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RE: 14th January 1942 - 1/14/2010 12:00:32 AM   
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Your kill ratio seems high to me. I mean a P35A?

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RE: 14th January 1942 - 1/14/2010 12:02:23 AM   
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It isn't you. I think it is the game and that is not your doing.

You are doing what you always do well..............Make life miserable for your opponent

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RE: 14th January 1942 - 1/14/2010 12:16:14 AM   
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Ah got you. I think it is simply because a decent number of those kills have been bombers and un-escorted bombers at that.....I personally don't think Faber has swept enough and I've also (good for me) timed my CAP well - in terms of when to CAP andwhen not to. I seem to have a sixth sense and have managed to mainly Stand Down when sweeps come in but CAP when raids are due......




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RE: 14th January 1942 - 1/14/2010 12:21:14 AM   
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That will do it in this game. As I said you do what you do well

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15th January 1942 - 1/14/2010 2:26:03 AM   
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Hi all,

PI -

The usual kind of day.....Japanese shell Allied position at Clark to little effect (68 casualties). CAP standing down as per norm. Shelling Japanese positions tomorrow to keep the Japanese honest.

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Malaya -

Recon indicates 26 Japanese units are at Johore.

Over 40 x Oscars sweep and 26 x Sallies bomb Singapore. Luckily I had moved my planes out yesterday.

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Java -

Japanese CV planes were spotted over Soerabaya but Patrols found no enemy TF's nearby. Hmm.

The IJA 38th Division attacked again at Batavia but made no progress. They did destroy more Dutch squads than they lost though:

Ground combat at Batavia (49,98)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14596 troops, 230 guns, 121 vehicles, Assault Value = 417

Defending force 15702 troops, 181 guns, 78 vehicles, Assault Value = 331

Japanese adjusted assault: 272

Allied adjusted defense: 337

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

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
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Japanese ground losses:
929 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 67 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 22 disabled
Guns lost 2 (0 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 10 (0 destroyed, 10 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
247 casualties reported
Squads: 14 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 26 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)

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China -

The Chinese threw themselves at the Japanese beachead outside of Loyang. The fight was intense and bloody for both sides. 9th Chinese Corps attacking on the right flank was mauled and fell back in disaray (98% disabled). 36th and 80th Chinese Corps broke through the enemy positions and force the enemy to rout across the River. Losses have been heavy (down to 1214 AV at the mo). I called a meeting with the local Chinese commanders. After an hours deliberation it was decided we would now NOT pursue the enemy across the river unless the situation changes. There are still many strong Japanese units to the SE:

Ground combat at Loyang (87,43)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 49528 troops, 259 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1704

Defending force 27047 troops, 252 guns, 69 vehicles, Assault Value = 962

Allied adjusted assault: 2571

Japanese adjusted defense: 803

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
8771 casualties reported
Squads: 212 destroyed, 186 disabled
Non Combat: 220 destroyed, 139 disabled
Engineers: 12 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 27 (17 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Vehicles lost 19 (10 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Units retreated 5


Allied ground losses:
2208 casualties reported
Squads: 66 destroyed, 340 disabled
Non Combat: 11 destroyed, 292 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 23 disabled


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
36th Chinese Corps
80th Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
38th Chinese Corps
9th Chinese Corps
5th New Chinese Corps
Jingcha War Area
4th Group Army
14th Group Army
36th Group Army
15th Group Army
4th Chinese Base Force

Defending units:
3rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
4th Ind.Mixed Brigade
37th Division
6th Ind.Mixed Brigade
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment

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Burma -

Japanese forces took Rangoon 2 days back and took Tongoo (sp?) yesterday. It will be touch and go what I can get out of the pocket. I have ordered 16th Indian Bde to march overland to Akyab. 13,500 tonnes of suply are being loaded up at Calcutta bound for Akyab.

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Submarine Warfare -

Many missed and dud attacks today. Worst of all by SS Thresher firing 10 torpedoes at AO Shinkoku Maru south of Rennell Islands (Japanese force heading for New Caledonia). As mentioned before this is frustrating. If it had ben 2 more weeks I would have had a massive force (600 AV, 25 x P40E, 40 x P39D, 40 x B26B) at Noumea.




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16th January 1942 - 1/14/2010 6:01:39 PM   
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Hi all,

PI -
Japanese bomb Clark for the first time in ages destroying 8 planes on the ground. Japanese lose over 200 men with Allied shelling.

