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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/28/2009 3:45:22 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: PzB

A warning:

It seems like I have misunderstood how the supply requirement (+) functionality works.
I thought I could safely set supply requirements for most bases between 1 and 20000.

However this approach seems to be causing havoc; I suddenly had a lot of starving bases with 1 supply and even though a base had 50k+ of supplies it refused to send any surplus to its starving neighbour base.

I have now turned of most of the supply requirements and hope to see an improvement soon.



the supply draw feature isn´t working at all, it seems to be broken since the release of the game. As soon as you toggle to draw more supplies than there are at the base it just keeps drawing supplies on and on, no matter if you have set it to 300, 3000, 30000, etc. it just doesn´t work.

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/28/2009 3:49:23 PM   
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Great...that's just the thing I would have liked to know before starting

Also seems like I forgot to turn of the "Unit withdrawal" function.
Wasn't aware of it and just left it at default.

Guess both me and Andy will have to live with the consequences.
Andy tells me that I get to keep the Thai Army... WOHO!


quote:

ORIGINAL: castor troy

quote:

ORIGINAL: PzB

A warning:

It seems like I have misunderstood how the supply requirement (+) functionality works.
I thought I could safely set supply requirements for most bases between 1 and 20000.

However this approach seems to be causing havoc; I suddenly had a lot of starving bases with 1 supply and even though a base had 50k+ of supplies it refused to send any surplus to its starving neighbour base.

I have now turned of most of the supply requirements and hope to see an improvement soon.


the supply draw feature isn´t working at all, it seems to be broken since the release of the game. As soon as you toggle to draw more supplies than there are at the base it just keeps drawing supplies on and on, no matter if you have set it to 300, 3000, 30000, etc. it just doesn´t work.



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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/28/2009 4:09:49 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: PzB

Great...that's just the thing I would have liked to know before starting

Also seems like I forgot to turn of the "Unit withdrawal" function.
Wasn't aware of it and just left it at default.

Guess both me and Andy will have to live with the consequences.
Andy tells me that I get to keep the Thai Army... WOHO!


quote:

ORIGINAL: castor troy

quote:

ORIGINAL: PzB

A warning:

It seems like I have misunderstood how the supply requirement (+) functionality works.
I thought I could safely set supply requirements for most bases between 1 and 20000.

However this approach seems to be causing havoc; I suddenly had a lot of starving bases with 1 supply and even though a base had 50k+ of supplies it refused to send any surplus to its starving neighbour base.

I have now turned of most of the supply requirements and hope to see an improvement soon.


the supply draw feature isn´t working at all, it seems to be broken since the release of the game. As soon as you toggle to draw more supplies than there are at the base it just keeps drawing supplies on and on, no matter if you have set it to 300, 3000, 30000, etc. it just doesn´t work.






not turning off unit withdrawels is more an advantage for the Allied, but on the other hand, replacements of all stuff is so low that it not having to withdraw doesn´t help anyway as you can´t fill out anything. Saying this as an Allied player at the moment... you can´t imagine how depressing it is when you look at the replacements of aircraft or stuff for your ground troops. It´s feeling like Hitler must have felt in 45... only ships will come in as you´re used to...

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/28/2009 5:16:51 PM   
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It's interesting to see that Noumea is completely undefended - just a small garrison unit.
I'm tempted to keep some carriers in the area, this will keep Andy on edge and prevent him from bringing in reinforcements. If we also can raid the sealanes from the US to Australia we can prevent an enemy buildup and sink some valuable cargo ships. If the enemy carriers come out to play this is a bonus.

As long as we have carriers in the area it is completely safe to capture Rabaul, Kavieng, Shortlands and maybe also Port Moresby. A tempting thought: An early invasion of Noumea - keep the KB around together with subs and bring in supplies and LBA.

What do you think, to ambitious or doable?
- The DEI / Malaya / Phillipine operations will trudge along on their own anyway.

The Mini KB with some reinforcements will support these operations and should be able to handle at least 2 enemy carriers.

PzB,

my thoughts:

It is easy to take Noumea, but it doesn't interdict his lines of communication a great deal. His transports to OZ will run to NZ then to Sydney (adding 2-3 days travel time). You are short patrol aircraft so it is hard to establish much effective coverage in the South Pacific and without an Air HQs, your Nells and Betty's have a lot less bite.

I found supporting Noumea a millstone to other operations. It tied up a significant portion of the IJN a long way from other theaters--removing the advantage of interior lines. Additionally, OZ can be supported from Cape Town, so if you really want to make a Noumea strategy effective, you need to combine it with taking Perth (or heavily interdicting it).

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/28/2009 5:39:35 PM   
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Always good to hear about Allied woes

Yes, you may be right Wirraway - a right hook into Christmas Islands coupled with an Air HQ, subs and raiders can pose more of a threat throughout 42. It's possible to just leave these exposed islands when the enemy gains local sea / air superiority as the war goes into 43.

Supply problems are dissappearing now as I've turned of the supply draw


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 24, 41

Sea

Sub attack near Lahaina at 191,101

Japanese Ships
SS I-19, hits 1

Allied Ships
AP Harris, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
TK William H. Berg
xAP President Fillmore
xAK Ohioan
AVD Williamson

Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

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Submarine attack near Lahaina at 191,102

Japanese Ships
SS I-25

Allied Ships
AP Harris, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage

Allied ground losses:
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

AP Harris is sighted by SS I-25
SS I-25 launches 6 torpedoes

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Ground

Our first attack on Mersing achieves 1-1 and reduces forts to 0.
Seems like the defenders got of worst in regards to casualties!


Ground combat at Mersing (51,82)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10958 troops, 72 guns, 15 vehicles, Assault Value = 326
Defending force 6437 troops, 122 guns, 109 vehicles, Assault Value = 227

Japanese adjusted assault: 115
Allied adjusted defense: 75

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 1)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
314 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled

Allied ground losses:
573 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 43 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 83 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 14 (1 destroyed, 13 disabled)

Assaulting units:
15th Ind. Engineer Regiment
41st Infantry Regiment
55th Infantry Regiment
91st Naval Guard Unit
4th Ind. Engineer Regiment
Yokosuka 1st SNLF /1
84th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
22nd Australian Brigade
5/14th Punjab Battalion
3rd Cavalry Regiment
12th Indian Brigade
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
272/273rd Bty 80th AT Gun Regiment

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/28/2009 5:50:59 PM   
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A funny note; the Bloemfontein recently sunk has an intriguing history!


M. V. Bloemfontein
Troop Transport for VMD-154

The Bloemfontein was a Dutch motor vessel that was used by the Allies as a freighter in the South Pacific during WWII. Built in 1934 in Amsterdam, Holland, this ship measured 488 feet in length and could achieve a speed of 16 knots. She could carry 2,334 passengers and could hold 146,000 cubic feet of cargo. With such a capacity, the Bloemfontein was a natural choice for troop and supply transport during the war.

