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FLYING LEATHERNECKS: Vettim(J) vs Spruance(A)...3 day t... - 2/17/2011 2:02:01 AM   
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FLYING LEATHERNECKS is one of my favorite John Wayne WWII movies. Its even reasonably historically accurate....with the Marines flying F4F Wildcats at Guadalcanal and then upgrading to Corsairs later in the war. The movie covers the begining of the aerial concept of close air support for the ground troops as opposed to a strict A2A role for fighters. Hopefully with a game title of "Flying Leathernecks" I will be able to get the VMF squadrons into play a bit more in this game than my last(In Harm's Way).

Vettim wanted to start a PBEM with 3 day turns. I had really enjoyed making the transformation from 1 day turns to 2 day turns and have never looked back. However, I have never tried 3 day turns and am very interested in how a game with that length of turn would play out. Vettim and I are both AFBs but I just dont have the time available to master Japanese production so Vettim volunteered to play the dark side.

I think that 3 day turns will slow down the game from a strategic standpoint( it will take longer for Japan to overrun the SRA and then longer for the Allies to march back towards Japan)......but will make the game a bit more unpredictable and exciting from a tactical standpoint. There will probably be more unexpected surface and air combat TF encounters and a chance to pull off a "gotcha" after a 2 day run in at high speed.

I thought that we were going to play the Hakko Ichiu scenario but Vettim chose a 12/8/41 start so that USN CVs wouldnt be accidentally targeted during the 3 day turn at the start.

Game settings are as follows:


12/8/41 start
Auto sub ops.....off
Realistic R&D....on
FoW........on
AdvWeather.......on
Reliable USN torps...off
No unit withdrawals...off
Allied damage control...on
Reinforcements.....fixed

PDU....off........ I think that this one was an accident but Vettim started planning his 1st turn with this off so we went with it. I know that it makes life difficult for both sides......but I havent played with PDU off in a while so this should be interesting. Without the ability to downgrade Allied fighter groups at the start.....I think that the USN CVs will be flying Buffaloes for quite some time. All the P-38Es that start on the US west coast will also be lost since I cant downgrade them. It will also be tough to work with updrading/replacing losses for the SBDs as there are never enough of them until mid to late 1943. Since I cant downgrade the naval fighters or divebombers to the earlier models I may have to disband groups in order to have enough planes available to keep the carriers full.

The 12/8/41 start is interesting. Japan doesnt get the big 1st turn movement bonus but the Allies do lose 2 BBs at Pearl Harbor as well as have their air forces decimated at both Oahu and Clark. Most of the fighter squadrons at Clark are less than 50% on 12/8/41 and Ive attached a screenie of the PBYs and Marine squadrons at Oahu. I wont be needing the AVs and AVDs for quite some time....with a replacement rate of 17 PBYs/turn it will take some time to both cover the high operational losses and rebuild the shattered squadrons. I will be using land bombers where ever possible for my naval search duties in the Pacific..




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RE: FLYING LEATHERNECKS: Vettim(J) vs Spruance(A)...3 d... - 2/17/2011 5:19:50 AM   
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12/8-12/10/41



SUBS


SS I-4 sinks xAK Hoegh Merchant off Oahu.

SS I-168 sinks xAK Florence D off Molokai.

SS Sargo puts a torpedo in CL Naka near Laoag.







CENTPAC


Hawaiian waters are swarming with IJN subs so 4 ASW Tfs are sent out to patrol the waters and clear out some sea lanes. All US medium bombers on Oahu are tasked with ASW while the B-17s are placed on naval search.

In spite of all this, CV Enterprise casts off from Pearl and is quickly found by SS I-173:


Sub attack near Niihau at 175,110

Japanese Ships
SS I-173

Allied Ships
CV Enterprise, Torpedo hits 1
CA Chester
DD Craven
DD Balch
DD Fanning
DD Dunlap
DD Ellet



SS I-173 launches 4 torpedoes at CV Enterprise
DD Balch fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Fanning fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Dunlap fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ellet attacking submerged sub ....
DD Ellet cannot establish contact with SS I-173
SS I-173 eludes ASW attack from DD Ellet
DD Ellet loses contact with SS I-173
DD Dunlap fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Ellet fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ellet fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ellet fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ellet fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ellet fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub



CV Enterprise isnt horribly damaged but Im not going to send her back immediately to Pearl for repairs and run the sub gauntlet again.

CV Lexington sails to within F4F-3 range of Wake but I am not able to extract the Wildcats on Wake....they simply wont transfer to Lex....we are so critically short of F4F-3s that the 12 AC that start on Wake are too important to write off on a hopeless atoll. But with the IJN carriers lurking out in the central Pacific CV Lex cannot loiter and must move on.

CA Chicago and a DD were detached from the CV Lex TF to defend Wake against a quick smash and grab but they are spotted by IJN naval search and they must also leave the area.

Farther south, CA Pensacola and CA Louisville are detached as surface raiders to defend against IJN smash and grab assaults in the Gilberts.



PHILIPPINES


Japan captures Batan and invades at Iba. It looks like mostly support troops were landed at Iba so several US and Philippino brigades are ordered to drive the attackers into the sea.

Over a half dozen xAK/AKLs fleeing Hong Kong somehow are routed to the west coast of Luzon by the Japanese air threat and they are sunk in turn by an IJN surface TF centered around CA Maya. MTBs from Hong Kong make an ineffectual attack on IJN shipping off Takao and then retreat towards Luzon. USN PTs from Cavite engage IJN TFs in inconclusive attacks off the north coast of Luzon.

SigInt reports elements of the 20th Infantry Regiment loaded on an LB headed for Mauban. There are also reports of the 9th Infantry Regiment loaded on a Brazil Maru xAK headed towards Mauban. Intel also reports the 16th Engineer Regiment is headed for Mauban as well as the 4th Tank Regiment planning for Lingayen. Im pretty busy trying to crush the landings at Iba so we will see if indeed another assault materializes in the south.

The Cavite BF is safely evacuated from Manila and this turn the Cebu BF will be loaded on transports.

Vettim uses the Japanese air force to pound Clark, and to a lesser extent , Manila. Aircraft losses look respectable on the surface.........66 Allied Ac vs 58 Japanese AC and in A2A its 41 Allied AC vs 38 Japanese AC. But in individual AC the losses include 24 P-40Es...all on Luzon. P-35s and P-36s are also crushed. After the 12/7/41 surprise attack and the 3 days of air assaults from 12/8-12/10/41 the Allied fighter forces on Luzon are virtually destroyed. Japanese AC losses this turn included 4 A6M2s and 13 Nates(over Kota Bharu). If opposing air forces are engaged in an unequal air battle I think that the 3 day turns can really magnify the losses.



DEI


SigInt repots the 2nd Engineer Regiment on a xAK heading to Kuching while the 124th Infantry battalion is loaded on a LB for Miri. Three RN DDs are ordered to cover Miri. The PoW/Repulse SAG withdraws from Singapore to Singkawang to further itself from the Netties at Saigon but still be available to intervene at Mersing. They will be ready if an assault materializes at Kuching.



MALAYA


Vettim reinforces the landings at Kota Bharu. Buffaloes sweep Kota Bharu while nearly every Allied medium bomber in Malaya launches ground attacks against the invaders there. 13 Nates are lost over Malaya. Japan launches 3 deliberate attacks at Kota Bharu...... a 1:1, a 2:1 and then a 1:1 but the 8th Indian Brigade and the FSMV Brigade hold firm. The position almost certainly will be overrun tomorrow and the Allied units are given move orders but they almost certainly will be routed first. Two IJN BBs and a CA cover the landings at Kota Bharu.

12 Vildebeests and 8 Swordfish are staged into Kuala Lampur in the Allies best early war chance to put a torp in an IJN BB....they will be escorted by 18 Buffaloes while another Buffalo and a Blenheim NF squadron sweep the skiies over Kota Bharu.

Malaya army and III Indian Corps troops begin to pull back from the frontiers and mass on Singapore. Delaying actions will be fought on both the coastal and the inland roads that lead south to Singapore. Elements of some III Indian Corps formations begin to load transports at Singapore for withdrawal.

Japan hammers Allied airfields in northern Malaya and Allied bomber formations begin to withdraw to Burma. The Allies lose a lot of fighters this turn but Japan loses alot of bombers......14 Lilys, 13 Sallys, 11 Nells and 5 Bettys.




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RE: FLYING LEATHERNECKS: Vettim(J) vs Spruance(A)...3 d... - 2/19/2011 10:59:38 PM   
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12/11-12/13/41



SUBS GONE WILD!


SS Tambor puts a torpedo in AK Aratamu Maru off Wake.

SS KXII sinks AKL Tatebu Maru near Soc Trang.

SS Triton sinks AKL Toyotsu Maru by Wake.

SS RO-65 is hit by 4 DCs and sunk as CA Chicago and her escorting DD depart from the Wake ocean area.

SS KXV sinks AKL Nichizui by Samah.

SS Triton sinks AKL Kaito Maru off Wake.

SS KXII sinks AK Hokuriku Maru near Soc Trang.

SS I-153 sinks TK Iris by Merak.

SS RO-68 puts 2 torpedoes in CA Pensacola near Abemama.

SS I-153 sinks AK Nanning near Balabac.

SS Saury lands a fish on CL Kitikami by Naha.

SS KXIV sinks AKL Ayaha Maru near Cam Ranh Bay.

SS I-155 sinks CM Kung Wo off Muntok.

SS KXI sinks AK Mogamigawa Maru near Patani.

SS I-157 sinks AK Hai Lee by Tawi Tawi.

SS I-157 sinks AKL Kanlaon by Tawi Tawi.

SS KXIII sinks AK Meiten Maru off Cam Ranh Bay.



CENTRAL PACIFIC


CA Chicago and her escorting DD make it safely back from Wake to the south Pacific and even destroy an IJN RO sub on the way as noted in the sub section.

CA Pensacola is heavily damaged from the 2 sub launched torpedoes...with 60 FLT damage she will make some temporary repairs at Canton before heading back to Pearl.

CA Louisville makes good as a surface raider and hammers an IJN convoy at Makin:


Night Time Surface Combat, near Makin at 136,125, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CM Tokiwa
CM Okinoshima, Shell hits 1
DD Asanagi
DD Yunagi
PB Nagata Maru
xAK Tenyo Maru
xAK Kamikaze Maru, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
CA Louisville, Shell hits 3



Allied Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Japanese TF suspends unloading operations and begins to get underway
Allied Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 46% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages CA Louisville at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
CA Louisville engages DD Yunagi at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
CA Louisville engages DD Yunagi at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CA Louisville engages DD Yunagi at 2,000 yards
CA Louisville engages xAK Kamikaze Maru at 2,000 yards
CA Louisville engages DD Asanagi at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 4,000 yards
CA Louisville engages xAK Kamikaze Maru at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CA Louisville engages DD Yunagi at 2,000 yards
CA Louisville engages CM Okinoshima at 2,000 yards
Japanese Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...



Vettim returns the favor and sends out a couple of AMCs deep into the south Pacific to interdict Allied convoy lanes. By chance, a USN ASW TF on patrol intercepts and destroys them:


Day Time Surface Combat, near Enderbury Island at 159,140, Range 15,000 Yards

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
No Japanese losses

Japanese Ships
AMC Aikoku Maru, Shell hits 12, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
AMC Hokoku Maru, Shell hits 35, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Ralph Talbot, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Henley
DD Patterson
DD Jarvis



Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 15,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 15,000 yards
AMC Hokoku Maru engages DD Henley at 15,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
AMC Hokoku Maru engages DD Patterson at 9,000 yards
AMC Hokoku Maru engages DD Ralph Talbot at 9,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DD Jarvis engages AMC Hokoku Maru at 8,000 yards
DD Patterson engages AMC Aikoku Maru at 8,000 yards
AMC Aikoku Maru engages DD Henley at 8,000 yards
AMC Hokoku Maru engages DD Ralph Talbot at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
AMC Hokoku Maru engages DD Jarvis at 4,000 yards
AMC Aikoku Maru engages DD Henley at 4,000 yards
DD Henley engages AMC Aikoku Maru at 4,000 yards
DD Ralph Talbot engages AMC Aikoku Maru at 4,000 yards
Koh, A. orders Japanese TF to disengage
AMC Hokoku Maru engages DD Jarvis at 4,000 yards
AMC Aikoku Maru sunk by DD Henley at 4,000 yards
DD Henley engages AMC Hokoku Maru at 4,000 yards
DD Ralph Talbot engages AMC Hokoku Maru at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
DD Patterson engages AMC Hokoku Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Patterson engages AMC Hokoku Maru at 3,000 yards
AMC Hokoku Maru engages DD Patterson at 3,000 yards
DD Ralph Talbot engages AMC Hokoku Maru at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
DD Jarvis engages AMC Hokoku Maru at 2,000 yards
Koh, A. orders Japanese TF to disengage
DD Ralph Talbot engages AMC Hokoku Maru at 2,000 yards
AMC Hokoku Maru engages DD Henley at 2,000 yards
AMC Hokoku Maru engages DD Ralph Talbot at 2,000 yards
AMC Hokoku Maru engages DD Ralph Talbot at 2,000 yards
DD Henley engages AMC Hokoku Maru at 2,000 yards
AMC Hokoku Maru engages DD Ralph Talbot at 2,000 yards
DD Jarvis engages AMC Hokoku Maru at 2,000 yards
AMC Hokoku Maru sunk by DD Patterson at 2,000 yards
Combat ends with last Japanese ship sunk...



Japan invades and captures Wake Island on the initial assault. Unfortunately, 12 of the irreplaceable F4F-3s are lost as the island falls.


Japanese troops land at Guam and at Shortlands.



MALAYA


Kota Bharu falls in the Japanese attack on 12/11/41:


Ground combat at Kota Bharu (51,75)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4713 troops, 69 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 198

Defending force 2662 troops, 40 guns, 3 vehicles, Assault Value = 59

Japanese adjusted assault: 109

Allied adjusted defense: 23

Japanese assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Kota Bharu !!!

