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Revisiting Moulmein - 6/15/2012 5:36:00 PM   
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July 18, 1943 – Interim Report -

My opponent is still busy with Real Life, so once again he was only able to send the Combat Replay.

The Night Phase started out with another dot base, this time Kalao in the DEI, being automatically occupied by the Japanese. There was no other night action.

Daylight brought out plenty of Japanese Recon over China, but no bombers.

Allied Air Efforts started out with PB4Y-1s hitting the SNLF at Luganville. The Navy Libs aren't doing very well when it comes to causing Troop Casualties – I may need to send some ships in to Bombard the base.

Off in Burma DBs hit the Air Base at Myitkyina, 2Es hit Japanese Troops at Katha, and P-39s had success attacking Japanese troops near Katha but not near Akyab. And 4Es hit the Air Base at Moulmein, meeting 7 Tojos on CAP on the way in. The 4Es blasted past the Tojos and hammered the Air Base, destroying a Tony on the Ground.

And in Australia, 4Es hit the Air Base at Wyndham hard, keeping it nicely closed.

Finally, Allied Troops attacked and smashed retreating Japanese Troops along the Akyab road, pushing them further along the way towards Prome.

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July 18 1943 Final Report - 6/17/2012 1:43:09 PM   
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July 18, 1943 – Final Report –

The most important observations for this Turn were on the ground, as it appears that Myitkyina has been abandoned by Japanese forces, and that at least some Japanese Troops are pulling back from Katherine.

It will be interesting to see if my Forces at Warazup cause Myitkyina to automatically change over to the Allied side, now that the Japanese have left. I’m not assuming that this will occur, so I’ve ordered a couple of units to move to Myitkyina.

Japanese troops are also trying to pull out of Katha, but I have been slowing them down with Air Attacks. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to Air Drop enough Supplies to my Troops at Katha to allow them to capture the Base via an Attack. I would much prefer to disable the retiring Japanese troops with an Attack if I could.

I’m posting the current map of Burma below in order to show the situation.

Meanwhile, in Northern Australia, it appears that the only Japanese planes in Darwin now are Fighters on CAP. I don’t like to fly my 4Es at Extended Range unless there is a very good reason, so I won’t go after Darwin at this time. I’m satisfied with Bombing Japanese Troops in Wyndham and Katherine.

Otherwise, things continue to move in the South Pacific as the Engineering Wars step up the Pace in a Big Way. I’ve got huge numbers of Engineers out there and as I move them into my newly captured Bases around New Caledonia the Balance of Power will shift even more in the Region.

And I’ve started another Little Excursion to test out the Japanese Defences in another Region.





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Refinery Fires - 6/18/2012 10:08:34 PM   
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July 19, 1943 –

The Night Phase started with the empty Dutch base of Salajar in the DEI being automatically occupied by the Japanese.

Then came one of those “oh no” moments as USS Gunnell shot 6 torpedoes at IJN CV Hiryu just south of Eniwetok, hit the CV with one, but that torpedo was a Dud… Oh well, at least now I know there is at least one Japanese CV in the Central Pacific, along with a bunch of BBs, CAs, and DDs.

In Burma Allied DBs and 2Es hit the Japanese troops that are trying to get out of Katha, while P-39s hit Japanese troops in the Jungle to the southeast of Akyab. The Allied Troops in Katha now have their Supply in the Black, so they will attack next turn.

And the 4Es went on their first City Bombing Raid, hammering the Refinery at Rangoon very nicely. But I don’t want to be too predictable, nor to allow any Japanese surprise in the Region, so I’ve ordered the 4Es to make certain that the Air Base at Mandalay stays closed next turn.

And in Australia, 4Es hammered the Japanese Troops at Wyndham and Katherine again. The only Japanese Troops left at Katherine may be a Base Force. If only I could move Supplies by Land I would move some troops forward to capture the base.

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Landing at Koumac - 6/20/2012 1:16:19 AM   
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July 20, 1943 -

The Night Phase saw the unoccupied DEI base called Nias, off of the coast of Sumatra, occupied automatically by the Japanese.

Daylight brought the USN PB4Y-1s out again against the SNLF at Luganville. This time the Navy Libs did a better job and caused a fair number of casualties.

Elsewhere, Rain washed out most Air Missions in Burma, other than some 2Es that attempted to attack the Japanese troops at Katha but couldn't find the target.

The only other Air Attack was 4Es in Oz once again hammering Japanese Troops in Wyndham.