On December 3, 1942, the Bloemfontein embarked from San Diego with the main body of USMC Squadron VMD-154. The voyage was less than memorable, and at least one member of the squadron nicknamed the ship "The Miserable Bloemfontein." Listed below are commentaries on the Bloemfontein written by VMD-154 squadron members.

Embarked 2 Dec 42, sailed from San Diego, Calif. 3 Dec 42 via M. V. Bloemfontein.
Arrived at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides on 31 Dec 42 and disembarked 31 Dec 42.

Service Record Book
William Earl Bauer

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While Christmas of 1942 has never been my favorite Christmas, it's the one I remember most vividly - as undoubtedly do many of the nearly 4,000 Marines who were aboard the troop ship Bloemfontein that Christmas Eve 44 years ago.

After 31 days at sea, the ship, a converted Dutch icebreaker, had dropped anchor in Noumea Harbor in the coastal waters of New Caledonia, an island in the southern hemisphere halfway around the world from the USA. Using an icebreaker to carry troops to the tepid waters of the South Pacific didn't seem to make much sense, but then, during wartime, what did?

Earlier in the day, I had been designated as the O.D. and directed by Major Gay Thrash, operations officer on board, to stand the gangway watch. He went ashore to pick up orders - orders that would send us northward into the active war zone.

It was summertime south of the equator. The weather was seasonally hot and traditionally humid. In the cargo holds below, bunks for the troops had been stacked four and five high, resembling steel shelving in a hardware store. With the ship not moving, there was not a breath of air stirring below the decks.

Somewhere out on deck in that layer of partially khaki-clad human protoplasm was a guy with a harmonica. I didn't know his name, but I could hear his buddies call him "Polack." He player a lot of tunes including "The Marine's Hymn" and "Beer Barrel Polka."

After the troops had belted out several choruses of the lively polka, there fell upon the ship a hush. Loud by comparison to the sudden silence aboard ship was the sound of the gentle splash of the calm harbor waters against the steel plates of the hull.

Then from somewhere out in the nearly solid blanket of Marines lying mustly on their backs, their eyes focused on the big, perfectly round and brilliantly glowing moon, a Marine called out: "Hey, Polack. Can you play "White Christmas?"

written by the late Jack O. Baldwin
"VMD-154 Newsletter" April 24, 1987

Note from S. Monaghan: It is believed that the Marine who played the harmonica was Lucian Tuszynski. His talent with the harmonica has been recalled by several squadron members.

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As I recall the trip on the "Luxury Liner" Bloemfontein, I was seasick about three weeks of the month going over. I think that I must have fed a lot of the fish out there because I had it timed just about right so I could make it from the galley, up the ladder to the rail and get rid of all the delicious food that the cooks had slaved so hard over the hot stoves to prepare.

I remember Christmas Eve of 1942 quite vividly. I was assigned guard duty on deck from 20:00 hours to 24:00 with orders that there were to be no lights on deck (no smoking) and that no one was supposed to be on the roof of the heads. The heads were long wooden sheds built along the railing, the outflow of which went to feed the fish. Many of the men used to climb up on the roof to sunbath during the day and enjoy the cool ocean breezes at night.The reason for keeping them off the roof was the fear of someone falling asleep and rolling off into the water.

When I took my post with my trusty M-1 (no ammunition) that night, I was so seasick I could hardly stand up, and I didn't care if someone did roll off the roof into the ocean. (Poor attitude for a Marine). After a short while, I sat down on the deck with my back against the bulkhead. I heard someone walking along the deck. He went past me for a ways, and then I heard him coming back. I figured he must be the Sgt. of the Guard checking the Post. He nudged one of the guys sleeping nearby and asked him if he had seen the Sentry. The answer from that man wasn't too nice, x#*7%. I spoke up and said, "Here I am, Sarge". He said, "What in hell are you doing down there?" I told him that I was too sick to stand on my feet. He told me to stand up and lean against the bulkhead until he could get a relief for me. He came back in a short while with another unhappy Marine to take my place. And because I was on the guard roster that night I was given permission to go ashore on Christmas Day.

I recall that on Christmas Day '42 some of us were permitted to go ashore in Noumea for a few hours, and as we walked along the street, we came upon a Service Canteen serving various cold drinks. I had taken French as a language in high school, so I decided to ask for a glass of water (using my best French), but the girl behind the counter kept saying "non." I tried again and received the same answer "non," so then I said, "A glass of water." She replied "mais qui" and gave us the water. She understood my "Anglaise" better than my "Francaise."

written by Ernest G. Haff
November 1, 2003

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The war began - after a fashion - for me when I shipped out of San Francisco at 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 3, 1942 on the Dutch icebreaker Bloemfontein. I don't know how many Marines - plus our VMD-154 contingent - were on board, but it was really crowded. Food was also lousy. Generally, oatmeal and an orange for breakfast and hot dogs or cold cuts for dinner - lunch was not included. We arrived at Noumea, New Caledonia, half starved, bedraggled and thoroughly pissed, on the 21st of December. I managed to join a shore party on Christmas day, so joined some other Marines in begging bread. No luck. The Red Cross gave me two chocolate bars - Christmas dinner! We left Noumea (without regret) on the 29th, and arrived at Espiritu Santo on the 31st. We all disembarked on January 1, 1943. Two Army pilots celebrating the new year in a B-17 crashed. One dead, one injured. We settled down to building Camp Elrod.

written by J. Reid Clark
"VMD-154 Newsletter" April 2000

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There were some remembrances of the harbor at Noumea. We had a patient from another outfit with meningitis who was completely out of it. The night we arrived (after our morning arrival), we had to take him off the Bloemfontein for transfer to the Naval Hospital. It was fun being on the low end of a Stokes stretcher and making it down the ladder on the side of the ship. We also had a few other patients, but they were ambulatory. The meningitis patient recovered and visited us at Camp Elrod later.

Jack Parsons and I went to town Christmas Day. We spent about an hour in town and 3 hours trying to get back to the ship. We found a little stand in town that advertised milk shakes. What imagination. We did have entertainment. A drunk Melanesian couple was having a high time in the town square. As I recall it was some kind of hot day. Think we both got sunburned and hungry.

written by Raymond Walker
"VMD-154 Newsletter" July 2000

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There's not a Christmas that my thoughts don't go back to Xmas of '42 on the Bloemfontein. I was five months out of high school and scared to death. I could shave just before any inspection and no one could tell the difference. I actually grew almost 2 inches.

written by Merl A. Baxter
"VMD-154 Newsletter" January 2002

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Bob Powers made a warm and lasting impression on me. He played a red piano constantly for us on Bloemfontein luxury liner. He could play many requests. He was always a smiling man no matter where you saw him - except in his office - there he was and always will be "The Top Sarge" and meant business.

written by Wayne Shaffer
"VMD-154 Newsletter" November 2002

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"Ed Klimes reports - the Bloemfontein was sold for scrap to Hong Kong in 1959. This report was from the Netherlands Ministry of Traffic and Waterways. NO TEARS PLEASE!"

