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24th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 7:19:39 AM   
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Hi all,

Is anyone reading this?

If so any thoughts on what's the benefit of having troops in reserve mode in a contested hex?

Any thoughts on how things are going? Things you'd like to see/hear about? Remember this AAR is for you guys not me


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PI -

Manila was declared an open city and was reportedly occupied by Japanese forces. Let's see if my Submarine Tender can make Darwin.

The siege of Clark will begin soon I guess.

My B17's will raid Manila tomorrow targetting the repair shipyards.

Some Lillies tried bombing Clark and a reported 9 were shot down by my patrolling CAP. Thanks for the experience boys

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Malaya -
A quiet day overall. Japanese are still mulling about SW of Kota Bharu and at Taiping. Another 4500 supply was delivered to Singapore today

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Other areas -

Reinforcements are starting to get into place in India. I'll list the specifics tomorrow but the 18th UK Division was re-directed from Singapore to Madras.......

Looks as though Faber is heading for PM already! Search planes identified a Japanese TF heading SW towards Milne Bay. This is a pity since I was at least hoping to get 1st Aus Bde there. This is unlikely now with the men embarking at Cairns.

My shipping came under attack at PM for the first time by Nells based at Rabaul! All attacks missed my Cruiser force though which was good. They'll head west, my supply convoy south and await developments.

I have 143 AV at PM, 2 forts and 25K supply. Won't hold if Faber's brought a big stick.

I have moved in a Wirraway Squadron for Naval interdiction (what good it will do).

The good news is that A-24 Banshee squadrons arrive at Brisbane within 2 days........

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Submarine warfare -

SS S-40 had a field day near Samarinda. During the day she attacked (and probably sunk) CM Ikutsushima over 2 attacks and heavily damaged CM Yaeyama. Medals all round

SS Snapper heavily damaged the freighter Koryu Maru off the coast of Indo China.

SS Swordfish broke in to the PB Tokotsu Maru outisde of Miri harbour.

On the Japanese side SS I-165 reportedly hit a mine trying to sneak into Batavia Harbour




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RE: 24th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 7:56:53 AM   
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Speedy,

Yep, I'm reading this AAR.

Putting excess units in a contested hex into reserve mode is good as it will reduce them to casualty exposure. The point to note is if the enemy's deliberate/shock is going to achieve a >2:1 ratio, some of your reserve units will be activated to redress the odds. Thus what you want to do is ensure you have sufficient troops ready for combat to maintain a 1:1 ratio in response to an enemy attack, thereby allowing the units you deliberately chose to "rest" in reserve mode, to so rest.

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RE: 24th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 8:05:39 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Speedy

Hi all,

Is anyone reading this?

If so any thoughts on what's the benefit of having troops in reserve mode in a contested hex?

Any thoughts on how things are going? Things you'd like to see/hear about? Remember this AAR is for you guys not me





you sure have many readers already Sir. Putting troops in reserve means they are not exposed to artillery fire which was very important pre patch (better say pre hotfix) and not so important anymore. But troops in reserve also recover faster from disruption and I guess they also should recover disabled squads faster but I´m saying this just from what I´ve read and not from my own experience (yet). If a unit is on reserve then there´s a die roll if it would take part in combat if your position is assaulted and being in reserve is also the only possibility to pursue your enemy if he´s forced to retreat.

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RE: 24th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 8:14:32 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Speedy

The good news is that A-24 Banshee squadrons arrive at Brisbane within 2 days........

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Submarine warfare -

SS S-40 had a field day near Samarinda. During the day she attacked (and probably sunk) CM Ikutsushima over 2 attacks and heavily damaged CM Yaeyama. Medals all round

SS Snapper heavily damaged the freighter Koryu Maru off the coast of Indo China.

SS Swordfish broke in to the PB Tokotsu Maru outisde of Miri harbour.

