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Allied Air Ambush - 12/12/2012 1:53:28 AM   
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November 17, 1943 -

There was no Night Action yet again.

Daylight started out with Japanese Bombers attacking some Chinese troops that are on the road to the north of Liuchow. Then an unescorted squadron of 19 Sally IIas flew in to attack the Air Base at Changsha. Unfortunately for those Sallys the CAF was there with 8 P-66s and 12 P-40Es. The Chinese Fighters whacked the Japanese bombers on the way in and on the way out, claiming 9 kills. Interestingly, the End-of-Day report said that 20 Sallys were shot down and 1 was lost to Ops. So it goes to show again that one can't really rely on the various reports to tell you very much.

Air Action then moved over Lashio where hundreds of Allied 2Es, DBs and FBs attempted to attack the Japanese Troops at the base. None of the attacks were very successful – just like at Myitkyina the Brit DBs did they best and they really didn't accomplish much. The USAAF 4Es in Burma took the day off again.

In Northern Oz the USAAF 4Es hammered Japanese Troops at Wyndham again, as did B-25s at Katherine.

Finally, I am attempting to get around the “Can't make a road” design in the Game by landing an Indian Infantry Division along the coastal road to the south of Ramree Island. In Real Life the thousands of Allied Engineers that have gone in and out of Ramree over the past number of months would have created some sort of roadway/causeway from the Island to the mainland (Armies have been doing that for 2500 years) but the Game isn't good enough to represent this.

So the Indians ought to be able to avoid a month or so of movement, at the cost of disabled troops because the 100 day rule applies to any amphibious landing even when there is no opposition and the hex is already in Friendly Hands. (But one couldn't change that part of the Holy Code no matter how inappropriate it is... )

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LBA ASW Field Day - 12/12/2012 8:18:42 PM   
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November 18, 1943 -

There was no Night Action again.

Daylight started out with warnings of Bad Weather Everywhere, but this didn't stop a multitude of Search and Recon flights setting out, followed by an amazing number of LBA ASW flights. The Japanese have really stepped up their efforts to keep track of and hunt down Allied subs. But then, the Allies are doing the same thing to the Japanese Submarine Service.

Daylight started out with another Japanese Bomber attack on the Chinese troops that are just to the north of Liuchow. This time 45 Helen IIas, escorted by 6 Tojos, attacked, and were met by 3 USAAF P-38Hs. The P-38s were covering Liuchow but the trio that went north did an admirable job of battling through the Tojos and downing 2 Helens despite the loss of 1 P-38. And this isn't one of my better P-38 squadrons.

In any event this does give my opponent something to ponder. He has 200 Fighters in Bangkok and another 200 in the next base up the Rail Road. He can leave those there and take his chances in China, or he can pull them out and let me send 4Es to Bangkok and vicinity.

Next came the daily Near-Waste-of-Time at Lashio as hundreds of Allied bombers flew in again and did very little. The Japanese Troops there are even still able to put up a fair amount of Flak – I would have thought that they would be Out of Supply by now.

Then the Day's Air Missions ended with various B-25 Squadrons hitting Japanese Troops at Katherine. It appears that a Japanese Base Force has pulled out of Katherine and is marching northwards.

Notice that NO 4E missions flew ANYWHERE on the map.

Finally, the Allied Troops at Lashio fired off an Artillery Bombardment and actually caused more Japanese casualties than they suffered themselves. So I've ordered my troops to try yet another Deliberate attack in the hopes of attriting the Japanese a bit more.

And in Rangoon my latest reinforcements arrived so I ordered another Deliberate Attack there too. I'm hoping to knock down the Forts another notch, but since the 4Es haven't been flying much I suspect that things won't go very well at Rangoon again.

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The Allies Liberate Rangoon! - 12/13/2012 1:14:19 AM   
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November 19, 1943 – Interim Report –

There was no Night Action again during the Night Phase.

Daylight found 16 Oscar IIbs flying over the Chinese Troops that are to the southwest of Nanyang. The Oscars were met by 2 CAF P-40Ns. The Oscars were at high altitude while the P-40Ns were down at their best manoeuvre altitude of 9K feet. The Chinese lost 1 P-40N. Then 2 Oscar IIb stragglers flew in and found 4 CAF P-40Ns waiting for them. Again the Japanese planes had the altitude advantage and another P-40N was shot down. But no Japanese bombers followed to attack the Chinese troops.

Off in the South Pacific USN and USAAF 4Es attacked the Air Base at Tulagi again. Initial reports claimed 4 Georges and 3 A6M3as destroyed on the Ground.

Action then moved to Burma where hundreds of Allied 2Es and DBs again attacked the Japanese troops at Lashio and again caused few casualties.

Next the USAAF 4ES flew and hammered the Japanese defenders at Rangoon.

Finally, USAAF 4Es in northern Oz hammered Japanese Troops at Wyndham while B-25s did the same at Katherine.

Afterwards there was a report of Vals pestering USN subs in the DEI near Saumlakli Island, north of Perth. There was a Japanese TF sign there too, so I’m assuming that this is a Japanese Air Combat TF. As long as it stays out there I’ll ignore it and let my subs harass it.

