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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 3/31/2012 3:18:53 PM   
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Johnjohn,

Looks like things are getting straightened out in the Marshalls. Taking one's time (though not excessively) and preparation is crucial for assaults on major objectives and even lesser objectives known to be defended with any degree of strength.

quote:

It looks like the carrier raid in the Indian Ocean involved smaller carrier types.


The Capetown to Australia convoy route completely solves that problem... Pillager can sail whatever he wants in the Indian Ocean, whenever he wants. I don't even know if he (Pillager) is actually operating Japanese naval forces in the Indian Ocean at all. There's nothing there but empty space.

quote:

I must add that the floating dry dock stationed at Noumea is proving a real Godsend. Having a repair facility there that can work off floatation major damage is a blessing. Repair ships get the 5 and under stuff, and the rest goes to Sydney once floatation is repaired.


I'm not sure exactly when the floating dry dock appears, I certainly don't have it yet. Appears to be a rather useful item. I also see you've developed a system for handling damaged ships.

quote:

I see that Pillager was just projecting to enable the invasions behind the raid to go forward. A lot of fuel to use for that purpose. I still wonder at the lack of aggression.


It was very definately a raid, its main purpose to disrupt my shipping from the mainland US to Australia and New Zealand. There were no Japanese amphibious invasions behind the KB's sortie. I think he's advanced the Japanese as far as he has any interest in advancing them and think he's also realized the easy (Japanese) invasions are long over. In the Pacific theatres, conserving Japanese strength and preparing a strategic defensive are Pillager's likely priorities. These priorities do not exclude raids and other offensive actions on a tactical scale.

My estimate of Pillager's KB raid was that he would be passing Suva and continuing southward to disrupt and intercept Allied shipping approaching or leaving New Zealand. Possibly eastward as well to check out Samoa. All this activity dependent on the KB's fuel supply and number of remaining plane launches.

It wasn't a question of aggressiveness, something made Pillager turn back. This is what could have made him turn back...

On 10/24, an entry appeared in the "Sunk Ships" display of my Intelligence screens indicating that CA Suzuya sank that game turn at hex location 130, 149 (N of Suva and almost due E of Luganville) due to collision. My original thought of this entry was that it's fog of war. Not so fast...

1) and most importantly... the sinking of one CA (even a Mogami-class one) is not cause for aborting a large-scale carrier raid.

2) The location of CA Suzuya's sinking shows the ship went under as the KB was retiring northward, after Pillager turned it around and cancelled the raid.

3) There's more to this than just CA Suzuya. It collided with something. No AAR's indicating it met up with a US torpedo (though there were submarines in the area). Had to be another ship.

4) What ship would sink CA Suzuya in a collision, while at the same time that ship would not have been sunk itself (or at least not be reported as sinking)? Not a DD. Probably not even another cruiser. Something larger, a BB, or worse yet, one of the KB's fleet carriers.

5) Whatever ship CA Suzuya collided with is also likely to have significant damage - that ship very likely afloat and still mobile, but no longer battleworthy or its worthiness for battle questionable. If the ship CA Suzuya had collided with had also sank, or did not have siginificant damage, Pillager probably would not have aborted KB's raid. It's very likely Pillager aborted KB's raid to save CA Suzuya and (more importantly) the other ship that collided with it. Perhaps KB now has a damaged carrier?


I've had experience with ship collisions in the game. Two large TK's from a Capetown-Australia convoy colliding off Australia. Both TK's reached Australia with damage. One TK was heavily damaged, requiring 50+ days in shipyard to repair. It would be safe to say ship collisions in AE are often more then fender-benders, not just leaving mere "dents in sheet metal".

< Message edited by wneumann -- 3/31/2012 3:37:26 PM >

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 3/31/2012 3:28:01 PM   
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Summary of Operations 10/27/42

Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 10/26 reports heavy volume of intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Kwajalein. Detected status of Kwajalein base shows unspecified Jap planes based there, also ship(s) in port. No Japanese TF’s or other activity is visible at Kwajalein, although Kwajalein appears to be the likely base the KB is now returning to. My estimate is that KB’s arrival in Kwajalein will occur within the next 1-2 game turns.


South Pacific: No further contact reported with KB. Back to business as usual for now.

US submarine patrol reports continuation of contact with Jap surface ASW in southern approaches to Rabaul. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Rabaul at 106,128 (S of Rabaul)

Japanese Ships
PB Myoken Maru
PB Kyo Maru #10
PB Nanpo Maru

Allied Ships
SS Salmon

SS Salmon launches 2 torpedoes at PB Myoken Maru
Salmon diving deep ....
PB Nanpo Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Myoken Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/26 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: xAKL Buyo Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Sydney Maru #2 reported in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 11 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: AR Kansai Maru reported in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF’s in harbor, 70 aircraft (50 fighters, 20 bombers), 8 Jap LCU’s.


China: Japanese ground bombardment attacks continue along the southern approaches to Chungking, also at Sining in the far western area. No change in AAR’s from last game turn’s.

Reinforced Chinese defense in mountain hex along road from Tsuyung to Chengtu repels Japanese ground assault. AAR follows.

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Ground combat at 72,42 (S of Chengtu)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 11917 troops, 94 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 444
Defending force 13564 troops, 140 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 497
Japanese adjusted assault: 196
Allied adjusted defense: 781
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
427 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 31 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
389 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 10 (1 destroyed, 9 disabled)

Assaulting units:
35th Division

Defending units:
88th Chinese Corps (reinforcement)
28th New Chinese Division
28th Chinese Corps (reinforcement)
39th New Chinese Division
10th Group Army (reinforcement)

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 3/31/2012 3:59:14 PM   
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Very interesting analysis on ship collisions. I have yet to experience this, so have no knowledge of what can happen. Sorry about the invasions behind the raid statement, I think that stuck with me from another forum. Finally, I did not abort Wotje because of defense, but because I did not know that the 24th Inf Div did not load on the invasion force until it was too late. They promptly loaded up on reserve ships, headed out, but did not catch up to the first wave (all support forces) before the support troops landed and were clobbered. I did remove the survivors and then cancelled the invasion, sending everything back to PH. I have been kicking myself since for 1. Not catching the loading error, and 2, not stopping the first force to put it behind the combat force. Coulda woulda shoulda. Live and learn. By now, as you know, I have conducted three sucessful atoll assaults and several island assaults in the solomons and along the Papua coast (I did march to Buna from PM). Hopefully, those reading this AAR may not make this same mistake. John

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 3/31/2012 11:42:04 PM   
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Summary of Operations 10/28/42

US West Coast: All six US fleet carriers and large escorts (BB and cruisers) have completed 10/42 ship upgrades. Two fast BB’s (North Carolina & Washington) plus a number of DD’s to be employed with the carrier fleet are due for upgrade in 11/42. Current plans are for ships due to upgrade in 11/42 to complete this upgrade before re-forming the US Main Carrier force. It had been planned for all US fleet carriers and escorts to complete ship upgrades through 10 or 11/42 before being sent into action – this primarily to maximize radar and flak capabilities. I have no definite plans to employ the US Main Carrier force once it is re-formed though there are possibilities being examined. Current timing for re-forming US Main Carrier force TF's is probably late-11/42 or in 12/42.


Central Pacific: US submarine Snapper reports air attack by B5N2 Kate at hex location 136, 134 off Tabiteuea. KB task forces are not visible on the game map but believed to be in vicinity of this contact.

US sub patrol reports contact with Jap transport TF northeast of Kwajalein, appears to be moving northward, possible destination Wake Is. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Taongi at 136,108 (SE of Taongi, due E of Eniwetok)

Japanese Ships
xAK Ryuyo Maru
xAK Argun Maru
xAK Taian Maru
xAK Ume Maru
PC Sumire

Allied Ships
SS Plunger

SS Plunger launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Ryuyo Maru
Plunger diving deep ....
PC Sumire fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: Transport convoy WP-18 (20 transport ships, 5 SC, 3 DM, 2 DMS) arrived in Auckland this game turn from the mainland US. Arrival of the convoy had been delayed 2-3 days as a result of re-routing due to Pillager’s KB raid. Cargo aboard convoy WP-18 includes two LCU’s (12 & 23 USN Seabees), 98K supply and 6K fuel. The SC, DM and DMS arriving with the convoy are remaining in New Zealand for future employment in the South and/or SW Pacific theatres.

WP-18 is the first of two convoys from the mainland US with SC’s for use in ASW patrol and escort activity inside the South Pacific theatre area. Plans for the SC arriving with convoy WP-18 will be ASW patrol/escort to cover transport shipping arriving and departing at Suva – the SC will operate either from Suva or a nearby base.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/27 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 115,160 near Noumea, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul , Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul , Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 11, Moving Southeast


Australia: Transport convoy EX-17 (26 ships) arrived this game turn in Australia from the Eastern US via Capetown. Cargo arriving aboard the convoy includes three LCU’s (353 & 1393 Construction Rgts, 208 Coast AA Rgt), 94K supply and 21K fuel.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF’s in harbor, 71 aircraft (37 fighters, 34 bombers), 8 Jap LCU’s.


India: Air-to-air combat over Ledo between Jap fighter sweeps and RAF/USAAF fighter CAP, also Jap airfield bombing raid. No airfield damage at Ledo.

Aircraft Losses display reports 31 Japanese aircraft destroyed (14 A6M3 Zero, 10 Ki-44-IIa Tojo, 5 Ki-21 Sally, 2 Ki-43-Ic Oscar). Reported Allied plane losses total 35 aircraft (18 P-40E and 17 Hurricane IIb). Ki-44 Tojos are proving to be tough opponents. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 13 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3 Zero x 24

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 32
P-40E Warhawk x 35

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIb Trop: 4 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 10 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 10 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
23rd FG/74th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 15 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
23rd FG/75th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 21000.
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 37

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 19
P-40E Warhawk x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIb Trop: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 3 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 19990 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
23rd FG/74th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 23990.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
23rd FG/75th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 19000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3 Zero x 3

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 10
P-40E Warhawk x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIb Trop: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 24000 and 28990.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
23rd FG/75th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
23rd FG/74th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 22950 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 4

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 9
P-40E Warhawk x 3

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIb Trop: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
23rd FG/75th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 24000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
23rd FG/74th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 26950.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 7
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 13

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 8
P-40E Warhawk x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 11000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
23rd FG/75th FS with P-40E Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 24980 and 29980.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
23rd FG/74th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 25980.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers

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China: Japanese ground bombardment attacks continue along the southern approaches to Chungking, also at Sining in the far western area. Latest AAR’s follow.

