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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/6/2010 12:24:25 AM   
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The big event is the arrival of the KB in the Line Islands area. On the 21st, the KB sunk 3 AKLs sailing towards Pearl. At that point the KB was about equidistant between Johnston and Palmyra. I moved my carriers north behind the Hawaiian islands and sent all my transport shipping running east and towards the west coast or panama. On the 22nd-23rd, the KB split into two groups and slowly moved SE past Palmyra before ending up NW of Christmas Island.





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/6/2010 12:24:58 AM   
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Over the two days, KB launches around 10 raids of various sizes. I lose about a dozen expendable ships (AKs, DDs, YPs) and the USAAF has a field day. They fight through the zeroes and do some serious damage vs. the carrier bombers. I lose about 40 fighters but the KB is down around 120 planes.

For the 24th, I have my remaining 50 some fighters on 100% cap. My carriers are gonna stop at Pearl and load up on planes and fuel. If KB hangs around and loses more planes, Iíll likely head South and engage him in a carrier battle. If it was me, Iíd pull KB back but my opponent has proven himself very aggressive so far in this game. My worst case is he sweeps Christmas and stands down his bombers until he attrits my fighters. KB has to be just about out of torpedoes and sorties must be getting lowÖ





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/6/2010 4:26:53 PM   
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KB launches no further attacks and appears to be retiring.

Things are getting tense around Changsha. My defense is hinged on the two forest hexes adjacent to the city. The Japanese have at least 60,000 troops at each hex with more on the way. He attacked me in the north hex on the 24th and was stopped with 1:2 odds. I have another 1,000 AV heading there which will give me 2,000 AV in each hex. I am trying to retain a reserve and still hold the hexes at the same time. If either hex falls, itís gonna get ugly fast.

The good news is that my Sian blocking force seems to have enough strength to stop him. I may send another couple corps over the mountains to help the south. Gonna wait a bit first though.

I have moved my B17 force to Chungking and will do a little strategic bombing from there. Next turn, they are ordered to hit the Hong Kong heavy industry facilities. I am also moving the Flying Tigers to Chungking to provide airfield defense or maybe move to Changsha and ambush some lightly defended air raids. My opponent appears to have kept a large fraction of the Japanese army airforce in China. I suspect he has gotten used to milk runs and doesnít seem to be using much of a fighter escort on his raids.





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/10/2010 1:20:08 AM   
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Over the last week, the Japanese have captured Singapore and started to heavily bomb Palembang and Java. They have commenced an invasion of Java at the easternmost (South on the map). I chose not to contest the landing and am massing about 300 AV at the mountain hex outside Soerabaja (Malang? I think thatís it). I will use the Dutch bombers on ground attack and hope he doesnít LR cap his troops. I will try to delay in Java to give Palembang more time to build up. Iím up to 600 AV at Palembang and my primary goal is to maximize the likelihood that the facilities are trashed when the city falls.

A couple Japanese CLs are harassing my West Coast-Hawaii sea routes. Several transports have been sunk. I have two separate CV TFs roaming the area looking for them. KB has disappeared for over a week now and I wouldnít be surprised if it has been sneaking around into my rear. I figure worse case I lose a CV. One CV lost I can live with.

Hereís the latest score summary.





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/10/2010 1:20:51 AM   
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B17s based out of Chungking hit Hong Kong and Nanking heavy industry hard. The Japanese mounted large retaliatory raids vs. the air base but were badly chewed up by the flying tigers. I then moved the tigers to Hengyang and LR capped the forest hexes outside Changsha and shot up a couple ground attack raids. I have now pulled my bombers back to Calutta for R&R and the fighters to Tuyuan (using the railway for quick rebasing) for regrouping.




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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/10/2010 1:21:23 AM   
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Meanwhile, the ground battle outside Changsha is raging. He has mounted deliberate attacks vs. each wooded hex on several occasions. He has gotten no better than 1:2 odds and we are both taking heavy casualties. The trend is in my favor with the Japanese getting farther and farther away from 1:1 odds. The Japanese supply situation has to be poor. I have scraps of units blocking most of the supply to the front line. I anticipate heíll either move troops from one hex to the other and try to overwhelm me or try to flank my position to the South. I canít imagine there can be many more mobile divisions left in China. Iíve spotted at least 15-20 divisions in the area already.

