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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/19/2010 11:38:33 AM   
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You have 3 big subs which aren't good for operations - Nautilus, Argonaut and ?Narw? that historically were soon shifted to supplies, mines, and troops. Wouldn't use short-rangers - ie., wouldn't dream of using S-boats for supplies - they are smaller for supplies and their torpedoes have a much higher hit rate than the fleet boats. Same goes for RN or Dutch boats. But other uses such as mines and supplies are not out of the question for the USN fleet boats (with the fish names).

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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/19/2010 6:37:49 PM   
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koontz: Welcome and thanks. It surely was an pleasure to watch and the outcome could not have been better.

wpurdom: Those submarines are currently at sea but yes they do have an nice amount of cargo capability.

I did recall Argonaut and Nautilus to Midway and will load it up with supplies.

The dutch subs and those S-boats have been very effective so far and I still think they are better used as an offensive weapons.

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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/19/2010 6:38:32 PM   
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The enemy did capture Den Passar base near Soerabaja. Those troops he managed to land were enough but it was an close call though.

Japanese airforce had sweeped the airfield at Soerabaja for days now. This time around these strikes were not unopposed.

I did move in few Hurricane fighters and in the end we downed some 30 enemy Zero fighters and lost only 8 Hurricanes. That was an nice exchange ratio for sure.

Things are intense as stated and I think we will soon see some major landings on many fronts.

So far though we have interupted quite a few enemy offensive operations which is the key objective to achieve.




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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/19/2010 6:53:05 PM   
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Yah let me clarify what i meant when I said short range subs. I meant your cruiser subs (norwhall, arognaut nataulus) and your Dolphin class subs as IIRC they have an endurance of 6k and still use mk 14s. No way would I ever advocate using your S-boats for anything other than anti-shipping ops early in the war.

I must also tip my hat to you Az you have done a great job with your surface fleet in the DEI and realy added up some damage that will hopefully slow things down a bit.

Have you devloped a plan yet for Burma, OZ and SoPac? When do you start to see agressive moves coming toward PM, Noumea, Fiji? 

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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/19/2010 7:18:47 PM   
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jrlans: Yeah, that is an good clarification. The subwarfare has been doing great job. A couple of CV's hit and plenty of merchant ships too. I have done quite a lot of mine warfare too with these ships. Too bad that noway to tell how effective this has been.

I'am very pleased with surface combat ships. As the title says "lessons learned" well that is very much so in this area too. The best thing about is that most valuable ships are mostly intact and ready for action.

There is an strategy in place and to recap those areas:

Burma

Not much sense to fight in the "plains". Rangoon is gone and it wasn't defended. Most likely will start moving my troops towards Mandalay.

That is not the main thing either but I think I will fight around Myithkina. There are 3 chinese corps building up strenght and experience. These should add some 1000av soonn enough and 600-700av worth other allied troops extra bonus.

This is very much secondary theatre of operations though.

Australia
 
At the moment building up forts and airfields (only where it is suitable). The airfields in northern areas are not build up.

The experience levels and equipment are not up to date so for now we lay low here. No sense of sending badly equipped units into Darwin area.

I don't even mind him landing there nor sending more infantry into Burma. These are not our operational main areas.

Airforce is building experience in safe bases etc.

South Pacific
 
 
I have put a lot of effort here. The units that are send out are checked and than checked some more.

There are already strong forces in Samoa, Fiji's, Christmas Island and some of the atolls that lay around here.

Lets just say that there are no easy pickings left for him.

I think that New Caledonia is a bit overrated at the start. Why? Itself it really doesn't give any advantage to the japanese. He needs Fiji's and Samoa's which I'am not about to give him.

I have moved units into New Caledonia but for the moment being it is "secondary" in this region. I don't want to spread my units too thin here. Allied player have good troops but the deployments need to be thought out.

The US fleet is at our disposal. It feels good to have all the carriers ready along with plenty of support surface combat ships.

Overall the southern pacific is coming along as planned and he will have his hands full. "Lessons learned" here too.

