I don't understand this result, but man do I want to bottle it.
History: this is a reconnaissance in force at Auckland, NZ. The IJA forces have just arrived on the scene and this is the intelligence gathering bombardment so that my opponent can find out what he's up against.
Granted I set up to attack him upon his arrival. So I threw everything I had at him aerially - about 100 sorties.
So these bombardment troops have suffered aerial suppression.
But this counter battery response is brutal, just brutal. Look at the number of infantry squads disabled!!!
The defensive troops weren't anything spectacular... Maybe the Auckland CD unit, with a couple of 9" guns the most stand out.
Ground combat at Auckland (115,185)
Japanese Bombardment attack
Attacking force 24371 troops, 236 guns, 69 vehicles, Assault Value = 944
Defending force 39566 troops, 522 guns, 1083 vehicles, Assault Value = 1087
Japanese ground losses:
958 casualties reported
Squads: 22 destroyed, 104 disabled
Non Combat: 19 destroyed, 64 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 18 (7 destroyed, 11 disabled)
Image courtesy of Divepac