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Ground combat at Sining (80,32)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 25679 troops, 243 guns, 69 vehicles, Assault Value = 1254
Defending force 16654 troops, 77 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 581

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

Assaulting units:
17th Division
6th Division
37th Division
12th Army
1st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
303rd Brigade
17th Chinese Corps
9th Separate Brigade
259th Brigade
82nd Chinese Corps
8th War Area
5th Chinese Base Force

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Ground combat at 75,46 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 38226 troops, 327 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 1412
Defending force 35085 troops, 216 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1246

Assaulting units:
59th Infantry Brigade (arrived this game turn from Kweiyang to reinforce attack)
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
70th Division
34th Division
8th Armored Car Co
32nd Division
11th Army (arrived this game turn from Kweiyang to reinforce attack)
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
4th Chinese Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
38th New Chinese Division
19th Group Army
1st Group Army
25th Group Army

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Ground combat at 75,47 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 33750 troops, 322 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 1253
Defending force 50870 troops, 274 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1952

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

Assaulting units:
39th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
110th Division
17th Tank Regiment
138th Infantry Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
67th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Division
26th Group Army
3rd War Area
27th Group Army

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/1/2012 2:05:53 AM   
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Holding back to complete the first rounds of upgrades is important. This round of upgrades provides better radar and much better AAA, all of which is very important as you know.

One feature in the new release that I like is the pilot release mechanism in the pilots screen of each squadron. Easy to transfer numerous experienced or trained pilots to reserves where they can be put to good use while reloading the groups with raw trainees. I am making great use of this. Most of my frontline groups and squadrons are equipped with plus 70 exp pilots. In the last week I have seen 20+ attackers shot down by these guys in one raid on two occasions. Now I have much better aircraft in use and it is beginning to show in the results. The F6Fs make a big difference as do the F4Us. The late model P-40s, P-38s, P-47s and Spits are easily holding their own. I dont know about the early P-51s. Have been keeping them in the rear as training squadrons (I don't have extra airframes for them). Since the enemy increase in activity, I am generating a much greater number of trainers for TRACOM.

I am still amazed at that ship collision in your game. John

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/2/2012 3:27:17 AM   
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Johnjohn,

quote:

Holding back to complete the first rounds of upgrades is important. This round of upgrades provides better radar and much better AAA, all of which is very important as you know.

I set the 10/42 and 11/42 ship upgrades as the point at which US carriers and their escort ships are considered ready for action. By this point in time, all carriers and their larger escort ships (fast BB and cruisers) will have relatively advanced radar equipment for both surface and air search. An Air Combat TF will typically include 4-5 major ships (one CV, plus 3-4 BB and/or cruisers) all with advanced radar systems, virtually guaranteeing radar detection of incoming air strikes. At this point, all ships that would be in an Air Combat TF (carriers, large escorts and DD's) have increased flak, providing a substantial increase in the total flak capability within a task force. Also keeping in mind the DD's improved ASW capability for protecting carriers and large escorts from Jap submarine attacks.

At the end of 1942 I'm somewhat less concerned about ship upgrades for surface naval combat capability. Reason being that I put everything with the carriers except for the slow BB's and Omaha class CL's. My emphasis being to pack in as much firepower as possible within a 15-ship Air Combat TF (one CV, 3-4 fast BB and/or cruisers, and approx 10 DD) and doing this with a separate Air Combat TF for each CV - six Air Combat TF in all. Except for the slow BB and Omaha CL's you're using practically everything of value with the carriers.

Until well into 1943 (or possibly later), the US Surface Combat TF will probably be rarely seen and Bombardment TF only occasionally. Carrier escort is #1 priority until there are ships left over for surface combat missions.


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One feature in the new release that I like is the pilot release mechanism in the pilots screen of each squadron. Easy to transfer numerous experienced or trained pilots to reserves where they can be put to good use while reloading the groups with raw trainees. I am making great use of this. Most of my frontline groups and squadrons are equipped with plus 70 exp pilots. In the last week I have seen 20+ attackers shot down by these guys in one raid on two occasions. Now I have much better aircraft in use and it is beginning to show in the results. The F6Fs make a big difference as do the F4Us. The late model P-40s, P-38s, P-47s and Spits are easily holding their own. I dont know about the early P-51s. Have been keeping them in the rear as training squadrons (I don't have extra airframes for them). Since the enemy increase in activity, I am generating a much greater number of trainers for TRACOM.


Your practice with assigning skilled pilots in front line squadrons pretty much follows my own. Might be interesting to compare pilot training practices. My practice is having all squadrons in full-time training mode (regardless of location), except when a squadron is actually in combat, on alert to be in combat, or actively performing some other specific mission. This policy has had the vast majority of Allied air squadrons operating as training squadrons almost continuously since 12/41. Though I can easily see a point (somewhere in 1943) where more air squadrons will be operating on front-line missions rather than continuously churning out trained pilots - this reducing the size of my "training establishment". That change could have implications in the late-war period (1944-45) but that's all in the future.

There's indeed features in the new AE release that simplify the process of transferring pilots between squadrons and the reserve pools. I still micro-manage the process a bit more closely (manually selecting pilots one at a time and moving them around individually) but the tools in the new release even make this quicker if not simpler.

I have yet to use TRACOM. So far I do not have a large enough number of pilots that qualify for TRACOM to make it worthwhile. In my travels around the forums, I've seen many posts that question the effectiveness of TRACOM. I may or may not use it, the jury's still out.


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I am still amazed at that ship collision in your game.

I've seen references to ship collisions before mine happened, so it wasn't that much of a surprise when it did. I'm not sure exactly what determines the probability of a ship collision occurring but I'd predict that it would have something to do with TF size (number of ships), possibly also various aspects of the TF's movement (speed, combat situation if applicable, etc). My particular ship collision was not in a combat situation, actually one of the EX convoys (Eastern US to Australia) just as it was approaching Australia. No Japs around for miles... just a TF with a large enough number of ships and two of them had a fender-bender (or hull bender). Happens all the time on the freeway...

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Summary of Operations 10/29/42

Central Pacific: No further contact with KB reported. KB is still believed to be returning to base at Kwajalein.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/28 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng

US fleet sub Salmon on patrol in southern sea approaches to Rabaul reports contact with probable Japanese surface ASW TF. No combat occurred.

Japanese transport TF intercepted by US sub patrol north of Rabaul. Jap TF reported moving on a NE heading, probable destination Truk. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Mussau Island at 105,118 (ENE of Manus)

Japanese Ships
PB Tama Maru (one hit, dud)
xAK Chojun Maru
xAK Bisan Maru
PB Tatibana Maru

Allied Ships
SS Grenadier

SS Grenadier launches 2 torpedoes at PB Tama Maru
Grenadier diving deep ....
PB Tatibana Maru attacking submerged sub ....
SS Grenadier eludes ASW attack from PB Tatibana Maru
PB Tatibana Maru cannot reach attack position over SS Grenadier
Escort abandons search for sub

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SW Pacific: Sigint entries for 10/28 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Rabaul, Port Moresby and Tulagi. Detected statuses of Rabaul and Port Moresby show undetermined Jap aircraft operating from each location, also ship(s) in port at Rabaul. No other visible Japanese forces or activity at any of the three locations.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor (-1 from last report), 48 aircraft (28 fighters, 20 bombers), 8 Jap LCU’s.


India: No air activity this game turn over Ledo. Allied fighter squadrons in Ledo are stood down to draw replacements.


China: Japanese ground bombardment attacks continue along the southern approaches to Chungking, also at Sining in the far western area. AAR’s not changed from last game turn.

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Summary of Operations 10/30/42

Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 10/29 reports 88 Japanese ships now in port at Kwajalein. Detected status of the base does not identify ship type(s) anchored in Kwajalein port.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/29 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: xAKL Buyo Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor, 54 aircraft (28 fighters, 26 bombers), 8 Jap LCU’s.


India: Jap fighter sweeps resumed over Ledo. Pillager is sending all Ki-44-IIa Tojos in these sweeps, approximately 80 planes in all (two large squadrons, possibly a third smaller one). A6M3 Zeroes that had been in action over Ledo are either withdrawn or stood down for the time being. Allied fighter squadrons in Ledo remain stood down and may be kept that way for the short-term. Plans are to keep the fighter squadrons in Ledo, just have them lie dormant except in an emergency. If I can waste Pillager's time and effort sending 80 Tojos over a non-strategic objective day after day for nothing, that's the LBA equivalent of Pillager sending the KB on a raid into empty ocean.

I’m questioning the value of contesting the Jap fighter sweeps with the Allied air groups currently based in Ledo. While the results of air-to-air action over Ledo has been worthwhile so far, I am reluctant to commit additional fighter squadrons in this action as it could excessively draw Allied fighter strength from elsewhere in the Indian theatre. It may be at the point where continuing this action on a large scale could be more of a liability than an asset, except in a situation where employment of Allied fighter CAP over Ledo is absolutely required.

The air battles over Ledo are not really significant from a "big picture" strategic point of view - rather, an opportunity to easily inflict some attrition on Japanese air power without losing too much of your own. At this point, Pillager appears to be attempting to escalate this battle. Earlier, the RAF and USAAF squadrons in Ledo were able to inflict large losses on Jap air strikes with few or no losses of their own. Now... it's becoming questionable from the Allied view whether combat over Ledo is worth "the price of admission". There is no compelling tactical or strategic reason for committing Allied fighters over Ledo - for a time I was able to successfuly draw Pillager into a trap, Pillager has since heavily reinforced the Jap air effort over Ledo and now attempting to trap me at my own game. I can get out of this one while I'm ahead with the added benefit of drawing Jap air forces into northern Burma with little or no significant benefit to the Japanese cause.


China: Latest AAR’s of Japanese ground bombardment attacks along the southern approaches to Chungking follow.

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Ground combat at 75,46 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 41960 troops, 365 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 1408
Defending force 35120 troops, 215 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1252

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

Assaulting units:
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
59th Infantry Brigade
70th Division
34th Division
32nd Division
11th Army
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
4th Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
38th New Chinese Division
19th Group Army
1st Group Army
25th Group Army

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Ground combat at 75,47 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 33801 troops, 322 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 1259
Defending force 50850 troops, 274 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1950

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

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

Assaulting units:
39th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
110th Division
17th Tank Regiment
138th Infantry Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
45th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Division
26th Group Army
3rd War Area
27th Group Army

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Ground combat at 72,42 (S of Chengtu)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11725 troops, 94 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 424
Defending force 13371 troops, 139 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 471

Assaulting units:
35th Division

Defending units:
28th New Chinese Division
28th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
39th New Chinese Division
10th Group Army

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Latest AAR of action at Sining in the far western area follows. One or more unidentified Jap LCU’s are detected in the adjacent hex E of Sining, these LCU(s) appear to be headed to Sining and expected to be reinforcements for Japanese ground forces that are now engaged at Sining.