It was then time for Land Combat and I held my breath as the first combat occurred at Rangoon:

Ground combat at Rangoon (54,53)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 87691 troops, 1433 guns, 2051 vehicles, Assault Value = 3359

Defending force 27178 troops, 366 guns, 233 vehicles, Assault Value = 854

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Allied adjusted assault: 3078

Japanese adjusted defense: 673

Allied assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Rangoon !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
7966 casualties reported
Squads: 381 destroyed, 58 disabled
Non Combat: 504 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 124 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 243 (212 destroyed, 31 disabled)
Vehicles lost 135 (133 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 8
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
2498 casualties reported
Squads: 16 destroyed, 389 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 39 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 64 disabled
Guns lost 57 (1 destroyed, 56 disabled)
Vehicles lost 42 (3 destroyed, 39 disabled)


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
77th Chindit Brigade
50th Tank Brigade
254th Armoured Brigade
17th Indian Division
29th British Brigade
26th Indian Division
268th Motorised Brigade
20th Indian Division
11th (East African) Division
43rd Cavalry Regiment
XXXIII Corps Engineer Battalion
81st (West African) Division
50th Indian Para Brigade
XV Corps Engineer Battalion
Provisionl Tank Brigade
5th Indian Division
26th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
20th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
21st Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
XXXIII Indian Corps
29th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
23rd Indian Engineer Battalion
8th Medium Regiment
3rd (Special Force) Division

Defending units:
3rd INA Azad Regiment
2nd INA Gandhi Regiment
14th Division
4th INA Nehru Regiment
32nd Division
1st INA Subhas Regiment
20th/C Division
5th Field AF Construction Battalion
5th Field Artillery Regiment
7th Field AF Construction Battalion
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
17th Army
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
8th RF Gun Battalion


Afterwards I received the following additional report:

3rd INA Azad Regiment RETREATING towards Moulmein
2nd INA Gandhi Regiment RETREATING towards Moulmein
14th Division RETREATING towards Moulmein
4th INA Nehru Regiment RETREATING towards Moulmein
32nd Division RETREATING towards Moulmein
1st INA Subhas Regiment RETREATING towards Moulmein
20th/C Division RETREATING towards Moulmein
17th Army RETREATING towards Moulmein
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion Wiped Out at Rangoon by attrition!!!
7th Field AF Construction Battalion Wiped Out at Rangoon by attrition!!!
5th Field Artillery Regiment Wiped Out at Rangoon by attrition!!!
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment Wiped Out at Rangoon by attrition!!!
8th RF Gun Battalion Wiped Out at Rangoon by attrition!!!


I have the route to Moulmein blocked so it appears that the Japanese Troops were left in the Rangoon hex.

Finally, the Allied Troops attacked at Lashio again:

Ground combat at Lashio (62,46)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 45478 troops, 487 guns, 199 vehicles, Assault Value = 1633

Defending force 9520 troops, 171 guns, 10 vehicles, Assault Value = 241

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Allied adjusted assault: 1600

Japanese adjusted defense: 532

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
1225 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 63 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 18 (7 destroyed, 11 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
883 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 95 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled

Assaulting units:
7th New Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
14th Indian Division
5th Chinese Corps
6th Chinese Corps
NCAC
X' Force
28th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
6th Medium Regiment

Defending units:
143rd Infantry Regiment
11th Infantry Regiment
33rd/B Division
3rd Mortar Battalion
55th Mountain Gun Regiment


I’ll rest my troops there again and then try another attack in a few more days.

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Burma - Nov 20 1943 - 12/14/2012 2:21:17 AM   
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Here is the situation in Burma now. I am moving troops down to engage the retreated Japanese troops south of Rangoon as well as moving troops back to Pegu to prepare to move on to Moulmein. I am also trying some other moves in the region to keep my opponent off balance. We will see how it goes.






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China - Nov 20 1943 - 12/14/2012 2:23:04 AM   
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Here is the situation in China. My opponent will need to respond of face getting cut off and isolated. And once I clear Lashio I will start to get more Supply in China and my opponent will have even more to worry about.






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Northern Oz - Nov 20 1943 - 12/14/2012 2:24:42 AM   
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Japanese CVs have appeared north of Darwin again. Are they really going to try to attack my Forces and Ships at Derby and Broome? In any event, I have a Big Surprise heading their way in case they do stick around...






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The Road to China is Open Again! - 12/15/2012 9:11:29 PM   
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November 20, 1943 –

There was Night Action between Ramree Island and Rangoon as the RN got into movement. First off a Japanese sub attacked HMS Shropshire off of Bassein but missed. The DDs in the British TF then drove the sub to the surface and sank it with gunfire. Then RN DEs caught another Japanese sub off of Rangoon, drove it to the surface, and sank it too.

Daylight showed that multiple Japanese TFs had moved off of Darwin. (See map below.) It appears that the Japanese CVs are there. I’m not sure what they are doing:

- Supporting reinforcement of Darwin
- Protecting the evacuation of Darwin
- Preparing to attack Derby and Broome

In any event, I’ve got a couple of dozen subs heading towards that location so we will see if the IJN runs afoul of them. BTW – a number of DBs and TBs are flying ASW missions out of those TFs. Already one USN sub has been sent home for repairs from an Air Attack.

Despite the presence of the KB off of Darwin only the Allies flew Air Attack Missions today. First off the 4Es in the South Pacific flew another bombing raid over the Air Base at Lunga. Unfortunately, I had those 4Es at 6K feet and Lunga is big enough to have Barrage Balloons. So the 4Es suffered a fair amount of damage and they are sitting out the next day or so. Never-the-less, the Bombers did hit the Air Base hard and destroyed more A6M3as and Dinah IIIs on the ground.

Then in Burma hundreds of Allied DBs and 2Es attacked the Japanese Troops at Lashio again. And as always, the results weren’t impressive. The 4Es also flew and hammered the Air Base at Chiang Mai. I don’t want that Base to be used to launch Surprise Attacks on my forces.

Finally, USAAF B-25s hit Katherine again, keeping the Air Base closed and causing good number of casualties among the Japanese Troops. Allied Land Forces continue to build up at the base so I ought to be in a position to launch an attack soon.