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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/19/2010 8:40:40 PM   
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For your burma defence, I would sugest trying to build some forts on the dot base half way between Myitchina and Shweboo if you think you have time.  Its decent defensive terain and like clark allows you to build Myitchina up to recive transports and sport a decent defensive air force.  

As for northern Aus, with the change to the CD reutines holding Darwin might be more fesable now as i belive it has 9" CD guns in its fort. This should mean that a substantial surface force would be needed to supress it.  If you can keep Darwin's air fields open and get an Air HQ there (so you can eventualy use torpedos) you might be able to make it too costly to take.


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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/20/2010 6:20:25 PM   
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This turn marks the day when the battle of Java has begun.

Allied PBY's spotted enemy ships advancing south towards Java on the morning of 10th.

The battle begun with some IJN elements bombarding our Base Force at Kalidjati. The coastal guns did some damage to his troops but the size of this invasion was huge.

ABDA aiforce took off in numbers but when the dust settled we had lost some 60 bombers and managed to hit just an single xAKL. I knew these guys were poor but not this poor.

The losses were mostly 139WH Dutch bombers and few Hudsons.

This was an tactical commitment of forces since I did not engage with divebombers nor torpedo bombers. I think it was an wise decision since I wanted to lower his AA and carrier
sorties ammo/numbers. ABDA airforce flew in a lot of sorties in the dates.

The forces that landed at Kalidmati....

15th Ind. Engr Rg
5th Division
Imperial Guards Div
56th Recon Rgt
9th Division
14th Division
1st Tank Rgt
6th Tank Rgt
3rd Medium FA Rgt
18th Medium FA Rgt
21st JAAF AF Bn

This was an very large force of infantry and armoured units.

There has been quite a lot of talk about CD guns and how they work with patch number 3. The below shows reported effectiviness.

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Pre-Invasion action off Palembang
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

81 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAKL Hinko Maru, Shell hits 2, on fire
PB Shonon Maru #10, Shell hits 1
PB Shuko Maru #2
xAKL Nissen Maru #2
xAKL Miiko Maru, Shell hits 1
xAKL Meiko Maru, Shell hits 4, heavy fires
PB Shonan Maru #6
xAKL Nichizui Maru
xAKL Raizan Maru

Japanese ground losses:
79 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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Invasion Support action off Palembang
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

74 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAKL Meiko Maru, heavy fires
PB Shonon Maru #10
PB Shuko Maru #2, Shell hits 1
xAKL Hinko Maru, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Nichizui Maru
xAKL Miiko Maru, Shell hits 1
PB Shonan Maru #6, Shell hits 1
xAKL Raizan Maru


Not bad but he managed to land in 55th and 56 infantry regiments. Totalling +200av worth of AV value.

An reformed surface combat was ordered to intervene on these landings at 11th february.




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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/20/2010 6:21:33 PM   
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Instead of moving those mediocre ABDA bombers out of the harms way I ordered them to stay put. The idea behind this was to consume his CAP and AA guns. It worked out ok since they did flew in quite a few missions.

The damage done was pretty much non-existant but they opened the way for our dive/torpedo bombers. I didn't engage with Hurricanes neither in initial landing day.

Highlight of the turn came when an somewhat organized group took off and headed towards KB...

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Kalidjati at 52,99

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 25



Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 2
Hurricane IIa Trop x 14
Hurricane IIb Trop x 7
Swordfish I x 4
Vildebeest III x 13


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Albacore I: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
Hurricane IIa Trop: 2 destroyed
Hurricane IIb Trop: 1 destroyed
Swordfish I: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
Vildebeest III: 4 destroyed, 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Hiei
CV Kaga, Torpedo hits 2, on fire



Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Vildebeest III launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo
4 x Swordfish I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo
1 x Albacore I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo

I think CV Kaga is in bigtime trouble. Keep in mind that CV Zuikaku and CV Soryu were hit few turns back. I doubt they were sunk but CV Kaga might be an diffrent story.

The combat report indicated that CV Kaga launched some CAP fighters after this turn of events though.

The surface TF that I send to intervene did good job too...


