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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 3/16/2012 10:56:01 AM   
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Hi PzB,

Any update. I assume there is still not much happening.

I don't actually play WitP/AE but I'm really enjoying reading your AAR and must admit I'm struggling with going cold turkey as your AAR is a must read for me everyday.

Keep up the great work.

Cheers

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 3/16/2012 9:19:38 PM   
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Yeah, we want more!

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 3/17/2012 5:53:48 PM   
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Hey guys,

Appreciate the interest!
Unfortunately it's very little to report and Andy has been busy, can be 2-3 days between turns.
We're now at July 16th 44 - the complete AAR is pasted in below, pretty boring.

The major fleet action of 1943-44 more or less decided the outcome of the game; Allies need to spend lots of time to rebuild in order to
be able to perform amph landings in areas with limited Jap LBA. Point wise I doubt Andy can do much, but kudos to him for continuing even though I ask myself if I would have done the same at times.

The growing amount of Jap air and ground units force me to send more and more supplies from the Home Islands; this is perhaps my biggest challenge.
In 11 days we receive our last CV reinforcement, Combined Fleet will then receive only 2 CLs, a handful of tiny CVEs + destroyers and subs until the end of the war.

We're just weeks away from putting the Grace torpedo / dive bomber into production; this versatile ac will replace Judys and Jills and restore KBs advantage in striking distance vs Allied carriers.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jul 16, 44

Air Combat

Morning Air attack on Talasea , at 103,125
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 24

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x J2M3 Jack sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on Talasea , at 103,125
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 30

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
30 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on Gasmata , at 103,127
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x F4F-4 Wildcat sweeping at 20000 feet *
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Morning Air attack on Gasmata , at 103,127
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 12

No Allied losses


Aircraft Attacking:
12 x F4U-1 Corsair sweeping at 20000 feet
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Morning Air attack on Gasmata , at 103,127
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 10

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x F4U-1 Corsair sweeping at 20000 feet
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Morning Air attack on Taung Gyi , at 59,48
Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 12 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes


Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 11

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Hurricane IIc Trop sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on Gasmata , at 103,127
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 28,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 9

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Spitfire Vc Trop sweeping at 25000 feet *
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Morning Air attack on Gasmata , at 103,127
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 22

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x P-40N5 Warhawk sweeping at 20000 feet *
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Morning Air attack on Prachuap Khiri Khan , at 54,64
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-38J Lightning x 22

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x P-38J Lightning sweeping at 15000 feet *
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Morning Air attack on Talasea , at 103,125
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 3

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x J2M3 Jack sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on Talasea , at 103,125
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 3

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on 1st Australian Division, at 103,125 (Talasea)
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 1 damaged

Allied ground losses:
35 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 2000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Gasmata at 103,127
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
TBM-1C Avenger x 16

Allied aircraft losses
TBM-1C Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
MTB G-548
MTB G-843
MTB G-845
MTB G-540

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 12000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Gasmata , at 103,127
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 2
F4U-1 Corsair x 2

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x F4F-4 Wildcat sweeping at 20000 feet *
2 x F4U-1 Corsair sweeping at 20000 feet
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Morning Air attack on Gasmata , at 103,127
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 3
F4U-1 Corsair x 2

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x F4U-1 Corsair sweeping at 20000 feet
3 x P-40N5 Warhawk sweeping at 20000 feet *
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Morning Air attack on Port Blair , at 46,58
Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.III x 14
Liberator B.VI x 34
B-25C Mitchell x 4
B-25D1 Mitchell x 30
B-25H Mitchell x 14
B-25J1 Mitchell x 5
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 13
PBJ-1D Mitchell x 26

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator B.VI: 1 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 damaged
PBJ-1D Mitchell: 1 damaged

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

Airbase hits 17
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 80
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Morning Air attack on Port Blair , at 46,58
Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
PB4Y-2 Privateer x 11

No Allied losses


Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 9

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x PB4Y-2 Privateer bombing from 16000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Port Blair , at 46,58
Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 8

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 16000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Kure 6th SNLF, at 98,126 (Wau)
Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
Beaufort VIII x 9
Kittyhawk III x 5
Kittyhawk IV x 7
Mitchell II x 8
Spitfire VIII x 16
Kittyhawk I x 2
PV-1 Ventura x 9
B-24J Liberator x 19
B-25D1 Mitchell x 30
B-25H Mitchell x 5
P-38H Lightning x 2
P-38J Lightning x 8
P-40N5 Warhawk x 2
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 22
P-51B Mustang x 3


