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THE STORM ARRIVES - 7/24/2012 2:28:43 PM   
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SUBS


SS I-137 is sunk by an Allied ASW TF near Tarawa.

SS I-31 is sunk by an ASW TF off Makin.



CENTPAC


Abemama builds both a level 1 port and a level 1 AF.

Tabiteuea completes a level 5 AF.

The P4Y-1 Liberators at Tabiteuea have now caused 68% damage on the Japanese AF at Maloelap. Three squadrons of B-24D1s are staged into Tabiteuea to assist in neutralization of Maloelap.

The Japanese bases at Tarawa and Makin are smoking ruins after repeated naval bombardments. Im standing down the bombardment TFs this turn as the AEs/AKEs at Tabiteuea are low on supplies.

With Maloelap, Makin and Tarawa neutralized....Im reloading Marines at Noumea on APAs for an assault on Makin.

CVE Chenango is disbanded in port at Tabiteuea withb several ARs to begin repair of her torpedo damage.



II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


Merauke is captured in a shock attack this turn:



Ground combat at Merauke (89,124)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 3046 troops, 42 guns, 50 vehicles, Assault Value = 115

Defending force 797 troops, 20 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 33

Allied adjusted assault: 74

Japanese adjusted defense: 3

Allied assault odds: 24 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Merauke !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
234 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 13 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (4 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
74 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
138th(Sep) Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
16th Naval Guard Unit
Maizuru 4th SNLF /2
11th JAAF AF Bn /1
36th Const Co /1


The SLOC are completely open now between eastern Australia and Darwin.

II Australian Corps can now start the buildup for its initial advance into the Banda Sea this summer.





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RE: THE STORM ARRIVES - 7/26/2012 5:02:41 AM   
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SUBS


SS Snook sinks xAK Nisso Maru off Toyohara.

SS Tunny sinks xAKL Awagi Maru near Nagasaki.

SS Tunny sinks SC CHa-48 near Nagasaki.



CENTPAC


Abemama AF is enlarged to level 2 and a squadron of SBD-3s is staged in.

P4Y-1 Liberators and B-24D1s pound the Japanese AF at Maloelap and the level 4 AF is now 78% damaged with no more AC present. I will hit Maloelap one more time next turn and then I will switch targets to the lone remaining Japanese level 4 AF at Roi-Namur.


Allied bombardment TFs at Tabiteuea stand down and refuel as Makin and Tarawa both have 100% AF and port damage.

Tabiteuea now has 3 F4U-1 squadrons on CAP. The 8 USN CVEs help CAP Tabiteuea and refuel. The 7 USN CVs and the RN CV retire 5 hexes to the SW of Tabiteuea to refuel and back off from the IJN subs for a bit.

Elements of the 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions load at Noumea for the Makin assault and shove off. The 2nd wave of seabees and BFs for Makin begins to load at Noumea.



CBI


Quiet in Burma. Dave continue his 2 pronged advance on Kukong. A 2 division IJA force assaults Chinese troops just outside of Wuchow:



Ground combat at 77,56 (near Wuchow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 26079 troops, 287 guns, 186 vehicles, Assault Value = 917

Defending force 14276 troops, 125 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 483

Japanese adjusted assault: 559

Allied adjusted defense: 640

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
1424 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 156 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 25 (1 destroyed, 24 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1091 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 86 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 12 disabled


Assaulting units:
104th Division
51st Division
6th Tank Regiment
21st Mortar Battalion
2nd Mobile Infantry Rgt /6

Defending units:
49th Chinese/B Corps
60th Chinese/C Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese/C Corps
12th Group Army
16th Group Army
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment



Chinese reinforcements are on the way but as always its a matter of timing. Tenth Air Force heavy bombers will target the IJA troops here next turn.


To the east of Kukong.....800 IJA AFVs and friends bombard a Chinese defensive position outside of Kanhsien only to find 2 waiting Allied AT regiments:

Ground combat at 82,57 (near Kanhsien)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 3953 troops, 35 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 514

Defending force 19495 troops, 148 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 532

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


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


Assaulting units:
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
2nd Recon Battalion
1st Tank/A Division
23rd Tank Regiment
1st Tank/B Division
1st Tank/C Division

Defending units:
71st Chinese/A Corps
49th Chinese/C Corps
93rd Chinese Division
14th Chinese/C Corps
31st Chinese/A Corps
57th AT Gun Regiment
NCAC
2/215th Bty 80th AT Rgt /1



Chinese troops and a British horse regiment overrun a Japanese roadblock outside of Kunming:



Ground combat at 71,48 (near Kunming)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 7766 troops, 23 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 437

Defending force 1020 troops, 5 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 35

Allied adjusted assault: 384

Japanese adjusted defense: 4

Allied assault odds: 96 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
607 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 24 disabled
Non Combat: 10 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1


Allied ground losses:
145 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
Gardner's Horse Regiment
200th Chinese Division
7th New Chinese/A Corps
7th New Chinese/C Corps

Defending units:
41st Guard Battalion


SEAC armor is beginning to arrive at Tuyun and will soon make its presence felt.





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RE: THE STORM ARRIVES - 7/27/2012 3:07:48 PM   
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SUBS

SS Scamp sinks xAK Yamayuri Maru off Toyohara.


CBI


Quiet in Burma but lots of action in China.

First Dave assaults Chinese troops between Nanning and Liuchow on China's extreme right flank:


Ground combat at 73,55 (near Liuchow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 47307 troops, 457 guns, 312 vehicles, Assault Value = 1745

Defending force 24307 troops, 117 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 974

Japanese adjusted assault: 919

Allied adjusted defense: 1125

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
5725 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 509 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 51 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 58 disabled
Guns lost 47 (1 destroyed, 46 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
2319 casualties reported
Squads: 21 destroyed, 105 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Guns lost 13 (1 destroyed, 12 disabled)


Assaulting units:
12th Division
18th Division
8th Division
38th Division
10th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
60th Chinese/B Corps
71st Chinese/B Corps
14th Chinese/B Corps
100th Chinese/A Corps
54th Chinese/A Corps
54th Chinese/B Corps
21st Group Army
27th Group Army



Dave has quickly brought up 3 divisions and a tank regiment as reinforcements here but is thrown back with heavy losses. Chinese reinforcements lie on the opposite side of the river in Liuchow so future Chinese reinforcement here will be problematic.


Dave continue his 2 pronged advance on Kukong.

From the west....the Japanese attack outside Wuchow is repulsed with heavy losses:



Ground combat at 77,56 (near Wuchow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 25248 troops, 290 guns, 186 vehicles, Assault Value = 819

Defending force 13522 troops, 125 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 396

Japanese adjusted assault: 433

Allied adjusted defense: 901

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
1564 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 125 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled


Allied ground losses:
529 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 63 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)


Assaulting units:
51st Division
104th Division
6th Tank Regiment
20th RGC/B Division
21st Mortar Battalion
2nd Mobile Infantry Rgt /6

Defending units:
49th Chinese/B Corps
60th Chinese/C Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese/C Corps
16th Group Army
12th Group Army
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment


Tenth Air Force heavy bombers hit the Japanese assault troops here. Chinese reinforcements should arrive in time.


From the east.....Japan probes outside of Kanhsien but by the end of the turn Japanese troops are reinforced with 2 additional divisions:


Ground combat at 82,57 (near Kanhsien)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 4021 troops, 35 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1495

Defending force 19803 troops, 148 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 551

Japanese ground losses:
7 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Assaulting units:
37th Division
1st Tank/B Division
34th Division
2nd Recon Battalion
23rd Tank Regiment
1st Tank/A Division
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Tank/C Division

Defending units:
14th Chinese/C Corps
93rd Chinese Division
71st Chinese/A Corps
49th Chinese/C Corps
31st Chinese/A Corps
57th AT Gun Regiment
NCAC
2/215th Bty 80th AT Rgt /1



Im doubtful that Chinese reinforcements will arrive here in time next turn.




CENTPAC


P4Y-1 Liberators and B-24D1s hammer the level 4 Japanese AF at Maloelap and it is now out of business with over 90% damage. Next turn the 4Es will switch targets to hit the last remaining Japanese level 4 AF in the Marshalls at Roi-Namur.


Admiral Hill's amphibious TF with elements of 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions continues to sail from Noumea to Makin.

The new CENTPAC operational plan for the Gilberts calls for Allied naval bombardment TFs to hit the level 3 Japanese AF at Mili on D-Day at Makin while additional bombardment TFs work over both Makin and Tarawa. Until the AKs upgrade into AKAs in June 1943 I am really limited in initial lift for amphibious assaults. Ideally Id like to assault Tarawa right after taking Makin but will have to send APAs and AKs back to Noumea to grab the Tarawa assault troops.



SIGINT


I got 2 separate reports last turn of elements of the IJA 4th Division being loaded on xAKs heading to Truk. I dont see these troops heading to Manus but possibly they could eventually reinforce the Marshalls.



SOPAC


Kavieng has been enlarged to a level 5 AF while Rabaul now sports both a level 6 AF and port. Reinforcments and supplies continue to pour into Rabaul.

Rabaul will not be considered a "safe" anchorage until the remaining Japanese bases in the Admiralties and Bismarcks are taken at both Manus and Mussau Is.

About 750 AV of XIV US Corps closes in on the 28,000 stragglers from the former Japanese garrison of Rabaul. These isolated IJA troops are out of supply and have been bombed around the clock by the tactical, medium and heavy bombers of Fifth Air Force for over a week. A deliberate assault will be ordered for next turn.




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RE: THE STORM ARRIVES - 7/29/2012 5:17:40 AM   
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SUBS


SS Tinosa sinks xAP Palau Maru near Eniwetok.




CENTPAC


USN Bombardment TF with BBs hits Tarawa.

The P4Y-1 Liberators and the B-24D1s at Tabiteuea switch targets over to the level 4 Japanese AF at Roi-Namur and inflict 20% damage.

Maloelap remains with 100% AF damage.


Admiral Hill's amphib TF continues to sail across the south Pacific towards Makin and will refuel at sea this turn.




SOPAC


After a couple weeks of non-stop aerial bombardments by Fifth Air Force XIV Corps assaults the isolated 28,000 remnants of the former garrison at Rabaul:



Ground combat at 105,125 (near Rabaul)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19752 troops, 334 guns, 365 vehicles, Assault Value = 697

Defending force 12708 troops, 123 guns, 23 vehicles, Assault Value = 225

Allied adjusted assault: 453

Japanese adjusted defense: 115

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
901 casualties reported
Squads: 48 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 44 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 15 (11 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
342 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 33 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled


Assaulting units:
25th Infantry Division
22nd Marine Regiment
8th NZ Brigade

Defending units:
65th Naval Guard Unit
Maizuru 1st SNLF
63rd Naval Guard Unit
41st Naval Guard Unit
18th Naval Guard Unit
I/84th Naval Guard Unit
19th Naval Guard Unit
46th Naval Guard Unit
87th Naval Guard Unit
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
86th Naval Guard Unit
8th Indpt SNLF Coy
23rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
51st Air Defense AA Regiment
16th AA Regiment
4th Air Div /1
55th Field AA Battalion
15th Base Force
5th Base Force /3
Yokosuka 5th SNLF /2
6th JNAF Coy
5th Air Defense AA Regiment
1st Fleet
35th Fld AA Bn /2




Ground combat at 105,125 (near Rabaul)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19537 troops, 334 guns, 365 vehicles, Assault Value = 664

Defending force 11416 troops, 111 guns, 19 vehicles, Assault Value = 174

Allied adjusted assault: 438

Japanese adjusted defense: 40

Allied assault odds: 10 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1005 casualties reported
Squads: 33 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 75 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 15 (14 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (2 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
223 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Assaulting units:
25th Infantry Division
22nd Marine Regiment
8th NZ Brigade

Defending units:
46th Naval Guard Unit
I/84th Naval Guard Unit
87th Naval Guard Unit
63rd Naval Guard Unit
18th Naval Guard Unit
19th Naval Guard Unit
41st Naval Guard Unit
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
8th Indpt SNLF Coy
1st Fleet
Yokosuka 5th SNLF /2
16th AA Regiment
5th Base Force /3
5th Air Defense AA Regiment
86th Naval Guard Unit
23rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
51st Air Defense AA Regiment
4th Air Div /1
15th Base Force
Maizuru 1st SNLF
6th JNAF Coy
65th Naval Guard Unit
55th Field AA Battalion
35th Fld AA Bn /2



The 28,000 IJA troops are out of supply and hope here but it will take awhile to finish them off in the unfavorable terrain.




CBI



Japan can only muster a 1:6 attack on their western drive into Kukong:


Ground combat at 77,56 (near Wuchow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 24052 troops, 287 guns, 186 vehicles, Assault Value = 731

Defending force 28824 troops, 246 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 985

Japanese adjusted assault: 351

Allied adjusted defense: 2230

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 6

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

Japanese ground losses:
905 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 75 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Vehicles lost 58 (7 destroyed, 51 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
815 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 65 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled


Assaulting units:
6th Tank Regiment
51st Division
104th Division
20th RGC/B Division
21st Mortar Battalion
2nd Mobile Infantry Rgt /6

Defending units:
60th Chinese/C Corps
14th Chinese/A Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
59th Chinese/A Corps
64th Chinese/B Corps
49th Chinese/B Corps
52nd Chinese/C Corps
9th Group Army
16th Group Army
12th Group Army
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
109th Tank Attack Rgt /1



Despite 3:1 odds Japan merely bombards with their eastern drive on Kukong just outside of Kanhsien:


Ground combat at 82,57 (near Kanhsien)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 4075 troops, 35 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1500

Defending force 19934 troops, 142 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 562



Assaulting units:
34th Division
1st Tank/B Division
2nd Recon Battalion
37th Division
23rd Tank Regiment
1st Tank/A Division
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Tank/C Division

Defending units:
49th Chinese/C Corps
93rd Chinese Division
14th Chinese/C Corps
71st Chinese/A Corps
31st Chinese/A Corps
NCAC
57th AT Gun Regiment
2/215th Bty 80th AT Rgt /1



Ive attached a screenshot of China. Dave has an armor regiment that has driven around our flank and it will overrun our Kanhsien garrison next turn. I have over 1000 AV just to the west of Kanhsien and hopefully at least one Chinese corps will shock attack across the river into Kanhsien next turn. With over 3:1 odds Dave will assault us just to the east of Kanhsien in the main Japanese offensive thrust.