"VMD-154 Newsletter" April 9, 1990


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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/29/2009 2:41:09 AM   
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Went through most bases, industry and settings tonight...Zzzz major effort.
Adjusted airframe / engine production and converted dozens of AKL's to PB.
Need more escorts for our convoys as the sub threat will only increase.

Had a few sub encounters near the Home Islands and only faulty torpedoes saved the ships.
The plan is to carfully place ASW and patrol units along the convoy routes and send out ASW groups on regular patrols.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 25, 41

Air Combat

Seems like air to ground attacks are very efficient - maybe to efficient.
We continue our offensives, the aim is to put both Manila and Singapore out of action.

Morning Air attack on Manila , at 79,77

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 21
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 5 damaged

Allied Ships
SS S-39, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
MTB 26, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk

Port fuel hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 15000 feet *
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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The Mini KB entered the fray again in the DEI; it now consists of the CV Soryu, 2 CVL and 2 CVE and fields some 130 ac.
7 ships were attacked and probably sunk today.

Morning Air attack on TF, near Endeh at 66,114

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 27
B5N1 Kate x 8
D3A1 Val x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N1 Kate: 2 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
xAK Woolgar, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
TK Talang Akar, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Sipora, Bomb hits 6, and is sunk

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Endeh at 66,114

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 22
B5N1 Kate x 15
B5N2 Kate x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N1 Kate: 4 damaged

Allied Ships
xAKL Parigi, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Boschfontein, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
xAKL Prominent, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAP Pijnacker Hordijk, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk

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Ground Combat

Cleaning out some Chinese....

Ground combat at 88,45
Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 12240 troops, 147 guns, 30 vehicles, Assault Value = 1225
Defending force 1479 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 50

Japanese adjusted assault: 411

Allied adjusted defense: 1
Japanese assault odds: 411 to 1

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

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

Allied ground losses:
1819 casualties reported
Squads: 106 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 40 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
6th Ind.Mixed Brigade
110th Division
5th Armored Car Co
37th Division
36th/C Division
4th Mortar Battalion
8th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion

Defending units:
8th New Chinese Corps

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Andy brought reinforcements to Mersing, maybe we should do the same.
Got another couple of regiments - if we can tie down the bulk of the enemy troops....

Ground combat at Mersing (51,82)
Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10776 troops, 72 guns, 15 vehicles, Assault Value = 315
Defending force 12584 troops, 184 guns, 143 vehicles, Assault Value = 501

Japanese adjusted assault: 75
Allied adjusted defense: 199
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 0)

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

Japanese ground losses:
745 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 14 disabled
Vehicles lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
602 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 39 disabled
Non Combat: 13 destroyed, 56 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 23 (6 destroyed, 17 disabled)

Assaulting units:
4th Ind. Engineer Regiment
91st Naval Guard Unit
41st Infantry Regiment
15th Ind. Engineer Regiment
55th Infantry Regiment
Yokosuka 1st SNLF /1
84th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
11th Indian Division
5/14th Punjab Battalion
3rd Cavalry Regiment
22nd Australian Brigade
12th Indian Brigade
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
272/273rd Bty 80th AT Gun Regiment

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Another invasion, top left base in Northern Borneo:

Ground combat at Singkawang (56,88)

Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 2629 troops, 14 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 99
Defending force 1075 troops, 10 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 36
Japanese adjusted assault: 42
Allied adjusted defense: 13

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 1)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Singkawang !!!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
No Allied losses

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

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

Allied ground losses:
458 casualties reported
Squads: 16 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 2

Assaulting units:
II./124th Infantry Battalion
III./124th Infantry Battalion

Defending units:
West Borneo KNIL Battalion
Singkawang Base Force

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 26, 41

Sea Combat

We're invading Rabaul - pretty sure Allied carriers are at Pearl and hiding somewhere in Oz.

Naval bombardment of Rabaul at 106,125

Japanese Ships
CA Kinugasa
CA Aoba
CL Tenryu

Allied ground losses:
Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Runway hits 4

CA Kinugasa firing at Rabaul
CA Aoba firing at Lark Battalion
CL Tenryu firing at Lark Battalion

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Our sub received a few nasty scratches!

Sub attack near Kangean at 59,103

Japanese Ships
SS I-122, hits 3

Allied Ships
DD Parrott
CL Tromp
DD Bulmer
DD Barker
DD Paul Jones

SS I-122 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Parrott
I-122 bottoming out ....

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We're not leaving the "Chikuma" convoy alone!

Sub attack near Hilo at 187,116

Japanese Ships
SS I-23

Allied Ships
AP Wharton, Torpedo hits 1
AP William Ward Burrows
TK Gulfking
xAK Examiner
xAK Liberty
AVD Williamson

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Air Combat

Todays drama; Air combat over Rangoon!
Ordered 80 fighters to sweep and then another 20 fighters were to escort some naval bombers.
Of course this got to complicated and sweeps - bombers and escorts went in head over heels :-\

The first sweep went in as planned and downed quite a few fighters.
Dunno why they have botched the kill reports, it's always wrong and way too low.

Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53
Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 21
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 34

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 49

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
H81-A3: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Ki-43-Ia Oscar sweeping at 15000 feet
5 x Ki-43-Ib Oscar sweeping at 15000 feet

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Another 6 lone Zeroes trailed behind....

Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53
Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 28

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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...then a few bombers without an escort

Morning Air attack on TF, near Rangoon at 54,53

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 47 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 4
G4M1 Betty x 6

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 destroyed

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....even more unescorted bombers

Morning Air attack on TF, near Rangoon at 54,53

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 13

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 destroyed

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Then more fighters on sweep mission, AARGGH someone will get shot for this incompetence!

Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 46 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
H81-A3: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

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Sweep fighters in the afternoon;


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Rangoon at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 23 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 11

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ib Oscar: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Ki-43-Ib Oscar sweeping at 15000 feet

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In the afternoon some unescorted Nells attacked enemy ships, only 1 were lost fortunately.

