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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/4/2012 5:04:19 PM   
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Quiet day.

Subs

I-23 misses an ASW DD near Noumea and predictably takes two penetrating DC hits in return. The first rule of Sub Club is... Don't shoot at escorts! Not that my captains listen. The sub should make it back to Rabaul.

Ha-11 enters the Noumea hex and tries an attack on an SCTF flagged by BB North Carolina, but is chased off by escorts. Worth a shot.

The xAK Manila Maru, hit off the Marianas recently, makes Pagan to pump out. Nice.

SE Fleet

The B-24s return to PM, find 12 Nicks, and lose five bombers to outright kills. Banzai! That Nick group is getting really good.

Speaking of them, I really want a third big group of Nicks. I have 5th and 13th Sentai already. What other groups can upgrade to Nicks? I've looked around but pickings are slim.

China

DA Kukong grinds away, odds 11:1, casualties 810(15) vs 355(2). Although that seems like a regression, this attack leaves only one of six LCUs with any adjusted AV, and total AV for the enemy stack has collapsed below 40. We will now step up attacks to increase the spiral and finally force a surrender of these six units.

Construction progress

Hakodate makes level 7 port, which will help with resource movement. Milne Bay makes level 5 forts, which is awesome. We have 350ish AS here and soon will have level 6 forts to boot.

Ndeni makes level 2 airfield for the enemy.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/4/2012 5:13:52 PM   
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You mention Port Moresby being a good place to attrit Allied air power. I find it a bit out on a limb, although it hasn't had a tough test in my game yet. The only supporting base is Buna, and it's tough to supply. How large do you build the airfields there?

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/4/2012 5:18:46 PM   
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Subs

Brave I-9, which won a surface engagement with a convoy near Perth, makes Port Hedland and will survive. Banzai!

Our failed midget attack at Noumea convinced CF to disband the North Carolina TF. This increases the value of a port attack here by MKB, which is being studied as Operation Bismarck by Cribtop HQ (as in Sink the Enterprise a la Sink the Bismarck).

SE Fleet

Oddly, today is the first enemy aerial recon of PM, well after CF commenced a bombing campaign.

A strong special base force approaches Terapo via the Torres Strait as part of our plan to make the Papuan Peninsula a very tough nut to crack.

Efate makes level 2 port.

Southern Army

We now have firm confirmation that at least some additional units are moving down the road toward the trapped 754th Tank Battalion. A rescue or an offensive?

Sinabang makes level 3 forts. We are paying attention to defenses here thanks to warnings from crsutton in several threads about the value of the bases "West" of Sumatra.

Alice Springs goes to level 5 airfield.

15th Army

An enemy concentration of troops at Chittagong appears to be making for Akyab. Interesting.

Taung Gyi's airfield goes to level 3.

China

We finally get a good raid on Kunming.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/4/2012 5:31:45 PM   
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My comment is based on annecdotal experience and from an Allied perspective.

The maximum size of an ASW TF is 4 ships. I have never notice more than four escorts embedded in a logistics TF engaging an enemy submarine. In fact usually it is only a maximum of two escort ships involved in combat.

Hence I would say go for bigger size convoys but don't bother embedding more than 4 escort combatants within the convoy.
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In my observations subject to complete randomness there seems to be a check/die roll if the submarines get chansed off by the escort or they find a soft prey first and then the escorts get involved ... that die roll seems to be influenced by the ratio of escorts to escorties Thus just a couple of ASW might be involved in the combat portion, but it is my sophomoric observations that whether something is hit before that happends -- is influenced by the number and type of escorts ... maybe it's just randomness and I do not have enough 'N' to make such a conclusion ..

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/4/2012 5:39:54 PM   
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Subs

No contacts for once. Note the relative lack of enemy attacks recently. Cribtop Intel is of the opinion that CF has pulled back his USN boats to refit and re-position for a big push with improved torps in January.

SE Fleet

The special base force begins to unload at Terapo, which will take a while as we've intentionally refused to improve the base to make it harder for CF to use if he takes it. We're awfully exposed here, but Tokyo judges reinforcing the base is so important we are willing to lose the task force to do it.