Meanwhile up north....5500 AV of Chinese troops invests Sinyang while another 2300 AV of Chinese troops moves on Loyang and another 1000 AV of Chinese troops closes in on Tsiaotso.




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SUBS AND MINEFIELDS



SS Silversides sinks TK Kozui Maru near Culion.


The newly laid minefeld on the river entry hex to Palembang takes a heavy toll on Japanese shipping:


TF 9 encounters mine field at 49,90

Japanese Ships
TK Yamamiya Maru, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PB Santos Maru, Mine hits 1, heavy damage
PB Keiko Maru, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
AO Sata, Mine hits 1


TF 34 encounters mine field at 49,90

Japanese Ships
PB Shinko Maru
PB Yamadori Maru, Mine hits 1, on fire



2 mines cleared







CBI


Lots of action in China.


Japanese armor captures Kanhsien before Chinese reinforcements can arrive:


Ground combat at Kanhsien (81,57)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 760 troops, 0 guns, 144 vehicles, Assault Value = 71

Defending force 0 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 3

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Kanhsien !!!

Combat modifiers
Attacker: leaders(+), leaders(-), disruption(-)



Assaulting units:
12th Tank Regiment



Then the Chinese reinforcements arrive the next turn and shock attack the Japanese armor to retake the town:


Ground combat at Kanhsien (81,57)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 7229 troops, 37 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 286

Defending force 705 troops, 0 guns, 143 vehicles, Assault Value = 67

Allied adjusted assault: 60

Japanese adjusted defense: 12

Allied assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Kanhsien !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 121 (121 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1


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


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
7th Chinese Corps
31st Chinese/B Corps

Defending units:
12th Tank Regiment




Meanwhile....Japan continue its offensive just to the east of Kanhsien but the Chinese are barely able to hang on:


Ground combat at 82,57 (near Kanhsien)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 39993 troops, 398 guns, 923 vehicles, Assault Value = 1506

Defending force 20085 troops, 138 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 571

Japanese adjusted assault: 1016

Allied adjusted defense: 999

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1882 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 71 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 20 disabled
Vehicles lost 9 (2 destroyed, 7 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1104 casualties reported
Squads: 36 destroyed, 124 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 15 (5 destroyed, 10 disabled)


Assaulting units:
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
37th Division
23rd Tank Regiment
1st Tank Division
34th Division
2nd Recon Battalion

Defending units:
93rd Chinese Division
71st Chinese/A Corps
14th Chinese/C Corps
49th Chinese/C Corps
31st Chinese/A Corps
NCAC
57th AT Gun Regiment
2/215th Bty 80th AT Rgt /1


Ground combat at 82,57 (near Kanhsien)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 38615 troops, 398 guns, 923 vehicles, Assault Value = 1813

Defending force 18727 troops, 133 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 434

Japanese adjusted assault: 779

Allied adjusted defense: 733

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
308 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 56 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Vehicles lost 25 (3 destroyed, 22 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1390 casualties reported
Squads: 17 destroyed, 118 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 25 disabled
Guns lost 42 (2 destroyed, 40 disabled)


Assaulting units:
1st Tank Division
23rd Tank Regiment
34th Division
13th Division
37th Division
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
2nd Recon Battalion

Defending units:
14th Chinese/C Corps
71st Chinese/A Corps
49th Chinese/C Corps
31st Chinese/A Corps
57th AT Gun Regiment
93rd Chinese Division
NCAC
2/215th Bty 80th AT Rgt /1


Dave hit these guys pretty hard with his bombers last turn and knocked out a lot of the AT guns. Now he will almost certainly win the battle here before Allied reinforcements can arrive....at least we still hold Kanhsien next door. SEAC armor and Chinese reinforcements are arriving by the trainload at Kukong and will soon intervene here.


Meanwhile....in northern China we invest Sinyang and order a bombardment to recon the IJA forces present:


Ground combat at Sinyang (86,48)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 410 troops, 28 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 5369

Defending force 77086 troops, 600 guns, 172 vehicles, Assault Value = 2798


Allied ground losses:
134 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 23 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (7 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Assaulting units:
30th Chinese/C Corps
40th Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
9th Chinese Corps
47th Chinese Corps
61st Chinese Corps
36th Chinese Corps
30th Chinese/A Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
1st Chinese/A Corps
45th Chinese/A Corps
34th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese/B Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
59th Chinese/B Corps
57th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
30th Chinese/B Corps
19th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese/C Corps
35th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese/C Corps
6th Group Army
7th Group Army
Jingcha War Area
22nd Artillery Regiment
20th Artillery Regiment
8th Group Army
34th Group Army
37th Group Army
33rd Group Army
Lusu War Area
5th War Area
36th Group Army
272/273rd Bty 80th AT Rgt /1

Defending units:
17th Division
22nd Division
35th Division
27th Division
63rd Division
59th Division
2nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
22nd AA Regiment
52nd Road Const Co
68th JAAF AF Coy


Looks like my recon bombardment cost ne a destroyed artillery unit. Hopefully it returns at Chungking sometime down the road. Dave has too much force here for the Chinese to attack but at least we can pin down 6 IJA divisions.

Farther north we press our advances on both Loyang and Tsiaotso.




SOPAC


XIV Corps launches additional attacks against the surrounded IJA stragglers from the former Rabaul garrison:


Ground combat at 105,125 (near Rabaul)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19339 troops, 334 guns, 364 vehicles, Assault Value = 640

Defending force 10212 troops, 92 guns, 17 vehicles, Assault Value = 122

Allied adjusted assault: 155

Japanese adjusted defense: 19

Allied assault odds: 8 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1000 casualties reported
Squads: 25 destroyed, 30 disabled
Non Combat: 13 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 14 (10 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
163 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)


Assaulting units:
25th Infantry Division
22nd Marine Regiment
8th NZ Brigade

Defending units:
19th Naval Guard Unit
18th Naval Guard Unit
41st Naval Guard Unit
87th Naval Guard Unit
63rd Naval Guard Unit
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
15th Base Force
86th Naval Guard Unit
16th AA Regiment
46th Naval Guard Unit
Maizuru 1st SNLF
55th Field AA Battalion
4th Air Div /1
5th Air Defense AA Regiment
1st Fleet
8th Indpt SNLF Coy
I/84th Naval Guard Unit
5th Base Force /3
65th Naval Guard Unit
6th JNAF Coy
Yokosuka 5th SNLF /2
23rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
35th Fld AA Bn /2
51st Air Defense AA Rgt /1



Ground combat at 105,125 (near Rabaul)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19227 troops, 333 guns, 364 vehicles, Assault Value = 622

Defending force 9153 troops, 76 guns, 12 vehicles, Assault Value = 72

Allied adjusted assault: 149

Japanese adjusted defense: 13

Allied assault odds: 11 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
905 casualties reported
Squads: 79 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 9 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 18 (16 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
45 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
25th Infantry Division
22nd Marine Regiment
8th NZ Brigade

Defending units:
63rd Naval Guard Unit
87th Naval Guard Unit
18th Naval Guard Unit
41st Naval Guard Unit
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
16th AA Regiment
86th Naval Guard Unit
5th Air Defense AA Regiment
65th Naval Guard Unit
Yokosuka 5th SNLF /2
55th Field AA Battalion
8th Indpt SNLF Coy
19th Naval Guard Unit
23rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
5th Base Force /3
Maizuru 1st SNLF
46th Naval Guard Unit
1st Fleet
6th JNAF Coy
15th Base Force
35th Fld AA Bn /2
I/84th Naval Guard Unit
4th Air Div /1
51st Air Defense AA Rgt /1


Allied troops are exhausted and low on supplies from fighting in this difficult jungle terrain. We will bomard here next turn and then rest for a turn before we resume the offensive.



SIGINT


We received 2 notifications last turn that elements of the IJA 61st Division are loaded on xAKs heading to Truk....looks like Dave is really reinforcing Truk in preparation for a buildup in the Marshalls.

The CENTPAC diversionary drive into the Gilberts seems to be working as planned. Id rather see a Japanese buildup on Truk as opposed to a buildup on Babeldaob that could give us trouble with the main Allied axis of advance towards the Paulaus and NW New Guinea.




CENTPAC:INVASION MAKIN.....D-DAY MINUS ONE


P4Y-1 Liberators and B-24D1s hit Roi-Namur hard and now the level 4 AF there is 76% damaged. The other level 4 AF in the Marshalls at Maloelap still has 78% damage.

Admiral Hill's amphibious TF with elements of the 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions refuels just off Tabiteuea. Next turn it will begin a high speed run to Makin and will begin the invasion of Makin on the 2nd day of next turn.

On D-Day minus one....four Allied bombardment TFs will give another "Spruance haircut" to both Tarawa and Makin. Additional B-24D1s are borrowed from Fifth Air Force on New Guinea and staged to Tabiteuea....the 4Es here will bomb both Maloelap and Roi-Namur AFs next turn to complete their neutralization. The only other untouched offensive Japanese AF in range of Makin in the Marshalls is the level 3 AF at Mili....and it will be hit by USN bombardment TFs on D-Day plus one.

CVE Santee arrives at Tabiteuea from the US west coast...we now have 9 CVEs present that can put up over 230 fighters. The CVEs will sail to Makin to cover the assaults. The new AF at Abemama is enlarged to level 3 and over 100 fighters are staged in....including 3 squadrons of F4U-1s...and these fighters will also LRCAP the invasion forces at Makin.

Meanwhile....the 7 fast carriers of Task group 58 will take up a covering posaition just off of Makin.




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RE: INVASION MAKIN - 7/29/2012 5:49:04 PM   
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Great AAR! Just enjoying the ride. Keep em coming. BTW can you post ship losses to date?

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INVASION MAKIN - 7/30/2012 12:48:55 AM   
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CaptainConflict.....thanx for your comments.

Here is a quick tally of ship losses to date(excluding xAKLs/xAKs/minelayers/minesweepers and smaller craft that take to long to count.


ALLIES: 6 BB; 1 BC; 5 CA; 6 CL; 14 DD; 2 APD; 21 SS; 14 AP; 9 AO; 3 TK; 1 AD; 2 AS; 3 AV/AVD/ 2 AMC; 8 PG/PC/KV/SC



JAPAN: 7 BB; 1 CA; 4 CL; 22 DD; 7 APD/ 7 DMS; 34 SS; 18 SSX; 6 AP; 5 AO; 21 TK; 1 AS; 1AV; 7 AMC; 82 PB/SC/E



Overall.....the Allies have lost 462 ships worth 3647 points. Japan has lost 375 ships worth 3481 points. BB Ise was reported sunk and then was reported to be still afloat but its once again listed as sunk so I think that its actually at the bottom of the sea.


Besides the obvious BB losses....what really jumps out and catches my attention are the IJN sub losses and then the IJN escorts that have been sunk by Allied subs. Im wondering if Japan will have a shortage of escorts for its convoys later in the war if this keeps up.

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RE: INVASION MAKIN - 7/30/2012 2:44:30 PM   
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I figured the sub total would be pretty favorable for the allies, especially with the recent success. Japan has lost 21 TK's also. I have this game but have yet to figure out how you guys manage to organize the supply and logistics part which in my opinion is way more in depth than any game out there that I have seen.

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INVASION MAKIN - 7/31/2012 2:41:18 PM   
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Captain Conflict......Im not sure if sinking 21 TKs puts much of a dent yet in Japanese transport capabilities but on the other side of the coin..... the Allies have only lost 3 TKs.....small Dutch TKs at the start of the war.....so Im not having any trouble moving fuel around now. Earlier in the war I moved over 100 xAKs from SEAC over to the US west coast to help move fuel but now Im not short on fuel anywhere and am able to build massive stockpiles in the war zones. Im sure that I spend over 50% of my time writing orders for movement of troops, BFs, construction engineers, supplies and fuel by sea as opposed to moving troops around on land.





5/19-5/20/43



CBI


Japan finally overruns the Chinese defensive position outside of Kanhsien:


Ground combat at 82,57 (near Kanhsien)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 47235 troops, 467 guns, 922 vehicles, Assault Value = 1765

Defending force 17503 troops, 131 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 305

Japanese adjusted assault: 1037

Allied adjusted defense: 383

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
861 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 56 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Vehicles lost 48 (4 destroyed, 44 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
7156 casualties reported
Squads: 359 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 226 destroyed, 53 disabled
Engineers: 28 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 15 (13 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 7


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
23rd Tank Regiment
34th Division
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Tank Division
37th Division
13th Division
2nd Recon Battalion

Defending units:
49th Chinese/C Corps
14th Chinese/C Corps
71st Chinese/A Corps
31st Chinese/A Corps
NCAC
93rd Chinese Division
57th AT Gun Regiment


Allied reinforcements had made it to Kanhsien and were just short of reinforceing the defensive position. Now the Allies have over 2000 AV in Kanhsien with SEAC armor marching in from Kukong. Dave will probably be surprised in a couple turns by seeing the arrival of massed SEAC reinforcements from Burma here.

Farther north.....Chinese troops recapture loyang as Dave abandoned the base.



CENTPAC: INVASION MAKIN


Allied bombardment TFs work over Tarawa and Makin while the heavy bombers on tabiteuea suppress the level 4 Japanese AFs at Maloelap and Roi-Namur.

