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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/6/2011 10:48:54 PM   
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Thanks, that decides my actions for the next turn.

PS Just noticed this in the Ops report: "Pilot Takanaka, Y is reported to have escaped capture." BANZAI! You don't see that every day.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/7/2011 6:15:09 AM   
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Eto Shinichi piloted his Ki-43 Hayabusa fighter through a partly cloudy morning in China. He recalled similar partly cloudy morning flights in Burma just two weeks ago. Though his Sentai had changed locales, the target now was the same as it was then - the ever elusive American Volunteer Group, made famous in the Imperialist press as the "Flying Tigers." They were good pilots, but so far had proved less than honorable foes - avoiding the IJAAF's front line fighters in Burma, the AVG had fled to China, doing significant damage to second rate Japanese air groups flying the aged Ki-27 fighter. In a sea of victories for Imperial Japan, this lone aerial defeat assumed great importance in the public mind. Shinichi was thus not surprised when his air group was ordered to fly hundreds and hundreds of miles north to avenge the honor of the air service.

Looking to his left, Shinichi observed the squat but powerful Ki-44 prototypes that accompanied his Sentai on this mission. Only 8 of these new aircraft were in service, all piloted by the best Japan had and all flying to Sian today. Sketchy radio reports - actually garbled radio reports, given the poor quality of the Hayabusa's radio set - spoke of a great air battle just to the northwest, where another Ki-43 Sentai had already engaged the enemy. Shinichi cursed his nerves as sweat trickled down his back despite the cool temperatures at altitude. He silently informed his sweat glands that although they might fear the Flying Tigers, he was an experienced pilot in the Emperor's service, and felt no such weakness.

"This sort of thinking is why your Chutai thinks you odd, Lt. Eto," he said.

"Say again?" Crackled the radio. It was the voice of Shinichi's Chutai leader, Nagase Zenko.

Shinichi reflexively hunched down in his seat like a schoolchild, as if that motion would make him less likely to be fingered as the culprit for breaking radio silence. How had a daydreamer like himself ever risen to lead a Shotai? He decided then and there to follow the advice of many fellow pilots and have the radio set removed from his plane before the next mission.

Fortunately, events prevented the completion of that awkward discussion. Zenko's wings waggled in a pre-arranged signal indicating enemy aircraft ahead. And indeed, if a waggle could be an understatement, this one was. Shinichi was awestruck at the swarm of planes ahead and several thousand feet below his flight. He estimated 80 or more machines locked in battles large and small, directly over the sizeable industrial city of Sian.

Shinichi waggled his own wings and used a series of hand signals to instruct the other two planes in his Shotai to follow him. Then he throttled up and put the stick down. The Hayabusa performed like its namesake Peregrine Falcon as usual, quickly nosing over and placing an unsuspecting H81-A3 in his sights. The enemy pilot was a sheep and unaware of his approaching doom. Shinichi got so close he could read the tail number - 39. He was unaware that this marked the aircraft as a member of the AVG's 2nd Pursuit Squadron. Wait... Wait... Now! Just as Shinichi opened fire, the AVG pilot finished his attack run on a Japanese plane, leaving it smoking. Then he banked hard out of the line of the Ki-43's bullets for a moment before entering a power dive. "So much for the sheep theory," muttered Shinichi, who realized the futility of chasing the sturdy and faster P-40 variant toward the deck.

He sought easier prey and stumbled into his fifth kill of the war. Another Ki-43 screamed by him, maneuvering wildly. Shinichi throttled down and nosed up, bleeding air speed and biding his time. Right on cue, the other Hayabusa's tormentor flashed by his nose. Putting the agility of his machine to full use, Shinichi used stick and rudder to flare over to a new heading, then throttled up. He was rewarded with the American plane in his sights and depressed the trigger. At this range, not even the vaunted toughness of the H81-A3 was enough to save his opponent. It flamed out and spun down, a clear kill. Banzai!

A clicking in his ears caused a cascade of thoughts in Shinichi's mind. No, that wasn’t right, because it took him several seconds to realize that the clicks were a common radio malfunction of the Hayabusa's infernal communications device, that this particular failure occurred when a pilot panicked and depressed the com channel multiple times, and that in many cases this panic was induced by seeing a friendly aircraft in jeopardy. Fortunately, it took Shinichi's well trained instincts only a quarter second to interpret all this subconsciously and to slam the Ki-43 into a barrel roll, thus dodging a deadly hail of lead from AVG plane No. 39.

In fairness, not even newly minted ace Eto Shinichi was good enough to know without a visual ID that this was No. 39. However, as the moments passed and he was unable to shake the American with his usual tricks, Shinichi became more and more certain that his enemy in this duel was the crack pilot he had let escape earlier. As the dogfight progressed, Shinichi felt ice in his belly. Not nerves, but real fear, an emotion the eccentric but justifiably cocky young airman had never encountered until now.

Shinichi's focus, having thus wandered for less than a second, cost him. Heavy bullets from the hated .50 caliber machine guns traced a line on the tail of his aircraft. Banking hard right interrupted the deadly connection, and Shinichi praised his ancestors that the enemy projectiles managed to hit one of the few areas of the Ki-43 that wasn't vital. Risking a glimpse at the ground, Shinichi was amazed at how far down he and the Flying Tiger had come in their short battle. He knew then there was only one option left.