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Kalidjati at 50,99, Range 9,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Nagara
CL Kinu
DD Yukikaze
DD Tokitsukaze
DD Yamakaze, Shell hits 1
DD Kawakaze
DD Umikaze
DD Suzukaze, Shell hits 1
DD Hibiki
DD Nokaze
DD Namikaze, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Numakaze

Allied Ships
CL Sumatra
CL Ceres
DD Stuart
DD Evertsen, Shell hits 1
DD Scout
DD Stronghold
DD Tenedos
DD Electra

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Kalidjati at 51,99, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DMS W-3
SC Ch 8
AK Sagami Maru, Shell hits 2, on fire
AK Kyushu Maru, Shell hits 2, on fire
LSD Shinshu Maru, Shell hits 16, heavy fires
xAP Tatsuta Maru
xAP Kamakura Maru
xAP Terukuni Maru
xAP Katori Maru
xAP Husimi Maru
xAP Suwa Maru
xAP Kokuryu Maru
xAP Mizuho Maru, Shell hits 3, on fire
xAP Kitano Maru, Shell hits 3
xAP Kamo Maru
xAP Kongo Maru
xAP Kobe Maru
xAP Ural Maru
xAP Baikal Maru
xAP Kasado Maru
xAP Kowa Maru, Shell hits 1
xAP Palau Maru, Shell hits 2
xAP Naminoue Maru, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
CL Sumatra
CL Ceres
DD Stuart
DD Evertsen
DD Scout
DD Stronghold
DD Tenedos, Shell hits 1
DD Electra


I did order an ground assault againts his troops at Palembang. I figured the fatigue/distruption levels were sky high but it seems not to be...

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Ground combat at Palembang (48,91)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 8198 troops, 89 guns, 9 vehicles, Assault Value = 365

Defending force 6615 troops, 64 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 211

Allied adjusted assault: 82

Japanese adjusted defense: 319

Allied assault odds: 1 to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
246 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
1040 casualties reported
Squads: 27 destroyed, 55 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 64 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Assaulting units:
Riouw KNIL Battalion
9th Indian Division
Zuid KNIL Battalion
Padang Garrison Battalion
So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion
7th RAA Coastal Artillery Regiment
48th Gurkha Brigade
Padang Base Force
Palembang Base Force

Defending units:
55th Infantry Regiment
56th Infantry Regiment


That didn't go as planned for sure.

Den Passar airfield was hit hard too with LBA bombers. We did lose few bombers and escorts but managed to do noteworthy damage to the enemy airfield here.

To recap a lot gun powder and sorties here in past few days...




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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/20/2010 7:16:18 PM   
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jrlans: That is an excellent suggestion regarding the "dot" base. I did send an base force there in order to start building up forts.

Yep, the CD guns are working better with the later patches. I will readjust my strategy once I get an feeling what the speed of his advance will actually be.

The Air HQ suggestion is good. There just isn't many around from the start.

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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/20/2010 7:32:42 PM   
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Excellent success with reducing the KB. Are you still planning to bring the USN CV's to the area?

How much AV did you get to Java as reinforcements?

It will be interesting to see which way he swings, if he goes after Soerabaja first with most of his forces then you can sortie out of Batavia and take his landing sites and cut him off from the rear.

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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/21/2010 3:18:11 PM   
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String: Yeah, very happy about those carriers knocked out.

US carriers are at Hawaji. I wonder whether it is worth the trip anymore. The main landings have already happened.

There are some 1700av at Batavia in total. Also around 150av at Bandoeng... near Soerabaja there are maybe 400-500av worth of units.

He chose to swing towards Bandoeng and also landed near Soerabaja. I think that was an wise move.

We shall see what next few turns bring but he might be too cautious to let us cut him off.

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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/21/2010 3:19:13 PM   
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Japanese entered the base at Bandoeng so it seems that the main landing force is heading towards Batavia.

Our surface combat TF engaged the enemy at Kalidjati. The end result few destroyers damaged and CL Ceres lost later due to Betty strikes...