Southern Army

Looks like two enemy LCUs with a decent amount of vehicles are moving toward the 754th in Oz. So far more of the appearance of a rescue. To be safe, today we unload a garrison unit at Wyndham and are readying another to guard the road to Derby.

China

Another good raid on Kunming nets four transports and begins to close the base.

DA Kukong nets 7:1, casualties 647(89) vs 176(1). We see the big increase in destroyed enemy squads as combat power fails.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/4/2012 5:47:25 PM   
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Great comments on ASW, folks. I'll chew on them and maybe experiment with most convoys having four escorts and one with more. Chasing off a sub is a good result. That said, with the constant shortage of escorts, four per may be all we can scrounge.

Obvert, in the circumstances of this game, where CF is sending about 30 B-24s on raids and targeting only PM, I can use Buna (level 2) and Lae/Nadzab (level 4 each) for LRCAP. If the enemy brought more or hit more bases, things could get hairy. So long as he is hurling a manageable amount of 4Es at an elite Nick group that knows where he's going, that works well for us. We await the first P-38 sweep, which could be a problem, but until then, harvesting 5 4Es per raid is unsustainable for CF.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/4/2012 5:56:08 PM   
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Great comments on ASW, folks. I'll chew on them and maybe experiment with most convoys having four escorts and one with more. Chasing off a sub is a good result. That said, with the constant shortage of escorts, four per may be all we can scrounge.

Obvert, in the circumstances of this game, where CF is sending about 30 B-24s on raids and targeting only PM, I can use Buna (level 2) and Lae/Nadzab (level 4 each) for LRCAP. If the enemy brought more or hit more bases, things could get hairy. So long as he is hurling a manageable amount of 4Es at an elite Nick group that knows where he's going, that works well for us. We await the first P-38 sweep, which could be a problem, but until then, harvesting 5 4Es per raid is unsustainable for CF.


Yes. Five per raid is great!

In my game Lightnings seem tied to the skirts of the 4Es. Wherever they go, there will be P-38 sweeps first. Also, Jocke doesn't attack with less than 50 of them per raid, and usually more like 80-90. I'd love to see just 30.

I have to figure out which other groups can support the Nick. I have a few going, but I could use a few more. I meant to do this a while ago, but then there were these time-consuming CV battles that got in the way of my logistical discipline!

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/4/2012 6:02:18 PM   
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Subs

Nothing but re-positioning of subs and sub hunters around Noumea.

SE Fleet

Bettys at Munda spot what appears to be a mine ship slinking away from Ndeni. No surprise that the enemy is looking to his defenses.

Southern Army

B-17s hit our armor in NW Oz. We have a big, elite Zero group on LRCAP, but the lack of durability compared to Nicks really shows as five Zeros are Ops losses. Only one pilot is lost, however.

15th Army

We keep hitting Akyab and maintaining damage levels at a point where it would be risky for CF to try to use the base.

We are building up Lashio as a bomber base to hit Ledo and shut down the air bridge's Indian terminal.

China

Kunming is hit hard again and appears to be abandoned by enemy transports. Good stuff.

DA Kukong, odds 15:1, casualties 1186(25) vs 417(2).

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/4/2012 6:12:16 PM   
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Very quiet.

4th Fleet

Maloelep gets to level 5 forts. This is great as the base used organic engineers only, allowing us to save a stop on the big engineer tour of the Pacific.

15th Army

We confirm two LCUs moving down the Arakan coastal road. 10K troops, small numbers of guns and vehicles. Probably an infantry unit and a base force or construction engineer. Not exactly a big stack, but we are reinforcing Burma and keeping an eye on it.

China

BA in the north at 91, 39 shows two enemy corps and an HQ unit. They are part of the starving diaspora toward Yenan. We may try an attack, but don't have the strength unless the enemy supply is really low, which it should be, but you never know.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/4/2012 6:29:17 PM   
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Happy virtual Arnistice Day! I wonder if celebrating Nov 11 during WW II gave the Allies hope for victory in the new conflict?