Admiral Hills amphib TF had a top speed of 16 knots but somehow it moved 10 hexes in one turn _and_ also dropped the Marines on the beach at Makin on D-Day minus one:



Pre-Invasion action off Makin (136,125)

16 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Trenton
CL Richmond
DD Chew
DD Whipple
APA John Penn

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



CL Trenton firing at 89th Naval Guard Unit
CL Richmond firing at 89th Naval Guard Unit
DD Chew firing at 89th Naval Guard Unit
DD Whipple firing at Maloelap Base Force
DD Chew fired at enemy troops
DD Whipple fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 6,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Makin (136,125)

TF 339 troops unloading over beach at Makin, 136,125


Allied ground losses:
34 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (0 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 11 (2 destroyed, 9 disabled)


Motorized Support dropped into water during unload of 1st Marine Rgt /4
M3 Stuart Light Tank damaged beyond repair during unload of 2nd USMC Tank Bn /3



The invasion troops are only partly unloaded by the evening on D-day minus one......but the Japanese defenders on Makin are so shell shocked and demoralized from the round the clock naval and aerial bombardments that they are incapable of putting up a coherent defense:


Ground combat at Makin (136,125)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1345 troops, 11 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 64

Defending force 12711 troops, 224 guns, 347 vehicles, Assault Value = 467

Japanese ground losses:
43 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)


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


Assaulting units:
89th Naval Guard Unit
Maloelap Base Force

Defending units:
2nd USMC Engineer Regiment
2nd Marine Rgt /3
8th Marine Rgt /4
1st Marine Rgt /3
2nd USMC Tank Bn /2



Ground combat at Makin (136,125)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 10749 troops, 224 guns, 287 vehicles, Assault Value = 466

Defending force 1831 troops, 18 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 57

Allied adjusted assault: 276

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 276 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Makin !!!

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M3 Nell: 3 destroyed
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed
D3A1 Val: 3 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 4 destroyed

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

Japanese ground losses:
2618 casualties reported
Squads: 88 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 101 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 19 (19 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 2


Allied ground losses:
190 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 29 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled


Assaulting units:
2nd USMC Engineer Regiment
1st Marine Rgt /3
8th Marine Rgt /4
2nd Marine Rgt /3
2nd USMC Tank Bn /2

Defending units:
89th Naval Guard Unit
Maloelap Base Force




Makin is captured on D-Day minus one and the invasion forces complete their unloading on D-Day. Admiral Hill's amphib Tf heads back to Noumea to pick up the assault troops for Tarawa. Three IJN CAs are spotted off to the north in the Marshalls....eviently Dave was getting ready to raid somewhere....and the CAs were lucky to get away unscathed as they were 9 hexes from the Allied fast carriers and were also in 8 hex range of the CVE Avengers.....but no TBs were launched.


The CVEs and the fast carriers stand by off Makin to cover the unloading of the seabees and base forces. Bombardment TFs are ordered to hit Mili next turn to suppress its level 3 AF.


The strategic calculus in the Gilberts has now been reversed. Japan started with a level 4 and a level 3 AF in the Gilberts with a half doezen supporting AFs in the Marshalls while the Allies had no AFs. Now the Japanese have only a flattened and ruined Tarawa that serves only as a US Navy gunnery target and its surrounded by 3 CENTPAC AFs at Tabiteuea, Abemama and Makin. There are over 7000 IJA troops on Tarawa so it will be a tougher nut to crack than Makin but its days are certainly numbered.

Once Tarawa is captured CENTPAC will have 4 large AFs in the Gilberts allowing them to project medium and heavy bombers into the Marshalls.







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RE: INVASION MAKIN - 7/31/2012 5:03:52 PM   
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quote:

Makin is captured on D-Day minus one and the invasion forces complete their unloading on D-Day. Admiral Hill's amphib Tf heads back to Noumea to pick up the assault troops for Tarawa. Three IJN CAs are spotted off to the north in the Marshalls....eviently Dave was getting ready to raid somewhere....and the CAs were lucky to get away unscathed as they were 9 hexes from the Allied fast carriers and were also in 8 hex range of the CVE Avengers.....but no TBs were launched.


I'm pretty sure that only Japan can 8-hex strike. Make sure to keep your CVs and CVEs on the move so that your opponent can't pinpoint their location and launch a strike you can't respond to.

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ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL IN CHINA - 8/1/2012 7:01:14 PM   
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House Stark.....presently all the USN fighters, DBs and TBFs have a stated range of 8 hexes or greater.....why would they be limited to a strike distance of less than 8 hexes? Is that hard coded into the game? My CVEs have a tendency to be more stationary than I would like as they are covering the invasions(and I also consider them to be somewhat expendable) but the CVs are almost always on the move. Im not only worried about a counterstrike by KB but also need to keep the CVs away from the deadly IJN subs.





5/21-5/22/43




SUBS


SS Snook torpedoes and sinks xAK Seizen Maru near Toyohara

SS Snooki torpedoes Jersey Shore and gets the show cancelled.

SS Cisco sinks xAK Denmark Maru off Moppo.



CENTPAC



Allied bombardment TFs hit Mili but Mili hits back hard:



Night Naval bombardment of Mili at 136,121 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

496 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CA New Orleans, Shell hits 4
CA Salt Lake City, Shell hits 16
CA Chicago, Shell hits 9, on fire
CA Houston
CL De Ruyter
DD Smith
DD Shaw
DD Conyngham
DD Helm
DD Walke, Shell hits 1

Japanese ground losses:
156 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)



Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 14
Port hits 4

Mili Naval Fortress firing at CA New Orleans
CA New Orleans firing at Mili Naval Fortress
CA Salt Lake City firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at CA Salt Lake City
SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Chicago
Mili Naval Fortress firing at CA Chicago
CA Chicago firing at Mili Naval Fortress
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for CA Houston
CA Houston firing at Mili
Mili Naval Fortress firing at CL De Ruyter
CL De Ruyter firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at DD Smith
DD Smith firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at DD Shaw
DD Shaw firing at Mili Naval Fortress
DD Conyngham firing at Mili
DD Helm firing at Mili Naval Fortress
DD Walke firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at DD Walke


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Night Naval bombardment of Mili at 136,121 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

444 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Indiana, Shell hits 14
BB South Dakota, Shell hits 5
CA Louisville
CL Honolulu, Shell hits 3
CL Boise, Shell hits 1
CL St. Louis, Shell hits 1
DD Gridley
DD Craven
DD Jarvis, Shell hits 1
DD Henley
DD Mugford
DD Bagley

Japanese ground losses:
259 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 9 (2 destroyed, 7 disabled)



BB Indiana firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at BB Indiana
Mili Naval Fortress firing at BB South Dakota
BB South Dakota firing at Mili Naval Fortress
CA Louisville firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at CA Louisville
CL Honolulu firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at CL Honolulu
CL Boise firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at CL Boise
CL St. Louis firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at CL St. Louis
DD Gridley firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at DD Gridley
DD Craven firing at Mili Naval Fortress
DD Jarvis firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at DD Jarvis
DD Henley firing at Mili Naval Fortress
DD Mugford firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at DD Mugford
DD Bagley firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at DD Bagley


I didnt know about the existence of the Mili Defense Fortress....its not as all powerful as the Saipan Defense Fortress(read the "Saipan defense Fortress vs the World" post in my "In Harm's Way" AAR. Ive got quite a few banged up ships now that will need to back to port. I will port bomb the atoll for a bit before I hit it with another naval bombardment.

The heavy bombers at Tabiteuea continue to work over Maloelap and Roi-Namur and even sink SS I-26 in port at Roi-Namur.




SIGINT


SIGINT reports that elements of the 11th Division are on xAKs heading to Babeldaob while elements of the 4th and 61st Divisions are being shipped to Ponanpe. PBYs are already spotting significant IJN activity off Ponape, Kusaiae and Roi-Namur so Japan is reinforcing everything in the area after losing control of the Gilberts. The CENTPAC diversionary attack into the Gilberts and Marshalls is now working as intended.




SOPAC


XIV US Corps rests this turn and gives the isolated Japanese troops remaining on New Britain a brief respite.

A deliberate attack is ordered for next turn.

The Allied buildup continues at rabaul.




ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL IN CHINA


Ive got the situation in southern China pretty well under control now and we are even attacking Nanning this turn to take it back.

However....Ive been asleep at the wheel in northern and western China. Somehow an IJA tank division crossed the barren wastes of the Gobi Desert undetected and just captured a virtually undefended Lanchow:


Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 8626 troops, 135 guns, 626 vehicles, Assault Value = 374

Defending force 1866 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 40

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Japanese adjusted assault: 568

Allied adjusted defense: 37

Japanese assault odds: 15 to 1 (fort level 3)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Lanchow !!!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
I-16-III: 3 destroyed
I-15-III: 6 destroyed

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


Allied ground losses:
649 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 17 disabled
Non Combat: 18 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 11 (9 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Assaulting units:
3rd Tank Division

Defending units:
8th Chinese Base Force



Not sure what to say except that I blew it here. I used to have a pretty substantial Chinese army in western China but I pulled out and sent it to Sian in the desperate attempt to recapture that base a few months ago. Then I sort of forgot about these troops and then they were sent to the east of Sian to threaten Tsiaotso...and they are ordered to attack there next turn. Dave threatened Nanyang and drew my Sian garrison to the east so there are virtually no significant Allied ground forces from Kungchang all the way to Alma Alta in the USSR. And it will now take a few days for the Sian garrison to even make it back to Sian.

Im pulling the 5500 AV Chinese army at Sinyang back to Nanyang and Sian and troops from Chungking and all over China are now being marched to the west.

With one fell swoop Dave has captured our oil and refineries in the west and his troops will be able to rampage for a few weeks here before we can get significant forces into the region.




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RE: ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL IN CHINA - 8/1/2012 7:24:52 PM   
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That is one thing about Dave... you feel you are getting upper hand and than he just becomes octopussy and grabs something.

Well.. that is why I like to play againts him.. you never can be too sure until it is over.

On a brighter note.. you are doing fine in this campaign and really making steady progress.

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RE: ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL IN CHINA - 8/3/2012 4:09:16 AM   
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aztez....I agree with your observations. Leave Dave a crack open and he will drive an army through it.



5/23-5/24/43



SUBS


SS I-3 is hit by 9 DCs from an USN ASW TF near Nanumea.

SS Peto sinks SC CHa-30 off Hakodate.



CENTPAC


Tabiteuea completes a level 6 AF.

Makin completes a level 1 port.


USN surface Tfs and the CVEs pull back to the cover of Tabiteuea. Additional VMF and VMSB squadrons are flown into the Gilberts to make up for the departure of the Allied fast carriers.

Allied amphibious TFs head back to Noumea and Luganville to reload.



SOPAC


XIV US Corps launches 2 more attacks against the surrounded Japanese troops outside of Rabaul:


Ground combat at 105,125 (near Rabaul)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19643 troops, 333 guns, 364 vehicles, Assault Value = 691

Defending force 8000 troops, 35 guns, 6 vehicles, Assault Value = 36

Allied adjusted assault: 348

Japanese adjusted defense: 49

Allied assault odds: 7 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1141 casualties reported
Squads: 37 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 29 destroyed, 70 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (5 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 2


Allied ground losses:
44 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
25th Infantry Division
22nd Marine Regiment
8th NZ Brigade

Defending units:
18th Naval Guard Unit
41st Naval Guard Unit
63rd Naval Guard Unit
19th Naval Guard Unit
35th Fld AA Bn /2
16th AA Regiment
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
Yokosuka 5th SNLF /2
46th Naval Guard Unit
Maizuru 1st SNLF /2
5th Air Defense AA Regiment
23rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
65th Naval Guard Unit
8th Indpt SNLF Coy
15th Base Force
87th Naval Guard Unit
55th Field AA Battalion
86th Naval Guard Unit
1st Fleet
6th JNAF Coy /1
5th Base Force /3
I/84th Naval Guard Unit
51st Air Defense AA Rgt /1



Ground combat at 105,125 (near Rabaul)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19633 troops, 333 guns, 364 vehicles, Assault Value = 688

Defending force 7106 troops, 27 guns, 6 vehicles, Assault Value = 27

Allied adjusted assault: 284

Japanese adjusted defense: 28

Allied assault odds: 10 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
804 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 19 destroyed, 93 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
29 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
25th Infantry Division
22nd Marine Regiment
8th NZ Brigade

Defending units:
6th JNAF Coy /1
1st Fleet
87th Naval Guard Unit
19th Naval Guard Unit
46th Naval Guard Unit
16th AA Regiment
65th Naval Guard Unit
18th Naval Guard Unit
5th Air Defense AA Regiment
Yokosuka 5th SNLF /2
55th Field AA Battalion
23rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
63rd Naval Guard Unit
86th Naval Guard Unit
41st Naval Guard Unit
I/84th Naval Guard Unit
15th Base Force
5th Base Force /3
Maizuru 1st SNLF /2
51st Air Defense AA Rgt /1



The former 40,000 strong Japanese garrison at Rabaul is at the end of its rope.



CBI



IJA armor exploits its breakout at Lanchow in all directions.

The former Chinese garrison army from western China is thrown back with heavy losses at Tsiaotso:


Ground combat at Tsiaotso (88,42)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 22464 troops, 61 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 999

Defending force 6302 troops, 57 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 261

Allied adjusted assault: 678

Japanese adjusted defense: 412

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
646 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 21 (1 destroyed, 20 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1720 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 194 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled


Assaulting units:
9th Separate Brigade
3rd Chinese/B Corps
3rd Chinese/A Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
259th Brigade
90th Chinese/A Corps
303rd Brigade
17th Chinese/A Corps
15th Chinese Corps
34th Separate Brigade
90th Chinese/C Corps
17th Group Army
18th Group Army
2nd Chinese Cavalry/A Corps

Defending units:
14th RGC Temp./A Division
14th RGC Temp./B Division
2nd Ching An Tui Brigade
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment
12th RGC Temp. Division
16th RGC Temp./A Division



Ground combat at Tsiaotso (88,42)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 21070 troops, 60 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 817

Defending force 5848 troops, 57 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 203

Allied adjusted assault: 266

Japanese adjusted defense: 553

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
573 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 69 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 9 (5 destroyed, 4 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1453 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 192 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 30 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled


Assaulting units:
17th Chinese/A Corps
90th Chinese/A Corps
9th Separate Brigade
303rd Brigade
259th Brigade
3rd Chinese/A Corps
34th Separate Brigade
3rd Chinese/B Corps
15th Chinese Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
90th Chinese/C Corps
17th Group Army
18th Group Army
2nd Chinese Cavalry/A Corps

Defending units:
2nd Ching An Tui Brigade
12th RGC Temp. Division
14th RGC Temp./B Division
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment
14th RGC Temp./A Division
16th RGC Temp./A Division



Chinese troops invest Chengchow and a recon bombardment is ordered for next turn.