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Ground combat at Sining (80,32)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 25703 troops, 243 guns, 69 vehicles, Assault Value = 1259
Defending force 16652 troops, 77 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 583

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

Assaulting units:
17th Division
6th Division
37th Division
12th Army
1st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
17th Chinese Corps
259th Brigade
9th Separate Brigade
303rd Brigade
82nd Chinese Corps
8th War Area
5th Chinese Base Force

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Johnjohn--kibitzing on TRACOM.

I have regularly used the TRACOM to develop basic qualified pilots. To date, September 1943, I have not experienced a significant difference in levels of experience until recently. In the past quarter the Marines and Navy, and to a lessor extent the USARMY, all increased by 25% the basic levels earned before reporting to the replacement pool. I am shoving in more trainers, trying to reach a 1:10 ratio to see if that improves the numbers. I am far from reaching that ratio, due to lack of combat opportunities for increasing Exp levels via combat operations. Only in China and India has regular combat been occuring. Thus far only a few 80+ pilots have emerged from that theatre. Some have been retained being squadron commanders. They are among the highest kill total pilots I have. All carrier fighter pilots are 70+ on average. My policy of operating only within land based support is paying big dividends in recovering downed pilots.

I cannot say, yet, that investing in TRACOM makes sense. But with pilots turning out now at 25 instead of 20, they certainly train up faster in my in game training operation. I release them from the training squadrons and bring in the next crop of rookies when they reach 55+ overall. That means the replacement pool has a large number of well trained pilots to augment the front line squadrons and groups. That has been working well.

One errata matter. Pappy Boyington enters the game as an Army officer (Flying Tigers). As far as I know he remains in the Army, thus denying the Marines an 80+ exp pilot. I shoved him into TRACOM once the Flying Tigers are withdrawn.

John

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On Ledo

I discovered that if I sent B-25s or B-24s to bomb their airbases, the sweeps become less effective. It is not a productive approach, the bombers really do nothing other than to cause the fighters to come up after them. I usually got away with it for up to three months before needing to retire the bombers to reequip. But it got the enemy to stop sweeping Ledo, or to do so in numbers that the local allied fighters could handle. I am finding that the Tojo's die just as quickly as any other fighters when hit with experienced pilots.

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Johnjohn,

quote:

kibitzing on TRACOM...

Like you, I probably don't have the high-level exp pilots to adequately populate TRACOM where it would provide much of an effect. Sept 1943 is still a way off, however.

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On Ledo

I discovered that if I sent B-25s or B-24s to bomb their airbases, the sweeps become less effective. It is not a productive approach, the bombers really do nothing other than to cause the fighters to come up after them. I usually got away with it for up to three months before needing to retire the bombers to reequip. But it got the enemy to stop sweeping Ledo, or to do so in numbers that the local allied fighters could handle. I am finding that the Tojo's die just as quickly as any other fighters when hit with experienced pilots.

At this point, I do have a number of bomber squadrons (including B-24's and RAF Liberators) already in India or soon to arrive. Skill and experience levels of pilots in these squadrons is rather low. I've been keeping them in the rear and in full-time training mode. Though bombing the Jap airfield(s) has entered my thought process - Myitkyina being the probable origin of at least most of the Jap planes operating over Ledo.

Pillager's bombing attacks and sweeps over Ledo are having virtually no significant impact on Allied operations, even those at Ledo itself. Between (1) the number of transport planes available in India, (2) difficulty in accumulating an adequate quantity of supply points in Ledo and the low rate at which supply points reach Ledo, (3) the abysmal overall supply situation inside China that #1 and #2 cannot even begin to touch... I abandoned the supply airlift from Ledo to China some time ago.

Except for occasionally damaging or destroying a few planes on the ground, Pillager is accomplishing practically nothing over Ledo. He could fly the whole Japanese air force over Ledo for all I care. The bombing raids are inflicting no significant damage on Ledo airfield, any hits are immediately repaired by the engineer LCU I have there. Up to the time Pillager sent in the Ki-44 Tojos, sending up RAF and USAAF fighters was quite productive (from my perspective) in inflicting attrition on Japanese air forces - the Japanese planes being shot down and hit over Ledo resulting in the loss of both plane and pilot. Opposing Pillager's current air strikes and sweeps over Ledo has no tactical or strategic value for the Allied side. Pillager is accomplishing practically nothing over Ledo with these strikes - I'm content with leaving him alone to enjoy the illusion that his strikes are having an effect. At minimum, I have a significant number of Ki-44 Tojos tied up flying over Ledo and doing nothing. Better over Ledo than elsewhere (i.e. Calcutta).


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Summary of Operations 11/01/42

Japanese Home Islands: US sub Tuna intercepts a rather large Jap transport TF south of Kyushu. No information available on the movement heading of the Jap TF. SS Tuna was damaged by a rather persistent ASW attack from the two Jap escorts (E’s). AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Daito Shoto at 103,68 (ESE of Okinawa)

Japanese Ships
AK Yodogawa Maru
PB Yamabato Maru
PB Kensin Maru
AK Koei Maru
AK Yamazuki Maru
AK Yamaura Maru
AK Tacoma Maru
AK Seattle Maru
xAK Teihoku Maru
xAK Taketoyo Maru
xAK Matumoto Maru
xAK Natisan Maru
xAK Senko Maru
DD Tsuga
E Sagi
E Hato

Allied Ships
SS Tuna, hits 2 (System damage 14, float 27, engine 2 – now returning to base at 14 kts)

SS Tuna launches 2 torpedoes at AK Yodogawa Maru
Tuna diving deep ....
DD Tsuga fails to find sub and abandons search
E Sagi attacking submerged sub ....
E Hato attacking submerged sub ....
E Sagi attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Eastern US: Fast transport convoy EX-21 (23 ships, 16 kt speed or better) departing this game turn for Australia via Capetown.


Central Pacific: Several reports from the Tabitueua area… Sigint entry for 10/31 reports heavy volume of intercepted radio transmissions from Tabiteuea. Detected status of Tabiteuea base shows undetermined aircraft based on the island, also ship(s) in port. Jap LCU’s known to be in Tabiteuea include two HQ (6th Fleet & 4 Air Division) as well as several base force and engineer units. There is little question that Tabiteuea plays a significant role in Pillager’s operations along the southeastern “corner” of the Japanese outer perimeter line.

What is probably two separate Jap transport TF’s were spotted or engaged this game turn by US submarine patrols operating along the sea route between Kwajalein and Tabiteuea.

US sub Stingray intercepted this Jap transport TF northwest of Tabiteuea. No information is available on the TF’s movement heading, though it’s likely the TF is either heading for Tabiteuea or returning from there. AAR follows. Note: this TF is not shown as detected on the situation map below.

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Sub attack near Abemama at 134,130 (NW of Tabiteuea)

Japanese Ships
xAK Otori Maru
PB Kyo Maru #5
xAK Shikano Maru
xAK Neikai Maru
xAK Toho Maru
PB Seki Maru

Allied Ships
SS Stingray

SS Stingray launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Otori Maru
Stingray diving deep ....
PB Seki Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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A second Japanese transport TF consisting of 8 ships (2 CM, 4 TK, 2 unknown) was detected by US sub Snapper off Tabituea – this TF shown detected on the situation map. Reported movement of the Jap TF is SE, probably heading into Tabiteuea base to deliver fuel supplies. SS Snapper also reported air attack by a D3A1 Val at its current position off Tabiteuea. No engagement between SS Snapper and the Jap TF was reported.

A third Japanese transport TF was intercepted this game turn SSW of Ponape, reported moving on a SE heading. Possible destinations of this TF include Tabiteuea but could easily be going elsewhere. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Ponape at 117,122 (SSW of Ponape, not shown on situation map)

Japanese Ships
AK Arimasan Maru

Allied Ships
SS Blackfish

AK Arimasan Maru is sighted by SS Blackfish
SS Blackfish launches 2 torpedoes at AK Arimasan Maru

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I was aware for some time that Pillager had the two Jap HQ identified above and the other LCU’s located at Tabiteuea, and suspected something rotten in that part of paradise. The picture is gradually becoming clearer. My estimate is Pillager has set up Tabiteuea as a naval replenishment base to support submarine operations and/or KB sorties into the South Pacific theatre as well as against sea communication routes between the mainland US and the South Pacific. I also consider it likely that Tabiteuea was used by the KB on its last “outing”. The forward and rather remote location of Tabiteuea makes it a somewhat vulnerable base for US carrier and surface naval attacks, hence its airfield size and what is very possibly a sizeable (though unconfirmed) contingent of Japanese LBA on Tabiteuea. Situation map of the Tabiteuea area follows.

This plot is so thick one could stick a spoon in it and it will stand upright, legend having it that USN shipboard coffee in the day often had a similar character. Stay tuned…





South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/31 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 16 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 14, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 3, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 5, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 13, Moving Southeast

US submarine Salmon on patrol in the southern sea approaches to Rabaul reports contact with a possible Jap surface ASW TF (4 ships) at hex location 107, 127 – reported moving SE. This contact may have also been reported in one or more of the preceeding coastwatcher report entries above.


DEI: Dutch sub patrol operating near southern exit of Sunda Straits between Java and Sumatra continues contact with same Jap surface ASW. Latest AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Oosthaven at 46,97 (S of Oosthaven)

Japanese Ships
PB Choyo Maru #2
PB Higashiyama Maru
PB Chitose Maru

Allied Ships
SS KXVI

SS KXVI is located by PB Choyo Maru #2
PB Higashiyama Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Chitose Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, one Jap TF in harbor (-1 from last report), 32 aircraft (32 fighters, no bombers), 8 Jap LCU’s. The Jap TF departing Rangoon appears to be the transport TF detected in Rangoon last game turn (4 ships, at least 2 TK).


India: Japanese air sweeps and an airfield bombing raid return over Ledo. Allied fighter squadrons in Ledo remained stood down awaiting replacement planes. Ledo appears to be a more important objective for Pillager to launch a Japanese air offensive against it than it is an objective for me to mount an Allied air defense of it. Considering there is no ongoing airlift of supplies from Ledo to China - given the volume of supply that can be transported to China via Ledo and the scale of the general supply point shortage within China (supply point stocks being virtually non-existent), it isn’t worth attempting a supply airlift into China, the amount of supply needed in China grossly exceeds the available air transport capacity. However, Ledo is the “port of call” for evacuation of Chinese AF squadrons to India as well as air transport operations to extract the few remaining Chinese LCU that can be evacuated from China by air. Japanese air activity over Ledo is having no significant effect on these operations. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 37

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
37 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 7

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet
4 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 9
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 18
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 27

Allied aircraft
no flights

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

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIb Trop: 6 damaged
Hurricane IIb Trop: 2 destroyed on ground
C-47 Skytrain: 6 damaged
C-47 Skytrain: 2 destroyed on ground

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

Airbase hits 3
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 11000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
18 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 11000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 33

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
33 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

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China: Japanese ground bombardment attacks continue along the southern approaches to Chungking and Chengtu. AAR’s of these actions show no change from last game turn.