Before the war, Japanese Army and Naval aviation was heavily influenced by aerobatics. Test pilots insisted on maneuverability over all other factors. The Hayabusa was one of only a select few planes on Earth capable of performing a Double Immelman, assuming the pilot had sufficient skill. Shinichi had never attempted such a move in combat, but he felt in his frozen gut that it was his only way out of a deteriorating position. Absolutely abusing both stick and rudder, he pulled into a half loop, then rolled from inverted to upright. The H81 couldn't keep up with such a corkscrew, but Shinichi correctly guessed that the devil flying No. 39 would recognize an Immelman and respond accordingly, so the Japanese airman immediately went into a second loop and roll, watching with delight as a stream of tracers occupied the spot he had just vacated. The move cost the Ki-43 all kinds of airspeed, but he had finally shaken the tiger from his tail.

Shinichi was now only a few thousand feet above the ground, and coming up on what must surely be the Sian aerodrome. Damn! All this and he could be dropped by the groundfire that arced around him. An explosion stunned the Japanese ace.

It took him several seconds to realize that he was still flying and gaining altitude. Looking back he saw the two most surprising sights of his short life. First, H81-A3 No. 39 was tail up on the field, burning brightly. Second, the men swarming like ants over the tarmac carried a huge banner - the "meatball" flag of the Imperial Japanese Army.

It took hours for Shinichi to learn the truth - the AVG's fickle Chinese allies had fled Sian ahead of another Japanese attack, leaving their airfield overrun and their elite squadrons in ruins. Eto Shinichi could not believe his good fortune, but today survival was victory enough.

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Wow. I just don't know what to say. Today Sian falls, but Cuttlefish forgets to pull out the AVG. All its air groups and between 54 and 64 H81-A3s are destroyed either in the air or on the ground as Japanese troops capture an abandoned Sian and overrun the airfields.

Subs

A Jake claims a hit on a Dutch sub near Pontianak. Cribtop HQ is annoyed because MKB was supposed to follow an ASW TF on a circuitous route hugging the south coast of Borneo toward the Makassar Strait. Instead, they all sail toward Singapore through the teeth of a Dutch sub cordon but manage to avoid contact. Whew!

4th Fleet

The CVE Raiders withdraw towards Kwaj and then Truk. Nukufetau is invaded and taken by the mandatory SA.

SE Fleet

Gasmata invaded. Russell Islands fall. More C-47s are shot down by Zeros over Terapo.

14th Army

No change.

16th Army

The Wyndham invasion TF and Celebes Sea Squadron safely reach Kendari. Japanese armor is approaching Katherine in Oz.

25th Army

We bomb airfields at Batavia, Bandoeng and Malang. Several planes are destroyed on the ground and Batavia is now at 100% damage. Still no Dutch attacks on our shipping.

16th Division has unloaded at Singapore. We will soon load various forces for a second wave bound for Java and a third wave of base forces for Palembang.

15th Army

33rd Division leads several LCUs into the jungle and catches 12 retreating British units. DA tomorrow. Our kamikaze supply ship arrives unspotted at Akyab and will unload tomorrow.

China

We sweep Sian with 2 Sentai of Ki-43 and a Chutai of Ki-44 prototypes. Losses are about even, which is fine by us. A total of 8 enemy planes are destroyed in the replay to 6 of our Oscars.

The enemy LCUs are able to skip town at Sian, which falls to Japanese DA by default with all facilities intact. Better yet - indeed amazingly - the AVG is caught on the field as the base changes hands. All 3 air groups and somewhere between 54 and 64 H81s are destroyed. Gone. The best planes and pilots in the Allied OOB. Wow. Cribtop HQ is stunned. Perhaps CF just forgot to re-base them as he left town. Perhaps he assumed we wouldn't DA two days in a row and was desperate to keep a CAP over his army to prevent slow downs due to bombing. Who knows, but it is a major victory for us. We will follow up aggressively. The short term goal is Lanchow. Long term, we aim for Kienko and the Chungking basin. Air recon shows 41 LCUs in Chungking, though, so perhaps our theory that CF will abandon south China if Kienko is threatened is optimistic. Time will tell.

DA Pakhoi takes the last port in Chinese hands. Odds are 6:1, casualties 933(140) vs 334(1).

Kiukiang makes level 5 forts, which is good given the enemy's threatening moves in Central China of late.







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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/8/2011 8:09:18 PM   
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August 8, Happy Birthday to me! So far I've received a card from my parents and an automated Happy Birthday e-mail from my Dentist's Office. Therefore, not the greatest B-Day so far, but I'm sure it will get better.

Subs

I-21 torpedoes and heavily damages the big AV Tangier near Fiji. This ends a ridiculous string of misses by both side's subs and hopefully is a sign the IJN boats will regress to the mean on die rolls. The attack went in against a big convoy containing AKs and xAKs, which is useful intel.

4th Fleet

No change.

SE Fleet

Normanby Island invaded, Gasmata falls. Flying in support squads of our paras at Terapo triggers a shock attack by the second line troops, resulting in a humorous 1:99 attack with nil casualties on either side. CF has apparently called off the C-47s here as there is no intercept. Tainan Air Group has racked up a nice batch of kills the last few days, but the party is over.

14th Army

No change.

16th Army

No change.

25th Army

MKB safely makes port at Singers, a great relief. The invasion fleet has also withdrawn and will gas up at Palembang before disbanding at Singapore. Thus concludes the last major Phase I invasion. We aren't finished with the ground operations of course, but are now ready to write a retrospective analysis for Phase I.