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Kalidjati at 50,99, Range 5,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Kashii, Shell hits 1
CL Sendai
DD Isonami, Shell hits 1
DD Uranami, Shell hits 1
DD Shikinami, Shell hits 2
E Tsuta, Shell hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
E Yomogi
E Shimushu
E Saga

Allied Ships
CL Sumatra, Shell hits 1
CL Ceres, Shell hits 3
DD Stuart, Shell hits 1
DD Evertsen
DD Scout, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Stronghold
DD Tenedos
DD Electra, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Japanese ground losses:
84 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 5 disabled


CV Kaga seems to be moving towards Singapore. This is based on the combat.txt file showing her flying out few Zero's as CAP. I'am actually trying to intercept her with an small surface
combat TF. That carrier is not saling on top speed and with some major luck who knows. Worth the effort for sure though.

There were a lot of sorties flown and japanese definately have the upper hand on these. The Banshee and bomber crews got tired but managed to hit few transports.

IJN is also landing in more troops at Palembang...

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Invasion Support action off Palembang
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

33 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAKL Nissen Maru #2, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Choun Maru #18
PB Bisan Maru #3
xAKL Nichizui Maru, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
PB Shuko Maru #2
xAKL Saiko Maru
xAKL Kokuei Maru

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Pre-Invasion action off Palembang
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

128 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAKL Nichizui Maru, Shell hits 5, on fire
PB Shuko Maru #2
PB Choun Maru #18
xAKL Nissen Maru #2, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
PB Bisan Maru #3
xAKL Kokuei Maru

Japanese ground losses:
140 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


I would love to see few more of transports hit. Than again who knows what the damage is when playing with FOW.




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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/21/2010 4:50:09 PM   
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He's bound to bring in reinforcements, I'd still use the carriers, even if only to cover sending in your own reinforcements and/or ferrying AC. I would refrain from using them in combat themselves, flying off squadrons to some Javanese airbase would suffice.

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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/21/2010 5:27:46 PM   
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String: CVL Hermes just arrived at Hawaji so these guys are ready to sortie. I don't have much in terms of infantry coming towards Java BUT we have 2 AA units and some fresh lba fighters arriving within days.

He really has landed substantial forces into Java and Sumatra. (Pic shows more details)

US carriers will be on sea next turn... good hunting for these guys I say!

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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/21/2010 5:28:42 PM   
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There were no heavy air to air nor naval strikes last turn. The targets are moving towards Singapore.

Another small surface to surface battle was fought north of Batavia...

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Kalidjati at 51,97, Range 10,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Takao
DD Shinonome
DD Shirakumo, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Ayanami, Shell hits 1
xAP Brazil Maru
xAP Hakozaki Maru
xAP Miike Maru
xAP Koan Maru
xAP Huso Maru
xAP Dairen Maru
xAP Tsingtao Maru
xAP Taizan Maru
xAP Keihuku Maru
xAP Ussuri Maru, Shell hits 1
xAP Shanghai Maru

Allied Ships
CL Sumatra, Shell hits 1
DD Stuart
DD Evertsen
DD Stronghold
DD Tenedos


I have moved my Hurricane fighters on CAP to cover unloading of fresh aircraft.

P40E's and Buffalos are set on escort missions.

There are several 2-4 xAKL's TF heading towards Bataan too. Even one or two of them can make a big diffrence there.

At Bandoeng enemy launched first assaults and achieved 1:1 and 1:2 odds. Time to retreat here towards Batavia. We might not make it though.

The enemy airfield at Den Passar is also closed. Our bombers scortched some 5-15 Oscars on the airfield.

At Palembang he landed significant reinforcements last turn. The CD guns were in action once more...

