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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 2/22/2010 9:14:30 AM   
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Whats the worst case , if he goes for Oosthaven at this stage you will probably have an extra day warning and the mines as well as the strategic reserve arriving , and it will be difficult to cap ( obviously this will change when Java falls) . If he lands at Palembang now he gets much better air from singapore which probably affects his decision a lot ( cautious IJN players always stay under the umbrella)  , KB is likely to  not be in the plans for Sumatra. Because of this  i would move most of the CDs to Palembang is it possible to leave 6 as a fragment though ?

Still with the defensive bonus he will not succeed regardless though you may kill some more ships , id say for both landings his initial will be a failure. 

Other likely strategies to consider

- A conservative player may land a division in a minor port/hex  which is covered by CAP from Singapore .
- He plans to isolate Sumatra by going onto Biliton and Java.



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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 2/24/2010 6:30:24 PM   
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Well I've IDed KB moving back into the DEI region and thus am trying to set the operation in the Marshalls into action...

BUT there are massive problems loading troops... The picture below shows a unit I am trying to load onto 19 ships ( 4100 tons of cargo to move the unit, the 19 ships should ensure that I can unload 4250 tons of cargo in a single day of amphibious landings from xAKs )... HOWEVER of the 19 ships only 11 of them are actually loading troops. I have load ONLY troops on and do not load fuel. I also have toggled on USE ALL SHIPS.

So, what am I doing wrong or is there a bug here?

Any amphibious TF I create causes the same problem once I use more than the minimum number of ships...

E.g. If I need 4 ships to load a unit and allocate 7 or 8 then it'll probably go fine but as I add more and more ships some of the ships simply don't get used at all.




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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 2/25/2010 7:01:15 AM   
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They amphib ALWAYS load 3-4 days supplies , is that the problem ?

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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 2/25/2010 2:05:26 PM   
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Just a thought...

I seem to recall you writing that you were sizing your task force so that each ship would contain no more points of troops/cargo than it could unload over a beach in a single turn.

Perhaps, and I stress this is just a guess, the port size allows each ship to load more troops than the point target that you're aiming for, and the unit gets entirely loaded before it gets to the last of the ships in the task force.

I suggest this because when I was playing WITP I noticed, without going into detail, certain things that indicated to me that the computer was loading each ship in a task force individually rather than loading a task force as a collective unit.

If this is the case, you should be able to confirm it by noting how many points of troops the port allows to be loaded by a ship in a single turn and then comparing it with how much each ship has loaded after one turn and the total size of the unit.




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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 2/25/2010 3:01:37 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Nemo121

Well I've IDed KB moving back into the DEI region and thus am trying to set the operation in the Marshalls into action...

BUT there are massive problems loading troops... The picture below shows a unit I am trying to load onto 19 ships ( 4100 tons of cargo to move the unit, the 19 ships should ensure that I can unload 4250 tons of cargo in a single day of amphibious landings from xAKs )... HOWEVER of the 19 ships only 11 of them are actually loading troops. I have load ONLY troops on and do not load fuel. I also have toggled on USE ALL SHIPS.

So, what am I doing wrong or is there a bug here?

Any amphibious TF I create causes the same problem once I use more than the minimum number of ships...

E.g. If I need 4 ships to load a unit and allocate 7 or 8 then it'll probably go fine but as I add more and more ships some of the ships simply don't get used at all.





Check the cargo handling capacity of the port you're using for embarkation. There is a nice table in the manual (Section 9.3.3.)...

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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 2/27/2010 3:00:08 PM   
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Guys, it looks like it is a bug derived from code designed to prevent units being spread over too many ships.

What appears to be happening is that when I try to spread a 4000 point load between 17 ships ( or more ) in order to ensure each ship will have to carry less than 250 points worth of cargo/troops the code sometimes ( but not always ) kicks in and decides "No, I won't allow you to put only 250 points of cargo/troops per ship, I'm going to limit the loading to 12 ships (or some other lower number) ". 4,000 divided by 12 = 333 which means that once that TF hits the beaches it'll take 1.33 days to unload.

And as we all know if you're unloading at an atoll that means that you'll shock attack on both days, utterly wrecking your unit.

I've posted this to the technical support thread, including the ramifications. It seems to be working as designed but that design pretty much cripples any Allied ability to invade any atoll until such time as they have loads of APs and AKs and can unload 600 points of cargo/troops in a day. The problem is that while working as designed this is NOT working in a reasonable way. The ramifications haven't been thought out. Unfortunately I've had no official feedback as to whether they are going to take this finding seriously and disable the bit of code which causes the problem.


So, the invasion of the Marshall Islands has been scuppered by a game bug. I'm thinking about work-arounds and suchlike at the moment. I may just transfer them into the southern DEI where atolls won't be a problem and this bug won't scupper things.



In other news: January 22nd

I spotted KB yesterday about 200 miles east of Singapore and thought they were going to hit Singapore. I had also been in the middle of an operation utilising Force Z aimed at sinking a TF at Singkawang. Why Force Z? Well, I've hit Singkawang before and Mike has shown he was willing to use BBs at Singkawang so I figured that this TF might well be covered by a BB TF. I was quite prepared to swap Prince of Wales and Repulse for two IJN BBs and so I sent Force Z in. Things didn't quite work out as intended as the IJN had no covering force at all.

So, yesterday I had to make a choice as regards Force Z... Did I want to use it to initiate surface combat at a base within about 200 miles of KB or not?
My thinking was as follows:
1. There was a significant risk that any ships crippled in the night surface combat would be sunk by KB the next day.
2. Either I would face BBs - in which case I'd probably have two BBs crippled as well as a couple of CLs but would cripple two enemy BBs, an acceptable exchange to me - OR lightly-escorted transports in which case I'd suffer little damage and get out of range of KB before the morning came.
3. Now that KB had been localised again I really want to keep it focussed in the DEI.
4. I want to show Mike that I can operate surface forces in waters utterly dominated by both his LBA and carrier-based air. Nothing will do that better than hitting a Netty base within a couple of hundred miles of KB.

So, I went in and found that the TF was largely unescorted.

Colinson of the RN crossed the T but still didn't manage to sink all of the enemy shipping. An xAK got away as did the PB Chosa Maru. The vast majority of shell hits were 14 inch shells from PoW. It closed to 2,000 feet and really tore the IJN apart.

Japanese Ships
TB Otori, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
TB Hiyodori, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Chosa Maru
PB Tatsumiya Maru, Shell hits 19, and is sunk
xAK Noto Maru, Shell hits 7, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Nissyu Maru, Shell hits 13, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Mogamigawa Maru

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales, Shell hits 1
BC Repulse
CL Enterprise
CL Ceres
CL Marblehead
DD Barker
DD Edsall
DD John D. Edwards
DD Paul Jones
DD Parrott
DD Electra
DD Express


In other news KB moved a tad unexpectedly and began sweeping Palembang with over 100 Zeroes. I lost about a dozen Hurricanes in return for 3 or 4 Zeroes but the vast majority of my fighter force was in the air over Force Z protecting it from attack as it retreated from its successful attack at Singkawang.


A submarine killed an xAKL retreating from Paramushiro Jima using surface gunfire.


So, time for a strategic re-assessment:

1. The ship loading bug makes it extremely difficult to actually successfully invade atolls in AE before the presence of large numbers of APs and AKs. I can get around that by picking one or two key units and loading them on the few APs and AKs I have available at Fiji BUT I certainly can't load all of the troops I need for atoll invasions onto the APs and AKs. What this means is that due to the bug I'm going to have to either abandon the Marshall operation or run landings in sequence which should, really, be run in parallel. If I abandon the Marshall operation then I will move those troops into the Southern DEI where, combined with Aussia forces and some Dutch troops, I would end up with about 500 AV each at Kendari, Ambon and a little island base about 180 miles west of Kendari ( Samba-something, I can't remember the name right now ).

2. Allied forces at the Kuriles have not been counter-attacked by either surface forces or KB... I'm taking this as a strategic indicator that Mike really is ignoring Allied forces outside of the DEI. Combined with his use of KB at Singapore, Manilla and now Palembang I think Mike may just have decided to forego a Pacific campaign at least until the DEI campaign is finished. This is a HUGE error of judgement in my opinion. Perhaps against some other opponents he could get away with that as they'd be content to sit back and build up a ring of defensive bases but he should know that unless he has me pinned back with a wall to my back I'm going to be circling him, looking for weaknesses and trying to draw blood. Hell, even if he has me pinned with my back against a wall I'll still try to draw blood. I just won't be able to use as much manoeuvre to do so.