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CENTPAC


The buildup continues at Makin, Abemama and Tabiteuea.

Makin enlarges its port to level 2.


The CVEs and the surface TFs at Tabiteuea withdraw another 7-8 hexes to the south as the Allied fast carriers reach port in Luganville to rearm and refuel.....I dont want to be caught flat footed here in case Dave decides to sortie KB. The CVEs and surface TFs will return to Tabiteuea when the fast carriers get back in the neighborhood.

An Allied invasion force leaves port in Noumea heading for Japanese held Baker Is.

Nearly 2 divisions of Marines and US Army troops begin assault loading at Noumea for the invasion of Tarawa.



SOPAC


XIV US Corps lands 2 more attacks on the remaining isolated IJA troops near Rabaul:


Ground combat at 105,125 (near Rabaul)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19675 troops, 333 guns, 364 vehicles, Assault Value = 693

Defending force 6524 troops, 20 guns, 5 vehicles, Assault Value = 28

Allied adjusted assault: 359

Japanese adjusted defense: 22

Allied assault odds: 16 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1200 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 129 destroyed, 78 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 19 (19 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (5 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 5



Assaulting units:
25th Infantry Division
22nd Marine Regiment
8th NZ Brigade

Defending units:
87th Naval Guard Unit
5th Base Force /3
I/84th Naval Guard Unit
55th Field AA Battalion
63rd Naval Guard Unit
5th Air Defense AA Regiment
1st Fleet
Maizuru 1st SNLF /2
19th Naval Guard Unit
65th Naval Guard Unit
15th Base Force
16th AA Regiment
41st Naval Guard Unit
Yokosuka 5th SNLF /2
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
18th Naval Guard Unit
86th Naval Guard Unit
46th Naval Guard Unit
23rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
51st Air Defense AA Rgt /1


Ground combat at 105,125 (near Rabaul)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19691 troops, 334 guns, 364 vehicles, Assault Value = 693

Defending force 5247 troops, 6 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 21

Allied adjusted assault: 262

Japanese adjusted defense: 7

Allied assault odds: 37 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
981 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 175 destroyed, 49 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units destroyed 4


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


Assaulting units:
22nd Marine Regiment
25th Infantry Division
8th NZ Brigade

Defending units:
18th Naval Guard Unit
Maizuru 1st SNLF /2
65th Naval Guard Unit
15th Base Force
46th Naval Guard Unit
41st Naval Guard Unit
86th Naval Guard Unit
1st Fleet
87th Naval Guard Unit
Yokosuka 5th SNLF /2
55th Field AA Battalion
16th AA Regiment
63rd Naval Guard Unit
5th Base Force /3
51st Air Defense AA Rgt /1



Another 10 IJA units are destroyed.


Rabaul enlarges into a level 8 AF.


Allied fast carriers refuel and rearm at Luganville. The last time the USN CVs sortied to the Gilberts only 2 1/2 VF squadrons had been upgraded to Hellcats. Now 5 VF squadrons have upgraded to Hellcats. I may not yet have quantitative superiority over KB but now I have qualitative superiority for the first time in the war. VF-71 hasnt upgraded to Hellcats as Ive frozen its squadron size at 29 AC to avoid overstacking on CV Wasp. With 36 SBDs and 18 TBFs CV Wasp now has 83 AC aboard.



WAR IN CHINA


Id better get Allied troops moving again in CENTPAC/SOPAC/SWPAC because the game is once again devolving into War in China.

Dave enlarges hits breakout at Lanchow but RAF DBs and Tenth Air Force medium bombers are hammering IJA tanks here every turn.

Dave captures Tienshui with paratroops to further isolate western China.

An IJA stack with at least 6 divisions at Kaifeng closes in on 2200 AV of Chinese troops at Chengchow.....the heavy bombers of Tenth Air Force hit the IJA troops hard at Kaifeng to cover a Chinese withdrawal to Loyang.


To the east of Kukong....Dave launches a 1:2 attack with his tank formations that is cut up by 2 Allied AT regiments and 3 SEAC armor brigades:


Ground combat at Kanhsien (81,57)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 72411 troops, 679 guns, 1001 vehicles, Assault Value = 2737

Defending force 67889 troops, 448 guns, 698 vehicles, Assault Value = 2796

Japanese adjusted assault: 853

Allied adjusted defense: 969

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
6171 casualties reported
Squads: 21 destroyed, 378 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 60 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 91 disabled
Guns lost 69 (1 destroyed, 68 disabled)
Vehicles lost 161 (20 destroyed, 141 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
4705 casualties reported
Squads: 53 destroyed, 315 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 128 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 39 disabled
Guns lost 60 (15 destroyed, 45 disabled)


Assaulting units:
1st Tank Division
37th Division
13th Division
41st Division
32nd Division
34th Division
23rd Tank Regiment
2nd Recon Battalion

Defending units:
97th Chinese/B Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
7th Chinese/A Corps
7th Chinese/B Corps
39th Chinese/B Corps
255th Armoured Brigade
31st Chinese/B Corps
254th Armoured Brigade
31st Chinese/A Corps
627th Tank Destroyer Battalion
97th Chinese/C Corps
268th Motorised Brigade
7th Chinese/C Corps
97th Chinese/A Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
39th Chinese/C Corps
69th Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese/C Corps
51st Chinese/A Corps
31st Chinese/C Corps
Y' Force
7th War Area
NCAC
57th AT Gun Regiment



Dave loses over 20% of his AFVs in one assault while not a single Allied AFV is lost. The introduction of SEAC armor here has definitely slowed the red tide and has saved Kukong from double envelopment.


To the west of Kukong.....the arrival of Chinese reinforcements forces IJA troops to withdraw to Wuchow and the IJA armor rear guard is mauled:


Ground combat at 77,56 (near Wuchow)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18920 troops, 180 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 805

Defending force 643 troops, 0 guns, 102 vehicles, Assault Value = 58

Allied adjusted assault: 625

Japanese adjusted defense: 316

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
553 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 74 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)


Assaulting units:
14th Chinese/A Corps
64th Chinese/B Corps
60th Chinese/C Corps
59th Chinese/A Corps
49th Chinese/B Corps
52nd Chinese/C Corps
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
9th Group Army
109th Tank Attack Rgt /1

Defending units:
6th Tank Regiment



Ground combat at 77,56 (near Wuchow)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18519 troops, 179 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 755

Defending force 619 troops, 0 guns, 102 vehicles, Assault Value = 55

Allied adjusted assault: 485

Japanese adjusted defense: 73

Allied assault odds: 6 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 31 (15 destroyed, 16 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Allied ground losses:
241 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 31 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units pursuing 2


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
60th Chinese/C Corps
14th Chinese/A Corps
64th Chinese/B Corps
49th Chinese/B Corps
59th Chinese/A Corps
52nd Chinese/C Corps
9th Group Army
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
109th Tank Attack Rgt /1

Defending units:
6th Tank Regiment



Im bringing up additional Chinese reinforcements here and then we will advance on Wuchow.


Farther south....the Chinese army that liberated Nanning chases the Japanese all the way back to Indochina.

Next we will try to liberate Paoshan and Kwangchowan.





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SS Stingray sinks xAK Naples Maru near Saishu.



CBI


The Japanese army at Chengchow merely bombards the Chinese defenders last turn so it looks as if we will be able to withdraw to Loyang.

IJA armor launches 2 attacks at Kungchang....it will probably fall next turn.




SOPAC


XIV US Corps launches 2 more attacks near Rabaul:


Ground combat at 105,125 (near Rabaul)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19683 troops, 334 guns, 364 vehicles, Assault Value = 693

Defending force 4291 troops, 5 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 11

Allied adjusted assault: 205

Japanese adjusted defense: 4

Allied assault odds: 51 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1627 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 282 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units destroyed 5



Assaulting units:
25th Infantry Division
22nd Marine Regiment
8th NZ Brigade

Defending units:
5th Base Force /3
63rd Naval Guard Unit
55th Field AA Battalion
1st Fleet
65th Naval Guard Unit
15th Base Force
41st Naval Guard Unit
16th AA Regiment
Yokosuka 5th SNLF /2
87th Naval Guard Unit
51st Air Defense AA Rgt /1




Ground combat at 105,125 (near Rabaul)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19691 troops, 334 guns, 364 vehicles, Assault Value = 756

Defending force 2982 troops, 5 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 5

Allied adjusted assault: 231

Japanese adjusted defense: 4

Allied assault odds: 57 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
712 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 100 destroyed, 35 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 2



Assaulting units:
22nd Marine Regiment
25th Infantry Division
34th Combat Engineer Regiment
8th NZ Brigade

Defending units:
Yokosuka 5th SNLF /2
15th Base Force
41st Naval Guard Unit
1st Fleet
51st Air Defense AA Rgt /1



I think that we should be able to mop up this pocket of Japanese troops next turn.




CENTPAC


The 7 CVs of Task Group 58 approach the Gilberts with Admiral Hill's amphibious assault TF close behind. The CVE TF will take up station again at Tabiteuea next turn.

D Day for Tarawa will be in 4 days.




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SS Guardfish sinks xAK Toyama maru off Torishima.



CBI



Chinese base forces again repel IJA armor attacks at both Kungchang and Sining.

Dave gets in one final lick on the Chhinese at Chengchow before they can withdraw to Loyang:


Ground combat at Chengchow (88,44)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 44639 troops, 334 guns, 116 vehicles, Assault Value = 1679

Defending force 49807 troops, 186 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2047

Japanese adjusted assault: 298

Allied adjusted defense: 615

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
3349 casualties reported
Squads: 59 destroyed, 238 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 16 disabled


Allied ground losses:
3775 casualties reported
Squads: 23 destroyed, 382 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled
Guns lost 24 (2 destroyed, 22 disabled)


Assaulting units:
24th NCPC Route Brigade
68th Division
RGC Capital Brigade
15th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
39th Division
105th NCPC Route Brigade
69th JAAF AF Coy
39th Ind. Engineer Regiment
11th Div /15

Defending units:
80th Chinese Corps
76th Chinese/B Corps
27th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
91st Chinese Corps
76th Chinese/A Corps
45th Chinese/C Corps
76th Chinese/C Corps


I was a bit surprised at my heavy losses here considering that Dave didnt even have 1:2 odds and there was no armor. In addition, massed Japanese bombers are hitting these troops every turn. I just cant stay in clear terrain without CAP so Loyang will be evacuated and we will retire to the forests east of Sian.

In the south....SEAC armor invests Kwangchowan and we will take that base next turn. Additional Chinese forces move on Pakhoi.



SOPAC


The last Japanese pocket on New Britain outside of Rabaul is eliminated.....Japan lost over 40,000 troops here and now Japanese ground losses are 1/3 those of the Allies....its starting to add up.

June 1 1943 is huge for the uSN.....15 AKs can now upgrade to AKAs and will be completed in 2 weeks. Thisa will increase Allied amphibious lift enormously and our amphibious campaigns will move into high gear.



CENTPAC: INVASION TARAWA.....D DAY MINUS ONE


Admiral Hill's amphib force moves into position for the invasion of Tarawa in 2 days. This invasion will be preceeded by the heaviest Allied naval bombardment of the war to date. There are about 7500 IJA troops on Tarawa and we will hit them with nearly 2 divisions.

The fast carriers of Task Group 58 will take up a covering position 4 hexes to the west of Tarawa while the CVEs will provide direct cover for the amphib transports.

PB4Y-1 Liberators will pound the Japanese level 3 AF at Mili. The Japanese level 4 AFs at Roi-namur and Maloelap are still both smoking ruins.




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CENTPAC: D-DAY AT TARAWA



Compared to the assault on Makin....the invasion of Tarawa quickly goes FUBAR. Only 1 bombardment TF out of 6 actually bombards the atoll:


Night Naval bombardment of Tarawa at 136,128

Allied Ships
BB Arizona
BB West Virginia
DD John D. Ford
DD Doyle
DD Carmick

Japanese ground losses:
262 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 15 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)



Airbase hits 7
Airbase supply hits 10
Runway hits 18

OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Arizona
BB Arizona firing at Tarawa
BB West Virginia firing at Tarawa
DD John D. Ford firing at Tarawa
DD Doyle firing at Tarawa
DD Carmick firing at Tarawa




I will need to check the file when I get it back from Dave to see what happened here. Another 100+ SBDs on Abemama fail to ground bomb the IJA defenders on Tarawa. The heavy bombers on Tabiteuea pound both Mili and Tarawa and the TBFs from the CVEs hit Tarawa.