Hereís the latest result from the northern wooded hex.





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/10/2010 1:23:49 AM   
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And the latest result from the southern wooded hex.




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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/10/2010 1:24:35 AM   
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In summary,

China Ė For the time being, the Japanese have been held in the north and south. My line is fragile though and real disaster may still be unavoidable.

Phillipines Ė bottled up at Clark/Bataan. About 18K supply remaining.

DEI Ė Still in control of Java and Sumatra. Both will fall soon but I have a good chance at leaving some oil fields trashed.

India/Burma Ė Ceylon built up nicely. Starting to build up the Calcutta-Chittagong area. Burma quiet but will fall easily once he comes for it. I will try to get in a couple licks with my Hurricanes. Iíve got about 6 squadrons training at Chittagong ready to fly into Burma when a good opportunity comes up. 6 chinese divisions have been flown into India and are building up at Calcutta. Royal Navy safely anchored at Bombay.

Australia Ė I Aus Corps starting to arrive at Perth. I used my catalinaís to fly out almost all the new guinea troops. They are building back up at Townsville. Australia quiet now but I need to start working on getting some USAAF planes to back up the aussies.

South Seas Ė Hawaii and the line islands are fairly strong now. Iím thinking of making a leap and starting to build up Pago Pago, Savaii, and Fiji. The fear of getting jumped by the KB is holding me back though. I will probably just send out a baseforce to Penrhyn Island and setup a Catalina ďearly warningĒ base.

As you may recall, Lt. John Brownewell shot down 7 japanese planes in the Phillipines before getting evacced. He has joined the AVG and just got his 8th kill. Heís the top allied pilot as of now. Heís resting with the rest of the group in the Chinese rear areas.







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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/16/2010 12:50:28 PM   
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The main event over this period is the Battle of Palembang. Over the 6 days of the battle, the Japanese land over 6 divisions and capture the facilities with minimal damage (about 100 points down to the oil and refinery centers). My 600 AV of troops did delay the Japanese a couple extra days which allowed my bombers and CD guns to sink a total of about 10 PBs and transports. I have sent the RAF airforce to Burma now and the Dutch are down to Java defended by only their own planes.

In the China theatre, the Japanese have made no futher gains in the north or south. They have been doing some strategic bombing of the meager Chinese industry. In a way I see this as a good sign, as itís a ďlong-termĒ strategy for victory and may suggest he has given up hope of major offensives for the time being. The flying tigers continue to rest at Tuyun and are ready for another hit and run attack if the opportunity arises. The Japanese have several squadrons of zeroes sweeping various Chinese airfields hoping to catch me in the air. Again, a good sign. Iíd rather have zeroes in China than out on the frontlines.

The question is where will the Japanese go next. Sigint hasnít given me any clues as to whether he plans to expand into Australia, NZ, India, Ceylon, or the South Pacific (past Noumea). I will continue to build up each of these areas until he plays his cards.

Hereís a map of whatís left in the DEI. The Phillipine army is bottled up in Bataan. Burma is quiet with a small force holding Tavoy. My main force is back at Moulmein-Pegu-Rangoon. No signs of much Japanese activity in Burma (yet).





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/18/2010 12:30:56 PM   
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Over the last 3 days, the KB has ravaged Melbourne harbour. Iíve lost CA Canberra, CL Adelaide, and about 20 small (1-5 VPs) transports and other small craft. Iíve been shooting down a couple planes using the provisional USAAF fighter squadrons. They are the only fighters I have in Australia and they are due to be withdrawn in mid-March. Might as well use them up before they go.

Iíve been taking advantage of knowing where the KB is, to send out reinforcements to Penhryn, Canton, and Pago Pago. The plan is to hold Christmas Island with strong army forces and move the Marines up to Pago Pago and Fiji.





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/18/2010 12:31:39 PM   
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Meanwhile, the Japanese have landed and captured Kalidjati with at least 5 divisions. Java should be wrapped up shortly. Whatís left of the dutch airforce will take potshots at ships and ground units before they succumb.




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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/23/2010 1:34:31 PM   
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Another month has come to an end and letís take a look at the current situation.

