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ALLIED OPERATIONS: SUMMER 1943 - 9/7/2012 5:24:51 AM   
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7/1/43



SOPAC OPERATIONS


SOPAC historically became irrelevant after the RL capture of the Bismarcks and Admiralties as it had geographically run out of south Pacific real estate to capture.

In this game....CENTPAC will focus on the Marshalls/Marianas/Bonins/Home Islands while SOPAC will serve as the naval arm of SWPAC......covering the seaward flank of SWPAC as it continues its advance NW up the coastline of New Guinea. SOPAC will basically be out of business until the neutralization of Truk by mid July 1943....then SOPAC will take bases in the Carolines and the Palaus in late summer 1943 as SWPAC advances along the New Guinea coast towards the DEI and Mindanao.


SWPAC OPERATIONS


SWPAC conducted a land campaign in New Guinea from mid 1942 until early 1943 that saw them advance from invasion beaches at Port Moresby to Buna/Salamaua/Lae/ and then up the Markham River Valley to Madang and finally Hansa Bay. The combination of the withdrawal of the 1st USMC Division from New Guinea to CENTPAC for the Gilberts Campaign and ever stiffening Japanese resistance in New Guinea caused SWPAC to stall out in their offensive several months ago at Hansa Bay.

Meanwhile.....Japan has massively reinforced the northern coast of New Guinea with over 60,000 troops alone in the Aitape/Dagua/Wewak triangle. SWPAC simply doesnt have sufficent ground forces to bulldoze through the Japanese defenses in difficult jungle/swamp terrain. Its time for SWPAC to pull a MacArthur.....since MacArthur is still in command of SWPAC....and go base hopping behind Japanese front lines to bypass the heavier concentrations of IJA troops and capture the lightly defended bases in the Japanese rear. With the recent massive increase in USN amphibious lift capabilities we hope to run nearly simultaneous advances for SOPAC and SWPAC towards Babeldaob and NW New Guinea/eastern DEI during the summer and fall of 1943. The bypassed Japanese strongholds on the northern coast of New Guinea will then be bombed into irrelevance.



II AUSTRALIAN CORPS OPERATIONS

II Australian Corps will take Japanese bases on the edge of the Banda Sea during summer 1943 in preparation for an assault on the southern DEI. Im treating II Australian Corps......like CENTPAC.....more as a diversionary offensive to keep Dave from concentrating everything against the main advance by SWPAC and SOPAC. If SWPAC should bog down in New Guinea then I have the option to switch additional forces over to II Australian Corps and make its advance into the DEI the main advance.

I have over 2200 PPs available for buying restricted Australian troops to join II Australian Corps. Buying restricted Aussie troops for II Australian Corps only costs 25% of the cost for buying Allied troops so right now I could purchase nearly 3 1/2 divisions for II Australian Corps.

Dave has already commited naval forces and air forces to the southern DEI far in excess of current Allied commitments.



CARRIER OPERATIONS


The 2nd Essex Class carrier.....CV Yorktown II.....arrived in Balboa last turn and headed out to join the fleet.

In about a month..... after Truk has been put out of business permanently and CENTPAC has commenced its Marshalls campaign....the fast carriers of Task Group 58 will number 9 CVs and 2 CVLs.....capable of putting over 370 fighters into the air.

Also by then.....CVE Chenango will have completed repairs in Sydney and 2 more USN CVEs will have arrived in the south Pacific.....allowing the CVE Task group to put up over 280 fighters over the fleet. I may decide at that time to splt off the CVEs from the fast carriers and cover simultaneous operations in the 2 peripheral commands....CENTPAC in the Marshalls and II Australian Corps north of Darwin.

Any Allied amphibious ops in SWPAC or SOPAC will require all the fast carriers and CVEs for support.







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CHINESE LIBERATE LANCHOW - 9/9/2012 6:05:58 PM   
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SUBS


SS Trusty puts a torpedo in AO Ashizuri near Medan.



CENTPAC


APAa and AKAs continue to load troops to assault Kusaiae, Ocean and Nauru Is.

Heavy bombers based at Tabiteuea pound the level 4 Japanese AF at Roi Namur while medium and tactical bombers based at Makin, Tarawa and Abemama hammer the Japanese AFs at Mili and Maloelap. Next turn heavy bombers from Fifth Air Force that were staged to Rabaul will hit the Japanese level 4 AF at Ponape and further isolate the Marshalls.

The fast carriers refuel in the Solomons while the CVEs cover amphib loading ops at Rabaul.



