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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/11/2010 10:58:34 PM   
aprezto


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No mate, you've done incredibly well to keep your bottle I reckon.

You now have his main offensive and defensive asset where you want it. It would take a disastrous result against his forces for the distance to his refuge locations (ports) not to tell in some way. Although, I have not seen many subs in this vacinity. That may just be the way of it, but are you planning to change this or...?

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/11/2010 11:59:57 PM   
Andy Mac

 

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Well its not good another quiet day bad weather and I guessed wrong about where his TF's would be.

Determined to keep my carriers together so I am being a little tentative if I get no enganghement tomorrow I will stop chasing as I wil be to far forward.

looks like alice spring will fall tomorrow ;(

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 24, 42
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Submarine attack near Colombo  at 25,48

Japanese Ships
     SS RO-33

Allied Ships
     xAK Empire Raja, Torpedo hits 1



xAK Empire Raja is sighted by SS RO-33
SS RO-33 launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Empire Raja


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Invasion Support action off Esperance
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

1 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
     xAK Asakasan Maru
     xAK Yasukawa Maru
     LSD Akitsu Maru



xAK Asakasan Maru firing at enemy troops
xAK Yasukawa Maru firing at enemy troops
LSD Akitsu Maru firing at enemy troops


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Submarine attack near Colombo  at 27,48

Japanese Ships
     SS I-158

Allied Ships
     xAK Durenda, Torpedo hits 2,  heavy damage



xAK Durenda is sighted by SS I-158
SS I-158 launches 8 torpedoes at xAK Durenda


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Submarine attack near Colombo  at 27,48

Japanese Ships
     SS I-158

Allied Ships
     xAK Ethiopia, Torpedo hits 2,  on fire,  heavy damage



xAK Ethiopia is sighted by SS I-158
SS I-158 attacking xAK Ethiopia on the surface


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Morning Air attack on 31st Chinese Corps, at 72,55 (Nanning)

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 6



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
      6 x Ki-43-Ia Oscar sweeping at 15000 feet



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Morning Air attack on 3rd Australian Brigade, at 74,143 (Alice Springs)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     Ki-21-IIa Sally x 6
     Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 6



Allied aircraft
     P-400 Airacobra x 5


Japanese aircraft losses
     Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 destroyed




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

CAP engaged:
20th PS (P) with P-400 Airacobra (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
     (5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
     5 plane(s) intercepting now.
     Group patrol altitude is 19000
     Raid is overhead

Also attacking 2nd Recce Battalion ...


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Morning Air attack on 10th Patl RAAF Wing , at 74,143 (Alice Springs)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     Ki-21-IIa Sally x 5



Allied aircraft
     P-400 Airacobra x 1


No Japanese losses

No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
      5 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 10000 feet *
              Ground Attack:  2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
20th PS (P) with P-400 Airacobra (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
     (1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
     1 plane(s) intercepting now.
     Group patrol altitude is 19000
     Raid is overhead

Also attacking 3rd Australian Brigade ...


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Morning Air attack on 10th Patl RAAF Wing , at 74,143 (Alice Springs)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     Ki-48-Ib Lily x 19



Allied aircraft
     P-400 Airacobra x 1


Japanese aircraft losses
     Ki-48-Ib Lily: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged




Aircraft Attacking:
     18 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 10000 feet *
              Ground Attack:  2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
20th PS (P) with P-400 Airacobra (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
     1 plane(s) intercepting now.
     Group patrol altitude is 19000
     Raid is overhead

Also attacking 2nd Recce Battalion ...
Also attacking 3rd Australian Brigade ...
Also attacking 10th Patl RAAF Wing  ...
Also attacking 2nd Recce Battalion ...
Also attacking 10th Patl RAAF Wing  ...


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Morning Air attack on 31st Chinese Corps, at 72,55 (Nanning)

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     Ki-21-Ic Sally x 19



Japanese aircraft losses
     Ki-21-Ic Sally: 1 damaged



Aircraft Attacking:
     19 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 15000 feet
              Ground Attack:  4 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 8th Tank Regiment, at 74,143 (Alice Springs)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes


Allied aircraft
     B-25C Mitchell x 7


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
     Vehicles lost 3 (0 destroyed, 3 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
      7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet *
              Ground Attack:  3 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 2nd Recce Battalion, at 74,143 (Alice Springs)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

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

Japanese aircraft
     A6M2 Zero x 8
     G4M1 Betty x 14



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
     14 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 15000 feet
              Ground Attack:  2 x 250 kg GP Bomb,  4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Kingscote at 73,164

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
     F4F-3 Wildcat x 7
     F4F-4 Wildcat x 10
     SBD-3 Dauntless x 13


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
     CM Hirashima



Aircraft Attacking:
      6 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
              Naval Attack:  1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
      3 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
              Naval Attack:  1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
      4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
              Naval Attack:  1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Kingscote at 73,164

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes


Allied aircraft
     Buffalo I x 5
     P-39D Airacobra x 9


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
      5 x Buffalo I sweeping at 12000 feet
      9 x P-39D Airacobra sweeping at 12000 feet



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Kingscote at 73,164

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 23 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes


