japanese Empire sues for peace.

I stated in a mail to Faber it's an odd feeling to have gotten to this place after playing this game (and the previous WITP game) against Fabertong for YEARS. Very odd feeling.

I've asked Faber that if he'd like to and had the time he's willing to post in here as I feel a lot of readers would like to hear his side of things and perhaps with screenshots of the Empire and industry etc.

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RE: 17th January 1945 - 11/29/2013 7:26:51 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Speedy

It's a possibility. It will either be today or tomorrow that the Japanese Empire sues for peace.

I stated in a mail to Faber it's an odd feeling to have gotten to this place after playing this game (and the previous WITP game) against Fabertong for YEARS. Very odd feeling.

I've asked Faber that if he'd like to and had the time he's willing to post in here as I feel a lot of readers would like to hear his side of things and perhaps with screenshots of the Empire and industry etc.


I can certainly understand that. Odd feeling no doubt!

It would be really cool to hear Fabers side of things. Personally I´m really interested in what caused his industry to collapse and his take one the game in general!

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18th January 1945 - 11/29/2013 8:53:40 AM   
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Hi all,

Totally agree JocMeister. Really want to hear Faber's views. The offer's out there but he has said he's very busy with RL so it may not happen. Hopefully so though.

Today was an anti-climax! Bad weather socked in my B29's and most of my CV's raids! The only 'success' was a naval strike by my CV's against a small freighter TF trying to escape Tokyo. All 10 enemy AK were sunk but at a loss of 8 x DB as no escort flew and the small CAP of Zeroes took their toll.

Other than that I hope to smash the Empire for the last time tomorrow with raids on Tokyo AND my Brit CV's will reach an attack position SW of Hong Kong tomorrow to hopefully sink the BB's in port. A Bombardment TF centred around BB Richelieu and BC Renown will shell Hong Kong overnight as well.

509 net more VP's needed for AV.

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RE: 18th January 1945 - 11/29/2013 9:19:29 AM   
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Haha, one always stumbles on the finish line...

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Japanese surrender....end of the long road........ - 11/30/2013 8:46:42 AM   
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Hi All,

This is it. The Japanese formally surrendered on 19th January 1945. The most devastating B29 raid of the war causing over 270,000 fires in Tokyo bought Japan to her knees.

At this stage I want to congratulate Fabertong for being a challenging, reliable and tenacious opponent over the many years we've been playing WiTP. It's a strange and slightly sad feeling to think this long venture has come to and end but it has.

Over the coming days Faber may pop in here to share his thoughts and I'm open to requests from the readers as to any info they'd like to see or any questions you may have?

Many thanks to all of the readers and contributors as well. This AAR wouldn't have continued if you hadn't been around so many thanks.




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RE: Japanese surrender....end of the long road........ - 11/30/2013 9:32:33 AM   
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Congratulations to both you and Faber!

Its a massive achievement. No doubt you will be at it again after a short break!

Any chance you will write a kind of summarization of the game? Ups and downs? Game changing events?

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RE: Japanese surrender....end of the long road........ - 11/30/2013 9:48:58 AM   
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I played a game with Faber that lasted until October 45, he is the most gentlemanly and reliable opponent anyone could ever wish to play.

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RE: Japanese surrender....end of the long road........ - 11/30/2013 10:14:38 AM   
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RE: Japanese surrender....end of the long road........ - 11/30/2013 1:45:13 PM   
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RE: Japanese surrender....end of the long road........ - 11/30/2013 2:27:07 PM   
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RE: Japanese surrender....end of the long road........ - 11/30/2013 3:12:16 PM   
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Speedy,

Good timing. I just completed my game with Viberpol only a few days ago. August 1, 1945, on the day of Russian activation. We started our game when AE first came out and have been playing for four years. Ours was much different from yours but quite fun. Thanks for the great AAR. Good job by Fabertong as well.

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RE: Japanese surrender....end of the long road........ - 11/30/2013 7:23:35 PM   
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Thanks a lot for the thoughts and congrats guys

JocMeister - no problem at all. I'll provide a summary in the next 24 hours or so.