SOPAC


Transports drop off construction engineers and aviation troops at both Manus and Mussau. The AF and port at Manus are so heavily damaged that it will be another turn or two before we can stage in fighters.



CBI


The Red Chinese Army liberates Lanchow after 2 deliberate attacks:


Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 36220 troops, 199 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1733

Defending force 8825 troops, 142 guns, 500 vehicles, Assault Value = 322

Allied adjusted assault: 479

Japanese adjusted defense: 249

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
673 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 76 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 62 disabled
Guns lost 17 (1 destroyed, 16 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
686 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 64 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled


Assaulting units:
55th Chinese/B Corps
5th New Chinese/B Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese/A Corps
16th Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
51st Chinese/C Corps
55th Chinese/A Corps
83rd Chinese/C Corps
36th Group Army
6th Chinese Base Force
34th Group Army
Red Chinese Army
8th Chinese Base Force

Defending units:
3rd Tank Division
66th Naval Guard Unit
30th Engr Rgt /1
76th JAAF AF Bn /2
2nd Ind. Engr Rgt /1



Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 35755 troops, 199 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1680

Defending force 8338 troops, 142 guns, 500 vehicles, Assault Value = 231

Allied adjusted assault: 413

Japanese adjusted defense: 85

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

Allied forces CAPTURE Lanchow !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
1511 casualties reported
Squads: 61 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 269 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 108 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 62 (54 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Vehicles lost 312 (312 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 5


Allied ground losses:
360 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 44 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
55th Chinese/A Corps
1st Chinese/A Corps
5th New Chinese/B Corps
51st Chinese/C Corps
55th Chinese/B Corps
98th Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
16th Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
83rd Chinese/C Corps
Red Chinese Army
6th Chinese Base Force
34th Group Army
36th Group Army
8th Chinese Base Force

Defending units:
3rd Tank Division
66th Naval Guard Unit
30th Engr Rgt /1
76th JAAF AF Bn /2
2nd Ind. Engr Rgt /1


The IJA 3rd Tank Division has been decimated by repeated attacks. All Japanese troops in western China are now on the retreat and Chinese troops will pursue them back to Paotow.


With the recapture of Lanchow.....oil and fuel can again flow from the west to central China.


In the south.....Allied troops retake Pakhoi:


Ground combat at Pakhoi (72,58)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 19697 troops, 161 guns, 92 vehicles, Assault Value = 2171

Defending force 10 troops, 3 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Allied adjusted assault: 479

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 479 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Pakhoi !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender:
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
14 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (3 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:
27th Infantry/B Division
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
52nd Chinese/A Corps
65th Chinese Corps
9th Australian/B Division
2nd Chinese Cavalry/C Corps
27th Infantry/C Division
38th Chinese/C Corps
50th Tank Brigade
27th Infantry/A Division
159th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
200th Chinese Division
55th Prov Chinese Division
9th Australian/C Division
9th Australian/A Division
31st Infantry Regiment
52nd Chinese/B Corps
4th War Area

Defending units:
19th Ind. Engr Rgt /2




Chinese troops bombard at Kanhsien this turn and find it to be lightly defended.....a deliberate attack will be ordered for next turn.





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CENTPAC ON THE OFFENSIVE - 9/11/2012 2:48:12 PM   
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CENTPAC


US Army troops land at Nauru while Marines land at Ocean Is. Tactical bombers, medium bombers and heavy bombers pound the Japanese defenders on Nauru before the 158th Sep Regiment storms ashore.



Pre-Invasion action off Nauru Island (127,128)

7 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DD Dent
APA Sumter
DD Van Galen


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


DD Dent firing at 301st Ind.Infantry Battalion
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 Nauru Island (127,128)

TF 152 troops unloading over beach at Nauru Island, 127,128


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




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Ground combat at Nauru Island (127,128)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 2771 troops, 43 guns, 46 vehicles, Assault Value = 113

Defending force 1441 troops, 14 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 24

Allied adjusted assault: 20

Japanese adjusted defense: 5

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
629 casualties reported
Squads: 33 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 4 (3 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
290 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 42 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
158th(Sep) Infantry Rgt /1

Defending units:
301st Ind.Infantry Battalion
31st JNAF AF Unit




AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jul 05, 43

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Invasion Support action off Nauru Island (127,128)

5 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
APA Sumter
DD Van Galen
DD Dent



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


Pre-Invasion action off Ocean Island (130,130)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

2 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AM Grebe
AM Finch
APA Du Page



AM Grebe fired at enemy troops
AM Finch fired at enemy troops


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Amphibious Assault at Ocean Island (130,130)