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

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


Allied ground losses:
1255 casualties reported
Squads: 81 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 85 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 27 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 27 (27 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 3


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
22nd Recon Regiment
56th Infantry Regiment
12th Engineer Regiment
18th Mountain Gun Regiment
5th JAAF AF Coy

Defending units:
FMSV Brigade
8th Indian Brigade
3rd ISF Base Force


The Malaysian troops of the FMSV Brigade are virtually wiped out....only 4 squads remain.....all disrupted. The FMSV and 8th Indian Brigades will attempt to fall back on Singapore as the IJA troops at kota Bharu charge full speed ahead.


The big Allied torpedo bomber ambush at Kota Bharu goes amiss:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Kota Bharu at 51,75

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 32 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 17



Allied aircraft
Buffalo I x 16
Swordfish I x 6


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Swordfish I: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Takao
BB Kongo



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

CAP engaged:
77th Sentai Det A with Ki-27b Nate (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
11th Sentai with Ki-27b Nate (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
1st Sentai with Ki-27b Nate (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead




--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Kota Bharu at 51,75

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 10



Allied aircraft
Buffalo I x 6
Swordfish I x 3


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Swordfish I: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Swordfish I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo

CAP engaged:
11th Sentai with Ki-27b Nate (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
1st Sentai with Ki-27b Nate (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Kota Bharu at 51,75

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 4



Allied aircraft
Buffalo I x 8
Swordfish I x 3


No Japanese losses

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
CA Takao



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Swordfish I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai with Ki-27b Nate (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
11th Sentai with Ki-27b Nate (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes



Curiously, the 12 Vildebeests at Kuala Lampur dont fly.......and as usual......the sweeping Buffaloes and Blenheim IFs dont fly until the next day.

Vettim immediately stages a horde of fighters and bombers into Kota Bharu as soon as the airfield there is secured. Allied torpedo bombers have to be withdawn now and will try to hit IJN BBs again somewhere in the DEI.

Allied transports loading III Indian Corps troops at Singapore shove off immediately and head south as Japan now controls the skiies over all of Malaya with the capture of Kota Bharu.



DEI


RN DDs at Miri repel the Japanese amphibious assault there:


Night Time Surface Combat, near Miri at 64,87, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
APD Aoi, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
TB Kasasagi, Shell hits 2
AMc Wa 19, Shell hits 1
xAK Hokko Maru, Shell hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Zinzan Maru, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
xAK Kinkasan Maru, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Giyu Maru, Shell hits 9, heavy fires
xAKL Kembu Maru, Shell hits 3, on fire
xAKL Kiko Maru, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Anbo Maru, Shell hits 3, on fire

Allied Ships
DD Scout
DD Thanet, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Thracian

Japanese ground losses:
1124 casualties reported
Squads: 31 destroyed, 31 disabled
Non Combat: 17 destroyed, 44 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled




Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 46% moonlight: 12,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 9,000 yards
Japanese ships attempt to get underway
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
TB Kasasagi engages DD Thracian at 8,000 yards
APD Aoi sunk by DD Thracian at 8,000 yards
DD Thracian engages xAK Kinkasan Maru at 8,000 yards
DD Thracian engages TB Kasasagi at 8,000 yards
DD Thanet engages TB Kasasagi at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
DD Thracian engages TB Kasasagi at 4,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAK Kinkasan Maru at 4,000 yards
DD Thracian engages xAK Hokko Maru at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages TB Kasasagi at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages AMc Wa 19 at 2,000 yards
DD Scout engages TB Kasasagi at 2,000 yards
DD Thracian engages TB Kasasagi at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages TB Kasasagi at 2,000 yards
DD Scout engages TB Kasasagi at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAK Zinzan Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAKL Kembu Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Thracian engages TB Kasasagi at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages TB Kasasagi at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAK Giyu Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAKL Anbo Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Scout engages TB Kasasagi at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages AMc Wa 19 at 2,000 yards
DD Scout engages TB Kasasagi at 2,000 yards
DD Thracian engages xAK Zinzan Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAKL Kiko Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Thracian engages TB Kasasagi at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages TB Kasasagi at 2,000 yards
DD Scout engages xAK Giyu Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAK Zinzan Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Thracian engages xAKL Anbo Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAKL Kembu Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages TB Kasasagi at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages TB Kasasagi at 2,000 yards
DD Scout engages xAK Giyu Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAKL Kiko Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAKL Kembu Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages TB Kasasagi at 2,000 yards
DD Thracian engages AMc Wa 19 at 2,000 yards
DD Scout engages TB Kasasagi at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAK Hokko Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAKL Anbo Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAKL Kiko Maru at 2,000 yards
Powers, A.L. orders Allied TF to disengage
DD Thracian engages TB Kasasagi at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAK Giyu Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAK Zinzan Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Scout engages xAKL Anbo Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAKL Kiko Maru at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
DD Thracian engages TB Kasasagi at 7,000 yards
DD Thanet engages TB Kasasagi at 7,000 yards
DD Thracian engages xAKL Kembu Maru at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
DD Thracian engages TB Kasasagi at 11,000 yards
DD Thanet engages TB Kasasagi at 11,000 yards
DD Scout engages xAK Giyu Maru at 11,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAKL Kembu Maru at 11,000 yards
DD Thanet engages xAKL Kembu Maru at 11,000 yards
Task forces break off...


With the Japanese capture of Kota Bharu, these RN DDs as well as Force Z off Singkawang must now withdraw to esape the Nettie menace. The RN DDs will head to Batavia to engage some IJN subs loitering of Merak while Force Z will head to Balikpappan to refuel.


P-40E squadrons from the Philippines are transferred to Tarakan and Balikpappan. There they will provide LRCAP for Allied naval movements in the Straits of Makassar and the western Celebes Sea.

Japan invades at Wewak and Aitape.



CHINA


Allied troops at Hong Kong repel first a 1:1 and then a 1:2 deliberate attack by IJA troops.

SEAC bombers as well as 2 squadrons of AVG fighters begin to stage to China.

Chinese troops advance into the Japanese front lines at Kweisui in the north to take advantage of the 3x terrain and will invest Canton in the south to take advantage of 4x terrain. In the central plains.....Chinese troops try to dig in at Chengchow and Loyang. So much of Chinese industry and supply is from front line cities that you really need to fight for every one.

You also have to take advantage of what the OOB gives you at the start in China. The Allies start with a massive 2000 plus AV army prepped for Ichang and another nearly 2000 AV army prepped for Sinyang....so these 2 Chinese armies will mass and invest their respective prepped targets. Ichang will be attacked first after it is softened up by Chinese and SEAC medium bombers.



PHILIPPINES


Some 300 Allied AV is sent to Iba .....including the 2 US Army tank battalions.....and an assault will be ordered there next turn to drive the IJA invaders back into the sea.

Meanwhile......Japan invades at Mauban and Vigan. The Vigan invasion is small but the Mauban invasion is large. US and Philippino troops not involved in the fighting at Iba will be forced to withdraw on Manilla and Clark as the Japanese come on from all directions.

I have some 15 B-17s on Minanao and 18 Dutch medium bombers at Manadfo and Samarinda flying naval search around the waters of the southern Philippines. Mini KB wasnt seen in the search pattern so I had assumed that they withdrew to Babaldaob.....but unfortunately mini KB materializes in the middle of the Celebes Sea and hammers Allied shipping attempting to flee from the Philippines. Several ships are sunk by Kates including AP Neptuna and AP President Madison.....they were carrying the bulk of the Cavite and Cebu BFs. I am going to have to be extremely careful to extract even a fragment of these 2 important units now.

To make it worse......an IJN cruiser SAG sits aside the chokepoint between Borneo and the Celebes and interdicts all Allied shipping attempting to flee northern Philippine waters. A USN SAG.....including CA Houston, CL Boise and CL Marblehead.....will sortie next turn from Balikpappan to try to dislodge the IJN SAG from the chokepoint. The CA Houston SAG will be covered by P-40Es from Tarakan and Balikpappan ....as well as Dutch 339 fighters.....to guard against the Kates of Mini KB.

I think that vettim has been letting mini KB withdraw from the central Celebes Sea at the end of each turn.....and then in the ensuing 3 day turn they sortie back to the center of the Celebes Sea only to withdraw again.




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12/14-12/16/41



SUBS


SS S-36 sinks AKL Bokuyo Maru off Hengchun.

SS I-155 sinks DD Isis by Billiton.

SS Spearfish sinks AKL Malacca maru near Aogashima.

SS KXI sinks AKL Awa Maru off Patani.

SS Tarpon sinks AKL Kitahuku Maru near Aogashima.

SS KXV sinks DMS W-5 by Samah.





PHILIPPINES


Vettim massively reinforces Iba by sea just before the Allied counterattack goes off. B-17s from Mindanao are sent in to conduct ground attacks on the IJA defenders but the Allied troops are chewed up in the ensuing 1:8 attack:


Ground combat at Iba (78,75)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 6691 troops, 98 guns, 276 vehicles, Assault Value = 315

Defending force 17193 troops, 120 guns, 366 vehicles, Assault Value = 436

Allied adjusted assault: 102

Japanese adjusted defense: 838

Allied assault odds: 1 to 8

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

Japanese ground losses:
226 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Vehicles lost 20 (6 destroyed, 14 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1396 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 97 disabled
Non Combat: 26 destroyed, 124 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Vehicles lost 77 (8 destroyed, 69 disabled)


Assaulting units:
31st PA Infantry Division
192nd Tank Battalion
26th PS Cavalry Regiment
1st/45th PS Inf Battalion
194th Tank Battalion
USAFFE
1st PI Base Force
1st USMC AA Battalion

Defending units:
47th Infantry Rgt /1
3rd Ind. Engineer Regiment
48th Engr Rgt /1
48th Recon Rgt /1
21st Ind. Engineer Regiment
1st Formosa Inf. Rgt /1
7th Tank Rgt /2
4th Tank Rgt /1
14th Army
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
9th Field AF Construction Battalion
2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
56th Const Co
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Engineer Construction Battalion



Vettim most assuredly will try to attack at Iba next turn and finish off the demoralized and fatigued Allied troops......the only thing that might save us is the 3x terrain at Iba.


Japan captures Vigan and Mauban as US/Philippino troops in Luzon fall back on Manilla/Clark.




DEI


The CA Houston SAG is defeated by the IJN SAG in the chokepoint bewteen the Celebes Sea and the Straits of Makassar:


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 14, 41
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Tarakan at 67,91, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Chokai, Shell hits 7, on fire
DD Sagiri, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Tsuta, Shell hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Yomogi

Allied Ships
CA Houston, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Marblehead, Shell hits 2
CL Boise, Shell hits 2
DD Barker
DD Bulmer, Shell hits 1
DD Paul Jones
DD Parrott, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
DD Stewart, Shell hits 1, on fire



Reduced sighting due to 17% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 17% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 7,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CA Houston at 7,000 yards
DD Yomogi engages CA Houston at 7,000 yards
CL Marblehead engages CA Chokai at 7,000 yards
DD Parrott engages DD Yomogi at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CA Houston at 6,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CL Boise at 6,000 yards
DD Tsuta engages DD Parrott at 6,000 yards
DD Tsuta engages DD Stewart at 6,000 yards
DD Parrott engages DD Tsuta at 6,000 yards
DD Yomogi engages DD Bulmer at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
CA Houston engages CA Chokai at 7,000 yards
DD Yomogi engages DD Parrott at 7,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CL Marblehead at 7,000 yards
DD Tsuta engages DD Stewart at 7,000 yards
CA Chokai engages DD Parrott at 7,000 yards
DD Tsuta engages DD Barker at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
CA Houston engages CA Chokai at 8,000 yards
CL Boise engages CA Chokai at 8,000 yards
DD Tsuta engages DD Parrott at 8,000 yards
DD Tsuta engages DD Stewart at 8,000 yards
DD Tsuta engages DD Bulmer at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CA Houston at 6,000 yards
CL Boise engages CA Chokai at 6,000 yards
DD Tsuta engages DD Parrott at 6,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Stewart at 6,000 yards
DD Yomogi engages DD Bulmer at 6,000 yards
DD Tsuta engages DD Barker at 6,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CA Houston at 6,000 yards
DD Yomogi engages DD Parrott at 6,000 yards
CL Marblehead engages CA Chokai at 6,000 yards
DD Stewart engages DD Sagiri at 6,000 yards
DD Bulmer engages DD Tsuta at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CA Houston at 4,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CL Boise at 4,000 yards
DD Parrott engages DD Tsuta at 4,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Parrott at 4,000 yards
DD Parrott sunk by DD Sagiri at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CA Houston engages CA Chokai at 2,000 yards
DD Bulmer engages DD Yomogi at 2,000 yards
CL Marblehead engages DD Tsuta at 2,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages DD Stewart at 2,000 yards
DD Yomogi engages DD Bulmer at 2,000 yards
DD Barker engages DD Sagiri at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CA Houston at 6,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CL Boise at 6,000 yards
DD Tsuta engages DD Barker at 6,000 yards
DD Stewart engages DD Tsuta at 6,000 yards
DD Bulmer engages DD Sagiri at 6,000 yards
DD Tsuta engages DD Barker at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
CA Chokai engages CA Houston at 12,000 yards
CL Boise engages CA Chokai at 12,000 yards
CL Marblehead engages DD Tsuta at 12,000 yards
DD Stewart engages DD Tsuta at 12,000 yards
Task forces break off...


CA Houston and DD Parrott are sunk and CL Boise and CL Marblehead must retire to Soerabaja for repairs.

Force Z....BB PoW and BC Repulse....has just completed refueling at balikpappan. They will be ordered to open up the chokepoint between the Celebes Sea and the Straits of Makassar next turn. LRCAP for Force Z will be provided by P-40Es at balikpappan and Tarakan and Dutch 339s at Samarinda.


Japan captues Wewak and Aitape. IJA troops land at Hollandia.

Allied tankers continue to pull out massive amounts of fuel from Palemabnd and Balikpappan. Fuel is now being shipped to Perth and Darwin from the DEI.