The end of the day brought an unopposed Allied Amphibious Landing at Koumac. As is typical in this match ever since we upgraded to the Latest Rev, I received a message during the Turn, and in the Reports afterwards, that the Landing Troops “dispersed” upon landing. But when I checked them out afterwards they were together, although with plenty of troops out of action. Never-the-less, Koumac ought to automatically become Allied next turn before the troops need to actually attack.

In Burma, my troops at Katha didn't attack. I was certain that I set them to attack for this turn because their Supplies were in the Black, but something happened, or Didn't Happen in this case.

And finally, my opponent reversed the string of Japanese Ground Defeats in Burma when a Fresh, large Japanese Infantry Division, with some supporting troops, was able to Shock Attack a British Brigade out of the Jungle Road near Toungou and send them back towards Magwe. The Brits didn't take too many losses, so they will just go back and re-group. And if my opponent sends his troops into the Clear to follow them, I'll bomb his troops into oblivion.

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Koumac O - 6/22/2012 1:40:05 AM   
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July 21, 1943 –

The Night Phase saw Talasea become automatically occupied by the Japanese, but more importantly, Koumac was automatically occupied by the Allies. The Air Base and Support Facilities are badly beaten up, so I have to get some Engineers in there right away to start to fix things up.

Then USS Skipjack shot at and missed a CM near Langsa. Skipjack got away from the Escorts, but the Sub’s report was worrisome – the CM was only one of a Huge number of ships in the TF, including lots of E-class Escorts and around a dozen or so APs. So where is that TF going? Is it bringing more reinforcements to Burma, or heading elsewhere?

Daylight brought out PB4Y-1s hitting the SNLF unit at Luganville, Liberator IIs hitting the Air Base at Lashio, 2Es and DBs hitting the Japanese troops at Katha, 4Es hitting the Air Base at Mandalay, and 4Es hitting the Japanese Troops at Wyndham.

Then at the end of the day Skipjack came back and put a torpedo into the CM off of Langsa, likely sinking it. I’ve now decided that I will attempt to catch that TF if it heads to Moulmein or Rangoon.

BTW – the Allied Troops at Katha were back in the Black for Supply, so I ordered them to Attack next turn. It will be interesting to see what happens this time.

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Katha Captured - 6/25/2012 12:25:58 AM   
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July 22, 1943 –

The Night Phase saw Kaimana in western New Guinea get automatically occupied by Japan.

Daylight brought the Allied Aerial Bombardment Campaign on its daily efforts. First off, 2Es and DBs hit the Japanese Infantry Troops at Katha. Next the Air Base at Toungoo was hammered by 4Es. Then P-39s actually found the mark while attacking Japanese Troops in the Jungle near Akyab.

Air Action then moved East as PB4Y-1s attacked the SNLF unit at Luganville with less-than-stellar effect. Finally, 4Es hammered the Japanese Troops at Wyndham again.

Then, in the Ground Phase, the Allied Troops at Katha finally captured the Base, achieving a 9:1 result despite Level 3 Fortifications, and driving the Japanese Troops into the Jungle.

And a Commonwealth LCU Reached Myitkyina this turn. I’ve set it to Attack, but the empty Base will be Occupied by the Allies overnight, so next turn it will be Allied once again.

So the slow move Forward continues.

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Taking Back Myitkyina, again - 6/25/2012 11:26:58 PM   
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July 23, 1943 – Interim Report –

The Night Phase started out with some base called Siaoe being automatically occupied by the Japanese, and then Myitkyina was occupied by the Allies. So this is the second time that the Allies have recovered Myitkyina from the Japanese. I think this time it will hold.

The Real Night Action was Under Water as the USN Silent Service had one success and two failures.

First off, just to the northwest of Marcus Island, USS Pogy shot 6 torpedoes at IJN CV Taiho, hitting the CV with one torpedo. As Luck Would Have It, the torpedo was a Dud.

Pogy got away from the Japanese Escorts and came back to try again. This time the Sub found CVL Ryujo and fired 4 torpedoes at the ship, hitting the CVL with one torpedo. But this time the torpedo was live! Once again Pogy got away from the Japanese Escorts.

Then, off of Georgetown, USS Skipjack hit a Japanese PB with a Dud torpedo. Skipjack also got away unscathed.

Daylight brought a continuation of the Allied Bombing Campaign in Burma. Japanese Troops S/W of Myitkyina were hit by DBs and 2Es, Japanese Troops at Mandalay were hit by 2Es, P-39s strafed Japanese Troops S/E of Akyab, Lib IIs hammered Japanese Troops in the Open west of Mandalay, and the 4Es hammered the Air Base at Toungoo again. My opponent has a Lot of Troops at Toungoo, so it is taking some Regular Effort to keep the Air Base there Out-of-Commission.