At present my thinking is to go ahead with a more limited Marshalls operation in which I leave several bases in Japanese hands until I can free up the APs and AKs to get around the loading bug. I hate to run this operation in series rather than parallel but the bug leaves me little choice. Once the operation is done I will look into moving more garrison troops into the region whilst pulling the invasion cadres out and sending them into the southern DEI in an effort to create two strongpoints in the DEI ( southern Sumatra and the Ambon/Kendari/Salajar/Koepang region ) which squeeze the IJN SLOCs between them and thus require clearing. In this manner I can cede Mike the initiative whilst still being certain that he only uses it to fight on ground of my choosing.


My main problem will be transitting fighter groups north to south or south to north once the IJA holds Java. My current concept is to build up Christmas Island slightly ( it is 8 hexes from Oosthaven ) such that I can fly even Hurris from southern Sumatra, load them onto AKs there and then transition them down to Darwin by sea. It'll be a lot slower than Mike using interior lines to shift forces by air but it'll work and, importantly, if Southern Sumatra falls it'll allow me to evacuate my fighter groups and save them ( and their experienced pilots ) to fight another day.






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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 2/28/2010 1:34:17 AM   
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Obviously KB telegraphs his next move he certainly looks methodical.  Marshals should be gogogo then, also what about the non atol islands there , a multi day unload for these should be fine or are you skipping them ( note i dont have a map at work and i dont know what he has taken).

One comment about the Marshals it may shock him out of his methodical pattern and not ignore the pacific .

Are you using the new patch ? Looks like CDs are more nasty .

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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 2/28/2010 3:41:56 PM   
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Bklooste,

Methodical or target-fixated to the exclusion of all else? Sometimes it can be a fine line.

Marshalls... Well, multi-day unloads for non-atoll islands means that my shipping will be unloading at the islands closest to Truk for multiple days ( since that's where the non-atoll islands are ). I don't think that's a good idea given the preponderance of Netties at Truk.

As to shocking him out of his pattern. No, I don't think he's methodical, I think he is absolutely fixated on getting the DEI to the exclusion of all else. As such I don't think that hitting the Marshalls will shock him out of his pattern. He may try to race his CVs down to Truk to ambush me again ( as he did last time ) but I don't think it will result in a shift in strategic focus.



No, we're not using the new patch. I would love to as it seems to fix the arty death star problem AND make CD guns nastier AND allow my tank units to upgrade and fill out. Unfortunately Mike seems to not be able to register his Serial Number to get the upgrade and we're stuck with the current patch. While we're stuck with the current patch he is taking full advantage and launching bombardments which kill 50 squads+ a day. I haven't bothered asking him to stop this since I believe him when he says he'd upgrade if he could but suffice it to say I can't wait for the new patch as it will secure my northern flank in China.

I'm still waiting on the turn back from him...

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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 2/28/2010 4:41:16 PM   
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From what I've read of your opponents AAR, he really is playing this as a test game.

That has obvious implications for both strategy and tactics. 

Operations he undertakes may be more heavily dictated by an opportunity to test a certain aspect of the game rather than being subordinate to an overall strategic plan.





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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 2/28/2010 5:26:23 PM   
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DW, based on his emails I'm quite certain he'd take the opportunity to give me a good thrashing. Since we've agreed to play to the end if we both agree it makes no sense that he is choosing sub-optimal strategies.

No, I think he has IDed the DEI as his primary objective ( which is right ) but has wrongly decided that he can ignore the Pacific and "take care of it" later when he swaps KB to the Pacific and outnumbers my CVs and crushes small atolls with multi-division landings. I think it is a strategy which looks like it could work but I think that if I can pin him back to the DEI for long enough his opportunity to do this will be gone.

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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 2/28/2010 8:43:15 PM   
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A VERY instructive turn today...

KB moves just east of Oosthaven as multiple enemy TFs are found heading west of northern Borneo - either to make for Singers when that falls or, possibly, to land at Palembang... Maybe he has freed a couple of divisions from elsewhere and wants to try for Palembang by coup de main? He hasn't reconned it much yet and so he probably doesn't know what is there. Big mistake.

Anyways I decided yesterday that he was going for Palembang and sent the CM Abdiel in with 150 new mines. It made it in and out under the nose of KB and Palembang now has a new extensive minefield for its defence. Japanese fighter sweeps continued over Palembang but I had withdrawn my fighters and so the Zeroes found nothing - incidentally yesterday I lost 11 planes in return for 7 of KB's elite Zero pilots which isn't a bad exchange rate given the fact that I had the Hurris down low LRCAPing Force Z. I'll give the combat report for the rest as really it is highly instructive...


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 23, 42
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TF 91 encounters mine field at Singkawang (56,88)

Japanese Ships
APD Fuji



1 mine cleared


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Pre-Invasion action off Tarakan - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

39 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAK Yasukawa Maru, Shell hits 18, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Hakone Maru, Shell hits 5

xAP Haruna Maru

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



Tarakan Coastal Gun Battalion firing at xAK Yasukawa Maru
xAK Yasukawa Maru firing at enemy troops
120mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAK Yasukawa Maru at 1,000 yards
75mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAK Yasukawa Maru at 1,000 yards
xAP Hakone Maru firing at enemy troops
120mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAP Hakone Maru at 1,000 yards
75mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAP Hakone Maru at 1,000 yards
xAP Haruna Maru firing at enemy guns
120mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAP Haruna Maru at 1,000 yards
75mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAP Haruna Maru at 1,000 yards

Good results from the CD guns - which I couldn't airlift out. I think this shows our HR works well as re: CD guns.

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Amphibious Assault at Tarakan

TF 277 troops unloading over beach at Tarakan, 67,91

Japanese ground losses:
46 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)


47mm Type 01 AT Gun damaged beyond repair during unload of 146th Infantry Rgt
17 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad accidentally lost during unload of 146th Infantry Rgt
17 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad lost from landing craft during unload of 146th Infantry Rgt /2
17 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad lost overboard during unload of 146th Infantry Rgt /2
Observor Squad lost in surf during unload of 3rd JNAF AF Unit
10 Support troops lost from landing craft during unload of 3rd JNAF AF Unit
8 Engineers accidentally lost during unload of 44th Road Const Co

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Invasion Support action off Tarakan

21 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAK Kyusyu Maru, Shell hits 1
CM Itsukushima
xAK Shinanogawa Maru, Shell hits 5, heavy fires
xAP Hakone Maru, Shell hits 5

xAP Haruna Maru

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



120mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAK Kyusyu Maru at 12,000 yards
CM Itsukushima fires to suppress enemy guns at 12,000 yards
xAK Shinanogawa Maru firing at enemy troops
120mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAK Shinanogawa Maru at 1,000 yards
75mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAK Shinanogawa Maru at 1,000 yards
xAP Hakone Maru firing at enemy troops
120mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAP Hakone Maru at 1,000 yards
75mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAP Hakone Maru at 1,000 yards
xAP Haruna Maru firing at enemy troops

I have a CL-centred SC TF at Balikpapan and will send them in to Tarakan tomorrow to kill a few more transports. Every little bit helps.


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TF 271 encounters mine field at Singkawang (56,88)

Japanese Ships
PB Chosa Maru



1 mine cleared


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Sub attack near Singkawang at 56,88

Japanese Ships
xAK Mogamigawa Maru
PB Chosa Maru

Allied Ships
SS S-40

One torpedo hit but didn't detonate.


SS S-40 launches 4 torpedoes at xAK Mogamigawa Maru
S-40 bottoming out ....
PB Chosa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Chosa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Chosa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Chosa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Chosa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 35,810 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4

From KB.




No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 32810 feet



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Morning Air attack on Lusu War Area , at 91,50

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 2



No Japanese losses


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


Aircraft Attacking:
2 x E13A1 Jake bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 16th Group Army, at 80,53 (Hengyang)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-36 Ida x 21



No Japanese losses


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


Aircraft Attacking:
21 x Ki-36 Ida bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 30 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 9th Group Army ...
Also attacking 16th Group Army ...
Also attacking 9th Group Army ...
Also attacking 16th Group Army ...


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Morning Air attack on 63rd Chinese Corps, at 76,54 (Kweilin)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 9



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 1 damaged



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 31st Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 63rd Chinese Corps ...