Allied aircraft
     Albacore I x 3
     Kittyhawk IA x 6


Allied aircraft losses
     Albacore I: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
     CM Hirashima, Bomb hits 2,  heavy fires,  heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
      3 x Albacore I bombing from 5000 feet
              Naval Attack:  2 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Invasion Support action off Esperance
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

1 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
     xAK Asakasan Maru
     xAK Yasukawa Maru
     LSD Akitsu Maru



xAK Asakasan Maru firing at enemy troops
xAK Yasukawa Maru firing at enemy troops
LSD Akitsu Maru firing at enemy troops


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Ground combat at Alice Springs (74,143)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 10053 troops, 120 guns, 383 vehicles, Assault Value = 400

Defending force 3708 troops, 37 guns, 90 vehicles, Assault Value = 118

Japanese adjusted assault: 154

Allied adjusted defense: 125

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
     200 casualties reported
        Squads: 2 destroyed, 8 disabled
        Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 20 disabled
        Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
     Vehicles lost 17 (1 destroyed, 16 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
     552 casualties reported
        Squads: 10 destroyed, 15 disabled
        Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 27 disabled
        Engineers: 7 destroyed, 5 disabled
     Vehicles lost 28 (5 destroyed, 23 disabled)


Assaulting units:
   48th Recon Regiment
   8th Tank Regiment
   26th Recon Regiment
   1st Recon Regiment
   20th Recon Regiment
   9th Infantry Regiment
   8th Recon Regiment
   Yokosuka Assault SNLF /14
   3rd Mortar Battalion
   8th RF Gun Battalion

Defending units:
   3rd Australian Brigade
   2nd Recce Battalion
   138th(Sep) Infantry Rgt /16
   24th NZ Pioneer Coy
   Katherine RAAF Base Force
   1st Fgtr RAAF Wing
   10th Patl RAAF Wing
   Tennant Creek RAAF Base Force
   107th RN Base Force
   NW Aus Aviation Rgt /15


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Ground combat at 84,45

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 3641 troops, 26 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 144

Defending force 0 troops, 18 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 141

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 141 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(+)
Attacker:

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


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


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
   9th Armored Car Co
   13th Indpt Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
   30th Chinese/B Corps


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Ground combat at Charleville (88,154)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 5123 troops, 22 guns, 162 vehicles, Assault Value = 229

Defending force 6325 troops, 97 guns, 172 vehicles, Assault Value = 219

Japanese adjusted assault: 59

Allied adjusted defense: 53

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: op mode(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), fatigue(-), supply(-)

Japanese ground losses:
     166 casualties reported
        Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
        Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 27 disabled
        Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
     Vehicles lost 43 (3 destroyed, 40 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
     861 casualties reported
        Squads: 4 destroyed, 42 disabled
        Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 42 disabled
        Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
     Vehicles lost 29 (2 destroyed, 27 disabled)


Assaulting units:
   5th Recon Regiment
   4th Tank Regiment
   148th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
   53rd (Sep) Infantry Regiment
   2/8th Armoured Regiment
   4th Australian/A Division
   109th Tank Attack Regiment


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Ground combat at Esperance (56,153)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 3895 troops, 28 guns, 8 vehicles, Assault Value = 100

Defending force 450 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 22

Japanese adjusted assault: 100

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 100 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Esperance !!!

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

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


Allied ground losses:
     330 casualties reported
        Squads: 20 destroyed, 8 disabled
        Non Combat: 11 destroyed, 9 disabled
        Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
     Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
   21st Infantry Regiment
   15th Ind. Engineer Regiment

Defending units:
   1st Marine Raider Battalion


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Ground combat at Geraldton (49,141)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 585 troops, 15 guns, 6 vehicles, Assault Value = 176

Defending force 10206 troops, 143 guns, 153 vehicles, Assault Value = 363


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


Assaulting units:
   10th Light Horse Battalion
   276th Coastal Artillery Battalion
   Geraldton Fortress
   27th Infantry/C Division
   1st RAN Base Force

Defending units:
   20th Infantry Regiment
   2nd Tank Regiment
   65th Brigade
   16th Recon Regiment
   1st Engineer Co
   2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
   40th Field AA Battalion
   18th Mountain Gun Regiment


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Ground combat at Emerald (91,151)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 42 troops, 1 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 4

Defending force 0 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 5

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 2)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Emerald !!!

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



Assaulting units:
   Yokosuka Assault SNLF /19


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Ground combat at Ceduna (71,156)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 864 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 15

Defending force 303 troops, 2 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 4

Japanese adjusted assault: 1

Allied adjusted defense: 2

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

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

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


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


Assaulting units:
   11th Infantry Rgt /18

Defending units:
   Katherine RAAF Base Force /16


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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/12/2010 12:01:10 AM   
Andy Mac

 

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I have about 7 Subs in the area another 10 are en route from Capetown but are 9 days from being on map another 10 ish are just passing new cal but they are def to late and will move to cover East Coast instead

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/12/2010 7:52:26 AM   
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Andy, nearly every day you lose ships to IJN subs and nearly every day I seem to notice no attack on the subs. Seems like you´re not keeping an eye on ASW and IMO you´re losing by far too many ships to his subs. It freightens me to see a couple of subs being sunk near Colombo which probably is one of your major ports on the map. While I´m not able to sink my opponents subs I´m at least trying to do so and this at least results in less merchants lost.