The Japanese have been focusing on their conquests in the DEI and have there is no sign of any new campaigns getting started. I lost a lot of small ships mostly at the hands of the KB at Melbourne. The Japanese continue to lose more planes and they are starting to score some big army losses points as they force the remaining Dutch to surrender.





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/23/2010 1:35:29 PM   
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Letís take a look theatre to theatre.

China Ė The Japanese continue to be stalled out outside Sian and Changsha. I have managed to build up a decent reserve in both region. The Japanese completely destroyed the Sian heavy industry. He doesnít realize it is completely destroyed though and continues to hit the heavy industry day after day with of course, no further hits. Meanwhile, the flying tigers continue to ambush Japanese bombing raids. The tigers lost about 10 planes over Changsha but rebounded to shoot down 52 enemy planes for no losses over my retreating forces near Wuchow. Lt. John Brownewell shot down 2 more planes to become the first allied double ace (10 kills). No one else has more than 7.

DEI Ė Northern Java has fallen and the Japanese are marching on the south and Soerabaja. Iíve been able to use the dutch air to hit his airfields and ground units for some minor damage without getting wiped out by CAP. Iím running out of airfields though and itís a matter of time before the dutch capitulate.

India Ė Once the DEI falls, I anticipate a major push in Burma by the Japanese. I have moved the RN up to Columbo from their base at Bombay. If the Japanese come for Burma without any carrier support, I may commit the fleet to slow them down. Especially, if he makes a try to grab Port Blair.

Hereís what the Royal Navy has in the way of heavy vessels.





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/23/2010 1:36:12 PM   
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Australia - I Aus Corps starting to arrive in force at Perth. The provisional USAAF fighter and dive bomber forces are going to be withdrawn shortly which will leave the Australians with no airpower to speak of. I am going to have to rely on ground forces to keep Australia safe. There is a small TF made up of CA Australia, CL Boise, and a few other smaller CLs based at Perth.

South Seas - Slowly building up Penrhyn Island, Pago Pago, Canton Island, and Savaii. Hawaii and Christmas Island should be strong enough to hold against anything short of a total commitment by the Japanese. I have been moving my reinforcements up from the west coast in large convoys of several hundred ships guarded by a carrier TF. So far, this has ended the annoying losses to subs and surface raiders. Several other carrier TFs roam the region looking to keep subs and surface raiders in check. Iím trying to keep my carriers in areas that should be safe from a quick move by the KB.

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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/23/2010 1:36:45 PM   
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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/23/2010 1:37:26 PM   
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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/27/2010 12:07:00 AM   
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No new strategic developments. The Japanese continue to finish off Java and Sumatra while I build up my main line of defense. In the last two days there were several exciting actions. Firstly, the Japanese AMC Aikoku Maru sailed into Dutch Harbour and was met and sunk by my surface combat TF. Nice to clear out one of his surface raiders without loss.





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/27/2010 12:07:38 AM   
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The flying tigers have been at Chungking over the last week, resting and changing one of their squadrons over to P40Eís. The Japanese mustíve spotted me and sent in 10 air raids aimed at the airfield. Over the 7th and 8th, the tigers shoot down an estimated 117 raiders for the loss of 11 fighters and 2 pilots.




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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 2/27/2010 12:08:14 AM   
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Lt. Brownewell gets his 11th kill and the AVG now has 21 aces and only 4 pilots with no kills. The AVG moves to Changsha and is at 100% CAP. Iím hoping he continues to send his lightly escorted raids against this city. Another whooping like that, might just shut down the Japanese airforce in China for some time.




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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 3/4/2010 12:45:44 PM   
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Several relatively quiet weeks have passed. The Japanese have mostly given up bombing the Chinese and instead are trying to flank my Changsha position via the forest hex southeast of Hengyang. So far, Iím holding and am bringing up some reserves. The northern (Sian) area is completely quiet and Iíve been slowly sending northern units to the south via the Sian-Chungking road.

The Japanese have finished off the DEI and commenced an invasion of Port Blair. My gurkha brigade has held up the 2 attacking Japanese divisions for several turns but is about to be overwhelmed. I have moved up the british carriers (Indomitable and Hermes) into a position where I can jump into the shipping lane between Port Blair and Sumatra if a good opportunity arises.