TF 482 troops unloading over beach at Ocean Island, 130,130


Allied ground losses:
Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)




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Invasion Support action off Ocean Island (130,130)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

4 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AM Grebe
AM Finch
APA Du Page



AM Grebe fired at enemy troops
AM Finch fired at enemy troops



Amphibious Assault at Nauru Island (127,128)

TF 414 troops unloading over beach at Nauru Island, 127,128





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Invasion Support action off Ocean Island (130,130)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

2 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AM Grebe
AM Finch
APA Du Page



AM Grebe fired at enemy troops
AM Finch fired at enemy troops


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Ground combat at Nauru Island (127,128)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 2539 troops, 43 guns, 46 vehicles, Assault Value = 69

Defending force 28 troops, 1 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Allied adjusted assault: 65

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 65 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Nauru Island !!!

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
H8K1 Emily: 4 destroyed

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

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



Assaulting units:
158th(Sep) Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
301st Ind.Infantry Battalion




Enemy resistance is minimal at Ocean while Nauru is finally taken after 2 days of shock attacks.


Meanwhile.....a much larger amphibious force under the command of Admiral Hill forms up east of the Solomons and heads toward Kusaiae.

Heavy bombers based at Rabaul suppress the Japanese level 4 AF at Ponape while tactical, medium and heavy bombers based in the Gilberts neutralize Japanese AFs at Mili, Maloelap and Roi-Namur in the Marshalls.

Recon now shows that Dave has 38,000 troops at Ponape.....much more than I had expected. I had only prepped one division for Ponape and now will have to postpone that invasion indefinitely. I may end up bypassing Ponape as well as Truk as the Allies advance across the Pacific towards the Marianas and the Philippines.



CBI


The Red Chinese Army catches the retreating Japansee with a shock attack just outside of Lanchow:

Ground combat at 82,34 (near Lanchow)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 11761 troops, 48 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 444

Defending force 1441 troops, 16 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 16

Allied adjusted assault: 490

Japanese adjusted defense: 13

Allied assault odds: 37 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
915 casualties reported
Squads: 19 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 30 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 13 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 7 (5 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 3
Units destroyed 1


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


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
55th Chinese/A Corps
16th Chinese Corps
83rd Chinese/C Corps
36th Group Army
Red Chinese Army
34th Group Army
6th Chinese Base Force

Defending units:
30th Engineer Regiment
66th Naval Guard Unit
2nd Ind. Engineer Regiment
76th JAAF AF Bn /2



The IJA 3rd Tank Division got away but the rest of the Japanese troops were decimated yet again. There arent very many IJA troops left in western China now.


In southern China.....Ive found that fighting in clear coastal terrain is very dangerous for the Allies. Even though I have committed substantial SEAC force here I simply dont have enough airfields to take on the Japanese air forces. Dave bombed Allied troops in Swatow and then hit them with naval bombardments before launching an assault:


Ground combat at Swatow (81,62)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 19086 troops, 274 guns, 233 vehicles, Assault Value = 709

Defending force 10211 troops, 62 guns, 279 vehicles, Assault Value = 477

Japanese adjusted assault: 877

Allied adjusted defense: 75

Japanese assault odds: 11 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
378 casualties reported
Squads: 29 destroyed, 59 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled


Allied ground losses:
4050 casualties reported
Squads: 66 destroyed, 116 disabled
Non Combat: 124 destroyed, 30 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 9 disabled
Guns lost 29 (16 destroyed, 13 disabled)
Vehicles lost 120 (80 destroyed, 40 disabled)
Units retreated 4


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
30th RGC Division
3rd Tank Regiment
43rd Recon Regiment
25th Division
1st RGC Route Brigade
47th Naval Guard Unit
18th Tank Rgt /2
71st Engr Rgt /2
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
2nd Mobile Field Artillery Regiment
1st Art.Mortar Regiment
9th RF Gun Bn /1
Southern Fleet /1

Defending units:
254th Armoured Brigade
7th Chinese/C Corps
38th Chinese/B Corps
97th Chinese/C Corps



Most of the Indian armor was able to escape before Dave launched his attack but all of the troops in this area are heavily demoralized from the aerial and naval bombardments. I committed the heavy bombers of Tenth Air Force here to hit the Japanese ground forces but I didnt have any fighter bases within range and Dave was able to ambush the 4Es with over 60 Nicks....I lost 9 4Es in one turn.