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Pre-Invasion action off Palembang
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

124 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAK Goyo Maru, Shell hits 4
PB Tokotsu Maru
PB Naruto Maru #3, Shell hits 2, on fire
xAK Syohei Maru, Shell hits 1
xAK Teikoku Maru
PB Tatsumiya Maru
PB Nako Maru #2
PB Chitose Maru, Shell hits 2
xAP Huzi Maru

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

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Amphibious Assault at Palembang

TF 86 troops unloading over beach at Palembang, 48,91

Japanese ground losses:
442 casualties reported
Squads: 26 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

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Invasion Support action off Palembang
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

117 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAK Teikoku Maru, Shell hits 3
PB Tokotsu Maru
PB Naruto Maru #3, on fire
xAK Goyo Maru, Shell hits 6, on fire, heavy damage
PB Nako Maru #2, Shell hits 1, on fire
xAK Terukawa Maru, Shell hits 3
PB Tatsumiya Maru
PB Chitose Maru
xAP Huzi Maru

Japanese ground losses:
98 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


The obsolete Dutch bomber force is now reorganized and set on ground assaults. The idea is to slow his movement around Java.

The situation map shows enemy movement and troop deployments...




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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/21/2010 5:36:19 PM   
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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/22/2010 5:58:42 PM   
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There were not air to air combat worthy of reporting. Just few minor skirmishes.

IJA infantry units managed to seize Bandoeng. Thankfully our troops did withdraw towards Batavia.

ABDA bombers flew ground bombing missions and managed to score nice hits on IJA 10th division.

The main action was at Palembang. Lets start with good news. The ABDA surface combat TF managed to hammer few transports near Palembang. CL Sumatra was later on sunk by enemy torpedo aircraft...

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 49,90, Range 4,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Chitose Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire
PB Tatsumiya Maru, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Teikoku Maru, Shell hits 11, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Terukawa Maru, Shell hits 12, heavy fires
xAK Syohei Maru, Shell hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK London Maru, Shell hits 2, on fire
xAP Asama Maru, Shell hits 1
xAP Buenos Aires Maru
xAP Huzi Maru
PB Nako Maru #2, Shell hits 15, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Naruto Maru #3, Shell hits 18, and is sunk
PB Tokotsu Maru, Shell hits 19, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CL Sumatra, Shell hits 1
DD Stuart
DD Evertsen, Shell hits 1
DD Stronghold
DD Tenedos


...and the bad news is that the japanese infantry units managed to reduce forts here.

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Ground combat at Palembang (48,91)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 22907 troops, 186 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 743

Defending force 7507 troops, 90 guns, 9 vehicles, Assault Value = 305

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Japanese adjusted assault: 584

Allied adjusted defense: 334

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
304 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 48 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 26 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 11 (0 destroyed, 11 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
699 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 57 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 42 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled

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Ground combat at Palembang (48,91)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 22509 troops, 186 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 715

Defending force 6994 troops, 90 guns, 9 vehicles, Assault Value = 258

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 404

Allied adjusted defense: 238

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
213 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 25 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 2 (0 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
779 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 64 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 40 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)


...it seems that we cannot hold on here for long. Fingers crossed though.




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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/24/2010 8:42:38 AM   
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Japanese have kept advancing in Java. They have now secured additional harbours in central region of the island.

I tried to intervene here but unfortunately his torpedo bombers got best of the allied CAP. The end result was BB Revenge sunk and CA Dorshertshire damaged.

It was well worth the effort and no regrets here.

There were heavy air to air battles above Soerabaja on 24th - 25th. RAF Hurricanes and some US P40E's downed +30 Zero's and some Sallys.

Palembang has also fallen and it seems he is pulling out units immediately. Too bad that we didn't last a bit longer I would have started an ground offensive at Java towards
Semarang / Kadijati region. Now he has +700av worth of infantry freed up so that operation becomes very risky indeed.

In related news CA Kinugasa (damaged in action at DEI) were sunk near Home Islands. Also CL Nagara was sunk near Billiton.

The map details japanese spearhead advance in java.




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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/24/2010 9:06:59 AM   
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What do you have at Soerabaja, how many forts? Any chance of holding that 10th division off for more than a few turns?

edit: also, do you have any reserves on the way that you can still land at Java?

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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/24/2010 11:42:54 AM   
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String: If I remember correctly there 440av worth of units behind level 4 forts at Soerabaja. These guys are Dutch infantry units. I doubt we can hold on too long once the battles start. Somewhat suprised if we do.

I have kept ground bombing his divisions and with mediocre results. A couple of "good" hits reported though.