CENTPAC

Japan captures Guam and Kavieng.



CHINA


IJA troops try to kick Chinese troops out of their frontline cities in the north but are unsuccessful:


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Ground combat at Paotow (92,34)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 2772 troops, 40 guns, 100 vehicles, Assault Value = 81

Defending force 4527 troops, 43 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 169

Japanese adjusted assault: 66

Allied adjusted defense: 94

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
71 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


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


Assaulting units:
1st Cavalry Brigade
4th Cavalry Brigade

Defending units:
81st Chinese/A Corps
81st Chinese/B Corps
81st Chinese/C Corps


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Ground combat at Kweisui (92,35)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1544 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 69

Defending force 4633 troops, 43 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 180

Japanese adjusted assault: 20

Allied adjusted defense: 163

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 8

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

Japanese ground losses:
346 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 24 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


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


Assaulting units:
2nd Ching An Tui Brigade
1st Ching An Tui Brigade
3rd Ching An Tui Brigade

Defending units:
3rd Prov Chinese/A Corps
3rd Prov Chinese/B Corps
3rd Prov Chinese/C Corps




Allied troops continue to hold out at Hong Kong:



Ground combat at Hong Kong (77,61)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 20558 troops, 321 guns, 214 vehicles, Assault Value = 586

Defending force 6022 troops, 132 guns, 78 vehicles, Assault Value = 183

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 457

Allied adjusted defense: 393

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
524 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 39 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 16 disabled


Allied ground losses:
510 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 56 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 15 (1 destroyed, 14 disabled)


Assaulting units:
19th Ind. Engineer Regiment
66th Infantry Regiment
38th Division
20th Ind. Engineer Regiment
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd RF Gun Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion
5th RF Gun Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
Rifles of Canada Battalion
1st Middlesex Battalion
Winnipeg Grenadiers Battalion
Hong Kong Fortress
Kowloon Brigade
102nd RN Base Force



Ground combat at Hong Kong (77,61)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 20186 troops, 321 guns, 214 vehicles, Assault Value = 574

Defending force 5470 troops, 132 guns, 77 vehicles, Assault Value = 154

Japanese adjusted assault: 225

Allied adjusted defense: 613

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
345 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 33 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 20 disabled


Allied ground losses:
262 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 27 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 7 (5 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Assaulting units:
19th Ind. Engineer Regiment
66th Infantry Regiment
38th Division
20th Ind. Engineer Regiment
2nd RF Gun Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd Mortar Battalion
5th RF Gun Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
Rifles of Canada Battalion
Hong Kong Fortress
Winnipeg Grenadiers Battalion
1st Middlesex Battalion
Kowloon Brigade
102nd RN Base Force



A horde of prepped Chinese troops invest Ichang. Over 100 Chinese and SEAC medium bombers will soften up Ichang next turn and then an assault will be ordered on the following turn.



EARLY WAR ALLIED OPERATIONS


Even with Japan possessing a huge early war advantage in ships/troops /planes commanding the initiative ....the Allies can and should conduct 3 major operations in the face of this.

The 1st operation has been discussed......using the Chinese army offensively to secure forward defensive lines and capture Ichang and Sinyang.


But perhaps the most critical Allied op that needs to be done is the resupply of Burma/China. I dont exactly understand how the Burma Road thingie works exactly.....which exact hexes the Allies need to control for the 500 supply to go to China or if there needs to be existing supply in Rangoon or Mandalay for the 500 supplies to appear in China.

But I do know that China sucks supply better than a 2 bit hooker and my last game of AE I was able to unload 75,000 supplies in Rangoon that were sucked into China before Japan shut down the Burma Road.

This game.....I intend to deliver at least 100,000 supplies in Rangoon before Japan shuts the door. xAKs from Ceylon and a half dozen ports in India are currently unloading supplies in Rangoon....some 50,000 supplies have been dropped off in just the first 3 turns. This operation is so critical that I have the unrestricted AVG squadron CAPing Rangoon as well as a squadron of Buffaloes. A screenshot below shows all the naval activity off Burma. Next turn I will start sucking the supplies first to Mandalay and then to Lashio and Kunming.

The 3rd critical Allied op at the start of the war is assembling as many trannsport AC in Malaya and the DEI as possible. First.....since level bombers are worthless against naval targets in AE I use them for naval search and ASW. The actual patrol AC I use as transport AC only. In additon....I buy the 21 NCAC
DC-2s that start in China on the 1st turn and stage them to Sumatra. I also send the 5 C-33s from Pearl to stage across the Pacific to Java(these guys have a fair # of replacements and build up quickly to full strength). You can also use the USMC R3D2s at Pearl but they are shortlegged and must be shipped to Canton before staging across the Pacific to Noumea...and then shipped again to OZ. And then of course there are the 18 Dutch L-18 Lodestars that start in Java. I use all the transport AC to bring in every Dutch garrison I can from northern Sumatra to southern Sumatra and then from all over the DEI to Java. You can amass some 400 AV at Palembang and another 1200 AV in Java for free with all the transport AC. In additon.....you can extricate as much of III Indian Corps from Malaya and Kuching as you desire.




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SUBS


SS I-166 sinks AO Tan off Soerabaja.

SS O16 puts a torpedo in AK Kisogawa Maru near Kota Bharu.

SS I-156 sinks AKL Lee Sang by Kangean.



PHILIPPINES


The 3x terrain saves the Allies this turn at Iba:


Ground combat at Iba (78,75)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 13179 troops, 120 guns, 275 vehicles, Assault Value = 672

Defending force 8529 troops, 111 guns, 281 vehicles, Assault Value = 211

Japanese adjusted assault: 194

Allied adjusted defense: 205

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 0)

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

Japanese ground losses:
116 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 76 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 14 disabled
Vehicles lost 66 (8 destroyed, 58 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
294 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 30 disabled
Non Combat: 13 destroyed, 43 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 38 (3 destroyed, 35 disabled)


Assaulting units:
4th Tank Regiment
48th Engineer Regiment
7th Tank Regiment
48th Recon Regiment
3rd Ind. Engineer Regiment
47th Infantry Regiment
21st Ind. Engineer Regiment
1st Formosa Inf. Regiment
65th Bde /5
14th Army
56th Const Co
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
9th Field AF Construction Battalion
2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Engineer Construction Battalion

Defending units:
31st PA Infantry Division
26th PS Cavalry Regiment
192nd Tank Battalion
1st/45th PS Inf Battalion
194th Tank Battalion
1st PI Base Force
USAFFE
1st USMC AA Battalion



Im withdrawing the Allied troops at Iba in combat mode.....when the 3 day turn is over there is only 75 AV of Philippino troops left in the town.

Japan advances into Batangas.

Vettim is using the IJA bombers on Formosa to hammer Clark and manila every turn. The P-40Es were previously withdrawn to the southern Philippines and the Philippino P-26 and P-35 squadrons left at Clark have been destroyed. The base damage has been so severe at Clark and Manila that we have only been able to construct level 1 forts at both bases.


Allied PT boats at Tawi Tawi intercept a Japanese invasion convoy:



Day Time Surface Combat, near Tawi Tawi at 72,90, Range 18,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
APD Fuji
TB Hiyodori
AMc Toroshima Maru
PB Heiei Maru #7
xAK Syoka Maru, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Rokko Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Igasa Maru
xAKL Ryoyu Maru #21
xAKL Sasago Maru

Allied Ships
PT-41
PT Q-111
PT Q-112
PT Q-113, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Japanese ground losses:
304 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 20 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled



Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions: 30,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 18,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 18,000 yards
APD Fuji screened from combat
Range closes to 16,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards
PT Q-113 engages PB Heiei Maru #7 at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
PT Q-113 engages xAK Rokko Maru at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
APD Fuji screened from combat
TB Hiyodori engages PT Q-112 at 7,000 yards
PB Heiei Maru #7 engages PT Q-113 at 7,000 yards
PT Q-113 engages xAK Syoka Maru at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
xAK Syoka Maru sunk by PT Q-112 at 5,000 yards
PT Q-111 engages APD Fuji at 5,000 yards
PT Q-113 engages xAK Igasa Maru at 5,000 yards
PT Q-113 engages xAKL Sasago Maru at 5,000 yards
PT Q-113 engages xAKL Ryoyu Maru #21 at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
PT Q-113 engages xAK Rokko Maru at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
PB Heiei Maru #7 engages PT Q-112 at 5,000 yards
PT Q-113 engages APD Fuji at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
APD Fuji , xAK Igasa Maru screened from combat
- escorted by TB Hiyodori
PT Q-111 engages xAK Rokko Maru at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
PB Heiei Maru #7 engages PT Q-113 at 5,000 yards
PT Q-111 engages xAK Rokko Maru at 5,000 yards
PT Q-113 engages xAKL Ryoyu Maru #21 at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
APD Fuji engages PT Q-113 at 6,000 yards
PB Heiei Maru #7 engages PT Q-113 at 6,000 yards
PT-41 engages APD Fuji at 6,000 yards
PT Q-113 engages xAKL Sasago Maru at 6,000 yards
Cervera J. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range closes to 5,000 yards
APD Fuji , xAK Igasa Maru screened from combat
- escorted by PB Heiei Maru #7
TB Hiyodori engages PT-41 at 5,000 yards
PT Q-112 engages xAK Rokko Maru at 5,000 yards
AMc Toroshima Maru engages PT-41 at 5,000 yards
PT Q-112 engages xAKL Ryoyu Maru #21 at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
APD Fuji , xAK Igasa Maru , xAK Rokko Maru screened from combat
- escorted by PB Heiei Maru #7
TB Hiyodori engages PT Q-113 at 11,000 yards
TB Hiyodori engages PT Q-111 at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 16,000 yards
PT Q-113 sunk by PB Heiei Maru #7 at 16,000 yards
Task forces break off...




MALAYA


Japan captures Victoria Point.

Vettim begins sweeping Singapore with A6M2s and the 2 Buffalo squadrons that started the turn with 36 AC lose 31 Buffalo Is...26 of them in A2A. Overall, the Allies lose 27 AC in A2A this turn vs 15 Japanese AC. I left the 2 Buffalo squadrons at Singapore to cover withdrawal ops but the cost in AC is becoming prohibitive.

Vettims troops are advancing slowly down the coastal and central roads in Malaya.



CHINA


Japan only bombards at Hong Kong this turn.

Vettim tries to reinforce his garrison at Ichang and it results in a bloody shock attack:


Ground combat at Ichang (83,48)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 11375 troops, 104 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 932

Defending force 57229 troops, 351 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1920

Japanese adjusted assault: 112

Allied adjusted defense: 374

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
548 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 55 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled


Allied ground losses:
235 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled


Assaulting units:
13th Division
34th Division
13th RGC Temp. Division

Defending units:
2nd Chinese/A Corps
68th Chinese/C Corps
75th Chinese/C Corps
68th Chinese/B Corps
59th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese/B Corps
45th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese/B Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
68th Chinese/A Corps
39th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese/A Corps
2nd Chinese/C Corps
26th Group Army
33rd Group Army


Chinese and SEAC bombers hammer the IJA troops at Ichang and an all out shock attack is ordered for next turn.




DEI


Japan captures Hollandia and invades at Manus.

Mini KB appears to have been reinforced with the CVL/CVE that start in Japan and now sits astride our naval withdrawal routes through the Celebes Sea.




A naval airstrike from Mini KB fights through our P-40E CAP at Balikpappan and lands a few bombs on BB PoW and BC Repulse:



Morning Air attack on TF, near Balikpapan at 64,97

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 52 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 7
B5N1 Kate x 11
B5N2 Kate x 6



Allied aircraft
B-339D x 4
P-40E Warhawk x 18


Japanese aircraft losses
B5N1 Kate: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CL Java
CL De Ruyter
DD Peary
DD Pope



Aircraft Attacking:
2 x B5N1 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
9 x B5N1 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
6 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
1-VI.G.V with B-339D (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 14 minutes
2e-1-VI.G.V Groep with B-339D (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 45 minutes
3e-1-VI.G.V Groep with B-339D (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
24th PG/3rd PS with P-40E Warhawk (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
35th PG/21st PS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 16 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Balikpapan at 64,97

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 52 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18
B5N1 Kate x 21
B5N2 Kate x 2



Allied aircraft
B-339D x 2
P-40E Warhawk x 16


Japanese aircraft losses
B5N1 Kate: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-339D: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales, Bomb hits 3
CA Exeter
DD Pope
CL Glasgow
BC Repulse, Bomb hits 3



Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
9 x B5N1 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
2 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
1-VI.G.V with B-339D (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 48 minutes
3e-1-VI.G.V Groep with B-339D (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
24th PG/3rd PS 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 49 minutes
35th PG/21st PS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 15 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes





Even though the paint is barely scratched on the RN battlewagons, things are getting a bit too hot for us to keep Force Z at Balikpappan so she will be withdrawn along with all of our other surface TFs from the Straits of Makassar.







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SUBS


SS I-162 sinks CL Glasgow off Bandermasin.

SS KXIV puts a torpedo in AK Amakusa maru near Cam Ranh Bay.



PHILIPPINES


Japan captures Iba and Batangas. IJA troops land at Aparri.

American/Philippino forces fal back to Clark/Manila/Bataan.



DEI


Japan invades at Kuching.

Manus falls to IJN forces.

Allied combatant ships withdraw from Balikpappan and the Straits of Makassar to Java. As mentioned in the sub section CL Glasgow is sunk by a sub during the withdrawal.



MALAYA


Japanese fighter sweeps continue over Singapore. What had been 2 squadrons of Buffalo Is with 36 AC 2 turns ago are now reduced to 3 AC. The Buffalo remnants are withdrawn to Burma. Japan now has total control of the air over Malaya. All SEAC AC wil now be pulled back to India and the obsolescent fighters and bombers will be used to train new pilots.

On a happier note....the RAF received its 1st Hurricane squadron today at Capetown.