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Rangoon at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 47 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 6

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Dauntless

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 15000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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The Mini KB finished the small convoy SE of Java


Morning Air attack on TF, near Waingapoe at 61,115

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13
B5N2 Kate x 3

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAKL Schouten, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Waingapoe at 61,115

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
D3A1 Val x 11

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAKL Soerabaja, Bomb hits 6, and is sunk
xAKL Sipirok, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

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The reaction from Java...a single B-17 that dropped a string of bombs at the CVL Zuiho!

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Endeh at 66,114

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18
F1M2 Pete x 5

Allied aircraft
B-17D Fortress x 1

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVL Zuiho

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
Naval Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground Combat

Ground combat at Lingayen (79,75)
Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 9505 troops, 120 guns, 41 vehicles, Assault Value = 705
Defending force 450 troops, 8 guns, 6 vehicles, Assault Value = 2

Japanese adjusted assault: 251
Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 251 to 1 (fort level 1)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Lingayen !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: op mode(-), disruption(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

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

Allied ground losses:
538 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 59 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (8 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 6 (6 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1
Units destroyed 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
48th Engineer Regiment
47th Infantry Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
2nd Tank Regiment
1st Formosa Inf. Regiment
48th Recon Regiment
65th Brigade
7th Tank Regiment
48th Field Artillery Regiment
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
86th PS Coastal Artillery Battalion
South Luzon Force

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Ground combat at Sidate (75,100)
Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1458 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 61
Defending force 493 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 7

Japanese adjusted assault: 54
Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 54 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Sidate !!!

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

Allied ground losses:
201 casualties reported
Squads: 19 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 12 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

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Ground combat at Rabaul (106,125)
Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 582 troops, 8 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 16
Defending force 2477 troops, 22 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 100

Assaulting units:
Lark Battalion
Rabaul Det. Base Force

Defending units:
Maizuru 1st SNLF /1
II/81st Nav Gd /1
2nd Indpt SNLF Coy /1

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/29/2009 1:18:38 PM   
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A quick look at air losses;




We shot down 14 AVG fighters but lost 19 of our own, some 12 of these were Betty / Nell bombers.
Have to avoid such incidents, can ill afford them in the long run.

The challenge is that sweeps / bombers & escort missions are incredible difficult to coordinate.
Strikes usually go in at rather random intervals. Today I saw that some of the unescorted bombers turned around, that's a good feature.

What I want is an option that orders bombers to turn around if the escort doesn't show up!




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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/29/2009 1:52:58 PM   
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Don't forget to occasionally hit the "P" key and turn off hex side details. Then, hit the "W" key to check on ZOC and hex side control. This will help you understand the new land combat and rules for advance and retreat as control of a particular hex side is now key. Look at both Luzon and Malaya and you may see opportunities to push Andy in a specific direction. 

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/29/2009 2:54:09 PM   
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Will do that, think I've forgotten to use those keys altogether!

Still, Andy is the master of land combat - expect him to retreat in an orderly fashion towards Singapore / Manila - Bataan. He said he was surprised about the 1-1 at Mersing, going to follow up on this and land another couple of regiments. Wearing down enemy LCU outside major cities like Singapore is a good thing.

With 4 fresh elite divisions ready to march into Singers I hope to make short process and then turn 2 divisions north towards Rangoon.

Here is an overview of some major LCU's:




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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/29/2009 4:18:36 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: PzB

A quick look at air losses;




We shot down 14 AVG fighters but lost 19 of our own, some 12 of these were Betty / Nell bombers.
Have to avoid such incidents, can ill afford them in the long run.

The challenge is that sweeps / bombers & escort missions are incredible difficult to coordinate.
Strikes usually go in at rather random intervals. Today I saw that some of the unescorted bombers turned around, that's a good feature.

What I want is an option that orders bombers to turn around if the escort doesn't show up!



I sweep until the resistance is negligible, then set my bomber attacks and set escorts to the same altitude as the bombers. One of the devs made the important point that altitude is the critical key for coordination.



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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/29/2009 5:28:13 PM   
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Looks to me like he is standing at Clark; all those units there, plus the "Arrow" for the troops at Manila. I bet he leaves Manila an open city.



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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/29/2009 6:18:53 PM   
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Yeah, that's ideal Mynok - but what about the times when Andy has large and valuable convoys and warships under his CAP umbrealla! Shoot down the CAP and they will be gonners, the only chance to get at them would be to suppress the CAP and send in the bombers and their little friends. I don't feel confident doing this right now but later in the war I'll only get one shot at such high-pri targets so I better learn!

Very possible Q-Ball, hope he leaves behind some of his supplies.
I've started bombing Bataan to slow down the fort building rate.

Guess we'll have to start bombing the defendes 24/7 for a month and then gather as many LCU's as possible before assaulting.
Currently we got 1 division, 1 bde, 2 regiments as well as many smaller detachments, arty and engineer units on Luzon.
Not much more than 2.5 full divisions worth of troops - does anyone know how much more hardware we will need for this job?

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/29/2009 8:33:41 PM   
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Defensive air warfare is definitely a different animal.

The critical component that I was missing was the altitude issue. Your fighters were all set to different altitudes than your bombers. That's why they didn't have escorts.



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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/29/2009 9:04:48 PM   
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Japanese seem to escort their bombers more often than Allied strikes. Probably due to higher exp lvl. I have frequent unescorted strikes. One strike with Navy Torpedo bombers was totally wiped out (18 if I recall). The 36 F4f-4 escorts were from the same CV and set to escort at 11k. They were no shows. One of the developers noted that escorts should be 1-2k above the bombers.

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/30/2009 12:17:41 AM   
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quote:

What I want is an option that orders bombers to turn around if the escort doesn't show up!


You can try and put less aggressive commanders in the squadrons, i find that helps enormously.

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/30/2009 12:24:36 AM   
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Hm, I will experiment more with how escorts work. The logical approach would be that all fighters assigned as escorts accompanied bombers - especially when a target base is set.

Looks like Andy is marching into Bataan - Manila has been abandoned!
Things are moving along in Malaya as well.

There's a big discussion in Imperial Headquarters about what to do after the "clean up" operations have been completed.
The Army is proposing a plan to invade Burma and India while the Navy wants to fight a "decisive battle" with the US fleet and propose and invasion of a few key US bases in the Central Pacific to provoke such a battle.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 27, 41

Submarine Attacks

I think Andy must be getting a bit frustrated because our subs are blowing lots of ships out of the water!

Submarine attack near Hilo at 187,116

Japanese Ships
SS I-4

Allied Ships
AP Wharton, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage

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

AP Wharton is sighted by SS I-4
SS I-4 attacking on the surface

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Submarine attack near Pearl Harbor at 184,100

Japanese Ships
SS I-6

Allied Ships
xAKL Coloradan, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

xAKL Coloradan is sighted by SS I-6
SS I-6 launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Coloradan

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Submarine attack near Pearl Harbor at 183,101

Japanese Ships
SS I-9

Allied Ships
xAKL Mexican, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage

xAKL Mexican is sighted by SS I-9
SS I-9 launches 6 torpedoes at xAKL Mexican

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Air Combat

More sweeps to clear the polluted airways over Rangoon.
Today we loose 11 Oscars but claim 11 Buffalos and 11 AVG fighters.

Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 25 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 25

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 21
Buffalo I x 17


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ib Oscar: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
H81-A3: 1 destroyed
Buffalo I: 1 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 3

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 11
Buffalo I x 8

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
H81-A3: 1 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 80 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 9
Buffalo I x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
H81-A3: 1 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 24

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 6
Buffalo I x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
H81-A3: 2 destroyed
Buffalo I: 2 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

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Ground Combat

We capture Tandjoengselor, Rabaul, Kudat and Itbayat Island

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/30/2009 2:51:56 AM   
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We have won air superiority over Rangoon, Malaya and Luzon and it's difficult to find enemies except those huddling in their foxholes. Just need to be patient now....


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 28, 41

Submarine Attacks

Submarine attack near Pearl Harbor at 181,106

Japanese Ships
SS I-175

Allied Ships
xAKL Mauna Ala, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

xAKL Mauna Ala is sighted by SS I-175
SS I-175 launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Mauna Ala

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Submarine attack near Pearl Harbor at 181,106

Japanese Ships
SS I-7

Allied Ships
xAKL Pacific, Shell hits 25, heavy fires, heavy damage

xAKL Pacific is sighted by SS I-7
SS I-7 attacking xAKL Pacific on the surface
SS I-7 low on gun ammo, Fujita G. breaks off surface engagement and submerges

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Submarine attack near Bandjermasin at 61,102

Japanese Ships
SS I-157

Allied Ships
AVP Bellatrix, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage

AVP Bellatrix is sighted by SS I-157
SS I-157 launches 8 torpedoes

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Air Combat

As we upgraded the local CAP on Jolo from Claude's to Zero's 3 tiny biplanes dropped by and hit 2 ships.
Talk about opportunists! Must be based in a small hideout near Davao.


Morning Air attack on TF, near Jolo at 74,90

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 31 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Allied aircraft
Vildebeest III x 3

Allied aircraft losses
Vildebeest III: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Kasagi Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage *sinks*
Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Vildebeest III bombing from 6000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Kasagi Maru
Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

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No more CAP over Rangoon but only a few bombers take to the air and only hit this empty tanker.


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Rangoon at 54,53

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
G3M2 Nell x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
TK Inge Maersk, Bomb hits 2, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Jolo at 74,90

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Allied aircraft
Vildebeest III x 3

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
PB Tonon Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Vildebeest III bombing from 6000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/30/2009 3:30:43 AM   
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Vildebeest are an Allied players best friend early in the war. 

They seem to hit shipping better than any other Allied bomber for the first few months before they are all killed off.

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/30/2009 1:48:41 PM   
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At least they are easy to shoot down!-p)

Nearing the end of 41 and we're closing in on Manila and Singapore.
Will complete the occupation of Borneo and Celebes, then we will have to wait for Singapore to fall before we can move on to Java and Sumatra.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 29, 41

A few annoyances today; A destroyer hit a mine and sank at Mersing - then a DMS also hit mines and sank.
To top it all a sub got lost and entered a minefield in Singapore and sank

Sea

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TF 82 encounters mine field at Mersing (51,82)

Japanese Ships
DD Asagiri, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
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Naval Gun Fire at Singapore - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

Japanese Ships
SS I-121, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
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TF 240 encounters mine field at Mersing (51,82)

Japanese Ships
DMS W-11, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DMS W-6

40 mines cleared

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Ground Combat

We captured a Chinese base west of Shanghai as well as Batangas, Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan

Ground combat at Chuhsien (88,56)
Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14413 troops, 118 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 497
Defending force 3508 troops, 43 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 13

Japanese adjusted assault: 319
Allied adjusted defense: 70

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

Japanese forces CAPTURE Chuhsien !!!

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

Allied ground losses:
1892 casualties reported
Squads: 43 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 36 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 26 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 3

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
22nd Division
2nd Ind.Mixed Regiment

Defending units:
88th Chinese Corps
16th Construction Regiment
3rd War Area

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Ground combat at Kuantan (51,79)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 2407 troops, 8 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 89
Defending force 414 troops, 4 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1
Japanese adjusted assault: 28
Allied adjusted defense: 5

Japanese assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Kuantan !!!

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

Allied ground losses:
200 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
12th Engineer Regiment
II./143rd Infantry Battalion

Defending units:
1st ISF Base Force

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We have increased our contingent of troops at Mersing;

Ground combat at Mersing (51,82)
Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 13870 troops, 162 guns, 48 vehicles, Assault Value = 568
Defending force 13976 troops, 92 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 443

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

Assaulting units:
27th Australian Brigade
5/14th Punjab Battalion
22nd Australian Brigade
11th Indian Division
3rd Cavalry Regiment
12th Indian Brigade
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment

Defending units:
15th Ind. Engineer Regiment
4th Ind. Engineer Regiment
Yokosuka 1st SNLF /1
41st Infantry Regiment
55th Infantry Regiment
91st Naval Guard Unit
148th Infantry Rgt /2
84th JAAF AF Bn

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Only a weak enemy unit defended Kuala Lumpur and our paras chased them away, opening the road south and enabling the railroad up north!

Ground combat at Kuala Lumpur (49,79)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 280 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 14

Defending force 319 troops, 25 guns, 33 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 6
Allied adjusted defense: 1
Japanese assault odds: 6 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Kuala Lumpur !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), op mode(-), leaders(-), disruption(-)
preparation(-), morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(+), supply(-)

Allied ground losses:
Guns lost 23 (23 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 16 (16 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
1st Raiding Rgt /1

Defending units:
3rd HK&S Light AA Regiment

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/30/2009 9:42:04 PM   
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Tomorrow we march into Clark Field and occupies abandoned Manila.
Our main body has reached Kuala Lumpur and we're only a couple of short steps from Mersing and Singapore.

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 30, 41

Sub Attacks

The Halstead is the last of the 3 ships that our Commerce Raider attacked!

Submarine attack near Hilo at 197,126

Japanese Ships
SS I-3

Allied Ships
xAK Admiral Halstead, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

xAK Admiral Halstead is sighted by SS I-3
SS I-3 launches 4 torpedoes

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/31/2009 2:49:18 AM   
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Last day of the year both in game and in RL
A Happy New Year to everyone!

We celebrated by capturing Manila!