And at the end of the day the Allied Troops at Lashio launched yet another Deliberate Attack, and lo-and-behold, they actually captured the base:

Ground combat at Lashio (62,46)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 45066 troops, 487 guns, 199 vehicles, Assault Value = 1569

Defending force 8614 troops, 166 guns, 10 vehicles, Assault Value = 164

Allied adjusted assault: 2446

Japanese adjusted defense: 142

Allied assault odds: 17 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Lashio !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
3221 casualties reported
Squads: 67 destroyed, 30 disabled
Non Combat: 119 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 13 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 101 (90 destroyed, 11 disabled)
Vehicles lost 9 (9 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 5

Allied ground losses:
243 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
7th New Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
14th Indian Division
5th Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
6th Chinese Corps
X' Force
28th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
NCAC
6th Medium Regiment

Defending units:
11th Infantry Regiment
143rd Infantry Regiment
33rd/B Division
3rd Mortar Battalion
55th Mountain Gun Regiment


So the road from Rangoon to China is finally open again after all this time. Thailand is next.






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The Hunted Whacks the Hunter - 12/16/2012 9:21:11 PM   
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November 21, 1943 –

The Night Phase started out with RN Cruisers and DDs firing off a Naval Bombardment at the Japanese Troops in the hex just to the southwest of Rangoon. These ships got in and out okay, but then a 2-DE British ASW TF just to the west was ambushed by a Japanese mine-laying sub. The sub put a torpedo into one of the British DEs, damaging it severely. I can’t send that DE to Rangoon because there are too many uncleared Japanese mines there. I do have Minesweepers on the way, but it is too dangerous to send anything else to Rangoon at this time.

BTW – a second IJN mine-laying sub was attacked by one of those British AMCs that has depth charges, but it got away. So there are likely a LOT of fresh Japanese mines at Rangoon.

The Allied subs off of northeastern Oz didn’t find the Japanese CV TFs nor the Transport TF that was at Darwin. All three TFs started to head eastwards. So it looks like they will attempt to pass through the Torres Straight. This will be interesting. I have now moved a LOT of LBA and Fighters to the bases near the Straight, and I am also sending a LOT of PT boats to Horne Island and vicinity. I’ve also got dozens of subs swarming towards the region. And, there is the Big Hammer that is moving towards the region too. I’m hoping to have a Battle of Leyte Gulf sort of situation occur. We will see if things turn out in my favour. (I’m actually surprised to find the Japanese TFs continuing to the east because one of my Big Hammer TFs was spotted by a Japanese Search plane out of the Solomons. Oh well, we will see what happens.)

The Air War belonged to the Allies again this turn. Allied DBs and 2Es attacked the Japanese Troops in the jungle in Burma between Lashio and Taung Gyi. The Bombers seems to be having better luck now that the Japanese Troops are not in Lashio. And USAAF 4Es hit the Air Base at Moulmein, just to be certain to keep it closed.

Off in Oz B-25s attacked the Japanese Troops at Katherine again. The 4Es in the region were on Naval Search in order to keep track of the Japanese Fleet Movements in the region.

Finally, 3 Allied Infantry Divisions crossed the river to the southwest of Rangoon and Shock Attacked the Japanese Troops there:

Ground combat at 54,54 (near Rangoon)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 30254 troops, 520 guns, 298 vehicles, Assault Value = 1026

Defending force 17844 troops, 139 guns, 65 vehicles, Assault Value = 503

Allied adjusted assault: 327

Japanese adjusted defense: 223

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: morale(-), supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
2866 casualties reported
Squads: 72 destroyed, 68 disabled
Non Combat: 33 destroyed, 47 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 11 disabled
Guns lost 73 (24 destroyed, 49 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
925 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 127 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 17 disabled
Guns lost 46 (3 destroyed, 43 disabled)

Assaulting units:
81st (West African) Division
11th (East African) Division
17th Indian Division

Defending units:
32nd Division
4th INA Nehru Regiment
14th Division
1st INA Subhas Regiment
113th Infantry Regiment
2nd INA Gandhi Regiment
20th/C Div /1
17th Army
3rd INA Azad Regiment


Once I have those Japanese units cut off from escape in all directions I’ll attrite them down and get rid of them. I don’t currently need those three Commonwealth Divisions to continue the attack towards Moulmein.






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Fog of War Funnies - 12/18/2012 2:24:03 AM   
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November 22, 1943 –

The Night Phase started out with the dot base Maiana being automatically occupied by the Allies. This is the last dot base before Tarawa and for me it is an interesting data point in the seemingly totally random action of the auto-occupation function. There is a small Japanese unit at Tarawa, but the nearest Allied unit is a SeaBee unit. So why did Maiana get auto-occupied when in so many other cases when I have big Combat units in nearby bases the empty dot bases near the big Combat unit won’t get auto-occupied? This is a very strange game at more times than I like.

Next some British YMS ships showed up at Rangoon and easily swept up the 15 mines that were there. That really surprised me – I was certain that the presence of Japanese mine-laying subs meant that they had dropped off lots of mines at Rangoon. Maybe my opponent hasn’t been paying attention to the numbers of sub-laid mines he really has in stock.

Next there were a series of messages about first a CVE, then an AP, and then a PT hitting reefs in the same general location. I knew that I was moving lots of PT boats to northeastern Oz, but I certainly wasn’t moving any CVEs or APs near any reefs. Sure enough, afterwards I checked and FoW was being idiotic again – those groundings were a handful of PTs as I had suspected. Why so many? Why not – the “random” dice throws are anything but random in this game.

Then USS Cero put three torpedoes into a TK in a big TK/AO TF near Boela. Cero just happened to be passing by on its way to check out the Japanese CVs in the Arafura Sea. I have no idea why that Transport TF happened to be in that location – maybe it is heading towards the Central Pacific.

Speaking of the Japanese CVs, daylight brought plenty of reports of the TFs which have now moved into the middle of the Arafura Sea, with a heading of Northeast. Does this mean that the TFs are heading up towards Sorong and north of New Guinea, or are they just trying to get away from my subs and hug the south shore of New Guinea? In any event, the map for the 23rd is below.