CHINA

Chinese troops capture Ichang in a massive shock attack:


Ground combat at Ichang (83,48)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 55551 troops, 351 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1917

Defending force 25647 troops, 220 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 891

Allied adjusted assault: 3703

Japanese adjusted defense: 515

Allied assault odds: 7 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Ichang !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(-), preparation(-), fatigue(-), morale(-)
experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
3769 casualties reported
Squads: 249 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 190 destroyed, 52 disabled
Engineers: 56 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 75 (74 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 35 (33 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 3


Allied ground losses:
6734 casualties reported
Squads: 112 destroyed, 257 disabled
Non Combat: 39 destroyed, 304 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
67th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
39th Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps
26th Group Army
33rd Group Army

Defending units:
13th Division
34th Division
13th RGC Temp. Division



The majority of the IJA casualties are destroyed.....not disabled. This indicates that the 2 IJS divisions must have severe disablements already. The 31,000 IJA troops retreating from Ichang are pushed back into a precarious position near Changteh.

In the forest east of Ichang the Japanese are unsuccessful in reopening the Hankow/Ichang road:


Ground combat at 84,48

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 7946 troops, 46 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 308

Defending force 8997 troops, 86 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 335

Japanese adjusted assault: 163

Allied adjusted defense: 151

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
660 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 46 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


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


Assaulting units:
20th Ind.Mixed Brigade
11th RGC Temp. Division

Defending units:
55th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps


Hong Kong holds out yet again aginst another Japanese 1:2 assault.


The capture of Ichang is very expensive for the Allies. Vettim staged at least 2.....and possibly 3..... squadrons of A6M2s into China. One A6M2 squadron swept the AVG CAP over Changsha and destroyed 7 H81-A3s. Another squadron LRCAPed Ichang and overwhelmed Allied escorts.....the Allies lose 47 AC in A2A combat this turn vs 1 Japanese AC. 14 Blenheim IVs were lost last turn. This again show how destructive the 3 day turns are when an imbalance of force exists in the air. SEAC air forces in China will also be withdrawn to India for rest and reorganization.




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12/23-12/25/41



SUBS


SS I-174 sinks DM Ramsey off Oahu.

SS I-166 is hit by 2 DCs from RN ASW TF by Soerabaja.

SS Swordfish puts a torpedo in AK Delagoa Maru near Sapporo.

SS Skipjack lands a fish on AK Wakutu Maru off Moppo.

SS KVIII sinks AMC Saigon Maru near Kuching.



PHILIPPINES


IJA troops invest Manila and Clark.

Additional Japanese landings occur at Jolo, Cayagan and Davao.

Japan captures Aparri.



MALAYA


Alor Star falls to the Japanese juggernaut.

Additional IJA forces continue to advance down the central road towards Temuloh.





CHINA


Hong Kong continues to hold out against 1:1 and then 1:2 shock attacks.



DEI


Japan invades at Manokwari, Brunei, Miri amnd Ternate.

Kuching falls to Japanese assault.




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SUBS


SS I-168 is hit by 3 DCs from USN ASW TF off Oahu and is heavily damaged.

SS O19 sinks AKL Hinko Maru off Kota Bharu.



PHILIPPINES


Japan captures Davao but is repulsed in a 1:4 attack at Cayagan.

Japan launches bombardments for the 1st time at both Clark and Manila.



DEI


Japan captures Miri, Manokwari, Brunei and Ternate. IJA tyroops are repulsed in a 1:1 assault at Manado.



CHINA


Chinese troops capture Sinyang after a couple of shock attacks:


Ground combat at Sinyang (86,48)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 54547 troops, 383 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1699

Defending force 8201 troops, 66 guns, 13 vehicles, Assault Value = 294

Allied adjusted assault: 1624

Japanese adjusted defense: 273

Allied assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 4)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
682 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 59 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 48 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled


Allied ground losses:
1256 casualties reported
Squads: 14 destroyed, 140 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 124 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled


Assaulting units:
84th Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
7th Chinese Corps
30th Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
3rd Group Army
2nd Group Army
21st Group Army
31st Group Army

Defending units:
12th RGC Temp. Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
18th RGC Temp. Division
52nd Road Const Co
67th JAAF AF Coy



Ground combat at Sinyang (86,48)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 53026 troops, 383 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1566

Defending force 7593 troops, 66 guns, 13 vehicles, Assault Value = 240

Allied adjusted assault: 915

Japanese adjusted defense: 241

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 1)

Allied forces CAPTURE Sinyang !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
1467 casualties reported
Squads: 110 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 162 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 31 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 10 (10 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 14 (14 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 5


Allied ground losses:
1025 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 91 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 49 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
48th Chinese Corps
30th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
7th Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
2nd Group Army
3rd Group Army
21st Group Army
31st Group Army

Defending units:
12th RGC Temp. Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
18th RGC Temp. Division
52nd Road Const Co
67th JAAF AF Coy



Hong Kong holds on for another turn as Japanese troops merely bombard there.



China continues to suck supplies out of Burma......there are over 70,000 supplies between Changsha and Chungking.




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SS KVIII sinks DMS W-20 off Kuching.

SS I-164 is hit by 2 DCs from RN ASW TF and then 4 DCs from USN ASW TF and is heavily damaged near Denpasser.

SS Seawolf surfaces and pumps 8 shells into AKL Tama Maru by Tarakan.

SSX Ha-6 is hit by 3 Dcs from USN ASW TF at Pearl harbor.

SS I-159 sinks AKL Benkoelan off Makassar.

SS I-164 sinks AVP Volk near Sampit.



CENTPAC

Japanese naval troops capture tarawa.



CHINA


Japanese troops secure Kanhsien.

Allied troops again repulse the Japanese in a 1:2 assault at Hong Kong.



MALAYA


The Imperial Guards Division advances adjacent to Georgetown.

Allied troops are retreating in good order towards Singapore as transport AC continue to airlift elements of III Indian Corps to Java and Sumatra.



DEI


Japan captures Manado and Tarakan.

The Japanese Combined Fleet appears in the northern Java Sea and makes its way to Merak. KB is here with at least 8 BBs and makes quick work of 4 Allied AMcs and 2 MLs off Java. Apparently they sailed around the Philippines through the South China Sea to enter the Java Sea from the north. It appears as if there are some transport IJN TFs along with the CVs and BBs. Vettim could be doing an early landing on Java at Merak. I think that this would be risky for him as he appears to be heavily committed in both Malaya and the Philippines.

Merak is currently undefended so much of the Dutch Army at Batavia is ordered to reinforce. Ive alrady transferred 2 P-40E squadrons from Luzon to Java. If Vettim does indeed invade Java now I will attempt to transfer the P-40B squadrons from the Philippines to Java as well.




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SOUTH PACIIFC

The south and central Pacific is strangely quiet as KB, mini KB and indeed.....the bulk of the IJN Combined Fleet.....sails off the coast of Sumatra in the Java Sea. The Allies now have their naval search net set up from New Guinea all the way to Hawaii. CV Yorktown sails across the south Pacific on its way to rendezvous with Sara, Lex and Enterprise.

The USMC 8th Regiment has unloaded at Pago Pago and fuel,upplies and troops are being landed currently at Palmyra, Canton, Christmas Is., Fiji and Noumea.

Port Moresby has been reinforced with the Lark Battalion and all the Coy units.

Huge convoys of TKs/AOs are currently making their way to Australia. Most of the IJN subs appeare to have remained in Hawaain waters.....they tangle with our ASW patrols on a daily basis.......so the transport convoys have been relatively unmolested.



PHILIPPINES


Japan continues to bombard at Clark and Manila.

The Allies reinforce their defenses at Cayagan and the Japanese are repelled with heavy losses:


Ground combat at Cagayan (79,89)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4004 troops, 30 guns, 143 vehicles, Assault Value = 197

Defending force 7977 troops, 45 guns, 50 vehicles, Assault Value = 295

Japanese adjusted assault: 76

Allied adjusted defense: 91

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
920 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 47 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 59 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
385 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 20 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 48 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
Miura Det
III/66th Naval Guard Unit
8th Tank Regiment
Kure 2nd SNLF

Defending units:
102nd PA Infantry Regiment
3rd PA Constabulary Regiment
102nd PA Infantry Division
Cagayan USAAF Base Force
III Philippine Corps




CHINA


Hong Kong finally capitulates:


Ground combat at Hong Kong (77,61)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 20019 troops, 321 guns, 211 vehicles, Assault Value = 572

Defending force 4353 troops, 128 guns, 50 vehicles, Assault Value = 132

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 485

Allied adjusted defense: 249

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
128 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled


Allied ground losses:
145 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (5 destroyed, 3 disabled)


Assaulting units:
19th Ind. Engineer Regiment
38th Division
66th Infantry Regiment
20th Ind. Engineer Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
5th RF Gun Battalion
2nd RF Gun Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
Winnipeg Grenadiers Battalion
Hong Kong Fortress
Rifles of Canada Battalion
Kowloon Brigade
102nd RN Base Force



Ground combat at Hong Kong (77,61)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19867 troops, 321 guns, 211 vehicles, Assault Value = 565

Defending force 4256 troops, 124 guns, 50 vehicles, Assault Value = 131

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 459

Allied adjusted defense: 173

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Hong Kong !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
234 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 6 disabled


Allied ground losses:
4298 casualties reported
Squads: 142 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 314 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 24 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 135 (135 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 62 (62 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 5


Assaulting units:
66th Infantry Regiment
19th Ind. Engineer Regiment
38th Division
20th Ind. Engineer Regiment
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
5th RF Gun Battalion
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd Mortar Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd RF Gun Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
Rifles of Canada Battalion
Hong Kong Fortress
Winnipeg Grenadiers Battalion
Kowloon Brigade
102nd RN Base Force



IJA troops are repulsed at Canton in a couple of bloody attacks:


Ground combat at Canton (77,59)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 22555 troops, 230 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 723

Defending force 14713 troops, 129 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 613

Japanese adjusted assault: 610

Allied adjusted defense: 593

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1694 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 95 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 46 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled


Allied ground losses:
270 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 35 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled


Assaulting units:
104th/B Division
1st Ind.Inf.Group
68th Ind.Infantry Battalion
67th Ind.Infantry Battalion
104th/A Division
104th/C Division
23rd Army
1st JAAF AF Coy
21st Mortar Battalion
47th JAAF AF Bn
Canton Special Base Force
2nd JAAF AF Coy

Defending units:
62nd Chinese/A Corps
63rd Chinese/A Corps
65th Chinese/B Corps
65th Chinese/A Corps
63rd Chinese/C Corps
62nd Chinese/C Corps
62nd Chinese/B Corps
63rd Chinese/B Corps
65th Chinese/C Corps




Ground combat at Canton (77,59)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 21139 troops, 230 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 619

Defending force 14286 troops, 129 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 574

Japanese adjusted assault: 556

Allied adjusted defense: 801

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
1495 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 111 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 72 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled


Allied ground losses:
390 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 32 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 26 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
1st Ind.Inf.Group
104th/A Division
67th Ind.Infantry Battalion
68th Ind.Infantry Battalion
104th/B Division
104th/C Division
21st Mortar Battalion
Canton Special Base Force
23rd Army
47th JAAF AF Bn
1st JAAF AF Coy
2nd JAAF AF Coy

Defending units:
63rd Chinese/C Corps
63rd Chinese/B Corps
65th Chinese/B Corps
62nd Chinese/B Corps
62nd Chinese/A Corps
62nd Chinese/C Corps
63rd Chinese/A Corps
65th Chinese/A Corps
65th Chinese/C Corps




DEI


Vettim lands unopposed at Oosthaven. 20,000 IJA troops are ashore by the end of the turn. Japan will capture Oosthaven next turn and then will approach Palembang from the south. The battle for Palembang will be interesting as we have heavily reinforced it with Dutch troops....and inadvertantly....much of III Indian Corps is here as we used Palembang as a waypoint for an extraction of the troops from Malaya to Java.

I continue to stage US Army fighter squadrons from the Philippines to Java.. The P-40E squadrons are OK but the P-40B squadrons were heavily attrited on 12/7/41 and with PDU off I cant get the replacements available(from downgrading other fighter squadrons) to rebuild them.




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SS I-123 ainka AO Tan 2 off Soerabaja.

SS RO-34 sinks AGP Wega near Truscott.



MALAYA


IJA troops capture Georgetown.



DEI


Japan captures Oosthaven and Sidate.


KB sails down the Java Sea to attack attack Allied shipping near Soerabaja. Ive been trying to pull as much fuel as possible out of the DEI and last turn there were a few TKs at Soerabaja loading fuel. StoneAge sinks a few of them.....but at great cost....... as for some reason his A6M2s are not escorting the naval bombers:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Soerabaja at 56,104

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 45 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 48
D3A1 Val x 28



Allied aircraft
B-339D x 17
CW-21B Demon x 6
75A-7 Hawk x 7
P-40E Warhawk x 28


Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 16 destroyed, 9 damaged
D3A1 Val: 7 destroyed, 7 damaged


Allied Ships
DD Peary
DD Pillsbury
TK Augustina
TK Francol, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD John D. Ford
DD Pope
TK Anastasia, Bomb hits 2, on fire



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
12 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
11 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1-Vl.G.IV with 75A-7 Hawk (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
2-Vl.G.IV with CW-21B Demon (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
3-Vl.G.IV with B-339D (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
1-VI.G.V with B-339D (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
2e-1-VI.G.V Groep with B-339D (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
3e-1-VI.G.V Groep with B-339D (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
2-VI.G.V with B-339D (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
24th PG/3rd PS with P-40E Warhawk (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
35th PG/21st PS with P-40E Warhawk (14 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
14 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead



Morning Air attack on TF, near Soerabaja at 56,104

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 16



Allied aircraft
B-339D x 17
CW-21B Demon x 7
75A-7 Hawk x 8
P-40E Warhawk x 30


Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 7 destroyed


Allied Ships
TK Pinna, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires



CAP engaged:
1-Vl.G.IV with 75A-7 Hawk (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
2-Vl.G.IV with CW-21B Demon (2 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
3-Vl.G.IV with B-339D (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
1-VI.G.V with B-339D (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
2e-1-VI.G.V Groep with B-339D (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
3e-1-VI.G.V Groep with B-339D (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
2-VI.G.V with B-339D (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
24th PG/3rd PS with P-40E Warhawk (3 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
35th PG/21st PS with P-40E Warhawk (3 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes


Morning Air attack on TF, near Larantoeka at 68,111

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 11
D3A1 Val x 4



No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAKL Ipoh, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
xAKL Sigli, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
xAKL Marudu, Bomb hits 1
xAKL Lyemun, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Sigli
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Lyemun



Japan loses 72 AC this turn vs 18 Allied AC. In A2A, Japan loses 54 AC vs 10 Allied AC.