So – just what is my opponent up to in the Central Pacific? Is he considering some CV Raids, or is he just building up in anticipation of an Allied Push into the Gilberts? In any event, it's good to see some of the Japanese CVs there, because that way they are using up Lots of Fuel, and they aren't bothering me around Northern Oz or in the Indian Ocean.

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Bad Odds, Good Results - 6/30/2012 1:28:21 AM   
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July 24, 1943 –

The Night Phase brought the automatic occupation of the dot base Sipora, off of Sumatra, by the Japanese. The Japanese-held dot base north of Koumac remains under Japanese control, despite Allied forces sitting in Koumac.

Daylight brought out lots of Japanese Recon flights, particularly in China, but no Air Attacks. Allied Air Attacks, on the other hand, continued unabated in Burma.

Allied 2Es hit the remnants of the Japanese Infantry Division west of Mandalay yet again. Afterwards, the Japanese unit had simply vanished. Japanese troops near Prome were hit by Liberator IIs, P-39s hit Japanese troops near Akyab, and the USAAF 4Es went after the Light Industry at Rangoon. Despite having no opposition, the 4Es did a poor job of hitting their target.

Afterwards, Dutch Sub O23 was chased off by PBs at Tulagi, and USS Seawolf was hit by a bomb from a Japanese plane and is now limping home from the Solomons.

The only Land Action was a deliberate attack by a Brit Armoured unit on a retreating Japanese Infantry unit along the road near Katha:

Ground combat at 60,43 (near Katha)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 524 troops, 0 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 52

Defending force 3922 troops, 39 guns, 10 vehicles, Assault Value = 141

Allied adjusted assault: 23

Japanese adjusted defense: 289

Allied assault odds: 1 to 12

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), op mode(-), leaders(+)
Attacker: leaders(-)

Japanese ground losses:
263 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd Carabiniers Regiment

Defending units:
33rd/C Division


Despite achieving lousy odds the Brits were the ones who inflicted the casualties.

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Building Wars - 7/1/2012 3:29:54 AM   
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July 25, 1943 -

There was no Night Action of any sort, not even any automated occupations.

Daylight brought out plenty of Japanese Recon and Search Flights, and a number of Glen spottings in the South Pacific and off of south-eastern Australia, but no Japanese Combat Air Missions.

Allied Combat Air Missions were limited to Burma again, with the usual 2E, DB, and P-39 attacks against various Japanese LCUs that are trying to flee Central Burma. The 4Es went after Light Industry in Rangoon again, but after another mediocre result, I’ve ordered them to go after the Air Base at Mandalay again next turn.

Finally, Dutch sub O23 was chased off by Japanese PBs again at Tulagi.

Essentially, things will remain quiet for the time being while I build up bases in the South Pacific.

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Good News/Bad News - 7/3/2012 12:38:42 AM   
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July 26, 1943 –

The Night Phase started out with the dot base called Moa, near Timor, being automatically occupied by the Japanese.

Then US DDs at Baker Island spotted and hammered a Japanese sub with 13 hits. Intel later reported that the sub went down, but that was a Good News/Bad News situation, because now my Surface Combat TF at Baker has been revealed to my opponent, and he likely has CVs sitting around the Gilberts. I wanted to sneak in that SC TF to Bombard the Japanese Seaplane base at Tabiteuea, but now I’ll hold off for a bit since the Surprise is Over.

Daylight brought out Allied Bombers over Central Burma again. Japanese troops were hit by 2Es and DBs at Bhamo, by 2Es near Lashio, by Lib IIs near Prome, by B-25Gs near Katha, and by P-39s near Akyab. The 4Es in Burma didn’t fly.

Everywhere else it was simply a case of continuing Construction Wars.

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Return of the JAAF? - 7/4/2012 3:05:34 AM   
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July 27, 1943 -

The Night Phase started out with a dot base called Gorong in the DEI being automatically occupied by the Japanese.

Then the USN did something of a rarity – a TF consisting of CAs and CLs bombarded Luganville. The Bombardment caused a fair amount of damage to the Air Base and Port, but for some reason the SNLF at the Base avoided the incoming shells. (That was even with Spotter Planes flying successfully.)

Daylight brought out USN PBY4-1s who did find the SNLF and hit it fairly hard.

Then there was a return to Old Times in Burma as 47 Helen IIas, 24 Helen Ias and 22 Oscar IIbs attacked the Indian Infantry Division that is besieging Mandalay. The Japanese 2Es hit the Indian Troops fairly hard, causing a fair amount of Disruption.