Japanese reinforce ground bombardment at Sining in the far western area. A second unidentified Jap LCU is detected in the adjacent hex E of Sining and appears that it will join this action as a reinforcement shortly. AAR follows.

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Ground combat at Sining (80,32)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 25756 troops, 243 guns, 69 vehicles, Assault Value = 1301
Defending force 16683 troops, 77 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 586

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

Assaulting units:
6th Division
15th Tank Regiment (this unit joining the attack this game turn as a reinforcement)
17th Division
37th Division
12th Army
1st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
9th Separate Brigade
259th Brigade
17th Chinese Corps
303rd Brigade
82nd Chinese Corps
8th War Area
5th Chinese Base Force

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Yep, I overlooked that China is toast in your campaign. You are absolutely correct, Ledo is not a factor anymore as a forward supply base. One thing I did, I don't remember when, was to transfer a number of USAAF P-40 squadrons to India from the US. I think I sent 4 initially and then 4 more later. There are not enough fighter squadrons there, especially after the AVG is disbanded. The China units are essentially useless, needing months of training. I keep them at Karachi, basically permanently (through Oct 43 thus far). You will be receiving quite a few transport squadrons in the next few months. Might be time to decide where they can be best utilized. I have an airlift to Darwin going from Townsville. (among five that I am presently running). I have another to Broome, but I just set that up. Another is in the Solomons, and the other two are on the China run. Thus far this has enabled me to keep Darwin supplied without having to run the gauntlet with AKs. Took awhile to move enough support to Tennant, but now have 40+ transports moving supplies from Tennant to Darwin, and another 60 moving supplies to Tennant. It is not much, but it helps. I am also flying stuff in from Melbourne to Alice Springs. It is just a trickle.

Got caught up in a tempest over in the war room. Appreciate your allowing me to share my experiences with you and your readers. Thanks, John

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/14/2012 1:10:05 AM   
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quote:

Yep, I overlooked that China is toast in your campaign.

Though maybe not quite as fast as Pillager anticipated. For the moment at least I have the approaches to Chungking sufficiently clogged up to grind Japanese progress to a halt. I still may not keep China in the game but wasting as much of Pillager's time as possible is not bad either.

There's also two bypassed Chinese LCU (12 Base Force, 120 Red Chinese Division) marching across the rear-areas of Japanese-occuplied NW China. 120 Division was pushed out of Yenan some time ago - it may be unsupplied and at 20% TOE strength but it's on a long cross-country march from Yenan to the south and west, the LCU will eventually re-appear along the main supply route for Japanese forces in the far western area. This LCU and 12 Base Force are on a collision course with Japanese supply routes into the far west. You don't need supply to cut off your opponent's. I'm out of supply... you're out of supply. Fair deal to me.

quote:

Ledo is not a factor anymore as a forward supply base.

True. But Pillager doesn't see it that way. It's a nice unproductive diversion keeping his Burma air force occupied. Though if he pulls the Tojo fighter sweeps away from Ledo, the Allied CAP comes back. Ledo still has a minor role as a destination point for the small number of Chinese units still in China that are earmarked for evacuation to India.

quote:

The China units are essentially useless, needing months of training.

The Chinese LCU now in India are small (division size) and probably won't be that siginficant, though if I need that small division size LCU somewhere...

The Chinese air force in India could be a significant force, especially the fighter squadrons. In Pillager's and my last match in CHS, Chinese fighter squadrons operated quite successfully over Burma from Indian bases. With improved planes and Chinese fighter pilots trained to USAAF/RAF standards, the Chinese AF fighter force should be an equal to their British and US counterparts. I currently have six Chinese AF fighter squadrons in India, all in the rear, fully re-built and all in full training mode. I anticipate the employment of Chinese fighter squadrons from India in AE to have the same probability of success as my previous experience in CHS. The present circumstances (of Chinese forces in India) are considerably different from those in our earlier CHS match (then I had them in India strictly for supply reasons), but the end result should be similar if not the same.

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I have an airlift to Darwin going from Townsville. (among five that I am presently running).

I'm not even attempting to keep Darwin supplied, let alone strongly defend it (for the simple reason the defenders of Darwin cannot be adequately supplied). For the moment, Darwin is in "no-mans" land.

If Pillager wanted a Japanese invasion of NW Australia he would have done it by now. My estimate being that Pillager is no more interested in invading NW Australia as I am in investing significant resources to defend it. Pillager and I had a NW Australia campaign in our last CHS game and it did not go that well for the Japanese. In our last episode, Daly Waters became "Stalingrad in the Outback" with the entire Japanese ground army in NW Australia (15 LCU including two first-line divisions, tanks and artillery) playing the role of (German) Sixth Army. This after the massacre of hundreds of Jap planes in air-to-air battles and airfield bombing strikes.

At some point I could have an interest in expanding an Allied presence in Darwin if this base proves to be useful in launching Allied offensive operations against the DEI. No plans at this time. I can easily see moving and maintaining supply and fuel stockpiles in NW Australia to be problematical - this more than anything else preventing Darwin's use as a launching point for Allied offensive activities in the DEI. I'd be interested in following your activity and results in the NW Australia region.


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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/14/2012 4:50:26 AM   
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Darwin for me is just another holding pot. The eighth Aussie Inf Div is assembling there. 75 fighters are based there (which have shot down some 200 Bettys before the Bettys shifted to Wyndam, putting both the nothing airfield and port out of action.) The airlift helps, but occasionally I run some supply via AKs. If they are not detected it works. If detected, they get plastered. Enough supply gets through however.

Basically I have holding Darwin as a future jumping off place if I decide to take back the DEI. Most likely I will bypass it and go for the PI just to get the experience. Against a real opponent I would concentrate only on the central pacific thrust all the way to Taiwan. Let em starve in the PI. Its the old cut off the head and the arms go limp strategy. Would likely take Iwo and the other Bonins, Marcus, Okinawa and her sisters, build huge airbases and start reducing the homeland every chance I get. The Marianas are fine for the B-29s, but I want to get in close and really clobber them, using everything I have in the inventory.

My plan, after the Chindit and 5th Indian Div raid presently underway, is to take or interupt Mitkyania and the bases around there, then sit tight for the rest of the war. China, the same. DEI, the same. PI, will attack with MacA's forces just to see how it would be done, otherwise, finish the Marshalls, take Truk, Guam, Saipan, Tinian, Ulithi, Iwo, Okinawa, Marcus, and Taiwan in order to cut off all supply and put significant heat on the Japanese Homeland. I am reinforcing Dutch Hbr and Kodiak, but have no plans to push the japs off Kiska and Attu.

MacA is finishing up around Lae and then will proceed across NG to Sorong, a much better jumping off place than Darwin. Going to bypass Gasmata and Rabaul for now. From what intelligence I have developed, there is not much in NG to hold up MacA. Need to build up Lae though. I do not have any developed bases close to the action anymore. Buna is a seven airfield and the port is coming along. But I am too far away from Buna for it to be my major SWPAC support base. Lae isn't the answer either. But until I take Umbol island, which the Japs developed, none exist in the area.

Learned another twist, this time with the computer option on for subs. When subs take damage or upgrade, they fall into human control. And there they sit until reformed for patrol and restored to computer control. I have thirty plus boats crossing the pacific to resume patrols. They have been sitting in PH, SD, and so forth before I noticed that I had a bunch of subs in harbor sitting there waiting for orders. Sheesh. Got that fixed now. Way too much time in the O Club for those crews.

John

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/17/2012 2:31:33 AM   
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Johnjohn,

My plans for Darwin would probably resemble yours, once I get to developing any plans for it. Darwin is without a doubt the most feasible starting point for launching Allied offensive actions into the DEI.

Up to this point I have given little attention to the DEI other than monitoring for Japanese activity (little information on activity in the DEI visible or appearing in usable intelligence data). The fact this area is quiet and staying that way is in itself a potential Allied opportunity. Several "feasibility studies" for shattering this silence are being examined though no formal plans are yet in place.

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I run all my submarine activity manually. It's a bit of work with 80-90% of the submarine force at sea in any given time. There are very few locations at sea in the Pacific areas where Pillager's ships are not passing through or near the assigned patrol zone of a US submarine. At one point during Pillager's first KB raid into the sea area between Suva and New Zealand, there were 14 US submarines within a ten hex radius of the KB's current position. A typical Japanese transport TF moving between Tokyo and Truk can possibly encounter as many as 5-6 US patrol subs while moving along its route, a TF moving from Truk to Rabaul passes near 2-3 additional US subs. The sea areas between the Marshalls and Marianas, from the Japanese home islands south to the Solomons is a carpet of US subs. Any sortie of Japanese naval forces from Truk or Kwajalein south or eastward to attack Allied bases and sea areas will almost certainly pass through the patrol areas of multiple US subs. The submarine patrol areas I describe are in almost continuous operation.

One of my scheduled PP expenditure "projects" is an upgrading of commanding officers across the US submarine fleet, probably by the start of 1943 when the torpedoes get better.

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/17/2012 2:34:45 AM   
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Summary of Operations 11/02/42

Japanese Home Islands: Large Jap transport TF intercepted a second time by another US sub patrol near Okinawa, this the same Jap TF engaged by SS Tuna on 11/01. The location of this game turn’s action and the location of SS Tuna’s contact with this TF on 11/01 indicate the Jap TF’s movement is on a southward heading, probably bound for the Formosa Strait.

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Sub attack near Daito Shoto at 99,68 (ESE of Okinawa)

Japanese Ships
xAK Tarushima Maru, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage (reported sunk)
E Kasasagi
PB Kensin Maru
AK Koei Maru
AK Zenyo Maru
AK Yodogawa Maru
AK Yamazuki Maru
AK Yamaura Maru
AK Kumagawa Maru
AK Tacoma Maru
AK Seattle Maru
xAK Hofuku Maru
xAK Tatuno Maru
xAK Matumoto Maru
xAK Iburi Maru
xAK Senko Maru
DD Tsuga
E Sagi
E Hato

Allied Ships
SS Swordfish

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

SS Swordfish launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Tarushima Maru
DD Tsuga attacking submerged sub ....
E Sagi fails to find sub and abandons search
E Hato fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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11/42 Ship Upgrades: Scheduled ship upgrades for this month include a relatively small number of ships – three BB (Washington, North Carolina, Colorado) plus 12-15 DD’s. All ships scheduled for upgrade in 11/42 are now at shipyards in the mainland US and have begun the upgrade process. Estimated completion time of upgrades for all ships in this group is expected to be approximately 15 days.