The Allied troops retreated to Chaochow where Dave still hit them with naval bombardments. Im trying to withdraw the Indian armor and the Chinese forces inland towards more favorable defensive terrain but now Dave is trying to catch them in a vise between his 700 AV at Swatow and another 5 IJA divisions rapidly approaching from the NE.


I have Chinese reinforcements heading to Chaochow and they ambush an IJA regiment by shock attacking across a river:


Ground combat at 81,59 (near Chaochow)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 13529 troops, 129 guns, 70 vehicles, Assault Value = 420

Defending force 3416 troops, 26 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 127

Allied adjusted assault: 436

Japanese adjusted defense: 35

Allied assault odds: 12 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1827 casualties reported
Squads: 44 destroyed, 88 disabled
Non Combat: 24 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 12 (5 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Allied ground losses:
675 casualties reported
Squads: 72 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 9 disabled
Guns lost 7 (2 destroyed, 5 disabled)


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
93rd Chinese Division
14th Chinese/C Corps
77th Chindit Brigade
7th New Chinese/B Corps
16th Canadian Brigade
49th Chinese/C Corps
109th Tank Attack Regiment
7th War Area

Defending units:
58th Infantry Regiment




Meanwhile.....Chinese troops crush another IJA tank regiment outside of Nanchang:


Ground combat at 85,55 (near Nanchang)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 116496 troops, 737 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 4700

Defending force 1107 troops, 3 guns, 115 vehicles, Assault Value = 85

Allied adjusted assault: 710

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 710 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
491 casualties reported
Squads: 22 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 35 destroyed, 39 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 104 (25 destroyed, 79 disabled)
Units retreated 2


Allied ground losses:
292 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 42 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
62nd Chinese Corps
87th Chinese/B Corps
78th Chinese/B Corps
54th Chinese/C Corps
87th Chinese/C Corps
92nd Chinese/C Corps
70th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese/B Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry/C Corps
85th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry/B Corps
78th Chinese/A Corps
13th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
78th Chinese/C Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry/A Corps
4th Chinese/A Corps
87th Chinese/A Corps
99th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese/B Corps
26th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese/B Corps
50th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese/A Corps
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
20th Group Army
30th Group Army
7th Artillery Regiment
32nd Group Army
56th AT Gun Regiment
3rd New Chinese/A Corps

Defending units:
12th Tank Regiment
2nd RGC/C Division








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CENTPAC ON THE OFFENSIVE - 9/15/2012 8:46:18 AM   
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SUBS


SS Permit sinks DMS W-19 off Tanjoenglselor.



CENTPAC


Allied aerial and naval bombardment forces hammer Kusaie.

Adm Hill's amphib TF invades at Kusaie:


Naval bombardment of Kusaie Island at 125,118

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
F1M2 Pete: 2 damaged
F1M2 Pete: 1 destroyed on ground
A6M2 Zero: 2 damaged
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
BB Mississippi
BB Idaho
BB West Virginia
CA Houston
CA Northampton
DD Aylwin
DD MacDonough
DD Farragut
DD Helm
DD Bagley

Japanese ground losses:
425 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 9 destroyed, 13 disabled
Guns lost 12 (2 destroyed, 10 disabled)



Airbase hits 17
Airbase supply hits 11
Runway hits 38
Port hits 15
Port fuel hits 1
Port supply hits 2

BB Mississippi firing at Kusaie Island
BB Idaho firing at Kusaie Island
BB West Virginia firing at Kusaie Island
CA Houston firing at Kusaie Island
CA Northampton firing at Kusaie Island
DD Aylwin firing at Kusaie Island
DD MacDonough firing at Kusaie Island
DD Farragut firing at Kusaie Island
DD Helm firing at Kusaie Island
DD Bagley firing at Kusaie Island


Pre-Invasion action off Kusaie Island (125,118)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

166 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico
CL Marblehead
CL Richmond
APA George Clymer
DD Hatfield

Japanese ground losses:
102 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 17 (5 destroyed, 12 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
24 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled


BB New Mexico firing at 4th Division
CL Marblehead firing at 61st Division
CL Richmond firing at 61st Division
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 Kusaie Island (125,118)

TF 425 troops unloading over beach at Kusaie Island, 125,118


Allied ground losses:
50 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 7 (0 destroyed, 7 disabled)


5 troops of a US MMG Section lost overboard during unload of 160th Infantry Rgt
81mm M1 Mortar damaged beyond repair during unload of 160th Infantry Rgt /7


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Invasion Support action off Kusaie Island (125,118)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

16 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico
CL Marblehead
CL Richmond
DD King
DD Litchfield
APA George Clymer