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
63 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Also attacking 18th Garrison Unit /1 ...
Also attacking 35th Const Co ...
Also attacking Kure 6th SNLF ...
Also attacking 18th Garrison Unit /1 ...
Also attacking 15th/C Div /6 ...
Also attacking Kure 6th SNLF ...
Also attacking 18th Garrison Unit /1 ...
Also attacking Kure 6th SNLF ...
Also attacking 18th Garrison Unit /1 ...
Also attacking Kure 6th SNLF ...
Also attacking 18th Garrison Unit /1 ...
Also attacking 15th/C Div /6 ...
Also attacking 18th Garrison Unit /1 ...
Also attacking Kure 6th SNLF ...
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Morning Air attack on Kure 6th SNLF, at 98,126 (Wau)
Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 8 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
PV-1 Ventura x 1
P-38J Lightning x 2

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Gasmata , at 103,127
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 29,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 8

No Allied losses


Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Spitfire Vc Trop sweeping at 25000 feet *
3 x Spitfire Vc Trop sweeping at 25000 feet *
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Morning Air attack on Port Blair , at 46,58
Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 12

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 12

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 16000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 1st Mobile Brigade, at 103,127 (Gasmata)
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 6

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
15 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x A-24 Banshee bombing from 16000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Port Blair , at 46,58
Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 8

No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 16000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Howland Island , at 148,135
Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes


Allied aircraft
P-38L Lightning x 7

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x P-38L Lightning sweeping at 10000 feet
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Morning Air attack on Gasmata , at 103,127
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes


Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 14

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Spitfire Vc Trop sweeping at 25000 feet *
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Morning Air attack on Tagula Island , at 104,137
Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 25 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-38J Lightning x 14

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x P-38J Lightning sweeping at 20000 feet
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Afternoon Air attack on Talasea , at 103,125
Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D4Y2 Judy x 16
Ki-61-Id Tony x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y2 Judy: 1 damaged

Port hits 1
Port supply hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x D4Y2 Judy bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
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Afternoon Air attack on Tarawa , at 136,128
Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 31 NM, estimated altitude 27,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 7

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 25000 feet
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Afternoon Air attack on Tarawa , at 136,128
Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 26,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 8

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 25000 feet
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Afternoon Air attack on Tarawa , at 136,128
Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 3
B-25H Mitchell x 8
PBJ-1D Mitchell x 10
PV-1 Ventura x 7

No Allied losses

Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 2
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Afternoon Air attack on Tarawa , at 136,128
Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 34 NM, estimated altitude 29,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-38J Lightning x 4

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x P-38J Lightning sweeping at 25000 feet

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Skirmishes over New Britain




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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 3/17/2012 8:39:06 PM   
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Hi PzB,

Many thanks for the update, much appreciated.

Andy certainly should be commended for his tenacity for continuing after such setbacks.

Cheers

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 3/17/2012 8:47:51 PM   
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I concur that in practical terms victory is yours, PzB. Congrats on a well played game with some phenomenal naval victories.

Candidly I agree Andy might be better served throwing in the towel, but as you say he's a gamer to fight on. It will be interesting to see the endgame in this one as the circumstances are so different from the norm. Perhaps the Allies will invent kamikazes in this reality.

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 3/27/2012 8:19:44 PM   
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Thx Crib! It has been a difficult game for Andy, but we've not seen it all yet
Decided to launch a surprise strike from 4 fast carriers against an Allied base south of Tarawa.

We achieved surprise, unfortunately only 2 smaller strikes where launched in clear weather, scorching 4 loaded cargo ships.
Bigger pray probably got lucky though.

Should rattle the nest a bit though!

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jul 21, 44

Air Combat

Morning Air attack on TF, near Tabiteuea at 137,134
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 148 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 38 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 43
A6M5b Zero x 16
D4Y1 Judy x 9
D4Y2 Judy x 13

Allied aircraft
P-38J Lightning x 3
P-40K Warhawk x 9
F6F-3 Hellcat x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 5 destroyed
A6M5b Zero: 1 destroyed
D4Y1 Judy: 1 damaged
D4Y2 Judy: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 2 destroyed

Allied Ships
xAK Alcoa Pilgrim, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Amos Kendall, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAK Gabriel Franchere, Bomb hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Ambrose Bierce, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x D4Y2 Judy bombing from 15000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
9 x D4Y1 Judy bombing from 15000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VMF-218 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
VMF-221 with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
VMF-215 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
318th FG/73rd FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 7 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
318th FG/333rd FS with P-38J Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Alcoa Pilgrim
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Gabriel Franchere
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Ambrose Bierce
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Arorae at 138,136
Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 9
B6N2 Jill x 9

Allied aircraft
P-38J Lightning x 1
P-40K Warhawk x 3
F6F-3 Hellcat x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
LCI-400
CA Wichita

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Strike!