Allied Bombers then took over in Burma as 2Es hit Japanese Troops at Mandalay, Lib IIs hit the Japanese Infantry Regiment that is now on the Road southeast of Akyab, B-25Gs hit Japanese Troops near Katha, and DBs and 2Es hit Japanese Troops at Bhamo. The 4Es then flew and pounded the Air Base at Mandalay, and over 130 P-39s flew at the same time to strafe that Japanese Infantry Regiment near Akyab.

To finish the Air Action for the Day, B-24Ds hammered the Air Base at Milne Bay.

After all this, the Japanese Troops at Mandalay attempted an Artillery Attack on the Besieging Indian Infantry Division, but without effect. What the failed Artillery Attack did show me was that Mandalay is being held by a fairly weak selection of partial units. So it's too bad that the Indian Division got beat up so badly (and also that it does't have enough Supply).

In light of this, I set a couple of P-38 Squadrons on LR CAP over Mandalay, and I ordered the 4Es to hit the Air Base at Raheng, from where I suspect that the Japanese Air Attack originated.

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Rahaeng - 7/5/2012 1:37:17 AM   
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July 28, 1943 –

There was no Night Action this turn.

Daylight brought out Allied Bombers but not Japanese Bombers.

Allied Bombers in Burma hit Japanese troops at Bhamo, near Katha, and near Akyab. Then the 4Es went after Rahaeng. The Attack contained 80 B-24D1s and 10 B-17Es, which had to face 36 Tojo IIs and 3 Oscar IIas.

The 4Es blasted past the scattered CAP, shooting down one Tojo on the way in. The Air Base at Rahaeng was hit hard, but no planes were caught on the Ground. On the way out 1 B-24 was lost.

Then in the Pacific, PB4Y-1s hit the SNLF unit at Luganville again. This was followed by B-24D1s hitting the Air Base at Rossel Island.

I’m guessing that my opponent is sending his Bombers up-and-down the Rail Road from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, so I am sending the 4Es after Chiang Mai next turn. But I am also sending out more Recon Flights because I suspect that my opponent is using more bases in the Region.

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Chiang Mai - 7/7/2012 2:08:22 AM   
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July 29, 1943 –

The Night Phase saw Dutch sub O23 caught and attacked by escorts in a Japanese Transport TF at Tulagi. The Dutch sub was hit several times and is now limping home. Then USS Sturgeon shot at and missed an E-Class Escort in the same TF. This time Sturgeon got away.

Daylight brought out the usual flurry of Recon and Search flights from both sides. Allied Naval Search spotted Japanese subs off of Perth and Albany. I keep on chasing those subs with ASW TFs, but I haven’t caught them yet.

The Air War started out in a Big Way as the USAAF 4Es in Burma attacked Chiang Mai and found the Enemy in a Big Way. 71 B-24D1s and 9 B-17Es ran into 12 Tonys, 42 Tojo IIas, 13 Oscar IIbs and 20 Nick Ias. The Big Bombers blasted through the CAP, while taking a fair amount of damage. But the Reward was Great, as the Bombardiers found a Rich Payout down below and hammered the Air Base and a lot of Japanese Fighters on the Ground.

The Air Combat Screen, posted below, shows the results. Sure, I lost a number of B-24s, but most of those losses were write-offs back at base and I lost few pilots. But the Japanese War Machine has another large number of Fighters to replace, and another Base from which it won’t be staging Raids for a while.

Elsewhere, the 100+ P-39s continued their Live Training on the Japanese Infantry Regiment southeast of Akyab, along with the Lib IIs. And off in PNG a squadron of B-24D1s continued its Recon-By-Bomb campaign on various Japanese Bases by hitting the Air Base at Horn Island.

Then during the Land Combat Phase, the Allied Troops on the road next to Katha tried once again to kick out the Beat-Up Japanese Troops that are sitting there, and failed again, although they once more caused a number of Japanese casualties. And finally, the Japanese Infantry Regiment that had recently moved onto the Road southeast of Akyab was decisively kicked back into the Jungle.







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Tabiteuea - 7/7/2012 2:31:10 PM   
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July 30, 1943 –

The Night Phase started out with Batjan being automatically occupied by the Japanese.

The real action then moved to the South Pacific where USN DDs attacked a Japanese sub near Nikunan and hit it 3 times. That USN TF then went on to Bombard Tabiteuea hard, causing lots of Base damage and Troop casualties.

Finally, USS Sturgeon hit a PB with a Dud at Tulagi. The PBs in the Japanese ASW TF then proceeded to drive off Sturgeon, hitting it several times. Sturgeon is now limping home.

Daylight brought plenty of Rain to Burma, but Allied DBs and 2Es still managed to attack Japanese Troops at Bhamo, and P-39s attacked Japanese Troops southeast of Akyab.