On D-Day....Admiral Hill droips 5 regiments and 2 tank battalions on the shell pocked atoll:


Pre-Invasion action off Tarawa (136,128)

81 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-983
LST-338
DD Tjerk Hiddes
LST-469
LSI(L) Australia Star


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


SC-983 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 6,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Tarawa (136,128)

TF 297 troops unloading over beach at Tarawa, 136,128



Pre-Invasion action off Tarawa (136,128)

82 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Trenton
CL Richmond
DD Whipple
DD Litchfield
APA Cambria


Allied ground losses:
24 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


CL Trenton firing at Ichiki Det.
CL Richmond firing at Ichiki Det.
DD Whipple firing at 4th Division
DD Litchfield firing at 4th Division
DD Whipple fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 4,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Tarawa (136,128)

TF 425 troops unloading over beach at Tarawa, 136,128


Allied ground losses:
50 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 9 (0 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Vehicles lost 15 (2 destroyed, 13 disabled)


10 Support troops lost in surf during unload of 182nd Infantry Rgt /3
Motorized Support lost from landing craft during unload of 6th Marine Rgt /2
Motorized Support damaged beyond repair during unload of 193rd Tank Bn /3


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Invasion Support action off Tarawa (136,128)

36 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-983
LST-469
DD Tjerk Hiddes
LSI(L) Australia Star
LST-338


Allied ground losses:
10 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


SC-983 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Invasion Support action off Tarawa (136,128)

42 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Trenton
CL Richmond
APA Cambria
DD Whipple


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


CL Richmond firing at 4th Division
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


Invasion Support action off Tarawa (136,128)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

11 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-983
LST-338
LST-469



SC-983 fired at enemy troops


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Invasion Support action off Tarawa (136,128)

40 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
APA Cambria
DD Whipple


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


Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards



I brought a lot more to the party here than I did at Makin and my troops were just as prepped with a ridiculous amount of oversupply but I got some bad die rolls and only managed a 5:1 attack:


Ground combat at Tarawa (136,128)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 18371 troops, 397 guns, 482 vehicles, Assault Value = 741

Defending force 4261 troops, 55 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 160

Allied adjusted assault: 138

Japanese adjusted defense: 46

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 5)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
1486 casualties reported
Squads: 53 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 12 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 24 (17 destroyed, 7 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1460 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 270 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 47 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 54 disabled
Guns lost 71 (6 destroyed, 65 disabled)
Vehicles lost 62 (1 destroyed, 61 disabled)


Assaulting units:
1st USMC Corps Tank Battalion
193rd Tank Battalion
5th Marine Regiment
7th Marine Regiment
185th Infantry Regiment
182nd Infantry Regiment
6th Marine Rgt /5

Defending units:
4th Div /4
Ichiki Det.
III/84th Naval Guard Unit
51st Naval Guard Unit
61st Nav Gd /3
7th Naval Construction Battalion




As darkness descends over the atoll the situation is still in doubt. Allied losses here are extraordinarily high as apparently we lose the equivalent of 2 regiments in 1 attack.


Other CENTPAC troops capture Baker Is. this turn.


B-25D1s based at Makin pound IJN shipping in the Marshalls:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Kwajalein Island at 132,115

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 11


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Banshu Maru, Shell hits 9, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAKL Etashima Maru, Shell hits 8
xAK Ryoyo Maru, Shell hits 8, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Yuzuki



Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level *
Naval Attack: 3 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Kwajalein Island at 132,115

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Shirashika Maru
xAKL Etashima Maru, Shell hits 2, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level *
Naval Attack: 3 x 500 lb SAP Bomb





SS Halibut gets an interesting interception on an IJN surface TF in the Marshalls:


Sub attack near Ebadon at 130,113

Japanese Ships
CA Kako
CA Takao
CL Tama
CL Nagara
DD Samidare
DD Harusame
DD Kikuzuki
DD Nenohi

Allied Ships
SS Halibut



SS Halibut launches 4 torpedoes at CA Kako
Halibut diving deep ....
DD Kikuzuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Nenohi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Nenohi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Nenohi attacking submerged sub ....
DD Nenohi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Nenohi fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub



Evidently Dave was planning to intercept some Allied supply convoys in the Gilberts.




CBI


IJA armor finally captures Kungchang.

IJA troops are again repulsed at Sining.

SEAC armor captures Kwangchowan in southern China.



SOPAC


Kavieng enlarges its AF to level 6 and Rabaul enlarges its AF to the magic 9 level.

This theatre will again become active after CENTPAC has completed its operations in the Gilberts.









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CBI



I tried to sneak an xAKL with supplies into Rangoon but the Kates were waiting for them:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Rangoon at 53,54

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 12



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 10
Hurricane XIIb x 4


Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 5 destroyed, 2 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
xAKL Chaksang, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
YMS BYMS-2043, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk



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

CAP engaged:
No.111 Sqn RCAF with Hurricane XIIb (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 36000
Raid is overhead
No.67 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (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 35600
Raid is overhead
No.146 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (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 35600
Raid is overhead



Im still moving BFs from India into Burma and willneed morer airpower around Rangoon before we can resume resupply by sea.


Lots of manuever in China.

Chinese troops just invested Wuchow this turn and will attempt to recapture the base in 2 turns. It looks like Dave is moving on Changsha via Pingsiang so Im railing nearly 2000 AV of SEAC troops to Hengyeng.

Up north....Chinese troops close in on the IJA paratroopers holding Tienshui.

IJA armor is again repelled at Sining and now long range transport AC will airlift SEAC troops from Tuyun into Sining. Im starting to think that I can actually hold on to Sining now until Chinese reinforcements arrive from the south.



CENTPAC: TARAWA IS CAPTURED


Im not sure why multiple Allied bombardment TFs didnt sail the previous turn and why Allied bombers were mostly grounded but this turn everything in the Allied arsenal hit Tarawa:


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jun 04, 43
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Invasion Support action off Tarawa (136,128)

17 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
APA Cambria
DD Whipple



Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Invasion Support action off Tarawa (136,128)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

26 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-983
LST-338
LST-469
LSI(L) Australia Star



SC-983 fired at enemy troops


Night Naval bombardment of Tarawa at 136,128

Allied Ships
BB Arizona
BB West Virginia
DD John D. Ford
DD Doyle
DD Carmick

Japanese ground losses:
302 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 2 disabled



Airbase hits 6
Runway hits 4
Port hits 1
Port supply hits 1

OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Arizona
BB Arizona firing at Ichiki Det.
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB West Virginia
BB West Virginia firing at Tarawa
DD John D. Ford firing at Tarawa
DD Doyle firing at Tarawa
DD Carmick firing at Tarawa


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Night Naval bombardment of Tarawa at 136,128

Allied Ships
BB Idaho
BB Colorado
CL Achilles
DD Isaac Sweers
DD Arunta
DD Stuart

Japanese ground losses:
176 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 12 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (2 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)



Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 24
Port hits 5
Port supply hits 1

BB Idaho firing at Tarawa
BB Colorado firing at Tarawa
CL Achilles firing at Tarawa
DD Isaac Sweers firing at 51st Naval Guard Unit
DD Arunta firing at Tarawa
DD Stuart firing at Tarawa


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Night Naval bombardment of Tarawa at 136,128

Allied Ships
BB Mississippi
BB New Mexico
CL Nashville
DD Van Galen
DD Parrott
DD Tucker
DD Cushing

Japanese ground losses:
114 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 15 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (4 destroyed, 2 disabled)



Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 20
Port hits 4
Port supply hits 2

BB Mississippi firing at Tarawa
BB New Mexico firing at Tarawa
CL Nashville firing at Tarawa
DD Van Galen firing at Tarawa
DD Parrott firing at Tarawa
DD Tucker firing at Tarawa
DD Cushing firing at Tarawa


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Night Naval bombardment of Tarawa at 136,128

Allied Ships
BB Indiana
BB South Dakota
CA Louisville
CL Honolulu
CL Boise
CL St. Louis
DD Gridley
DD Craven
DD Jarvis
DD Henley
DD Mugford
DD Bagley

Japanese ground losses:
127 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 35
Port hits 11
Port supply hits 2

BB Indiana firing at Tarawa
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB South Dakota
BB South Dakota firing at 51st Naval Guard Unit
CA Louisville firing at Tarawa
CL Honolulu firing at Tarawa
CL Boise firing at Tarawa
CL St. Louis firing at Tarawa
DD Gridley firing at Ichiki Det.
DD Craven firing at Tarawa
DD Jarvis firing at Tarawa
DD Henley firing at Tarawa
DD Mugford firing at Tarawa
DD Bagley firing at Tarawa


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Night Naval bombardment of Tarawa at 136,128

Allied Ships
CA Canberra
CA Australia
CA Northampton
CA Indianapolis
CL Detroit
CL Perth
DD Flusser
DD Preston
DD Anderson
DD Bailey

Japanese ground losses:
Guns lost 10 (5 destroyed, 5 disabled)



Airbase hits 7
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 21
Port hits 5
Port supply hits 3

CA Canberra firing at Tarawa
Seagull V acting as spotter for CA Australia
CA Australia firing at 4th Division
CA Northampton firing at Tarawa
CA Indianapolis firing at Tarawa
CL Detroit firing at Tarawa
CL Perth firing at Tarawa
DD Flusser firing at Tarawa
DD Preston firing at Tarawa
DD Anderson firing at Tarawa
DD Bailey firing at Ichiki Det.


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Invasion Support action off Tarawa (136,128)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

18 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-983
LSI(L) Australia Star
LST-338
LST-469



SC-983 fired at enemy troops


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Invasion Support action off Tarawa (136,128)

17 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
APA Cambria
DD Whipple


Allied ground losses:
19 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Invasion Support action off Tarawa (136,128)

15 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
APA Cambria
DD Whipple


Allied ground losses:
13 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


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Invasion Support action off Tarawa (136,128)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

15 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-983
LST-338
LSI(L) Australia Star



SC-983 fired at enemy troops



Morning Air attack on 51st Naval Guard Unit, at 136,128 (Tarawa)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 12
F4F-4 Wildcat x 127
TBF-1 Avenger x 26


Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 2 damaged

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



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking III/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking III/84th Naval Guard Unit ...


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Morning Air attack on 51st Naval Guard Unit, at 136,128 (Tarawa)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 4
F4F-4 Wildcat x 116
F4U-1 Corsair x 26
SBD-3 Dauntless x 59


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
117 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
7 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
12 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
8 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
13 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
3 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
3 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking Ichiki Det. ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking Ichiki Det. ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking Ichiki Det. ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking Ichiki Det. ...


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Morning Air attack on 51st Naval Guard Unit, at 136,128 (Tarawa)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 11
F4F-4 Wildcat x 133
TBF-1 Avenger x 41


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
16 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
17 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 51st Naval Guard Unit, at 136,128 (Tarawa)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 19
F4F-3 Wildcat x 5
F4F-4 Wildcat x 109
F4U-1 Corsair x 6
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 30


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
161 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 51st Naval Guard Unit, at 136,128 (Tarawa)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 14
F4F-4 Wildcat x 113
F4U-1 Corsair x 10
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 12


Allied aircraft losses
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 damaged

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



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 51st Naval Guard Unit, at 136,128 (Tarawa)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 4
F4F-3 Wildcat x 7
F4F-4 Wildcat x 103
F4U-1 Corsair x 3
PV-1 Ventura x 9


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
23 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 7000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb



Afternoon Air attack on III/84th Naval Guard Unit, at 136,128 (Tarawa)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 121
F4U-1 Corsair x 26
SBD-3 Dauntless x 25
SBD-5 Dauntless x 24


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
109 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
12 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
1 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
9 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
3 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
8 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking Ichiki Det. ...
Also attacking III/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking Ichiki Det. ...
Also attacking III/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking Ichiki Det. ...
Also attacking III/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking Ichiki Det. ...
Also attacking III/84th Naval Guard Unit ...



By the end of the day the Japanese troops are too stunned to put up further resistance:


Ground combat at Tarawa (136,128)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 2113 troops, 29 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 34

Defending force 16637 troops, 408 guns, 486 vehicles, Assault Value = 471

Japanese ground losses:
670 casualties reported
Squads: 42 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 7 (4 destroyed, 3 disabled)



Assaulting units:
Ichiki Det.
51st Naval Guard Unit
III/84th Naval Guard Unit
61st Nav Gd /3

Defending units:
185th Infantry Regiment
1st USMC Corps Tank Battalion
7th Marine Regiment
193rd Tank Battalion
182nd Infantry Regiment
5th Marine Regiment
6th Marine Regiment


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Ground combat at Tarawa (136,128)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 16637 troops, 408 guns, 486 vehicles, Assault Value = 471

Defending force 1597 troops, 24 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 15

Allied adjusted assault: 315

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 315 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Tarawa !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
1644 casualties reported
Squads: 93 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 162 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 24 (24 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 4


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


Assaulting units:
193rd Tank Battalion
5th Marine Regiment
182nd Infantry Regiment
185th Infantry Regiment
1st USMC Corps Tank Battalion
7th Marine Regiment
6th Marine Regiment

Defending units:
51st Naval Guard Unit
Ichiki Det.
III/84th Naval Guard Unit
61st Nav Gd /3



This completes CENTPAC's Gilberts Campaign. Tabiteuea and Abemama will be used to base heavy bombers for attacks on the Marshalls while Tarawa and Makin will house the Allied tactical and medium bombers.

CENTPAC troops have been prepping for the southern Marshalls for nearly 50 days so CENTPAC should resume offensive operations in the Marshalls by late summer.

Its time to turn our attention to another theatre while CENTPAC builds up in the Gilberts for the Marshalls campaign.

The Allied fast carriers and bombardment TFs return to their bases this turn at Luganville and Noumea while the CVEs stay behind at Tarawa to cover unloading ops. The CVEs will head back to port after next turn.





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RE: INVASION TARAWA - 8/13/2012 9:22:06 AM   
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Whew Adm Spruance looks like you didn't give Tarawa a "haircut" as much as a shave!

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RE: THE STORM ARRIVES - 8/14/2012 7:25:49 PM   
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nicwb.....Its "Spruance haircuts"in the Pacific and "Burma shaves" in the CBI...LOL. The haircuts are very important in atoll invasions as you only have 1-2 turns to capture the base before the supply limitations really start to take effect. Dave currently has nearly 9000 troops stacked on Roi-Namur which is a 6000 troops limit atoll. I will need to isolate Roi-Namur for some time to starve the defenders out from being overstacked and then that atoll will probably undergo the heaviest naval bombardment of the war as I will need to land 15,000- 20,000 troops to capture it and even if I land 50,000 supplies on D-day(thank goodness for the LSTs) I will very quickly exhaust my supplies.



6/6-6/9/43



CENTPAC


The AF and port on Tarawa are quickly repaired and F4F-4s and SBD-3s are staged in. Makin enlages to a level 4 AF.

PB4Y-1 Liberators on Tabiteuea pound the level 4 AF at Maloelap while SBDs and TBFs on Abemama, Makin and Tarawa hit the Japanese at Mili.

CVE Chenango completes minor repairs at her emergency berth at tabiteuea harbor and she will now be sent back to Sydney to complete repair of her 40 FLT damage.

Except for some ASW TFs and some small supply TFs....the Allies naval forces have now largely withdrawn from the waters around the Gilberts.





SOPAC


Amphib transports make it back to Noumea for repairs and maintenance while the fast carriers reach port at Luganville and take on fuel, armaments and AC replacements.

The CVEs will be back in port at Luganville next turn for replacements and maintenance.