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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/8/2012 5:33:04 PM   
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Increasing activity in Gilberts - Allies are preparing to move in this region.

While there hasn't been much to report preparations have been continous and ongoing.
Within a week the Combined Fleet will reach peak strength with all capital ships (except 1 CL and 3 tiny CVEs) will be ready and upgraded.
- The Fleets will sail, combine and take up station for immediate action shortly.

All subs have been repaired and the last batch to receive radar upgrades will do so in August.
Naval shipyards have accelerated all destroyers being built and we have a fleet of APDs and LSTs large enough to land a full division.
The Grace is just about to go into production as well to re-enable the KB's 8 hex strike range.

We have 10 reserve divsions, they will now divide into 2 Armies in combined roles as garrisons / counter-attack forces with high speed transports standing ready.
Large reserves of base force units, Air HQs and fighting units are being trained and distributed together with supplies.

According to plan we will now enter the last phase of the war at full readiness.
Andy can come....if he dares!

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jul 24, 44

Surface Combat

Night Time Surface Combat, near Tarawa at 136,128, Range 1,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-874
MTB G-876, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Clarence Bronson
DD Brown, Shell hits 1
DD Bryant, Shell hits 1
DD Burns
DD Bush
DD Callaghan

Reduced sighting due to 17% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 17% moonlight: 1,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
Range closes to 4,000 yards...
Range closes to 2,000 yards...
Range closes to 1,000 yards...
MTB G-876 engages DD Burns at 1,000 yards
DD Burns engages MTB G-874 at 1,000 yards
MTB G-874 engages DD Bryant at 1,000 yards
DD Brown engages MTB G-874 at 1,000 yards
MTB G-876 sunk by DD Clarence Bronson at 1,000 yards
Kusumoto J. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 2,000 yards
DD Callaghan engages MTB G-874 at 2,000 yards
DD Bush engages MTB G-874 at 2,000 yards
DD Clarence Bronson engages MTB G-874 at 2,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Ground Combat

Small atoll 2 hexes south of Tarawa is taken.

Ground combat at Kuria (135,131)
Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 110 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 15
Defending force 0 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 0

Allied adjusted assault: 8
Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 8 to 1 (fort level 0)
Allied forces CAPTURE Kuria !!!

Combat modifiers
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(-)

Assaulting units:
11th Airborne Div /2

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Combined Arms

The mighty 1st Division is being re-assembled in Singapore.




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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/9/2012 4:30:04 PM   
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A look at the Combined Fleets surface assets;

25 carriers with 1475 ac
- 14 CV
- 7 CVL
- 4 CVE

Of these I plan to organize 12 CVs in 3-4 fast Car Divs.
The rest of the carriers will be part of the Main Body moving at ~25 knots max.

We have 8 battleships;
2 Yamato
2 Nagato
3 Kongo
1 Ise

Of these Yamato and Nagato classes are for surface combat and bombardments when not escorting carriers.

We have 25 cruisers; 11 heavy and 14 light.
Of these 9 are dedicated carrier escorts while 16 are suitable for surface combat and bombardments when not on escort duties.

The biggest challenge has been destroyers; the new crash building program has helped a bit!
Not counting small destroyers ( < 4000 endurance) we have ~90 ready for fleet Ops.

9 large Akitsuki destroyers for carrier escort duties only together with 7 6000 endurance ships.
There are also 19 Matsu class ships - escort duty only.
45 medium class destroyers will serve in any duty required while the 10 large Shimakaze class destroyers will be divided into 2 surface combat divisions lead by a modern light cruiser.

This gives
35 escort duty destroyers
10 surface combat destroyers
45 dual class destroyers

90 destroyers and 25 cruisers will have to support 33 carriers and battleships.
That means roughly 3 destroyers and 1 cruiser for each.

I will now try to organize these ships into fixed divisions and plan how they will operate as a group.
There are also 2 large Fleet Oiler groups but I don't plan truly long range operations for the time being.
- Older destroyers ( <4000 endurance) and E-type escorts will support the supply train.