On the Japanese side SS I-165 reportedly hit a mine trying to sneak into Batavia Harbour




in my AI test game I used two Banshee squadrons out of PM and even though they had only nav bomb exp in the 20s they sunk dozens of merchants with 1000lb SAP bombs which was quite impressing and amazing to me as I´ve always read so far that divebombers seem not to hit anything in AE if they aren´t above 50 exp. What was even more impressing was the fact that my two squadrons of Vildebeests that start the war in Malaya were also ship killers (with 500lb bombs). Moved them into the bases next of Kuching and the AI lost 4 or 5 dozen merchants to the 20 biplanes over the course of a month. Granted, this was against the AI who wasn´t smart enough to take out those airfields or to Cap the merchants at Kuching, but what was really interesting was the fact that those bombers (both the Banshees and Vildebeest) actually achieved really good hit rates, even though the pilots´ exp wasn´t that good.

Like I´ve said before, isn´t AE a wonderland for submarine warfare? While the Japanese could effectively take out the Allied´s submarine force at every stage of the war (or at least make it very hard - except your game against Faber of course, sorry Faber ), in AE I think by the end of 43 the Japanese will have run out of merchants. At the moment I expect subs to be the numero uno weapon in AE to win against the Japanese. In WITP it were the 4E bombers.


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RE: 24th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 2:20:53 PM   
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The other use of reserve is for troops you wish to use to pursue the enemy. If you're planning to shock attack and take a hex, set some armor to reserve and pursue. They will massacre the fleeing enemy.


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RE: 24th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 2:51:22 PM   
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Units in Reserve mode DO NOT recover from disruption faster, that is a benefit of Rest mode.
Putting a unit in Reserve mode has the following effects:

For attacking units-
1) Does not fire in combat
2) Does not take casualties in combat
3) Not used to determine odds
4) Can pursue retreating units

For defending units-
1) Does not fire in combat
2) Not affected by bombardment attacks
3) Not used to determine odds
4) Does not take casualties in combat unless initial odds are greater than 2-1; if the unit's leader passes a land check, the unit is placed in Move  mode and added to the combat resolution

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RE: 24th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 3:01:21 PM   
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I stand corrected, I mixed up reserve and rest, better say, I thought units in reserve would be set to rest by default if not set to pursue.

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RE: 24th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 3:17:19 PM   
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quote:

I have 143 AV at PM, 2 forts and 25K supply. Won't hold if Faber's brought a big stick.

I have moved in a Wirraway Squadron for Naval interdiction (what good it will do).

The good news is that A-24 Banshee squadrons arrive at Brisbane within 2 days........

PM will not hold and A-24 are worthless.

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25-26th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 7:31:11 PM   
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Hi all,

Firstly, if anyone has any thoughts/comments/questions please don't be shy

Ah...so some people did read it then Thanks for the comments guys.. Interesting. It will take some time for me to get used to using the reserve feature I can see. Ckammp you summed it up nicely. Thanks. My gut feel then is that it's only really useful when you have force to spare - whether it be on attack or defence. As such I can only see this being viable over time in India, Australia and when the US gets going?

I also can't see the point of having a defensive unit in reserve mode? It won't contribute to artillery fire and only IF it passesa check will it be placed in MOVE mode. Hardly the best for contributing to a fight.

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PI -

Recon reports the Japanese are massing to close in on Clark Field.

B17's bombed Manila's industry on 25th (40% LI damaged) but met 20 Zeroes on 26th who downed 4 of them!

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Malaya/rest of SRA -

Fairly quiet. Slowly moving back to Malacca. The Japanese bomb there daily but I have refused to fight so far. I am sending CAP there for the first time tomorrow....we'll see.

No further Japanese invasion since Samarinda in southern SRA/I suspect Balikpapan or Kendari will be next.

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Other areas -

The Japanese are about a day out from PM now. Masses of TF's have been reported and the Wirraways from PM tried bombing them yesterday to no reported effect.

Japanese CV's are lurking somewhere well to the NE of Townsville and on the 26th they surprised my shipping in the area devastating the former PM supply convoy. 9 x AK, 1 x large TK, 1 x small TK and 2 x AM's were sent to the bottom. The irony of all of the this is that the only ship in the area to survive is the Minsweeper Penguin which has survived all the way from Guam

All other TF's in the vicinity are either fleeing south to Sydney or NW back upto Darwin. I only suspect 2 x CV's are in the area based on the number of attacking planes. Hiryu amongst them according to intel. Don't know where the rest of KB is......