But more importantly, the Allied Bomber Missions against Mandalay were scrubbed due to the weather, leaving the Indian 5th Division on it’s own to attack the Defending Japanese Troops. Thus, even though the Defenders were weaker, the 5th could only achieve a 1:2 result and couldn’t reduce the Level 3 Fortifications. However, they did cause twice the casualties, so overall the Attack wasn’t a total waste.

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August 1 1943 Intel - 7/7/2012 7:52:11 PM   
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The Night Phase saw Sibervet automatically occupied by the Japanese. Then HMS Trident put a torpedo into a PB off of Langsa, and that was the end of that PB.

Daylight brought lots of Rain to much of Burma again, but some Allied Air Missions did fly. Japanese Troops were hit by DBs and 2Es at Bhamo, by P-39s near Akyab, and by 2Es at Mandalay. But the 4Es once again didn’t fly against Mandalay.

Off in the South Pacific, PB4Y-1s hit the SNLF unit at Luganville again, while DDs in a USN Transport TF hammered a Japanese sub south-east of Suva. INTEL reported later that the sub had gone down.

The August Maps and Screen shots will come next, starting off with the Intel Screen below:






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August 1 1943 South Pac - 7/7/2012 7:53:07 PM   
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Here's the situation in the South Pacific at this time:






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August 1 1943 Northern Oz - 7/7/2012 7:53:59 PM   
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Here's the situation in Northern Oz at this time:






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August 1 1943 Burma - 7/7/2012 7:54:49 PM   
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Here's the situation in Burma at this time:






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August 1 1943 Kuriles - 7/7/2012 7:55:36 PM   
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And here is the situation in the Kuriles:






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Tanahdjampea - 7/8/2012 2:07:03 PM   
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August 1, 1943 –

The Night Phase saw yet another dot base, this time Tanahdjampea, get automatically occupied by the Japanese. At the same time in the South Pacific, once again nothing happened to any of the Japanese bases near to the Allied bases. I guess that I haven’t figured out the right equation for Automatic Occupation yet.

Daylight brought Lots of Rain to Burma again, but Allied 2Es and DBs attacked Japanese Troops at Bhamo anyway, P-39s attacked the Japanese Infantry Regiment in the Jungle to the southeast of Akyab, and the 4Es finally attacked the Japanese Troops at Mandalay, along with some 2Es. The Japanese suffered a lot of casualties at Mandalay, and the Indian 5th Division is Back in the Black as far as Supplies go, so I ordered them to attack again next turn.

Off in the South Pacific Tanna received multiple visits from Japanese Recon Planes. I’m not sure why Tanna and not Efate, or the other Allied Bases in the Region. In any event, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Japanese attempt a Raid on Tanna…

And PB4Y-1s attacked the SNLF unit at Luganville again.

Otherwise, things are fairly quiet as I am very, very busy moving Forces around, as well as upgrading Air Units and Ships.


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Mandalay - 7/11/2012 9:22:59 PM   
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August 2, 1943 –

There was no Night Action.

Daylight brought Rain most everywhere, so Air Action was limited.

PB4Y-1s hit the SNLF unit at Luganville again, DBs hit Japanese Troops at Bhamo, and P-39s hit the Japanese Infantry Regiment southeast of Akyab. Most of the 2Es in Burma didn’t fly, and those that did couldn’t find their Targets. Finally in the afternoon the 4Es hammered the Japanese Troops in Mandalay.

That was good timing, because the Indian 5th Division launched another Deliberate Attack on Mandalay afterwards. The Indian Troops did better this time, achieving a 1:1 result and reducing the Fortifications down to Level 2. I’m going to rest them again next turn while I direct even more Bombers against the Japanese Troops at Mandalay.

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Buna Blues - 7/13/2012 9:33:07 PM   
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August 3, 1943 –

There was no Night Action. (A lot of my subs are heading Back to Port for Upgrades, and I have no idea where the IJN is sitting…)

Daylight brought out Japanese Air Recon all over the map, but no Japanese Air Attacks.

Allied Air Action started in the South Pacific where the USN PB4Y-1s hit the SNLF unit at Luganville again. The Navy Libs aren’t causing much damage with most attacks, but it’s the cumulative effect that counts here.

Air Action then switched to Northern Oz where 4Es hit the Air Base at Wyndham for the first time in a while. There was no Japanese CAP and the US Bombers roughed the place up pretty good. I want to keep on discouraging my opponent from moving planes back into Wyndham.

Off in Northeast Oz, a planned Surprise Attack ended up getting Surprised, as 4Es attacked the Air Base at Buna at 6K Feet and found Barrage Balloons there. Ouch! I usually set my Bombers to 6K for attacks against Ground Troops and to 8K or 10K for City Attacks, but I forgot to check the Attack Altitude of my Bombers this time, probably because I didn’t consider Buna to be in the category of Cities like Rangoon.