Anticipating the start of the air war over Burma, Iíve moved up the RAF fighters (about 120 of them) from Bengal and they are now flying 100% CAP over Rangoon at 35000 feet. Iíve noted that my opponent has been flying his sweeps at 30000 feet hoping to get the jump on my CAP fighters. Letís see if we can play that gameÖ





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 3/4/2010 12:47:20 PM   
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My intention remains to bloody and delay the Japanese in Burma but not to lose anything too important in doing so. My real goal, is to keep Ceylon and mainland India safe.

ANZAC area very quiet with some sub activity on both sides. Most of I Aus Corps has now arrived and Perth should be safe. I plan to lose Darwin when he comes and can live with losing Townsville/Cairns (if he comes for it) but losing Perth would hurt. My preferred plan for my 1943 offensive is to come up thru Timor and disrupt the Japanese resource area. Losing Perth would mean Iíd have to recapture it before I could go on the attack vs. the DEI. The attack vs. Perth would have to be a costly amphibious attack as I canít imagine you could march an army across the desert and come into Western Australia vs. Kalgoorlie.

Iíve lost sight of the KB for about a month now but at least Ĺ of it just appeared about 1,000 miles west of Eureka, Oregon and sank a CA and DD that happened to be in the area. In a way, this was good news as the early warning might just allow me to get my 2 large (but empty) convoys out of danger before they are ripped up by the KB. One large convoy is taking a more circuitous route back to San Fran while the other has turned around and is heading back to the safety of Pearl.

My opponentís strategy seems to be to concentrate his land and LB air on the DEI/CBI front while using the KB/surface raiders/subs to harass and slow down the Americans. I would be surprised to see him make any further advances in the Pacific or to go further than Burma in Southeast Asia. I wouldnít be surprised to see him breakthrough and smash the Chinese with either his current force or by sending reinforcements after capturing Burma.





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 3/8/2010 2:44:17 PM   
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The British carriers sink a few transports near Port Blair and then headed back to Bombay once the island was captured. The Japanese are on the move in Burma. A large force captured Tavoy and is marching on Moulmein. Iíve been setting up CAP traps but he is not using his bombers to aid his attack on Burma. In fact, with the exception of daily raids on Darwin and Bataan, the Japanese have pretty much stopped bombing with their air.

The KB has been raiding the West Coast. They hit Seattle harbor and sank 30 some small ships. They then moved north, sank a TF of 10 or so transport ships (empty at least), and are now threatening the Aleutians. I have all my West Coast fighters (200 obsolete planes) guarding San Fran. All my ďgoodĒ ships are hiding in the San Fran harbour.

Meanwhile, small TFs leave Christmas Island daily with reinforcements for Pago Pago, Savaii, and Suva. Iím a long ways from feeling Samoa or Fiji is secure but given another couple months, they should be safe.

The American carriers and most of the rest of the fleet is undergoing repairs and upgrades in Pearl Harbour. I plan to have everyone sit in well-defended ports (San Fran, Pearl, Christmas Island) until the KB goes away. I donít intend to go toe to toe with the KB until I load up my carriers with Avengers and F4F-4s. That means August 42 at the earliest.

No major developments in China. Changsha is looking safe for now. I believe the Japanese are sending troops to grab Kukong. I hope to pull back my troops before they get routed and will defend the forested hills north of Kukong instead.

Hereís the current scoreboard. Iíve lost lots and lots of ships to the KBs raids on major ports but very few warships or valuable transports have been sunk. The air war has slowed way down with my opponent admitting that his bomber squadrons are needing to be rebuilt. In a way, thatís too bad as thatís the only way I have to really do any damage at this point. I anticipate April will see the fall of Burma. I will try to delay him at Moulmein and Pegu. Once these cities fall, everyone will run for India. Hopefully, I get some troops to safety but if not, I still think India and Ceylon should be ok.





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 3/12/2010 12:28:38 AM   
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A very quiet week overall with a few new developments. In China, my opponent captures Kukong and threatens my defenses south of Changsha. I am bringing forward reinforcements and hope to hold in the hills north of Kukong (79,55). The AVG is ready for action based at Tuyuan but my opponent has stopped attacking with his airforce for the time being.