Our revitalized submarine fleet will operate in taks forces of 2-3 boats.

With a new major patch out it's also time to upgrade I guess!
Read that Jap ships finally get their AA rockets - hope this works for old games as well

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/9/2012 8:19:01 PM   
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Something's not working right with Jap production; heavy industry is eaten up by the vast pilot pool that can't be curbed.
- Supply production is way to small, home island bases are in yellow and red and I can only send a supply convoy from Tokyo every 2nd week or so.

All other supply centres have been forced to send all surplus supplies to major bases, especially Singapore.
Burma and Malaya is constantly struggling with supplies and everything shipped is eaten within weeks even without combat.

If things continue at this pace the situation will turn critical within a year.
Of all things that should be a problem for Japan in the current situation, supply shortage is not a likely one.
Have mentioned this several times before but not gotten much response.

If supply shortages strangle Japan for now reason that would be a game stopper in itself.
Perhaps the latest patch will fix something?


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jul 26, 44

Air Combat

Trying to position small group of veteran squadrons so they can intercept Allied convoys.
Today we had success!

Morning Air attack on TF, near Torres Islands at 119,147

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 19 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
xAK Dumosa, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Ozarda, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DE Greiner
xAK Whangpu, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Torres Islands at 119,147
Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 32 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 1 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
DE Greiner, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kansan, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/9/2012 9:13:32 PM   
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PzB,

You might want to query the Moose about the "fur farm" strategy. It basically posits intentional sacrifice of rookie pilots in outdated airframes to reduce the HI drain.

Two downsides: 1) much harder to accomplish without kamis active; and 2) unless the latest patch upped the max pilot limit you can run out of pilots (i.e. no more rookies to draw into the system).

Obviously not ideal, but the only option I've heard of to deal with the problem.

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/10/2012 2:25:55 AM   
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Perhaps the latest patch will fix something?


Not aware any change made in this regard.

The excess pilots in Scen 2 is a known issue with the Scenario, as you note the monthly cost is quite high. You get your first training squadrons in early '45, at that point you can greatly reduce the pilot burden. Until then ....

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/10/2012 8:15:56 AM   
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Something's not working right with Jap production; heavy industry is eaten up by the vast pilot pool that can't be curbed.
- Supply production is way to small, home island bases are in yellow and red and I can only send a supply convoy from Tokyo every 2nd week or so.


A long time ago i have read here that this problem is caused by the design of Scenario 2. As Japan you will get may additional ressources and also pilots but in the late years this blessing will transpose into a curse. Here the pilot problem was mentioned because they strain your ressources which can be indeed a game breaker. I myself have edited the original scenarios to avoid such situations.

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/10/2012 2:41:01 PM   
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I myself have edited the original scenarios to avoid such situations.

As have I ... Scen 1 isn't so much an issue, but Scen 2 ... yikes.

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/10/2012 8:43:49 PM   
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You just may be a victim of your own success. It probably is rare the Japanese player who will be in your position as far as remaining assets.
I suspect that game design was predicated on the Japanese fleet, army and air force being greatly reduced at this point in time.

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/10/2012 9:25:43 PM   
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Thx for the advice guys, I've messaged Andy and asked for his advice.
To me it seems like we need to remove excess pilots ..or possibly dump more supplies into Homelands.
Down to 2.2 million now and I've halted production of hundreds of ac.

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/11/2012 4:52:14 AM   
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Down to 2.2 million now and I've halted production of hundreds of ac.


Why? Does ac production use supply? I didn't know that ... thought it used only HI (18*#engine). Have I been missing something?

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/11/2012 5:04:16 AM   
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Down to 2.2 million now and I've halted production of hundreds of ac.


Why? Does ac production use supply? I didn't know that ... thought it used only HI (18*#engine). Have I been missing something?


I'm usually wrong Pax, but I think what PzB means is supply is eaten up in general all over the map, particularly in the Home Islands, and the huge pilot training pools are what's eating into his HI. I am fully prepared to stand corrected on this one.

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/11/2012 7:03:25 AM   
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PzB, what you could do to save supplies is take a long, hard look at fort construction. Especially the levels above 6 need huge amounts so you might see some savings there. Also the DEI produces some surplus supplies so you might ship out some of that.

In my game against Castor I found that the HI tax was manageable. It was up to 100k+ per month in '45 but by reducing armament and shipbuilding expenses it was not that hard to pay for that.