Subs

The out of fuel Ha-11 is put out of her misery. We would've scuttled her but there's no button on minis. Then again, they are usually self-scuttling.

SE Fleet

A big SCTF with two fast BBs, 3 cruisers and several DDs, including Gridley, bombard PM! Ha-8, at the base in a monitor role, takes a shot at a DD but misses.

Damage is surprisingly light, perhaps due to the low moon phase.

Then 32 B-24s arrive and meet 17 Nicks on LRCAP. 5 4Es are shot down vs a loss of 6 Nicks, all but one a write off after landing. No pilots are lost. CF can't do this for long. We have a few Dinahs on recon duty, and when they are damaged it's sometimes reported as a fighter bomber. We hope this is fooling CF into thinking the Nicks are based at PM, causing him to continue the favorable attrition battle here.

The main concern is how we didn't spot the bombardment TF. It had to stage in an area covered by a sea of overlapping black search patterns, both Jakes and G3M3s. We order a Glen boat to the area to catch repeat efforts, but feel less secure about our pretty search patterns throughout the Empire.

Southern Army

The Fleet Oilers arrive at the Singapore gas station. They'll refit for a few days, load up, and rejoin MKB.

15th Army

Both Akyab and Chittagong are bombed at night. Chitt is full and we get a Blenheim and a Hurricane on the ground.

China

DA Kukong clocks in at 16:1, 710(69) vs 216(0).

Liuchow makes level 4 forts.

Combined Fleet

MKB is almost done clearing SYS damage and has fully reconstituted air groups. We are considering a raid on Noumea followed by much delayed upgrades for Shokaku and Zuikaku.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/4/2012 6:32:35 PM   
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And we are caught up. Happy Fourth of July!

Don't forget I'm still looking for advice on which groups can convert to Nicks.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/4/2012 6:38:27 PM   
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quote:

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Great comments on ASW, folks. I'll chew on them and maybe experiment with most convoys having four escorts and one with more. Chasing off a sub is a good result. That said, with the constant shortage of escorts, four per may be all we can scrounge.

Obvert, in the circumstances of this game, where CF is sending about 30 B-24s on raids and targeting only PM, I can use Buna (level 2) and Lae/Nadzab (level 4 each) for LRCAP. If the enemy brought more or hit more bases, things could get hairy. So long as he is hurling a manageable amount of 4Es at an elite Nick group that knows where he's going, that works well for us. We await the first P-38 sweep, which could be a problem, but until then, harvesting 5 4Es per raid is unsustainable for CF.


Yes. Five per raid is great!

In my game Lightnings seem tied to the skirts of the 4Es. Wherever they go, there will be P-38 sweeps first. Also, Jocke doesn't attack with less than 50 of them per raid, and usually more like 80-90. I'd love to see just 30.

I have to figure out which other groups can support the Nick. I have a few going, but I could use a few more. I meant to do this a while ago, but then there were these time-consuming CV battles that got in the way of my logistical discipline!


Yes, if CF was doing this, I'd be crying. He will eventually, but for now it's fun to hammer the monsters.

As for the Nicks, I suspect we need to hunt down a bomber group and do the downgrade/upgrade thing. I'm hoping someone already did this homework for us!

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/5/2012 1:39:15 AM   
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For the saga on Nick conversion, read this thread.

http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=2426998&mpage=1&key=nick%2Cconversion�

Note the hidden conversion of a Nate unit which is lost if the unit has had a model upgrade.

Note particularly post #18.

Note also that your conversion options may be well constrained by needing to use the Nick model which Japanese players decide to not build.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/5/2012 3:04:21 AM   
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Great info, Alfred. I'll check the 84th. 5th and 13th are already Nicks. Glad I did that as it looks like anone way trip if you go in a different direction.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/5/2012 7:16:14 AM   
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Hi Cribby -

I'm playing a DBB game, so I'm not sure if the upgrade paths are any different there but two things:

1) Normal upgrades show up to Nick-A for 4th, 5th, 13th and 84th IF. Tracker shows this quickly by going to Air Groups and sorting on 'PDU off upgrade'. As a side note, this is useful for finding out other 'type change' upgrades since those ones are the ones that you can accidentally lose by upgrading to a same type model. There are a couple float plane units on Kamitawa Maru that can upgrade to float fighters for example.