The A-24's are now in Townsville and Cairns. If anything ventures too near they'll have a go hopefully.......

AV in PM upto 161 now.......

Just so you know POW is still doing fine. She's inbetween Java and Australia at the mo heading for Perth

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Submarine warfare -

A frustrating couple of days with several missed/failed attacks. In fact the only success was the damaging of AK Arima Maru by SS KXI south of Saigon.

In return SS Swordfish and SS O-19 are returning to Singapore for repair after enemy DC's damaged them.

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Reinforcements -

I thought I'd detail some of the movements of key forces I have in the offing.

Firstly, India:

Chittagong - 45th Ind Bde
Calcutta - 44, 46th Ind Bde
Trincomalee - 48th Gurkha Bde
Madras - 18th UK Divison - to be spread around southern India.
Port Blair - B Sqn 3rd Hussars - just so it's not a walk in the park there....


SoPac (currently around PH region):

24th USA Division
8th USMC Rgt
2nd USMC ARM
Const Rgt
EAB Bn
AA Rgt
2 x BF's
2nd USMC Def. Bn
B26 BG - 3 x Squadrons
P39 FG - 3 x Squadrons

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RE: 25-26th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 7:40:12 PM   
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Be careful estimating enemy strength based on strike strength. Low value targets are never attacked with full strength, may just be that the TF commander didn't think your convoy worth planes from more than 2 CV.

I also think, but am not sure, that a defending unit will be put in combat mode when taken out of reserve. With a good commander reserve is a feasible option, it will prevent casualties and disruption from bombardment keeping your units in good shape longer.

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RE: 25-26th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 7:49:58 PM   
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I agree on defensive reserve. Don't have the manual handy but it would be utterly pointless to have a defensive reserve that switches to move mode in order to shore up the defenses.

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RE: 25-26th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 8:20:39 PM   
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Wirraways carry only 100lb GP (x2) while Hudsons carry 250lb GP (x4) with greater range. I would train up your Wirraways for ground attacks and Hudson for naval attack. I think you will need to specialize your LBAs early in the war as their experience in some areas is so bad that it is a waste to use them that way. 

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RE: 25-26th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 9:57:39 PM   
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Nobody is reading this. Not even me...

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RE: 25-26th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 10:04:11 PM   
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RE: 25-26th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 10:13:25 PM   
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RE: 24th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 10:27:18 PM   
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quote:

At the moment I expect subs to be the numero uno weapon in AE to win against the Japanese.


I wish this were true, but with the high dud rate, US subs mainly chip the paint. I will say there are more encounters, and when the dud rate drops, Japanese convoys will need to be well escorted.

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RE: 24th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 10:30:55 PM   
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4) Does not take casualties in combat unless initial odds are greater than 2-1; if the unit's leader passes a land check, the unit is placed in Move mode and added to the combat resolution


Are you sure it is MOVE mode? My troops in reserve mode switch to Combat mode. In China, sometimes as many as 8 or 10 corps were switched to Combat mode from reserve mode during a deliberate or shock attack against them.

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RE: 24th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 10:31:31 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Speedy




Looks as though Faber is heading for PM already! Search planes identified a Japanese TF heading SW towards Milne Bay. This is a pity since I was at least hoping to get 1st Aus Bde there. This is unlikely now with the men embarking at Cairns.

My shipping came under attack at PM for the first time by Nells based at Rabaul! All attacks missed my Cruiser force though which was good. They'll head west, my supply convoy south and await developments.

I have 143 AV at PM, 2 forts and 25K supply. Won't hold if Faber's brought a big stick.

I have moved in a Wirraway Squadron for Naval interdiction (what good it will do).

The good news is that A-24 Banshee squadrons arrive at Brisbane within 2 days........