Central Pacific: No detected Japanese ships, aircraft or other activity reported by US sub patrols in the Tabiteuea area.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 11/01 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 23 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 6, Moving Southeast


DEI: Sigint entry for 11/01 indicates elements of Japanese 53rd Infantry Division are now loaded aboard an xAP and enroute to Soerabaja. Previous reported location of 53 Division was in Tokyo on 10/15/42.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, one Jap TF in harbor, 35 aircraft (35 fighters, no bombers), 8 Jap LCU’s.


India: Japanese air sweeps and airfield bombing raid continue over Ledo. No reported damage to Ledo airfield facilities or to planes based there. AAR’s of this game turn’s action were not changed from those of the 11/01 Jap air strikes.


China: Japanese ground bombardment attacks continue along the southern approaches to Chungking and Chengtu, also at Sining in the far western area. Latest AAR’s follow.

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Ground combat at 75,46 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 42305 troops, 366 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 1441
Defending force 35081 troops, 213 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1250

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

Assaulting units:
59th Infantry Brigade
70th Division
34th Division
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
32nd Division
11th Army
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
9th Prov Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
38th New Chinese Division
19th Group Army
1st Group Army
25th Group Army

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Ground combat at 75,47 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 33905 troops, 322 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 1270
Defending force 50886 troops, 274 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1952

Assaulting units:
110th Division
39th Division
17th Tank Regiment
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
138th Infantry Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
45th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Division
26th Group Army
3rd War Area
27th Group Army

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Ground combat at 72,42 (S of Chengtu)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11791 troops, 94 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 430
Defending force 13505 troops, 139 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 486

Assaulting units:
35th Division

Defending units:
28th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
28th New Chinese Division
39th New Chinese Division
10th Group Army

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Ground combat at Sining (80,32)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 25801 troops, 243 guns, 69 vehicles, Assault Value = 1312
Defending force 16699 troops, 77 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 589

Assaulting units:
17th Division
15th Tank Regiment
6th Division
37th Division
12th Army
1st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
17th Chinese Corps
9th Separate Brigade
303rd Brigade
259th Brigade
82nd Chinese Corps
8th War Area
5th Chinese Base Force

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/20/2012 2:56:09 AM   
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Summary of Operations 11/03/42

North Pacific: Canadian naval search air patrol sights unidentified Jap submarine W of Victoria. Canadian surface ASW is being dispatched to the position of the contact to find and attack it if possible.


Central Pacific: US sub patrol reports contact with a KB task force near Tabiteuea. Movement heading of the KB task force is not known. It’s also not known whether the sighted KB task force is moving alone or if the full KB is operating in this area. AAR’s follow.

The possibility the KB has sortied again for a raid on Suva/Samoa and points south cannot be disregarded. Naval search air patrols flying northward from Suva have been increased, no other alerts or precautions for the South Pacific theatre area in effect as of now. The situation is being closely monitored. Two US transport convoys (one westbound, one eastbound) are now in transit within the South Pacific sea area, the routes of both convoys well to the south of Samoa – the KB is no immediate threat to either convoy and not expected to pose a threat.

There's little doubt this KB sortie originated in Kwajalein or possibly Tabiteuea. It can be concluded from this that Pillager now has Kwajalein and possibly Tabiteuea developed with a level of capability to support KB operations. US submarine patrols in the Pacific theatres will also be covering Japanese ship movements from Kwajalein/Tabiteuea in addition to their current activities elsewhere - this providing full coverage for all of KB's safe havens.

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ASW attack near Ocean Island at 132,134 (W of Tabiteuea)

Japanese Ships
BB Kirishima
CA Kumano
DD Yugiri
DD Sazanami
DD Oboro
DD Amagiri

Allied Ships
SS Snapper

SS Snapper is sighted by escort
Snapper diving deep ....
DD Oboro attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Ocean Island at 132,134 (same location W of Tabiteuea)

Japanese Ships
CV Soryu
BB Kirishima
CA Kumano
DD Yugiri
DD Sazanami
DD Oboro
DD Amagiri

Allied Ships
SS Snapper

SS Snapper launches 4 torpedoes at CV Soryu
DD Sazanami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Sazanami attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sigint entry for 11/02 reports heavy volume of intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Tabiteuea. Detected status of Tabiteuea shows undetermined planes based there, also ship(s) anchored in port. This Sigint report is possibly connected with the contact W of Tabiteuea between SS Snapper and the KB task force (see AAR above).


South Pacific: Sigint entry for 11/02 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Funafuti (Ellice Island group). Detected status of Funafuti shows no visible Japanese forces or activity.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 11/02 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 14 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 11 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville


DEI: Dutch submarine K-XVI on patrol off southern exit to Sunda Straits (between Java and Sumatra) detects a Jap surface ASW TF. No combat occurred. This particular sub patrol is positioned to detect entry of Japanese naval forces or transports into the eastern Indian Ocean sea area via Sunda Straits.

Sigint entry for 11/03 reports HQ Jap 14th Army now located in Koepang. This HQ had participated in the Philippine campaign and was transferred to the DEI from Manila. What’s curious is that current intelligence data reports another Jap Army HQ (2nd Army) is also located at Koepang, which begs the question of what two Jap Army HQ’s are doing together in this location. Other Japanese LCU’s known to be in Koepang include HQ 25 Air Flotilla, 20 Infantry Rgt, 1 Artillery Mortar Rgt, 16 Engineer Rgt and 42 Road Construction Co – not exactly an invasion force for NW Australia.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, one Jap TF in harbor, 43 aircraft (43 fighters, no bombers), 8 Jap LCU’s. Overall situation in Rangoon appears fairly static.


India: Small Japanese night bombing raid on Ledo, no reported damage or plane losses from this attack. No Jap daylight fighter sweeps or bombing strikes over Ledo this game turn. AAR of night bombing raid follows.

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Night Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Japanese aircraft
Ki-51 Sonia x 6

No Japanese losses

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

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China: Japanese ground bombardment attacks continue along the southern approaches to Chungking and Chengtu, also at Sining in the far western area. These attacks not changed from last game turn.

Japanese capture Urumchi in the far western area. AAR follows.

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Ground combat at Urumchi (79,11)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 13305 troops, 122 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 456
Defending force 4910 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 164
Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0
Japanese adjusted assault: 388
Allied adjusted defense: 75
Japanese assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Urumchi !!!

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

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

Allied ground losses:
1535 casualties reported
Squads: 33 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 49 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 15 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 3

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
3rd Division

Defending units:
34th Separate Brigade
19th Chinese Base Force
21st Chinese Base Force

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Sigint entry for 11/02 reports Japanese 15th Infantry Division is now located at Kweiyang, this report also an indication Pillager is moving Jap LCU(s) from the northern front of the Chungking sector to reinforce attacks toward Chungking from the south.


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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/22/2012 3:41:16 AM   
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Summary of Operations 11/04/42

North Pacific: Contact lost with unidentified Jap submarine W of Victoria spotted on 11/03. Canadian surface ASW reached the position where the Jap sub was detected, failed to sight or engage.


Central Pacific: No further contact with KB task forces near Tabiteuea. US sub Stingray reports contact with a F1M2 Pete floatplane in the adjacent hex E of Ocean Is, possible this plane could be from a KB escort ship. SS Stingray’s position is slightly north of the location where the KB task force (CV Soryu) was engaged by SS Snapper on 11/03.

Sigint entry for 11/03 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Jaluit. Detected status of Jaluit shows no visible Jap forces or activity.


South Pacific: Sigint entries for 11/03 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Munda and Efate. Detected statuses of the two bases show no visible Japanese forces or activity in either location.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 11/03 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 20 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 4 Jap TF’s in harbor (+3 from last report), 41 aircraft (41 fighters, no bombers), 8 Jap LCU’s. Three new Jap TF reported in Rangoon include two Surface ASW and a third transport TF (4 ships, including 3 TK).


India: Jap Ki-44-IIa Tojo fighter sweeps return over Ledo, also bombing raids (one night, one daylight) on Ledo airfield. No reported damage to airfield facilities or plane losses. AAR of fighter sweeps and day bombing strike follow.

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Morning Air attack on Ledo , at 65,38

Weather in hex: Light rain

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 14

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Ledo , at 65,38

Weather in hex: Light rain

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 24

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet
5 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Ledo , at 65,38

Weather in hex: Light rain

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 9
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 10
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 26

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
C-47 Skytrain: 6 damaged
C-47 Skytrain: 1 destroyed on ground
P-40E Warhawk: 9 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground
Hurricane IIb Trop: 9 damaged
Hurricane IIb Trop: 1 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 4
Runway hits 10

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 11000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
10 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 11000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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China: Chinese re-capture Kiuchuan in the far western area, partially cut supply route to Japanese 3rd Infantry Division at Urumchi. Chinese forces entering Kiuchuan consisted of 12 Base Force LCU (containing a small number of infantry squads, enough to do the job). Plans are to completely cut off all supply to Jap 3 Division with the base force LCU, force Pillager to send a relief force to free 3 Division from its “trap”, this at least diverting a small quantity of Japanese ground forces that would otherwise be used in a final assault on Chungking, Sining or elsewhere.

Latest AAR’s follow from southern front of Chungking sector, also Sining in the western area.

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Ground combat at Sining (80,32)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 25941 troops, 260 guns, 69 vehicles, Assault Value = 1315
Defending force 16720 troops, 77 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 592

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

Assaulting units:
15th Tank Regiment
17th Division
6th Division
37th Division
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment (arrived this game turn as reinforcement from Sian – northern area)
12th Army
1st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
9th Separate Brigade
17th Chinese Corps
303rd Brigade
259th Brigade
82nd Chinese Corps
8th War Area
5th Chinese Base Force

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Ground combat at 75,46 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 39084 troops, 357 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 1458
Defending force 35162 troops, 210 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1263

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

Assaulting units:
34th Division
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
70th Division
59th Infantry Brigade
32nd Division
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
11th Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment (arrived this game turn as reinforcement from northern front of Chungking sector)

Defending units:
100th Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
38th New Chinese Division
19th Group Army
1st Group Army
25th Group Army

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Ground combat at 75,47 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 33931 troops, 322 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 1273
Defending force 50880 troops, 274 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1954

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

Assaulting units:
17th Tank Regiment
39th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
110th Division
138th Infantry Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
46th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Division
3rd War Area
26th Group Army
27th Group Army

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Ground combat at 72,42 (S of Chengtu)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11890 troops, 94 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 441
Defending force 13623 troops, 139 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 504

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

Assaulting units:
35th Division

Defending units:
28th New Chinese Division
88th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
39th New Chinese Division
10th Group Army

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/22/2012 9:33:50 PM   
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Summary of Operations 11/05/42

Central Pacific: No further reports or sighting of the KB.

Sigint entry for 11/04 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Wotje. Detected status of Wotje shows no visible Jap forces or activity.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 11/04 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 13, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: AK Nagara Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 4 Jap TF’s in harbor, 29 aircraft (29 fighters, no bombers), 8 Jap LCU’s.