Note on the map the presence of an Allied TF symbol at Horn Island. That’s the first of many multi-PT TFs that will soon clog up all of the hexes in the Torres Straight. Sure, I know that PTs won’t actually stop any kind of serious TF, but I am hoping that they will slow down and distract any attempted passage. The real Threat is on land and further south at sea.

The IJAAF got active again this turn as Japanese planes attacked over China again. First off was a high altitude Sweep by Oscar IIbs over a Chinese Corps that is trying to tie up the Japanese forces near the Rail Line. Some Chinese P-40Ns flew over to try to provide CAP but they were driven away with losses by the Oscar IIbs. Then Japanese bombers flew in and hit the Chinese troops.

Action then switched to Burma where Allied 2Es and DBS attacked the Japanese Troops in the Burmese jungle again. The results were mixed, as is always the case in rough terrain.

Next the USAAF 4Es attacked the Japanese Troops that are across the river from Pegu. Some Allied fighters flew along as escort, even though I hadn’t intended any escort for the 4Es. Sure enough, there was a Japanese Trap at High Alt over those troops and the unintentional Escorts were slaughtered as usual. (I never cease to be amazed at the idiocy of the “escorts are sitting ducks” mod to the game.) In any event, the 4Es had no problems with the Oscars IIbs and hit their target nicely. Next turn the 4Es will go after the Air Base where the Oscars are located – minus Escorts, but with plenty of Very High Alt Sweeps flying over that base.

Off in Northern Oz the USAAF 4Es went after the Japanese Troops at Katherine again, causing nice casualties. The USN 4Es continue to be on Long Range Search so that I can keep a very close eye on what the Japanese TFs are doing northeast of Oz.

Finally, a Japanese LCU column attempted a Shock Attack on those Chinese Troops that were bombed earlier in the day. But Things have Changed since the Dark Days in early 1942 when all the Chinese could do was to run towards Chungking as fast as they could:

Ground combat at 85,47 (near Sinyang)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 1818 troops, 42 guns, 68 vehicles, Assault Value = 1132

Defending force 15236 troops, 74 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 603

Japanese adjusted assault: 23

Allied adjusted defense: 637

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 27

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

Japanese ground losses:
182 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 30 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
168 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
23rd Tank Regiment
1st Guards Division
11th Division
12th RGC Temp. Division
11th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
12th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
13th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion

Defending units:
59th Chinese Corp


It will take a while for the Japanese troops to get over their disruption, and in the meanwhile plenty of other Chinese LCUs are moving happily along, cutting roads all over the place.

And as an afterthought of sorts, Japanese Paratroops dropped in and captured the empty Allied base of Ketopang in western Borneo. There are actually still a lot of empty bases under Allied control in the DEI and PI – those Paratroops will have their work cut out for them.






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First Assault on Katherine - 12/19/2012 2:03:38 AM   
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November 23, 1943 –

There was no Night Action this turn, which was a Big Disappointment; because it meant that nothing attempted to cross my picket line in the Torres Straight.

Daylight brought confirmation of this as the many and varied Allied Search Planes and subs crisscrossed the Air and Waters northeast of Oz but found nothing. So unless the Japanese TFs went into Super-Stealth Mode this means that they headed up around the west end of New Guinea.

I can always hope that Bad Weather hindered my Search Efforts and that the TFs will show up next turn, because bad weather Washed Out the 4E Airborne Mining attempt at Horn Island again this turn. But I doubt it.

The Air War started out in China again as Japanese Bombers went after Chinese Troops along the Rail Line to the northeast of Sinyang. That’s fine; because that means that the other multi-dozen Chinese LCUs that I have marching along were left alone again.

The Allied Air War started in Burma again as Allied 2Es attacked various Japanese Troops in the Burmese Jungle. The British DBs stayed home.

Then a P-47 Squadron Swept over Rahaeng but found no opposition. The Japanese planes that had been there had left. The USAAF 4Es then flew in and hammered the Air Base at Rahaeng. Interestingly enough, the P-38s that were supposed to Sweep along with the P-47s stayed home.

Off in Oz the USAAF 4Es hammered the Air Base at Wyndham again, just to be certain that it stays closed.

Land Combat then started with the Japanese Troops northeast of Sinyang firing off an Artillery Bombardment against the Chinese Corps there. The Artillery Attack had little effect.

The Allied Troops southwest of Rangoon then fired off their own Artillery Bombardment with much nicer results:

Ground combat at 54,54 (near Rangoon)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 29210 troops, 519 guns, 298 vehicles, Assault Value = 873

Defending force 14531 troops, 108 guns, 65 vehicles, Assault Value = 309

Japanese ground losses:
291 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


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

Assaulting units:
81st (West African) Division
11th (East African) Division
17th Indian Division

Defending units:
113th Infantry Regiment
1st INA Subhas Regiment
14th Division
32nd Division
2nd INA Gandhi Regiment
17th Army
3rd INA Azad Regiment
4th INA Nehru Regiment
20th/C Div /1


I’m going to keep that up for a while.

Finally, the Allied Troops at Katherine attempted their first Assault on the Enemy:

Ground combat at Katherine (76,128)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 21181 troops, 302 guns, 1105 vehicles, Assault Value = 992

Defending force 13764 troops, 123 guns, 121 vehicles, Assault Value = 413

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 4

Allied adjusted assault: 1121

Japanese adjusted defense: 283

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 4)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 4

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

Japanese ground losses:
2740 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 199 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 65 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 36 disabled
Guns lost 35 (10 destroyed, 25 disabled)
Vehicles lost 33 (4 destroyed, 29 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
168 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Vehicles lost 28 (1 destroyed, 27 disabled)

Assaulting units:
2/11th Armoured Car Battalion
2/9th Armoured Regiment
2/7th Armoured Regiment
6th Australian Division
3rd USMC Tank Battalion
763rd Tank Battalion
1st Army Tank Regiment
3rd Motor Brigade
Northern Territory

Defending units:
21st Division
16th Army
11th RF Gun Battalion


That was quite an encouraging result. I am resting my Troops next turn while they are re-supplied, and I’ve ordered the 4Es to hit the Japanese Troops at Katherine again. It shouldn’t take too long to capture Katherine.