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Malaya -

Raids continue. Looking forward to getting to grips with the enemy when they march over!

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Java -

An enemy TF is spotted 180 miles NNE of Soerabaya. Unsure of what this is. All TB's and Buffalos have flown into Soerabaya and along with the rest of the Dutch airforce will attempt to attack enemy shipping tomorrow.

Stalemate continues on the ground.

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Burma -

I'm splitting my retreating forces in half. Those at Prmem are to now march overland to Akyab. It will be a long struggle but estimates indicate they will not reach the Mandalay area before the Japanese do. The other half should reach Mandalay in time.

6 x Wirraway are at Prome today to bomb enemy spearheads heading towards Meiktila.

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China -

The Chinese scored another local victory agains the hideous Japanese forces NE of Hankow. I am now marching on Singyang to 'see what's there' and may then either try to take it or to send a couple of corps to cut it and Hankow off fr0m supply to the east:

Ground combat at 85,49

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 30607 troops, 184 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1024

Defending force 7047 troops, 62 guns, 11 vehicles, Assault Value = 268

Allied adjusted assault: 595

Japanese adjusted defense: 164

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: morale(-), experience(-)
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Japanese ground losses:
3080 casualties reported
Squads: 95 destroyed, 66 disabled
Non Combat: 54 destroyed, 73 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 4 (3 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 2


Allied ground losses:
54 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
7th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
20th Group Army
21st Group Army

Defending units:
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
14th RGC Temp. Division

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Other areas -

I expect the Japanese to invade New Caledonia within 2-3 days. SS Thresher is still tracking as the screenshot shows KB is nearby. You can also see the first 2 of 6 convoys have reached Suva. I am thinking of force dispositions in the are assuming New Caledonia's loss. I will probably create a bastion at Fuji and build up Raoul and Norfolk Islands to keep the life line open.

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Submarine warfare -

SS S-36 heavily damaged AK Brasil Maru with a torpedo south of Saigon. 3 other ships were hit by duds throughout the day.

On the other side SS I-168 broke in half the small freighter Nicarata near Christmas Island, returning from Tahiti in SoPac.




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RE: 16th January 1942 - 1/14/2010 6:18:17 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Speedy

6 x Wirraway are at Prome today to bomb enemy spearheads heading towards Meiktila.


Hey Speedy, empty beer bottles make a satisfying whistle, I hear.

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RE: 16th January 1942 - 1/14/2010 6:56:42 PM   
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quote:

the hideous Japanese forces


Ah-hah! He's found the Penguin Guard!

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17-18th January 1942 - 1/15/2010 7:47:13 PM   
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Hi all,

The heat turns up across the SRA and the cracks are finally showing in the Allied airforce on Luzon.

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PI -

2 days of intense combat at Clark Field (including 50 Zeroes sweeping and large bombing raids) have weakned the Allied fighter force to 29 planes, 12 of which are damaged. My boys have fought valiantly taking down a reported 11 x Zeroes and 9 x bombers. In return 10 planes have been lost in the ground and 19 fighters in the air.

It pains me to not send replacements to my fighter squadrons but it's a lost cause and no point in throwing good money after bad......

My men on the ground continue to hold though with the Japanese content to lob shells at us.

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Malaya -

All quiet here as we await the Japanese assault. A few bombers fly overhead unlueashing their loads.

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Java -

The ghost will soon be up here as well as more Japanese forces land at Tjepoe WNW of Soerabaya. Faber id well here since I was tracking the force and expected it to land at Semarang. As such Tjepoe is undefended. I am moving 120 AV of hodge podge to Tjepoe to try to hold the enemy. It's unlikely I will though and they will quickly overwhelm Java I expect.

My airforce has fought and died valiantly in drove over the past 2 days. The landing is protected by what looks like Shokaku/Zuikaku and a CVL. Over the past 2 days 65 Allied planes and their crew have been lost whilst attacking the oncoming Japanese TF's cvered by 40ish Zero/Claude CAP. I have about 40 planes left in the whole of Java now.

They did not die without achievement though. On the 17th they managed to sink 3 troop carrying AK's before they hit the beaches. My subs also scored here as well.....

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Burma -

Japanese tanks have reached Meiktila. I have assembled a rag tag 80AV to hold for a day or so if we can to allow me to embark trains for the rear and India.