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Morning Air attack on 37th Division, at 86,41

Weather in hex: Clear sky

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


Allied aircraft
A-29A Hudson x 7


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
7 x A-29A Hudson bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 108th RAF Base Force, at 55,55 (Moulmein)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 33
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 12



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 18 damaged


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


Aircraft Attacking:
33 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 103rd RAF Base Force ...
Also attacking 108th RAF Base Force ...
Also attacking 103rd RAF Base Force ...
Also attacking 108th RAF Base Force ...

Significant IJAAF forces are being committed to break through at Moulmein. Unfortunately for Mike my Chinese troops are arriving just in time to stop this attack.

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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 25 NM, estimated altitude 33,810 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 39



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
39 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 32810 feet



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Afternoon Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 24 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
11 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 31000 feet



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Afternoon Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
11 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 31000 feet



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Afternoon Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 32 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11

Those are the 76th sweepers from KB.



No Japanese losses

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Afternoon Air attack on 161st Infantry Regiment, at 136,48 (Onnekotan-jima)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 6


Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged


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


Aircraft Attacking:
5 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
1 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on 161st Infantry Regiment, at 136,48 (Onnekotan-jima)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 7



Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged


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


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



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Afternoon Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Overcast

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11
D3A1 Val x 17


Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 7 destroyed, 3 damaged

The result was actually much worse for KB. Only 3 Vals survived their dives to escape back towards the CVs. My low-level FlAK here is murderous and downed 14 of the 17 Vals.

I won't commit my fighters until the enemy amphibious TF is unloading. When that's done I'll put my fighters into Palembang on CAP and unleash all my bombers for a single day blitz of the amphibious TF. I expect to suffer heavy losses but expect to be able to kill quite a lot of shipping also. Enough to ensure the need for a second amphibious invasion in any case.


Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 10000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
11 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 31000 feet



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Afternoon Air attack on 61st Chinese Corps, at 86,41

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 42 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 29



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
42 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
18 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
11 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 57th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 61st Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 57th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 61st Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 57th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 61st Chinese Corps ...


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Afternoon Air attack on 61st Chinese Corps, at 86,41

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 15



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10

No Japanese losses


Aircraft Attacking:
10 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 31000 feet

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Invasion Support action off Tarakan

21 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAK Myoko Maru, Shell hits 1
xAP Hakone Maru, Shell hits 8
xAK Kyusyu Maru
xAP Haruna Maru, Shell hits 6, heavy fires


Japanese ground losses:
32 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



120mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAK Myoko Maru at 12,000 yards
75mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAP Hakone Maru at 12,000 yards
xAK Kyusyu Maru firing at enemy troops
xAP Hakone Maru firing at enemy troops
120mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAP Hakone Maru at 1,000 yards
75mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAP Hakone Maru at 1,000 yards
xAP Haruna Maru firing at enemy troops
120mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAP Haruna Maru at 1,000 yards
75mm CD Gun Coastal Battery engaging xAP Haruna Maru at 1,000 yards


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Ground combat at 86,41

The Japanese attacked east of Sian as expected. Their armour did well but, again, it was their artillery which killed the majority of my troops.


Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 26729 troops, 361 guns, 759 vehicles, Assault Value = 989

Defending force 79020 troops, 547 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2257

Japanese adjusted assault: 456

Allied adjusted defense: 1465

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
1035 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 66 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 123 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Vehicles lost 119 (2 destroyed, 117 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
2855 casualties reported
Squads: 118 destroyed, 61 disabled
Non Combat: 107 destroyed, 131 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 13 (6 destroyed, 7 disabled)

The vast majority of these losses occurred to artillery again.



Assaulting units:
5th Tank Regiment
9th Tank Regiment
20th Engineer Regiment
20th Recon Regiment
15th Tank Regiment
37th Division
3rd Tank Regiment
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
5th Armored Car Co
22nd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
15th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Army
4th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
9th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
2nd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
26th Field Artillery Regiment
4th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion

Defending units:
69th Chinese Corps
17th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
47th Chinese Corps
36th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
43rd Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
61st Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
7th Group Army
4th Group Army
36th Group Army
39th Group Army
34th Group Army
1st War Area
8th Group Army
24th Group Army
57th AT Gun Regiment


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Ground combat at Taytay (75,82)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1184 troops, 7 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 43

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

Japanese adjusted assault: 42

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 42 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Taytay !!!

Combat modifiers
Attacker:


Assaulting units:
III./124th Infantry Battalion


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Ground combat at Tarakan (67,91)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 155 troops, 14 guns, 7 vehicles, Assault Value = 10

Defending force 5999 troops, 46 guns, 21 vehicles, Assault Value = 196



Assaulting units:
Tarakan Coastal Gun Battalion
VII KNIL Bn /1
Tarakan Base Force /1

Defending units:
146th Infantry Rgt /1
1st Engineer Co /1
III/66th Nav Gd /1
42nd Road Const Co /1
3rd JNAF AF Unit /2
44th Road Const Co /1

Tarakan will fall as I've pulled everything which can fly out.



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Ground combat at Moulmein (55,55)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 27846 troops, 179 guns, 15 vehicles, Assault Value = 1822

Defending force 19316 troops, 167 guns, 212 vehicles, Assault Value = 621

1822 AV. Most of my guys only have 25 to 30 Exp but the bombardment attacks are allowing them to build experience. In the meantime sheer numbers will have to do.


Japanese ground losses:
31 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)


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


Assaulting units:
1st Burma Division
14th Chinese Corps
54th Chinese Corps
6th Burma Rifles Battalion
88th Chinese Division
96th Chinese Division
22nd New Chinese Division
200th Chinese Division
4th Burma Rifles Battalion
BFF Brigade
Tenasserim BAF Battalion
36th Chinese Division
66th Chinese Corps
103rd RAF Base Force
1st Burma Auxiliary AA Regiment
107th RAF Base Force
108th RAF Base Force

Defending units:
55th Engineer Regiment
14th Tank Regiment
Imperial Guards Division
1st RTA/C Division
15th Army
55th Mountain Gun Regiment
21st Medium Field Artillery Battalion


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Ground combat at Shimushiri-jima (132,51)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 25 troops, 7 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2

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

Allied adjusted assault: 2

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

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

Allied forces CAPTURE Shimushiri-jima !!!

Combat modifiers
Attacker: leaders(-)



Assaulting units:
161st Infantry Rgt /8


OH and as for using this as a testing ground and not caring too much about winning... I quote from Mike's email to me with the current movie file " The problem with the patches - from my perspective - is that I've based a significant portion of my assault in China with the past artillery ratings. I have 10 arty units east of Sian and another 9 en route from Jehol via rail... In Malaya the point is mute. PI - specifically Manila - is another location where I was hoping to utilize the benefits of artillery. The effectiveness of artillery has since deteriorated from when we started and will get worse with the new patch "

Doesn't sound to me like someone who isn't looking to deliver a good drubbing ;-). From the sound of my email exchanges with Mike he isn't at all pushed to upgrade. He's enjoying the 50 to 100 squads killed per day with his arty deathstar in the north and is in no rush to upgrade and lose that advantage. He has a ticket from Matrix to say they'll get back to him but he's had that for two days and I'm sure he's not rushing to pester them to allow him to upgrade

That's fine though, when they give him an answer I trust him to upgrade and then arty will stop being such a problem. In the meantime though he is definitely going to take advantage of the lack of patch though.




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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 2/28/2010 11:43:53 PM   
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Well, January 24th 1942 and KB has just had a pretty bad day. I had figured they were going to move south and so set up a number of fighter traps over Oosthaven and Batavia with a few small ships in the port on minesweeping duties etc to draw enemy strikes. I was hoping Mike would have detailed too few planes for escort duties but it looks like he mustn't have detailed any.

The end result was that 91 Kates swanned into view over my two bases as the Dutch fighters orbitted on CAP. Roughly 50 or so Dutch fighters were involved over the course of the day and fully 40 of the Kates were downed. Dutch losses were 0 fighters and 5 or 6 coastal minesweepers, each obliterated by a single 250Kg bomb. Funnily enough the CA Exeter which had been lazing around in Batavia harbour despite orders to disband into the port managed to avoid about a dozen bombs and is still in action at day's end, albeit with a terrified captain.

I'm pretty happy with this result though. Over the course of two day's that's 53 of KB's elite strike pilots killed. Add that to the kills in the first two weeks of the war and KB must have lost about 180 strike planes. Given that KB probably has about 54 strike planes per CV with 6 CVs that should be about 60% of KB's pre-war elite pilots dead. That's a huge victory for the Allies especially as soon I'll have 5 USN and 1 RN CV in action and should be able to meet KB on relatively equal terms... or at least mount the sort of raid KB can't ignore.