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Artillery Wars - 12/20/2012 12:47:29 AM   
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November 24, 1943 -

There was no Night Action this turn. So all of my PT TFs and Subs started to head home from the Torres Straight.

Daylight started out with a number of Japanese Bomber attacks on the big Chinese Corps that I have marching towards Chengchow. There wasn't much damage done. My bet is that my opponent hasn't garrisoned Chengchow, or many of the other non-Front Line Chinese bases very well. And it will take some time for his troops to move back from the Front. In the meanwhile, the Chinese Troops are marching along the best routes and blocking the Rail Lines.

In Burma the Allied 2Es and DBs hit the Japanese Troops in the Jungle again. The Air Attacks aren't doing a lot of damage, but they are causing constant headaches for the Japanese Troops as they attempt to pull back towards Thailand.

The USAAF 4Es hammered the Air Base at Pisanuloke this turn. I'm trying to prevent my opponent from using his Forward Bases for hit-and-run raids.

Then things livened up over the Port at Rangoon as G3M3 Nells, escorted by A6M3a Zeros, attacked some of the Allied Transports that were just arriving. The Japanese Attack was met by Hurricane IIds, Hurricane IIcs, P-47s and P-38s. This time my opponent got to enjoy the Escort Disadvantage as the Allied planes shot up Enemy Fighters and Bombers. In the end 12 A6M3as and 11 Nells were lost by the Japanese, but a few Nells got through to sink the small AMC Pansy. Fortunately, Pansy was along as an ASW ship and not as a Transport ship. Only 1 Hurricane IId was lost.

Action then switched to northeastern Australia. First off the USN 4Es finally flew and dropped Mark 13 mines at Horn Island. Then USAAF 4Es hammered the Japanese Troops at Katherine again.

Land Action consisted of Artillery Bombardments. First off the Japanese column on the road northeast of Sinyang fired their Artillery, but achieved very little. Then the Allied Infantry Divisions southwest of Rangoon fired their Big Guns and hammered the Japanese Troops that had been driven out of Rangoon. I will continue the Artillery Bombardments there until the British LCU that is moving into the hex to the west gets into place and the last escape route is closed for the Japanese.

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The Allies Take Katherine - 12/20/2012 2:02:22 AM   
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November 25, 1943 –

The Night Phase saw USN DDs run over and sink a Japanese Sub at Tarawa. The DDs then proceeded to fire off a Naval Bombardment that trashed most of the facilities at the island fairly well. However, the SNLF Company that is sitting there seemed to stay out of the way of the incoming shells, so I will now send in Bombers to hunt down those troops prior to the eventual Allied landing.

Daylight brought Japanese Air Attacks again on the Chinese Corps on the road to the northwest of Sinyang. The Air Attack was met by one Chinese P-40N on CAP. The Chinese pilot was able to shoot down one Oscar IIb before being shot down himself. The Bomber attack accomplished little. Oddly enough, there were Oscar Ics among the Escorts. Are they being used for Training, or is my opponent running short of Front Line IJAAF Fighters?

Off in Burma the Allied 2Es and DBs attacked Japanese Troops in the Jungle again. Then the USAAF 4Es hit the Air Base at Rahaeng again.

In northeastern Oz B-25s hit the Japanese Troops at Katherine first, followed by USAAF 4Es. The Air Attacks hammered the Japanese Troops nicely again.

The Land Phase started out with the Japanese Troops northwest of Sinyang trying another Artillery Bombardment. This Artillery Attack did even less than the last few and the only result was that each side took a handful of casualties. In the meanwhile, other Chinese Troops keep on marching along, happily Living off of the Land and threatening the entire Front in China.

Off in Burma the Allied Troops southwest of Rangoon fired off another Artillery Bombardment. The end result was in the Allied favour again, but it wasn’t as successful as the previous attack. So I’ll probably send the 4Es off against those Japanese Troops next turn.

Finally, the Allied Forces at Katherine launched another Deliberate Attack:

Ground combat at Katherine (76,128)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 21018 troops, 301 guns, 1104 vehicles, Assault Value = 980

Defending force 10723 troops, 119 guns, 117 vehicles, Assault Value = 182

Allied adjusted assault: 1622

Japanese adjusted defense: 10

Allied assault odds: 162 to 1 (fort level 4)

Allied forces CAPTURE Katherine !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
4863 casualties reported
Squads: 168 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 281 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 50 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 103 (99 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 113 (113 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 3

Allied ground losses:
58 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
3rd USMC Tank Battalion
6th Australian Division
2/7th Armoured Regiment
2/11th Armoured Car Battalion
2/9th Armoured Regiment
763rd Tank Battalion
1st Army Tank Regiment
3rd Motor Brigade
Northern Territory

Defending units:
21st Division
16th Army
11th RF Gun Battalion


So now it’s onwards to the dot base at Fenton, and then on to the Siege of Darwin. With any luck northeastern Australia may be cleared of Enemy Troops by the New Year.

And now I need to advise the readers that another extended pause is about to start in this match. My opponent will be off with his family for a week or so, starting on Friday. And then the following week I will be off with my wife for a week. Neither of us is bringing our PCs with us, so the match will not restart until the second week of January. We may get another turn or two in before the weekend, but after that the break.

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We're Back - 1/5/2013 9:04:37 PM   
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We are back at the game after a long break. It was certainly hard to remember what I was doing…

November 26, 1943 –

The Night Phase saw Tambelan-eilanden in the DEI auto-occupied by the Japanese. I assume that means that more Japanese troops are being sent to nearby bases.

USS Growler was chased by a SC off of Shimonoseki, and then came back and fired and hit the SC with a dud. Once again Growler got away.