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/12/2010 9:49:06 PM   
Andy Mac

 

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No turn tonight.

I have lost a few recently there was a while that my convoys were weorking better.

I got a little lazy with my ASW efforts off Colombo I will take another look

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/12/2010 9:49:30 PM   
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ps in my defence my attention has been elsewhere

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/12/2010 10:01:57 PM   
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this Norge guy is pain in the ass, isnt he?

glad to see that you guys are still active! :)

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/12/2010 10:46:11 PM   
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Hey Puak nice to see you.

OK last turn I sent a small DD TF to raid Esperence and another couple of scouting DD TF's broadly in a line south of there backed by all of my subs.

Basically trying to set up a mixed SCTF and sub picket line.

The point was to try and give my carriers some eues and setting them on max react maybe catch a juicy trqansport or two if PZB has consolidated his TF's to protect his carriers.

A bit of a hail mary but you never know.

I also transferred a Marauder BG into Perth with orders to seek and destroy.

I want PZB to feel some pressure and try and not give him the time to settle and unload.

My carriers are following as well.

A/S is showing nothing moving on the East Coast.

I willonly pursue for one more turn because I am worried about mini KB.

I could get caught between two major Japanese forces if I am not carefull if he is falling back onto mini KB and the jap Surface Fleet this could all turn around - for now I probably have parity in carrier air he has the edge in pilots but mine are more than good enough to hurt him badly so he probably doesnt want a big CV Battle

If he is retiring onto mini KB (which I have no idea where it is)

The edge shifts and he may want a carrier battle - so I need to be pretty carefull

This isnt Midway where I have surprise this is a stand up, knock down brawl and while I am willing to put my 5 CV's up againt his 6 I would be unwilling to go up against mini KB as well he could have another CV, 2 CVL's and what 3 or 4 CVE's to fall back on ??

So another say 200 carrier aircraft add in the extra flight deck redundancy and that shifts the odds against me enough so I need to be carefull not to get clobbered here my best chance is gone  must not put myself in a position to take one sided losses now.


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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/13/2010 2:35:43 PM   
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OK I think it may be all over - Alice Springs fell today which was irritating but cest la vie my troopers face a long walk back to civilisation.

As per my earlier post no contact was achieved I was unable to get a decisive contact.

My strikes are limited to range 5 by my fighters and Devastators and on those grounds plus fuel I am pulling back.

I am going to ned to replensih the fleet and at some stage retake the Line Islands and Canton and I will need my carriers for that.

This battle is over he is pulling back and I am letting him.

I could go for the jugular but at best I am even in odds for that fight and I think I can get better odds than that - it was an acceptable risk when I could have hit him while unloading or even while I was close to the Australian Ports - now that we are moving into the middle of the Ocean its just not worth it.

My primary objective has been achieved and if he lands to take Perth my secondary as well.

I need to focus on CENTPAC, Refits, Fuel and the upcoming Operation in the CBI

In another month I can get all my ships refitted have Wasp with the fleet and have every sqn in Avengers and F4F's

I call this a victory and will continue to stick to that line whatevber everyone else says !!!

Its a bit of an anticlimax but I don't need a decisive carrier battle now unless its on my terms

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/13/2010 7:07:38 PM   
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My Fleet is retiring to Hobart before moving off to CENTPAC for my own attack

I will leave a storng SCTF in Australian waters and I now have enough marine DB's and LB Fighters to pretty much protect my LOC.

Should I have committed maybe but I am taking it slowly and I dont have an advantage and I dont need to fight it out so I made the call to back off I sheperded him out of southern australian waters

I will delay but not try to hold on in Western Australia I dont want to get my army cut off

My next objective is to assemble a stong Armour Heavy Corps in the East with the intention of driving north to take Townsville back if he attacks in the West then I will attack in the East.

I have to get some of the initiative back in order to try and get him to commit more forces to Australia in order to allow my line clearing ops in CENTPAC and land attacks in India to suceed

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 27, 42
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ASW attack near Albany  at 51,157

Japanese Ships
     DD Oshio
     BB Hiei
     CA Mikuma
     CA Tone
     CL Isuzu
     DD Yudachi
     DD Yugure
     DD Wakaba
     DD Nenohi
     DD Hatsuharu

Allied Ships
     SS O20



SS O20 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Oshio
DD Yugure fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Wakaba fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Nenohi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatsuharu fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Wakaba fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Nenohi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatsuharu fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Nenohi fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hatsuharu fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatsuharu fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatsuharu attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Christmas Island at 174,141, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
     PB Yachiyo Maru, Shell hits 6, and is sunk
     xAK San Francisco Maru, Shell hits 18, and is sunk
     xAK Madras Maru, Shell hits 9
     PB Ogashima, Shell hits 17, and is sunk
     LSD Nigitsu Maru, Shell hits 33, and is sunk