This seems to be an increasingly common strategy (to go for PM early). In one of my games, my opponent tried in late December (failed) and then sent the veteran 4th division in on 8 Jan. I had 160AV and PM fell in about 10 minutes...

My Banshees were up to 30 experience at that point--could not hit anything moving but sunk an AK parked at Buna in a supporting enemy operation.

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RE: 25-26th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 10:43:12 PM   
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I agree on defensive reserve. Don't have the manual handy but it would be utterly pointless to have a defensive reserve that switches to move mode in order to shore up the defenses.


From the manual (pg.186):

"If attacked and the initial Assault odds are greater than 2:1 a unit in reserve may be aded to the combat if the units Leader passes a LAND check. If the check is successful the units Op Mode will change to Move and the reserve units combat strength will be added to the combat."

I agree, it seems strange that the unit goes to Move instead of Combat; I assume it is meant to simulate a unit rushing to secure the MLR.

Or, of course, it could just be a manual typo.

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RE: 25-26th December 1941 - 12/22/2009 10:50:32 PM   
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Sounds like it is based on what khyberbill said above.

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RE: 24th December 1941 - 12/23/2009 1:31:48 AM   
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Hi all, Is anyone reading this?


Actually, Faber's doing even worse than you. His AAR has over 2400 hits (vs. 1780 for yours), but even fewer replies.

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RE: 24th December 1941 - 12/23/2009 3:21:59 AM   
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quote:

Hi all, Is anyone reading this?


Actually, Faber's doing even worse than you. His AAR has over 2400 hits (vs. 1780 for yours), but even fewer replies.


Penguins are so scary!

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27th December 1941 - 12/23/2009 12:58:10 PM   
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Hi all,

Thanks for your comments.

Smeulders - thanks. A good point. I suppose it could be the whole of KB. I guess we'll have to wait and see! I hope Faber doesn't come for Noumea in the next month. If he does he'll get it easily. If not then I should have a 'decent' sized force in place.

NY59 - Good point! Wirraways are useless for almost anything it seems. guess for now it's just a 'using what I have' method. I have flown my Banshee's in this turn and the Wirraways out.......

Wirraway_Ace - I agree. It looks as though PM will fall. On the 27th elements of Guards Mixed Bde and 144th Rgt landed. They already outnumber the defenders 2.5:1 in AV and have far higher experience.

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PI/Malaya -

Fairly quiet here except that 12 x Buffalo were lost over Malacca for 2 x Oscars.....useless things. Resting tomorrow.

CAP flying over Clark tomorrow. B17's will attempt to bomb Hong Kong's LI.

Starting to move some forces back to Singapore - namely 11th and 19th Indian Divisions from Malacca.

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Rest of SRA -

Japanese movements starting to occur. Recon identified a large concentration of Japanese ships north of Kuching.

Balikpapan was stormed today by Japanese forces from neighbouring Samarinda.

Japanese Para's took Kolaka west of Kendari and ships edging past Manado

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Burma -

Still quiet here but Japanese forces nearing Moulmein.

I continue to build up around Pegu.

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Other areas -

As mentioned above Japanese forces landed at PM. They should take it. I have flown the Banshee's in for a day to see what damage they can do.

Not sure where the CV's are but maybe NE of Milne Bay.

I'm risking sending my Aussie CA/CL force from the island west of Horn Island to try to mix things up. I know BB Yamashiro and CL Kitakami are around since they bombarded PM (and will hopefully be low on ammo). Will probably take 2 days to get there. We'll see.

Seems like Japanese midget subs tried to get into PH again. None apparently made it through and several objects were reported sunk or ditched.......

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Submarine warfare -

A series of missed/failed attacks my side.

The Japanese sunk 2 ships today.

TK Mindanao nearing Soerabaya but SS I-153...DD's will investigate the area tomorrow.

AK Steel Ranger was lost with all hands by SS I-173 on it's way to re-supply Canton Island (another 2 ships now en route - not enough escorts to go around so many uinescorted smaller convoys).




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28th December 1941 - 12/23/2009 5:18:20 PM   
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Hi all,

PI/Malaya -

B17's bombed some of Hong Kong's LI today (20ish damaged). Tomorrow the oilfields of Tarakan are the target.