Many of the BBs, CAs and CLs of the bombardment TFs now require repairs and maintenance from the Gilberts Campaign. Most of the combatant ships will rest and repair at Noumea but the more heavily damaged ones(from the Mili Naval fortress) will be sent to Sydney and Auckland and will miss out on the next SOPAC offensive.



CBI


The Allies retake Wuchow in southern China:

Ground combat at Wuchow (76,57)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 35283 troops, 285 guns, 92 vehicles, Assault Value = 1392

Defending force 746 troops, 9 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 33

Allied adjusted assault: 1233

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 1233 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Wuchow !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
960 casualties reported
Squads: 35 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 23 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 12 (12 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 2


Allied ground losses:
82 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
59th Chinese/A Corps
14th Chinese/A Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
100th Chinese/B Corps
60th Chinese/C Corps
56th Chinese/B Corps
64th Chinese/B Corps
Gardner's Horse Regiment
46th Chinese/A Corps
52nd Chinese/C Corps
14th Group Army
16th Group Army
9th Group Army
12th Group Army
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
109th Tank Attack Rgt /1

Defending units:
20th RGC/A Division
20th RGC/B Division


The Japanese were stopped cold outside Kanhsien and have largely withdrawn towards the coast. The Japanese threat to Kukong has been eliminated. Chinese troops retake Pinsiang and IJA advance units in the area are withdrawn.


With the threat to Kukong removed.....the Allies have nearly 1400 AV in Wuchow and another 2000 AV east of Kukong that can both advance on Canton. Recon is showing only 1 IJA LCU in Canton but I suspect that the recon report is inaccurate. Also....Dave has shown a tendency to use naval transports to move troops by river into Canton. Still we will advance on Canton both from Wuchow and Kukong and see what develops.

Farther north.....the Chinese retake Nanyang as it exchanes hands for the umpteenth time ion the war:

Ground combat at Nanyang (85,45)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 26939 troops, 168 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1177

Defending force 372 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 18

Allied adjusted assault: 914

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 914 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Nanyang !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
442 casualties reported
Squads: 17 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 23 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Allied ground losses:
51 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
19th Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
9th Chinese Corps
55th Chinese/C Corps
1st War Area
8th Group Army

Defending units:
14th RGC Temp./C Division


The 2000 AV Chinese army in Loyang should successfully withdraw to the forests east of Sian before the onrushing Japanese.



In the desperate battle for western China.....the long ranged C-87 Liberators based at Tuyun continue to airlift SEAC troops into Sining and Japanese armor is thrown back once again. The Red Chinese Army....led by none other than General Mao Tse-teung.... prepares to assault the Japanese paratroops garrisoning Tienshui. I will be staging most of the medium bombers from the RAF and Tenth Air Force in India to central China to assist in the counterattacks in western China.

Meanwhile.....tens of thousands of SEAC and Chinese reinporcements march across central China to reinforce in the west.




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ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL IN CHINA - 8/18/2012 7:25:47 AM   
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CENTPAC


PB4Y-1 Liberators hammer Mili AF and port.

Avengers destroy IJN shipping at Maloelap.

Virtually all Allied shipping has withdrawn from this theatre.



SWPAC


Fifth Air Force continues to hammer Japanese AFs at Aitape and Wewak.

P-38s sweep Japanese AFs at Sarmi, Aitape and Wewak and destroy 23 Tojos with no losses.

B-25D1s hit IJN shipping off Aitape:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Aitape at 95,118

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 8
P-40K Warhawk x 12


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
LB-135, Shell hits 8, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
LB-133, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb





CBI


Lots of action here in China. Dave tries to surround the Chinese and we try to surround the Japanese on the Indochinese border and outside Nanning.

Dave bombards at outside Nanning and at Tsiaotso to recon Chinese troop levels:


Ground combat at Tsiaotso (88,42)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 22887 troops, 197 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 1809

Defending force 22378 troops, 60 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 798



Assaulting units:
27th Division
2nd Ching An Tui Brigade
12th RGC Temp. Division
14th RGC Temp./A Division
22nd Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment
14th RGC Temp./B Division
68th Division
29th/A Division
16th RGC Temp./A Division

Defending units:
8th New Chinese Corps
259th Brigade
34th Separate Brigade
303rd Brigade
3rd Chinese/A Corps
15th Chinese/B Corps
15th Chinese/A Corps
90th Chinese/A Corps
9th Separate Brigade
17th Chinese/A Corps
3rd Chinese/B Corps
90th Chinese/C Corps
15th Chinese/C Corps
17th Group Army
18th Group Army


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Ground combat at 71,56 (near Lang Son)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 25494 troops, 251 guns, 69 vehicles, Assault Value = 1045

Defending force 22226 troops, 116 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 919


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


Assaulting units:
10th Tank Regiment
38th Division
11th Division
III/81st Naval Guard Unit

Defending units:
100th Chinese/A Corps
14th Chinese/B Corps
71st Chinese/B Corps
54th Chinese/A Corps
49th Chinese/A Corps
54th Chinese/B Corps
21st Group Army



We should be able to hold off the Japanese near Lang Son as both Dave and I attempt to envelope each other. Tsiaotso may be lost though it is inconsequential to the overall Chinese defenses.


Allied transport AC continue to airlift troops into Sining and we now have nearly 100 AV there....the Japanese offensive here is now finished.


Meanwhile....Chinese troops outside of Loyang counterattack and annihilate an IJA armor regiment:


Ground combat at 86,43 (near Loyang)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 51213 troops, 222 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1902

Defending force 330 troops, 0 guns, 50 vehicles, Assault Value = 28

Allied adjusted assault: 863

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 863 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender:
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 56 (56 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
133 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
115th Red Chinese Division
76th Chinese/B Corps
27th Chinese Corps
76th Chinese/C Corps
45th Chinese/C Corps
76th Chinese/A Corps
80th Chinese Corps
45th Chinese/B Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
91st Chinese Corps
56th Chinese/A Corps

Defending units:
15th Tank Regiment


As Ive said several times before the only way to deal with Jap armor (besides massing AT guns) is to shock attack them in clear terrain...however in this instance a simple deliberate attack was enough.



IJA armor is repulsed by Chinese BFs in the mountains near Kungchang:



Ground combat at 81,37 (near Kungchang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 2913 troops, 51 guns, 211 vehicles, Assault Value = 130

Defending force 2113 troops, 13 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 27

Japanese adjusted assault: 55

Allied adjusted defense: 64

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
56 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


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


Assaulting units:
3rd Tank/A Division

Defending units:
6th Chinese Base Force
8th Chinese Base Force



Next door at Tienshui 1600 AV of the Chinese Red Army will shock attack IJA paratroops next turn....they have been hammered by Allied airpower the last 2 turns and I expect an easy overrun followed up by Allied explotation into Kunchang and beyond.

Its time for the Allies to retake western China.






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6/12-6/14/43



PACIFIC COMMANDS


The AKs upgrading at Noumea will complete their conversion to AKAs this turn and then the following turn we will begin loading troops for the next round of amphibious assaults.


The fast carriers and the CVEs will wrap up their reprovisioning and repairs at Luganville next turn.


CV Essex traverses the Panama Canal and heads out into the vast expanses of the south Pacific. CV Essex will usher in a new era for the US Navy as we will finally achieve quantitative superiority to go along with our qualitative superiority.

CVE Anzio is completed at Portland and she heads out into the north Pacific to join up with the rest of the fleet.




CBI: MECHANIZED WAR IN CHINA


Battles rage across China from nearly the Soviet border in the extreme west to the Indochinese border in the extreme south.


Western China first.......Mao Tse-teung's Red Chinese army overruns the IJA paratroops holding the important road junction of Tienshui:

Ground combat at Tienshui (81,38)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 39645 troops, 221 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1676

Defending force 61 troops, 8 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 4

Allied adjusted assault: 873

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 873 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Tienshui !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
86 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 10 (10 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


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


Assaulting units:
16th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese/A Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
55th Chinese/A Corps
5th New Chinese/B Corps
55th Chinese/B Corps
Red Chinese Army
34th Group Army
36th Group Army

Defending units:
Yokosuka 3rd SNLF /3



Now the 1600 AV of the Red Chinese and another 2000 AV of Nationalist Chinese and Australians will advance on western China to retake Lanchow and get the oil and refineries back on line to supply Sian.


Transport AC continue to airlift a multinational force of Australians, canadians and Chindits into Sining and that base is now secure:



Ground combat at Sining (80,32)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 2367 troops, 41 guns, 204 vehicles, Assault Value = 100

Defending force 3278 troops, 42 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 127



Assaulting units:
3rd Tank/C Division

Defending units:
77th Chindit Bde /2
16th Canadian Bde /2
7th Australian/C Div /2
5th Chinese Base Force




Meanwhile......2 squadrons of B-25s are staged into Hami near the Soviet border and they they just absolutely decimate the Japanese tankettes out in the open at Kiuchuan......it sort of shows what Rommel was up against when his panzers were hit by Allied airpower in the open desert of North Africa without aircover. When the B-25s are done the Japanese tankettes are repulsed by Chinese construction engineers in a scene out of John Wayne's "Fighting Seabees":



Ground combat at Kiuchuan (82,26)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 217 troops, 0 guns, 31 vehicles, Assault Value = 12

Defending force 744 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 5

Japanese adjusted assault: 10

Allied adjusted defense: 9

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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



Assaulting units:
31st Tankette Co

Defending units:
4th Construction Regiment




Ground combat at Kiuchuan (82,26)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 177 troops, 0 guns, 30 vehicles, Assault Value = 7

Defending force 739 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 5

Japanese adjusted assault: 0

Allied adjusted defense: 9

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 99 (fort level 0)

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


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


Assaulting units:
31st Tankette Co

Defending units:
4th Construction Regiment


Canadian troops will be flown into Kiuchuan next turn to augment the Chinese construction workers. This represents the high water mark for Japan in China. The Japanese offensive in nthe west has been contained and now the Allies will slowly take it all back.


In central China Dave continues to bombard away at Tsiaotso:



Ground combat at Tsiaotso (88,42)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 49828 troops, 399 guns, 84 vehicles, Assault Value = 2758

Defending force 22474 troops, 60 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 813



Assaulting units:
14th RGC Temp./B Division
22nd Division
68th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
29th/A Division
39th Division
2nd Ching An Tui Brigade
12th RGC Temp. Division
15th Division
27th Division
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment
14th RGC Temp./A Division
16th RGC Temp./A Division

Defending units:
303rd Brigade
8th New Chinese Corps
9th Separate Brigade
90th Chinese/C Corps
34th Separate Brigade
15th Chinese/B Corps
15th Chinese/A Corps
259th Brigade
90th Chinese/A Corps
17th Chinese/A Corps
3rd Chinese/B Corps
3rd Chinese/A Corps
15th Chinese/C Corps
17th Group Army
18th Group Army



Dave has massed most of his IJA forces in central China here and now Im just realizing that my troops probably cannot retreat...I should have tried to retake Loyang to open up an escape but now its too late....The IJA tank regiment that was destroyed last turn was a sacrifice to prevent Chinese troops from breaking the encirclement and now the 800 AV of Chinese troops will be soon overrun.


Ive been distracted by the violent fighting and manuever occurring in extreme SE China.


Dave is trying to surround another Chinese army on the Indochinese border:

Ground combat at 71,56 (near Lang Son)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 25923 troops, 248 guns, 210 vehicles, Assault Value = 1095

Defending force 22218 troops, 116 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 918

Japanese adjusted assault: 588

Allied adjusted defense: 1285

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
1076 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 114 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Vehicles lost 19 (2 destroyed, 17 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
889 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 95 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled


Assaulting units:
10th Tank Regiment
11th Division
38th Division
9th Tank Regiment
III/81st Naval Guard Unit

Defending units:
54th Chinese/A Corps
100th Chinese/A Corps
14th Chinese/B Corps
49th Chinese/A Corps
71st Chinese/B Corps
54th Chinese/B Corps
21st Group Army



Next door another Chinese force trying to relieve the surrounded troops on the border is hit by the IJA 18th Division:


Ground combat at 72,56 (near Nanning)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 12512 troops, 123 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 445

Defending force 7189 troops, 31 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 298

Japanese adjusted assault: 40

Allied adjusted defense: 69

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: disruption(-), fatigue(-), experience(-)
Attacker: leaders(-), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
681 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 48 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Allied ground losses:
415 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 75 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Assaulting units:
18th Division

Defending units:
200th Chinese Division
2nd Chinese Cavalry/C Corps



Virtually all of RAF and Tenth Air Force medium and heavy bombers are in China and next turn most of them will hit the IJA 18th Division next turn. Just to the south of this hex another IJA division and an Indian tank regiment face off but neither side launches an attack as both sides try to march in reinforcements.

Just to the NE of the IJA 18th Division...some 700 AV of American and Australian troops have arrived at Nanning....with another 1200 AV of SEAC troops right behind them.........and they will shock attack across the river from Nanning into the IJA 18th Division in 2 turns. The future of the IJA 18th Division looks very violent.

Its quiet now around Kukong after SEAC anti-tank regiments and tank destroyers stopped the Japanese armor dead in their tracks. Now that Wuchow has been retaken by the Chinese the Japanese troops in the area are hunkered down in Canton.....and my previous recon that showed there was only 1 LCU in Canton was wrong as now we see 18 LCUs there so the attack on Canton has been cancelled.

Three Indian tank brigades supported by Chinese infantry are begining to make a sweep are Japanese held coastal cities in south central China.

The war in China has definitely changed form the 1942 model that had IJA tank formations running circles around the slow Chinese infantry. Now SEAC armor and mechanized formations are about to engage in a swirling battle all across southern China as they finally reach the front lines. Dave and I are engaged in a battle of manuever here with massed airpower that feels more like the Russo-German war on the eastern front than War in the Pacific. Its actually a lot of fun.




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SS Balao puts a torpedo in TK San Clemente Maru near Fukue-jima.

SS Permit sinks xAKL Tamaki Maru near Balikpappan.

SS Permit sinks xAKL Hakuyo Maru by Donggala.




PACIFIC COMMANDS



The AKAs complete their upgrades.