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Other areas -

Japanese troops (Guards Bde + 2 x SNLF) stormed ashore the empty beaches of Koumac, New Caledonia. They'll march overland and occupy Noumea. I have nothing there to oppose them. Noumea's catalinas will fly out what they can to Suva before the the Japanese arrive.

I will need to move quickly to make Raoul and Norfolk Islands active when my troops have disembarked at Suva.

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China -

Developments in South China which I will elaborate on over the next few days.

Faber routed 3 Chinese corps to the SW of Nanchang with heavy loss.

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Submarine warfare -

SS S-38 heavily damaged the troop laden AP Buenos Aires Maru off Bandjermasin on it's way to Tjepoe.

SS Gudgeon heavily damaged AK Bunzan Maru off Japanese occupied Lunga.

SS Triton missed SS I-18 with my first sub vs sub attack of the war near Kwajalein.

SS I-22 sank AK Alcoa Prospector near Laysan Island returnign to PH after re-supplying Midway.




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RE: 17-18th January 1942 - 1/15/2010 11:50:10 PM   
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quote:

2 days of intense combat at Clark Field (including 50 Zeroes sweeping and large bombing raids) have weakned the Allied fighter force to 29 planes, 12 of which are damaged. My boys have fought valiantly taking down a reported 11 x Zeroes and 9 x bombers. In return 10 planes have been lost in the ground and 19 fighters in the air.

It pains me to not send replacements to my fighter squadrons but it's a lost cause and no point in throwing good money after bad......

My men on the ground continue to hold though with the Japanese content to lob shells at us.


This is a tough decision to make. I have troubles deciding to not send a few more P-40Es as replacements as part of me wants the Japanese player to be forced to keep most of his Zeros over Luzon rather than going someplace else.

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RE: 17-18th January 1942 - 1/16/2010 4:29:15 AM   
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Speedy,

A couple of questions.

(1)  The 3 troop carrying AKs you sank off Java.  Were the Allied planes only torpedo bombers with fighter escorts (presumably your extracted Singapore Buffaloes)?  Any other bomber types involved?

(2)  What exactly do you mean by making Norfolk and Raoul active?  They are such small islands that any garrison you place upon them will not repel a determined Japanese assault.  Nor am I certain that they are vital locations to station patrol planes to maintain a lookout.

BTW, Raoul Island is part of the Kermandec group.  A New Zealand family used to live there up to the start of the First World War.  They had been evacuated by the time the German raider SS Wolf visited in 1917 when the raider replenised its supplies of fruit, IIRC bananas.

Alfred

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19th January 1942 - 1/17/2010 7:12:12 AM   
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Hi all,

Hi ny59 - it is tough. I agree. Especially when my boys are doing well and I think the natural approach at any stage in the game is you want to reinforce, support and grow areas. I have decided from the get go though that anything in the SRA is expendable (within reason of course) and not to send anything else to it.

Hi Alfred - Always happy to have questions and dialogue....much more interesting than 1 way diatribe

1.) All of the damage was caused by Vildebeast's escorted by Buffalo's. Approximately 20ish Dutch LBA and Hawk 75's were involved but they achieved absolutely nothing.All little pin ****s but overall the conquest of Java may cause Faber some decent overall damage as will be seen......

2.) I agree in that if Faber wants them he has control of the seas so he could have them! I do think they are 'crucial' in terms of scouting and keeping the lifeline between Australia-US open IF the Japanese has Noumea though. They're the only 2 islands flanking Noumea-NZ. Without scouting options there KB could freely roam inbetween Noumea-NZ at will. Didn't know that info on Raoul. Thanks. Always add more flavour when historical tidbits are known

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PI -

A quiet day compared to the previous few days. No air raids other than the redoubtable Allied FP's operating out of Bataan lobbing a few small bombs on some nearby AK and LSD Shimshu Maru.

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Malaya -

All quiet on the western front............

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Burma/India -

The Japanese spearhead sat outside of Meiktila today. Since it's a lone Tk Rgt Ihave ordered my 5 Burma Bn's (90ish AV) to attack tomorrow.

6th Australian Division is embarking up at Aden and will head to Ceylon where they will fortify the Island.

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Java -

The Japanese may be having it on land now - 514 AV (2 x Rgt's, 3 x NG, Miura Det + support) at Tjepoe but carange rains in the sea. After 2 days of heavy and bloody effort by the allied airforces it was the time of submarines and our PT's (little friends) to weigh in.........