Aircraft losses for the entire war are nearly equal now.......Japamn has lost 315 AC total vs 349 Allied AC. In A2A, Japan has lost 159 AC total vs 166 Allied AC.





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RE: FLYING LEATHERNECKS: Vettim(J) vs Spruance(A)...3 d... - 2/26/2011 3:02:06 PM   
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Bradley7735....you are absolutely correct....I do have a few habits that carry over from game to game.



1/10-1/12/42


SS RO-34 sinks AVP Morel near Truscott.

SS RO-34 sinks AKL DeHaan near Truescott.

SS S-39 sinks AK Taian Maru off Tokara Maru.

SS KXVIII puts a torpedo in TK Syoyo Maru by Sangi.



MALAYA


IJA troops capture Taiping and invest Temoloh.



PHILIPPINES


Japanese troops are again repulsed in a 1:2 attack at Cayagan. Vettim will need to get more troops to Cayagan if he wants to break the stalemate.


Japan captures Bayombang and Cotabato.



CBI


IJA troops overrun Moulmein and Mergui.



DEI


Japan captures Sambas and Beaufort.

KB reverses course and heads back north up the Java Sea towards Batavia. In so doing, KB takes another shot at Allied shipping in and around Soerabaja:


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Denpasar at 58,107

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 11



No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
DD Pope, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
DD Peary



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 3000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Pope


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Soerabaja at 56,104

Weather in hex: Clear sky

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

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 18



Allied aircraft
B-339D x 13
CW-21B Demon x 7
75A-7 Hawk x 8
P-40E Warhawk x 18


Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 6 destroyed




CAP engaged:
1-Vl.G.IV with 75A-7 Hawk (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
2-Vl.G.IV with CW-21B Demon (2 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 19000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
3-Vl.G.IV with B-339D (2 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
1-VI.G.V with B-339D (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
2e-1-VI.G.V Groep with B-339D (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
3e-1-VI.G.V Groep with B-339D (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
35th PG/21st PS with P-40E Warhawk (6 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Denpasar at 58,107

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 4



Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
DD John D. Ford



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb




Morning Air attack on TF, near Soerabaja at 56,104

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 29
D3A1 Val x 25



Allied aircraft
B-339D x 17
CW-21B Demon x 7
75A-7 Hawk x 8
P-40E Warhawk x 18


Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 9 destroyed, 3 damaged
D3A1 Val: 7 destroyed, 5 damaged


Allied Ships
AO TAN 4, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
DD John D. Ford
DD Peary
AM Latrobe, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
TK Marpessa
TK Talang Akar
TK Peik, Bomb hits 1, on fire



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
1 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1-Vl.G.IV with 75A-7 Hawk (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
2-Vl.G.IV with CW-21B Demon (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
3-Vl.G.IV with B-339D (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
1-VI.G.V with B-339D (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
2e-1-VI.G.V Groep with B-339D (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
3e-1-VI.G.V Groep with B-339D (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
35th PG/21st PS with P-40E Warhawk (14 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
14 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring AO TAN 4


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Soerabaja at 56,104

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 35
D3A1 Val x 20



Allied aircraft
B-339D x 17
CW-21B Demon x 7
75A-7 Hawk x 8
P-40E Warhawk x 18


Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 12 destroyed, 3 damaged
D3A1 Val: 5 destroyed, 2 damaged


Allied Ships
DD Peary
TK Angelina, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
TK Talang Akar
AM Abraham Crijnssen
AO TAN 6



Aircraft Attacking:
1 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
2 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
8 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1-Vl.G.IV with 75A-7 Hawk (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
2-Vl.G.IV with CW-21B Demon (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
3-Vl.G.IV with B-339D (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
1-VI.G.V with B-339D (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
2e-1-VI.G.V Groep with B-339D (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
3e-1-VI.G.V Groep with B-339D (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
35th PG/21st PS with P-40E Warhawk (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(18 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes





I thought it was a bit strange that IJN carrier bombers kept attacking without fighter escort until I saw this:


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Batavia at 51,96

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 35



Allied aircraft
Swordfish I x 12


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Swordfish I: 4 destroyed



CAP engaged:
Akagi-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Raid is overhead
Kaga-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
Soryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Raid is overhead
Hiryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 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 to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 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 to 15000.
Raid is overhead



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Batavia at 51,96

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 33



Allied aircraft
Swordfish I x 5
Vildebeest III x 12
B-339D x 12


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Swordfish I: 4 destroyed
Vildebeest III: 2 destroyed
B-339D: 5 destroyed



CAP engaged:
Akagi-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Kaga-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Soryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 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
Raid is overhead
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Hiryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
Shokaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuikaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers



I was trying to get a few licks in on the IJN surface TFs and amphibious TFs that had been at Oosthaven but instead hit KB when they reversed course. I had put a squadron of 25 P-40Es on escort with these torpedo bombers but not one flew and Japanee CAP overwhelmed the B-339ds.

KB sinks DD Pope and 2 AKL but the plane losses are horrific. Japan loses 102 AC this turn to 30 Allied. In A2A, 79 Japanese AC were lost to 21 Allied. British torpedo bomber strength was cut in half.




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RE: FLYING LEATHERNECKS: Vettim(J) vs Spruance(A)...3 d... - 3/2/2011 1:54:04 AM   
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SS S-39 sinks AK Arabia Maru off Itbayit Is.

SS I-123 sinks AP Mijer near Semarang.

SS Pike sinks AK Taian Maru by Nagoya.

SS KXVI sinks DD Hatsushima off Tandjoengelor.

SS KXVI sinks D Neohi off Tandjoengelor.



MALAYA


IJA troops capture Temuloh.



DEI


IJA armor secures undefended Praboemolih.......just across the river from Palembang.



CBI

Now that Moulmein has been lost and Japanese troops prepare to cross the Salween River......Allied transports are stacked up at Rangoon .....furiously unloading their precious supplies before the port is lost.




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RE: FLYING LEATHERNECKS: Vettim(J) vs Spruance(A)...3 d... - 3/3/2011 6:40:52 AM   
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SS S-36 sinks AK Sakito Maru off Swatow.

SS S-36 sinks AK Heian Maru off Swatow.

SS S-41 sinks AK Montreal Maru near Pescadores.

SS Seal sinks AKL Sasago Maru by Dadjangas.



PHILIPPINES


After more than a week of fighting at Cayagan, IJA reinforcements finally turn the tide of battle and evict the American/Philippino defenders. I had reinforced Cayagan with most of the Allied forces that started on Mindanao....the remnants from Cayagan retreat to Mandalaybay.

Japan invades at Dadjangas.



CBI


Not much going on in China now as the Japanese army defeated at Ichang continues its retreat through the swamps to Hankow.

Vettim reinforces Canton with more troops and heavy artillery and continues the daily bombardments there.


Tavoy is overrun in Burma.



DEI


Japan captures Sorong and tandjoengelor. IJA troops land at Jesselton.

Ive attached a screenie of the current situation in southern Sumatra and the Java Sea. It appears as if an IJN BB TF is escorting reinforcements to Oosthaven.




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RE: FLYING LEATHERNECKS: Vettim(J) vs Spruance(A)...3 d... - 3/5/2011 12:48:22 AM   
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SUBS


SS Seadragon surafces off Hakodate to pump 44 shells into AK Gyoko.

SS Pike lands a fish on AK Tatuno Maru near Aogashima.



PHILIPPINES


On Mindanao, Dadjangas is captured.

On Luzon, the continuous aerial bombardment of Manila and Clark has rapidly depleted Allies supplies.



CHINA


IJA troops are repulsed with heavy losses at Kweisui:


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Ground combat at Kweisui (92,35)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18670 troops, 128 guns, 144 vehicles, Assault Value = 750

Defending force 20636 troops, 160 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 596

Japanese adjusted assault: 495

Allied adjusted defense: 520

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
1257 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 89 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 79 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
462 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 47 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 113 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled


Assaulting units:
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment
2nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
3rd Ching An Tui Brigade
1st Ching An Tui Brigade
2nd Ching An Tui Brigade
12th Indpt Infantry Regiment
12th Tank Regiment
13th Indpt Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
35th Chinese Corps
11th Chinese Corps
3rd Prov Chinese Corps
13th Group Army
17th Group Army




DEI


Vettim evidently has a lot more troops in Sumatra than I had anticipated. The IJA 33rd Infantry Division shock attacks its way into Palembang:


Ground combat at Palembang (48,91)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 12198 troops, 118 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 454

Defending force 17429 troops, 102 guns, 6 vehicles, Assault Value = 674

Japanese adjusted assault: 157

Allied adjusted defense: 463

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
498 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 47 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 56 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled


Allied ground losses:
682 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 32 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 37 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
33rd Division
6th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
Pakanbaroe Det.
2nd Garrison Battalion
22nd Indian Brigade
Van Aaran Garrison Battalion
28th Gurkha Brigade
Riouw KNIL Battalion
Sabang Garrison Battalion
Padang Garrison Battalion
Tapanoeli Gsn Battalion
Zuid KNIL Battalion
Medan Garrison Battalion
Korps Marechausee Battalion
8th Indian Brigade
So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion
6th Indian Bde /2
Bengkalis Base Force
Malaya Army /1
Sambas Base Force
Pontianak Base Force
Palembang Base Force
224 Group RAF
Teloekbetoeng Base Force
223 Group RAF /1


The Allied counterattack at Palembang is ineffectual:



Ground combat at Palembang (48,91)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 13685 troops, 69 guns, 6 vehicles, Assault Value = 641

Defending force 11429 troops, 118 guns, 112 vehicles, Assault Value = 384

Allied adjusted assault: 225

Japanese adjusted defense: 232

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
328 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Vehicles lost 9 (9 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
449 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 25 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units destroyed 1


Assaulting units:
Pakanbaroe Det.
So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion
8th Indian Brigade
Korps Marechausee Battalion
Sabang Garrison Battalion
Van Aaran Garrison Battalion
2nd Garrison Battalion
Medan Garrison Battalion
Tapanoeli Gsn Battalion
Zuid KNIL Battalion
22nd Indian Brigade
Padang Garrison Battalion
28th Gurkha Brigade
Riouw KNIL Battalion
6th Indian Bde /2
Teloekbetoeng Base Force
Bengkalis Base Force
224 Group RAF
Sambas Base Force
Pontianak Base Force
Palembang Base Force
Malaya Army /1
223 Group RAF /1

Defending units:
33rd Division
6th Tank Regiment


I knew that I had a lot of AV in Palembang but I was surprised at how low the adjusted AV was. Japan unloads another 20,000 troops at Oosthaven during the turn.


Japan captures Jesselton and Tandjoengelor.


British torpedo bombers were staged into Batavia to try to hit the IJN BBs spotted last turn. The IJN BBs got away but the Swordfish were able to attack the transports:



Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 1



Allied aircraft
Swordfish I x 12
P-40E Warhawk x 12


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Swordfish I: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
xAP Kokuryu Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Hakozaki Maru
xAP Kongo Maru
xAP Hikawa Maru



Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Swordfish I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo
8 x P-40E Warhawk sweeping at 15000 feet

CAP engaged:
64th Sentai with Ki-43-Ib Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000 , scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes





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SS Swordfish puts a fish in AK Ryuku Maru off Sapporo.

SS Tuna sinks DD Shirakumo by Aogashima.

SS O24 sinks AMc Toroshima near Davao.

SS Swordfish surfaces off Sapporo.....bounces 3 torps off AK Nitti Maru but then has 2 more tahty detonate....and lands 4 shelld to sink an AK that was carrying oil.



CENTPAC


Japan captures Ocean and Nauru Islands.



PHILIPPINES


Japan captures Mandalaybay on Mindanao.


The supplies are getting very low at Manila and Vettim has been getting 1:1 assaults there so the order is given to withdraw to Clark.



CHINA


Japan captures Kwangchowan by amphibious assault.



MALAYA


IJA troops overrun Kuantan and invest Malacca.



DEI


Vettim reinforces 33rd Division with an amphibious landing of 4th Division at Palembang. British Swordfish torpedo bombers pound IJN transports at Palembang sinking 2 APs. After landing 4th Division, Japan is repulsed with heavy losses in a 1:2 deliberate attack.

Vettim has built up Oosthaven into a level 3 AF and now has over 100 AC there......mostly fighters to sweep and LRCAP Palembang. Virtually every Dutch medium bomber along with 2 B-17 squadrons are ordered to close Oosthaven AF next turn.

Japan captures Balikpappan.

IJA troops begin landings at Makassar and Sandakan.




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RE: FLYING LEATHERNECKS: Vettim(J) vs Spruance(A)...3 d... - 3/8/2011 5:34:51 AM   
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PHILIPPINES


American/Philippino troops complete their withdrawal from Manila to Clark and Manila is declared an open city. The naval base at Cavite is cleared out....after the final 2 subs refuel and reload and are underway again....AS Canopus slips out of the harbor and makes its way south through Japanese infested waters.