And there were Japanese Fighters on CAP – 45 A6M2s and 5 Tony Ias. The Allied Attack, which consisted of 34 B-24Ds, 10 B-17Es, and 34 B-24D1s, didn’t have much trouble with the Japanese CAP, but the Balloons were nasty. Never-the-less, the 4Es got through and hit the Air Base at Buna fairly hard. Now I’m letting the Bomber Squadrons stand down for a couple of days to lick their wounds.

In Burma, DBs hit Japanese Troops at Bhamo, P-39s tried to dig out Japanese Infantry in the jungle to the southeast of Akyab, and in probably the biggest Allied Air Raid of the War so far, masses of Bombers attacked Mandalay, with the 2Es going after Japanese Troops and the 4Es going after the Air Base. I’m letting the 2Es return to Mandalay next turn, but the 4Es will be visiting the Air Base at Rangoon for the first time in a while, and at an appropriate Altitude too.

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Boetan - 7/14/2012 5:29:31 PM   
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August 4, 1943 –

The Night Phase saw the dot base Boetan in the DEI get automatically occupied by the Japanese. Belep Island, just north of Koumac, continued to refuse to be occupied by the Allies. So I decided that I will drop some Paratroops in next turn just to get it out of the way.

Daylight brought out the PB4Y-1s in the South Pacific as they hit the SNLF at Luganville again.

Air Action then switched to Burma where DBs hit Japanese Troops at Bhamo, 2Es hit Japanese Troops at Mandalay, and the 4Es hit the Air Base at Rangoon hard, with no Japanese CAP anywhere.

Japanese Recon was all over the place as usual, and also afterwards the Air Losses Report showed a handful of Japanese Transport planes lost to Ops, which means that my opponent is flying in Supply somewhere – likely Burma.

And an Aircraft Symbol showed up at Moulmein again. Maybe those are Japanese Transport planes; or maybe my opponent is planning Air Raids in Burma again. Regardless, the 4Es will visit Moulmein again next turn.

But Most Importantly – while I was moving subs around the Burma Coast I suddenly noticed a multi-TF symbol a few hexes southwest of the Andaman Islands. When I moved the cursor over the TF Symbol, lo-and-behold, there were CVs and Planes listed.

Ah so, desu ne! Some part of the KB is sailing towards Burma. I ordered my TFs in the Region to head to Port, ordered my Subs to Swarm the Area, set my P-39s to CAP rather than Ground Attack, and prepared to see just what my opponent intends to try. Maybe he is just escorting a Transport TF, but if he intends to try some Air Attacks I will be more than happy to throw the Entire Eastern Air Force at him.

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Above the Balloons - 7/16/2012 3:07:09 AM   
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August 5, 1943 –

There was no Night Action again.

Daylight brought out enhanced Allied Naval Air Search which revealed that the Japanese TFs off of Burma are now a couple of hexes northwest of Port Blair.

Allied Air Attacks flew over Burma like usual, with DBs hitting Japanese Troops at Bhamo, 2Es hitting Japanese Troops at Mandalay, and the 4Es hitting the Air Base at Moulmein hard. There was no CAP, but the Bombers did find Japanese Recon Planes on the ground.

Air Action then moved to Oz, as 4Es hammered the Air Base at Wyndham, and others took another shot at Buna, but this time at 8K feet. The USAAF Attack consisted of 42B-24Ds, 13 B-17Es, and 45 B-24D1s. They were met by 13 Tojo IIas, 45 A6M2s, and 11 Tony Ias. The Bombers blasted through the Japanese CAP, and in particular shot up the old Zeros heavily, before hammered the Air Field. But the newer Japanese Fighters did score hits on the 4Es on the way out and a number were write-offs when they staggered home. (The Air Results for the day are pasted below.)

Afterwards, Air Recon reported that there were few Japanese planes at Buna, so I’m betting that the CAP is flying in from Lae.

Back in Burma, the Indian 5th Infantry Division attempted another Deliberate Attack on the Japanese Defenders at Mandalay. The Indians were able to lower the Fortifications down to Level 1, but they only achieved a 1:1 result, despite causing heavy Japanese casualties. So Mandalay remained in Japanese hands.

And finally, USMC Paratroops landed on Belep and captured the empty base. I doubt that it would have ever become automatically occupied by the Allies.

In any event, I’m going to discuss the Bay of Bengal situation in a follow-up post.