2 squadrons of PT's steamed into the Tjepoe unloading area. Clearly catching the Japanese unawares within the space of a few minutes DMS W-18 exploded in a pall of fire and smoke. Before the other Japanese escorts could react Torpedoes slammed into 4 unloading AK's sinking 3 of them......their work done the PT's sped out of the area to rearm at Soerabaya....only PT TM-14 failed to return when DD Shirayuki located her with a searchlight and obliteratig nher with a 5" shell.......we go back in tomorrow.

The sub action will be detailed below

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Submarine warfare -

After the chaos caused by the appearance of PT's SS O-21 was steathily patrolling off the coast located a massive target in the dawn gloom.....4 torpedos left her tubes and she dived away quickly expecting a heavy retribution......there was a deep dull rumble signifying a torpedo hat found it's mark damaging CV Zuikaku

Other successes in the day were achieved by SS S-38 damaging AK Yamahuku Maru in the Tjepoe staging area.

SS Sturgeon patrolling SW of Japan tracked a convoy heavily damagign AK Toho Maru with a torpedo and then later surfacing to duel with the remaining freighter AKL Honan Maru. A strange action occured as 9 x 3" shells slammed into the freighter (no noticeable damage) and 2 x 5" shells from the freighter landing near Sturgeon (2 FLT damage).




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RE: 19th January 1942 - 1/17/2010 7:32:10 PM   
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Great job overall in Java. For whatever reason, it seems your opponent misjudged the amount of resistance he would meet; his attacks seem either hasty or poorly carried out, or both.
Gotta love those little PT boats, and special kudos to O-21; any idea just how badly damaged the Zuikaku was?

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RE: 19th January 1942 - 1/18/2010 2:36:26 AM   
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Speedy,

More useless trivia regarding the Kerandec Group.

I was made aware of their existence many years ago when I came across a World War I movie (sorry can't remember the name) which starred John Wayne as a German captain of a german merchantman berthed at Sydney, Australia upon the outbreak of World War I.  My interest being piqued, after all how often did the Big Duke play for the other side (in military terms, of course), I watched fascinated as John Wayne left Sydney under cover of darkness, evaded RAN patrols in the Tasman Sea, and headed to (drum roll please) the Kermandec Group to replenish water supplies and cut down timber to supplement his half full coal bunkers (naturally he had left Sydney somewhat hurriedly before his coal bunkers had been fully replenished).

From the Kermandec Group (actually in the film they made all 3 islands into a single island) he rounded Cape Horn, steamed up the Atlantic, past Iceland, into Norwegian waters, and finally when just within 24 hours of reaching Kiel, his ship gets hit by a massive storm and sinks.  Of course he manages, whilst also saving the love interest, to swim ashore to safety in neutral territory.

With a story line like that I immediately thought it had to be inspired by a real life adventure, one which had a good German, otherwise the Big Duke surely could not have accepted the role.  Lo and behold I am convinced that the movie is clearly based on the german raider SS Wolf.

In real life, the Wolf left Kiel in 1916 and returned to Kiel to a great propaganda coup in late January 1918.  Her prize ship (which carried additional supplies etc and many of the captured ship crews and passengers) was separated from the Wolf due to heavy fog off Iceland.  It was 24 hours out of Kiel when it floundered on the Danish coast in a massive storm.  Her german crew (and captives) were able to be rescued by Danish surf boats and were put ashore for interment.

Most of the captured allied passengers/crews who wrote of their experiences spoke well of the fair treatment received from the Captain of the Wolf.  The german crew became particularly fond of the captured 6 year old.

Alfred

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RE: 19th January 1942 - 1/18/2010 5:17:14 AM   
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Speedy,

More useless trivia regarding the Kerandec Group.

I was made aware of their existence many years ago when I came across a World War I movie (sorry can't remember the name) which starred John Wayne as a German captain of a german merchantman berthed at Sydney, Australia upon the outbreak of World War I.  My interest being piqued, after all how often did the Big Duke play for the other side (in military terms, of course), I watched fascinated as John Wayne left Sydney under cover of darkness, evaded RAN patrols in the Tasman Sea, and headed to (drum roll please) the Kermandec Group to replenish water supplies and cut down timber to supplement his half full coal bunkers (naturally he had left Sydney somewhat hurriedly before his coal bunkers had been fully replenished).