In other news Mike's troops in China failed their attack roll and sat quietly doing nothing. This is good as I am quite literally counting the days until we can install the new patch which will prevent his artillery stack steamrolling me in this area. He can't take the ground from me with his tanks and infantry but his artillery can certainly force me back --- at lesat until such time as we upgrade to the beta patch.


My CL-TF from Balikpapan reached Tarakan just before the IJN bombardment TF centred on the CA Nachi. It made short work of the 8 xAKs unloading supplies into Tarakan and sank all 8 of them. Unfortunately the Nachi proved deadly and managed to sink the CL Campbeltown as well as seriously damaging the two other CLs. My own CLs got several penetrating hits with their 6 inch guns on the Nachi and two of the IJN DDs were also left heavily damaged. Overall though these CLs are out of the war for a couple of months. Fortunately I can reconstitute this SC TF with the Exeter and the CLs and DDs from Force Z so all in all things aren't too bad.

I had moved 100 strike planes ( All of my Banshees as well as my Blenheims and a few Dutch bombers into Balikpapan. Unfortunately the weather was bad and so none flew. Pity, I was counting on the Banshees to rough up any SC TF which tangled with the CLs. Ah well... My PBYs flew a few deep penetration raids and managed to put a 500lber into an xAK near the Phillipines.


Tomorrow I'll be pulling my fighters out of Batavia and Oosthaven, letting the IJNAF hit those bases if it wants --- and take the requisite AAA losses to its strike groups. I'll leave forces at Balikpapan on the off chance that he doesn't realise how formidable the strike groups there are ( he has taken Tarakan but it'll be a short while before he can use it ).


Mike has well and truly engaged the outpost line now ( Singkawang, Singapore, Tarakan, Menado ) and will be seeing this level of hit and run raid from now on in an effort to slow his approach to the main line of resistance. Once he hits that forces will no longer hit and run but will stand and fight.

I've got to say though by far the best news of the day was the slaughter of the Kates. Its nice when a CAP trap works out, especially when it results in Dutch BD339s downing some of Japan's best aviators




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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 3/3/2010 2:46:47 AM   
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Its nice when a CAP trap works out, especially when it results in Dutch BD339s downing some of Japan's best aviators


Can't argue with that! I have to say I'm highly impressed with the blood you've drawn so far. My general rule in Pacific War simulations (I don't have AE as yet) is to wait until the American CV's upgrade to TBF's (improved range for search missions). But it looks like you'll be ready for at least a hit-and-run CV engagement considerably before that. Any thoughts on selecting escort ships for AAA?

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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 3/3/2010 10:49:50 PM   
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Aye, I'm within about 50 planes of him drawing level with me in aircraft losses and for the month of January his losses have exceeded mine by about 1.25 to 1. It would have been more like 1.5 to 1 if I hadn't lose so many dive-bombers to FlAK over his CVLs and BB near the Marshalls.


Basically I'm biding my time and slowly bringing forces into the DEI, including fighter squadrons and even the occasional bomber squadron. Right now I think I have about 600 planes in Southern Sumatra including about 200 fighters so when he lands in Palembang I expect my CD guns and torpedo and level bombers to chop his invasion fleet into little pieces --- assuming KB isn't LRCAPPing it from a hex or two away. A single good day by KB could wipe out 2 months worth of work. My upgrading of select British and USAAF squadrons goes on and I now have a few squadrons who have nothing but 65+ Exp A2A pilots and many more with 60+ Exp A2A pilots. That should minimise the experience gap and combined with the fact that some of my planes have higher altitudes than his Zeroes give me a fighting chance against KB. Against Oscars though I have little hope except that every time an 8 or 12-MG Hurricane tags one it should just explode.

I'm even drafting in the Sea Hurricanes, Fulmars and whatever else is on that newly arrived RN CV. In good news the lacklustre recon of soutehrn Sumatra continues - or rather doesn't. My secret jungle base ( Ooh, I sound like an evil Overlord don't I ? Well, it's only a jungle base, it doesn't reach Dr Evil levels of volcano coolness.) remains undiscovered and is on its way to a Level 3 airfield. Fingers crossed I can get it to Level 4 by the time he lands. That'll take till the end of February but I think there's a chance he might wait that long as his troops from the Phillipines probably won't be available until sometime around then and he should have something to worry about in the southern DEI/Marshalls by then also...

In other news, those fleets have sailed. Slightly over 300 Allied ships are formed up and on their way. An Allied parachute Bn awaits on Wake Island, ready for the PBY4s which are just now being free up from the DEI and the 161st Infantry Regiment is about to unload fully at Paramushiro Jima. I also took another one of the Jimas up there today... I find it difficult to believe that he doesn't see this as a clear threat he must nip in the bud. Once I get a regiment on each Jima it'll be almost impossible for him to shift me short of a full committment of his entire fleet and a division per Jima.

We'll have to see how he co-operates though....
One thing I've noticed though is his air recon in his rear areas is pretty shocking. I've sent some 15,000 tons of supplies to Manilla because for some strange reason just before it got cut off its supplies fell from about 25,000 to about 7,000 in just a day. About 5,000 tons got sunk by subs randomly moving through the DEI and another 3,000 or so got sunk when it ran into the SC TFs milling around near Tarakan but another 8,000 or so should arrive tomorrow. With a little luck that'll boost the defenders for a while. I'm already casting around for faster xAKs so I can make a large trip soon and really unload a significant amount of supplies at Manilla. It has Level 4 forts and I'm interested to see how it stands up to his heavy artillery train - which I know he has brought along.


Escorts for CVs... Same as it ever was in WiTP:
2 CVs per TF, 8 DDs with the best AAA you can manage ( never less than 8, 8 appears to be the magic anti-ASW number ). That leaves you with 5 ship places. I normally pack them out with 2 CLAAs and as many fast BBs as I have. If I have 3 per TF then I put in 3 fast BBs. More normally though I manage 1 fast BB and 2 CAs. The BBs are there mainly as targets as they tend to draw enemy strike planes to them

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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 3/4/2010 4:05:50 AM   
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Wow your resuplying Manilla... I suspect with KB failing he will not attack Palembang it is certainly a test of character ...

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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 3/4/2010 2:24:11 PM   
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That's alot of Chinese troops in Burma. You must not be playing with a HR preventing Restricted troops from crossing national borders.

IMO, I think such a rule is necessary, particularly since there is no way the Chinese would have green-lighted a large commitment that far south in Burma

There has to be some restriction on the Allied Chinese, otherwise, it's a valid strategy to move 5-6 Chinese Corps to Burma, and use the supplies there to get them to full-strength. At that point, the Japanese will probably never even take Burma.

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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 3/4/2010 7:26:19 PM   
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Q-Ball, well Mike wanted there to be no HR preventing the movement of restricted troops from crossing national boundaries. He wanted no HR so he could bring in all of the armour, infantry and artillery from Korea and Manchuria into China. In return I get to the right to bring a similar amount of Chinese infantry into Burma.

Swings and roundabouts.... He wanted freedom of movement to aid his offensive, crush northern China and capture the oil and resources there. If he has that freedom I'd be stupid not to use the freedom it has given me to bolster Burma in order to keep the supplies flowing into China for as long as possible.


Nothing of any significance happened today except:
1. Allied DDs and PTs hit Puerto Princesa deep behind enemy lines and drive off an IJN amphibious TF.
2. Allied xAKLs and xAKs make port in Manilla and begin offloading. Tomorrow all should be sunk by IJNAF and IJAAF bombing raids but the point will have been made - and supplies delivered.
3. I counted and the Allied invasion fleets comprise 350 ships carrying some 350,000 tons of supplies and just under 50,000 troops. All 4 CVs and the vast majority of USN BBs, CAs, CLs and DDs accompany this force.
4. The Japanese finally crossed into Singapore. They found 1st and 2nd Malay Bns, the 3rd SSFV Bde, 2 AAA Regiments, the Singapore BF and Singapore Fort as well as 4 guns from the 22nd Australian Bde which I couldn't fly out. In total about 80 AV didn't get out. Everything else, including the blocking forces he had thought trapped further up the coast by his landing at Mersing, managed to get out. It cost me quite a few ships but I think it was well worth it.

In march I begin getting P40s for the Dutch. It'll be nice to be able to form a few small high-quality ( 65+ A2A Exp ) airgroups from the Dutch and use the rest to train up a reliable group of replacements.