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The Big Questions - 7/16/2012 3:08:40 AM   
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August 5, 1943 – Continued:

I wanted to paste the Bay of Bengal screen capture separately, and discuss it here. When I first saw those Japanese TFs last turn I thought that my opponent was either Raiding with the KB, or else was planning to send in a Carrier-CAPPED Bombardment TF to hit one of my Coastal Bases.

But this turn I got a very different report on one of the 2 TFs that are northwest of Port Blair – Is one really an Invasion TF? Both TFs are reported to be headed to the Northeast, which means towards Akyab, Cox’s Bazaar, or Chittagong. The CV TF still indicates that it isn’t the Full KB, which is typical of when my opponent is sending in a CV Group to CAP another TF.

Look over at Moulmein – a Transport TF has shown up there. If the Japanese CV TF hadn’t shown up last turn I would have had the RN Cruisers at Akyab ready to Race in to attack a TF at Moulmein. Now the RN has been pulled back. And I can only send Subs after that Transport TF.

So if my opponent is planning an Invasion, the Big Question to me is; Why? Does he think that I’ve stripped Akyab, Cox’s Bazaar and Chittagong of Combat Troops? He’ll be pretty unhappy if he lands and finds a Full Division in each, with plenty of Support Troops, CD Units, and Level 6 Forts, along with PTs and the RN heading back.

I’ve also already moved my 4Es away from the Coast – I have been keeping them in Chittagong because it is a Rail Line Base. Now I’ve filled up the 3 Coastal Bases with planes, and all three are Level 9 Air Bases, with Air HQs and plenty of Air Support in each.

In any event, it will be interesting to see what happens next turn… take a look at the Air Power that I’ve moved in:

- Chittagong: 175F, 66 LB, 13 TB
- Cox’s Bazaar: 123 F, 64 LB
- Akyab: 108 F, 16 LB, 6 TB

All Air Units have good, aggressive leaders and plenty of experience. Can the Allies Score a Big Victory?






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The RAF on the Attack! - 7/16/2012 10:22:20 PM   
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August 6, 1943 – Preliminary Report –

My opponent won't be able to get the Turn back to me until tomorrow, so he sent the Combat Replay for me to check out today.

There was no Night Action, which indicated that the Japanese TFs in the Bay of Bengal were not racing in to Bombard or Invade any Allied Coastal Bases.

Instead, Daylight brought reports that the Japanese TFs were now a handful of hexes west of the Andamans, and heading Westbound. Is my opponent planning a Raid on Ceylon, or is he just hunting Allied TFs? In any event, I haven't stripped Ceylon of Combat Forces, so any invasion there won't have any easy time.

What surprised me, and probably surprised my opponent, was that the RAF got into Action in a Big Way as Wellingtons and Liberator GR.VIIIs flew over to Moulmein and attacked the Japanese Transport Freighters at Low Altitude. There was no CAP so the Bombers did quite well:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Moulmein at 55,55

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 56 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 14
Wellington B.X x 8

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington GR.VIII: 2 damaged
Wellington GR.VIII: 1 destroyed by flak
Wellington B.X: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAKL Kuwayama Maru
xAKL Indus Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAKL Taisoku Maru, Bomb hits 1
xAKL Momoyama Maru
xAK Nichiren Maru
xAKL Honan Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Wellington B.X bombing from 100 feet *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
9 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
3 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 lb SAP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Moulmein at 55,55

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 32 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 8

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington GR.VIII: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAKL Hokuan Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAKL Kuwayama Maru, Shell hits 2, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 lb SAP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Moulmein at 55,55

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 32 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator GR.III x 8

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator GR.III: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAKL Ryoyu Maru #21, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Indus Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Liberator GR.III bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Moulmein at 55,55

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 64 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 11

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAKL Kuwayama Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Kakuzan Maru
xAKL Hokuan Maru, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Wellington Ic bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb


After this the British DBs attacked Japanese Troops at
Bhamo. I had my USAAF 4Es on Naval Search.

Finally, Dutch Sub KXII attempted to sneak in among the Burning Japanese Freighters at Moulmein, but it was caught twice by Japanese Escorts and will be limping home.

So, will my opponent move Fighters back to Moulmein to protect the rest of his Transport TF? Should I move the Wellingtons and Liberator GR.VIIIs to Ceylon to keep an eye on the Japanese TFs in the Bay of Bengal? I guess that I will have to wait to see how things really look once I get the actual Turn.

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Bay of Bengal - 7/18/2012 3:29:48 AM   
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The situation in the Bay of Bengal is shown below - just what is going on?

- Raid on Ceylon?
- Raid on Worm-hole bases?
- Fishing expedition?

BTW - I've now decided that the second TF is likely a Replenishment TF.