Dutch sub patrol off Rangoon reports contact with Jap surface ASW. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Moulmein at 54,56 (S of Rangoon)

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-8
PB Hong Kong Maru
SC CHa-27

Allied Ships
SS O21

SS O21 is located by SC CHa-8
O21 bottoming out ....
PB Hong Kong Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
SC CHa-27 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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India: No Jap fighter sweeps over Ledo, one daylight bombing raid on Ledo airfield. No reported damage to airfield facilities, 3 planes destroyed on the ground. AAR follows.

Employment of Ki-44 Tojo fighter sweeps over Ledo is being monitored. If Pillager reduces or completely removes the sweeps, this might be cause for Allied CAP to emerge from being dormant.

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 14
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 11
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 26

Allied aircraft
no flights

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

Allied aircraft losses
DC-2: 6 damaged
DC-2: 1 destroyed on ground
Hurricane IIb Trop: 4 damaged
C-47 Skytrain: 6 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 1 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground
DC-3: 4 damaged
DC-3: 1 destroyed on ground

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

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 9

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 11000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
11 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 11000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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China: Latest AAR’s follow from southern front of Chungking sector, including a new Japanese ground attack opened along the left (eastern) flank of this front.

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Ground combat at 75,46 (near Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 39265 troops, 357 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 1478
Defending force 35131 troops, 210 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1262

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

Assaulting units:
70th Division
34th Division
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
59th Infantry Brigade
32nd Division
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
11th Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
15th Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
38th New Chinese Division
19th Group Army
1st Group Army
25th Group Army

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Ground combat at 75,47 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 33932 troops, 322 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 1273
Defending force 50848 troops, 274 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1949

Assaulting units:
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
17th Tank Regiment
39th Division
110th Division
138th Infantry Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
45th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Division
3rd War Area
26th Group Army
27th Group Army

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Ground combat at 76,47 (new Japanese attack E of Chungking)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 12307 troops, 102 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 455
Defending force 11189 troops, 112 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 451
Japanese adjusted assault: 184
Allied adjusted defense: 253
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
138 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
541 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 77 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 20 (5 destroyed, 15 disabled)

Assaulting units:
22nd Division (previously reported near Chihkiang on 9/15/42)

Defending units:
63rd Chinese Corps
65th Chinese Corps
12th Group Army
25th Chinese Corps

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Ground combat at 72,42 (S of Chengtu)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11890 troops, 94 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 652
Defending force 13657 troops, 139 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 507

Assaulting units:
35th Division
2nd Ind.Mixed Brigade (arrived this game turn from southern China to reinforce attack)

Defending units:
88th Chinese Corps
28th New Chinese Division
28th Chinese Corps
39th New Chinese Division
10th Group Army

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Japanese ground bombardment continues at Sining in the western area. AAR not changed from last game turn.

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/24/2012 4:13:50 AM   
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Got to love the aggressiveness if not the effectiveness of submarine attacks. Akagi, now Soryu, and no hits either time. I have upgraded the commanders and are starting to get results, but I think most of that is due to better torpedos. Good luck with the submariners. John

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/25/2012 4:34:41 AM   
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Johnjohn,

I'm just biding my time with the submarines. At this point in 1942 it's not so much how much or what the submarines manage to torpedo or sink, it's that they're out there and your Japanese opponent knows they are. Many of my sub patrols do not intercept any Japanese ships while they're out in their patrol areas but Pillager is constantly spotting them, at least several each game turn and in constantly changing locations. Pillager may not be concerned with those subs now, but that will change come 1943 and they will spread Japanese ASW resources very thin.

Green dots on the map below inside the US submarine patrol operating area represent individual US submarines.




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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/25/2012 4:39:55 AM   
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Summary of Operations 11/06/42

Central Pacific: Japanese transport TF engaged by a group of five US submarines enroute to assigned patrol areas. One small Jap transport sunk. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Ailinglaplap at 132,118 (WSW of Kwajalein)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Konsan Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (confirmed sunk)
xAKL Miyako Maru
PB Sureboko Maru

Allied Ships
SS Tunny

SS Tunny launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Konsan Maru
Tunny diving deep ....
PB Sureboko Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...

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South Pacific: US transport (xAK) unloading cargo in Tahiti reports spotting by unknown Japanese aircraft. The transport completed unloading of its cargo and is departing Tahiti this game turn as scheduled. At this point, it’s believed the Jap plane is likely a floatplane from a nearby submarine – occasional Jap submarine patrols are known to operate in the Tahiti sea area. While it’s considered unlikely the KB is in the Tahiti area, several minesweepers based in Tahiti have put to sea as a precaution.

Two small New Zealand xAP report a contact with Jap submarine between Auckland and Raoul Is. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Waipapakauri at 122,182 (NE of Auckland)

Japanese Ships
SS I-1

Allied Ships
xAP Maori

xAP Maori is sighted by SS I-1
SS I-1 launches 2 torpedoes at xAP Maori

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Sub-units of US 2nd Marine Division now combined to form the divisional LCU. Units of this division had been dispatched piecemeal to the South Pacific theatre and distributed as garrisons on various islands – these elements were collected together for combining into the parent formation. With this action, there are now five US divisions deployed in the South Pacific – 2nd & 3rd Marine Divisions; 37th, 40th & 41st US Infantry Divisions.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 11/05 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: xAKL Koyu Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 3 Jap TF’s in harbor (-1 from last report), no definitive report of aircraft (though unspecified Jap planes remain based in Rangoon), 8 Jap LCU’s.


India: Jap Ki-44-IIa Tojo fighter sweeps resumed over Ledo, daylight bombing raid on Ledo airfield. No reported damage to airfield facilities, 2 C-47 transport planes destroyed on the ground.

Remnants of Chinese 96th Infantry Division airlifted into Ledo from Chengtu. At 7% of TOE strength, the division was no longer usable in China, nor could the LCU be rebuilt with replacement elements in China due to the overall supply point situation there. The most feasible course of action being a relatively cheap (PP cost) transfer to Southeast Asia command and evacuation by air to India. 96 Division will be moved to a rear-area base in India to draw replacement elements and rebuild to full strength. Four other Chinese infantry divisions are already in India and drawing replacements, 96 Division being the fifth Chinese ground unit to do so.


China: Japanese launch general offensive across all sectors of the southern front outside Chungking. AAR’s and current situation map follow.

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Ground combat at 75,47 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 26326 troops, 258 guns, 136 vehicles, Assault Value = 1274
Defending force 50871 troops, 274 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1952
Japanese adjusted assault: 559
Allied adjusted defense: 2908
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 5

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

Japanese ground losses:
1046 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 214 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 36 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 34 disabled
Guns lost 37 (1 destroyed, 36 disabled)
Vehicles lost 20 (1 destroyed, 19 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
615 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 98 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled

Assaulting units:
110th Division
39th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
17th Tank Regiment
138th Infantry Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
45th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Division
26th Group Army
3rd War Area
27th Group Army

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Ground combat at 75,46 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 25282 troops, 253 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 1484
Defending force 35170 troops, 209 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1266
Japanese adjusted assault: 304
Allied adjusted defense: 1987
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 6

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

Japanese ground losses:
2680 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 300 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 32 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Guns lost 26 (2 destroyed, 24 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1025 casualties reported
Squads: 35 destroyed, 54 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
70th Division
34th Division
59th Infantry Brigade
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
32nd Division
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
11th Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
8th New Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
38th New Chinese Division
1st Group Army
19th Group Army
25th Group Army

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Ground combat at 76,47 (E of Chungking)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 12170 troops, 102 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 440
Defending force 10716 troops, 108 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 394
Japanese adjusted assault: 67
Allied adjusted defense: 157
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
306 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Allied ground losses:
769 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 79 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled

Assaulting units:
22nd Division

Defending units:
63rd Chinese Corps
65th Chinese Corps
12th Group Army
25th Chinese Corps

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Ground combat at 72,42 (S of Chengtu)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 17746 troops, 132 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 652
Defending force 13682 troops, 139 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 509
Japanese adjusted assault: 387
Allied adjusted defense: 553
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
860 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 92 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled

Allied ground losses:
957 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 90 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 29 (1 destroyed, 28 disabled)

Assaulting units:
35th Division
2nd Ind.Mixed Brigade

Defending units:
28th New Chinese Division
88th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
39th New Chinese Division
10th Group Army

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Japanese ground bombardment continues at Sining in the western area. Latest AAR follows.

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Ground combat at Sining (80,32)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 25933 troops, 260 guns, 69 vehicles, Assault Value = 1317
Defending force 16702 troops, 77 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 590

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

Assaulting units:
15th Tank Regiment
17th Division
6th Division
37th Division
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
12th Army
1st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
17th Chinese Corps
259th Brigade
303rd Brigade
9th Separate Brigade
82nd Chinese Corps
8th War Area
5th Chinese Base Force

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Summary of Operations 11/07/42

Central Pacific: Sigint entry from 11/06 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Marcus Is. Detected status of Marcus Is shows no visible Japanese forces or activity. Available intelligence data has one Jap LCU (43 Naval Gd) known to be at Marcus Is.

Another 11/06 Sigint entry reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from an unidentified Jap submarine detected at hex location 172, 141 (due W of Christmas Is). No information available on the submarine’s movement. No Allied ships operating in the immediate vicinity of this contact.


South Pacific: No further reports of Japanese aircraft at Tahiti.

Entry in 11/06 Combat Events report indicates unknown object (not presumed to be friendly) is stuck in the harbor protection net at Auckland. Maybe we caught a Jap midget submarine? A whale? Several surface ASW and minesweeping TF’s were formed and now prowling the Auckland base hex in search of Jap mines and midget subs. Several US S-class subs due to arrive next game turn in Auckland for 10/42 ship upgrade and/or minor repairs have been temporarily diverted elsewhere – let the minesweepers and ASW do their work if Pillager had indeed laid some eggs.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 11/06 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: AK Asakasan Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown


Southeast Asia: Dutch submarine K-XVIII passing through the Straits of Malacca drew three separate attacks this game turn by Jap air patrols (Ki-21 Sally, Ki-30 Ann). K-XVIII received no hits from any of these attacks.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 3 Jap TF’s in harbor, 32 aircraft (32 fighters, no bombers), 8 Jap LCU’s.


India: Jap Ki-44-IIa Tojo fighter sweeps over Ledo, also two daylight bombing raids on Ledo airfield. Reported damage to airfield facilities – 16 airfield service, 3 runway. Three C-47 transport planes and 1 Hurricane IIa destroyed on the ground.