Daylight started out with IJAAF bombers attacking a Chinese Infantry Corps that is moving along the road to Chengchow. This focus on the one Chinese LCU allowed the other dozens of Chinese LCUs that are on the move to continue to march along.

In Burma Allied 2Es and DBs hit Japanese Troops in the jungle east of Mandalay. Then the USAAF 4Es hit the Air Base at Moulmein again. The IJAAF Fighter Hordes are sitting back at Bangkok and nearby bases. It will be another week or so before I am ready to move onto Moulmein. Fortunately, there have been no Japanese Attempts to interfere with my movement of Forces into Rangoon.

Off in Northern Australia USAAF 4Es hammered the Japanese Troops at Wyndham again. The Allied 2Es failed to fly against the Japanese Troops that are retreating north from Katherine.

During the Land Combat Phase Japanese Troops fired off an Artillery Attack on the Chinese Troops that are blocking the Road northwest of Sinyang. The attack had little effect. Allied Troops then fired off an Artillery Bombardment against the Japanese Troops that are southwest of Rangoon. That attack did have a substantial effect. But since it will be a week or so until those Japanese Troops are completely trapped I don’t want to do any killing-assaults for now.

And in the Central Pacific things continue to be quiet while I prepare for my next moves there.

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The IJAAF is on the Attack - 1/6/2013 11:13:18 PM   
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November 27, 1943 –

The Night Phase saw some RN ships fire off a Naval Bombardment against the Japanese Troops in the swamps to the southwest of Rangoon. The results were pretty good, but I was surprised to find that the British CAs wouldn’t totally re-arm at Rangoon. So I’m sending them back up the Coast, and I’ve set more Engineers to the job of increasing the Port at Rangoon.

Daylight brought all kinds of IJAAF Bombing attacks on Chinese troops around Sinyang. My opponent has gotten quite involved in the Chinese Breakout and is sending Troops all over along with the Bombing Missions. This means that Burma is quiet and the 300 or so Japanese Fighters around Bangkok are staying put.

Allied 2Es and DBs were active in Burma, hitting Japanese Troops to the east of Taung Gyi and to the southeast of Lashio. The Allied planes are doing much better than they were when those Japanese Troops were in Lashio. The USAAF 4Es in Burma hammered the Japanese Troops that are due east of Pegu. The 4Es will be making more Visits to the Japanese Troops that are between Pegu and Moulmein. In the meanwhile, more and more Allied LCUs reach Rangoon and Pegu.

In Northern Australia the Mitchells flew and hammered the retiring Japanese Troops that are north of Katherine. I will hammer them more until they get to the next hex. I don’t want to take my chances with the Wonderful River Crossing Random Idiocy. The USAAF 4Es hammered the Japanese Troops at Wyndham again. I’ll keep that up until all of my advancing troops are in position to move in.

At the end of the day the now very large Japanese LCU stack to the northwest of Sinyang kicked out the Chinese Corps from its blocking position. The Chinese unit wasn’t roughed up to badly so I’ll leave it be and see where the Japanese try to go next.

And the Allied Troops to the southwest of Rangoon got off another successful Artillery Bombardment on the Japanese Troops there. I’m still waiting for my final blocking force to get in place to the West before I do some Destruction Assaults.

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Air Battles Over China - 1/8/2013 1:23:15 AM   
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There was no Night Action.

Daylight started out with 16 A6M5s sweeping Henyang. That’s the first time I’ve seen M5s in action in this game. The Japanese sweep was met by 6 Chinese P-40Es. The M5s shot down 1 P-40E. Next in were 2 more A6M5s which were now met by 2 Chinese P-66s and 2 more Chinese P-40Es. This time there were no losses on either side. This was followed by an attack by 31 Helens and 19 Tojos. This time 2 USAAF P-38Hs showed up. One Tojo and 1 P-38H were shot down. Finally, 15 Helens straggled in on their own to find 6 P-66s, 4 P-40Es and 1 P-38H waiting for them. The Allied fighters shot down 5 Helens.

Elsewhere in China lots of Japanese planes attacked Chinese troops in the open south of Chengchow. That’s fine; there are plenty of other Chinese troops on the move.

Off in Burma Allied 2Es and DBs hit the Japanese Troops in the jungle to the east of Taung Gyi and to the southwest of Lashio. The Allied pilots continue to make slow but steady progress in damaging those Japanese units. And the USAAF 4Es hammered the Japanese Troops that are to the east of Pegu. Those Japanese units ought to be in pretty bad shape by the time I finally send Allied Troops across the River.

Air Action in northern Oz was rained out, but Allied Search Planes spotted a sizable Japanese Transport TF to the north of Timor. I’m presuming that my opponent is reinforcing his bases in that part of the DEI.

The only Land Combat was another Artillery Bombardment by the Allied Troops to the southwest of Rangoon. They continue to hammer the Japanese there hard.

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No Escorts = Fun! - 1/11/2013 12:43:41 AM   
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November 29, 1943 –

The Night Phase saw US subs near Timor take full advantage of some unescorted Japanese Transports. First off USS Tambor hit an xAKL near Endeh with 3 torpedoes, then USS Bluefish hit another xAKL with 1 torpedo near Lomblen.

Next RN Cruisers and Destroyers fired off a Naval Bombardment against the Japanese Troops to the southeast of Rangoon. The Naval Base in Rangoon still isn’t big enough to reload the RN Cruisers so the ships headed back up the Coast again.

Daylight brought A6M5s back into play, this time 28 of them sweeping over Changsha. They were met by 12 Chinese P-66s, 12 Chinese P-40Es, and 4 USAAF P-38Hs. The Chinese lost 3 P-66s and 1 P-40E, but the A6M5s got shot up too. Afterwards a late Sweep by another 16 A6M5s came to Changsha again and this time found 2 P-66s, 3 P-40Es and 1 P-38H on CAP. Both sides fought it out and this time 1 P-38H went down while a number of A6M5s limped home.