DEI


Vettim launches another bloody assault at Palembang:

Ground combat at Palembang (48,91)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 22135 troops, 232 guns, 95 vehicles, Assault Value = 700

Defending force 11523 troops, 87 guns, 6 vehicles, Assault Value = 437

Japanese adjusted assault: 230

Allied adjusted defense: 268

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
1262 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 50 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 71 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Vehicles lost 6 (6 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1284 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 76 disabled
Non Combat: 41 destroyed, 47 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled


Assaulting units:
33rd Division
4th Division
6th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
22nd Indian Brigade
Riouw KNIL Battalion
28th Gurkha Brigade
So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion
Sabang Garrison Battalion
Van Aaran Garrison Battalion
Medan Garrison Battalion
Korps Marechausee Battalion
2nd Garrison Battalion
Padang Garrison Battalion
Tapanoeli Gsn Battalion
Zuid KNIL Battalion
6th Indian Bde /2
Pontianak Base Force
Teloekbetoeng Base Force
Bengkalis Base Force
Sambas Base Force
Palembang Base Force
Malaya Army /1



The Allies hit the Japanese airfield at Oosthaven with some 40 A-24s, over 50 Dutch medium bombers and 7 B-17Ds. When the smoke clears, the Allies and the Japanese both lose about 10 AC in A2A combat over the base but the airfield is now 44% damaged with 11 Oscars destroyed on the ground.

Japan makes gains all over Borneo and the Celebes as they capture Makassar, Pontianak and Sandakan.



MALAYA


IJA troops steamroll Malacca.



CHINA


I havent done much in China except rest, take on replacements and dig in after capturing Ichang and Sinyang in Dec. 1941.

Now, Vettim is on the move. He took Kwangchowan by amphibious assault last turn and invested Ichang from the swamp hexside this turn so he didnt trigger a shock attack by crossing the river. Japan also launched a bloody assault in an attempt to retake Sinyang:

Ground combat at Sinyang (86,48)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 50151 troops, 473 guns, 163 vehicles, Assault Value = 1853

Defending force 62544 troops, 383 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2077

Japanese adjusted assault: 1221

Allied adjusted defense: 1631

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 0)

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

Japanese ground losses:
3730 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 252 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 169 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled


Allied ground losses:
3398 casualties reported
Squads: 46 destroyed, 214 disabled
Non Combat: 18 destroyed, 213 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled


Assaulting units:
116th Division
15th Division
13th Tank Regiment
57th Infantry Brigade
6th Division
61st Infantry Brigade
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion

Defending units:
13th Chinese/B Corps
48th Chinese/B Corps
13th Chinese/A Corps
12th Chinese/B Corps
84th Chinese/C Corps
12th Chinese/A Corps
29th Chinese/B Corps
30th Chinese/B Corps
85th Chinese/A Corps
48th Chinese/C Corps
13th Chinese/C Corps
85th Chinese/B Corps
29th Chinese/C Corps
29th Chinese/A Corps
7th Chinese/C Corps
48th Chinese/A Corps
30th Chinese/C Corps
12th Chinese/C Corps
30th Chinese/A Corps
7th Chinese/A Corps
84th Chinese/B Corps
7th Chinese/B Corps
84th Chinese/A Corps
85th Chinese/C Corps
3rd Group Army
21st Group Army
2nd Group Army
31st Group Army



The Chinese Army is starting to get _really_ BIG as most of it has been able to rest since the start of the war. The supply situation is great as China continues to suck supplies from Burma.....there are 30,000 supplies in Mandalay, 20,000 supplies in Lashio, 30,000 supplies in Kunming
along the supply path and over 80,000 supplies between the the terminii at Chungking and Changsha. Im able to take on replacements in most areas of China.

Vettim just swept Chungking for the 1st time in the war with A6M2s so he is defininitely trying to step up his activity all across China. The AVG didnt stand up too well to the Zero last turn over Chunking so I will begin to stage the "armored buzzsaw" Hurricanes into China from India. I have huge "Grand Armee"s sitting around in central China at Nanyang, Sian, Ichang/Cheteh and the Loyang/Chengchow/Tsiatso complex. After 2 months of passivity, its time to gather the Chinese stacks together and put a stop to Japanese impudence.




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SUBS


SS S-23 sinks AV Sagara Maru off Donggala.

SS Grenadier surfaces off Aogashima to land a torpedo and 12 shells on AK Turuga Maru, sinking her.



PHILIPPINES


IJA troops occupy undefended Manila.

Japan captures Naga.



CHINA


Chinese troops unleash a major counterattack to drive the Japanese back out of Changsha:


Ground combat at Ichang (83,48)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 87382 troops, 502 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3159

Defending force 36490 troops, 288 guns, 16 vehicles, Assault Value = 1312

Allied adjusted assault: 5370

Japanese adjusted defense: 1204

Allied assault odds: 4 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
6967 casualties reported
Squads: 293 destroyed, 132 disabled
Non Combat: 344 destroyed, 98 disabled
Engineers: 19 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 22 (14 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (2 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 4


Allied ground losses:
9343 casualties reported
Squads: 179 destroyed, 503 disabled
Non Combat: 133 destroyed, 350 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 56 disabled


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
32nd Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese/A Corps
79th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
39th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese/B Corps
94th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese/C Corps
26th Group Army

Defending units:
13th Division
40th Division
34th Division
51st Infantry Brigade



Another large Chinese army noves south from Nanyang to relieve besieged Sinyang.



DEI


Japan captures Samarinda and Kudat. IJA troops land at Tawau.

Another IJN amphibious TF moves to Palembang to drop off supplies to the beleagured attackers.




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SUBS


SS KVIII is hit by 3 DCs from IJN ASW TF off Kuching.

SS S-34 sinks PB Bisan Maru near Balikpappan.

SS S-23 sinks AP Husimi Maru near Balikpappan.

SS S-35 sinks AK Ryoyo Maru by Toboali.

SS I-123 sinks AKL Sibolga off Soerabaja.



CHINA


Vettim orders consecutive 1:2 shock attacks at Sinyang only to suffer horrific casualties:


Ground combat at Sinyang (86,48)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 79619 troops, 781 guns, 296 vehicles, Assault Value = 2731

Defending force 58005 troops, 381 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1800

Japanese adjusted assault: 1444

Allied adjusted defense: 2141

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 0)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
12498 casualties reported
Squads: 42 destroyed, 381 disabled
Non Combat: 72 destroyed, 567 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 75 disabled
Vehicles lost 86 (12 destroyed, 74 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
4764 casualties reported
Squads: 36 destroyed, 154 disabled
Non Combat: 101 destroyed, 271 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 22 disabled


Assaulting units:
15th/B Division
15th/A Division
116th/B Division
61st Infantry Brigade
15th/C Division
41st/A Division
116th/A Division
41st/B Division
6th/B Division
57th Infantry Brigade
37th/B Division
35th/B Division
35th/A Division
116th/C Division
13th Tank Regiment
37th/A Division
37th/C Division
6th/C Division
35th/C Division
6th/A Division
41st/C Division
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion

Defending units:
13th Chinese/C Corps
85th Chinese/A Corps
30th Chinese/C Corps
12th Chinese/C Corps
29th Chinese/B Corps
7th Chinese/C Corps
29th Chinese/C Corps
48th Chinese/A Corps
84th Chinese/B Corps
7th Chinese/B Corps
12th Chinese/B Corps
85th Chinese/B Corps
7th Chinese/A Corps
13th Chinese/B Corps
30th Chinese/B Corps
48th Chinese/B Corps
12th Chinese/A Corps
48th Chinese/C Corps
84th Chinese/A Corps
30th Chinese/A Corps
13th Chinese/A Corps
29th Chinese/A Corps
84th Chinese/C Corps
85th Chinese/C Corps
2nd Group Army
3rd Group Army
21st Group Army
31st Group Army




Japan launches its 1st assault at Wenchow:


Ground combat at Wenchow (89,58)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 7783 troops, 84 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 295

Defending force 13169 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 503

Japanese adjusted assault: 237

Allied adjusted defense: 613

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 3)

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

Japanese ground losses:
912 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 61 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 27 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
133 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
56th Infantry Brigade
52nd Infantry Brigade
62nd Infantry Brigade
4th Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
100th Chinese/A Corps
100th Chinese/B Corps
100th Chinese/C Corps
25th Group Army
14th Chinese Base Force



Vettim had been sweeping Chungking every turn with A6M2s and the AVG pilots on CAP were getting the worst of it. Two turns ago, I staged in 2 squadrons of "armored buzzsaws"....Hurricanes.....and they have shot down 9 A6M2s at a cost of 3 Hurricanes.



SWPAC/SOPAC


Japan captures Tabiteuea.

CV Kaga is spotted near Truk.

Three IJN TFs appear in the Bismarck Sea as Vettim is finally making a push for Rabaul and the SWPAC.

SOPAC had built up its HQ at Noumea into a level 4AF/3 port. Over 3 divisions, several construction and aviation engineers and 5 squadrons of AC have been landed on New caledonia. Koumac, on the northern tip, has also been reinforced and is building up its airstrips and defenses.

With the new Japanese threat to Rabaul.....2 regiments are diverted from Noumea and are sent to Port Moresby.



DEI


After rushing more supplies via amphibious transports into Palembang, Vettim launches another unsuccessful 1:2 attack.

Japan captures Kendari.

Vettim is apparently sending Mini-KB out into the Indian Ocean to search out Allied shipping:












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SS S-27 sinks AK Yamodori Maru off Donggala.

SS Plunger puts a torpedo in AK Horai maru.



MALAYA


Japan captures Johore Bharu and Mersing.

The Allies are forced back into fortress Singapore.



PHILIPPINES


IJA troops land at Zamboanga.

The unrelenting aerial and ground bombardments at Clark have exhausted Allied supplies on Luzon. The end is near.



SWPAC


Japan captures Rabaul.

Vettim makes multiple landings at Lae, Salamaua, Finschafen, Buna and Gasmata.

After covering the landings at Rabaul, KB sails into the Solomon Sea .....sinking 2 USN AVPs at Tulagi and preparing to sweep Allied shipping from the seas off NE Australia. Ive begun landing the 138th Regiment and the 42nd Construction Regiment at Port Moresby.....I will continue to unload these troops at Port Moresby even with KB sitting close by......even if KB sweeps the south coast of New Guinea those 2 LCUs should mostly make it ashore before the xAPs are sunk.







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Good to see you back in the command chair Admiral Spruance.

How are you finding the change of three day turns as opposed to two day turns ?

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nicwb......thanx for your comments. Three day turns certainly speed up the game(50% increase compared to 2 day turns) and I think that they give WitP a better operational feel. You cant micromanage all your ships and AC on a daily basis and you have to give more general orders that can be effective over a 3 day period. The only bad thing is that 3 day turns allow you to play "gotcha" with your opponent....you can do a 3 day run in with your carriers to surprise your opponent.....or you can mass your air forces and create a 3 day mismatch where you can destroy your opponents air force in an area before he can react....Vettim and I have both repeatedly tried to create aerial mismatches against each other.



2/27-3/1/42



SUBS


SS Seal puts a torpedo in BB Hyuga off Balikpappan.

SS S-38 lands a fish on CS Chitose near Balikpappan......she looks like she is carrying troops and is in danger of sinking.

SS Cuttlefish puts a torpedo in AMC Kinryu by Kavieng.



PHILIPPINES


A Japanese assault captures Butuan and Zamboanga.....effectively wiping out all organzed resistance on Mindanao.

On Luzon, Vettim continues the daily aerial and ground bombardments at Clark and the Allied forces are completely out of supply.......its only a matter of time before the final assault is launched.



MALAYA


The Japanese 25th Army sits in Johore Bharu......biding its time and resting while Japanese bombers pound Allied positions at Singapore.

We await the final assault over the causeway into the city.



DEI


Two IJA divisons and a tank regiment are stalemated by the Dutch at Palembang. With KB in the SWPAC, mini KB covers another convoy carrying reinforcements and supplies into Oosthaven.



SWPAC


KB sits in the Solomon Sea.....pounding the Allied seaplane base at Tulagi while naval troops capture Lae, Gasmata, Finschafen, Salamaua and Buna.

USN transports complete offloading of the 138th Regiment and the 42nd Construction Regiment at Port Moresby and sail west for the relative safety of Darwin.



CHINA


Vettim and I have a stalemate at Sinyang......we both have about 2400 AV and Im defending in a forest but Vettim was trying to surround Sinyang. While Chinese troops were able to crack the encirclement and reinforce Sinyang......Japanese troops have cut the road to Chengchow and Sinyang is dangerously low on supplies.

A Chinese Army of 2500 AV has marched in from Nanyang and will attempt to reopen the Chengchow highway while another Chinese 3700 AV in Ichang will shock attack its way across the river into the forest E of Ichang to help oepn a supply route into Sinyang.




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CHINA


The 3700 AV "Ichang" army shock attacks its way across the river into the forest just E of the city.....the IJA 39th Division is nearly wiped out in the process.

Meanwhile, another 800 Chinese AV force shock attacks an IJA brigade blocking the Sinyang-Chengchow Highway:


Ground combat at 86,47

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 19752 troops, 158 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 805

Defending force 4285 troops, 38 guns, 16 vehicles, Assault Value = 162

Allied adjusted assault: 1272

Japanese adjusted defense: 68

Allied assault odds: 18 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1656 casualties reported
Squads: 37 destroyed, 50 disabled
Non Combat: 34 destroyed, 46 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 11 disabled
Guns lost 4 (3 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 6 (2 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Allied ground losses:
404 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 38 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
7th New Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese/C Corps

Defending units:
32nd/A Division


The Chinese troops in Sinyang can now trace a supply line both to Ichang and Chengchow.....over 10,000 supplies flow into Sinyang immediately and the supply crisis of a week ago is now over.

In the SE, two more Chinese Corps will attempt to recapture Kwangchowan next turn.



SWPAC


Japanese troops storm ashore at Milne Bay. KB covers the landings at Milne Bay and continues to work over the port and airstrips at Port Moresby. In about a week vettim has overrun all of the Bismarcks/Admiralties/northern coast and eastern tip of New Guinea and has begun landings in the Solomons.