15th Army

DA in the jungle 1 hex west of Katha catches 10 LCUs of the retreating Burma Army and mauls them, 5:1 odds, casualties 2948(156) vs 266(1). Better yet, these units are redirected in their retreat path from following the main army toward Imphal and pushed into Katha. We will follow up and try to destroy them at Myitkyina. One of the LCUs defeated is the now unemployed ground echelon for the AVG.

Our kamikaze supply ship unloads unmolested and fully supplies Akyab. Banzai! Recon shows substantial enemy ground forces at Chittagong. The question is whether they are unrestricted. We need more ground troops in the Arakan. Fortunately, Imperial Guards Division has almost reached the rail head in Burma.

China

The enemy's beleaguered Sian army is trying to withdraw further to the NW, presumably toward the dot base on the road net to Kienko. We will try to catch them while reconning Lanchow, which we will try to take ASAP while the enemy is still off balance.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/10/2011 8:20:04 PM   
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Subs

K XVI duds on a PB near Ternate. Even the Dutch subs are having trouble! She gets a second bite at the apple, however, and sinks a different PB in the same convoy later in the turn. I guess eating torps is one way to escort a convoy.

4th Fleet

Vaitupu invaded and falls to SA. We will now try to create a secret seaplane base at Nukufetau.

SE Fleet

We prepare to ship hordes of SNLF now at Truk to bases in the ever hardening perimeter. Rennell Islands invaded while Normanby Island falls.

14th Army

An experimental BA at Clark Field shows enemy nominal AS at 1559. This is lower than before but still high. We will probably let the garrison "season and ripen" a little longer. Question: is this raw AS number inclusive of supply difficulties?

16th Army

Marching on Darwin.

25th Army

We pound the usual airfields on Java. DA Bandoeng gets 3:1 odds and drops forts to 2, Casualties 378(1) vs 285(2). We attack again tomorrow and expect the base to fall in short order.

In an amusing incident, 2 MTBs fleeing the fall of Pakhoi bump into a dedicated ASW TF of 4 IJN PBs patrolling the approaches to Cam Ranh Bay. Both sides happily avoid contact and the MTBs continue on their way. Can't imagine they'll have the fuel to make harbor.

15th Army

Supply is in the white and fort levels are rising at Akyab. However, we spot another enemy LCU working its way down the coast road toward the base. The IJAAF is called out to slow their progress and our transports will work overtime bringing in more troops.

Speaking of transport planes, we begin flying an Air HQ into Port Blair while a supply ship approaches the base from Singers. Nells will soon prowl the Bay of Bengal.

China

We unleash every bomber in China on the retreating Sian army in hopes of catching them in the open to administer a mauling. Nice to have air superiority in this AO again.

CF now has 6 LCUs in the hex west of Wuchang with what appears to be 5 more en route. Cribtop HQ orders local reserves to deploy to the heavily fortified city itself while also authorizing the attack by our slowly growing southern army on Pingsiang. Based on some math assuming the enemy has 11 X 300 AS KMT corps in this offensive (a worst case scenario), we are actually pretty confident the existing 700 AS garrison with light urban bonus and level 5 forts could hold, but we can use interior lines to shuffle troops around and take the hazard out of play, so to speak. We are very cognizant that CF may attack on other fronts as well to relieve pressure on the north. Cribtop HQ will soon publish staff analyses and ask for input, but we see an opportunity to initiate Operation Red Dragon, making China our Phase 2 objective. If timed correctly, we could catch CF in an offensive posture and deal him a series of defeats of several fronts, with the aim of neutralizing China entirely.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/11/2011 7:46:28 PM   
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Subs

KVIII sinks an SC escorting a fuel convoy to Kendari. The same sub attacks another SC but misses. Subs in game really do attack escorts too often for my taste. The Dutchie could have sunk a juicy tanker.

A PG DCs I-3 off Perth and gets a real hit which will force her back to port. Pity as the convoy was full of tankers.

4th Fleet

Tomorrow we will invade the last dot base targeted for this AO's expansion. TB makes level 3 airfield.

SE Fleet

Rennell Island falls and Arawe invaded. We have relieved 144th Regiment of its duties at Rabaul, replacing it with 90th Regt. The 144th is bound for Burma to re-assemble 55th Division.

The convoy that brought SNLFs to Truk was purposefully composed of fast xAKs. They have loaded about 70K resources pulled from Ocean and Nauru islands. Might as well be full on the return voyage.

14th Army

Tomorrow we will pull an independent regiment out of Sinkawang, adding it to another independent regt drawn from Singers. This force will clean up the garrisoned bases in the central PI.

16th Army

A second wave composed of 16th Division, the last regiment of 56th Division and a pack of artillery loads at Singapore for Java.

DA Bandoeng knocks forts to 1 but we get a bad die roll and only 1:1 odds. Casualties 290(12) vs 129(2). We're still in good shape and will go again tomorrow.

15th Army

The IJAAF bombs the 2nd RTR as it tries to march to Akyab. Rangoon makes level 5 airfield. Lots of support troops have reached the rail head at Moulmein and will move out to activate air bases in Central Burma.

China

The enemy stack west of Wuchang has begun to march on the city. We have already ordered an additional 200ish AS to the place and now call on 350 more, all without materially weakening other garrisons. A local reserve division is en route from Nanyang but will loiter north of Hankow on the assumption that CF's Ichang troops will also attack at some point. The IJAAF, unfortunately having failed to prevent the Sian stack from reaching the rough hex north of Sian, will shift to the Wuchang stack. With this air raid, we are trying to present the appearance of panic to suck the KMT onto our fortresses while our southern army moves closer to Pingsiang.