From the Kermandec Group (actually in the film they made all 3 islands into a single island) he rounded Cape Horn, steamed up the Atlantic, past Iceland, into Norwegian waters, and finally when just within 24 hours of reaching Kiel, his ship gets hit by a massive storm and sinks.  Of course he manages, whilst also saving the love interest, to swim ashore to safety in neutral territory.

With a story line like that I immediately thought it had to be inspired by a real life adventure, one which had a good German, otherwise the Big Duke surely could not have accepted the role.  Lo and behold I am convinced that the movie is clearly based on the german raider SS Wolf.

In real life, the Wolf left Kiel in 1916 and returned to Kiel to a great propaganda coup in late January 1918.  Her prize ship (which carried additional supplies etc and many of the captured ship crews and passengers) was separated from the Wolf due to heavy fog off Iceland.  It was 24 hours out of Kiel when it floundered on the Danish coast in a massive storm.  Her german crew (and captives) were able to be rescued by Danish surf boats and were put ashore for interment.

Most of the captured allied passengers/crews who wrote of their experiences spoke well of the fair treatment received from the Captain of the Wolf.  The german crew became particularly fond of the captured 6 year old.

Alfred


Even more useless movie trivia:

The movie you are referring to is "The Sea Chase", a 1955 movie with John Wayne playing Captain Karl Erlich, a anti-Nazi Prussian who tries to save his ship by sailing from Australia to Norway. His love interest is played by Lana Turner. Also in the cast, as members of the freighter's crew, are James Arness (Gunsmoke) and Alan Hale Jr. (Gilligan's Island).

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20-22nd January 1942 - 1/19/2010 11:29:09 AM   
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Hi all,

Thanks ckammp - I don't know. Faber is an experienced player as such I doubt it would be poorly carried out. Maybe jusrt mistimed? I personally think it's a risk to go after Java with large forces still engaged in Malaya, PI and Burma.

Having said that, although it may have been slightly costly, Java will now fall. With the additional Japanese forces landing at Tjepoe there is only scant Dutch resistance and forces left outside of Buitenzorg and Batavia. I will hold whilst I can and take what I can with me though.

The PT's are at Batavia now and will investigate reports of a Japanese TF unloading at Merak tomorrow.

The Japanese fleets moved away from Tjepoe NE towards Balikpapan. No idea how badly damaged CV Zuikaku is but I would say not too badly since there's no indication of any TF moving particularly slow. I just hope one of my other multitude of subs find's and puts another couple of fish into her. I've set them along a likely return path to Japan.

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Malaya -

On the 20th the Japanese stormed over the Causeway onto Singapore Island. Heavy casualties were sustained although a beachhead achieved. On the 21st the Allied Commanders decided to attack the Japanese! The results were disatrous. Poorly led and trained they foundered under the experienced and co-ordinated fire of the Japanese leaving 7000 Allied casualties behind.

On the 22nd the Japanese renewed their assault on the reaming defences and positions. Fighting was heavy, and around 3000 casualties were sustained on both sides, and the Japanese pushed through and took more of the Island. Only 2 fortified regions remain so the end is nearish.

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PI -

The same could not be said of the Allied resistance at Clark Field. My men have acted stoutly and bloodily repulsed a Japanese attack on th 22nd:

Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 58606 troops, 509 guns, 475 vehicles, Assault Value = 2067

Defending force 54982 troops, 949 guns, 616 vehicles, Assault Value = 2056

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Japanese adjusted assault: 785

Allied adjusted defense: 4978

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 6 (fort level 3)

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

Japanese ground losses:
6585 casualties reported
Squads: 33 destroyed, 463 disabled
Non Combat: 47 destroyed, 560 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 38 disabled
Vehicles lost 114 (12 destroyed, 102 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1470 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 199 disabled
Non Combat: 14 destroyed, 210 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 65 disabled
Guns lost 3 (0 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 63 (4 destroyed, 59 disabled)

I was tempted to attack here on the 23rd but rejected the idea after seeing the recent poor performance of men on the attack. I will hold firm and take as many Japanese down with me as I can.

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Burma -

The Japanese struck first at Meiktila on the morning of the 20th. They sliced through the Burmese positions like a hot knife through butter. The sight of 'tanks' had clearly routed my ill trained men.

Full retreat in Burma now......Forces from Prome are all marching overland to Akyab. Everything from Mandalay north is heading to Katha but hte Japanese may well outrun them......