The landing bonus runs out at the end of March doesn't it?


bklooste,
I'm not sure KB is failing per se. It isn't being strategically decisive but a single good day for KB would be decisive in southern Sumatra and could be decisive for a couple of years if he sinks my CVs in the Pacific. One can never forget that reality... Right now I'm like Japan in '44. I can dance around and look skillfull but if I ever mistime it and the juggernaught hits me it is lights out. Of course, that is what makes the game challenging and is the only reason for playing.


I think he will attack, and attack before the end of March. I think he'll feel he has to try it. The only question is whether he does the appropriate thing and lands in Java, consolidates there with minimal force while shipping most of his Malaysian forces to the Phillipines to help Manilla fall more quickly - today the amount of supplies there, despite the landing of a few thousand tons of supplies, fell from over 8,000 to just 3,000 tons. --- just how on earth does the supply model work? It is an uncontested but isolated hex so the supply can't be going anywhere or be used up by bombardments etc. weird. Once Manilla falls he could invade with his entire SRA and that would certainly crack Oosthaven or Palembang. By the end of such a fight though I'd have evacuated cadres and Palembang would be in ruins. His SRA would also be gutted, just in time to receive a thrust into the vitals by US forces moving up from Darwin through the area I am working so hard to build up right now.

I'm preparing for a few eventualities. That's just the one I think he should do and what I plan if he does it. What I think he will do is land directly on Sumatra and suffer grievous losses to his first invasion force.

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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 3/4/2010 8:23:54 PM   
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today the amount of supplies there, despite the landing of a few thousand tons of supplies, fell from over 8,000 to just 3,000 tons. --- just how on earth does the supply model work? It is an uncontested but isolated hex so the supply can't be going anywhere or be used up by bombardments etc. weird.


It does sound more and more like a programming glitch. Is there a possibility that some or all of the units present are sucking up supply to bring themselves to full TOE strength?

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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 3/4/2010 8:34:11 PM   
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No for two reasons:
1. I have ALL units set to replacements OFF and

2. Why would the amount of supplies fluctuate... It drops to 2 or 3,000 one day, then goes up to 8,000+, then the next day it might be 5,000. It sometimes stays at 5,000 for a few days before shooting up to 8,000 and then varying again.

Sadly it never reaches the 24,000 or so I had when Clark fell... I think this is somehow linked to the US holding other territory in the Phillipines. Maybe it is caught in some sort of transport subroutine? Once Bataan falls I'll see if the variation continues. If it does then that's not the cause but if the variation ceases once other Allied territory in Luzon is taken then we may have found a hint to where the bug lies.


I don't mind though if Manilla falls I'll get to test my "two jaws" DEI aggressive defence all the sooner.

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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 3/4/2010 10:31:27 PM   
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You only get a limited number of P40E's & B25's for the Dutch (one or two months production, I believe), so you won't be able to sustain the squadrons for the long haul in heavy combat.

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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 3/5/2010 12:20:45 AM   
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True, but my plan is to concentrate the good pilots into a couple of smallish Dutch groups ( they have multiple 5 to 10 fighter groups ) which could convert and use the steady replacement rate to maintain a combat capability for some time.

In truth though I don't expect there to be many fighters left in the air over Palembang after about 2 days of combat. Once he lands and I fight my way through his LRCAP I expect KB and his land-based air to be able to generate sweeps of more than 100 zeroes per day on a sustainable basis for several days with LRCAP of 30 to 50 Zeroes plus Oscars. That will, quickly, grind my fighters down.

About 3 days after the invasion goes in if Mike plans things right I expect to be unable to provide any meaningful escort capability and then I'll begin holding the bombers back, rebuilding and settling in for the next round. I can't win this one at Palembang, it's all about holding him, hurting him and attriting him so that other operations which will crucially damage his long-term interests can occur in other areas.

I'm certainly spending time maximising what my fighters etc can achieve but when the time comes they'll fall in droves if he does things right.... there's always the chance though he'll mess up and they'll survive for a medium-term period and so it is reasonable to plan for that also, especially as planning for the medium term dovetails nicely with the needs for the short-term.

In other news, Mike tells me that he's going to upgrade to the new patch. This is great news. UK 18th Division which has been stuck at 67% TO&E since landing in Southern Sumatra can now begin filling out, as can all of those armoured forces.

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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 3/5/2010 5:18:29 AM   
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No for two reasons:
1. I have ALL units set to replacements OFF and

2. Why would the amount of supplies fluctuate... It drops to 2 or 3,000 one day, then goes up to 8,000+, then the next day it might be 5,000. It sometimes stays at 5,000 for a few days before shooting up to 8,000 and then varying again.

Sadly it never reaches the 24,000 or so I had when Clark fell... I think this is somehow linked to the US holding other territory in the Phillipines. Maybe it is caught in some sort of transport subroutine? Once Bataan falls I'll see if the variation continues. If it does then that's not the cause but if the variation ceases once other Allied territory in Luzon is taken then we may have found a hint to where the bug lies.


I don't mind though if Manilla falls I'll get to test my "two jaws" DEI aggressive defence all the sooner.


It can still make sense , the units suck it up but as they get damaged they release some which ends up it the Manilla pool.


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RE: Salutations and solicitations.... 1EyedJacks (J) vs... - 3/9/2010 8:59:27 PM   
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Apart, of course, from the fact that he wasn't bombing or bombarding.

We're onto 30th January 1942. KB has been spotted up by Formosa which is a great relief as it means it won't be intervening with my forces around the Marshalls...

News:

1. DD Thracian has been given orders to escape from Manilla and on its way to Palembang tangled with an IJN convoy comprising 2 CLs ( Kiso and Kitakami ), several DDs and PBs and at least one xAK. A heavily defended convoy indeed, I wonder what it is carrying. In any case Thracian crossed the T but got hit multiple times by IJN shells. It isn't too badly damaged though and I'll bring it to Soerabaja for repair. I'm quite pleased at being able to pull of this escape from deep within the enemy held zone.

2. Over 200 IJA bombers fly over Manilla and bomb my ground forces there. These guys aren't going to last long due to the supply SNAFU.

3. Over 100 IJA bombers are flying from Singapore to bomb ground troops near Djambi. I am considering putting some LRCAP there and trying to slaughter a lot of bombers. I'm within 31 planes of having the Japanese plane losses equal Allied losses.

4. Sub attack near Eniwetok at 127,108

Japanese Ships
CA Kumano, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage
PB Kosin Maru #3
xAK Shinwa Maru
xAK Nittai Maru
PB Sento Maru

Allied Ships
SS S-34

Hmm, I wonder if it will sink?

5. Bataan, defended by an engineer unit which appeared there after the road to Manilla was cut off rather unsurprisingly fell. Just Manilla left.

6. USN forces are about 7 days away from their first landings. The IJN has landed troops at Eniwetok and it seems they are beginning to flood the Marshalls with troops.

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Ground combat at Shimushiri-jima (132,51)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 681 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 31

Defending force 2174 troops, 14 guns, 38 vehicles, Assault Value = 76

Japanese adjusted assault: 17

Allied adjusted defense: 35

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

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

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


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


Assaulting units:
1st Raiding Rgt /2

Defending units:
161st Infantry Rgt /8

IJA Paratroopers try to retake Shimishuri Jima. Unfortunately I've been unloading most of 161st Regiment there for the past few days. Paramushiro Jima is due to be reinforced by another Regiment until such time as I have a regiment per atoll. With the Marshalls and the fighting in the DEI due to escalate markedly soon I estimate that a regiment per island should be enough to hold as diversion of more than a division per island really shouldn't be possible without fatally weakening the IJA committment vs the Allied southern thrust.


So, tomorrow we may see a slight LRCAP/bomber fight over the DEI. I'll have to see though just how much of my force I wish to unmask... I'll also have to shuffle the forces to forward bases to avoid revealing my "Secret Jungle Lair"Tm . It may be better just to sit still and wait for the amphibious assault...

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So, now things get serious.... - 3/11/2010 6:51:10 PM   
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Today, I'll ask everyone to bear with me as this turn marked the first somewhat significant Allied counter-thrusts of the war and, as such, it bears some discussion... Overall things went well, very well and the multi-theatre plan to draw forces away from Kwajalein has been unexpectedly boosted rather significantly.

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 31, 42
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Shimushiri-jima at 132,51, Range 8,000 Yards


Japanese Ships
CL Natori
DD Natsugumo
DD Yudachi

Allied Ships
xAK Utahan, Shell hits 15, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Susan Luckenbach, Shell hits 26, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Don Isidro, Shell hits 38, and is sunk
xAK Eldorado, Shell hits 16, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk

I was thinking of moving these guys back to Paramushiro Jima but I decided to wait an extra day.... Costly mistake.



Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 42 (26 destroyed, 16 disabled)

Motorised Support troops. NO big loss, I'll get the supplies etc in there in another supply run supported by CLs and DDs.



Japanese Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Allied TF begins to get underway
Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 100% moonlight: 8,000 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...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
CL Natori engages xAK Eldorado at 8,000 yards
DD Natsugumo engages xAK Eldorado at 8,000 yards
DD Natsugumo engages xAK Utahan at 8,000 yards
CL Natori engages xAK Eldorado at 8,000 yards
DD Yudachi engages xAK Eldorado at 8,000 yards
DD Natsugumo engages xAK Utahan at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CL Natori engages xAK Eldorado at 4,000 yards
CL Natori engages xAK Utahan at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
xAK Eldorado sunk by CL Natori at 2,000 yards
DD Yudachi engages xAK Don Isidro at 2,000 yards
xAK Utahan sunk by DD Yudachi at 2,000 yards
CL Natori engages xAK Don Isidro at 2,000 yards
CL Natori engages xAK Susan Luckenbach at 2,000 yards
DD Natsugumo engages xAK Don Isidro at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
DD Yudachi engages xAK Don Isidro at 3,000 yards
DD Yudachi engages xAK Don Isidro at 3,000 yards
DD Natsugumo engages xAK Susan Luckenbach at 3,000 yards
DD Natsugumo engages xAK Don Isidro at 3,000 yards
DD Natsugumo engages xAK Susan Luckenbach at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CL Natori engages xAK Susan Luckenbach at 2,000 yards
DD Yudachi engages xAK Susan Luckenbach at 2,000 yards
DD Natsugumo engages xAK Susan Luckenbach at 2,000 yards
Murakami W. orders Japanese TF to disengage
xAK Don Isidro sunk by CL Natori at 2,000 yards
DD Natsugumo engages xAK Susan Luckenbach at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
CL Natori engages xAK Susan Luckenbach at 7,000 yards
DD Natsugumo engages xAK Susan Luckenbach at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
DD Natsugumo engages xAK Susan Luckenbach at 11,000 yards
DD Natsugumo engages xAK Susan Luckenbach at 11,000 yards
DD Natsugumo engages xAK Susan Luckenbach at 11,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Submarine attack near Madjene at 64,103

Japanese Ships
SS I-165

Allied Ships
xAKL Boelongan



xAKL Boelongan is sighted by SS I-165
SS I-165 attacking xAKL Boelongan on the surface
SS I-165 low on gun ammo, Handa B. breaks off surface engagement and submerges


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ASW attack near Palembang at 48,91

Japanese Ships
SS I-164, hits 7

Allied Ships
ML No. 423



SS I-164 is sighted by escort
ML No. 423 fails to find sub, continues to search...
ML No. 423 attacking submerged sub ....
ML No. 423 attacking submerged sub ....
ML No. 423 loses contact with SS I-164
ML No. 423 fails to find sub, continues to search...
ML No. 423 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Tarakan at 68,91, Range 19,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo
BB Haruna
CA Takao
CA Atago
CL Jintsu
DD Shiratsuyu
DD Shigure
DD Hatsuharu
DD Nenohi

Allied Ships
PT-37, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-40
PT-46, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

These PTs are escaping from Manilla so I thought I'd disrupt whatever he was planning from Tarakan. His BBs used much of their main gun ammo in this fight so at least I'll be spared the BBs at Balikpapan... I'll vacate for a day or so and then recommence loading of fuel for Oz...




Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 19,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 19,000 yards
DD Shiratsuyu engages PT-37 at 19,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards
BB Kongo engages PT-37 at 16,000 yards
PT-37 sunk by CA Takao at 16,000 yards
Range closes to 13,000 yards
DD Shiratsuyu engages PT-46 at 13,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
CA Takao engages PT-46 at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
BB Haruna engages PT-46 at 6,000 yards
PT-46 sunk by DD Nenohi at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
DD Hatsuharu engages PT-40 at 13,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards
CA Atago engages PT-40 at 12,000 yards
CA Atago engages PT-40 at 12,000 yards
CA Takao engages PT-40 at 12,000 yards
Gamble, L. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range increases to 17,000 yards
CA Takao collides with CL Jintsu at 68 , 91
Range increases to 25,000 yards
BB Haruna engages PT-40 at 25,000 yards
Task forces break off...

Hmm, a collision, that'll be a bit of damage alright.

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ASW attack near Eniwetok at 127,108

Japanese Ships
CA Kumano, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage
PB Kosin Maru #3
xAK Shinwa Maru
xAK Nittai Maru
PB Sento Maru

Allied Ships
SS S-34



SS S-34 launches 4 torpedoes at CA Kumano
S-34 bottoming out ....
PB Sento Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Sento Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Sento Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Sento Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Sento Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

With 4 torpedo hits spread over 2 days I'm officially ready to call CA Kumano sunk. That's 3 IJN CAs sunk. Right now I think the IJN CAs are probably more useful than any of their BBs except the Kongo class as the CAs are fast and can sprint into trouble and get back out again without giving my air a lot of opportunities to hit them.

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Submarine attack near Madjene at 65,102

Japanese Ships
SS I-165

Allied Ships
xAK Elysia, Torpedo hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage

xAK Elysia is sighted by SS I-165
SS I-165 launches 4 torpedoes at xAK Elysia


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Morning Air attack on 2nd PA Constabulary Division, at 79,77 (Manila)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
5 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 11000 feet *



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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 43 NM, estimated altitude 35,810 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 38



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
38 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 32810 feet



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Morning Air attack on 108th/2 Base Force, at 52,64

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 10



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Ki-43-Ib Oscar bombing from 100 feet



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Balikpapan at 64,97

Weather in hex: Severe storms

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

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 6



Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
xAK Islami
xAK Fairfield City



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Asiatic Fleet , at 79,77 (Manila)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 42 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 26
G4M1 Betty x 40
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 21



Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 5 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed, 16 damaged
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 7 damaged


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


Aircraft Attacking:
20 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
20 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
26 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
12 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
9 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking USAFFE ...
Also attacking 2nd PA Constabulary Division ...
Also attacking 1st PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking 11th PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking 71st PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking Clark Field USAAF Base Force ...
Also attacking Asiatic Fleet ...
Also attacking 31st Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking Asiatic Fleet ...
Also attacking USAFFE ...
Also attacking Asiatic Fleet ...
Also attacking USAFFE ...
Also attacking Asiatic Fleet ...
Also attacking 2nd PA Constabulary Division ...
Also attacking 1st PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking USAFFE ...
Also attacking Asiatic Fleet ...
Also attacking USAFFE ...


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Morning Air attack on Palembang , at 48,91

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 33,810 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 32810 feet



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Morning Air attack on 16th Chinese Corps, at 89,39

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-51 Sonia x 20



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
20 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 50 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 42nd Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 16th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 42nd Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 16th Chinese Corps ...


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Morning Air attack on 86th PS Coastal Artillery Battalion, at 79,77 (Manila)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 40 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 22
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 23
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 7
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 29



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 9 damaged
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 4 damaged
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 9 damaged


Allied ground losses:
11 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (0 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
22 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
23 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb
23 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
6 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 21st PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking 1st PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking 11th PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking 71st PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking 51st PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking 86th PS Coastal Artillery Battalion ...
Also attacking 21st PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking 86th PS Coastal Artillery Battalion ...
Also attacking 21st PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking 86th PS Coastal Artillery Battalion ...
Also attacking 21st PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking 1st PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking 86th PS Coastal Artillery Battalion ...
Also attacking 21st PA Infantry Division ...


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Morning Air attack on NS KNIL Territory Regiment, at 46,76 (Medan)

I've consolidated the Northen Sumatran Dutch forces and Medan now boasts a garrison of just under 200 AV. Enough to require a real committment of forces to shift.


Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
G4M1 Betty x 24
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 18
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 5



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 4 damaged
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 damaged


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


Aircraft Attacking:
18 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
24 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 4th Marine Regiment, at 79,77 (Manila)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 35 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 19



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 4 damaged


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


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

Also attacking 31st PA Infantry/C Division ...
Also attacking 4th Marine Regiment ...
Also attacking 31st PA Infantry/C Division ...
Also attacking 4th Marine Regiment ...


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Morning Air attack on 9th Group Army, at 80,53 (Hengyang)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-36 Ida x 21



No Japanese losses


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


Aircraft Attacking:
21 x Ki-36 Ida bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 30 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 16th Group Army ...
Also attacking 9th Group Army ...
Also attacking 16th Group Army ...
Also attacking 9th Group Army ...