As mentioned, the enemy's former Sian stack has moved one hex into rough terrain. Of two good roads leading away from Sian, CF has chosen the more westerly route, indicating he will expose Lanchow to capture in order to protect his LoC to the Chungking basin. We will move armor towards Lanchow hoping for a coup de main.

Other

With all the goings on I forgot to mention that Haruna finally finished repairing torpedo damage suffered in the first week of the war. She sortied from Kure on the 27th with three modern DDs as escorts.

Lots of less modern DDs will complete upgrades tomorrow. Many will be allotted to tanker convoys as Cribtop HQ has determined that it is time to start hauling oil back to the Home Islands in bulk now.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/11/2011 8:54:04 PM   
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The convoy that brought SNLFs to Truk was purposefully composed of fast xAKs. They have loaded about 70K resources pulled from Ocean and Nauru islands. Might as well be full on the return voyage.
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Hi Cribtop. How do you get the resources off of Ocean and Nauru islands? I have been using the Aden class xAKs but the ports are so small there pretty much needs to be continuous loading going on to take out the resources faster than they are produced. I am guessing the solution is a hoard of xAKLs to shuttle to Truk then reload on larger ships for transport to Japan - haven't tried it yet though.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/11/2011 9:35:37 PM   
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Can't remember the class, but basically one convoy of 3 small xAKs plus escort for Ocean and two such convoys for Nauru. They barely fit but can build up about 65K resources in Truk by the time the approx once per month supply or reinforcement convoy stops in - no dedicated convoy to Japan as I'm sure it's not worth that. Just enough of a old Railroad Tycoon 2 player that I hate to see empty hauls. I'll check tonight on exactly what ships are involved.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/11/2011 10:03:40 PM   
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August 8, Happy Birthday to me! So far I've received a card from my parents and an automated Happy Birthday e-mail from my Dentist's Office. Therefore, not the greatest B-Day so far, but I'm sure it will get better.




This is just "so" sad. Don't worry the cake is in the mail...

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/11/2011 10:10:18 PM   
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No, it got better. Mrs. Cribtop and older, talking daughter decorated the house in Party Pig's "Army Men" theme, and Mrs. C made bacon wrapped pork loin (she can cook). Finally, I was served an ice cold birthday beer. The morning when only the Dentist's computer remembered was a bummer, though.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/11/2011 10:27:54 PM   
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Can't remember the class, but basically one convoy of 3 small xAKs plus escort for Ocean and two such convoys for Nauru. They barely fit but can build up about 65K resources in Truk by the time the approx once per month supply or reinforcement convoy stops in - no dedicated convoy to Japan as I'm sure it's not worth that. Just enough of a old Railroad Tycoon 2 player that I hate to see empty hauls. I'll check tonight on exactly what ships are involved.


Loved Railroad Tycoon 2 so I can totally relate to your point about an empty haul. However, do you think the fuel expenditure getting those resources from Ocean and Nauru is worth it? I've only got two hubs set up and practically ignore most of the resource producing bases on the map other than for local consumption, as I don't have many issues keeping the Home Islands resourced up from closer sources. Think how many more miles KB could patrol .

And happy belated Birthday. I'm in the habit of just taking the day off if mine falls on a weekday and doing my own thing. Sucks though when it keeps falling on a weekend. I think one year it fell on the opening day of the NFL season, that was a good day!



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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/11/2011 10:33:31 PM   
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I've considered that. It's a relatively small expenditure for now, but if I keep it up for years, is it worth it? For now, clearing out the overstock at Nauru seems worth it. Whether I continue is an open question. Not sure how I'd even run the numbers to know. Another factor is that the capture of Palembang intact has me feeling a bit juicy on the economic front, perhaps more so than is justified.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/11/2011 10:36:00 PM   
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PS It's always interesting and often surprising what gets readers interested enough to post and what does not. I expected a lot of comments about the destruction of the AVG and the fall of Sian, and instead we get involved in a discussion of hauling bird poop out of Ocean Island.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/11/2011 10:47:56 PM   
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PS It's always interesting and often surprising what gets readers interested enough to post and what does not. I expected a lot of comments about the destruction of the AVG and the fall of Sian, and instead we get involved in a discussion of hauling bird poop out of Ocean Island.


I think most JFB's expect to see results like that and it's expected of any would be world conquerer. Transporting guano from some backwater Pacific Island in the middle of who cares, now that raises some eyebrows and has one thinking if you are taking this world domination thing seriously.

Just messing, haul away!


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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/11/2011 10:58:40 PM   
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I send out small transport TF (less than 12k) to carry supplies to Marshall Island bases and lower Solomons and then have them stop by Nauru on the way back to Truk to pick up Resources. The supplies carrying xAKs coming into Truk from Japan return with Resources. I haven't set up a specific convoy system for those two islands.
FYI - I have over 500k at Nauru, so I'm not pressing the point.


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Cribtop

PS It's always interesting and often surprising what gets readers interested enough to post and what does not. I expected a lot of comments about the destruction of the AVG and the fall of Sian, and instead we get involved in a discussion of hauling bird poop out of Ocean Island.


I think most JFB's expect to see results like that and it's expected of any would be world conquerer. Transporting guano from some backwater Pacific Island in the middle of who cares, now that raises some eyebrows and has one thinking if you are taking this world domination thing seriously.

Just messing, haul away!



Oh, I'm quite "Stewie Griffin" about World Domination. I actually use the phrase in conversation with (my few remaining) friends regularly. I was once playing a great board game about Victorian era colonialism*, the victory point work sheet had a line for the name of the country (i.e. "Country:______________"). Without looking I filled in my name in that space. My fellow players laughed and yet said they found it appropriate in a Louis XIV sort of way. They were just jealous 'cause I won!