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China -

China is a very active theatre at the mo with movements all over the place! I mistakenly attacked (meant to bombard not deliberate attack) 2 Japanese Divisions which had entered the perimeter of Chenchow! I lost 1700 men to 428 Japanese. The city is safe enough for now though.

I'm hoping to take back the city of Sinyang. We shelled and reconn'ed the defenders today and most of them were routed by this same force a week or so ago to the SW of Sinyang.....we attack tomorrow before Japanese reinforcements (closing in from th NW) arrive:

Ground combat at Sinyang (86,48)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 30632 troops, 184 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1023

Defending force 10197 troops, 86 guns, 164 vehicles, Assault Value = 330

Japanese ground losses:
8 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


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


Assaulting units:
7th Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
20th Group Army
21st Group Army

Defending units:
12th RGC Temp. Division
13th Tank Regiment
14th RGC Temp. Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
18th RGC Temp. Division
52nd Road Const Co
11th Army
67th JAAF AF Coy

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Submarine warfare -

SS Sturgeon blew up the small freighter Honan Maru neasr Nago on the 21st.

On the other side SS I-1 stalked a convoy nearing Penrhyn Island and broke in half DMS Hovey with a torpedo on the 22nd.

SS S-40 was heavily damaged by APD Tade's DC's off Tjepoe....she's limped into Soerabaya requiring 3 weeks work.

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Hi all,

All in all a quietish day with no signifgicant action over Malaya (except 3 x HDML/ML sunk by Netties fleeing Singapore area), PI or Java (except a failed attack by a Japanese Tk Rgt at Madioen).

As such I thought I would update on a few other things as well as China.......

The attack at Sinyang failed to break through the enemy defensive lines but took some positions:

Ground combat at Sinyang (86,48)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 30678 troops, 184 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1033

Defending force 10261 troops, 86 guns, 165 vehicles, Assault Value = 332

Allied adjusted assault: 540

Japanese adjusted defense: 511

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 4)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
298 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 29 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 14 (1 destroyed, 13 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1010 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 66 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 60 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled


Assaulting units:
8th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
7th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
20th Group Army
21st Group Army

Defending units:
14th RGC Temp. Division
13th Tank Regiment
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
12th RGC Temp. Division
18th RGC Temp. Division
52nd Road Const Co
11th Army
67th JAAF AF Coy

The losses I have taken though have reduced my AV by over 100 and I can't risk another attack. Also the Japanese reinforcements will likely arrive from the NW soon. Shame I couldn't take it outright but at least it ties up a few more Japanese units that were trying to march on Nanyang. I feel fairly safe up there now with over 1400 in Nanyang itself and especialyl after the reent faield Japanese assault at Loyang.

As you can see from the attached map there's a lot of movements and mini-battles occuring all over the place!

It looks as though Faber is massing (3 units so far) men in the south for a march on Kukong. 2 more Chinese corps are being sent to reinforce this scetor.

My next few moves are to push the Division SW of Wuchang back (awaiting a Chinese Cavalry Corps), move in Northern China - Paotow (awaiting a Rgt) and moving 1300 AV of troops to South of Chengchow friom Nanyang and Loyang......

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Household stuff -

Some substantial reinforcements are on the move now:

6th Australian Division is leaving Aden.

CV Indomitable/BB Royal Sovereign are leaving Aden.

BB New Mexico and BB Mississippi arrive in San Francisco.

40th PG/40th BG are being earmarked to leave the US for Australia over the next week (awaiting spare AK's!)

Americal Division will head to SoPac within a month.

4 x BF's are loading up for SoPac - maybe 2 for CentPac Islands (noticed the Eng Bn's there 'disappear' within 6 months.)

Occupy Kiska with BF, Rgt and Engineers to biuld a forward base and ultimately a Sub base.

Oooh.....one of the Luckenbach AK's had a massive Explosion aboard during unloading at Suva.....58 SYS and 30 Fire. godo news is that all of the troops are ashore now just the supply and fuel to go. KB is still reported around Noumea.




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Question - can the other guy always see what base expansions you've done in their Ops report?

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I don't think so, Speedy.  So far in mine, I've only seen my base expansions.

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Hmm....I've seen seen of Faber's! I'll post a screenie when I next do! Anyone else?

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Well, that's interesting.

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Hmm....I've seen seen of Faber's! I'll post a screenie when I next do! Anyone else?