The End-of-Day Loss Results were as follows:

A6M5 – 7 A-to-A, 1 Ops

P-66 – 5 A-to-A, 2 Ops
P-40E – 1 A-to-A, 3 Ops
P-38H – 1 A-to-A

It was then the Allied Air Forces’ turn to Attack, starting out with DBs and 2Es hitting the Japanese Troops that are trying to retire from the spot east of Taung Gyi. The Allied Bombers continue to do better now that the Japanese don’t have as much Cover as before.

Then the USAAF 4Es attacked the Japanese Troops at Moulmein and went after an AA unit for some reason. The 4Es didn’t take much damage, but they didn’t do anywhere near as much damage as when they attack an Infantry unit.

Off in Northern Oz Allied Mitchells hammered the retiring Japanese Troops at Fenton. At this rate there won’t be much left of that Japanese column to reach Darwin. Now that the Japanese are away from the River I have ordered the Allied Troops forward. The USAAF 4Es in Northern Oz didn’t fly.

Finally, at the end of the day the Allied Units southwest of Rangoon fired off another Artillery Bombardment. There shouldn’t be much fight left in the Japanese Troops there once the Allied Troops finally make their Attack.

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The End of November 1943 - 1/15/2013 2:24:27 AM   
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November 30, 1943 –

There was no Night Action.

Daylight brought out Zeros sweeping over the Chinese troops that are southwest of Chengchow. There was no Allied CAP so the Sweeps didn’t accomplish anything. Then a number of Japanese bombers flew in and harassed the Chinese Troops again. Meanwhile other Chinese Troops continued to wander along and interdict Japanese Rail lines and roads.

In Burma Allied 2Es and DBs hit the Japanese troops in the Jungle again as the Japanese attempt to withdraw the Long Way into the East. It will be months before those Japanese troops get anywhere important. Then the USAAF 4Es hammered the Japanese Troops that are southwest of Rangoon again.

Off in Northern Oz USAAF 4Es hammered the Japanese Troops at Wyndham again. I’ve got units moving in so I want those Japanese Troops to be softened up as much as possible. At the same time Mitchells hammered the Japanese Troops that are retreating from Fenton again.

And finally USN and USAAF 4Es attacked the Air Base at Lunga again, but I forgot about the size of the Air Base so the Bombers had some troubles with Barrage Balloons at 6000 feet. Never-the-less they did hit the Air Base hard and even destroyed a couple more Zeros on the ground.

Finally, the Allied Troops that are southwest of Rangoon fired off another Artillery Attack, but for whatever reason the results were feeble.

The December 1 1943 Intel Chart is below, and I will post maps in subsequent postings.







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December 1 1943 - Northern China - 1/15/2013 2:25:25 AM   
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Here is the situation in Northern China:






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Here is the situation in Southern China:






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Here is the situation in Burma:






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Here is the situation in Northern Australia




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Here is the situation in the South Pacific:






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Another INTEL failure - 1/16/2013 2:50:33 AM   
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December 1, 1943 –

The Night Phase saw some USN sub action as USS Sculpin attacked and sank an xAKL on the Surface at Endeh. Sculpin received some damage in return and so is now heading back to base. Then USS Greenling shot at and missed an SC in a large Troop Transport TF near Taihoku. Greenling got away without any damage.

Daylight brought A6M5s sweeping again over the Chinese troops that are to the southwest of Chengchow. The multiple Japanese Bomber attacks hit the troops. Never-the-less, the Chinese Troops did get to move to the East and continue to distract Japanese efforts in China.

In Burma Allied 2Es and DBs hit the various Japanese Troops columns that are in the jungle to the east of Mandalay and Taung Gyi. The USAAF 4Es in Burma didn’t fly because their target was rained out.

In Northern Oz the USAAF 4Es hammered the Japanese Troops at Wyndham again while the Mitchells hit the Japanese Troops at Fenton. The Allied troops ought to be in a position launch assaults within a couple of days.

Land Combat was a different matter as bad dice rolls, worse INTEL Reports, and the Game Design from Idiotville caused me much irritation. The Allied Troops southwest of Rangoon fired off an Artillery Attack again, and once again the ragtag Japanese Troops gave as well as they received. This makes no sense, considering that up until the last turn the Allied Artillery Attacks were causing significant damage. So I ordered the Allied Troops to sit back for now and wait for the final escape route for the Japanese to be closed in another day or two.

Off in China I received the first of two major INTEL Failures as a Chinese Corps marched into Yenen and found a strong Japanese Infantry Unit sitting there when an Artillery Bombardment was fired off to see what was really there. Now it will be a case of “sitzkrieg”.

And the Biggest Irritation came as a Marine Raider Unit was sent by Fast Transport to Ocean Island where All of my Recon and INTEL has been telling me for months that the base was empty. Instead there was a fragment of a Naval Guard unit there.

And of course, Thanks to the TOTALLY MORONIC 100 DAYS rule, my troops were totally disrupted and hammered by a couple of hundred mediocre Japanese troops. So I am pulling the Raiders out. At times like this I realize that playing this game for the past 3+ years hasn’t been the smartest use of my time.

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Tedium in the Pacific - 1/17/2013 9:22:55 PM   
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December 2, 1943 –

The Night Phase saw USS Greening chased off by an E-Class escort in a small Transport TF off of Taihoku. Greenling received some minor damage.

Then a USN CL/DD TF fired off a Naval Bombardment at Tarawa. The Base was messed up quite well, but none of the Japanese Troops on the island were hit.

Daylight saw Japanese Bombers in increasing numbers hammer the Chinese Corps that is now to the southeast of Chengchow. Given how the Game works, that Chinese unit will be done for in a couple of days. For some unknown reason, the usual End-of-the-World Storms that interfere so consistently with Allied Air Bombardments aren't hampering the Japanese at all.

