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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/17/2012 3:35:23 AM   
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Its just me, but I'd tell her to run with me or run away, if shes a dame I'd tell her to go run for some Hendricks and we'll talk about it.
This has to be the longest battle for PH in AE history, what in the hay is so valuable there?

It keeps Japanese attention tied to that place while the pincers move in from left and right. And, it has drawn him into a war of attrition that he cannot afford in the long run. At this stage of the game the Allies have just completed major upgrades to their carriers and BBs and are bringing them back to close the deal.

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/17/2012 4:57:11 AM   
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Also, at work, someone decided to run against me for President. She came to me and asked "permission" which was a subtle way of asking me to to withdraw. I don't know what to do. If it gets ugly and she finds The Mayan my goose is cooked.


Suggest to her that she allow you some personal consideration, after which you will withdraw.


Naaah; I disagree. Take a more aggressive stance in your own defense.

Have Stalker Junior innocently "friend" the other candidate on Facebook. Gather up all of the incriminating photos that were casually (and foolishly) posted online back when she wasn't thinking about becoming a public figure. You know---the typical amateur lingerie shots, the late night drunken photos from bars in Cancun at 2 AM on spring break, and those now-embarassing pics from when she was younger and "investigating" her sexual preferences with some fellow teammates on the Radcliffe Field Hockey team.

Then, when she gets up on stage with Gloria Allred and the Mayan and they all begin to denounce you, let loose with a powerpoint presentation of those pics!

The beautiful thing about this technique is that it doesn't require paying off PIs to get this information; it's totally free on the internet and completely aboveboard.

Game, set, and match to El Presidente Mandrake...





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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/17/2012 12:16:07 PM   
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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/17/2012 2:58:52 PM   
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OK, the race is on. The election is on. If I lose I can try for Dear Leader instead.

Some of you chaps would make Machiaveli blush and I'm sure at least one is from Chicago.

Now, what to do with Dobo to keep it alive till the end of December. Most likely this will involve air resupply and aerial bombardment of the LYB's ashore. We might also be able to get troops ashore by APD at Taberfane next door as an escape route.

We could also send up Indiana and Washington but I think it best to keep a lower profile until the Darwin landing.

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/17/2012 3:25:51 PM   
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Well, we've already started up the track to Katherine so I hope the Darwin Op is kicking off soon!

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/17/2012 3:34:44 PM   
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Marine and US Army (technically, USN too) defenders of Dobo. Suppries are an issue. Airfield construction will have to be stopped.




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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/17/2012 3:42:48 PM   
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Well, we've already started up the track to Katherine so I hope the Darwin Op is kicking off soon!



USMC is ready. I think we would want the two Aussie div to be at 50% so the earliest we could land is 12-18. If we wait for the Aussie eng Bn and some Arty it would be 12-21.






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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/17/2012 3:48:14 PM   
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The boys at Melbourne. It seems the armor won't be completely ready but we can just accept the disruption. A USMC combat engineer Bn is ready so we could go with Dec 18-19 as D-Day




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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/17/2012 4:00:19 PM   
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Then there is the geography. 78 hexes from Melbourne to Darwin. Even a 16 kt amphib group might take 14 d.

2 days to load....that takes us to Christmas Eve. Looks like the Melbourne forces should start loading this turn and the Syndey group in 2 or 3 days. I will also need to start moving the B-24's to Alice now.

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/17/2012 4:09:42 PM   
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Situation near Dobo.




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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/17/2012 5:37:50 PM   
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2 days to load....that takes us to Christmas Eve.


Okay let's do it.

Ffiona and I are off the Kandy Players production of Romeo and Juliet tonight.

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/17/2012 5:44:09 PM   
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Supplies flowing ashore at PH. Note that the total number of supplies displayed in bottom RH corner inclused those awaiting unloading.




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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/17/2012 9:56:37 PM   
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If it gets ugly and she finds The Mayan my goose is cooked.

What happens if she finds this AAR?

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/17/2012 10:23:59 PM   
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If it gets ugly and she finds The Mayan my goose is cooked.

What happens if she finds this AAR?


Years of ridicule culminating in a desperate effort to change my name to Meta World Peace or something else if that is taken.