At this point in time, Allied air operations from Ledo airfield currently underway are being completed and the airfield wound down. One transferrable Chinese infantry division that can be evacuated to India remains in Chengtu. Transport planes based in Ledo are now picking up elements of this division from Chengtu and bringing it to Ledo – once this is done, there is no further need to retain air transport squadrons in Ledo and these will be removed. RAF fighter squadrons in Ledo will also transfer out. Unless it serves a clearly defined purpose, what there is no need to contest will not be contested, that being a waste of resources. I have engineers in Ledo, Pillager can bomb an empty airfield and it can be repaired as quickly as he can damage it.

Departure of Allied air assets from Ledo is not permanent, what air units are there have now completed the operations they came to accomplish and are being removed as there is no longer a useful purpose for them to remain. When there are new air missions to run from Ledo, the planes will return. Allied LCU’s now in Ledo will remain there, transfer of one or more additional flak LCU(s) into Ledo is being considered.

AAR’s of Jap air operations over Ledo follow.

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 14

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 13

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet
5 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 4
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 5
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 10
Ki-51 Sonia x 9

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
C-47 Skytrain: 13 damaged
C-47 Skytrain: 1 destroyed on ground
DC-3: 5 damaged
Hurricane IIb Trop: 7 damaged
Hurricane IIb Trop: 1 destroyed on ground
DC-2: 1 damaged

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

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 10

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 50 kg GP Bomb
5 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 11000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 11000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 6
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 6
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 17

Allied aircraft
no flights

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

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIb Trop: 1 damaged
C-47 Skytrain: 11 damaged
C-47 Skytrain: 1 destroyed on ground
DC-2: 3 damaged

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

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 11000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
6 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 11000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 14

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

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Indian Ocean: Another ship collision, Johnjohn. A fender-bender between two British TK’s in a fuel convoy bound from Abaden to Australia via Capetown. No known Japanese activity in the area of this convoy and rather unlikely there is any.

It appears at least one of the two ships involved in a collision receives significant damage much of the time. This particular collision was not terribly bad, though inconvenient as it does lay up a damaged TK for awhile once it reaches Capetown. Entry from 11/06 Operations report and TF display follow for illustrative purposes.

TK British Dutchess collides with TK British Destiny at 10, 9





China: Japanese capture Sining in the far western area. AAR follows.

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Ground combat at Sining (80,32)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 37520 troops, 362 guns, 161 vehicles, Assault Value = 1317
Defending force 16719 troops, 77 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 594
Japanese adjusted assault: 1630
Allied adjusted defense: 541
Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Sining !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
994 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 87 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Guns lost 22 (4 destroyed, 18 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
5561 casualties reported
Squads: 185 destroyed, 107 disabled
Non Combat: 196 destroyed, 74 disabled
Engineers: 22 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 9 (8 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 6
Units destroyed 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
15th Tank Regiment
6th Division
17th Division
37th Division
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
12th Army
1st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
259th Brigade
303rd Brigade
9th Separate Brigade
17th Chinese Corps
82nd Chinese Corps
8th War Area
5th Chinese Base Force

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Latest AAR’s of Japanese attacks on the southern front outside Chungking follow.

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Ground combat at 75,46 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 40699 troops, 393 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 1258
Defending force 34449 troops, 209 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1201

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

Assaulting units:
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
70th Division
34th Division
59th Infantry Brigade
32nd Division
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
11th Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
8th New Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
38th New Chinese Division
19th Group Army
1st Group Army
25th Group Army

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Ground combat at 75,47 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 32276 troops, 322 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 1100
Defending force 50232 troops, 274 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1879

Assaulting units:
39th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
17th Tank Regiment
110th Division
138th Infantry Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
45th Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Division
26th Group Army
3rd War Area
27th Group Army

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Ground combat at 76,47 (E of Chungking)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 11964 troops, 102 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 419
Defending force 10094 troops, 108 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 328
Japanese adjusted assault: 108
Allied adjusted defense: 148
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
337 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 20 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled

Allied ground losses:
212 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 22 (14 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Assaulting units:
22nd Division

Defending units:
63rd Chinese Corps
65th Chinese Corps
12th Group Army
25th Chinese Corps

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Ground combat at 72,42 (S of Chengtu)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 16982 troops, 132 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 577
Defending force 12955 troops, 137 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 420
Japanese adjusted assault: 264
Allied adjusted defense: 517
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
485 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
528 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 48 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Assaulting units:
35th Division
2nd Ind.Mixed Brigade

Defending units:
28th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
28th New Chinese Division
39th New Chinese Division
10th Group Army


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October 17, 1943. Am proceeding with massive repair and minor upgrades on all ships. Most supply vessels have now rotated through various yards and repaired all minor damage. The big boys are nearly finished with Oct 43 upgrades. Plans are completed for a four island invasion in November. Roi-Namur, Kwajalene, Amingalaplap (sp?) and Eniwetok are the targets. Wotje is no longer required, so the troops scheduled there are being added to the Kwajalene assault. I have 7 CVs at PH along with several fast CVLs ready to support the effort. The slow battleships are still on the west coast, though most have finished rebuildiing and repairs. 8 Divisions are at PH ready to go with 1st Marine Div ready at Makin and 3rd Marine Div ready at Tarawa as the reserve.

Once the Marshalls are secure, the object is to move west to Truk and then to the Marianas. Am not in a hurry. Have found that it is better to wait for the logistical tail to catch up.

McA is working his way up the coast to Madang. SWPAC is ready to move from Brisbane. I don't expect serious trouble from the Enemy on NG, but anything is possible.

Intelligence is mulling the lack of offensive operations across the board by the enemy. Either the supply situation has become urgent or the AI is up to something. I rather think the former is most likely.

John

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Johnjohn,

quote:

Have found that it is better to wait for the logistical tail to catch up.

I strongly suspect things move at the speed of your logistical tail, whether you would like to move at that pace or not.

I have an extensive amount of intelligence on Pillager's Jap LCU deployments and locations which includes virtually the entire Japanese OOB. This should provide a fairly good picture of what he is and is not defending. The dividend from maintaining the spreadsheet of Jap LCU's will allow me an easily obtained list of Japanese units (of all types) that are located in practically any Japanese-controlled base on the map with a fairly high degree of accuracy. Basically I will know most if not all of what's waiting ashore for my invasion before a single ship leaves the harbor. This intelligence data will play no small part in determining the route(s) of US offensive advances in the Pacific theatres. Pillager can't cover everything, only a matter of what he doesn't or can't defend adequately. My opinion being that Pillager will very heavily occupy the major objectives and key routes into them. I will likely take what he gives me initially then gradually pry open his Japanese strongpoints.

I'm still not holding much of a chance that China will hold out, but it's going to be longer than I thought and longer than Pillager wants it to take. The one advantage I do have with the Chinese at this point (if anything) is that nearly all the Chinese forces are compressed into a fairly small area - concept of interior lines. Pillager is trying to approach Chungking from various directions and as long as I can keep a sufficient Chinese force in front of each attack to stop or seriously delay it, the fall of China continues to drag out. The Chinese supply situation is going to make a fall almost inevitable, though it could take a long time.

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Summary of Operations 11/08/42

Eastern US: Transport convoy EX-22 (25 ships) departing Eastern US this game turn for Australia via Capetown. Cargo aboard the convoy includes one LCU (11 Marine Defense Bn), six air squadrons (two transport, four 2E bomber), 58K supply and 58K fuel.


South Pacific: A minesweeper returning to base at Tahiti reports contact with Japanese floatplane in Tahiti base hex. Likely this floatplane is operating from a Jap submarine somewhere in the area.

Sigint entry for 11/07 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Efate. Detected status of Efate shows no visible Japanese forces or activity, also no evidence of construction activity to expand port or airfield facilities at Efate. Available intelligence data has one Jap LCU (86 Naval Gd) known to be at Efate.

No reports of Japanese mines or submarines found in Auckland base hex by Allied minesweepers and surface ASW patrols dispatched in response to the 11/06 Combat Events entry indicating an unknown object was “caught in the net” at Auckland. Minesweeping and ASW patrols in Auckland base hex will continue at least one more day. Ships bound into Auckland that had been diverted last game turn will be allowed to proceed into Auckland – this diversion imposing no significant delays.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 11/07 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Uyo Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 12, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 105,125 near Rabaul, Speed 7, Moving West
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 34 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed 13, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,136 near Thousand Ships Bay, Speed 7, Moving Northwest


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 3 Jap TF’s in harbor, 39 aircraft (39 fighters, no bombers), 8 Jap LCU’s.


India: No Japanese air activity this game turn over Ledo. The two USAAF P-40E fighter squadrons that had been operating in Ledo are now withdrawn to Calcutta and drawing replacement aircraft and pilots.

One difficulty encountered with operating air squadrons in Ledo was delays that the squadrons had in drawing replacement planes from the pools, this despite sufficient supply points and replacement pool planes on hand, a size 7 airfield and the presence in Ledo of US Tenth Air Force HQ and three Base Force LCU’s. This difficulty does impair air operations from Ledo for more than a short period – recent experience in Ledo having “worn out” air squadrons operating in Ledo needing to transfer from Ledo to a rear-area base in order to draw replacement planes quickly without a significant delay. This particularly affected the ability to sustain fighter CAP operations over Ledo. The situation with replacement planes as much as Pillager’s Ki-44 Tojo reinforcements prompted the stopping of Allied fighter ops over Ledo – though I would have rather continued air-to-air combat over Ledo, difficulty in keeping Allied fighter squadrons fully operational at Ledo did not make sustaining this endeavor cost-effective.


China: Japanese activity on the southern front outside Chungking is slowing down. Latest AAR’s follow.

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Ground combat at 75,46 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 40758 troops, 393 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 1261
Defending force 34520 troops, 209 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1208

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

Assaulting units:
70th Division
59th Infantry Brigade
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
34th Division
32nd Division
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
11th Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
72nd Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
38th New Chinese Division
19th Group Army
1st Group Army
25th Group Army

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Ground combat at 75,47 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 32477 troops, 322 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 1125
Defending force 50210 troops, 274 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1879

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

Assaulting units:
110th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
39th Division
17th Tank Regiment
138th Infantry Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
46th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Division
26th Group Army
3rd War Area
27th Group Army

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Summary of Operations 11/09/42

Mainland US: US 31 Infantry Regiment was re-activated from eliminated LCU’s (this LCU starting the game in the Philippines). Cost to re-activate 31 Regiment was 15 PP and the unit will arrive at San Francisco as a reinforcement in 36 days under West Coast command. Plans are to immediately transfer the cadre of 31 Regiment from West Coast to a front-line command on re-entry to the game, then rebuild to full TOE strength with replacement elements. 31 Regiment will remain in the mainland US while drawing elements from the replacement pools.

My selection of 31 Regiment for re-activation was based on (1) nationality, (2) the fact it’s a combat LCU, (3) replacement elements for building the unit to full TOE strength are readily available, (4) it’s very likely this particular unit will become useful in future operations.