Allied Ships
     DD Sims
     DD Hughes



Improved night sighting under 92% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 92% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards
Japanese ships attempt to get underway
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
DD Sims engages LSD Nigitsu Maru at 8,000 yards
DD Sims engages LSD Nigitsu Maru at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
DD Sims engages LSD Nigitsu Maru at 5,000 yards
DD Hughes engages LSD Nigitsu Maru at 5,000 yards
DD Sims engages xAK San Francisco Maru at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
DD Sims engages PB Ogashima at 2,000 yards
DD Sims engages LSD Nigitsu Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Sims engages LSD Nigitsu Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Hughes engages xAK Madras Maru at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
DD Hughes engages LSD Nigitsu Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Sims engages LSD Nigitsu Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Sims engages LSD Nigitsu Maru at 3,000 yards
LSD Nigitsu Maru sunk by DD Sims at 3,000 yards
DD Hughes engages xAK San Francisco Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Sims engages PB Ogashima at 3,000 yards
DD Hughes engages xAK Madras Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Sims engages xAK San Francisco Maru at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
DD Sims engages PB Ogashima at 2,000 yards
DD Sims engages xAK Madras Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Sims engages xAK San Francisco Maru at 2,000 yards
PB Ogashima sunk by DD Hughes at 2,000 yards
DD Sims engages xAK Madras Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Hughes engages xAK San Francisco Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Hughes engages PB Yachiyo Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Sims engages xAK Madras Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Hughes engages xAK San Francisco Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Hughes engages PB Yachiyo Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Sims engages xAK San Francisco Maru at 2,000 yards
xAK San Francisco Maru sunk by DD Sims at 2,000 yards
DD Hughes engages PB Yachiyo Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Hughes engages xAK Madras Maru at 2,000 yards
PB Yachiyo Maru sunk by DD Hughes at 2,000 yards
DD Hughes engages xAK Madras Maru at 2,000 yards
Japanese Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Esperance at 56,153, Range 4,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
     DD Hakaze, Shell hits 1
     DD Sanae

Allied Ships
     DD Maury, Shell hits 2,  on fire
     DD Sands, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk



Low visibility due to Rain  with 92% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Rain and 92% moonlight: 6,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 4,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 4,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 4,000 yards
Kashima, Masanori crosses the 'T'
DD Sands sunk by DD Hakaze at 4,000 yards
DD Maury engages DD Hakaze at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
DD Hakaze engages DD Maury at 2,000 yards
DD Hakaze engages DD Maury at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
DD Sanae engages DD Maury at 8,000 yards
DD Hakaze engages DD Maury at 8,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Albany at 51,153, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
     CM Ishizaki

Allied Ships
     DD Maury



Poor visibility due to Rain
Maximum visibility in Rain: 7,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 7,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
DD Maury engages CM Ishizaki at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
DD Maury engages CM Ishizaki at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
DD Maury engages CM Ishizaki at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
DD Maury engages CM Ishizaki at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 14,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Albany at 50,154

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes


Allied aircraft
     Hudson I x 3
     Hudson III (LR) x 3
     B-26 Marauder x 9
     P-38E Lightning x 3


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
     xAK Nissen Maru #3
     xAK Toei Maru
     xAK Nitiryu Maru



Aircraft Attacking:
      3 x Hudson I bombing from 10000 feet
              Naval Attack:  4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
      3 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 10000 feet
              Naval Attack:  6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
      3 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 10000 feet
              Naval Attack:  6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
      3 x Hudson III (LR) bombing from 10000 feet
              Naval Attack:  4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
      3 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 10000 feet
              Naval Attack:  6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 148th Infantry Regiment, at 88,154 (Charleville)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes


Allied aircraft
     Hudson III (LR) x 13
     B-18A Bolo x 6


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
     13 x Hudson III (LR) bombing from 10000 feet
              Ground Attack:  4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
      6 x B-18A Bolo bombing from 10000 feet *
              Ground Attack:  2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 4th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 148th Infantry Regiment ...


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Esperance at 56,153

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     A6M2 Zero x 13
     Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 6



Allied aircraft
     B-26 Marauder x 3


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
     B-26 Marauder: 2 destroyed



CAP engaged:
24th Sentai/B with Ki-43-Ia Oscar (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
     (2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
     2 plane(s) intercepting now.
     Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
     Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
15th Ku S-1  with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
     (3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
     3 plane(s) intercepting now.
     Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
     Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes



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Morning Air attack on 4th Tank Regiment, at 88,154 (Charleville)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

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


Allied aircraft
     B-17D Fortress x 4


No Allied losses

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



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

Also attacking 5th Recon Regiment ...