CL Marblehead firing at 61st Division
CL Richmond firing at 61st Division
DD King firing at Yokosuka 4th SNLF
DD Litchfield firing at 40th JNAF AF Unit
DD King fired at enemy troops
DD Litchfield fired at enemy troops

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Naval bombardment of Kusaie Island at 125,118

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
F1M2 Pete: 4 damaged
F1M2 Pete: 2 destroyed on ground
A6M2 Zero: 8 damaged
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

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

Japanese ground losses:
497 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 17 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 11 disabled
Guns lost 14 (6 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)



Airbase hits 14
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 46
Port hits 11
Port supply hits 3

BB Arizona firing at Kusaie Island
BB Colorado firing at 61st Division
CA New Orleans firing at Kusaie Island
CA Chicago firing at Kusaie Island
CL Boise firing at Kusaie Island
DD Hammann firing at 61st Division
DD Anderson firing at Kusaie Island
DD Doyle firing at Kusaie Island
DD Renshaw firing at Kusaie Island


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Pre-Invasion action off Kusaie Island (125,118)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

33 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-983
LST-482
LST-32



SC-983 fired at enemy troops
88mm Type 99 AA Gun battery firing at LST-482


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Amphibious Assault at Kusaie Island (125,118)

TF 419 troops unloading over beach at Kusaie Island, 125,118





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Invasion Support action off Kusaie Island (125,118)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

38 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
APA George Clymer, Shell hits 2
AKA Betelgeuse
BB New Mexico



88mm Type 99 AA Gun battery firing at APA George Clymer


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Ground combat at Kusaie Island (125,118)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 4901 troops, 94 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 211

Defending force 7958 troops, 143 guns, 188 vehicles, Assault Value = 307

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:
21 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled


Assaulting units:
303rd Ind.Infantry Battalion
7th Guards Inf. Rgt /1
Yokosuka 4th SNLF /1
302nd Ind.Infantry Battalion
61st Div /8
24th Air Defense AA Regiment
3rd Engineer Construction Battalion
40th JNAF AF Unit
4th Div /5

Defending units:
34th Combat Engineer Regiment
160th Infantry Regiment
34th Infantry Rgt /4


The 147th(Sep) Regiment will land next turn and after another 2 days of massive aerial and naval bombardments we will launch an attack.



US Marines capture Ocean Is.

CENTPAC heavy bombers pound the Japanese AF at Ponape.




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I have read this AAR from the beginning - a lengthy task but a compelling story. Simply brilliant - if anyone wants to know what the Allies can achieve in 1942 I will point them at this AAR!
You seem to have an excellent sense for when to take a risk and when to get outta Dodge. Starting with your carrier raid on Rabaul in early '42 and retaking the Solomons shortly after you pushed just enough at the right places and times to do the deed. If any cracks showed in his defences you exploited them.
Of course, I think he made some mistakes - using KB too much in the DEI gave you freedom to attack Rabaul. Sending his BBs into the Solomons with only LBA cover led to loss of five in one clash! Relying on subs only to take on your carriers did some damage but did not stop them - he needed to risk KB. Throwing a few troops at Northern Austalia while the Solomons were under attack was a sideshow and he should have known you would not divert from your attack because of it.
Very glad to see someone finally taking Ocean, Nauru and Kusaie Islands as a way to isolate the Marshalls. Their development potential is not high but the position is great, and his search arcs are knocked back in another key area. Notice the Emily destroyed at Ocean or Nauru.
Looking forward to further developments...

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BBfanboy....thanks for your comments. The Allies have certainly come a long ways from the dark days of April/May 1942 where they were taking on KB with 4 intact CVs and Lexington with over 40% FLT damage on the line.....we are finally at the point of the war where the Allies achieve numerical equality with the IJN carriers and begin to build an advantage.





7/8-7/9/43



SUBS


SS Billfish sinks xAK Fusami Maru off Hachijo-jima.

SS Salmon sinks TK Kyoie maru near Tawi Tawi.