Im glad that I was able to reinforce Port Moresby with the US Army 138th regiment before KB arrived......with jungle terrain and lvl 3 fortifications it will take at least 2 to 2/12 IJA divisions for Japan to take Port Moresby from me. With apparently all 6 CVs off New Guinea Japan does indeed control the seas of NE Australia.....but fortunately we control the land and the railroads of NE Australia. I am sending construction engineers, the RN BF extricated from Kuching and the 2 RAF Air HQs......223rd and 224th.......extricated from Malaya by railroad from Perth and Sydney to Cairns and Cooktown. The airfields oin NE OZ are currently being enlarged and the RAF Air HQs will give me torpedo capabilities off Port Moresby. If things get serious around Port Moresby I will stage in the A-24 DBs and the RAF torpedo bombers from Java.



SOPAC


Japan captures Tulagi.

With apparently all 6 IJN CVs off New Guinea I will not commit Sara/Lex/Yorktown/Enterprise to battle.....some of the carriers have their VF squadrons still flying F-3A Buffaloes. Instead, the USN CVs will withdraw from the south Pacific and complete their 3/42 and 4/42 AA and radar upgrades.....hopefully by then all the VF squadrons will be flying F4F-3s and F4F-4s and the SBDs will be upgraded to the latest variant.

While vettim could use KB to cover an amphibious assault at Port Moresby.....I dont think that he has the 2 1/2 divisions available now to overwhelm Port Moresby's defenses. He is bogged down in Luzon with the 16th and 48th Divisions and the 65th Brigade; the 4th, 33rd and 38th Divisions are at Palembang and the 5th, 56th and Imperial Guards are bogged down outside Singapore.

Im not worried about holding festung New Caledonia...Ive got nearly 3 divisions there plus 100 AC and over 100,000 supplies at the 5 AF and 5 port at Noumea. Koumac is now a lvl 2 AF and is entrenching and Im dropping off construction engineers at Efate and Luganville next turn so I can build 4 or 5 mutually supporting airfields. Ive been a bit lax in sending air groups out of the US to reinforce the various war theatres.....their experience is generally low so Ive been training most air groups on the US west coast. Next turn I will be shipping out 18 AC squadrons from the US to reinforce Australia/New Caeldonia/Port Moresby.



PHILIPPINES


Vettim launches a bloody 1:2 assault at Clark:


Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 35742 troops, 403 guns, 371 vehicles, Assault Value = 1320

Defending force 46333 troops, 715 guns, 660 vehicles, Assault Value = 1669

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Japanese adjusted assault: 932

Allied adjusted defense: 1246

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
6688 casualties reported
Squads: 16 destroyed, 433 disabled
Non Combat: 28 destroyed, 442 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 35 disabled
Vehicles lost 87 (6 destroyed, 81 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1651 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 148 disabled
Non Combat: 15 destroyed, 144 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled


Assaulting units:
Kanno Detachment
24th Infantry Regiment
65th Brigade
16th Recon Regiment
16th Infantry Regiment
20th Infantry Regiment
48th Engineer Regiment
2nd Tank Regiment
16th Engineer Regiment
47th Infantry Regiment
1st Formosa Inf. Regiment
9th Infantry Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
48th Recon Regiment
7th Tank Regiment
2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
48th Field Artillery Regiment
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
14th Army
2nd Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
Subic Bay Defenses
1st PA Constabulary Regiment
1st PA Infantry Division
21st PA Infantry Division
31st PA Infantry Division
71st PA Infantry/C Division
41st PA Infantry/B Division
192nd Tank Battalion
26th PS Cavalry Regiment
2nd PA Constabulary Regiment
91st PA Infantry/A Division
3rd/45th PS Inf Battalion
91st PA Infantry/C Division
91st PA Infantry/B Division
57th PS Infantry Regimental Combat Team
31st Infantry Regiment
14th PS Engineer Regiment
194th Tank Battalion
51st PA Infantry Division
11th PA Infantry Division
3rd/12th PA Inf Battalion
4th Marine Regiment
71st PA Infantry/B Division
71st PA Infantry/A Division
41st PA Infantry/A Division
86th PS Coastal Artillery Battalion
41st PA Infantry/C Division
PAF Aviation
I Philippine Corps
II Philippine Corps
200th & 515th Coast AA Regiment
USAFFE
1st PI Base Force
Manila USAAF Base Force
1st USMC AA Battalion
Provisional GMC Grp
Far East USAAF
803rd Engineer Aviation Battalion
Clark Field USAAF Base Force
88th PS Field Artillery Regiment
301st Construction Battalion
301st PA Field Artillery Regiment


The American/Philippino troops may be out of supply but they still have a lot of fight in them.



DEI


With the IJA 1st Tank Regiment/4th Division/33rd Division locked in a stalemate at Palembang, Vettim reinforced his army with an amphibious landing of the 38th Division and that finally ngave him the 2:1 odds needed to capture Palembang:


Ground combat at Palembang (48,91)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 32942 troops, 328 guns, 91 vehicles, Assault Value = 1050

Defending force 9614 troops, 83 guns, 5 vehicles, Assault Value = 305

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 558

Allied adjusted defense: 229

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Palembang !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
1394 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 62 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 81 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled


Allied ground losses:
3584 casualties reported
Squads: 179 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 212 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 19 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 52 (52 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (5 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 17
Units destroyed 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
4th Division
33rd Division
38th Division
6th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
Zuid KNIL Battalion
Korps Marechausee Battalion
Riouw KNIL Battalion
So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion
Padang Garrison Battalion
28th Gurkha Bde /3
Medan Garrison Battalion
Tapanoeli Gsn Battalion
Sabang Garrison Battalion
Van Aaran Garrison Battalion
2nd Garrison Battalion
6th Indian Bde /2
Sambas Base Force
Pontianak Base Force
Teloekbetoeng Base Force
Bengkalis Base Force
Palembang Base Force
Malaya Army /1


The Dutch troops defending Palembang held out for quite some time against overwhelming forces. Even in defeat, the Dutch troops have bloodied the IJA 4th and 33rd Divisions and they will need some recovery time before they can assault Java.

With Vettim reinforcing both Oostahaven and Palembang, I staged over the 39 A-24s that had been training in OZ since their arrival in 1/42. The A-24s start with an experience and naval bombing skill in the 20's and Ive trained then to experience in the 50's and naval bombing skill in the 60's. They are scheduled to withdraw on 3/15/42 and I staged them to Java to use them before Id lose them. By the time they staged to Batavia, the A-24s missed mini KB by 2 turns and the amphibious landings at Palembang by 1 turn. One of the problems with 3 day turns is that it slows down your reaction times.....especially in staging AC. This aspect of 3 day turns should help the Allies though later when they go on the counteroffensive in July/Aug. 1942.

I may pay PPs to keep the A-24s around for a few more turns. BB Hyuga was torpedoed off the Celebes a couple of turns ago and last turn BB Nagato was spotted by a USN sub off the Celebes.....we may see some action in the Java Sea very soon. If not.....then I will probably stage the A-24s and the RAF TBs to NE Oz to help support Port Moresby.




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SUBS


SS Trigger is hit by 2 DCs from IJN ASW TF off Tokara Retto.

SS Salmon sinks AK Malta Maru near Pescadores.

SS S-39 sinks PB Santos Maru by Balikpappan.

SS S-27 sinks AO Ondo maru off Donggala.



DEI


The IJA 38th Division pursues and continues to rough up the Dutch army remnants retreating from Palembang.

Japan captures Ketapang on Borneo and lands at Donggala.



MALAYA


IJA troops force their way across the causeway from Johore Bharu into Singapore.



CBI


IJA troops cross the Salween to capture Pegu and threaten Rangoon.

All Allied combat troops were withdrawn from rangoon a few turns ago.....the city of Rangoon was then under garrisoned and the port facilities were heavily damaged. The Allied ships in port at Rangoon are no longer able to unload supplies so they cast off and head for Calcutta. I think that I was able to unload some 200,000-250,000 supplies at Rangoon before the port became damaged......and this has contributed greatly to Allied defenses in China.....over 50% of Chinese corps are taking on replacements due to the abundant supplies.


IJA troops are repulsed with heavy losses at Chuhsien:


Ground combat at Chuhsien (88,56)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19923 troops, 186 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 746

Defending force 14032 troops, 81 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 511

Japanese adjusted assault: 493

Allied adjusted defense: 493

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1098 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 107 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 54 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled


Allied ground losses:
616 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 50 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 43 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
52nd Infantry Brigade
56th Infantry Brigade
22nd Division
62nd Infantry Brigade
4th Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
88th Chinese/B Corps
28th Chinese/C Corps
28th Chinese/A Corps
28th Chinese/B Corps
88th Chinese/A Corps
88th Chinese/C Corps
10th Group Army



Ground combat at Chuhsien (88,56)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18860 troops, 186 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 667

Defending force 13640 troops, 81 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 476

Japanese adjusted assault: 284

Allied adjusted defense: 490

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
1601 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 107 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 68 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled


Allied ground losses:
231 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 45 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
22nd Division
56th Infantry Brigade
52nd Infantry Brigade
62nd Infantry Brigade
4th Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
28th Chinese/C Corps
28th Chinese/B Corps
88th Chinese/A Corps
28th Chinese/A Corps
88th Chinese/B Corps
88th Chinese/C Corps
10th Group Army



Chinese troops recapture Kwangchowan and Kahnsien.




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RE: FLYING LEATHERNECKS: Vettim(J) vs Spruance(A)...3 d... - 3/23/2011 6:40:07 AM   
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Good to see this AAR AdmSpruance will be very interesting to see how this all unfolds.  So far looks like you have a way more agressive Japanese player this time.  I see that he is normally an allied player this will be very interesting when you go back on the attack.

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RE: FLYING LEATHERNECKS: Vettim(J) vs Spruance(A)...3 d... - 3/24/2011 3:12:00 PM   
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Hey StoneAge.....how are you doing? Good hearing from you again! I have to give Vettim credit......he is playing Japan like an AFB and is successful...ie very methodical and brings overwhelmimg airpower to bear wherever he is attacking. Vettim has me cornered in Clark and out of supply due to his use of airpower.....and I have far superior numbers of troops on Luzon as the Allies.



3/15-3/25/42



SUBS


SS Saury puts a torpedo in AK Midori Maru off Sapporo.

SS S-39 lands a fish on AK Shinko Maru near Donggala.

SS Sculpin sinks AK Kinsyu by Shikuka.

SS KIX torpedoes AP Montevideo Maru off Balikpappan.

SS KIX puts another torpedo in AK Shinko Maru......sinking her off Balikpappan.

SS S-28 bounces a torpedo off the side of CVL Ryujo and uses up one of her nine lives near Morotai.



CBI


IJA troops are replused with heavy losses in a 1:2 assault at Chuhsien.

Japanese troops invest Rangoon in Burma.



DEI


Japan captures Donggala and Pegu and invades at Bandjermasin.

The IJA 38th Division pursues the Dutch remants from Palembang through the jungles of Sumatra. The retreating Dutch troops on Sumatra reach the west coast and recapture Benkolen.

Allied transport AC will attempt to extricate as many troops as possible from Benkolen to Java before the 38th Division arrives for the kill.

The IJA 4th and 33rd Divisions rest on Sumatra and try to recover losses suffered in the siege of Palembang.



PHILIPPINES


vettim launches another bloody assault at Clark...the Japanese troops make no progress though and they resume their daily ground bombardments.



MALAYA


After a week of bloody deliberate attacks, Japanese troops overrun Singapore in a massive shock attack:


Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 46534 troops, 581 guns, 356 vehicles, Assault Value = 1511

Defending force 19079 troops, 339 guns, 163 vehicles, Assault Value = 175

Japanese adjusted assault: 1917

Allied adjusted defense: 353

Japanese assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 2)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Singapore !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
1264 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 65 disabled
Non Combat: 48 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Vehicles lost 93 (87 destroyed, 6 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
17947 casualties reported
Squads: 295 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1885 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 166 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 450 (450 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 133 (133 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 25


Assaulting units:
14th Tank Regiment
5th Recon Regiment
Imperial Guards Division
114th Infantry Regiment
42nd Infantry Regiment
21st Infantry Regiment
11th Infantry Regiment
55th Infantry Regiment
12th Engineer Regiment
113th Infantry Regiment
56th Infantry Regiment
5th Engineer Regiment
22nd Recon Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
1st Tank Regiment
41st Infantry Regiment
18th Mountain Gun Regiment
3rd Mortar Battalion
5th Field Artillery Regiment
5th Mortar Battalion
56th Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
25th Army
1st RF Gun Battalion
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
1st Malay Battalion
8th Indian Bde /1
Singapore Fortress
22nd Australian Brigade
27th Australian Brigade
2nd Gordons Battalion
3/16th Punjab Bn /3
29 Battery/3 HAA
109th RN Base Force
110th RAF Base Force
AHQ Far East
1st Indian Heavy AA Regiment
24th NZ Pioneer Coy
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
11 Battery/3 HAA
112th RAF Base Force
1st ISF Base Force
Malaya Army
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
Malayan Air Wing
III Indian Corps
Singapore Base Force
111th RAF Base Force
137/155th Field Regiment


Some 17,000 British/Commonwealth troops surrender and are marched off to the steaming jungle hell of Burma to construct a bridge over the river Kwai.


Vettim has 4 divisions at Singapore......they were chewed up pretty well in the fight for Singapore and will require some rest before turning their sights towards Burma.




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RE: FLYING LEATHERNECKS: Vettim(J) vs Spruance(A)...3 d... - 3/25/2011 2:07:55 PM   
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3/26-3/28/42



CBI


IJA troops are thrown back with higfh casualties at Chuhsien after the Allies reinforce this turn:


Ground combat at Chuhsien (88,56)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 16884 troops, 186 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 560

Defending force 26420 troops, 162 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1013

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 161

Allied adjusted defense: 949

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 5 (fort level 1)

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

Japanese ground losses:
2473 casualties reported
Squads: 40 destroyed, 189 disabled
Non Combat: 42 destroyed, 134 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 11 disabled


Allied ground losses:
265 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 27 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
22nd Division
52nd Infantry Brigade
56th Infantry Brigade
62nd Infantry Brigade
4th Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
86th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
10th Group Army



In Burma, Japan overruns Rangoon.