At the moment no. There is not that infantry to go around without risking everything. All the "free" british units and oz units are there. I have left enough behind to deal with any intensions towards India though.

US troops are now almost deployed so phase 1 is completed. Soon the focus turns into phase 2.

I have landed a lot of troops into Java so now they are on their own. Along with nice numbers in fresh fighters.

Also, he has nasty amount of Nell's and Betty's in the region which fly out in big numbers. Very hard to slip anything through. Well, it has been this for couple of weeks now.

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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/24/2010 7:52:09 PM   
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Whats your Batvia garrison looking like? Do you think you will be able to keep your AF open there?  How long do you see Batvia holding for Mid to Late march?  Lastly anything going on in the PI, hows bataan holding out?

Also i have to say that your convoy interdiction has been masterfull

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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/25/2010 7:38:46 AM   
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jrlans: The Batavia defense is build up with Commonwealth and Dutch troops. It is almost 1800av strong with tanks supporting the infantry. It ought to hold for late March and who knows maybe a bit longer...

I think the airfield is very hard to close. It will take an major effort due better fighters and large AA guns. Those AA units caused a lot of damage in previous turns. 

The battle of Bataan has not yet started but there are now 37 enemy units in the hex. I did manage to land some 5000 extra supplies into Bataan via "kamikaze" xAKL's. The supply situation is not great but it is not bad either.

I think we shall the first assaults againts Bataan next turn.

Thanks! We actually managed to hit another troop convoy last turn. Needless to say that japanese were not too pleased about this turn of events!

More on all of these when I get back home. I have been out due to flu past two days. I will update this tonight though.



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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/25/2010 6:12:22 PM   
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I did not have combat replay file on this turn but our AA guns took out some +60 Nells at Batavia if intel screen is to believed.

This happened on march 1st, Unfortunately my opponent sent me the wrong combat replay file so I did not see this action. However this very good result for us.

My float planes spotted enemy TF's moving into Palembang two turns ago. I did give him extra turn to load those troops and than I send in our surface combat TF.

This action happened on march 4th at Palembang...

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Palembang at 49,90, Range 22,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Bisan Maru #3, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PB Choun Maru #18, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PB Shonan Maru #6, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PB Shuko Maru #2, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PB Shonon Maru #10, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
SC Ch 8, Shell hits 2
AK Sado Maru, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
AK Kinka Maru, Shell hits 11, heavy fires, heavy damage
AK Tosan Maru, Shell hits 6, heavy fires
xAP Katori Maru, Shell hits 13, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Husimi Maru, Shell hits 17, and is sunk
xAP Miike Maru, Shell hits 5, heavy fires

Allied Ships
CA Louisville, Shell hits 1
DD Stuart
DD Evertsen
DD Stronghold
DE Sutlej

Japanese ground losses:
1441 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 59 disabled
Non Combat: 18 destroyed, 42 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 25 (3 destroyed, 22 disabled)


....I cannot confirm this but I think this was the IJA 4th division loading and heading towards Java.

My opponent was shocked to see our surface combat vessels intercepting this transport TF and stated that this hurt.

Otherwise the japanese troops continue their advance towards Soerabaja.

The whole campaign has been quite costly for the japanese armed forces so far.




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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/25/2010 6:13:08 PM   
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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/25/2010 6:14:47 PM   
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I have read reports that enemy is moving an part of an division into Buna.

Another news was that PBY's spotted two enemy battleships and transports at Rabaul. This was done two turns ago.

After some consideration I did turn my carrier TF towards these targets.

I know he had spotted these carriers near Baker Island but after that I turned my SBD searches to 0% in order to conceal our approach. I did just switch them back ON in order gain maxium amount of information on potential targets.

Well, next turn we are parked just outside Rabaul so we shall see how this goes.

I have no intel whether or not he has seen these carriers so either this mission is a "miss" or "success".

Intresting to see whether our carriers are in action though.




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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/25/2010 7:30:05 PM   
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So that's a good part of division gone, plus the destruction of some of the only AK your opponent will get, talk about a successful raid.  

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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/25/2010 8:03:54 PM   
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Smeulders: Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Not bad, not bad at all.