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Morning Air attack on Tapanoeli Gsn Battalion, at 47,88

And here's my ambush. In order to protect my Secret Jungle Lair Tm I flew all the fighters into Palembang and had them LRCAP from there. With a little luck this will make Mike bomb Palembang airfield again in order to catch my planes on the ground. In the face of my FlAK every day of such bombing should cost him a dozen bombers. Meanwhile my fighters will have flown back to their real base ( which is now a Level 3 airfield ) and be recuperating there.


Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 18



Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 11
Buffalo I x 7
Hurricane IIa Trop x 4
Hurricane IIb Trop x 8
B-339D x 17
CW-21B Demon x 4
75A-7 Hawk x 3
P-40E Warhawk x 14


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 8 destroyed, 5 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Buffalo I: 1 destroyed


Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

In total it looks like 2 Zeroes and 14 bombers were downed. In return I lost a Buffalo I. Not a bad exchange but I was really hoping to catch more bombers.

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Morning Air attack on 57th Chinese Corps, at 86,41

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 35



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


Allied ground losses:
156 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
26 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
9 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 1st Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 76th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 36th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 57th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 1st Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 76th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 57th Chinese Corps ...


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Morning Air attack on 57th Chinese Corps, at 86,41

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 15

Lots of air raids on the Chinese forces blocking the road to Sian. I can see 19 additional IJA units moving in from Manchuria. It looks like the IJA is significantly reinforcing its forces east of Sian. They want SIan badly. I only have a 1500 AV reserve but am committing that to the fight. So, 3500 AV of Chinese troops in good terrain with Level 1 or 2 forts vs what looks like it might amount to about 3,000 to 4,000 AV of crack IJA troops with lots of tanks. This will be tough. Fortunately the Chinese Air Force is almost ready for combat and within the week will be committed to battle over this sector.


No Japanese losses


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


Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Tapanoeli Gsn Battalion, at 47,88

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 39

Excellent, 2 more Sentai to the slaughter.




Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 8
Buffalo I x 4
Hurricane IIa Trop x 3
Hurricane IIb Trop x 8
B-339D x 13
CW-21B Demon x 4
75A-7 Hawk x 3
P-40E Warhawk x 13


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 8 destroyed, 4 damaged

In reality 11 Lilys were downed in this raid but 28 still got through. Hardly a stunning result but still better than nothing. Once again the small number of Hurricanes accounted for the majority of bomber losses. Those 8 to 12 MGs just shred IJAAF bombers.


Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb
12 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb


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Morning Air attack on Pakanbaroe Det. , at 48,88 (Djambi)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 3
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 21
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 5



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 9 damaged
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 2 damaged


Allied ground losses:
68 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb
21 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 2nd Prov Chinese Corps, at 76,54 (Kweilin)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 9



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 63rd Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 2nd Prov Chinese Corps ...


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Morning Air attack on 37th Division, at 86,41

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes


Allied aircraft
A-29A Hudson x 9


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x A-29A Hudson bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Madjene at 65,102

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 6



Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
xAK Masula
AMC Corfu



Aircraft Attacking:
5 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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ASW attack near Singapore at 50,84

Japanese Ships
DMS W-13
DMS W-16
DMS W-14
DMS W-19
DMS W-18
DMS W-17

Allied Ships
SS KXII, hits 5



SS KXII launches 2 torpedoes at DMS W-13
KXII bottoming out ....
DMS W-19 fails to find sub, continues to search...
DMS W-18 fails to find sub, continues to search...
DMS W-17 fails to find sub and abandons search
DMS W-19 attacking submerged sub ....
DMS W-18 fails to find sub and abandons search
DMS W-19 fails to find sub, continues to search...
DMS W-19 fails to find sub, continues to search...
DMS W-19 attacking submerged sub ....
DMS W-19 is out of ASW ammo
DMS W-19 is out of ASW ammo
DMS W-19 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Ground combat at 86,41

This is the IJA attempt to clear the road to Sian. My guys don't do too badly overall.


Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 26615 troops, 391 guns, 760 vehicles, Assault Value = 966

Defending force 72109 troops, 513 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2057

Japanese adjusted assault: 367

Allied adjusted defense: 2511

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 6

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

Japanese ground losses:
824 casualties reported
Squads: 20 destroyed, 54 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 138 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Vehicles lost 107 (6 destroyed, 101 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
2044 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 123 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 174 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 2 (0 destroyed, 2 disabled)

I lost far more troops but most of those were disabled. In terms of squads lost the Japanese lost significantly more than I. In addition I'm also pleased to have detroyed a few tanks and disabled many, many more. The other important thing here is that my troops will gain experience and thus will be better ready to repulse the next assault.

Assaulting units:
20th Recon Regiment
9th Tank Regiment
15th Tank Regiment
20th Engineer Regiment
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
3rd Tank Regiment
37th Division
5th Tank Regiment
5th Armored Car Co
15th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
4th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
22nd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
26th Field Artillery Regiment
1st Army
2nd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
9th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
4th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion

Defending units:
47th Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
61st Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
36th Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
36th Group Army
7th Group Army
1st War Area
8th Group Army
24th Group Army
4th Group Army
39th Group Army
34th Group Army
57th AT Gun Regiment


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Ground combat at Manila (79,77)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 33333 troops, 352 guns, 24 vehicles, Assault Value = 1293

Defending force 51491 troops, 949 guns, 814 vehicles, Assault Value = 1496

Japanese ground losses:
129 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


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


Assaulting units:
24th Infantry Regiment
Kimura Det
16th Engineer Regiment
20th Infantry Regiment
4th Division
66th Infantry Group
16th Recon Regiment
9th Infantry Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
7th Tank Regiment
25th Ind. Engineer Regiment
1st RF Gun Battalion
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
2nd Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
31st PA Infantry/B Division
91st PA Infantry Division
194th Tank Battalion
57th PS Infantry Regimental Combat Team
1st PA Infantry Division
14th PS Engineer Regiment
4th Marine Regiment
31st Infantry Regiment
192nd Tank Battalion
45th PS Infantry Regimental Combat Team
11th PA Infantry Division
71st PA Infantry Division
2nd PA Constabulary Division
51st PA Infantry Division
3rd/12th PA Inf Battalion
31st PA Infantry/A Division
21st PA Infantry Division
31st PA Infantry/C Division
41st PA Infantry Division
26th PS Cavalry Regiment
86th PS Coastal Artillery Battalion
61st PA Infantry Div /1
202nd PA Construction Battalion
Cavite USN Base Force
Provisional GMC Gp
88th PS Field Artillery Regiment
II Philippine Corps
803rd Engineer Aviation Battalion
1st PI Base Force
PAF Aviation
Clark Field USAAF Base Force
200th & 515th Coast AA Regiment
Bataan USN Base Force
201st PA Construction Battalion
Far East USAAF
Manila USAAF Base Force
USAFFE
1st USMC AA Battalion
I Philippine Corps
Asiatic Fleet
301st PA Field Artillery Regiment


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Ground combat at Moulmein (55,55)

This is the really big news of the day. The Imperial Guards division and supporting units were besieging Moulmein. Mike is flooding northern China from Manchuria and I've flooded Burma with a few Chinese Corps. Today these Chinese troops proved their worth as they pushed the Imperial Guards division back and begin the long, hard push into Thailand proper... My goal here is to threaten Saigon etc and draw a couple of divisions of IJA troops into action as a blocking force.

Every division committed to this blocking force will be a division which doesn't get sent to Sumatra. Eventually any blocking position will have to be abandoned as enemy forces threaten or make an amphibious in my rear at Moulmein or Rangoon proper. He could, of course, ignore this but if he does so then I'll push into Thailand on a mission to wreck HI.


Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 55713 troops, 454 guns, 50 vehicles, Assault Value = 2047

Defending force 19335 troops, 167 guns, 212 vehicles, Assault Value = 625

Allied adjusted assault: 1069

Japanese adjusted defense: 437

Allied assault odds: 2 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), supply(-)

It looks like a paucity of supply cost him dear.


Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
3652 casualties reported
Squads: 125 destroyed, 32 disabled
Non Combat: 265 destroyed, 130 disabled
Engineers: 18 destroyed, 34 disabled
Guns lost 25 (16 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Vehicles lost 119 (56 destroyed, 63 disabled)
Units retreated 7



Allied ground losses:
2867 casualties reported
Squads: 68 destroyed, 311 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 264 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 12 disabled
Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (0 destroyed, 2 disabled)



Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
22nd New Chinese Division
36th Chinese Division
Tenasserim BAF Battalion
BFF Brigade
6th Burma Rifles Battalion
200th Chinese Division
88th Chinese Division
96th Chinese Division
4th Burma Rifles Battalion
24th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
54th Chinese Corps
1st Burma Division
66th Chinese Corps
1st Burma Auxiliary AA Regiment
108th RAF Base Force
103rd RAF Base Force
107th RAF Base Force
India Command
11th Group Army

Defending units:
14th Tank Regiment
55th Engineer Regiment
Imperial Guards Division
1st RTA/C Division
15th Army
55th Mountain Gun Regiment
21st Medium Field Artillery Battalion


So, all in all January ended with a bang for the Allies.

The IJN lost its 3rd CA in the southern Pacific while Allied forces move closer to their jumping off positions using deceptive routing to avoid expected enemy patrol zones.

The IJA got pushed back from Moulmein and the Imperial Guards division took a beating.

The Japanese air force took a pasting losing over 30 planes in return for a single Allied fighter today. Overall IJAAF and IJNAF losses now exceed Allied aerial losses for the first time in the game, a situation which is rather dangerous for Japan given that it is occurring so early in the game.

Tomorrow more significant ripostes will make their way through his defences and I'll continue to fight forward a little in the DEI for the next 3 or so days. After that time KB will, undoubtedly, show up and shut down my operations as I spotted it two days ago near Formosa - probably going to Takao for fuel and replacement planes and pilots - and any refuelling etc should be completed by now.




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RE: So, now things get serious.... - 3/11/2010 8:30:37 PM   
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quote:

Today these Chinese troops proved their worth as they pushed the Imperial Guards division back and begin the long, hard push into Thailand proper... My goal here is to threaten Saigon etc and draw a couple of divisions of IJA troops into action as a blocking force.


Ambitious indeed for late January '42, but if anyone can make it work, you can. Hurricanes appear much more potent in AE than in basic WitP. I'm a bit surprised that the P-40E's don't seem to be doing as well, but when your targets don't have armor, many LMG's are better than fewer HMG's.

No need to apologize for the explanations; many of us love detail. (Except, perhaps, for the ASW reports.)

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RE: So, now things get serious.... - 3/11/2010 8:35:46 PM   
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The other reason is the Hurricanes can reach 36,000 feet and the P40Es only 29,000 or a little higher. In AE altitude is absolutely the most crucial factor in A2A combat ---- it was crucial in real life also but not so crucial in such a simplistic manner, it was a more complex interplay in real life.

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RE: So, now things get serious.... - 3/12/2010 2:45:34 AM   
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Getting those vehicles in Burma is esp nice... How come he has taken Tarakan so late and not even futher S yet ? Ambon should be calling

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RE: So, now things get serious.... - 3/12/2010 7:25:13 AM   
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Why not further south? Well, every time he has moved into Singkawang or near Balikpapan he runs into Force Z or a cruiser force. I think that's slowing him a little. I think also that he is just utterly focussed on flooding the Phillipines with troops in order to get Manilla to fall quickly, something he will be successful in as Manilla is just a function of troops and air support ----- and the supply SNAFU.

Next is either Balikpapan, Sumatra or Java. I'm not sure which...

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RE: So, now things get serious.... - 3/13/2010 12:32:41 PM   
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Well, 1st February 1942 rolls around... When I checked the losses for the previous day it turned out the Allies lost a single fighter in the air and downed 24 IJAF bombers and 2 Zeroes in air to air combat over Sumatra.

In other news Sumatra has received a significant resupply convoy and now has an additional 60 fighters.... at present just over 300 Allied fighters are available in Sumatra which should be enough to get bombers through no matter what for a couple of days. I'm in the process of rebuilding Force Z and building a second BB force around R type BBs. My plan is to hold these BBs out in the Indian Ocean far out of range of enemy bombers, dip in and out of Oosthaven for fuel and then, if the enemy chooses to land at Oosthaven sending those BBs in to tackle the enemy's covering force ( which will definitely have BBs ) and also to force their transports out to sea --- this delay will buy my armoured units ( now about 500 AV strong ) time to deploy to Oosthaven and bolster the defenders there.


In the Pacific the USN is making good progress with its deceptive routing and still hasn't been spotted.

In the north Pacific the buildup of forces in the Kuriles continues with additional CD guns and infantry being readied for the region. I'll have to remember to provide a proper escort force next time though. Not escorting those 4 xAKs was a significant error.


At Singkawang another of my "Nuisance Cruiser" forces went in yesterday evening. I had picked a very aggressive CO as I had spotted IJN BBs/CAs there with my aerial recon B-17s and was hoping to have the Allies slip in close and get a first strike torpedo attack in.... It pretty much worked out that way... As I approached my 1 CA, 1 CL and 5 DDs spotted 2 BBs, 2 CAs and 5 DDs. They got within 1,000 yards of the enemy before being spotted and the first DD to make contact salvoed its torpedoes at one of the BBs securing a penetrating torpedo hit which caused some flooding etc. Unfortunately none of my other DDs bothered to fire torpedoes despite being within 1000 yards of enemy BBs and CAs at night-time.

My CA got hit with an 8 inch and 14 inch shell and one of my DDs is badly damaged. Apart from that my force is pretty much unscathed. The SNAFU with witholding torpedoes despite perfect conditions saved the IJN from a pretty serious grilling there but such is life....

In other news the 40+ Zero sweeps over Palembang continue apace. I am considering sending some Hurricanes and AVG into action against the Zeroes as they must be quite fatigued by now and I might pick up a good exchange rate. Kaga's Zeroes sweep Manilla again. Could he really be about to attack Manilla with CV air again? Over the last two months KB has lost over 250 strike planes ( Vals and Kates ). Given that KB has 6 carriers and each carrier can mass, about 50 strike planes ( 25 Vals and 25 Kates, roughly ) that gives KB a total of 300 strike planes. Since I've taken out somewhere between 250 and 300 it looks like I've pretty much wiped out KB's pre-war strike groups. Given that he's also lost over 100 Zeroes from KB itself pilot experience must be falling a little ( although he can replace fighter pilots relatively easily from land-based IJNAF groups ). I don't expect any fall to be too significant but even a drop from 80 to 90 Exp to 70 Exp lowers to A2A Exp differential from its pre-war level of about 30 to 40 points to no more than 5 to 10 points.

All in all if my plane replacement rate was even half his I'd say that I had won the capacity to gain air superiority in given theatres - although not all theatres at all times. Unfortunately Allied plane replacement rates are very low indeed so I'm not yet able to go toe to toe. I am awfully tempted to mount an ambush of those sweeping Zeroes though.


In Burma I am beginning to follow the Imperial Guards division and push them further back towards Tavoy with most of my force from Moulmein while a small portion of the Moulmein force begins to push eastward into Thailand.

In China I can see over 20 IJA units making for SIan. Subtlety appears to have gone out the window here. Instead everything above 8,000 AV is moving out of Manchuria and into a single hex east of Sian. That's fine though, at least I won't be losing 50 to 100 squads per day to bombardments. My first delivery of supplies using "supply draw" has made it to Changsha dropping roughly 80,000 tons of supplies into the bases in that area. I have another 40,000 at Rangoon ( shipping in from India ) which I will begin moving from Rangoon towards Sian. Supplies are low in the troops trying to hold the Japanese back but 40,000 tons of supplies would solve this problem entirely.


Well, that's about it. I don't expect any major action for another 6 to 7 days at which time the Pacific will light up. Given that it is taking Mike about 36 to 48 hrs to get a turn back I doubt we'll see much for the next 10 to 14 days real time... In the meantime though I have research to write up ( boring ) and Napoleon Total War to try out ( significantly less boring but pretty "rock, paper, scissors" in terms of tactical complexity.

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RE: So, now things get serious.... - 3/14/2010 2:37:31 AM   
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They got within 1,000 yards of the enemy before being spotted and the first DD to make contact salvoed its torpedoes at one of the BBs securing a penetrating torpedo hit which caused some flooding etc. Unfortunately none of my other DDs bothered to fire torpedoes despite being within 1000 yards of enemy BBs and CAs at night-time.


During Cuttlefish's legendary "Small Ship, Big War" AAR, he noted that with multi-round surface action, he at least once managed to expend every last torpedo in his TF. And he was using IJN ships with reloads. Could this be a function of AE vs. WitP? Or perhaps Allied torpedo doctrine is never as aggressive as the Japanese?

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