Crsutton - interesting. We must have started our games at very similar times then!

Any other questions or wants guys?

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RE: Japanese surrender....end of the long road........ - 12/1/2013 12:32:49 PM   
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Hi All,

Here's a summary of the game.

Early Phase - SRA Conquests
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Faber's moves in the first 6 months were the standard SRA Conquests and opening moves. No major surprises here except I managed to sink CVL Zuiho and BB Nagato with TB's based in Batavia in mid-January 1942.

Mid-End 1942
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Faber's moves post SRA conquest were focussed on northern Australia and the occupation of the New Hebrides and New Caledonia c.June 1942 time frame. The Allies didn't contest these.

The first major and decisive CV Battle took place west of the Aleutians in early August 1942. As seemed to happen in our major CV actions I got the luck of the draw and managed sink CV Kaga, Akagi, Hiryu and Soryu. I received no major damage in this engagement. 2 weeks after this the next decisive action took place near Midway when Faber attempted to launch a sneak raid on suspected Allied TF's heading to/from the West Coast. Once more I got the luck of the draw, spotted his TF and intercepted them with my CV's. CV Shokaku, Zuikaku and CVL Ryujo and Shoho sunk and once more no major Allied vessels were lost. 1/2 of my CV's did receive major damage though so were in the Shipyards until early 43.

From this point the Japanese were on the back foot but no major Allied invasions could take place until my CV's were repaired.

Allied fight back - 1943
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The first re-conquests took place at Wake in March 1943 and Marcus Island in April 1943. Faber once more tired a CV Battle here and CV Taiho, Hiyo, Junyo and CVL Ryuho were lost. Once more Allied CV units took damage and CV Hornet was lost when she foundered returning to the US for repair. CV Wasp was lost to a Sub attack in mid-March.

This again led to a lull as Allied CV's needed to be repaired before continuing the fight back.

In October 1943 The Allied struck against the other side of the Empire, whilst awaiting the arrival of more Essex CV's, at Cocos and Christmas Islands. They were easily taken and a small CV engagement sank CV Unryu and Amagi. CV Enterprise was sunk by a Jap Sub off Cocos Island.

First half 1944
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From Cocos and Christmas Islands the Allies took Siberoet and then invaded Sumatra at Padang and Benkoelen in early 1944 and effectively cut off Japanese oil supply from Sumatra. Whilst the land forces began to dominate and spread across Sumatra up to mid 1944 I launched the biggest failure of the Allied war effort - a land invasion through Burma. Faber had placed 4000-6000 AV worth of Troops which skilfully stopped the Allied assaults south of Prome and Toungoo. I could not get through here so stopped the offensive and began to shift troops to the Burmese coast for future operations leaving a holding force in Burma.

Second half 1944
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The Allied CV Force shifted back to the Pacific during the 2nd Quarter of 1944 for the big invasion of the Mariana's. En route to the Marianas they escorted invasion fleets to re-occupy a sparsely occupied Southern Pacific - New Caledonia/Hebrides and Papua New Guinea. Troops were easily landed and bases quickly fell right up to Lae.

With no real Jap CV Threat the Mariana invasions went fairly smoothly and over the course of 3 weeks heavy fighting the Allies occupied both Tinian and Guam before B29's flew in by the end of September. CV Wasp II was sunk by a Sub off Saipan (Tidbit Japanese subs accounted for 3 of the 4 US CV's sunk throughout the war!)

After the Mariana's Allied forces hopped over from Sumatra to Malaya and re-took Singapore. This as a major move in the region and opened up the Western SRA to Allied vessels. Coupled with this was a rapid Allied move into the Southern SRA against Ambon, Sorong and ultimately Mindanao.

Things began to snowball for the Japanese now as B29's hit Japanese cities frequently and heavily from the Mariana's whilst Allied CV's could roam freely right up to Japan and up to Formosa from Singapore. Heavy losses were sustained on Japanese merchant shipping by CV Air.