*Anyone remember the name? It had counters for "interest, influence, protectorate, and colony," you could build the Panama Canal, etc. The game ended when tensions spiked enough to start WWI.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/12/2011 4:32:31 AM   
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Subs

Nothing except that I just realized I forgot to order the moderately damaged I-3 to return to base and some unknown allied ship is heard to sink during the turn. Maybe the Tangier or those MTBs we saw near Cam Ranh Bay.

4th Fleet

Nanumea is invaded and falls to SA. We are now done with this AO except for raiding and digging in like maniacs. Not that we don't have a few tricks...

The Wake CD guns arrive. That is a nasty unit!

SE Fleet

Fergusson Island invaded while Arawe falls. Lae makes level 4 airfield. The construction engineers there now will shift to Nadzab.

14th Army

No change.

16th Army

Closing in on Katherine and Daily Waters.

25th Army

DA Bandoeng drops forts to 0 and takes the base with 7:1 odds. 5 LCUs are retreated toward Batavia, casualties 1475(241) vs 59(2). 21 Dutch planes in several air groups are caught on the field and destroyed. Odd that the 3 plane raid on our invasion TF may be the only sorties of the Dutch air force in the Java campaign.

15th Army

We bomb the UK tanks but they still arrive in the Akyab hex. Our AS is up to 75 with full supplies and forts at 1.87. The tug of war continues. Imperial Guards will be assigned to the Arakan to clean this up.

China

Our army crosses the river out of Sian and catches one big 300 AS corps with an SA. Odds are 4311:1 (), probably because we did so much damage during the fire phase. The enemy corps is retreated with a whopping casualty count of 10,110(1159) vs 996(2). The pursuit continues.

Near Wuchang, our Lilys inflict 200+ casualties, nailing 36 squads. The reinforcing brigade has arrived ahead of the enemy and raw AS is up above 800. More troops are en route.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/12/2011 4:57:17 AM   
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hi Cribtop, it's a treat to read your AAR in conjunction w/ CF's - you've both got a treat in store when the game is over, & you can read each others 'memoirs' !

i'm guessing your Amph bonus will expire soon, i guess that'll be the real trigger for the beginning of your Phase II operations.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/12/2011 6:22:51 AM   
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jmalter, thanks for the kind words. It will be fascinating to read CF's AAR when we're done, as I'm sure he'll like to read mine. I suppose he'll get a better "mind's eye view" while I will get a cracking good yarn. As for the amphib bonus, it expires tomorrow. I got all my Phase I invasions in before expiration, which was a major strategic goal.

I will say that Cuttlefish is a treat to play. Courteous, quick with the turns and good to talk to via e-mail. I'm attending a work conference near him this winter and hopefully will get a chance for a face to face meeting.

As for the prior discussion about Ocean and Nauru, I checked and I'm using primarily Daigen class xAKLs. As for why, I'm reminded of the football coach asked to opine on his somewhat dubious cornerbacks: "They're small, but slow."

Finally, a Program Note. I am taking Mrs Cribtop, a 4 year old, a 3 month old, and 3 Italian Greyhounds to my folks' beach house for a week. Should be a quiet and relaxing vacation. The war will resume next Friday! However, I will be posting a Phase I retrospective and a Phase II discussion post while I'm away (ain't iPads great?).

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/12/2011 12:09:49 PM   
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I like picking up resources where we can and hubbing it, circular routes of supply in and resources out. Also a Railroad Tycoon fan!

I haven't considered too much the fuel expediature, just trying to grab everything we can before allied subs start sinking everything in sight!

Can't have too much bird poop...

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Where ya headin', Cribtop? South Padre Island?

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/12/2011 3:14:56 PM   
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Rockport, a smallish town near Port Aransas where my folks have had a place since I was 6. Got my first kiss there (don't tell Mrs. Cribtop). Has a great ski basin and is close to the Port A beach, the South Padre Island National Seashore (an empty beach is good when you have 3 dogs capable of speeds nearing 50mph), the Texas State Aquarium and the Lexington II in Corpus Christi. Going to take older, talking daughter to the Lex. She doesn't know much about CVs, but is absolutely fascinated by airplanes (we drive by a Texas State Guard base in Austin with old F-4s and Cobras on display and Blackhawks for current use and she always wants to slow down to see them). Thus I'm hoping to begin her formal geekification.

South Padre Island (the party beach) is the best beach in Texas but is over an 8 hour drive from Austin, while Rockport is about 4.5 hours. Did I mention Texas is big?

When I was a kid my Grandmother (who lived to be 100 as often happens in my family, rest her soul) would make a boiling pot. It consisted of crab caught fresh from crab traps we set, fish we caught off the dock, and fresh shrimp we bought wholesale right off the shrimp boats that used to work the area. YUM. Grandma never made it spicy enough for me, but I added a little kick of my own.

Trivia fact: One of our neighbors, sort of, is George Strait. He has a big house in the same development there behind an even bigger fence. Never met him, but what the hey.

Wow, sorry to ramble on. I'm in "about to leave on vacation and just had a coffee for the drive excitement mode."