Hereís a screenshot of china with the front lines I am trying to establish.





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 3/12/2010 12:29:26 AM   
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Meanwhile in Burma, my opponent has captured Moulmein with about 3 Divisions worth of troops. I have concentrated my assault value at Pegu and hope to slow him up for a bit as he crosses the river. At the same time, Iím thinking about how Iím gonna make my escape if he breaks thru at Pegu. Several squadrons of Hurricanes are guarding Rangoon but again, my opponent advances without any air support. A good plan as I donít think heís gonna need it to shatter the weak British brigades defending Burma.




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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 3/12/2010 12:30:11 AM   
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Australia, New Zealand, and the South Seas remains quiet. I continue to build up Fiji, and Samoa. Iíve lost sight of the KB for about 4 days. They hit the Aleutians for several turns before disappearing into the mist. Luckily, my CL squadron was able to run for Pearl before the KB caught me. They even managed to sink a Japanese AV they came across in their run to safety.




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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 3/15/2010 3:58:43 AM   
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The Japanese smash my defense south of Kukong. The survivors flee across the river to Hengyang. I intend to try to hold the river line and am moving as many forces as I can spare to this threatened flank. The red lines in the screenshot below show some of the troop movements in this area. The black line represents my intended defense line.

The flying tigers are currently based at Changsha. They have been busy flying CAP, LR CAP, escort, and sweep missions over the last week in support of the Chinese. They have destroyed about 50 japanese planes for the loss of 10 fighters.





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 3/15/2010 3:59:40 AM   
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Bataan fell after only 4 deliberate attacks. My opponent had brought in several divisions of troops and my forces were out of supply. 87,000 POWs march off into captivity.

The Japanese are about to cross the river into Pegu. I have about 500 AV but recon shows 35 (!) japanese units approaching. This could get ugly fast. Iíve pulled back some support units to Mandalay and anything else I can salvage from Burma will be a bonus. I have my B17s based at Calcutta and they intend to harass the Japanese as they march further into Burma. Perhaps this will bait my opponent into using his airforce and give my massed hurricane squadrons something to shoot at.





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 3/15/2010 4:00:22 AM   
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No sign of the KB for over a week and no other sightings or sigint regarding further Japanese offensives. My strongpoints continue to build up and my naval forces are either sitting in harbor or finishing their upgrades.

The Japanese have been bombing Darwin daily but have been pretty much leaving the rest of the continent alone. The Australian populace have been calling for more direct support from the Americans. Good news good people, Dugout Doug is on the way! SWPAC HQ arrives in 4 days.





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RE: Payback - jzanes (A) vs. Rader (J). A Rader-free z... - 3/18/2010 1:11:03 PM   
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No new major developments in the last week but there are signs that a new front is about to be opened. More on that in a bit.

First, a look at China. The Japanese stopped short of crossing the river to Hengyang and instead took a right turn and have cut off several corps. I still hope they will be able to retreat to safety or more likely get pushed over the river by a Japanese attack and suffer massive losses. I have decided to pull the rest of my troops around Changsha back across the river and we will make our stand in the cities of Changsha, Hengyang, and Siangtan.

My B17s are now based at Chungking and plan to hit Japanese heavy industry centers once the weather clears. I generally avoid flying missions if the weather is ďthunderstormsĒ. The flying tigers are also based at Chungking and will fly CAP to defend the heavies.





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Meanwhile in Burma, the Japanese are moving to flank my Pegu position rather than directly crossing the river. This works for me as I donít think I wouldíve survived the river crossing shock attack if he attacked directly. It works for him as Iíve decided to give up defending south Burma and am moving everyone back to Toungoo to try to form a new line. Before the exodus, I hit the Japanese monster stack with my B17s but suffered 6 losses to flak. That precluded any further bombing but I did sweep the hex with my hurricances the next turn. Around 30 hurricanes ran into 25 zeroes and shot down 12 of them for the loss of 1 RAF fighter. I think my opponent and I mustíve been reading the same forum posts regarding the power of the high sweep. I came in at 35,000 and met his zeroes flying CAP at 30,000 feet. The hurricanes have moved back to Chittagong for further rest and training. I will probably look for another opportunity to strike as the Japanese march into central burma.




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