Southern Pacific (march 5th - 6th 1942)


Quiet turn in Java and no ground offensives in Bataan peninsula. I wonder what is keeping him starting that.

The US carriers advanced into Rabaul region. There were no battleships to be found so I guess he had some intel or got lucky.

Instead we found an empty transport TF (or maybe a supply convoy) and few ships were sunk.


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Kavieng at 107,122

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 11
F4F-3 Wildcat x 11
SBD-3 Dauntless x 75
TBD-1 Devastator x 30


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 damaged
TBD-1 Devastator: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Venice Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Matsue Maru, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kunitu Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Okiyu Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Kogyoku Maru, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
DD Oite
PB Shoei Maru, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
DD Yayoi, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Kyo Maru #10, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
PB Kyo Maru #8, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Kavieng at 107,122

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 42 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes


Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 9
F4F-3A Wildcat x 11
F4F-3 Wildcat x 11
SBD-3 Dauntless x 29


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Oite, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Santos Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Okiyu Maru, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk


...this was the highlight of the turn.




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RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. - 3/25/2010 9:17:07 PM   
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Re: Bataan do you have an idea of your opponets AV there?  If not might be worthwhile to do one bombardment just to get an idea.  Its possible that all that is commited is a blocking force to prevent you from getting out. Effectivly turning bataan into a PoW camp.

Re: Rabaul, did you have any units set to recon rabaul directly, if not you might try a port attack before retiring as those BBs might have been disbanded in port. (i would only sugesst this if you know for certain where KB is and you know you have time to get out before it responds)

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US carriers clash with IJN near Kavieng... - 3/25/2010 9:44:41 PM   
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jrlans: I think he has nearly 40 units there. I haven't launched even bombardment assaults. That is definately not blocking force.

No, I had not or well.. those PBY's flying out of Port Moresby showed that the harbour was empty.

...and now this kind of leads me to the next thing.


South Pacific (march 7th - 8th 1942)


I will just post an combat report here and it is quite self explanotory. Comments after the combat replay files....

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Kavieng at 107,121

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 160 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 60 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18
B5N1 Kate x 31
B5N2 Kate x 43
D3A1 Val x 21



Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 2
F4F-3A Wildcat x 19
F4F-3 Wildcat x 29


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
B5N1 Kate: 11 destroyed, 7 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 14 destroyed, 9 damaged
D3A1 Val: 5 destroyed, 5 damaged


Allied Ships
CVL Hermes, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
CV Lexington, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CV Saratoga
CL Phoenix
CA San Francisco, Torpedo hits 1
DD Dewey

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Lihir at 111,119

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A5M4 Claude x 28
A6M2 Zero x 44



Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 8
F4F-3A Wildcat x 18
F4F-3 Wildcat x 15
SBD-2 Dauntless x 15
SBD-3 Dauntless x 119
TBD-1 Devastator x 45


Japanese aircraft losses
A5M4 Claude: 2 destroyed
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F2A-3 Buffalo: 2 destroyed
F4F-3A Wildcat: 2 destroyed
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-2 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 9 destroyed, 51 damaged
TBD-1 Devastator: 6 destroyed, 6 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Haguro
CV Akagi, Bomb hits 1
CVE Hosho, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
CA Atago, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CVL Shoho, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
CVL Zuiho, Bomb hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Hayashio, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Wakatake
CVL Ryujo, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
DD Sanae, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
CVE Taiyo, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Oshio
DD Amatsukaze, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Michishio
DD Oyashio

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Kavieng at 107,121

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 43 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 6



Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 2
F4F-3A Wildcat x 10
F4F-3 Wildcat x 24


Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 3 destroyed

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Lihir at 111,119

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A5M4 Claude x 16
A6M2 Zero x 20



Allied aircraft
Swordfish I x 12


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Swordfish I: 3 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Lihir at 112,119

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 45 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A5M4 Claude x 8
A6M2 Zero x 10
B5N2 Kate x 5
D3A1 Val x 18



Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 2
F4F-3A Wildcat x 11
F4F-3 Wildcat x 31