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/12/2011 4:33:51 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Cribtop

PS It's always interesting and often surprising what gets readers interested enough to post and what does not. I expected a lot of comments about the destruction of the AVG and the fall of Sian, and instead we get involved in a discussion of hauling bird poop out of Ocean Island.


yikes many apologies Cribtop! I didn't in any way mean to diminish your glorious and imperious victory of destroying AVG on the ground. Actually I would rate that as equivalent to sinking an allied CV. Banzai! I was just reading your excellent AAR (many thanks by the way) and spotted that question I was currently pondering in my game - What to do with this mountain of bat $"!t?

No hijack intended - I will be a good JFB and atone for this if you hand me the instrument. Have a good vacation!

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/13/2011 4:41:46 AM   
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No worries Insano! I was just being playful. I guess my point was... you know we're all geeks when bird poop logistics draws more commentary that 60ish crack fighters destroyed in one day.

All kidding aside, it is a big loss for CF as it will take time to replace the losses, and it grants us air superiority in China for the forseeable future.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/13/2011 1:13:39 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Cribtop
All kidding aside, it is a big loss for CF as it will take time to replace the losses, and it grants us air superiority in China for the forseeable future.

In this case, air group over run on the ground; do we know if the pilots are lost or do they go to the pool or is there a mix?

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/13/2011 4:04:56 PM   
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An excellent question that I don't know the answer to...

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/13/2011 5:38:34 PM   
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I know the planes are lost ... been on the receiving end before , but I couldn't tell about the pilots.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/19/2011 2:30:44 AM   
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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/19/2011 4:13:20 AM   
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Thanks, Zulu. Hope you like it and welcome aboard!

Last night of vacation at Cribtop Senior's beach house. Been doing a lot of thinking and will post a few strategic analyses upon my return to Austin tomorrow. Well, probably Saturday as first priority is to get the esteemed Cuttlefish a turn!

Very much ready to get back to the fight.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 8/20/2011 4:04:44 AM   
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March 31, 1942

We are back. Really enjoyed the vacation and will post a few pics of the Lex II soon. But now, the war resumes with a whimper today.

Subs

No contacts.

4th Fleet

No change.

SE Fleet

We invade KiraKira, the last Imperial amphib Op to enjoy the landing bonus.

14th Army

No change.

16th Army

Getting close to Katherine at last, not quite there yet.

Kendari hits level 7 airfield. Cribtop doctrine calls for major bases to expand to level 7 (with a few level 9s at REALLY big bases) in order to allow for air group upgrades "in the field." This is one such base.

25th Army

We march on in Java and Sumatra. BA at Benkolen shows raw AS at 151:74. A second brigade will arrive soon and we should take this base easily. Another brigade made Oosthaven and should make short work there as well.

15th Army

Akyab is way up on supplies now and at fort level 1.96. Surprised CF has let our kamikaze supply ship unload unmolested this long. In fact, it is undetected, not just unmolested. This indicates weaknesses in CF's air search patterns in the Bay of Bengal. Hmmm.....

A semi kamikaze supply ship will soon pull into Port Blair to help with Operation Netty Nest.

China

CF's big stack has retreated another hex NW with our army in pursuit. His move opens the yellow road to Kienko. He appears to be making for the dot base north of Ankang, but that position can be flanked if the "portal" hex to the yellow road is left open. Lots of opportunities here. An armored spearhead is racing down the road to Lanchow.

The IJAAF bombs the enemy stack marching on Wuchang. Each day we get 150 to 200 reported casualties while he transits the clear hex. Another regiment with 126 AS will soon enter the city to bolster defenses to 944 AS behind level 5 forts.

Other

FYI, pilot training HI costs came in at just under 17K for March. Very sustainable. We receive significant air group reinforcements today, with 9 groups either newly arrived or substantially re-sized. A class of pilots will graduate tomorrow to continue to swell the pool of trained flyboys as well. Finally, we advance R&D for the all important Ha-45 engine.

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PHASE I RETROSPECTIVE

Wherein we finally post a look back at the good, the bad and the ugly of our war to date.

Obviously, we have not yet fully completed Phase I. However, all Phase I invasions have occurred and we are basically mopping up Sumatra, Java and NW Oz. While these Ops conclude is the time to consider lessons learned and evaluate our Phase II objective.

Subs

The Good: At least Cuttlefish’s subs have sucked too. Also, patrols around Tasmania have yielded some victories.

The Bad: Contacts are too rare for the IJN fleet despite numerous patrol routes off bases such as Karachi, Colombo, Calcutta, Sydney, Perth, Auckland, Fiji, Noumea, Pago Pago, Pearl Harbor, Christmas and Canton Islands, even the Marquesas. Clearly a re-thinking of our sub forces is in order. We have performed several Glen and AMC recon sweeps to try to identify rear area bases. It appears the enemy is focused on Fiji and Sydney in the Pacific with some rumblings of intel from Vava’u. We will try to assign multiple subs to a smaller number of likely bases and with smaller patrol routes directly off the harbor or choke point being watched. This will increase likelihood of contacts, but will also increase exposure to local ASW patrols.

The Ugly: All the bloody misses, particularly the miss against Enterprise. Bad luck is bad luck, and there’s little Cribtop HQ can do except address poor commanders as PPs allow. Surely we will hit more soon.

What does it all mean? We have spotted very few enemy convoys, but the convoys sighted have been huge. CF may not be building a lot of bases very aggressively yet, which is interesting. Also, the large convoys would be susceptible to air attack and argue for another cruise by the CVE Raiders or perhaps even MKB.