2) Again, not sure if this is just in DBB, but I noticed a few of the single engine DB units in China have the option to change to Nick As, but at a cost of 10 PPs per plane group size. I only checked a couple, so it may be that way with any single engine DB unit. Since those units cost some PPs to change to 2E bombers anyway, it might make sense to spend some more to get some Nick units instead.



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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/6/2012 2:37:50 AM   
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Thanks, FK!

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/7/2012 8:22:41 PM   
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Subs

Truant misses a tanker escort near Groote Natoena. Seawolf duds on a tanker in the same area. Our ASW aircraft from Terempa may get these subs, but we send an ASW TF to help them out.

Herring duds on a big tanker making the run from Singers to Nagasaki near Okinawa. Yikes. ASW aircraft from Formosa claim a hit on a sub East of the island.

We appear to have chased the enemy subs out of the "Pescadores Channel" and into the air gap in the East China Sea. Hmm.

Southern Army

CF is employing B-17s in larger numbers and starting to hurt our tanks in NW Oz. We were fortunate to find an air group that can upgrade to Nicks, and it's currently flying Helens in Darwin of all places. The group will convert, all bomber pilots go back to reserve, and we draw good fighter pilots from our enormous IJAAF pool. We will thus soon have two Nick groups in the area, but the isolated location of the tank battle makes it hard to LRCAP effectively.

Construction

Kavieng makes level 3 forts, Bataan level 4 airfield.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/7/2012 8:49:29 PM   
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Subs

We try to send a midget into Noumea harbor, but it runs aground. We usually don't waste time using minis in this manner, but it's worth a long shot to try to hit the Big E. Mini sub carrier I-18 duds on DD Clark at Noumea and then makes good her escape. A shame as a DD would've been a nice consolation prize.

SE Fleet

Munda goes to level 5 forts while Terapo hits level 3. Nice.

Southern Army

The enemy sends 47 B-17s against our tanks and the pain is intense. Only eight Nicks oppose the bomber box and it's not enough. We will have to abandon the hex in which the 754th tank Bttn is encircled. Then we shall see whether CF is really serious about this theater. Frankly, it appears he is, and this is fine by Cribtop HQ from a strategic point of view. Operationally, we are moving a second garrison unit to cover the road to Derby, and have a little plan for the B-17s.

Kendari hits level 6 forts and is now fully built out.

Burma

It appears that at least one more LCU is now marching out of Chittagong toward Akyab.

We seem to be facing a two front offensive in the Arakan and NW Oz, which would be a fairly predictable response by CF to his carrier losses. It still could be a feint but looks more and more real.

5th Fleet

A re-supply convoy at Adak is spotted by Cats based at Umnak Island. It will be more difficult to sneak bombardment TFs up on this base now.

Combined Fleet

One day until all SYS damage is cleared from MKB's ships. The Strike Force is reloaded and ready. Target: Noumea and the damaged Enterprise.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/8/2012 5:55:18 PM   
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Thanks, FK!



I would not recommend overdoing the Nick as it quickly becomes inefficient when the corsair and thunderbolt arrive on the scene. The hellcat seems to tear them up as well. After that you are better off with other more dual purpose fighters on bomber defense duty.. From the Allied perspective.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/9/2012 4:22:42 AM   
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Agreed. I wanted a third Nick group for specific operational reasons, but I doubt I'll need to find a fourth.

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/9/2012 7:00:09 AM   
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The Nicks seem to be great to guard areas outside normal sweep range, but suffer for me even in 42 if kept too near the front. Most likely also because I fly them at bomber levels. Still, a good plane to have with the armor, and I foresee a use for them throughout with their bomb load as well.

Is there a next level FB you like for later in the war?