In any event, it appears that my opponent has too many Troops in Reserve in China for my Break-Out plan to work. Even as I have moved more Chinese Troops forward and attempted to do End-Arounds my opponent has maintained his Front Line Troops in Position while bringing up other troops to cut off my Troops. So it does not look like I can break the Japanese Front in China at this time.

In Burma Allied DBs and 2Es attacked the Japanese Troops that are trying to retire away from the hex to the east of Taung Gyi while Allied 2Es attacked the Japanese Troops that are just to the northeast that are trying to join their compatriots. And the USAAF 4Es flew a late mission and hit the Japanese Troops to the east of Pegu.

In Northern Oz Mitchells hit the Japanese Troops at Fenton again while the USAAF 4Es hit the Japanese Troops at Wyndham again. I've ordered my Troops to attack at Fenton, but I'm holding off at Wyndham because I currently only have Armoured Units besieging the Base.

And in the South Pacific USN and USAAF 4Es hit the Air Base at Tulagi again, destroying another Japanese Fighter that was stuck on the Ground.

The only Ground Action was an Artillery Bombardment by the Japanese Troops at Yenan that caused some minor casualties.

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Closing in Ever So Slowly - 1/18/2013 1:41:25 PM   
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December 3, 1943 –

The Night Phase saw USS Greenling back into action near Taihoku as the sub shot a half dozen torpedoes at an E-class escort and miss. Greenling was then chased off by the escorts of the small Transport TF.

Daylight started with the Japanese bombing-to-bits the Chinese LCU that is southeast of Chengchow. A bunch of Japanese LCUs have moved into the hex and so that Chinese unit will get hammered even more next turn. There haven’t been any Fighter Sweeps over those Chinese Troops the past few days as my opponent realized that I can’t or won’t LR CAP that unit. One notable thing from this turn – Francis Bombers got into the action for the first time.

The Allied Air Campaign started out with the USN and USAAF 4Es bombing the Air Base at Tulagi again. This time it ought to be closed for quite some time. Next turn the 4Es will go after the Air Base at Lunga again. I remembered this time to set them up a 8000 feet to avoid the Barrage Balloons.

In Northern Australia the Mitchells hammered the retreated Japanese Troops at Fenton again. Then the 4Es hit the Japanese Troops at Wyndham.

In Burma Bad Weather delayed or washed out many planned Allied Air Attacks and watered-down the effects of those missions that did fly. So the 4Es hit the Japanese Troops that are southeast of Pegu, but caused little damage. Likewise, some 2Es hit the Japanese Troops that are east of Taung Gyi, but the DBs that attacked missed. And the massed 2Es that were supposed to hit the Japanese troops that are southeast of Mandalay didn’t fly at all.

The Ground Combat Phase started with the Japanese Troops at Yenan firing off another Artillery Bombardment. Once again it caused some Chinese casualties.

Next the Allied Forces at Fenton launched a deliberate attack on the Japanese Troops there:

Ground combat at Fenton (76,126)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 20375 troops, 301 guns, 1004 vehicles, Assault Value = 933

Defending force 7189 troops, 87 guns, 53 vehicles, Assault Value = 85

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Allied adjusted assault: 537

Japanese adjusted defense: 6

Allied assault odds: 89 to 1 (fort level 1)

Allied forces CAPTURE Fenton !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
3236 casualties reported
Squads: 99 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 157 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 111 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 60 (53 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Vehicles lost 45 (45 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 4
Units destroyed 1

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

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
1st Army Tank Regiment
2/9th Armoured Regiment
763rd Tank Battalion
6th Australian Division
3rd USMC Tank Battalion
2/7th Armoured Regiment
3rd Motor Brigade
Northern Territory

Defending units:
1st Ind. Engineer Regiment
21st Division
Yokosuka 4th SNLF
16th Army
11th RF Gun Battalion


So the Crawlkrieg continues and now it’s on to Darwin.

Then in Burma the Chinese units that kicked the Japanese out of Lashio launched a Deliberate Attack against those same defeated Japanese troops which have been bombed almost daily since their defeat (except for this turn):

Ground combat at 60,47 (near Mandalay)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18758 troops, 171 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 729

Defending force 7507 troops, 144 guns, 9 vehicles, Assault Value = 201

Allied adjusted assault: 282

Japanese adjusted defense: 358

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), op mode(-), disruption(-), experience(-)
Attacker: fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
457 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 47 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
863 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 92 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled

Assaulting units:
1st New Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Corps

Defending units:
11th Infantry Regiment
143rd Infantry Regiment
33rd/B Division
3rd Mortar Battalion
55th Mountain Gun Regiment


BTW – the “Fatigue” levels for the attacker were in the teens… so what we had here was yet another Dice Roll from Moronville…

Finally, I dropped some USMC Paratroops on Bathurst Island, just offshore of Darwin, and captured it to help close the door on the Japanese.

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End of this Match - 1/19/2013 5:48:44 PM   
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My opponent and I have agreed to end this match after more than 3 years of play. We have both found that the game has become tedious rather than fun. We both have many other things that we would prefer to do in the time that we have been spending on this match.

I would like to thank everyone who has dropped by to look at the AAR over the past 3+ years and especially those nice folks who provided encouragement and support to me in the AAR and elsewhere in the Forum.

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RE: End of this Match - 1/19/2013 7:17:27 PM   
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ORIGINAL: ADB123

My opponent and I have agreed to end this match after more than 3 years of play. We have both found that the game has become tedious rather than fun. We both have many other things that we would prefer to do in the time that we have been spending on this match.

I would like to thank everyone who has dropped by to look at the AAR over the past 3+ years and especially those nice folks who provided encouragement and support to me in the AAR and elsewhere in the Forum.

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Our thanks to you for taking the time to post the AAR for our entertainment and sometimes education too!
I am a little disappointed that it is ending early - would love to see a tooth-and-nail defence by the IJA/IJN in 1944-45.

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