From: Lone Star Nation
Dec 23, 1941
A lovely replay with many "Banzais!"
O-19 misses a DD escorting Indes Fleet away from Kuching. Whew! Air search reports enemy subs near the Home Islands for the first time. Our Glens recon Canton, Samoa and Fiji. No useful intel yet as Glens aren't trained recon. We'll search these targets again over the next few days.
Our subs continue to scour the Java Sea, but nobody's home. More subs are en route to hunt in the Eastern DEI and in the Indian Ocean.
The defenders of Wake are hammered by Nells but KB's planes don't fly. The bombardment force re-joins KB, which is set to retire to Truk. Wake is invaded and the enemy is clearly suppressed by the nuke bombardments and air attacks. The normally stout Marines only fire 11 CD shots in total at our ships, only two minor hits are recorded. Given all three unloading cycles, our troops pour ashore in good supply and shock attack, easily taking the base with 13:1 odds, the two enemy LCUs surrender and we take 285(1) casualties. Both SNLF used are in good order. One will be withdrawn for use invading Nauru and Ocean Islands. Those bases plus TB will conclude offensive ops in 4th Fleet for a time. We may seize Baker and Canton, particularly if recon shows the latter base being used as a supply hub or convoy waystation.
Rambutyo occupied. Reinforcements are unloaded and awaiting KB, which will arrive in a few days. We will soon buy out 90th Regt from Korea for use in a possible invasion of Noumea. A single I-boat noses into waters south of Rabaul, presaging an influx of Japanese forces over the coming weeks.
Other than recon, the air force takes a day off as both Formosa and Luzon are shrouded in Thunderstorms. Cabanatuan falls. Aparri reaches a level 2 airfield and becomes home to much of 5th Air Division. The balance goes to Laoag. We upgrade most of one of 5th Air Div's Nate Sentais to Oscars as the Zeros are about to leave this AO.
An LCTF with 1 CL and 6 DD heads for the enemy's PT harbors, first Iba, then the northern base on Palawan. We give this TF a crack, aggressive commander and will enter Iba in the day phase tomorrow.
Manado is now fully supplied and the TFs depart. Quiet for the moment but soon we will get very busy here.
Kuching is pounded from the air from multiple bases, but a DA here just misses taking the base, odds 2:1, forts dropped to 0, casualties 202(2) vs 154(1). We will attack again tomorrow and should take it. Brunei, Miri and Kudat fall easily. Facilities at Brunei are undamaged, at Miri they suffer approximately 20% damage from the pre-war 150(150) state. A question for the audience - I assume we should repair the Oil, but what about the refineries? Not sure it's worth it for those, but would appreciate some guidance.
Nells from Chumphon smash an HDML at Langsa on Sumatra. We expect CF to surrender unconditionally as a result of this action. Still, he is now on notice that torpedo enabled Netties are roaming the area.
The "bulk" of 15th Army will reach the hex SE of Moulmein tomorrow. We will use this force to keep CF's attention while 21st Mixed Bde tries to sneak in between Moulmein and Pegu. It may not work, but it's something to do while awaiting 33rd Division.
Lots of attacks here today. DA Chusien, 1:1, forts drop to 0, 284(2) vs 163(1). We'll try again tomorrow with air support. SA in the northern plains as we cross a river 312:1, enemy LCU retreated again, 306(67) vs 0(0). DA 1 Hex NW Sinyang, 1:1, 887(3) vs 372(1). The adjusted AS is such that we will try an SA tomorrow as that will probably get us the necessary 2:1.
And now, the biggie. We snuck a Division into Tsiaotso and find two enemy Corps. Despite the bad terrain, our first DA takes the base! Forts dropped to 0 by engineers, Odds 2:1, casualties 2708(338) vs 162(1). Although the resources and light industry are 95% destroyed, the capture of the base is of potentially strategic importance. We will divide the unit and send the "C" brigade 1 hex West. Combined with a Division coming up from the south, we may just encircle both Chengchow and Loyang and utterly destroy the enemy defenders. This in turn may make an assault on Sian feasible once Nanyang falls. Sian is attractive because of its 21 Oil, but is often a tough nut to crack as it is in the highlands where the KMT fights better.
See the screenie in the next post below for a visual on the plan.
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