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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/15/2012 7:27:58 AM   
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Yikes, we cannot be on page 3!

Subs

A Glen reports a hit on DD Landsdowne near Noumea. Probably not real but it's yet another cool thing I've never seen in this amazing game.

SE Fleet

48th Division arrives safely at Truk to bolster our local reserves in this AO. Wewak makes level 3 forts.

15th Army

Ledo remains un-CAPed, so the IJAAF pays a visit. 3 C-47s are destroyed while 37 are damaged.

We now have a third 42 plane Tojo Sentai ready for action in Burma. Nice.

China

DA Kukong achieves 14:1 odds, casualties 1356(79) vs 325(0) .

Changsha hits fort level 4.


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RE: Wait, I can't read Cuttlefish's new AAR? - Cribtop ... - 7/15/2012 7:29:39 AM   
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The Nicks seem to be great to guard areas outside normal sweep range, but suffer for me even in 42 if kept too near the front. Most likely also because I fly them at bomber levels. Still, a good plane to have with the armor, and I foresee a use for them throughout with their bomb load as well.

Is there a next level FB you like for later in the war?


My general plan is to use Georges and Tojo IIc as interceptors mid-war. Where we are outside sweep range, the Nick will fight on.

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Subs

Sturgeon duds on a DD in the South China Sea.

IJN escorts chase off the S-39 near Billiton. This is a big success as the convoy is moving a tank regiment to China to form 2nd Armored Division.

4th Fleet

Baker Island port goes to level 1 for CF.

Southern Army

B-17s continue to hit retreating IJA armor in NW Oz. They are outside effective Nick range of Katherine so there's not much we can do about it.

15th Army

The Imperial Guards Division is reconned for the first time in its jungle lair SE of Akyab. More evidence of an enemy offensive here.

Lashio's airfield goes to level 3.

China

DA Kukong gets 21:1 odds; casualties 985(50) vs 298(0).

Ichang makes level 6 forts and will build a level 4 airfield to support Operation Dragon's Tail.

Other

Something Allied sinks unexpectedly today. Two Kingfishers are reported destroyed on the ground. CF must've lost a big ship damaged at the Torres Islands as she tried to make a shipyard. Banzai!

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The Family and I are at the Gulf coast on a short vacation. The bad news is I can't run turns here. The good news is I'm about a week behind and should be able to catch up to the game.

Not a whole lot has happened, but Mr. Tojo does give the Brits Hell in Burma and something hits a mine as MKB transits the passage between Bougainville and New Ireland. But what? Read and find out.

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Subs

Pompano misses the newly upgraded Maikaze near the Bonins. Although return DC fire misses, it's nice to see the new type 2 DC launchers reaching the depth of the sub.

SE Fleet

Despite a nearly full moon, our G3M3s do not take off for Noumea. We're mostly trying to hit Enterprise to keep her pinned so that MKB can finish her off.

Southern Army

B-17s hit our tanks in NW Oz while B-24s attack troops at Daly Waters for the first time. Our 3 AA units at Day are useless, although their radars do detect the raid at a good distance. This will help when our Nicks are up.

The enemy stack of armor long parked south of Daly is heading north. Perhaps a real move is afoot. Cribtop HQ orders 18th Division, in local reserve at Kendari, to load for Darwin.

Burma

As the 8th Area Army is now aboard ship with 18th Army to join 15th Army in Burma, we will now refer to this AO simply as the Burma front.

Recon confirms the 111th Chindit Brigade and 286th Motorized Brigades are the units advancing on Akyab.

Base building

Chittagong port goes to 7, Perth airfield to 8, Port Augusta airfield to 4.


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Subs/4th Fleet/SE Fleet

Nada.

Southern Army

Waingapoe makes level 3 forts. The delay caused by the Torres Islands is being used to build the second, third and even fourth lines in many AOs.

Burma

We sweep the approaching enemy brigades near Cox's Bazaar, but there is no CAP. CF picks a good day to bomb Magwe and catches a few Tojos on the ground in the PM phase. If he continues these attacks, we will CAP trap him.