CENTPAC


CENTPAC reinforces Kusaie with the 147th(SEP) Regiment:



Night Naval bombardment of Kusaie Island at 125,118

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
BB Mississippi
BB Idaho
BB West Virginia
CA Houston
DD Aylwin
DD MacDonough
DD Farragut
DD Helm
DD Bagley

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



Airbase hits 3
Runway hits 4
Port hits 2

BB Mississippi firing at Kusaie Island
BB Idaho firing at Kusaie Island
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB West Virginia
BB West Virginia firing at Kusaie Island
CA Houston firing at Kusaie Island
DD Aylwin firing at Yokosuka 4th SNLF
DD MacDonough firing at Kusaie Island
DD Farragut firing at Kusaie Island
DD Helm firing at Kusaie Island
DD Bagley firing at Kusaie Island


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Night Naval bombardment of Kusaie Island at 125,118

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 damaged

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

Japanese ground losses:
13 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 2 disabled



Airbase hits 5
Runway hits 14
Port hits 3
Port fuel hits 1

BB Arizona firing at Kusaie Island
BB Colorado firing at Kusaie Island
CA New Orleans firing at Kusaie Island
CA Chicago firing at Kusaie Island
CL Boise firing at Kusaie Island
DD Hammann firing at Kusaie Island
DD Renshaw firing at Kusaie Island


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Invasion Support action off Kusaie Island (125,118)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

13 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-983
LST-32
LST-482



SC-983 fired at enemy troops


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Pre-Invasion action off Kusaie Island (125,118)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

39 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-699
LST-340
LST-16
LST-477
LST-480



SC-699 fired at enemy troops
88mm Type 99 AA Gun battery firing at LST-16


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Amphibious Assault at Kusaie Island (125,118)

TF 445 troops unloading over beach at Kusaie Island, 125,118





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Invasion Support action off Kusaie Island (125,118)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

15 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-983
LST-482
LST-32



SC-983 fired at enemy troops


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Invasion Support action off Kusaie Island (125,118)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

19 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-699
LST-475
LST-16
LST-340
LST-449
LST-477



SC-699 fired at enemy troops

Night Naval bombardment of Kusaie Island at 125,118

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
BB Mississippi
BB Idaho
BB West Virginia
CA Houston
DD Aylwin
DD MacDonough
DD Farragut
DD Helm
DD Bagley

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



Airbase hits 3
Runway hits 4
Port hits 2

BB Mississippi firing at Kusaie Island
BB Idaho firing at Kusaie Island
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB West Virginia
BB West Virginia firing at Kusaie Island
CA Houston firing at Kusaie Island
DD Aylwin firing at Yokosuka 4th SNLF
DD MacDonough firing at Kusaie Island
DD Farragut firing at Kusaie Island
DD Helm firing at Kusaie Island
DD Bagley firing at Kusaie Island


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Night Naval bombardment of Kusaie Island at 125,118

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 damaged

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

Japanese ground losses:
13 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 2 disabled



Airbase hits 5
Runway hits 14
Port hits 3
Port fuel hits 1

BB Arizona firing at Kusaie Island
BB Colorado firing at Kusaie Island
CA New Orleans firing at Kusaie Island
CA Chicago firing at Kusaie Island
CL Boise firing at Kusaie Island
DD Hammann firing at Kusaie Island
DD Renshaw firing at Kusaie Island


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Invasion Support action off Kusaie Island (125,118)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

13 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-983
LST-32
LST-482



SC-983 fired at enemy troops


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Pre-Invasion action off Kusaie Island (125,118)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

39 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-699
LST-340
LST-16
LST-477
LST-480



SC-699 fired at enemy troops
88mm Type 99 AA Gun battery firing at LST-16


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Amphibious Assault at Kusaie Island (125,118)

TF 445 troops unloading over beach at Kusaie Island, 125,118





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Invasion Support action off Kusaie Island (125,118)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

15 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-983
LST-482
LST-32



SC-983 fired at enemy troops


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Invasion Support action off Kusaie Island (125,118)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

19 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-699
LST-475
LST-16
LST-340
LST-449
LST-477



SC-699 fired at enemy troops


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jul 09, 43

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Invasion Support action off Kusaie Island (125,118)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

60 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LSI(L) Empire Pride
APA Elmore
SC PC-578


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


LSI(L) Empire Pride firing at 61st Division
LSI(L) Empire Pride fired at enemy troops
APA Elmore fired at enemy troops
LSI(L) Empire Pride 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 Kusaie Island (125,118)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

17 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-707
LST-31
LST-29



SC-707 fired at enemy troops


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Invasion Support action off Kusaie Island (125,118)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

19 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-983
LST-482
LST-32



SC-983 fired at enemy troops


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Invasion Support action off Kusaie Island (125,118)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

39 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-699
LST-16
LST-475
LST-480
LST-340
LST-477



SC-699 fired at enemy troops
10cm T91 Howitzer battery firing at LST-16





SS I-35 lands a torpedo on CV Enterprise:



Sub attack near Kusaie Island at 123,118

Japanese Ships
SS I-35

Allied Ships
CV Enterprise, Torpedo hits 1
BB North Carolina
CA Astoria
CL Denver
CLAA Juneau
CLAA Atlanta
DD Bache
DD Hobby
DD Nicholas
DD Conway



SS I-35 launches 6 torpedoes at CV Enterprise
I-35 diving deep ....
DD Hobby fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Nicholas fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Conway fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hobby attacking submerged sub ....
DD Nicholas fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub


CV Enterprise has 8 SYS and 20 FLT damage and she will now head back into port for repairs. Im thinking of changing her nickname from Lucky E to Unlucky E as this is the 2nd time during the war that she has been torpedoed by a Japanese sub. Ironically....CV Essex and CVL Independence join the line off Kusaie just as CV Enterprise gets torpedoed and must be withdrawn. This will probably push our SOPAC and SWPAC summer offensives back a month to 45 days as I want CV Enterprise back on the line before we go deep into Injun country.


CENTPAC will deliver a deliberate attack on Kusaie next turn.





SOPAC



Mussau enlarges its AF to level 4 and over 80 P-38Fs/Gs/Hs are staged in to sweep Truk. Japan loses 64 AC in A2A vs 38 Allied AC. Individual plane losses include 35 A6M2s, 16 Oscars, 12 Tojos, 11 Nicks, 17 P-38Gs, 8 P-38Hs, 7 F4F-4s and 2 P-38Fs.

I will sweep Truk a couple more turns as Mussau builds up to a level 5 AF....Dave will tire of the disproportionate fighter losses and will eventually evacuate his airforce from Truk and then we will send in the heavy bombers.




CBI


I tried to sneak in some xAKLs to reinforce Rangoon with supplies but Dave intercepted with CL Kashii:


Day Time Surface Combat, near Rangoon at 54,54, Range 4,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Kashii
DD Namikaze

Allied Ships
xAKL Kwai Sang, Shell hits 2, on fire
xAKL Beatrice, Shell hits 3, on fire
xAKL De Klerk, Shell hits 8, heavy fires
xAKL De Haan, Shell hits 4, on fire
xAKL Elout, Shell hits 14, and is sunk
YMS BYMS-2055, Shell hits 2, and is sunk



Poor visibility due to Thunderstorms
Maximum visibility in Thunderstorms: 4,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
Range closes to 5,000 yards...
Range closes to 4,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 4,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 4,000 yards
Kobayashi, Sonosuke crosses the 'T'
YMS BYMS-2055 sunk by CL Kashii at 4,000 yards
CL Kashii engages xAKL Elout at 4,000 yards
CL Kashii engages xAKL De Klerk at 4,000 yards
CL Kashii engages xAKL Elout at 4,000 yards
DD Namikaze engages xAKL De Haan at 4,000 yards
Range increases to 5,000 yards
CL Kashii engages xAKL Elout at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
CL Kashii engages xAKL De Haan at 6,000 yards
DD Namikaze engages xAKL Elout at 6,000 yards
DD Namikaze engages xAKL Beatrice at 6,000 yards
CL Kashii engages xAKL Elout at 6,000 yards
DD Namikaze engages xAKL Beatrice at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
DD Namikaze engages xAKL Elout at 8,000 yards
DD Namikaze engages xAKL De Haan at 8,000 yards
CL Kashii engages xAKL De Klerk at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
CL Kashii engages xAKL Elout at 10,000 yards
CL Kashii engages xAKL De Klerk at 10,000 yards
DD Namikaze engages xAKL Kwai Sang at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DD Namikaze engages xAKL Elout at 8,000 yards
DD Namikaze engages xAKL De Klerk at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
DD Namikaze engages xAKL Elout at 10,000 yards
Task forces break off...



Then SS RO-102 sailed in to pick off a straggler:


Submarine attack near Rangoon at 54,54

Japanese Ships
SS RO-102

Allied Ships
xAKL De Haan, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage



xAKL De Haan is sighted by SS RO-102
SS RO-102 launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL De Haan



Allied naval bombers try to exact retribution but are overwhelmed by Jap CAP:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Tavoy at 53,58

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3 Zero x 14
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 15



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 6
Beaufort VIII x 4


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 2 destroyed
Beaufort VIII: 2 destroyed



CAP engaged:
582 Ku S-1 with A6M3 Zero (14 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
14 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Raid is overhead
9th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (15 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead




Massive land battle in central China as 4000 AV of Chinese troops square off against 4300 Chinese AV outside of Nanchang:


Ground combat at 85,55 (near Nanchang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 112744 troops, 948 guns, 314 vehicles, Assault Value = 4099