I've moved more planes to Ceylon, but I've set most of my Burma Air Units back to their normal routines of attacking Japanese Troops and Bases.






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30,000 Hits Wow! Thanks! - 7/18/2012 11:05:42 AM   
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I would like to thank all the nice folks who have dropped by over the past 2 1/2 years to follow this slow, slow AAR. It may take us another 2 1/2 years to finish this match, but we are having fun, and I hope that you readers are having a bit of fun too.

Thanks - ADB

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Mandalay Is Liberated! - 7/19/2012 2:10:23 AM   
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August 7, 1943 –

There was no Night Action.

Daylight brought reports from the Bay of Bengal that the wandering Japanese TFs were back between the Andaman Islands and Sumatra, and heading southeast. So the Japanese Fishing Trip appears to be over. At the same time, other Allied Naval Search planes reported that the Japanese Transport TF had left Moulmein and was headed south. So if the purpose of the Fishing Trip was to dissuade me from sending out the RN after those ships at Moulmein, it did its job well.

Allied Bombers then got into action in a somewhat truncated manner as Bad Weather interfered with many planned Missions. The Morning had the Worst Weather, and the only Allied Air Attacks were by the PB4Y-1s on the SNLF unit at Luganville, the British DBs in Burma hitting Japanese Troops at Bhamo, and some Allied 2Es hitting the Japanese Troops at Mandalay.

Then in the Afternoon the Big Event flew over Lae – 41 B24Ds, 14 B-17Es, and 40 B-24D1 attacked the Air Base. They were met by 2 Tony Ias, 15 A6M3as, 6 A6M2s, and 27 Tojo IIas. The 4Es blasted through the Japanese CAP, shooting down a couple of Enemy Fighters, and then hammered the Air Base at Lae hard, destroying more Enemy Planes on the Ground. As usual, the Way Out was tougher than the Way In, and the 4Es did suffer some losses. But it was well worth it to nearly close the Air Base at Lae.

Here are the End-of-Day results for the Action Over Lae:

Ki-44-IIa Tojo – 2 A-to-A, 2 Ground
A6M3a – 2 A-to-A, 1 Ground, 1 Ops
A6M2 – 1 Ops

B-24D – 1 A-to-A, 1 Ops
B-24D1 – 1 A-to-A

Then Allied Land Forces got into Action. I have been moving more good Chinese Corps to the Lashio Road in an attempt to move out the defending Japanese Guards Division, so since all of the Chinese Units were In Supply, I gave the order to General Stilwell to have his troops attack, and so they did:

Ground combat at 63,45 (near Bhamo)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 66623 troops, 475 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2626

Defending force 16197 troops, 173 guns, 122 vehicles, Assault Value = 467

Allied adjusted assault: 1152

Japanese adjusted defense: 1276

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1055 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 145 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 40 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 64 (4 destroyed, 60 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
3204 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 261 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 57 disabled
Guns lost 14 (1 destroyed, 13 disabled)

Assaulting units:
3rd New Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
7th New Chinese Corps
6th Chinese Corps
NCAC

Defending units:
2nd Guards Division
8th Area Army
18th Mountain Gun Regiment
5th Mortar Battalion


So the result wasn’t great, but considering the Chinese Units, it wasn’t a disaster either. In any event, it gives my opponent something to consider.

Then the Main Event occurred, yet another Attack by the Indian 5th Infantry Division on Mandalay. Once again, the Air Support for this Attack fell short a fair amount from what was Planned, but never-the-less, the Indians finally did the Job:

Ground combat at Mandalay (59,46)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 13368 troops, 300 guns, 322 vehicles, Assault Value = 424

Defending force 4020 troops, 69 guns, 246 vehicles, Assault Value = 82

Allied adjusted assault: 186

Japanese adjusted defense: 17

Allied assault odds: 10 to 1 (fort level 1)

Allied forces CAPTURE Mandalay !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
742 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 186 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 55 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 50 (50 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 150 (150 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 4

Allied ground losses:
7 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
5th Indian Division

Defending units:
55th Engineer Regiment
2nd Tank/B Division
Burma Area Army
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment


That’s a lot of Tanks for the Japanese to replace.

So my Burma Strategy has reached its first major milestone, the Liberation of the key Bases in Northern and Central Burma. The Enemy’s Forces are in Disarray, in the Jungle, and far from Supply and Support.






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RE: Mandalay Is Liberated! - 7/19/2012 5:44:47 AM   
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Congratulations on taking Mandalay. Looks like he was fishing with those CVs, since he's falling back again past the Andamans.

That or he is making sure you realize how ready he is to counter any amphibious actions you take in the area.

Keep up the good work!

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