China

A sweep of Chikiang finds no CAP. We are building Ichang for an air offensive against Chungking as soon as the enemy stack at Kukong dies.

5th Fleet

Jakes spot a battleship leading an SCTF at Chunginadak Island. Cribtop Intel estimates this is either a quick FT TF occupation of a potential airfield or an effort to intercept a third bombardment of Umnak. CF may have assumed our re-supply TFs up here were an attack. We vector recon planes to see whether an LCU dropped at Chunginadak.


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Subs

I-29 misses a DD in the big SCTF at Chunginadak Island. Worth a shot. BBs Mississippi and Colorado and CA Quincy are present. No LCU is spotted at the island, so we assume CF was trying to catch the bombardment TF he assumed was coming.

Silversides duds on an xAK near Torishima.

SE Fleet

The long range Nells launch for Noumea and hit BB New Mexico, destroying an AA turret.

CS Chiyoda makes Truk safely. She will await the conclusion of Operation Bismarck before returning to Japan for repairs in the company of Shokaku and Zuikaku, which are overdue for AA upgrades.

Ndeni makes level 2 port, Luganville level 7 airfield.

Southern Army

While B-17s continue to hit our tanks, B-24s try for Daly again and find 29 Nicks on CAP. Although 3 Nicks are write offs, they down 5 B-24s. Nice. We only lose one pilot.

Burma

We sweep and bomb Akyab, hitting several recon Hurricanes and trashing the already damaged airfield.

32 B-25s hit Mandalay, the first sighting of this 2E bomber in the war and further evidence that Burma is the enemy's main focus now.

China

DA Kukong nets 13:1 odds, casualties 1032(47) vs 1414(0). It sure takes time to kill off isolated troops outside of base hexes.

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Subs

I-22 misses a DM while the sub is inbound at Noumea to release a mini sub. Ha-17 penetrates the harbor but encounters a DD that hits the mini and puts her down. Shame.

Convoy escorts chase off Saury near Mussau Island.

SE Fleet

Three ships are spotted by a Glen 7 hexes WSW of Noumea on a course for Oz. Is this the Enterprise? We don't know but it's possible she has worked off enough damage already. If so, she waltzed right past an unbroken cordon of I-boats. We consider scrubbing Operation Bismarck but decide that there is sufficient shipping in Noumea to be worth the risk even if Ent got away. Plus, for all we know, that was a routine supply convoy.

Southern Army

G3M3s from Darwin strike Alice Springs at night at long range, damaging several B-17s on the ground.

Burma

We guess right on a CAP trap today and really blunt the enemy's air power. Two big groups of Tojos are over Mandalay to greet a series of Blenheim raids with Hurricane escorts. The slaughter is really fearsome and utterly one-sided. By day's end the kill count is 42:3! BANZAI! This will make CF think twice about attacks in this theater until he gets better air frames.

In addition, a third 42 plane Sentai with Mr. Tojo arrives at Rangoon today. These Tojo groups have crazy EXP averages of 77ish.

China

It's taken time, but thanks to lots of supply and two HQs, the troops beaten up by the Changsha battles have recovered disabled squads. We are able to shift a few divisions north to ensure that CF's recent probes up there are covered and will consider how to use the rest for fresh offensives.


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Subs

Escorts chase off KXVI near Kendari.

SE Fleet

Lots of base building. Ndeni airfield makes level 3, Efate level 2 and Pago Pago level 6.

Southern Army

16th Division and artillery arrives at Babel to complete our strategic reserve.

27 Nells hit Alice Springs at night, damaging five B-17s and 2 C-47s. This will be a decent deterrent to massed attacks from Alice, and in fact today only nine 4Es fly against our armor.

Burma

We spring a surprise daylight raid against Ledo, destroying 6 C-47s and damaging 23. Intention here is to reduce supply flights over the hump but also to force CF to base fighters at Ledo. This will further reduce the number of supply flights per day due to stacking and will divide his fighter strength in theater.

Combined Fleet

MKB, now organized in three TFs, launches from Truk. Operation Bismarck is afoot.


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