Thousands of Allied troops board assault transports at Noumea and Luganville for the next amphibious leap forward.

CVL Independence arrives at Balboa and heads out to join the fleet.



CBI


After a 1:1 and two 3:1 assaults Japanese troops finally kick the Chinese out of Tsiaotso:



Ground combat at Tsiaotso (88,42)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 37518 troops, 328 guns, 155 vehicles, Assault Value = 2497

Defending force 18291 troops, 57 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 393

Japanese adjusted assault: 796

Allied adjusted defense: 211

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1

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

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


Allied ground losses:
6366 casualties reported
Squads: 294 destroyed, 51 disabled
Non Combat: 244 destroyed, 74 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 13


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
39th/B Division
15th Division
2nd Ching An Tui Brigade
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
68th/B Division
39th/A Division
12th RGC Temp. Division
68th/C Division
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment
29th/A Division
27th Division
22nd Division
39th/C Division
68th/A Division
14th RGC Temp. Division
16th RGC Temp./A Division

Defending units:
303rd Brigade
9th Separate Brigade
34th Separate Brigade
259th Brigade
8th New Chinese Corps
90th Chinese/A Corps
3rd Chinese/B Corps
17th Chinese/A Corps
90th Chinese/C Corps
17th Group Army
15th Chinese Corps
18th Group Army
3rd Chinese/A Corps


Both sides have been heavily attritioned here.....especially the Chinese.....but they are able to retreat towards Nanyang.


The Red Chinese Army closes in on Kungchang.

Out west....Allied transport AC continue to fly reinforcements into Sining and Kiuchuan:


Ground combat at Sining (80,32)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 2520 troops, 42 guns, 206 vehicles, Assault Value = 236

Defending force 4006 troops, 55 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 149



Assaulting units:
3rd Tank/B Division
3rd Tank/C Division

Defending units:
16th Canadian Bde /2
77th Chindit Bde /2
7th Australian/C Div /2
5th Chinese Base Force



In the south....Japan continues to attack the Chinese garrison cut off on the Indochinese border:



Ground combat at 71,56 (near Lang Son)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 25726 troops, 248 guns, 300 vehicles, Assault Value = 1014

Defending force 21688 troops, 116 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 852

Japanese adjusted assault: 708

Allied adjusted defense: 1239

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
2082 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 111 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 29 disabled
Guns lost 15 (3 destroyed, 12 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
837 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 128 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled


Assaulting units:
38th Division
11th Division
10th Tank Regiment
7th Tank Regiment
III/81st Naval Guard Unit

Defending units:
54th Chinese/A Corps
49th Chinese/A Corps
71st Chinese/B Corps
14th Chinese/B Corps
100th Chinese/A Corps
54th Chinese/B Corps
21st Group Army



Next door.....Allied forces attack in an attempt to break through to the cut off Chinese:



Ground combat at 72,56 (near Nanning)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 21072 troops, 306 guns, 397 vehicles, Assault Value = 891

Defending force 20205 troops, 207 guns, 111 vehicles, Assault Value = 649

Allied adjusted assault: 145

Japanese adjusted defense: 310

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(+), disruption(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1290 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 139 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Vehicles lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1563 casualties reported
Squads: 29 destroyed, 109 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 19 (4 destroyed, 15 disabled)


Assaulting units:
2nd Chinese Cavalry/C Corps
200th Chinese Division
31st Infantry Regiment
9th Australian Division
52nd Chinese/A Corps
4th War Area

Defending units:
8th Division
18th Division
9th Tank Rgt /2


I was surprised that the arriving SEAC forces didnt shock attack across the river from Nanning into this hex. Another 1000 AV of US and Chinese troops arrive the following day and next turn some 1900 AV of Allied troops will launch an attack here.




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CBI


Dave orders back to back shock attacks at Sining but the Allied multinational force holds:



Ground combat at Sining (80,32)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 5279 troops, 84 guns, 413 vehicles, Assault Value = 230

Defending force 4189 troops, 55 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 152

Japanese adjusted assault: 224

Allied adjusted defense: 211

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
268 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 6 disabled
Vehicles lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
135 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled


Assaulting units:
3rd Tank/B Division
3rd Tank/C Division

Defending units:
16th Canadian Bde /2
77th Chindit Bde /2
7th Australian/C Div /2
5th Chinese Base Force



Ground combat at Sining (80,32)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 5149 troops, 84 guns, 412 vehicles, Assault Value = 206

Defending force 4206 troops, 55 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 131

Japanese adjusted assault: 190

Allied adjusted defense: 172

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

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
124 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 23 (3 destroyed, 20 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
89 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled


Assaulting units:
3rd Tank/B Division
3rd Tank/C Division

Defending units:
77th Chindit Bde /2
7th Australian/C Div /2
5th Chinese Base Force


I imagine that the attacking Japanese armor must be pretty exhausted after consecutive shock attacks. Transport AC continue to airlift the 7th Australian Division into Sining.


The Red Chinese and Nationalist Armies continue to close in on Kungchang.


In southern China Japanese troops continue to bombard the Chinese Army cut off near Lang Son on the Indochinese border:


Ground combat at 71,56 (near Lang Son)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 504 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1002

Defending force 20984 troops, 115 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 773



Assaulting units:
2nd Mobile Infantry Regiment
38th Division
7th Tank Regiment
11th Division
10th Tank Regiment
III/81st Naval Guard Unit

Defending units:
14th Chinese/B Corps
71st Chinese/B Corps
100th Chinese/A Corps
49th Chinese/A Corps
54th Chinese/A Corps
54th Chinese/B Corps
21st Group Army



Next door.....US, Aussie and Chinese troops try to break through to relieve the beleagured Chinese force isolated on the border:


Ground combat at 72,56 (near Nanning)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 54145 troops, 631 guns, 730 vehicles, Assault Value = 2171

Defending force 19164 troops, 206 guns, 106 vehicles, Assault Value = 547

Allied adjusted assault: 960

Japanese adjusted defense: 254

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: disruption(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1812 casualties reported
Squads: 57 destroyed, 214 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 49 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Guns lost 46 (7 destroyed, 39 disabled)
Vehicles lost 10 (9 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1779 casualties reported
Squads: 16 destroyed, 119 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 18 disabled
Guns lost 27 (2 destroyed, 25 disabled)
Vehicles lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)


Assaulting units:
9th Australian Division
27th Infantry Division
96th Chinese Division
31st Infantry Regiment
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
38th Chinese/C Corps
159th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
200th Chinese Division
50th Tank Brigade
55th Prov Chinese Division
52nd Chinese/A Corps
4th War Area
2nd Chinese Cavalry/C Corps

Defending units:
8th Division
18th Division
9th Tank Rgt /2




The IJA 8th and 18th Divisions are heavily attrited but manage to withdraw to join the siege on the Chinese border force:


Ground combat at 71,56 (near Lang Son)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 504 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1363

Defending force 21007 troops, 115 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 775

Japanese ground losses:
63 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Assaulting units:
8th Division
18th Division
38th Division
7th Tank Regiment
11th Division
10th Tank Regiment
III/81st Naval Guard Unit
2nd Mobile Infantry Regiment
9th Tank Rgt /2

Defending units:
14th Chinese/B Corps
54th Chinese/A Corps
100th Chinese/A Corps
49th Chinese/A Corps
71st Chinese/B Corps
54th Chinese/B Corps
21st Group Army


Im sure that Dave will attack here next turn but at least the Allied troops are now in a position to relieve the Chinese.

There are large air battles occurring every turn over the manuevering armies in southern China. There is virtually no Japanese air activity over Burma, India, New Guinea, the Admiralties and the Gilberts and Marshalls as apparently Dave has massed the majority of the IJAAF in China. I dont have nearly enough airfields or supply in southern China to contest the Japanese on anything close to even turns so consequently the Tenth Air Force and RAF bombers are getting shot up and are losing their effectiveness. Im just hoping to stalemeate the front line across China and then Allied air forces will be withdrawn to India to rest and rebuild.




PACIFIC COMMANDS


CVE Corregidor is completed at Portland. In just the last week the US Navy has received a CV, CVL and 2 CVEs carrying over 100 fighters and 80 naval bombers....and then CV Yorktown II will arrive in the Pacific in 11 days....the US Navy carrier buildup now is breathtaking.


Admiral Hill's amphib TF departs Noumea and crosses the Coral Sea as it heads north to the war zones.


The medium and heavy bombers of Fifth Air Force continue to neutralize Japanese airfields on the northern coast of New Guinea and the Admiralties as the Allies prepare for their next round of amphibious advances. The Japanese AFs at Manus, Wewak, Aitape, Dagua and Vanimo have all been heavily damaged and the only Japanese AFs(larger than level 1) still operational in the area are the level 2 AF at Hollandia and the level 4 AF at Sarmi.

Meanwhile.....USMC and USN DB and TBF squadrons continue to pound the Japanese AFs at Mili and Maloelap in the Marshalls.

Dave knows that something big is about to hit him...but he cant be sure if it will land in the Marshalls, Admiralties,north coast of New Guinea...or even the southern DEI. This turn PBYs spotted an IJN BB at Kendari so perhaps Dave is expecting II Australian Corps to begin invading Japanese bases in the Banda Sea.


The summer of 1943 will be a very busy time for the Allies in the Pacific.




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PACIFIC COMMANDS


Amphibious assault TFs, surface TFs and Aoir Combat TFs continue to mass oin the Solomon Sea for the next round of Allied amphibious advances.

Fifth Air Force medium bombers hammer the Japanese AF at Dagua while the heavy bombers put the AF at Vanimo out of action.



CBI


The Nationalist Chinese arrive at Kungchang and they will launch a combined assault with the Red Chinese there next turn.

Transport AC continue to airlift Australian reinforcements into Sining.


In the south....three Indian armor brigades bombard at Chaotow and immediately hit by an IJN bombardment TF. An attack will be ordered here next turn.

The Chinese troops on the Indochinese border are prevented by the movement rules from withdrawing down the highway so they will need to slug it through the forests to the NE to escape.









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SS Seahorse sinks SC Ch-2 near Hakodate.


SOPAC


Four separate amphib TFs cross the Solomon Sea as they make their way to the jumpoff points for the upcoming amphib assaults on Mussau Is. and Manus.


Fifth Air Force pounds Japanese airfields at Dagua and Vanimo as we try to ensure that we will have air superiority over the invasion beaches.


B-25D1s based at Kavieng hit an IJN convoy mid way between Truk and Mussau Is.:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Mussau Island at 106,113

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 1 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Tsukuba Maru, Shell hits 9, Bomb hits 2, on fire
xAK Amagi Maru, Shell hits 19, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



Its very dangerous now for any IJN shipping to sail south of Truk and the Carolines.


CVE Chenango finally arrives at the Sydney shipyard as she will now complete repairs of the damage from the Kate launched torpedo during the Gilberts campaign. CVE Chenango still has 40 FLT of damage and the repair estimate is 35 days.




CENTPAC


The PB4Y-1 Liberators and TBFs hammer away at the Japanese airfield at Mili as we try to creat a diversion from the upcoming SOPAC offensive.



CBI


Indian armor captures Chaochow on the coast of China:


Ground combat at Chaochow (81,61)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 7875 troops, 90 guns, 635 vehicles, Assault Value = 519

Defending force 562 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 27

Allied adjusted assault: 168

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 168 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Chaochow !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(-), preparation(-)
Attacker: supply(-)

Japanese ground losses:
407 casualties reported
Squads: 37 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1


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


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
254th Armoured Brigade
255th Armoured Brigade
268th Motorised Brigade

Defending units:
1st RGC Route Brigade



We will now advance on Hong Kong from the east and on Canton from the north to see if Japan has enough troops available to defend both cities.


In the west.....the Red Chinese and Nationalist Chinese capture Kungchang:


Ground combat at Kungchang (81,36)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 43820 troops, 234 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1760

Defending force 3084 troops, 53 guns, 212 vehicles, Assault Value = 139

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Allied adjusted assault: 942

Japanese adjusted defense: 343

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

Allied forces CAPTURE Kungchang !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
839 casualties reported
Squads: 21 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 119 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 14 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 29 (22 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Vehicles lost 182 (171 destroyed, 11 disabled)
Units retreated 1
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
152 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 26 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
16th Chinese Corps
55th Chinese/A Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
55th Chinese/B Corps
98th Chinese Corps
5th New Chinese/B Corps
1st Chinese/A Corps
96th Chinese Corps
83rd Chinese/C Corps
36th Group Army
34th Group Army
Red Chinese Army
6th Chinese Base Force
8th Chinese Base Force

Defending units:
3rd Tank/A Division
66th Nav Gd /3


The IJA 3rd Tank/A Division is virtually annihilated here. The rest of the 3rd Tank Division has pulled out of Sining and it looks like all the Japanese troops in western China are in full retreat towards Lanchow.

Chinese guerrillas outside of Paotow cut the only supply road to the IJA forces in western China......now the Japanese will be out of supply here.




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Chinese troops retake Kahnsien.


In the west......Chinese troops advance on Lanchow as IJA troops retreat back towards Manchuria.

The Chinese colossus is on the move.




SOPAC: INVASION MANUS AND MUSSAU IS.: D_DAY MINUS ONE


General Kenney is a busy man these days....a _very_ busy man. Most of the VMF and VMSB assets from CENTPAC as well as all the US Navy PB4Y-1 Liberators stage over to Fifth Air Force bases on New Guinea and the Bismarcks. Fifth Air Force is now larger and more powerful than Eighth Air Force in England.

Fifth Air Force has spent the last few months neutralizing a half dozen Japanese airfields on New Guinea and the Admiralties. In fact....the only operational Japanese airfield larger than level 1 within 800 miles of Port Moresby is the level 2 airfield at Hollandia.


SOPAC is now poised to land the largest Allied amphibious force to date........over 3 1/2 divisions on Manus..... concurrent with a brigade sized landing on Mussau. USAAF and VMF land based fighters will cover both ops. The brand new USAAF P-47D2s will be used in combat for the first time. AdmHill's amphib TF with nearly 2 divisions and I US Amphibious Corps HQ disguises itself as a lowly transport TF just off Lae while AdmDraemel's amphib TF with 3 regiments blends into the daily shipping unloading at Rabaul. Another LST TF bound for Manus as well as a small amphib TF bound for Mussau blend into the background noise of all the Allied shipping unloading at Rabaul.