Japanese aircraft losses
A5M4 Claude: 3 destroyed
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged
D3A1 Val: 6 destroyed, 3 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3A Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CL Honolulu
CV Saratoga, Bomb hits 1

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Truk at 111,115

Weather in hex: Clear sky

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

Japanese aircraft
A5M4 Claude x 12
A6M2 Zero x 14



Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 6
F4F-3A Wildcat x 7
F4F-3 Wildcat x 12
SBD-2 Dauntless x 5
SBD-3 Dauntless x 67
TBD-1 Devastator x 30


Japanese aircraft losses
A5M4 Claude: 1 destroyed
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3A Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-2 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 28 damaged
TBD-1 Devastator: 7 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVE Taiyo, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
CVE Hosho, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
CVL Ryujo, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Haguro, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CV Akagi, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Amatsukaze
DD Hayashio, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Natsushio, Bomb hits 1
DD Oshio
CA Myoko, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Kuroshio, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
DD Hatsukaze
DD Oyashio

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Truk at 111,115

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A5M4 Claude x 5
A6M2 Zero x 8



Allied aircraft
Swordfish I x 12


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Swordfish I: 6 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Akagi, heavy fires

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Truk at 111,115

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes


Allied aircraft
SBD-2 Dauntless x 2
SBD-3 Dauntless x 20
TBD-1 Devastator x 10


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-2 Dauntless: 2 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 8 damaged
TBD-1 Devastator: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Akagi, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
BB Mutsu
CA Haguro, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires
CA Nachi, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires
CA Myoko
DD Natsushio, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Oshio

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Truk at 111,115

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 4
F4F-3A Wildcat x 5
F4F-3 Wildcat x 3
SBD-3 Dauntless x 39
TBD-1 Devastator x 16


Japanese aircraft losses
No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 20 damaged
TBD-1 Devastator: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Asashio
CA Myoko, Bomb hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
CV Akagi, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CA Nachi, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Kuroshio, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Oyashio
DD Oshio
DD Hatsukaze, Bomb hits 1
DD Amatsukaze


This all happened near Kavieng. I was very suprised to see this happening but than again I was kind of hoping for this from the start.

That is why we went towards Rabaul and not into Java as suggested.

My opponent gave me a hint about possible redo and I will give it to him if he insist on having it. Allthough there a quite a few things about this... a) I did not engage on this since my carriers were set on react 0! b) The japanese fleet had time to sail away from this battle but instead chose to commit c) I put very much time into this operation (as well as all the other aspects of this game) and d) the losses are not that badly in favour of allies.

By looking at the combat replay I would say 1 x CV sunk, 1 x CV likely to sunk and 1 x CV/CVL damaged.

I had my torpedo bombers on 7000 feet, diverbombers and escorts duty fighters on 11 000 feet and CAP fighters at 15 000 feet.

I did send my opponent an email so we shall see. As said if he insist on having redo than I guess I wll let him have one. Allthough there really wasn't any bugs involved or such.

Without being an ego maniac I just played good on this mission / strategy and it paid off.

Here is an pic from the battle...




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RE: US carriers clash with IJN near Kavieng... - 3/25/2010 10:07:04 PM   
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If there were no bugs i dont know why a "do over" would be in order other than your oppenent doesnt like the results. 

I think you got a little lucky AZ but you know the saying luck favors the bold.  Still good planning paid off and a good vicotry (if it doesnt get writen out of history). 

Overal its 1 allied CV (assuming Lex sinks) to 1 CV 3 CVLs and 2 or 3 CVEs (though his air groups will divert to rabual and Lex's is either gone or distruibuted to several allied CVs)

Also im sure your CV airgroups are hurting. I wonder how many of those damaged planes are W/offs or crashed on thier way home. Strangely this will probably give you opponet some breathing room for a bit as you air groups will probably be lacking for replacements for at least a month or 2.  If I were him i would use this time to grab my "must have" bases while i can.

While im sure this is painfull for japan its by no means game over.  This isnt even a midway, Kb for the most part is still intact (assuming Kaga didnt sink) thats still 5 CVs work with, with Juyno and Hiyo comming off the slip soon.

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