Central Pacific: Sub-units of US 24th Infantry Division combined to form divisional LCU under Pacific Ocean Areas (Central Pacific theatre) command. This action represents the initial phase of LCU build-up for US amphibious forces that will eventually operate under Central Pacific theatre.

Sigint entry for 11/08 reports heavy volume of Jap radio transmissions from Kwajalein. Detected status of Kwajalein shows no visible Japanese TF’s or other forces, though there are undetermined Jap ships and planes based in Kwajalein as expected.

Another Sigint entry for 11/08 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Tarawa. Detected status of Tarawa shows no visible Japanese forces. Evidence of construction activity on Tarawa to increase port and airfield sizes observed – current port size 3(1), airfield size 3(2). Only one Jap LCU (53 Naval Gd) is known to be on Tarawa from available intelligence data – likely at least one additional undetected Jap LCU containing engineer squads exists on Tarawa given the port and airfield construction activity reported above.

US sub patrol intercepts Jap transport TF south of Truk. No report of the Jap TF’s movement is available. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Truk at 112,114 (S of Truk)

Japanese Ships
xAK Shikano Maru
xAK Nittei Maru
xAK Toho Maru
PB Seki Maru

Allied Ships
SS Haddock

SS Haddock launches 4 torpedoes at xAK Shikano Maru
PB Seki Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: US sub patrol in the southern sea approaches to Rabaul attacked by Jap surface ASW. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Feni Islands at 107,127 (S of Rabaul)

Japanese Ships
PB Kyo Maru #10
PB Nanpo Maru
PB Myoken Maru

Allied Ships
SS Salmon

SS Salmon is located by PB Kyo Maru #10
Salmon diving deep ....
PB Nanpo Maru attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sigint entry for 11/08 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Tanna (located S of Efate). Detected status of Tanna shows no visible Japanese forces or activity. Sasebo 3 SNLF is known to be located on Tanna from available intelligence data.

Another Sigint entry for 11/08 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Thousand Ships Bay in the Solomons. Detected status shows no visible Japanese forces, though evidence of airfield construction at Thousand Ships Bay was observed. One Jap LCU (6 Independent SNLF Co) is known to be at Thousand Ships Bay from available intelligence data – likely there is at least one additional undetected Jap LCU containing engineer squads at Thousand Ships Bay given the airfield construction activity reported above.

No reports of “foreign objects” found in Auckland base hex by Allied minesweepers and surface ASW patrols. These patrols are being stood down.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 11/08 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 17 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: xAKL Buyo Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown


DEI: Dutch submarine K-XVIII on recon near Palembang reports multiple Jap air attacks (Ki-21 Sally, Ki-49 Helen), minor system damage reported. K-XVIII spotted two Japanese TF’s off Palembang - one TF probable surface ASW, the second Jap TF not identified.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF’s in harbor (-1 from last report), 36 aircraft (36 fighters, no bombers), 8 Jap LCU’s. Situation at Rangoon remains static, at least based on available information.


India: Japanese air activity resumes over Ledo. Reported damage at Ledo – service damage 5, runway damage 1. Five Allied planes reported destroyed on the ground in Ledo (4 transport planes, one Hurricane IIb). AAR’s follow.

Air evacuation of Chinese 200th Infantry Division from Chengtu to Ledo completed. 200 Division is at 3% of TOE strength, its transfer from China to India being a rather cheap and quick process. The division is now in Southeast Asia command and preparing for movement from Ledo to a rear-area base in India for rebuilding with replacement elements.

All remaining Allied air squadrons in Ledo were transferred out as any air missions to be performed in Ledo have now been completed.

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 14

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Ledo at 65,38

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 27

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet
8 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Ledo, at 65,38

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 7
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 11
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 27
Ki-51 Sonia x 15

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
DC-2: 10 damaged
DC-2: 1 destroyed on ground
Hurricane IIb Trop: 5 damaged
Hurricane IIb Trop: 1 destroyed on ground
C-47 Skytrain: 14 damaged
C-47 Skytrain: 1 destroyed on ground
DC-3: 1 damaged
DC-3: 1 destroyed on ground

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

Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 21

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 50 kg GP Bomb
7 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 11000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
11 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 11000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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China: Japanese activity on the southern front outside Chungking, also Jap forces attack and advance in the mountains south of Chengtu. Latest AAR’s follow.

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Ground combat at 75,46 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 41028 troops, 394 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 1277
Defending force 34509 troops, 208 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1208

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

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

Assaulting units:
34th Division
70th Division
59th Infantry Brigade
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
32nd Division
11th Army
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
8th New Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
38th New Chinese Division
1st Group Army
19th Group Army
25th Group Army

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Ground combat at 75,47 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 32580 troops, 322 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 1135
Defending force 50178 troops, 274 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1875

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

Assaulting units:
39th Division
17th Tank Regiment
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
110th Division
138th Infantry Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
67th Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Division
3rd War Area
26th Group Army
27th Group Army

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Ground combat at 72,42 (S of Chengtu)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 29554 troops, 236 guns, 74 vehicles, Assault Value = 1019
Defending force 12688 troops, 137 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 387
Japanese adjusted assault: 683
Allied adjusted defense: 259
Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
439 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 63 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
4483 casualties reported
Squads: 164 destroyed, 53 disabled
Non Combat: 170 destroyed, 37 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 10 disabled
Guns lost 28 (17 destroyed, 11 disabled)
Units retreated 5

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
104th Division
35th Division
2nd Ind.Mixed Brigade

Defending units:
88th Chinese Corps
28th New Chinese Division
28th Chinese Corps
39th New Chinese Division
10th Group Army


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Summary of Operations 11/10/42

Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 11/09 reports heavy volume of Jap radio transmissions from Kwajalein for a second consecutive day. Detected status of Kwajalein again shows no visible Japanese TF’s or LCU’s, though the expected Jap ships and planes based in Kwajalein are visible.

Unidentified Jap submarine detected ENE of Laysan Is, reported moving E. Entry in 11/09 Operations report indicates a Jap floatplane spotted over Laysan Is (this likely from the sub). No Allied ships currently near this contact or projected to move through its vicinity.

US sub patrol intercepts Jap transport TF south of Truk. Jap TF is reported moving on a SW heading, possible destination Rabaul. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Lihir at 112,117 (NE of Kavieng)

Japanese Ships
TK Nanrei Maru
TK Juko Maru
PB Kosin Maru #3

Allied Ships
SS Albacore

SS Albacore launches 4 torpedoes at TK Nanrei Maru
Albacore diving deep ....
PB Kosin Maru #3 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Another Jap transport TF intercepted south of Truk by a US submarine patrol. No report of this Jap TF’s movement heading. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Ponape at 115,121 (SW of Ponape, E of Kavieng)

Japanese Ships
AK Arimasan Maru

Allied Ships
SS Blackfish

SS Blackfish launches 2 torpedoes at AK Arimasan Maru

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South Pacific: Transport convoy WP-22 (10 transport ships, 7 SC, 6 mine warfare ships) arrived in Auckland this game turn from the mainland US. Cargo arriving aboard the transport ships in convoy WP-22 includes three air squadrons (1 4E bomber, 1 recon, 1 transport), 39 K supply and 19 K fuel. Convoy WP-22 is the second of two convoys bringing light ASW ships (SC) from the mainland US for deployment in the South Pacific theatre. The mine warfare ships (4 ACM, 1 CM, 1 AM) arriving with the convoy are also intended to stay in New Zealand for future deployment within the South Pacific theatre.

US sub patrol in the southern sea approaches to Rabaul reports continued contact with Jap surface ASW. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Feni Islands at 107,127 (S of Rabaul)

Japanese Ships
PB Myoken Maru
PB Kyo Maru #10
PB Nanpo Maru

Allied Ships
SS Salmon

SS Salmon is located by PB Myoken Maru
Salmon diving deep ....
PB Nanpo Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Myoken Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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Daily coastwatcher entries from 11/09 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 17 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor (-1 from last report), 44 aircraft (44 fighters, no bombers), 8 Jap LCU’s.


China: Japanese ground bombardments on the southern front outside Chungking, AAR’s not changed from last game turn.

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Summary of Operations 11/11/42

Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 11/10 report Jap radio transmissions from Ocean Is and Jaluit. No visible Japanese forces or activity at either location.

Contact lost with Jap submarine detected near Laysan Is on 11/10.

US sub patrol intercepts a large Jap xAP between Truk and Ponape. No report on the movement of this Jap transport ship or information on whether the Jap transport is moving alone or with other ship(s). AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Truk at 115,111 (SE of Truk)

Japanese Ships
xAP Hakone Maru

Allied Ships
SS Grayling

xAP Hakone Maru is sighted by SS Grayling
SS Grayling launches 4 torpedoes at xAP Hakone Maru

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South Pacific: Contacts continue in the southern sea approaches to Rabaul between US sub patrol and Jap surface ASW. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Feni Islands at 107,128 (S of Rabaul)

Japanese Ships
PB Kyo Maru #10
PB Nanpo Maru
PB Myoken Maru

Allied Ships
SS Salmon

SS Salmon is located by PB Kyo Maru #10
Salmon diving deep ....
PB Myoken Maru attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Rabaul at 106,128 (S of Rabaul)

Japanese Ships
PB Myoken Maru
PB Kyo Maru #10
PB Nanpo Maru

Allied Ships
SS Salmon

SS Salmon launches 2 torpedoes at PB Myoken Maru
Salmon diving deep ....
PB Nanpo Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Myoken Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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Daily coastwatcher entries from 11/10 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 14, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 13, Moving Northwest


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor, 45 aircraft (45 fighters, no bombers), 8 Jap LCU’s.


China: Latest AAR’s of action near Chungking follow.

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Ground combat at 75,46 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 41368 troops, 395 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 1304
Defending force 34491 troops, 202 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1206
Japanese adjusted assault: 686
Allied adjusted defense: 730
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
4398 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 394 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 30 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 28 disabled
Guns lost 21 (4 destroyed, 17 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1034 casualties reported
Squads: 16 destroyed, 77 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Assaulting units:
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
70th Division
34th Division
59th Infantry Brigade
32nd Division
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
11th Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
60th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
38th New Chinese Division
19th Group Army
1st Group Army
25th Group Army

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Ground combat at 75,47 (SE of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 32826 troops, 322 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 1157
Defending force 50133 troops, 274 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1869

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

Assaulting units:
17th Tank Regiment
39th Division
110th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
138th Infantry Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
67th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Division
3rd War Area
26th Group Army
27th Group Army

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Ground combat at 76,47 (E of Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 12154 troops, 141 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 410
Defending force 12715 troops, 205 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 445

Assaulting units:
22nd Division
4th Mortar Battalion (arrived this game turn to reinforce attack)

Defending units:
63rd Chinese Corps
58th Chinese Corps
65th Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
30th Group Army
12th Group Army
25th Chinese Corps

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