Buildup continues at Clark. A mixture of units are resting whilst others are on 'combat' to help build forts.

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Rest of SRA -

Japanese Naval units unloaded troops off Kendari todsay. CL De Ruyter and 2 x DD's will investigate the area tomorrow despite the fact CVL Ryujo is hovering further to the east.

Small raids were conducted against Ryujo and CVL Zuiho (near Kuching) by Dutch Mediums. No hits were scored and 2/3 of the attackers (7 planes) were shot ddown by CAP/AA. In return we claimed a Claude.

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Burma -

The 'Battle of Burma' is about to begin as Japanese units have reached the outskirts of Moulmein. My Bde there is about to pull out via rail tomorrow. The RAF will show it's hand tomorrow when 12 x Blenheims are ordered to bomb the Japanese positions escorted by AVG and Buffalos.

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Other areas -

Well well....go Banshee's:

CA Furutaka
xAP Keihuku Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Nikki Maru, Bomb hits 1
xAK Azumasan Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Kazan Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
DD Kikuzuki
xAP Dairen Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CA Kako, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAP Ukishima Maru


xAK Nishimi Maru, Bomb hits 1
xAK Venice Maru
xAK Cheribon Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire

CA Furutaka
xAP Ussuri Maru
xAK Nikki Maru
xAK Katuragi Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAP Tsingtao Maru
CA Kinugasa
xAP Dairen Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage

xAK Nishimi Maru
xAK Venice Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kuraido Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Matsue Maru


Not bad for rookies....and I mean rookies - average exp is 30. They've done their part and they could be very useful in the region. As such all available planes (incl patrols) have flown to Australia. The Patrols will start to pick up men from PM which will surely fall as even more Japanese came ashore today (SNLF's).

KB is south of Milne Bay. My cruiser force will go in to investigate PM tomorrow all being well......

CV Yorktown arrives tomorrow

BB POW is moving down the west coast of Australia towards Perth now

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Submarine warfare -

SS Plunger had a 'bumper' day reportedly sinking 2 enemy freighters inbetween Truk and Rabaul. First to go was the Shinwa Maru by a torpedo. In the afternoon Plunger surfaced and reportedly sunk the much smaller Tomozono Maru #3 by a 4" shell!

On the 'other side' I lost a large freighter - Hinsang SE of Soerabaya to I-156.

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China -

Is getting interesting so I thought I'd post a screenshot of what's going on. The red circles indicate current battle points and the arrows the upcoming axis/expected moves by Allies (blue) and Japanese (red).

I've tried to really mess things up for Faber in the region of Wuchang/Hankow by cutting roads and now moving in strength to the cities. 13 x Corps are moving towards Hankow (reported 19 enemy units there!) I don't know if i'm strong enough to take these hot spots but we'll try. Examples of the current strength levels are below:

Ground combat at Nanchang (85,54)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 22951 troops, 226 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 937

Defending force 13415 troops, 92 guns, 76 vehicles, Assault Value = 416


Allied ground losses:
23 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Assaulting units:
9th Prov Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
21st Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
23rd Group Army
30th Group Army

Defending units:
12th Ind.Mixed Brigade
11th Ind.Mixed Brigade
23rd RGC Temp. Division
17th JAAF Base Force


Ground combat at Wuchang (84,51)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 56023 troops, 311 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1704

Defending force 30706 troops, 264 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1075


Allied ground losses:
80 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
26th Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
74th Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
20th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
99th Chinese Corps
27th Group Army
29th Group Army

Defending units:
18th Ind.Mixed Brigade
3rd Division
40th/A Division
40th/B Division
40th/C Division


China is certainly interesting at the mo...........




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29th December 1941 - 12/24/2009 2:13:45 PM   
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Hi all,

A bad day for Australia and New Zealand..............

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PI -

The first Japanese troops have reached Clark Field...only 1 unit reported. More to come of course. I'm taking a risk in attacking tomorrow....on the proviso that not all of the Japanese will be there and they will not be in combat mode.