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Albany at 50,154

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes


Allied aircraft
     B-26 Marauder x 6
     P-38E Lightning x 6


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
     xAK Nihonka Maru
     xAK Anzan Maru



Aircraft Attacking:
      3 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 10000 feet
              Naval Attack:  6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
      3 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 10000 feet
              Naval Attack:  6 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Busselton at 46,154

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     A6M2 Zero x 1



Allied aircraft
     Hudson III (LR) x 6
     P-38E Lightning x 9


Japanese aircraft losses
     A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed


Japanese Ships
     AO Tsurumi
     xAK Nittei Maru



Aircraft Attacking:
      3 x Hudson III (LR) bombing from 10000 feet
              Naval Attack:  4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
      4 x P-38E Lightning sweeping at 12000 feet *
      3 x Hudson III (LR) bombing from 10000 feet
              Naval Attack:  4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Akagi-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
     (1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
     1 plane(s) intercepting now.
     Group patrol altitude is 15000
     Raid is overhead



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Albany at 50,154

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes


Allied aircraft
     Hudson I x 3
     P-38E Lightning x 2


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
     xAK Toei Maru



Aircraft Attacking:
      3 x Hudson I bombing from 10000 feet
              Naval Attack:  4 x 250 lb GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Esperance at 56,153

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     A6M2 Zero x 13
     Ki-43-Ia Oscar x 6



Allied aircraft
     B-17E Fortress x 2


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
     B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
     DD Sanae



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

CAP engaged:
24th Sentai/B with Ki-43-Ia Oscar (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
     (2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
     2 plane(s) intercepting now.
     Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
     Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
15th Ku S-1  with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
     3 plane(s) intercepting now.
     Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
     Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes



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ASW attack near Soerabaja  at 56,104

Japanese Ships
     DD Numakaze

Allied Ships
     SS S-40



SS S-40 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Numakaze
S-40 bottoming out ....
DD Numakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Numakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Numakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Numakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Numakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Soerabaja  at 56,104

Japanese Ships
     DD Numakaze

Allied Ships
     SS Spearfish



SS Spearfish is sighted by escort
Spearfish bottoming out ....
DD Numakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Numakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Numakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Numakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Numakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Ground combat at Geraldton (49,141)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10233 troops, 126 guns, 139 vehicles, Assault Value = 380

Defending force 4833 troops, 79 guns, 178 vehicles, Assault Value = 178

Japanese adjusted assault: 136

Allied adjusted defense: 197

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 3)

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

Japanese ground losses:
     390 casualties reported
        Squads: 2 destroyed, 22 disabled
        Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 37 disabled
        Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
     Vehicles lost 39 (3 destroyed, 36 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
     130 casualties reported
        Squads: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
        Non Combat: 19 destroyed, 30 disabled
        Engineers: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
     Vehicles lost 22 (6 destroyed, 16 disabled)


Assaulting units:
   2nd Tank Regiment
   16th Recon Regiment
   20th Infantry Regiment
   65th Brigade
   1st Engineer Co
   2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
   40th Field AA Battalion
   18th Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
   276th Coastal Artillery Battalion
   Geraldton Fortress
   10th Light Horse Battalion
   27th Infantry/C Division
   1st RAN Base Force


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Ground combat at Oodnadatta (74,149)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1083 troops, 11 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 58

Defending force 166 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 14

Japanese adjusted assault: 51

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 51 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
     119 casualties reported
        Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
        Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
        Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
     147 casualties reported
        Squads: 6 destroyed, 1 disabled
        Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
        Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
     Units retreated 2


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
   1st Raiding Regiment
   Yokosuka Assault SNLF /15

Defending units:
   2/7th Ind Coy
   2nd USMC Parachute Bn /13


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Ground combat at Geraldton (49,141)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 301 troops, 14 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 169

Defending force 9991 troops, 143 guns, 150 vehicles, Assault Value = 346



Assaulting units:
   10th Light Horse Battalion
   Geraldton Fortress
   276th Coastal Artillery Battalion
   27th Infantry/C Division
   1st RAN Base Force

Defending units:
   65th Brigade
   2nd Tank Regiment
   16th Recon Regiment
   20th Infantry Regiment
   1st Engineer Co
   40th Field AA Battalion
   2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
   18th Mountain Gun Regiment


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Ground combat at Kalgoorlie (56,147)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 133 troops, 2 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 11

Defending force 1522 troops, 0 guns, 102 vehicles, Assault Value = 96

Japanese adjusted assault: 5

Allied adjusted defense: 103

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 20 (fort level 3)

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

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


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


Assaulting units:
   Yokosuka Assault SNLF /21

Defending units:
   2/11th Armoured Car Battalion
   44th Australian Battalion

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/14/2010 5:50:43 PM   
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Not a lot to say fromt he last turn I am now steadily redeploying assets.

One notable thing that happened is that I finally managed to sneak a fast convoy into Perth with two of the most critical units I will ever move.

Air Group HQ's sent from India

apart from the RN and a single fighter sqn the first visible sign on support from the Empire Australia has only one Air HQ and its static getting two RAF Air HQ's into Australia is the one thing that I badly needed to help my co ordination.

Other forces came as well specialist Arty regts etc etc.

One more convoy is en route with a full Armoured bde aboard this one is designed to be visible and convince PZB that I am committing to a fight in Australia.


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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/16/2010 7:07:56 PM   
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A little bit of back and forth as I redeploy.

I pulled out of Geraldtown as I expect a landing in my rear and its a long road as I cannot strat move back to Perth so I want to get a head start as I start to compress my front.

Given what happened v Sting I am going to avoid a fight until I must and am very glad Ipulled back from chasing KB.