4th Fleet

The Good: For the most part, things went according to plan here. We seized Wake, Ocean, Nauru, the Gilberts, Baker and the Ellice Islands a/k/a the Tutti Fruttis. We avoided the usual drive by shootings courtesy of USN CVs at Tarawa and even sank the Indianapolis by I-boat early on. TB is building nicely and we are digging in everywhere with good patrols up. Mavis from our (soon to be active) secret seaplane base in the Tutti Fruttis will hopefully give intel about enemy convoys, or at least force those convoys to take the long way around.

The Bad: We came to Canton Island a few days too late to pull off a capture and thus lost an SNLF. Canton wasn’t really part of the plan and this improvised operation was bungled.

The Ugly: Can’t say anything here qualifies as ugly. We’ll keep trying, though. I’m sure we’ll screw something up.

SE Fleet

The Good: We captured the historical perimeter plus PM, Milne Bay and Horn Island quickly with no intervention by enemy CVs or SCTFs. We are quickly building key strong points at Munda Point, Shortlands, Rabaul, Lae and PM. Later we will build up Nadzab (engineers marching there as we speak), Kavieng, Namatanai, Manus and Gasmata. Tulagi and Milne Bay will be occupied and fortified but airfields and ports will be left as is. Intention is to suck the enemy into these briar patches and hammer him from other vectors when the time comes.

The Bad: We hoped to descend upon Noumea or even Fiji in the early “easy pickins’” phase, but the sighting of USN CVs near Sydney forced us to wait. Cribtop HQ is still strongly considering seizing the New Hebrides as a Phase II sideshow, but that will require support from MKB.

The Ugly: Did I mention we missed the Enterprise near Sydney?

14th Army

The Good: We achieved the war plan objective of quickly establishing the siege of Clark/Bataan while smashing the enemy air forces in Luzon with a thrilling 3.5 to 1 kill ratio. Mindanao and the unoccupied central PI also fell. Two regiments will soon clean up the occupied central PI. Despite a strong commitment, CF’s sub campaign near Takao has failed to yield success due to aggressive sea and air ASW efforts. His PTs and MTBs were annihilated by LCTFs and never made a meaningful contribution. Mini-KB and Celebes Sea Squadron exacted a heavy toll on shipping fleeing the PI, bagging high value xAPs and several support ships, including a few AS. That Damn Boise and Houston got away, however.

The Bad: We need to finish off Clark/Bataan eventually.

The Ugly: N/A.

16th Army

The Good. A lot. This AO was a focus of our war plan and operations went well. We were determined to advance quickly while still remaining under strong LBA cover. This objective was achieved as we avoided CV and SCTF ambushes other than minor scrapes at Manado and Bandjermasin.

KB’s visits to Darwin and Soerabaja crushed enemy shipping in the area early, sinking a CL, several DDs and loads of tankers, merchies and support ships, including more sub tenders. This in turn prevented CF from sucking the Oil centers dry and allowed us to capture pre-war stockpiles intact at most DEI bases. He probably was able to drain Java, but that’s it.

We sensed CF’s CV raid at Kendari and were able to evade by a whisker without major loss. As will be noted, this IJN tactical victory still netted CF an operational success.

The Bad: We screwed up the orders for Celebes Sea Squadron at Bandjermasin and turned what would have been an IJN victory over the enemy light cruiser force into a tactical nose bleed. Losses were minimized, however, by the incredible bravery of our overmatched escorts, who held off the enemy ships until we escaped with the loss of only one xAK.

The Ugly: N/A.

25th Army

The Good: Another AO where things went mostly according to plan. We hit Sinkawang on day one and kept Netties in place to prevent Fortress Palembang. Don’t think that was ever in CF’s plans, but Nemo and Canoerebel have all us JFBs on the lookout for that particular gambit.

We pulled off the invasions of Java and Sumatra without incident (indeed the mysterious absence of the Dutch air force is still an unlooked for blessing) and navigated MKB through sub infested waters without loss so far (knocks wood).

The Bad: Cuttles made a stand at Singapore and held us off for two weeks past the historical surrender date. The silver lining was that a lot of good troops usually evacuated by AFBs, including the excellent Aussie Brigades, marched into captivity.

The Ugly: We evaded combat with Force Z on December 8, assuming our Netties would kill them without loss to the IJN. In doing so, we missed a chance to knock these capital ships out of the war.

15th Army

The Good: The invasion of Burma was reinforced by 21st Mixed Brigade from Hanoi. Not only did this speed the capture of Rangoon and the central basin, it turned out to be key to the defense of Akyab as we flew in elements of the 21st to assist 1st Raiding Regiment in (so far) repelling a British counterattack.

We made up for the lack of intestinal fortitude at Kota Bharu when Nells out of Chumphon hammered the UK Eastern Fleet, damaging 3 BBs and possibly sinking the Prince of Wales. Guarding the back door here proved to be good foresight on our part, even though for a few weeks we worried it was a waste of crack IJNAF air groups. We grabbed Port Blair early and will now build it up as a Netty nest to watch the Bay of Bengal and the approaches to the Arakan.

The Bad: Not so much our error as CF’s good play, but he delayed as long as possible the fall of Rangoon and then very expertly extracted the whole Burma Army. We may have trapped about 10 support units in the recent action that forced them onto a retreat path to Myitkyina, however. The IJAAF failed to engage AVG in attritional combat as intended because we didn’t get base forces forward fast enough and the enemy kept retreating out of sweep range.

The Ugly: The escape of the Burma Army, plus the general difficulty that defense of Burma presents in late ’42 and ’43, will require much thought as well as many troops and planes.