I get size increases reports in my opponents´s bases from time to time (very sparse)...I think it has to do with detection level

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Hi Mike......here you go from 7th January 1942.....Maizuru expanded......




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Hmm, I wonder if you see them all or just some of them....

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Hmm, I wonder if you see them all or just some of them....


My understanding is that it's just some of them, due to FOW.

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That makes sense.  Sorry for the intrusion, Speedy.

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Speedy,

Go ever each and every AK that you have in San Francisco and Los Angeles and convert any that can be converted to APs.  You don't need to worry about AEs and AKEs so much now. Convert a few of these but don't go crazy.

You will need every AP that you can lay your hands on. Don't worry, you will have plenty more AKs than you can use, so convert away.

One other note. Many of your pre war four stack DDs can be converted to APDs, DMs, APD, or DEs. This can happen in April or May. My advice is to convert any that you are allowed to (about six to eight of them) to DEs. These will be you most valuable American ASW ships for a long time to come, and I promise you, you will need ASW. Japanese subs are death stalkers in AE.

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I don't think so, Speedy.  So far in mine, I've only seen my base expansions.



enemy base expansions aren´t that rare in your own intel report (talking about the Allied side though, no idea if the Japanese side get´s them that often too)

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Hi all,

crsutton - you must be pyschic! I was looking at the 4-stacker last night and mulling over which of the conversions would be best to proceed with. I had decided that DM's probably weren't worth it sicne the number of DM/CM's you get can easily cover the amount of mines you get, APD's I rarely use but I though some of them may be useful. DE's sound very useful as you say.

I am finding ASW to be very anaemic to say the least. Even US ASW reportedly hit's diddly squat at this stage of the war. In fact I don't recall any Japanese or Allied sub sinking due to enemy ASW. The only sub losses I 'know' of are 3 Jaopanese subs by mines.

Interesting views on converting to AP's also. I hadn't realised there was such a disparity between the 2 and what arrives/is needed. Ironically at present it's a lack of AK's I'm feeling.

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Malaya -

Japanese air attacks are constant now with no Allied olanes on the peninsula. I think we've just seen our first 'nuclear' bombardments attack by 7 IJA ART units:

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1977 troops, 209 guns, 74 vehicles, Assault Value = 1480

Defending force 37445 troops, 493 guns, 263 vehicles, Assault Value = 796

Japanese ground losses:
20 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
513 casualties reported
Squads: 20 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 18 destroyed, 44 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 24 (18 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Vehicles lost 13 (5 destroyed, 8 disabled)


Assaulting units:
143rd Infantry Regiment
113th Infantry Regiment
21st Division
114th Infantry Regiment
55th Infantry Regiment
11th Infantry Regiment
4th Ind. Engineer Regiment
5th Engineer Regiment
42nd Infantry Regiment
12th Engineer Regiment
15th Ind. Engineer Regiment
23rd Ind. Engineer Regiment
21st Infantry Regiment
41st Infantry Regiment
25th Army
5th Field Artillery Regiment
1st RF Gun Battalion
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
56th Engineer Regiment
3rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
56th Field Artillery Regiment
18th Mountain Gun Regiment
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion

Sheesh........mute point anyway but the principal exists...........

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PI -

Little action over here except the Japanese licking their wounds, a couple of P40's were shot down by Zeroes whilst on a training mission.

My little FP's out of Bataan still achieve 'miracles' hitting a troop laden freighter with 2 bombs near Laoag.

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Java -

Little action of movement by the Japanese here.

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Burma -

The Japanese stormed through Mandalay routing the Allied units there to Swebo.

An empty Prome was captured by elements of the IGD.

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SoPac -

Guards Bde capturd La Foa today and is 40 miles from Noumea which they'll easily capture. PBY's there are ferrying out what they can of the USAAF BF Personnel back to Suva.

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Submarine warfare -

On the 24th SS O23 blew the bow off the 1600 tonne Minelayer Katsuriki south of Balikpapan.

Om the 25th the only Allied success was the sinking of the small freighter Hinode Maru by SS Saury near Pescadores.

On the other side SS O-19 reportedly hit a mine trying to lay it's own minefield in Bangkok Harbour.

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I don't think so, Speedy.  So far in mine, I've only seen my base expansions.



enemy base expansions aren´t that rare in your own intel report (talking about the Allied side though, no idea if the Japanese side get´s them that often too)


I just saw an enemy base expansion last night in my PBEM. Sorry about the incorrect info.

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