My next step is to put together a powerfull force to begin the reconquest of Australia from my shortened lines - I will be re organisising forces to achieve this

My goal is to keep PZB firmly focussed on Australia


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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/18/2010 1:23:25 AM   
Andy Mac

 

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 Bit of a bun fight developing at Rockhampton PZB is trying to flank me as I am trying to flank him could get tasty in the area

Seriously glad that I didnt get into a toe to toe battle with KB in this game given what happened in the other one.

Looks like a weak Division thats flanking me I can deal with that size of force

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jun 03, 42
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Morning Air attack on Rockhampton , at 95,152

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 31 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     A6M2 Zero x 25



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
     25 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet



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Morning Air attack on 3rd Motor Brigade, at 94,152

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     A6M2 Zero x 9



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
      9 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 17000 feet



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Morning Air attack on Rockhampton , at 95,152

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     A6M2 Zero x 8



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
      8 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet



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Morning Air attack on 3rd Motor Brigade, at 94,152

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     Ki-21-IIa Sally x 6



No Japanese losses


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


Aircraft Attacking:
      6 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 20000 feet
              Ground Attack:  4 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 5th Infantry Regiment, at 94,152

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes


Allied aircraft
     F4F-3A Wildcat x 15


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
      7 x F4F-3A Wildcat bombing from 5000 feet
              Ground Attack:  2 x 100 lb GP Bomb
      8 x F4F-3A Wildcat bombing from 4000 feet
              Ground Attack:  2 x 100 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 5th Infantry Regiment, at 94,152

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes


Allied aircraft
     Hudson I x 3
     Hudson III (LR) x 15
     Kittyhawk I x 16
     B-18A Bolo x 4
     B-17E Fortress x 2
     P-400 Airacobra x 4
     P-40E Warhawk x 24
     F4F-3A Wildcat x 2


Allied aircraft losses
     Kittyhawk I: 1 damaged
     B-18A Bolo: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
     187 casualties reported
        Squads: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
        Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
        Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
     Guns lost 2 (0 destroyed, 2 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
      2 x Kittyhawk I bombing from 4000 feet
              Ground Attack:  1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
      2 x Kittyhawk I bombing from 100 feet
      2 x F4F-3A Wildcat bombing from 5000 feet
              Ground Attack:  2 x 100 lb GP Bomb
     15 x Hudson III (LR) bombing from 10000 feet
              Ground Attack:  4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
      3 x Hudson I bombing from 10000 feet
              Ground Attack:  4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
      2 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
              Ground Attack:  4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
      4 x B-18A Bolo bombing from 10000 feet
              Ground Attack:  4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
      3 x P-400 Airacobra bombing from 5000 feet
              Ground Attack:  1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
     13 x P-40E Warhawk bombing from 5000 feet
              Ground Attack:  1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
      3 x P-40E Warhawk bombing from 100 feet
      8 x Kittyhawk I bombing from 5000 feet
              Ground Attack:  1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
      4 x Kittyhawk I bombing from 2000 feet
              Ground Attack:  1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
      8 x P-40E Warhawk bombing from 4000 feet
              Ground Attack:  1 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 17th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 5th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 17th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 5th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 17th Infantry Regiment ...


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Morning Air attack on 2nd Raiding Regiment, at 74,154

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes


Allied aircraft
     Beaufort V x 9
     Hudson I x 6
     Hudson III (LR) x 7
     B-17E Fortress x 13


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
     107 casualties reported
        Squads: 8 destroyed, 0 disabled
        Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
        Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
     Guns lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
      7 x Hudson III (LR) bombing from 10000 feet *
              Ground Attack:  2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
      6 x Hudson I bombing from 10000 feet *
              Ground Attack:  2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
      9 x Beaufort V bombing from 10000 feet *
              Ground Attack:  2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
      3 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
              Ground Attack:  4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
      1 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
              Ground Attack:  4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
      9 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
              Ground Attack:  4 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 17th Infantry Regiment, at 94,152

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes


Allied aircraft
     B-17D Fortress x 4
     B-25B Mitchell x 5


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
     69 casualties reported
        Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
        Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
        Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
     Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
      5 x B-25B Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet *
              Ground Attack:  3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
      4 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
              Ground Attack:  4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 5th Infantry Regiment ...


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ASW attack near Perth  at 49,147

Japanese Ships
     SS I-2

Allied Ships
     DD Ward



SS I-2 is sighted by escort
I-2 bottoming out ....
DD Ward fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ward fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ward fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ward fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ward fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Ground combat at Ceduna (71,156)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 1133 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 31

Defending force 686 troops, 2 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 38

Japanese adjusted assault: 8

Allied adjusted defense: 16

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
     162 casualties reported
        Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
        Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 12 disabled
        Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


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


Assaulting units:
   11th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
   2nd USMC Parachute Bn /15
   Katherine RAAF Base Force


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Ground combat at 94,152

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 3113 troops, 46 guns, 104 vehicles, Assault Value = 136

Defending force 7659 troops, 102 guns, 39 vehicles, Assault Value = 244

Allied adjusted assault: 20

Japanese adjusted defense: 191

Allied assault odds: 1 to 9

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

Japanese ground losses:
     162 casualties reported
        Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
        Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
        Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
     Vehicles lost 2 (0 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
     359 casualties reported
        Squads: 2 destroyed, 32 disabled
        Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 40 disabled
        Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
     Vehicles lost 24 (0 destroyed, 24 disabled)


Assaulting units:
   3rd Motor Brigade

Defending units:
   5th Infantry Regiment
   17th Infantry Regiment
   17th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
   9th RF Gun Battalion



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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/18/2010 1:51:10 AM   
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The action is all around the perimeter of Rockhampton so far

My attack under 1st Australian Army will have Townsville as its objective.