China

The Good: What can we say; China was the shining star of Phase I. The enemy did a great job escaping Loyang only to have a large army cut off and annihilated at Nanyang. This in turn created an imbalance of combat power which allowed the IJA to march all the way to and through Sian. Considering that our pre-war objectives in north China were seizure of the plains cities (Loyang, Nanyang and Chengchow), we have enjoyed unexpected success. Cribtop HQ is fairly proud of how we remained flexible and altered initial plans to exploit opportunity when it presented itself (with the good advice of our faithful readers of course).

Now we have the ability to seize Lanchow and extinguish China’s Oil supplies, keep the Chinese Communist army cut off and starving around Yenan, and march on the Chungking plains via Kienko.

Cuttlefish tried to counter at Sian with the AVG, and they did slaughter one raid by Nates and Lilys. However, the destruction of the Flying Tigers on the field more than made up for this and has given us air supremacy in China for the foreseeable future.

Cuttlefish is trying a counterattack (or at least a demonstration) at Wuchang, but we have interior lines, strong forts and stout garrisons. In fact, the counterattack may present an opportunity (tomorrow we will discuss the possibilities in our Phase II analysis).

The Bad: The emphasis on the north has meant minimal gains in the south. We have taken the southern ports and Hong Kong, but that’s about it.

The Ugly: N/A. China could result in a strategic dislocation of the Allied MLR if we play it right. As a result, we are seriously considering making China our Phase II target.

5th Fleet

This was a defensive foreground and sideshow, so we will give it a minimal type space. Basically we took what we wanted without loss or interference in an economy of force theater. We are also building key bases in the Kuriles to ward off any thrust in NOPAC.

Training and Economy

Going very well thanks to the tremendous assistance of nygiants59, Mike Solli and others. Trained and even elite pilot pools are over 300 men each for the IJNAF and the IJAAF thanks to the fact that we haven’t had to draw replacement pilots often due to the so far one sided air campaign.

Tomorrow several recently upgraded DDs are sailing for Tokyo to escort a massive re-basing of Tankers to the SRA. We will begin hauling Oil to the Home Islands in quantity within 10 days.

General Overview

The Good: We got most of what we wanted out of Phase I with losses that can only be described as nominal, indeed minimal. Where we had problems, they were often made good elsewhere (Force Z and the AVG). Recall that Cribtop HQ is still relatively inexperienced in the art of the PBEM. Given that, we feel pretty solid so far about planning and execution.

The Bad: One pre war goal was to attrit enemy air forces aggressively. We crushed the Luzon air groups, the Dutch and got lucky with AVG, but need to put more pressure on Cuttlefish’s air force. The RAF and USAAF/USNAF have not been brought to battle in any meaningful way so far.

The Ugly: In two respects, Cuttlefish achieved significant operational success in Phase I.

First, he delayed what we considered a more than adequate 5 division army at Singapore. We weren’t fully savvy to the value of constant airfield attacks to retard fort building, instead switching to ground attacks on occasion. This allowed his fort levels to hold around 1 for some time and kept us out of the Gibraltar of the East for too long.

Second, although Cuttlefish’s carrier raid on Kendari did not catch us napping, it did slow us down. It took KB about 2 weeks after the appearance of the USN carriers to conclude ops in the SE Fleet and to hightail it over to the waters near Timor. This two week delay left us stuck at the line Bandjermasin – Makassar – Kendari – Ambon and prevented a rapid move to close off access to Java by capturing Timor and Denpasar.

The approximately one month delay imposed by these two enemy successes meant we didn’t get to Sumatra and Java until March when plans hoped for an early invasion of Java via the 16th Army vector in February. This in turn made it impossible to take advantage of the invasion bonus for our Phase II target. We had hoped to get Phase II going that fast but it was seen as a longshot by Cribtop HQ.

Operation Anaconda vs Operation Red Dragon

As we exit Phase I, Cribtop HQ feels a sense of relief that hasty advances on multiple fronts can settle into better planned and prepared operations. We will post a full analysis tomorrow, but as a teaser we will reveal our potential Phase II targets.

Option 1: Operation Anaconda. Cribtop HQ had long planned to seize Perth and environs as our main Phase II target. Why? Primarily to steer Cuttlefish away from the Darwin/Timor axis that so came into vogue, ironically, as a result of Cuttlefish’s game against Q-Ball. With all of western Oz in our hands, we would split the map and force a very long approach indeed toward the underbelly of the DEI.

Option 2: Operation Red Dragon. Unexpected success in China has us tempted to double down and try to knock the KMT out of the war. This could be achieved by pouring divisions freed up by the end of Phase I into southern China and putting Cuttlefish in a vise between major advances both north and south. Its advantages are many: 1) no risky Phase II amphibious operations; 2) MKB is free to engage in a few nasty surprises; and 3) although realistically Chungking won’t fall, we could so neuter the Chinese that scads of reinforcement divisions could bolster defenses in the Pacific, the DEI and Burma, making the enemy’s counteroffensive much more difficult.

We are strongly leaning toward Operation Red Dragon as the strategic benefits seem to vastly outweigh the benefits of the Perth concept. However, reader input is welcome as always. Perhaps there are other options we aren’t seeing from the ivory tower of Cribtop HQ.

Late War Plans

Finally, a hint for the future. Remember that auto victory was never on the table in this game due to the story nature of CF’s AAR and the fact it is Scenario 1. Thus, we need a plan for the late war. Thanks to serious off line assistance from Nemo and jrcar, we believe we have the potential to give Cuttlefish some epic headaches once the initiative inevitably passes to the Allies. More on all this later.

Thanks to everyone who has read, posted and offered advice! On with the war. Banzai!

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