So far there have been no reported sightings of Allied amphib TFs at Lae and Rabaul so surprise should be complete. Allied CVE, fast carrier and surface TFs have been kept well to the south...... out of range of Japanese naval search...... and they will all conduct fast run-ins to their targets this turn.




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SS Grenadier sinks xAKL Miyakawa Maru off Miyake-jima.

SS Mingo sinks TK San Luis Maru near Hengchun.



SOPAC: INVASION MANUS


Dave tried to block the straits between New Guinea and New Britain with 2 subs but the Allied surface and bombardment TFs heading to Manus detected and sank them:


Submarine attack near Umboi Island at 100,125

Japanese Ships
SS RO-60, hits 20, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CA Exeter
CA Cornwall
DD Norman
DD Nestor
DD Nepal



SS RO-60 is sighted by escort
DD Norman fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Nestor fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Nepal fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Nestor fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Nestor attacking submerged sub ....
SS RO-60 forced to surface!
DD Nepal firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Norman firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Nepal firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Norman firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Norman firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Nestor firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Nepal firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves




Sub attack near Umboi Island at 100,125

Japanese Ships
SS RO-101, hits 22, and is sunk

Allied Ships
BB Mississippi
BB New Mexico
BB Idaho
CA Houston
DD Grayson
DD Carmick
DD Buchanan



SS RO-101 launches 4 torpedoes at BB Mississippi
DD Carmick fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Buchanan fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Carmick attacking submerged sub ....
SS RO-101 forced to surface!
DD Carmick firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Buchanan firing on surfaced sub ....
BB Mississippi firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves




The invasion of Manus is preceeded by a naval bombardment:


Naval bombardment of Manus at 101,119

Allied Ships
BB Arizona
BB Colorado
CA New Orleans
CA Chicago
CL Boise
DD Hammann
DD Anderson
DD Doyle
DD Renshaw

Japanese ground losses:
500 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 15 destroyed, 32 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 12 disabled
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)



Airbase hits 25
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 82
Port hits 20
Port supply hits 5

BB Arizona firing at Manus
BB Colorado firing at Manus
CA New Orleans firing at 7th Base Force
CA Chicago firing at Manus
CL Boise firing at Manus
DD Hammann firing at Manus
DD Anderson firing at Manus
DD Doyle firing at Manus
DD Renshaw firing at Manus




Then US Army and USMC troops invade Manus while the 14th NZ Brigade invades Mussau:



Pre-Invasion action off Manus (101,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

27 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Marblehead
DD Monaghan
DD Dale
APA Elmore


Allied ground losses:
6 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


CL Marblehead firing at 44th Naval Guard Unit
DD Monaghan firing at Kure 3rd SNLF
DD Dale firing at 7th Base Force
DD Monaghan fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 5,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Manus (101,119)

TF 341 troops unloading over beach at Manus, 101,119


Allied ground losses:
16 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (0 destroyed, 2 disabled)


13 troops of a USMC Rifle Squad 43 lost from landing craft during unload of 23rd Marine Rgt /5


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Pre-Invasion action off Mussau Island (105,120)

29 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Trenton
DD Dent
LCI-63
LCI-22
LCI-62
DD Van Galen
LCI-21


Allied ground losses:
6 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


CL Trenton firing at 67th Naval Guard Unit
DD Dent firing at 67th Naval Guard Unit
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 5,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Mussau Island (105,120)

TF 360 troops unloading over beach at Mussau Island, 105,120


Allied ground losses:
27 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)




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Pre-Invasion action off Mussau Island (105,120)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

10 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-707
LST-341
LST-461



SC-707 fired at enemy troops


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Amphibious Assault at Mussau Island (105,120)

TF 378 troops unloading over beach at Mussau Island, 105,120





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Pre-Invasion action off Manus (101,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

31 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Richmond
DD Litchfield
DD Edsall
APA Cambria
DD Chew



CL Richmond firing at 7th Base Force
DD Litchfield firing at 7th Base Force
DD Edsall firing at 7th Base Force
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 4,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Manus (101,119)

TF 425 troops unloading over beach at Manus, 101,119


Allied ground losses:
96 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (0 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (0 destroyed, 3 disabled)


13 troops of a USA Rifle Squad 43 lost from landing craft during unload of 58th (Sep) Infantry Rgt
13 troops of a USA Rifle Squad 43 lost overboard during unload of 7th Infantry Div
10 Support troops lost from landing craft during unload of 7th Infantry Div /5
13 troops of a USA Rifle Squad 43 lost overboard during unload of 148th Infantry Rgt /3




AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jun 27, 43

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Invasion Support action off Manus (101,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

6 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Marblehead
DD Dale
APA Elmore
DD Hull
DD Monaghan


Allied ground losses:
11 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


CL Marblehead firing at 7th Base Force
DD Dale fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Invasion Support action off Mussau Island (105,120)

13 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LCI-21
DD Van Galen
DD Dent



Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Invasion Support action off Manus (101,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

18 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Richmond
DD Chew
DD Litchfield
DD Edsall
APA Cambria


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


CL Richmond firing at 7th Base Force
DD Chew firing at Kure 3rd SNLF
DD Litchfield firing at 44th Naval Guard Unit
DD Edsall firing at Kure 3rd SNLF
DD Litchfield fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


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Invasion Support action off Mussau Island (105,120)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

10 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-707
LST-341
LST-461



SC-707 fired at enemy troops




Overhead.....some 200 land based fighters....including over 100 F4U-1 Corsairs......LRCAP the amphib forces at Manus in addition to over 200 F4F-4s based on the CVEs. Over 100 land based fighters.....including the 1st appearance of the brand new USAAF P-47D2s ....LRCAP the invasion at Mussau.

The USN fast carriers stand by off Kavieng...out of range of the 200 fighters and bombers at Truk but close enough to engage should KB show up.

Over 1000 DBs, TBs, 2Es and 4Es pummel both Manus and Mussau. Dave remarked to me that Allied planes flew 15,000 sorties this turn and he wondered if they ever flew that many sorties in RL WW II.

By the end of the turn the Allied amphibious TFs have completely unloaded at both Manus and Mussau:


Ground combat at Manus (101,119)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 2515 troops, 16 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 154

Defending force 39938 troops, 705 guns, 789 vehicles, Assault Value = 1388

Japanese ground losses:
56 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)



Assaulting units:
Kure 3rd SNLF
Sasebo 5th SNLF
43rd Naval Guard Unit
44th Naval Guard Unit
22nd Ind. Engineer Regiment
2nd Air Defense AA Regiment
2nd Air Div /1
3rd Shipping Engineer Regiment
7th Base Force
64th Nav Gd /3

Defending units:
23rd Marine Regiment
3rd Marine Regiment
58th (Sep) Infantry Regiment
3rd USMC Tank Battalion
148th Infantry Regiment
9th Marine Regiment
24th (Sep) Infantry Regiment
129th Infantry Regiment
7th Infantry Division
I US Amphib Corps


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Ground combat at Mussau Island (105,120)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 357 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 24

Defending force 3678 troops, 42 guns, 27 vehicles, Assault Value = 153



Assaulting units:
67th Nav Gd /1
54th JNAF AF Unit

Defending units:
14th NZ Brigade



I was a little surprised by the lack of defenders on Manus....recon had shown me that there were 17,000-18,000 troops at Manus for the last 6 months......evidently they were mostly support forces. A deliberate assault will be ordered next turn at Manus after another round of carpet bombing and multiple naval bombardments while a shock attack will be ordered at Mussau.

Level 5-7 airfields will be developed at both Manus and Mussau. Not only will this complete the security for our main forward base at Rabaul but the eventual level 7 airfield at Mussau will allow the Allies to pound Truk into submission and irrelevance.




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SUBS

SS Jack sinks SC Ch33 off Hakodate.

SS O16 sinks xAKL Tohuku Maru near Balikpappan.



CBI


Chinese troops can only manage a 1:2 attack at Lanchow:


Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10652 troops, 30 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 939

Defending force 7815 troops, 142 guns, 503 vehicles, Assault Value = 325

Allied adjusted assault: 230

Japanese adjusted defense: 311

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
435 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 30 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 6 (2 destroyed, 4 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
496 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 70 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled


Assaulting units:
98th Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
5th New Chinese/B Corps
55th Chinese/B Corps
55th Chinese/A Corps
1st Chinese/A Corps
83rd Chinese/C Corps
34th Group Army
6th Chinese Base Force
Red Chinese Army
36th Group Army
8th Chinese Base Force

Defending units:
3rd Tank/B Division
3rd Tank/A Division
66th Nav Gd /2
3rd Tank/C Division
30th Engr Rgt /1




Dave is trying to withdraw the remainder of his forces in western China. Additional Chinese troops reinforce here the 2nd day of the turn and we will assault again next turn.



I was planning on assaulting Swatow but Dave reinforced massively here by sea so next turn we will withdraw:


Ground combat at Swatow (81,62)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 2606 troops, 17 guns, 281 vehicles, Assault Value = 500

Defending force 17047 troops, 219 guns, 203 vehicles, Assault Value = 599


Allied ground losses:
47 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Assaulting units:
38th Chinese/B Corps
254th Armoured Brigade
7th Chinese/C Corps
97th Chinese/C Corps

Defending units:
3rd Tank Regiment
30th RGC Division
18th Tank Rgt /2
47th Naval Guard Unit
25th Division
1st RGC Route Brigade
71st Engr Rgt /2
2nd Mobile FA Rgt /1
9th RF Gun Bn /1
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Bn /1
1st Art.Mortar Rgt /1
Southern Fleet /1


Farther south......Chinese troops invest Pakhoi.




SOPAC


I Amphibious Corps captures Manus after 2 assaults:


Ground combat at Manus (101,119)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 38283 troops, 705 guns, 789 vehicles, Assault Value = 1393

Defending force 6966 troops, 47 guns, 8 vehicles, Assault Value = 138

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Allied adjusted assault: 3869

Japanese adjusted defense: 17

Allied assault odds: 227 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Manus !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
1954 casualties reported
Squads: 82 destroyed, 29 disabled
Non Combat: 24 destroyed, 56 disabled
Engineers: 29 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 25 (20 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 8 (8 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
452 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 66 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled


Assaulting units:
9th Marine Regiment
58th (Sep) Infantry Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
3rd USMC Tank Battalion
3rd Marine Regiment
24th (Sep) Infantry Regiment
129th Infantry Regiment
23rd Marine Regiment
7th Infantry Division
I US Amphib Corps

Defending units:
Kure 3rd SNLF
Sasebo 5th SNLF
43rd Naval Guard Unit
44th Naval Guard Unit
2nd Air Div /1
2nd Air Defense AA Regiment
22nd Ind. Engineer Regiment
7th Base Force
3rd Shipping Engineer Regiment
64th Nav Gd /3



Ground combat at Manus (101,119)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 37868 troops, 705 guns, 789 vehicles, Assault Value = 1329

Defending force 4368 troops, 22 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 57

Allied adjusted assault: 2647

Japanese adjusted defense: 5

Allied assault odds: 529 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
5722 casualties reported
Squads: 129 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 398 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 32 (32 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 3


Allied ground losses:
232 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
58th (Sep) Infantry Regiment
129th Infantry Regiment
3rd USMC Tank Battalion
3rd Marine Regiment
24th (Sep) Infantry Regiment
9th Marine Regiment
23rd Marine Regiment
148th Infantry Regiment
7th Infantry Division
I US Amphib Corps

Defending units:
43rd Naval Guard Unit
44th Naval Guard Unit
7th Base Force


All Japanese forces are eliminated at Manus.


14th NZ Brigade captures Mussau:


Ground combat at Mussau Island (105,120)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 3678 troops, 42 guns, 27 vehicles, Assault Value = 153

Defending force 1099 troops, 22 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 23

Allied adjusted assault: 250

Japanese adjusted defense: 5

Allied assault odds: 50 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Mussau Island !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), disruption(-), fatigue(-), morale(-)
experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
204 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 13 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 12 (3 destroyed, 9 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
83 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
14th NZ Brigade

Defending units:
67th Nav Gd /1
54th JNAF AF Unit




Ground combat at Mussau Island (105,120)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 3636 troops, 42 guns, 27 vehicles, Assault Value = 146

Defending force 689 troops, 10 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 9

Allied adjusted assault: 230

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 230 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
716 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 85 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 12 (12 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
42 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
14th NZ Brigade

Defending units:
54th JNAF AF Unit



Construction engineers and aviation LCUs will be dropped at both Manus and Mussau next turn.






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The Allies reach the mid point of 1943 having just completed their Gilberts and Admiralties/Bismarcks campaigns.

With last turns capture of Manus and Mussau Is......the Allies finally have an island that can be developed into a AF that can send fighters over Truk at normal range(with drop tanks). The first order of business for all the Pacific commands will be the neutralization of Truk. Dave has staged in a lot of AC to protect Truk......current recon shows some 140 fighters, 70 bombers plus 40 aux. AC.

The Allies currently have a level 6 AF at Kavieng and the recently captured AFs at Manus and Mussau will be rapidly built up to level 7.
Once Mussau reaches a level 3 AF we will begin P-38 sweeps over Truk and the heavy bombers of Fifth Air Force will join in once Mussau AF is enlarged to level 5.


CENTPAC OPERATIONS


AKAs AND APAs are currently loading troops at Rabaul for an assult on Kusaie and Ocean Is. This will open up a direct line of communication between the new main Allied naval base in the central Pacific at Rabaul and the next CENTPAC offensive into the Marshalls this summer. The Marshalls' Campaign will consist of 2 phases. In the 1st phase CENTPAC will capture Maloelap and Mili and in the 2nd phase CENTPAC will take Roi-Namur and Eniwetok.

Once Truk has been neutralized by Fifth Air Force......CENTPAC troops will invade Ponape and that AF will be used to keep Truk suppressed by short ranged bombers for the duration of the war.




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