PHILIPPINES


At Clark, Japanese troops are repulsed with heavy losses:


Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 33150 troops, 428 guns, 341 vehicles, Assault Value = 985

Defending force 40493 troops, 612 guns, 634 vehicles, Assault Value = 1253

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 682

Allied adjusted defense: 697

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 0)

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

Japanese ground losses:
6382 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 310 disabled
Non Combat: 20 destroyed, 396 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 52 disabled
Vehicles lost 100 (11 destroyed, 89 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1006 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 82 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 91 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled


Assaulting units:
48th Engineer Regiment
1st Formosa Inf. Regiment
16th Infantry Regiment
48th Recon Regiment
9th Infantry Regiment
24th Infantry Regiment
Kanno Detachment
20th Infantry Regiment
2nd Tank Regiment
65th Brigade
47th Infantry Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
16th Recon Regiment
16th Engineer Regiment
Tanaka Detachment
7th Tank Regiment
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
48th Field Artillery Regiment
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
14th Army
2nd Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
1st PA Infantry Division
71st PA Infantry/A Division
14th PS Engineer Regiment
31st Infantry Regiment
4th Marine Regiment
3rd/45th PS Inf Battalion
51st PA Infantry Division
26th PS Cavalry Regiment
Subic Bay Defenses
31st PA Infantry Division
21st PA Infantry Division
86th PS Coastal Artillery Battalion
91st PA Infantry/B Division
2nd PA Constabulary Regiment
1st PA Constabulary Regiment
192nd Tank Battalion
71st PA Infantry/C Division
11th PA Infantry Division
91st PA Infantry/A Division
57th PS Infantry Regimental Combat Team
194th Tank Battalion
91st PA Infantry/C Division
41st PA Infantry/B Division
41st PA Infantry/A Division
71st PA Infantry/B Division
41st PA Infantry/C Division
Clark Field USAAF Base Force
II Philippine Corps
I Philippine Corps
803rd Engineer Aviation Battalion
301st Construction Battalion
200th & 515th Coast AA Regiment
88th PS Field Artillery Regiment
USAFFE
Provisional GMC Grp
Far East USAAF
1st USMC AA Battalion
Manila USAAF Base Force
PAF Aviation
301st PA Field Artillery Regiment



Vettim just misses a 1:1 attack. American/Philippino troops are holding on at Clark even though they have been out of supplies for a few weeks.



DEI


Japan invades at Ambon, Boela, Babo and Namlea.

My 39 A-24 DBs had been scheduled for withdrawal on 3/15/42. After training them up for several months, I wanted to use them before withdrawing them so Ive paid the PPs to keep them around a little longer. With Japan landing at so many beaches simultaneously in the DEI and mini KB standing by off Ambon to cover the assault there........the A-24s are staged into Ambon with 25 P-40Es as escorts.....this area looks to be a target rich environment and I will get 1-2 turns of use out of the Army DBs before they are withdrawn.




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3/29-4/3/42



SUBS


SS I-172 sinks AK Makena near Oahu.

SS KXIV pumps 27 shells into AKL Tonegawa Maru off Cam Ranh Bay.

SS KXV sinks AK Maya Maru by Kalidjati.

SS Sargo sinks AK Kiyama Maru near Kushiro.



CBI


A Japanese assault at Pucheng, China is defeated with heavy casualties.

Vettim moves more units to cut the Chengchow/Sinyang Highway....its time to go on the move again and reopen the highway.



SOPAC/SWPAC


Japan captures Munda and Madang.



DEI


The A-24 ambush in the eastern DEI works well on 3/29:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Boela at 80,110

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 24
P-40E Warhawk x 10


Allied aircraft losses
A-24 Banshee: 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
AK Sasako Maru
xAK Syoto Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Gosei Maru
xAK Nanko Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Fushimi Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
5 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
5 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ambon at 76,109

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes


Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 11
P-40E Warhawk x 11


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Kinjosan Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
AMC Bankok Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kureha Maru #3, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
7 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Carrier support unable to supply air cover..


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Boela at 80,110

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

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


Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 21
P-40E Warhawk x 21


Allied aircraft losses
A-24 Banshee: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Nanko Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Fushimi Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Shikinami, Bomb hits 1
AK Sasako Maru
xAK Gosei Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
10 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
1 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
3 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Nanko Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Fushimi Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Gosei Maru


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Boela at 80,110

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes


Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 11


Allied aircraft losses
A-24 Banshee: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Nanko Maru, and is sunk
xAK Fushimi Maru, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Gosei Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Fushimi Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Gosei Maru



The A-24s are joined by some Hudsons also based at Ambon:


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ambon at 76,109

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes


Allied aircraft
Hudson III (LR) x 4


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Kureha Maru #3, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Hudson III (LR) bombing from 1000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb

Carrier support unable to supply air cover..


On 3/30, the A-24s tried to engage mini KB:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Namlea at 76,108

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 22



Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 14
P-40E Warhawk x 21


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
A-24 Banshee: 3 destroyed, 6 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 2 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CVL Zuiho, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CVE Hosho



Aircraft Attacking:
2 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
1 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
3 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 5 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Hosho-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 8 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CVL Zuiho


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Namlea at 76,108

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10



Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 10


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
A-24 Banshee: 6 destroyed, 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVL Ryujo
CVE Hosho



Aircraft Attacking:
1 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
3 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (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 20000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
Hosho-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Namlea at 76,108

Weather in hex: Light cloud

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6



Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 9


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
A-24 Banshee: 1 destroyed, 8 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVL Ryujo



Aircraft Attacking:
7 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
Hosho-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes




Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Namlea at 76,108

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8



Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 6
P-40E Warhawk x 12


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
A-24 Banshee: 5 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 2 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CVE Hosho
CVL Ryujo



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
3 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Hosho-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes



The A-24s are shot up pretty well after attacking mini KB...10 A-24s were lost to AA in the attack on mini KB.......so they are withdrawn on the 4/1/42 turn.



Japanese troops capture Boela, Babo and Namlea but are repulsed at Ambon.


On Sumatra, the 38th Division recaptures Benkolen and retreats the Dutch Army remnants deep into the jungle.



Vettim had been massing invasion shipping at Oosthaven.....loading 4th and 33rd Divsions for the invasion of Java.



Virtually the entire British and Dutch fleets and the USN Asiatic fleet had been massed in the Indian Ocean south of Java....refueled by AOs for several weeks.....waiting for a chance to hit IJN forces when they assaulted Java. With IJN transports massing at Oosthaven and most of the Japanese air force also concentrated at Oosthaven.....over 200 AC......a RN SAG with 4 old RN BBs and several CLs was sent to destroy the transports and bombard Oosthaven airfield. A RN Air Combat TF centered around CV Illustrious, CVL Hermes, BB PoW and BC Replse was sent to cover the SAG.

On the first day of the 3 day turn....3/29.....Val DBs suddenly appeared over Soerabaja as apparently KB arrived on scene and entered the Java Sea from the south:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Pamekasan at 58,106

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12
D3A1 Val x 9



Allied aircraft
B-339D x 1


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-339D: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
DD John D. Edwards
DD Edsall
DD Whipple



Aircraft Attacking:
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
1 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

CAP engaged:
3-Vl.G.IV with B-339D (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Soerabaja at 56,104

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 23
D3A1 Val x 13



Allied aircraft
B-339D x 8


Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-339D: 2 destroyed

Allied Ships
AG Deneb, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
xAKL Siaoe, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
DD Alden



Aircraft Attacking:
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1-VI.G.V with B-339D (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
2e-1-VI.G.V Groep with B-339D (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
3e-1-VI.G.V Groep with B-339D (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
3-VI.G.V with B-339D (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
3-Vl.G.IV with B-339D (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Siaoe


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Soerabaja at 56,104

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 36
D3A1 Val x 22



Allied aircraft
B-339D x 5


Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-339D: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
DD Alden
xAKL Shinai, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
10 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

CAP engaged:
3-Vl.G.IV with B-339D (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
1-VI.G.V with B-339D (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
2e-1-VI.G.V Groep with B-339D (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
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 20 minutes
3-VI.G.V with B-339D (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 25 minutes




KB had last been seen covering the landings in the Bismarcks, Admiralties, eastern New Guinea and the Solomons a little over a week ago. Now KB sails around the northern coast of New Guinea and enters the Java Sea to cover the invasion of Java.

On the 2nd day of the 3 day turn....3/30.......KB finds both the RB SAG and Air Combat TFs and hammers them:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Tjilatjap at 50,104

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 160 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 60 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 69
B5N2 Kate x 35
D3A1 Val x 53



Allied aircraft
Fulmar II x 9
Sea Hurricane Ib x 6


Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 6 damaged
D3A1 Val: 4 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Fulmar II: 4 destroyed
Sea Hurricane Ib: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
BB Revenge, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 3, on fire
BB Resolution, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 4, heavy damage
BB Royal Sovereign, Bomb hits 7, Torpedo hits 2, on fire
BB Ramillies, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CL Durban, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CL Dragon, Bomb hits 4, on fire



Aircraft Attacking:
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
11 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
9 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
12 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
13 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
5 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
13 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
3 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
9 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
9 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
1 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
1 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.800 Sqn FAA with Fulmar II (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes
No.880 Sqn FAA with Sea Hurricane Ib (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CL Durban



The miniscule counterstrike from the RN Air Combat Tf is crushed:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Kalidjati at 53,98

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 36



Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 15


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Albacore I: 6 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CV Hiryu



CAP engaged:
Akagi-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 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 to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
Kaga-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 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 to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
Soryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 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 to 15000.
Raid is overhead
Hiryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Raid is overhead
Shokaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 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 to 15000.
Raid is overhead
Zuikaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Raid is overhead


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Kalidjati at 53,98

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 34



Allied aircraft
Swordfish I x 10


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Swordfish I: 3 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CV Zuikaku



CAP engaged:
Akagi-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 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 to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
Kaga-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
Soryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
Hiryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 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 to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Raid is overhead




KB send out another combined arms attack in the afternoon:


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Tjilatjap at 50,104

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 45 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 43
B5N2 Kate x 43
D3A1 Val x 42



Allied aircraft
Fulmar II x 2
Sea Hurricane Ib x 3


Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 3 destroyed, 23 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed, 11 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Fulmar II: 1 destroyed
Sea Hurricane Ib: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales
CV Indomitable, Torpedo hits 2, on fire
CVL Hermes, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
CL Colombo, Torpedo hits 1
CL Sumatra, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Caledon
CL Capetown, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
BC Repulse
DD Paul Jones



Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
6 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
13 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
9 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
12 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
11 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
10 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
12 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.800 Sqn FAA with Fulmar II (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
No.880 Sqn FAA with Sea Hurricane Ib (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 16000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CL Sumatra


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Tjilatjap at 50,104

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 21



Allied aircraft
Sea Hurricane Ib x 1


Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed, 9 damaged


Allied Ships
BB Royal Sovereign, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
BB Resolution, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
BB Ramillies, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
BB Revenge



Aircraft Attacking:
20 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
No.880 Sqn FAA with Sea Hurricane Ib (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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes



At this point in a 2 day turn, I would normally be able to send the damaged ships back to port.....I probably could have saved 2-3 of the BBs. But since we are playing 3 day turns, the RN SAG just floated off the coast of Java until KB applied the coup de grace on 3/31:




Morning Air attack on TF, near Tjilatjap at 50,104

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 45 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 30
B5N2 Kate x 2
D3A1 Val x 31



Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed, 11 damaged

Allied Ships
BB Revenge, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CL Dragon, Bomb hits 1
BB Resolution, Bomb hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
BB Royal Sovereign, Bomb hits 3, heavy damage
BB Ramillies, Bomb hits 2, heavy damage
CL Durban, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
2 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
1 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Tjilatjap at 50,104

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 16 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 9



Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged

Allied Ships
BB Ramillies, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage
CL Durban, on fire, heavy damage
BB Revenge, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Morning Air attack on TF, near Tjilatjap at 50,104

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 9



Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Durban, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
BB Ramillies, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 3000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 4000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CL Durban
Ramillies dead in the water ...




Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Tjilatjap at 50,104

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 45 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 32
B5N2 Kate x 18
D3A1 Val x 61



Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 5 damaged
D3A1 Val: 7 damaged

Allied Ships
BB Royal Sovereign, Bomb hits 11, and is sunk
DD Stronghold, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CL Dragon, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
BB Resolution, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Tenedos
DD Thanet



Aircraft Attacking:
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
9 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
10 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
18 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
13 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
10 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring BB Royal Sovereign
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring an Allied CL



The Allies lose BB Ramillies, BB Revenge, BB Royal Sovereign, BB Resolution, CL Sumatra, CL Dragon and CL Durban. CL Capetown is severely damaged and will probably not make it back to port.



As big a disaster as this was........it could have been worse.......much worse.

Fortunately, the Air Combat TF escaped annihilation and should make it back to port barring some unforseen sub attack. BB PoW and BC Repulse were unscathed. The Dutch fleet and the USN Asiatic fleets were sent to raid IJN amphibious TFs in the eastern DEI and were out of range of KB. After this debacle, the Dutch and US Asiatic fleets will be returned to port and not committed to surafce ambushes as long as Japan has such complete control of the air.

Vettim landed the 4th and 33rd Divisions at Kalidjati.

On the next turn, I massed the RN TBs and all the PBYs and DO search planes at Batavia and sent them after KB...escorted by over 70 P-40Es and P-40Bs. The Allies score no hits and lose 87 AC in A2A combat...47 P-40Es are shot down against a mere 12 A6M2s.

The Allies' ground forces are in pretty good shape on Java...it will take at least 4 or more divisions to overwhelm the Dutch....Ive got 1500 AV behind level 4 forts at Batavia. However...with KB around the Japanese have total control of the air. Im going to send the British TB squadrons back to India while the US P-40E and P-40B squadrons will be sent back to Australia to rebuild.

The Dutch are now on their own.







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