The raid against Tarakan was a failure as the bombers became separated and enemy CAP drove most of them off. We rest tomorrow.

P40's on CAP.

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Malaya -

Mysteriously Netties attacked my small freighters that have ferried in the much needed supply to Singapore. 3 of them were sunk today. Buffalos are on CAP tomorrow in case they do so again.

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Rest of SRA -

The large mass of Japanese TF's has moved west from Kuching heading SW around Borneo......I wonder where they're going? Logically I would say Palembang.

CL De Ruyter charged into Kendari Bay attacking the enemy invasion fleet. An Sub Chaser was blown up and an AK left heavily burning, 400 enemy troops died on board the ships......come first light though Ryujo's Kate's had located them and by day's end De Ruyter was left crippled and heavily listing. It's doubtful she'll make Makassar.

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Other Areas -

Disaster at PM as my Cruiser force was just approaching to engage the Japanese when a mass of enemy TB/DB's appeared overhead. Kaga and Soryu groups were present apparently. Decimation occured and by day's end CA - Canberra, CL - Perth, Leander and Adelaide were sunk. CL Achilles was left heavily damaged and burning. Only DD Voyager was left unscathed racing away to the west.

The good news is that, surprisingly, PM held back the Japanese attack:

Ground combat at Port Moresby (98,130)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 13869 troops, 119 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 509

Defending force 5104 troops, 60 guns, 5 vehicles, Assault Value = 167

Japanese adjusted assault: 52

Allied adjusted defense: 65

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 2)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker: disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
1201 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 89 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
392 casualties reported
Squads: 22 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
Guards Mixed Brigade
Maizuru 1st SNLF
144th Infantry Regiment
Sasebo 2nd SNLF
7th Naval Construction Battalion
2nd JNAF AF Unit

Defending units:
2/1st Ind Coy
B Coy/NG Rifles
D Coy/NG Rifles
Lark Battalion
49th Australian Battalion
A Coy/NG Rifles
Port Moresby Brigade
15th RAAF Base Force
Rabaul Det. Base Force

Fragments of all units are being transported back to Cairns to allow them to 're-grow' in due course.

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China -

Chinese forces were pushed back east of Sinyang (frustratingly).

The 'block' held NW of Nanchang. Talking of Nanchang the leaders have been replaced and tomorrow the Chinese forces will attack there. It is really crucial for me that this succeeds. Without a breakthrough in the region it will be a massive waste of supply and my forces will be exposed.

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Submarine Warfare -

The only Allied success today was when SS KVIII crippled DD Ikazuchi west of Singkawang....I had placed 3 subs in this region in anticipation of the large mass of Japanese TF's.

The hunter became the hunted when DD Pope blew up after SS I-156's torpedo hit her off Soerabaya.

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RE: 29th December 1941 - 12/24/2009 2:23:17 PM   
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Hi all,

A query to all -

How best to increase Allied replacement pilot experience? My take on it is that you need to send back a fair few highly experienced pilots to TRACOM. However in theearly game phases there are hardly any 80+ EXP pilots spare to send back.

Thoughts?

Happy Christmas to all if I don't get to post on here again before tomorrow!

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RE: 29th December 1941 - 12/24/2009 2:32:09 PM   
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TRACOM doesn't do anything for the exp of your pilots, it will only speed up the training, not worth it IMHO as allies, you've got enough replacement pilots. What is worthwhile is sending some of those highly experienced pilots (80+ pilots in units training gives a bonus) to units remaining on the west coast, fill them up with rookie pilots and let them train until they reach the 60's, then reassign the pilots to front line squadrons.

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RE: 29th December 1941 - 12/24/2009 2:46:27 PM   
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So how do you increase the entering EXP of pilots from the pilot pool?

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You can't, you'll need on-map training to get them combat worthy.

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RE: 24th December 1941 - 12/26/2009 9:58:26 AM   
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Not only am I reading this but am making notes as I do so. I use a nifty free programme to pull all the ideas together.

No worthy comments form me yet as I am making an absolute mess of my first game and really need to hide my ineptitude!

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