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/11/2012 8:08:31 PM   
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Yup, what I meant; at the current tempo I'll be out of HI in less than 10 months so I've tried to shut down all non-essential factories.
AC production is at 2/3 with hardly any increases last year and armaments pools have gone dry so I had to restart these factories.

I'm stopping fort construction at level 5 (max 6 for important bases).
This is another step that may have to be taken (stop all fort construction).

Shipbuilding is still running at full tilt (not sure what consumes merchant yard points since all cargo ship and tanker construction has been halted).

Been talking with Andy and we're looking at actions to modify the scenario.
Hopefully this will normalize the situation

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/12/2012 1:59:58 AM   
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Ach, so you have both a supply and an HI issue due to the pilots?  Ouch.  Never thought you would have an HI problem given the area that you took and have held so long.

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/14/2012 7:29:02 AM   
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Older destroyers ( <4000 endurance) and E-type escorts will support the supply train.

I think you should create few defence squadrons from low endurance DDs/TBs. When Allies land, and you would like to strike a beachhead, you would make short run only, not send entire TF around, so ships in several possible places of Allied invasion can make something useful, instead of convoy duty, because there are hardly and surface threat now for them.

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Read that Jap ships finally get their AA rockets - hope this works for old games as well

This is database error (0 effect), so it was not repaired in patch. Maybe Andy will repair it by hand, same as he did with Army Ground Radars?

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Yup, what I meant; at the current tempo I'll be out of HI in less than 10 months so I've tried to shut down all non-essential factories.
AC production is at 2/3 with hardly any increases last year and armaments pools have gone dry so I had to restart these factories.

Only pilots in trainee schools use HI. If you have free week, you can find largest possible air unit, empty it to reserve, then draw new pilots, and immediately empty it again into reserve (eventually pool will be empty, and you will begin drawing from trainee schools). You have "only" 10k pilots to do this. So maybe even in 3 days you could finish the task

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Shipbuilding is still running at full tilt (not sure what consumes merchant yard points since all cargo ship and tanker construction has been halted).

CVEs also use Merchant Points. Maybe even SSTs. Possibly minesweepers, and some of smaller escorts (E?).

But look at the bright side! In WITP you were lucky, if at the end of 1942 you could find more than 3 bases, with 20k supply

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/14/2012 7:30:26 AM   
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Something's not working right with Jap production; heavy industry is eaten up by the vast pilot pool that can't be curbed.
- Supply production is way to small, home island bases are in yellow and red and I can only send a supply convoy from Tokyo every 2nd week or so.


A long time ago i have read here that this problem is caused by the design of Scenario 2. As Japan you will get may additional ressources and also pilots but in the late years this blessing will transpose into a curse. Here the pilot problem was mentioned because they strain your ressources which can be indeed a game breaker. I myself have edited the original scenarios to avoid such situations.

I have read, that whole HI tax for pilots was added far later, after Scenarios were finished, so nobody thought about possible consequences for late game.

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/14/2012 3:04:22 PM   
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I'm a little at a loss at what to expect in regards to supplies, fuel and resources.
Fuel isn't at a premium, resources are abundant and supplies scarce...not a good mix at all.
- Merchant fleet and tankers working @ 100% capacity and we hold all of Japans historical conquests ++

I have done that; light cruisers like Yubari will lead 4 4000 endurance destroyers in the form of fast response units.
These TFs are at sea near threatened regions and will be able to thwart any ad-hod effort that can be difficult to spot.

Annoying with the rockets, but guess they didn't work at all anyway...
No interest in manually emptying the training schools

The ships constructed by the merchant yards are far fewer than the historical pool with only a handful of tiny CVEs remaining on the slips.
Weird that we can't keep up with such a modest demand. I've stopped all SSTs...what do I need em for.

Some modifications have now been done to our game with the help of Michael F.

- Added some HI to the pool
- Decrease the HI per trainee cost also.
--> Freeing pilots don't affect the HI cost. It is oriented to the replacement pool.

So we'll have to see how this works out!


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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/14/2012 3:46:51 PM   
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Some modifications have now been done to our game with the help of Michael F.

- Decrease the HI per trainee cost also.
--> Freeing pilots don't affect the HI cost. It is oriented to the replacement pool.


PzB, these could be some quite useful changes. I suppose these are exe changes? Do you also you the 300 firing passes for air battles in this version? Any chance that this modified version may be publicly released?