Loading of troops at Melbourne and Sydney has begun.

A landing force for Efate is on it's way.

95 fighters and 59 bombers now at Darwin. Of course, this is only a cleve ploy to make us think they know where we are attacking.

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/17/2012 10:28:38 PM   
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Alleged air losses last turn.

Some of the Zeroes were lost over PH and some in attacks over India.

7 more Netties nixed.




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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/18/2012 2:31:30 AM   
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Alleged air losses last turn.

Some of the Zeroes were lost over PH and some in attacks over India.

7 more Netties nixed.





Hmmm... Overall aircraft losses so far 5720 to 5851.

Today, 22 to 18.

Madre de dios! When you guys fight a war of attrition, you don't mess around!

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/18/2012 3:46:55 PM   
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********Dec. 9, 1942(c), Bathurst Is (near Darwin)*******


A group of indiginous Tawi men are planting mines on the beach under the supervision of a hirsute fellow. One of the workers drops a mine, causing it to strike a small rock.

Hirsute fellow: No, NO! Be careful! You will kill us!

Father O'Brien: Steady on lad. Mr. Miinderbinder's mines have modeler's clay as a charge.

Hirsute fellow: Are you sure, Padre?

Father O'Brien: Yes, son. I was a sapper in the Great War.

Hirsute fellow: But...then...

Father O'Brien: Think of it as a symbolic minefield, son. We in the church are quite fond of symbolism.

Hirsute fellow: Why, the son of a .....

Father O'Brien: Now, now, don't be angy with young Minderbinder. For the Tawi people he is a gift from God. Why, the marina is not even built yet and we already have a LOI from the proprietor of an ice cream shop and Mexican restaurant.

Hirsute fellow: I do believe that is the first time I have heard Milo described in that way, Padre.....did you say "mexican restaurant"?

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/18/2012 3:53:20 PM   
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**************Dec 10, 1942(c)***************

Dobo: More LYB's coming ashore with plenty of dried fish heads and the like. USS Saury has mistakenly loaded a live torpedo.

Sub attack near Taberfane at 81,117

Japanese Ships
xAK Yamasimo Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
E Kiku
SC Ch 12
DMS W-5
xAK Tenshinsan Maru
xAK Hokuriku Maru
xAK Yamayuri Maru
xAK Erie Maru
xAK Tenryu Maru
xAK Hokuroku Maru
xAK Azuma Maru
PB Aso Maru #3
PB Fuji Maru

Allied Ships
SS Saury


The LYB's are clearly not prepped for Dobo. Neither are we but we aren't trying to land against oppostion.

Amphibious Assault at Dobo (83,116)

TF 245 troops unloading over beach at Dobo, 83,116

Japanese ground losses:
420 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (0 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (0 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Who needs dedicated coastal defence guns? That's the spirit!

Invasion Support action off Dobo (83,116)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

18 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAK Karachi Maru
xAK Teikin Maru
xAK Teishun Maru, Shell hits 1



xAK Karachi Maru fired at enemy troops
xAK Teikin Maru fired at enemy troops
xAK Teishun Maru fired at enemy troops
75mm Pack Howitzer battery firing at xAK Teishun Maru


Nominal JJ AV strength at Dobo is up to 345. Oops. Most of the 21st Marine arty did not get ashore in the original snap landing.

Ground combat at Dobo (83,116)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1045 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 116

Defending force 12702 troops, 109 guns, 50 vehicles, Assault Value = 345


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


Assaulting units:
503rd Parachute Regiment
21st Marine Rgt /4
1st USN Naval Construction Battalion
F Det USN Port Svc /1
3rd USN SeaBees /2

Defending units:
16th Division
67th Infantry Group
2nd Raiding Regiment
17th Medium Field Artillery Regiment



We trade aerial bombardments of groung troops, with ours being more effective owing to a squadron of 17's.

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/18/2012 4:06:57 PM   
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Port Headrand: JJ send a small DD force to disrupt our supply groups. We win. Allied DD's are getting better at night fighting. This is the 35th Naval Battle of Port Headrand.