It will be two Infantry Corps

(1st Australian and 1st US Amphib)

Each will have 3 Infantry Divs 2 Armoured Bns/Regts and an Aus Cav Bde on strenght

A 3rd Corps the armoured corps will assemble in secret int eh rear as my super secret assault force

III Indian Corps will have under command

255th Armoured Bde
7th Armoured Bde
3rd Aus Motor Bde
3rd Army Tank Bde
4th Armoured Bde
4 x Indpt Aus Armoured Regts
2 x Indpt US Armoured Bns
2 US Inf Regts
8th Aus Infantry Div
1 AT Regt
3 x Medium and 8 x Field Regts (mixed US, British and Australian

between the three Corps assigned to 1st Australian Army I think I can retake Townsville and maybe rout the army PZB has facing me.

When they reach full strength those CW Armoured Bdes are hard to stop

If I abandon the Perth front I can add 27th US Div and an Armoured Car Bn to the force.

In total I should be able to raise c 4,000 AV on open terrain for this fight


As soon as 1 US Amophib Corps is full assembed and organised the atack on Tonwsville will begin.

Beofre I get to deep into this offensive I want 1st Aus Corps assembled and ready
the Amphib Corps readt

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/18/2010 1:52:52 AM   
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And the best thing of all this is only the diversion !!!!!!!

No more than 20 days before I wil be ready




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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/18/2010 1:57:39 AM   
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The only other option I am considering is not surrendering kalgoorlie drawing in PZB's forces to the mainland at Perth then unleashing a 2 Corps Army on them in the West holding the Brisbane line with my 3rd Corps

i.e. get him to commit then try to rout him all the way back before he can dig in and get high forts West Australia is very armour and arty friendly country so thats got real possibilities  as well

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/18/2010 2:03:26 AM   
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Just to complete the picture of my dispositions

2nd Australian Army in the West has under command

III Australian Corps in West Australia

27th US Div
an Armoured Car Bn and about a Bdes worth of Indpt Bns

II Australian Corps (Adeilade Front)
1 X Motor Bde
2 x Aus Inf Bde
1 x NZ Inf Bn
1 x USMC Para Bn
1 x Recce Bn



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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/18/2010 5:55:35 PM   
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Been mulling it over at work I do wonder if actually letting him take Western Australia and then taking it back might not be best.

i.e. pull back to Kalgoorlie slowly and then when he extends use my massed armour to destroy his Infantry.

If I can assemble 4 Armoured and 2 Motor Bdes plus 6 - 8 Armoured Regts/Bns thats a lot of firepower.

Back it up with 2 - 3 Inf Divs and massed Arty for the breakthrough phase and it turns into a nice little problem for PZB.


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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/18/2010 7:23:11 PM   
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thats some intersting fighting!

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/19/2010 6:54:44 PM   
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Do you think you can get PZB to overcommit andy? If you can so much the better but PZB isnt reckless.

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/21/2010 10:08:01 PM   
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Spent some time today organising the air side of the Burma front


Broadly 3 forces are being assembled everything else will be feeders for these forces

i.e. training Sqns for pilots and rear area security.

I need to work out what my maximum sustainable force is.

225 Group under Air marshall Pierse will take the Chittagong/Akyab front.

I think I can sustain 3 Hurricane Sqns, 1 Canadian Kittyhawk Sqn, 3 Blenheim IV Sqns, 3 Hudson III Sqns, 2 Wellington Ic Sqns on this front so 12 Sqns total backed up by 2 recon flights.

221 RAF Gp at Imphal and Silchar will have less I am still working it out but it will probably be 2 Hurricane and 1 Buffalo/Mohawk Sqn, 2 Blenheim IV, 1 Hudson III and maybe 1 Blenheim I Sqn so weaker but will get priority on extra Sqns

based at Dacca will be the heavy hitters of the US's 19th BG in B17's all my remaining B17's will be sent to this BG B24's will be used in the pacific from here on out. Providing cover and AF protection for all forces will be 23rd US Fighter Group

Over time I will augment the force but the initial priority is to avoid heavy losses as my pool density is low and I need to train pilots


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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/21/2010 10:08:41 PM   
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No I dont think he will over commmit but can I get him to commit at all thats the question.

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/21/2010 10:19:22 PM   
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As soon as I am able I will be sending Lysanders, Blenheim I's, Hurrican I's Waipitis basically everything thats older will be kept out of the fight

My A list of RAF types.

Hurricane II (a,b,c)

In reserve but to be removed ASAP Mohawks and Buffalos

Hudosn III
Bolingbroke
Blenheim IV
Wellington Ic

I will use the odd Beaufort and Blenheim I if I have to but want to save them for training and or nav strike duties in the rear

Eventually I will re equip the Bombers on the Assam front with Vengeance DB's as I get 25 of them per month so they are one of my few plentifull types

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/21/2010 11:09:20 PM   
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Unless/until you need the squadrons, consider keeping the "to be removed ASAP" types for training squadrons. That will keep the modern types in the pools for front line squadrons. YMMV.