When the light carrier Shoho arrives in a few days I'm considering to attach it to the Kido Butai together with the Zuiho and Ryujo. Maybe by wielding a truly powerful hammer can we achieve some substantial successes. I'm thinking about attaching one light carrier to each of the 3 Car Divs; Akagi / Kaga, Zuikaku / Shokaku and Soryu / Hiryu. Each group will then have a fast battleship, a heavy cruiser, a light cruiser and 3-4 destroyer escorts.

Another idea on the planning stage is how to deploy our subs;
When the subs go home to replenish I will gather them for a combined effort against different strategic areas and dispatch a couple of commerc raiders with them.

In preparation for the inevitable Allied bombing attacks from India / Burma I've also been releasing Triple 'A' units.
If we gather 12-15 of these in Bangkok and north towards Rangoon it should work as a deterent.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 31, 41

Sea

Sub attack near Oosthaven at 46,97

Japanese Ships
SS I-155

Allied Ships
xAK Ho Kiang, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

SS I-155 launches 8 torpedoes

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Andy got a bunch of annoying little PT boats near Davao - tried to take em out!

Night Time Surface Combat, near Tacloban at 81,85, Range 9,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Harukaze
DD Yugao

Allied Ships
PT-31
PT-32
PT-33
PT-34, Shell hits 1
PT-35

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Air Combat

The annoying little string bags are back! They found a couple of transports and sank em both :-(

Morning Air attack on TF, near Naga at 81,81

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Vildebeest III x 3

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Anzan Maru #2, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 17 (8 destroyed, 9 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Vildebeest III bombing from 6000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Rangoon at 54,53

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 26
G3M2 Nell x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
DE Sutlej
xAK Baroda, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

Baroda caught transferring cargo ...

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Naga at 81,81

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes

Allied aircraft
Vildebeest III x 3

Allied aircraft losses
Vildebeest III: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Yuzan Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Vildebeest III bombing from 6000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Yuzan Maru

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Ground Combat

Continous action in China - a single Chink LCU unit moved back into Ichang and got expelled with heavy losses.

Ground combat at Ichang (83,48)
Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 24856 troops, 213 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 910
Defending force 4915 troops, 66 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 168

Japanese adjusted assault: 481
Allied adjusted defense: 4
Japanese assault odds: 120 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: op mode(-), leaders(+), disruption(-), preparation(-)
experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
44 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
3440 casualties reported
Squads: 126 destroyed, 93 disabled
Non Combat: 38 destroyed, 103 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 4 (3 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
13th RGC Temp. Division
14th Ind.Mixed Brigade
34th Division
13th/C Division
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
2nd Ind. Engineer Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion

Defending units:
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps

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Crossed a river and promptly removed this road block in China;

Ground combat at 87,46
Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 12511 troops, 112 guns, 69 vehicles, Assault Value = 467
Defending force 9706 troops, 75 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 250

Japanese adjusted assault: 379
Allied adjusted defense: 12
Japanese assault odds: 31 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
173 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
7642 casualties reported
Squads: 82 destroyed, 119 disabled
Non Combat: 399 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 5 (5 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
37th Division

Defending units:
13th Chinese Corps

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The 9th Inf Regiment got the honor of capturing Manila...

Ground combat at Manila (79,77)

Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 3669 troops, 40 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 123
Defending force 0 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 60
Allied adjusted defense: 1
Japanese assault odds: 60 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Manila !!!

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

Assaulting units:
9th Infantry Regiment

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In Mersing we go onto the offensive again and achieves a 2-1 odds which removes the fortifications.

Ground combat at Mersing (51,82)
Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 17672 troops, 115 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 572
Defending force 14347 troops, 204 guns, 141 vehicles, Assault Value = 562

Japanese adjusted assault: 275
Allied adjusted defense: 115

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 1)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
714 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 34 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 32 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 26 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1589 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 85 disabled
Non Combat: 17 destroyed, 112 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Vehicles lost 12 (3 destroyed, 9 disabled)

Assaulting units:
15th Ind. Engineer Regiment
41st Infantry Regiment
42nd Infantry Regiment
91st Naval Guard Unit
55th Infantry Regiment
4th Ind. Engineer Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
Yokosuka 1st SNLF /1
84th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
27th Australian Brigade
22nd Australian Brigade
5/14th Punjab Battalion
3rd Cavalry Regiment
11th Indian Division
12th Indian Brigade
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment

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In Davao Andy sent a PI Regiment to disrupt our movement north.
After 3 days of fighting it finally surrendered...

Ground combat at Davao (79,91)
Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 5089 troops, 35 guns, 25 vehicles, Assault Value = 173
Defending force 868 troops, 14 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 25

Japanese adjusted assault: 140
Allied adjusted defense: 4
Japanese assault odds: 35 to 1

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

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

Allied ground losses:
1629 casualties reported
Squads: 81 destroyed, 59 disabled
Non Combat: 49 destroyed, 33 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 17 (15 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
146th Infantry Regiment
1st Ind. Engineer Regiment

Defending units:
102nd PA Infantry Regiment

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Another base in north western Borneo;

Ground combat at Sambas (57,88)
Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1184 troops, 7 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 43
Defending force 1076 troops, 10 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 17

Japanese adjusted assault: 35
Allied adjusted defense: 10
Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Sambas !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
21 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
395 casualties reported
Squads: 14 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 21 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 5

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
III./124th Infantry Battalion

Defending units:
West Borneo KNIL Battalion
2/15 Punjab Battalion
Sambas Base Force
Singkawang Base Force
106th RN Base Force

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/31/2009 3:53:02 AM   
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I like to rearrange my CVs with KB being those with top speed over 30 and then Baby-KB gets the rest. 

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/31/2009 4:07:39 PM   
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Yes, sometimes speed is important but a sound organization of the carriers can also be critical.
In the late war the US Navy usually operated 2 fleet carriers together with one light carrier and I like this approach.

On its own the Mini KB will be very exposed to enemy attacks unless I dispatch a heavy carrier or two to support it.

We're into 1942!

I've adjusted production, cancelled Nate production and put more focus on our key fighters; Oscars and Zero's.
Japan is producing a heap of old junk, but it takes some time to figure out exactly what to change.

The last think I will do is to decide which units to research; one army and one navy fighter should be advanced.
We need interceptors and next gen fighters asap!


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 01, 42

Sub Attacks

We celebrate the New Year with a string of sub attacks!