Night Time Surface Combat, near Port Hedland at 57,129, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Makinami, Shell hits 4, on fire
DD Oshio, Shell hits 5, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DD Hull
DD Dale
DD Arunta
DD Isaac Sweers
DD Jupiter, Shell hits 1
DD Napier, Shell hits 1


When the sun comes up they send a HUGE raid over PH. Our meager LRCAP is overwhelmed. We lose a KV and an AK.


Morning Air attack on TF, near Port Hedland at 57,129

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 44
G3M2 Nell x 15
G4M1 Betty x 7



Allied aircraft
P-38F Lightning x 2
P-38G Lightning x 4
F4F-4 Wildcat x 2


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 4 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
DD Arunta
KV Genista, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Glenaffric, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Jupiter


Allied raids over PH are brutally effective, causing at least 500 casualties (evidently, the departure of the Grand Wizard has hurt Jap morale).



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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/18/2012 4:14:21 PM   
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Burma: RAF and Tenth Air Force go after Mya...ummm..shish...umm..nya? The LYB's have no CAP. This is good news for the Wellingtons as they aren't quite as durable as the 24's.

Morning Air attack on Myitkyina , at 64,42

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 16


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses



Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 10

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Liberator II bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb


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Morning Air attack on Myitkyina , at 64,42

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

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

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 11
B-24D Liberator x 7


No Japanese losses

No Allied losses


Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 8

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/18/2012 4:18:57 PM   
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Merauke: Some Sallys, perhaps from Sorong get a little frisky toward an ASW group near Mearuke and are shown the door by P-40K's. The 7 hex range of the P-40K is a nice addition....especially since the Eigth Air Force is hogging all the P-38's.

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/18/2012 4:26:56 PM   
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Sydney/Melbourne: Loading of troops has begun. Even with two big ports there isn't enough dock space. Invasion support will consist of 3 CV's, 5 CVE's, 2 fast BB, 2 BC, one prewar BB. We may have trouble filling up all the deck space on the carriers. Even the RAF will come along with Sea Hurricanes.

Ground troops will consist of 3 USMC regts., 6th and 7th Aus Div., 2 combat engineer units, 2 Bn armor, 4 artillery units and SouthPAc HQ with radios, maps, extra field kitchens AND Admiral Nimitz.

Oh, almost forgot the boys walking up from Daly.

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/18/2012 4:33:50 PM   
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Burma: RAF and Tenth Air Force go after Mya...ummm..shish...umm..nya? The LYB's have no CAP. This is good news for the Wellingtons as they aren't quite as durable as the 24's.

Morning Air attack on Myitkyina , at 64,42 ....


Does seem like a tongue twister when you look at all the letters seperately, but in the movie "Merrill's Marauders" they pronounced it Mitt-kee-na with no emphasis on any syllable. In Hollywood fashion they portrayed this US raiding group taking the town when IRL there was a two week offensive by lots of troops to take it.

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/18/2012 4:42:07 PM   
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In Hollywood fashion they portrayed this US raiding group taking the town when IRL there was a two week offensive by lots of troops to take it


I have 2 brigades of Chindits prepping for the place.

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/18/2012 6:58:49 PM   
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In Hollywood fashion they portrayed this US raiding group taking the town when IRL there was a two week offensive by lots of troops to take it


I have 2 brigades of Chindits prepping for the place.


Good! I'd say it's time the Chindits did their fair share. No sense lolling about playing cards all day.

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/18/2012 7:46:36 PM   
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Just popping in to add to the chorus clamoring about how great this AAR is. Exciting action, manual-less strategic planning, suspense, and humor, it's got it all! What else could anyone want?

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/18/2012 7:54:03 PM   
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Thanks House.


HMS Genista before the Admiralty made the mistake of giving her to us for a while.


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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/18/2012 7:59:33 PM   
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Who knicked the oggin?

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/18/2012 8:00:45 PM   
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What else could anyone want?


Strategic planning? Are you in the right AAR?

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RE: With the Wren Detachment - 3/18/2012 10:40:19 PM   
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Thanks House.


HMS Genista before the Admiralty made the mistake of giving her to us for a while.



What mistake? The USN didn't actually put it in the water did they???
Or by "us" do you refer to this AAR and Your Admiralships? You did the correct thing by assigning her to be a torpedo magnet so that other ships might be spared. Kinda like using DDs to find out where the enemy has his minefields.

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