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/22/2010 12:06:15 AM   
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I loathe micro management and I am now having to do it in full measure oh joy.

Pilot training seems to be critical you just cannot leave it to the game.

Ah well.

OK planning my attack on Burma.

It will have 5 main component parts.

Eastern Army (soon to be renamed 14th Army) will attack from the Akyab front into Burma proper

It will have 4 Seperate Forces.

IV Corps will drive in a  column going straight for Bassein from Akyab with 3 Armoured Regts, an Armoured Car Regt, 18th British Div, 20th Indian Div, 6th Aus Div and 7th Aus Div and 268th Motorised Bde it will also have my Army reserve consisting of 84th and 44th Indian Bdes. 1 Medium Arty Regt and 2 Mountain Gun Regts

XV Corps will be on its right flank heading for Magwe from Akyab (so over mountain) it will consist of the all animal transport 17th Indian Div, the Burma Frontier Force Bde, and 2 Regiments of Mountain Artillery in reserve it will have 45th Indian Bde because of its lack of Heavy Arty - this force has a lot of nasty ground to cover.4

Burma Corps will attack out of Assam it will have 1st Burma Div, 2nd British Div, 26th Indian Div and its objective is Schwebo/Mandalay if I can scare it up they will have an Armoured Bde in support

5th Chinese Army will move on Myktina from Ledo with the 3 Chindit Bdes of 70th British Div in support as well as the US 31st infantry Regt

In overall theatre reserve will be 26th and 88th Indian Bdes, 22nd East African Bde, 4th USMC Regt (prepped for Moulmien or Tavoy just in case )

Thats just about everything I can get ready in time and have free of PP's as I wont cross the border with troops that are not bought free.

A complicated plan that will hopefully force PZB to cover multiple axis.

I intend to start forces moving early in October so thats how long I have to prepare - I am short of Artillery and combat engineers so I will be lookign around for them.

After my recent battle with String i will be avoiding anything that requires carrier cover.


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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/22/2010 12:08:13 AM   
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My minimum requiremet for a unit to be ready is 100/100 readines and 40xp minimum

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/22/2010 2:08:16 AM   
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OK been doing some checking and I come up short on the Armour front.

Because I disbanded 50th Tank and 254th Armoured Bde on day 1 to free up replacements for other units they are both returning as shells in a few days.

255th and 7th are en route to Australia

That only leaves me with 267th Armoured Bde and a selection of Indpt Armoured Regts in theatre

43rd, 44th and 45th Armoured Regts all need Stuarts and they are in short supply as they are being diverted to Australian Units and its a shared supply - at best one of those units will be ready - 3rd Carbineers already has 2 Sqns operating with Stuarts so it should be ok add to that an Indian Armoured Car Regt and a Div Recce Regt and thats it on the armour front.

My only Indpt Heavy Armour Regt is the 150th RAC with 19 Vickers Tankettes.

267th has 60 Vickers Tankettes and 32 Stuarts on arrival so it aint exactly flush with first line equipment either

Now the cupboard is not all bare I recieve about 100 Stuarts, 60 Valentine III's and 100 ish General Lee's over the next three months.

Assuming I keep back about 60 Stuarts to bring 3rd Carbieeers, 267th Armoured's Light Regt and one of the Indpt Cav Regts up to strength that still leaves me weak in the heavier tank types.

Lets say I use the 100 General Lees to convert 267th Armoured's two Heavy Regiments and bring them up to strength that will return c 60 Tankettes to the pool.

So lets say 150th RAC gets broaught up to its full strength of 52 Vickers Tankettes.

That only really allows 1 Heavy Regt of the returning 50th Tank or 254th Armoured to be brought up to strength.

Which is not a lot.....so they need to sit the fight out in which case 150th RAC would be better gettign teh Lee's and allowing the Tankettes to go to the returning Armoured Bdes to begin fleshing them out.

That means I barely meet the minimum criteria for this op.

1 Armoured Bde (267th - Stuarts and Lee's)
2 Light Armoured Regts (Stuarts)
1 Heavy Armoured Regt (Valentine III's)

add to that my Recce screen

2 x Armoured Car Regts
1 x Recce Regt

and its tight

in total I will have about 90 Vickers Tankettes, 72 Valentine III's and 108 General Lee Tanks

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/22/2010 2:20:32 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Andy Mac


After my recent battle with String i will be avoiding anything that requires carrier cover.



Don't want to be once bitten, twice bitten huh

I think you were quite unlucky in the string battle. While I don't condone wanton use of your carriers early, they are still your most powerful strike, and probably defensive, asset.

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/22/2010 2:35:44 AM   
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No those hit rates appalled me so I need to lick my wounds from that one for a while

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RE: Oh crap its for real - 3/22/2010 2:56:41 AM   
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My only Indpt Heavy Armour Regt is the 150th RAC with 19 Vickers Tankettes.





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