Btw, I recently thought of the Rangoon-Bangkok RR again that you brought up in your AAR earlier. Has anything come from that? I guess you didn't look into it further since you can't benefit from it anymore?

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/14/2012 3:58:52 PM   
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Nah, this is a private mod only.
This issue needs to be discussed on the forums in a separate thread me thinks.

Not mentioned the railroad - could still be advantages, but they would - could become Andy's really quick so may just as well let it slide now!-)
Don't know about the 3000 firing passes either?

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/15/2012 4:46:43 PM   
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Ok, we are back at it.
Still not sure that adjusting HI cost / levels will solve the severe supply problems.
To me it seems that the increased number of ac, ships and troops cost more supplies than Japan can afford even when at optimum strength.

I'm expecting a heavy Allied attack against Gilbert / Marshall Islands soon.
As depicted on the map, you can see where I expect Allied attacks. Our main defensive zones are deep and layered.

I don't expect to intervene an Allied invasion of the Gilberts / Marshall Islands.
Enemy superiority with ships and subs will make it to dangerous - we need major LBA support to engage.
Still possible that we will mount hit and run missions.

Attacks in New Guinea - New Britain - Solomons can be made by Allies with LBA support.
Same is true to a certain degree in Dutch East Indies but not sure Andy wants to have another go here.
- Pretty sure he will return to Port Blair, but he needs a Navy to do so.

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/15/2012 7:49:47 PM   
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Ok, we are back at it.
Still not sure that adjusting HI cost / levels will solve the severe supply problems.
To me it seems that the increased number of ac, ships and troops cost more supplies than Japan can afford even when at optimum strength.



Could be that simple. You are doing better than anyone I know. Your total daily supply cost has to be huge as you are getting all of those late war units and you haven't lost hardly anything.

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/21/2012 7:31:28 AM   
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Still not sure that adjusting HI cost / levels will solve the severe supply problems.
To me it seems that the increased number of ac, ships and troops cost more supplies than Japan can afford even when at optimum strength.

Probably this is because lack of testing for late-game, although I do not recall other AARs, where Japanese side reported shortages.
Considering, that there is rare combat action here, your supply usage is very low. Shortage could be because you increase your industry, or maybe lack of extra conquered China industry cause this?

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Attacks in New Guinea - New Britain - Solomons can be made by Allies with LBA support.
Same is true to a certain degree in Dutch East Indies but not sure Andy wants to have another go here.
- Pretty sure he will return to Port Blair, but he needs a Navy to do so.

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You do not point Kuriles, as possible invasion spot.
New Guinea seems to be in stalemate, was there any more action on western coast so far? Lack of action here, and in Burma could indicate, that those theaters are not on the list right now.
I am actually wondering about full invasion on Java. Considering, that Allied fleet is not in great shape, quick invasion of several bases, on large island - so they can be supported by land links, could release fleet from longer engagement.

Overall - Allies should now strike either against your oil routes, so west/south DEI willl be quickest, or directly against your industry, so Kuriles or Jimas. Although islands can be easily closed by your fleet, so large islands are more probable.


And, why the heck, late CVEs arrive with CLAUDEs?

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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 4/30/2012 1:26:36 PM   
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I see in you AAR that you have progressed to 1944. I'm currently working on revamping the economy for my mod...however I'm seeking some data. To that end I posted a poll on the public forum -

1. What is your PEAK HI USE (not production) on a daily basis?

2. What is your average HI Use on a daily basis?

2. What are you spending those points on?


Would it be possible for you to provide the answers to the above questions to me?

Also curious about this elevated supply usage that you are seeing....


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RE: Enemy assaults Port Blair - 8/14/2012 3:17:32 PM   
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Ok, we are back at it.
Still not sure that adjusting HI cost / levels will solve the severe supply problems.
To me it seems that the increased number of ac, ships and troops cost more supplies than Japan can afford even when at optimum strength.

I'm expecting a heavy Allied attack against Gilbert / Marshall Islands soon.
As depicted on the map, you can see where I expect Allied attacks. Our main defensive zones are deep and layered.

I don't expect to intervene an Allied invasion of the Gilberts / Marshall Islands.
Enemy superiority with ships and subs will make it to dangerous - we need major LBA support to engage.
Still possible that we will mount hit and run missions.

Attacks in New Guinea - New Britain - Solomons can be made by Allies with LBA support.
Same is true to a certain degree in Dutch East Indies but not sure Andy wants to have another go here.
- Pretty sure he will return to Port Blair, but he needs a Navy to do so.

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