Submarine attack near Lahaina at 187,103

Japanese Ships
SS I-9

Allied Ships
xAK Alcoa Prospector, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

xAK Alcoa Prospector is sighted by SS I-9
SS I-9 launches 6 torpedoes

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Sub attack near Lahaina at 187,103

Japanese Ships
SS I-171

Allied Ships
xAK Alcoa Prospector, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

xAK Alcoa Prospector is sighted by SS I-171
SS I-171 launches 2 torpedoes

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Submarine attack near Niihau at 174,112

Japanese Ships
SS I-170

Allied Ships
xAKL Lahaina, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

SS I-170 is sighted by xAKL Lahaina
SS I-170 launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Lahaina

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Submarine attack near Nadi at 130,161

Japanese Ships
SS I-20

Allied Ships
AV Curtiss, Torpedo hits 1

AV Curtiss is sighted by SS I-20
SS I-20 launches 2 torpedoes

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Submarine attack near Niihau at 173,112

Japanese Ships
SS I-174

Allied Ships
xAKL Nebraskan, Shell hits 48, heavy fires, heavy damage

xAKL Nebraskan is sighted by SS I-174
SS I-174 attacking xAKL Nebraskan on the surface
SS I-174 low on gun ammo, Asada T. breaks off surface engagement and submerges

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Air Combat

Enemy 4E's made their first appearence at Bangkok today - the wrecks of 4 B-17's littered the landscape after the attack and no friendly causalties were reported!

Morning Air attack on Bangkok , at 56,62

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 36

Allied aircraft
B-17D Fortress x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
15th Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 30 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
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Morning Air attack on Bangkok , at 56,62

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 36

Allied aircraft
LB-30 Liberator x 3

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
LB-30 Liberator: 3 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x LB-30 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
15th Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 30 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes

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Ground Combat

No attack at Mersing; fatigue was high and I'm not sure it's a good idea to drive the Allies out of the base and allow them to regroup in Singapore. If we can keep them in Mersing for another week they'll be stuck there.

A single tank unit probed enemy defenses at Clark Field, the fixed Subic Bay defenses was the only opposition.
Need a little more firepower to remove this rear-guard though.

Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76)
Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1882 troops, 174 guns, 95 vehicles, Assault Value = 1177
Defending force 479 troops, 28 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 15

Japanese adjusted assault: 22
Allied adjusted defense: 28
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 1)

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

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

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

Assaulting units:
38th Division
48th Engineer Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
65th Brigade
1st Formosa Inf. Regiment
47th Infantry Regiment
2nd Tank Regiment
7th Tank Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
48th Field Artillery Regiment
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
3rd Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
Subic Bay Defenses

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/31/2009 4:29:38 PM   
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In China neither me or Andy want China to be a major theatre, but my sense of "Order" compells me to clean up the rear areas and secure lines of communication and create a more cohesive front.

But I will be opportunistic of course






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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/31/2009 5:37:28 PM   
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PzB your AAR is a great read as expected.

Just to throw in my 2 cents on the escort theme:
It´s not totally clear from the combat reports but could it be that you use a different altitude setting for the fighters (maybe 1-2k higher)
than the bombers?
If this is true then thats the reason why they fly in unescorted.
The game coordinates raids on altitude settings, so if you want them to coordinate with a strike you have to set them to exactly the same altitude as
the bombers. 1000 feet more and the chances of un-coordinated attacks are severely reduced.

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/31/2009 7:30:04 PM   
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Thx LoBaron!

I've put my bombers and fighters to 15k feet and the raids have been somewhat coordinated lately.
The entire issue about escorts, bombers and corresponding altitudes is a challenging one. The day 50 unescorted crack bombers go in against 50 CAP fighters you will hear a loud scream....

I've released a regiment from China and is scrounging engineers and support units for the South Pacific.
An Air HQ is on the move towards Rabaul while I've had to ship the Claudes back to Formosa for upgrade. They absolutely refused to upgrade in Truk and Carolines and finally I had enough.

Support ships like AS, AKE, AD and AS are also moving into Truk and Rabaul.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 02, 42

Got a few peppers from escorts today, fortunately not serious but I've dispatched 3 subs from their patrol areas to return to Japan to refit.

Sub Attacks

Finished the Curtiss today, a nice kill!

Submarine attack near Nadi at 127,161

Japanese Ships
SS I-24

Allied Ships
AV Curtiss, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage

AV Curtiss is sighted by SS I-24
SS I-24 launches 8 torpedoes

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Submarine attack near Johnston Island at 168,112

Japanese Ships
SS I-17, hits 1

Allied Ships
xAKL Kentuckian, Shell hits 17, heavy fires, heavy damage

xAKL Kentuckian is sighted by SS I-17
SS I-17 attacking on the surface

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Air Combat

Enemy fighters are back in force over Rangoon and we had to take out our broomsticks again!
The AVG put up a fierce fight though, both sides lost 12 fighters - 6 Zeroes and 3 AVG fighters among them.

Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 14 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 7

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 15
Buffalo I x 5
P-43 Lancer x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Buffalo I: 1 destroyed
P-43 Lancer: 2 destroyed

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The Oscars lack punch....that's very evident!

Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 13
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 24

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 13
Buffalo I x 4
P-43 Lancer x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ia Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-43-Ib Oscar: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
H81-A3: 1 destroyed
P-43 Lancer: 1 destroyed

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Just to annoy me the freakin' stringbags were back!
We got a few transports struggling to unload and I provided a CAP for them - to little avail
These buggers have sunk 5-6 ships by now.

Morning Air attack on TF, near Naga at 81,81

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 5

Allied aircraft
Vildebeest III x 3

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Vildebeest III: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAP Rakuyo Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Vildebeest III bombing from 6000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Atimonan at 80,79

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 1

Allied aircraft
Vildebeest III x 3

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Vildebeest III: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAKL Kinkasan Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Vildebeest III bombing from 6000 feet *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

Kinkasan Maru caught transferring cargo ...

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First bombing attack against Java!

Afternoon Air attack on Batavia , at 49,98

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
G4M1 Betty x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
PT TM-7, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
PT TM-6, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk

Port fuel hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 15000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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The anti shipping strike got a few hits but we lost some escorts in the process as the CAP was still in place after our sweeps!

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Rangoon at 54,53

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 16
G3M2 Nell x 11

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 10
Buffalo I x 2
P-43 Lancer x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
G3M2 Nell: 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Buffalo I: 1 destroyed
P-43 Lancer: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
xAK Marion Moller, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires
DE Sutlej
xAK Hoihow

Marion Moller caught transferring cargo ...

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Ground Combat

With the capture of Clark Field Luzon is cleared of Allied troops except for those on vacation in Bataan!
The plan is to gather our forces, bomb Bataan around the clock, bring in our artillery and let them have it for some time before even attempting a deliberate attack!

Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14890 troops, 350 guns, 163 vehicles, Assault Value = 1282
Defending force 441 troops, 28 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 12

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 330
Allied adjusted defense: 4

Japanese assault odds: 82 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Clark Field !!!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
No Allied losses

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

Japanese ground losses:
22 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
839 casualties reported
Squads: 18 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 37 destroyed, 38 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 33 (30 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
20th Recon Regiment
1st Formosa Inf. Regiment
2nd Tank Regiment
65th Brigade
48th Engineer Regiment
21st Ind. Engineer Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
38th Division
47th Infantry Regiment
7th Tank Regiment
22nd Recon Rgt /1
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion
3rd Mortar Battalion
1st RF Gun Battalion
2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
48th Field Artillery Regiment
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
5th Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
Subic Bay Defenses

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Andy managed to march out parts of his Mersing garrison. Ok, so it's possible to continue marching out of a hex in AE.
In WitP troops would be disrupted by attacks / bombardments.

Tomorrow we launch our final? attack to capture Mersing - this will open the door into Singapore!

Ground combat at Mersing (51,82)
Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 14512 troops, 98 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 545
Defending force 8617 troops, 122 guns, 60 vehicles, Assault Value = 345

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

Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Assaulting units:
91st Naval Guard Unit
42nd Infantry Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
41st Infantry Regiment
4th Ind. Engineer Regiment
55th Infantry Regiment
15th Ind. Engineer Regiment
Yokosuka 1st SNLF /1
84th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
27th Australian Brigade
11th Indian Division
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment

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We landed west of Davao and are now pushing north! Need to find those deadly stringbags :p)

Ground combat at Dadjangas (78,93)
Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 342 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 16
Defending force 409 troops, 1 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 22

Japanese adjusted assault: 9
Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 9 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Dadjangas !!!

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

Allied ground losses:
119 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
1st Indpt SNLF Coy

Defending units:
2nd/101st PA Battalion

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Cleaning up....Manado garrison finally got trapped!

Ground combat at 74,100

Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 1458 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 61
Defending force 302 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3

Japanese adjusted assault: 17
Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 17 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), leaders(-), disruption(-)
morale(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: op mode(-), leaders(-)

Allied ground losses:
724 casualties reported
Squads: 21 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 40 destroyed, 47 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
16th Naval Guard Unit

Defending units:
Manado Garrison Battalion

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Been trying to force my way into Malacca and the weak garrison - needed to land airborne reinforcements and bomb the guts out of the defenders before it succeded.

The airborne troops have been used to land in front of the advancing ground troops and speed up the general advance since the enemy is retreating into Singapore.

Ground combat at Malacca (49,81)
Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 335 troops, 9 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 29

Defending force 375 troops, 4 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 1
Japanese adjusted assault: 19

Allied adjusted defense: 1
Japanese assault odds: 19 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Malacca !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: forts(+), leaders(+), disruption(-), fatigue(-), morale(-)
experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-), supply(-)

Allied ground losses:
177 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 13 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 10 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
Yokosuka 1st SNLF /2
Yokosuka 3rd SNLF /1

Defending units:
112th RAF Base Force

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Rangoon

Wonder what Andy is up to in Rangoon - putting things in or pulling resources and trops out?
Would suspect the latter!




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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/31/2009 8:25:24 PM   
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quote:

Andy managed to march out parts of his Mersing garrison. Ok, so it's possible to continue marching out of a hex in AE.
In WitP troops would be disrupted by attacks / bombardments.


It is hex SIDE control, not hex control that matters (W key).

Consider converting a few AKs to AKE that have a high speed and high cargo capacity. Add them to your AO TF that follow KB and when away from a major base, pull into a small base and reload everything except torpedoes.

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/31/2009 11:29:49 PM   
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Have to see and learn how AE works in practice, cause after 5 years with WitP it is difficult to foresee how things are working in AE! Thus Mersing proved a most useful excercise!

I have already dispatched an AKE to Rabaul - attaching one to the supply train is a good idea ny59!


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 03, 42

Surface Combat

I've tried very hard to get rid of a squadron of PT boats north of Davao.
This is the 3rd attempt with surface ships and I've only sunk 1. Zeros have strafed them and Betties have bombed them, nothing helps :-\

Night Time Surface Combat, near Dinagat at 82,87, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Harukaze
DD Yugao

Allied Ships
PT-31
PT-32
PT-33
PT-34
PT-35

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The Chicago and her band has hiked all the way to my old student city of Brisbane!

ASW attack near Brisbane at 97,160

Japanese Ships
SS I-22

Allied Ships
DD Ellet
CA Chicago
DD Whipple
DD John D. Edwards
DD Dunlap

SS I-22 launches 6 torpedoes at DD Ellet
DD Whipple fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD John D. Edwards fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Dunlap fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Whipple fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Whipple fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Whipple fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Air Combat

Enemy tankers spotted near Palembang and with an Air HQ in Kuching the Betties delivered a deadly load!
- Have you noticed that each time a torpedo bomber attacks from the stern of bow they miss 99% of the time...
Not surprising but I would have taken another pass instead of launching from such a hopeless position.

Morning Air attack on TF, near Palembang at 48,91

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
G4M1 Betty x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 3 damaged

Allied Ships
TK Spirilla, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
TK Pleiodon
AM Toowoomba
TK British Judge

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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The afternoon strike is more successful!

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Palembang at 48,91

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 25 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
G4M1 Betty x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
TK British Judge
TK Pinna, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
TK Pleiodon, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PG Herald, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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20mm shells has little effect on PT boats....

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Butuan at 80,89

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 47 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
PT Q-111, Shell hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x A6M2 Zero attacking from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Ground Combat

Mersing falls and we push the 11th Indian division south towards Johore Baru!

Ground combat at Mersing (51,82)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 17529 troops, 114 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 561
Defending force 6380 troops, 61 guns, 39 vehicles, Assault Value = 265

Japanese adjusted assault: 405

Allied adjusted defense: 25
Japanese assault odds: 16 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Mersing !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
500 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 26 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2476 casualties reported
Squads: 54 destroyed, 34 disabled
Non Combat: 107 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 33 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 21 (21 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 17 (17 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
55th Infantry Regiment
42nd Infantry Regiment
41st Infantry Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
4th Ind. Engineer Regiment
15th Ind. Engineer Regiment
91st Naval Guard Unit
Yokosuka 1st SNLF /1
84th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
11th Indian Division

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Ground combat at Tavoy (54,60)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1354 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 49
Defending force 508 troops, 8 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 7

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0
Japanese adjusted assault: 21
Allied adjusted defense: 7

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Tavoy !!!

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

Allied ground losses:
260 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 15 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
55th Engineer Regiment

Defending units:
107th RAF Base Force

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The Imperial 25th Army in Malaya

General Yamashita's 25th Army has gathered his best men for the coming battle;
With the troops in Mersing 100000 Imperial Storm Troopers are assembling at the gates of the
British Empire's Crown Jewel in the Far East - Singapore!






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