With Japan on her knees, Industry failing, no resource/oil supply from the SRA from mid-1944 and Japanese cities burning she sued for peace in mid-January 1945.

Through all of this I have to mention the Allied Submarine arm. They performed wonders for me throughout the war sinking about 45% of the sunk enemy vessels and were about as effective as I could make them to be.

A last point on the summary is that it's very apparent to me how crucial and how luck played a key role in the 2 key CV Battles of August 1942. The Japanese lost 6 x CV's for no Allied loss. Who knows but the war may have gone very differently if not for these 2 battles.

If there's anything else you would like to know let me know otherwise I hope Fabertong contributes his thoughts shortly before this AAR slips off the pages and goes into the files of old AAR's.....thanks again for reading and contributing.

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RE: Japanese surrender....end of the long road........ - 12/1/2013 12:43:03 PM   
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I read through the AAR but I might have missed the initial starting options. In particular, advanced weather? On or Off? PDU?
My thought on Advanced weather is that the IJ fought CV battles in low detection areas and Advanced Weather makes float planes worthless ...

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RE: Japanese surrender....end of the long road........ - 12/1/2013 12:49:22 PM   
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Hi Crackaces:

Advanced Weather on
PDU on
FOW on
Allied Damage Control on
Reliable US Torpedoes off
No unit withdrawals off

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RE: Japanese surrender....end of the long road........ - 12/1/2013 1:00:50 PM   
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quote:

Advanced Weather on


I do not have the same experience level as others on this forum but in 4 games playing Allies with Advanced Weather on and a CV battle taking place within my LBA Patrol zones...
Things have not turned out so well for the IJ ... I wonder if your opponent dedicated any DB's to search? It appears that Advanced Weather turns Earth into the planet Hoth ... making it far more likely that a big storm grounds float planes but does not affect CV based air search .. at least not as much ..


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RE: Japanese surrender....end of the long road........ - 12/1/2013 1:41:08 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Speedy

A last point on the summary is that it's very apparent to me how crucial and how luck played a key role in the 2 key CV Battles of August 1942. The Japanese lost 6 x CV's for no Allied loss. Who knows but the war may have gone very differently if not for these 2 battles.

And yet, how close to reality this played out ... just a month or two later ... I really think it is all about damage control ... or lack thereof.

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RE: Japanese surrender....end of the long road........ - 12/1/2013 2:05:12 PM   
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Crackaces - never really looked in to that element of it to be honest but it could have been a part of it for sure. I cant remember if Faber had DB/TB on search. It's so long ago now.

PaxMondo - Indeed. The irony of it is it's different locations and slightly different timelines but same bad results for Japan with no Allied loss. From memory the number of hits the Japanese CV's sustained would have led to their loss even with Allied DC. However, the Allied hits could well have led to their demise if they had Japanese DC!

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One factor to keep in mind is that we never get to see ships' status after damage is sustained but before damage control is applied, because there are damage control steps that take place before the end of a turn. Just adds a possibly large dose of uncertainty when evaluating things.

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One factor to keep in mind is that we never get to see ships' status after damage is sustained but before damage control is applied, because there are damage control steps that take place before the end of a turn. Just adds a possibly large dose of uncertainty when evaluating things.

Let me help you 'pierce the veil':

Damage before end of turn on Kaga:
Sys: 20
Flt: 10/8
Eng: 10/6
Fires: 8

at end of turn with IJ damage control applied:
Sys: 40
Flt: 30/28
Eng: 20/16
Fires: 38

I think they use AvGas!

Damage before end of turn on BigE:
Sys: 20
Flt: 10/8
Eng: 10/6
Fires: 8

at end of turn with allied damage control applied:
Sys: 10
Flt: 4/4*
Eng: 3/3*
Fires: 0


* Special rule: allied damage control can repair 50% of major damage in first repair turn.


All observations are from Yamamoto's perspective....


< Message edited by PaxMondo -- 12/1/2013 4:41:25 PM >


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