Defending force 109443 troops, 658 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 4320

Japanese adjusted assault: 1304

Allied adjusted defense: 1703

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
13894 casualties reported
Squads: 171 destroyed, 874 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 110 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 106 disabled
Guns lost 61 (4 destroyed, 57 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
12923 casualties reported
Squads: 144 destroyed, 1298 disabled
Non Combat: 79 destroyed, 147 disabled
Engineers: 16 destroyed, 76 disabled
Guns lost 235 (44 destroyed, 191 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Assaulting units:
63rd Division
64th Division
116th Division
22nd Division
17th Ind.Mixed Brigade
39th Division
27th Division
35th Division
15th Division
59th Division
31st Mountain Gun Regiment
6th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd Ind. Field Artillery Regiment
12th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion

Defending units:
78th Chinese/C Corps
62nd Chinese Corps
4th Chinese/B Corps
87th Chinese/A Corps
50th Chinese Corps
99th Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
87th Chinese/B Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry/A Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry/B Corps
54th Chinese/C Corps
4th Chinese/A Corps
78th Chinese/A Corps
48th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese/B Corps
92nd Chinese/C Corps
78th Chinese/B Corps
87th Chinese/C Corps
68th Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese/B Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry/C Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
85th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese/A Corps
30th Group Army
32nd Group Army
7th Artillery Regiment
20th Group Army
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
56th AT Gun Regiment
3rd New Chinese/A Corps




Ground combat at 85,55 (near Nanchang)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 95624 troops, 621 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3093

Defending force 98826 troops, 945 guns, 314 vehicles, Assault Value = 2771

Allied adjusted assault: 646

Japanese adjusted defense: 2036

Allied assault odds: 1 to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
4196 casualties reported
Squads: 20 destroyed, 332 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 55 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 38 disabled


Allied ground losses:
5951 casualties reported
Squads: 246 destroyed, 808 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 108 disabled
Engineers: 19 destroyed, 38 disabled
Guns lost 62 (14 destroyed, 48 disabled)


Assaulting units:
87th Chinese/B Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
92nd Chinese/B Corps
26th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry/A Corps
99th Chinese Corps
78th Chinese/B Corps
87th Chinese/A Corps
92nd Chinese/C Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry/C Corps
32nd Chinese/B Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry/B Corps
50th Chinese Corps
87th Chinese/C Corps
62nd Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
78th Chinese/A Corps
70th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese/A Corps
4th Chinese/B Corps
68th Chinese Corps
54th Chinese/C Corps
53rd Chinese/A Corps
7th Artillery Regiment
30th Group Army
32nd Group Army
20th Group Army
56th AT Gun Regiment
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
3rd New Chinese/A Corps

Defending units:
22nd Division
116th Division
64th Division
35th Division
15th Division
27th Division
39th Division
17th Ind.Mixed Brigade
59th Division
6th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd Ind. Field Artillery Regiment
63rd Division
31st Mountain Gun Regiment
12th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion



We come out on the short side here as the Chinese suffer massive casualties in the clear terrain. It looks to me that Japan now has some 2400 AV left vs 2200 Chinese AV....I lost 21000 Chinese AV here this turn. Im hoping to withdraw the remaining Chinese to Nanchang and hopefully Dave doesnt order a shock attack. Every bomber left in Tenth Air Force at Chungking will target the Japanese here next turn.


Farther south.....Indian armor fights off Japanese armor near Chaochow:


Ground combat at 81,60 (near Chaochow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 9117 troops, 139 guns, 721 vehicles, Assault Value = 427

Defending force 11425 troops, 122 guns, 564 vehicles, Assault Value = 480

Japanese adjusted assault: 267

Allied adjusted defense: 266

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
437 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Vehicles lost 44 (9 destroyed, 35 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
216 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 65 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 11 (2 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Vehicles lost 27 (2 destroyed, 25 disabled)


Assaulting units:
1st Tank Division
23rd Tank Regiment

Defending units:
268th Motorised Brigade
255th Armoured Brigade
254th Armoured Brigade
7th Chinese/C Corps
38th Chinese/B Corps
43rd Chinese/C Corps
97th Chinese/C Corps
39th Chinese/C Corps



Japanese troops retake Chaochow:


Ground combat at Chaochow (81,61)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 25364 troops, 318 guns, 161 vehicles, Assault Value = 2404

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

Japanese adjusted assault: 1226

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 1226 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Chaochow !!!

Combat modifiers
Attacker: shock(+)



Assaulting units:
41st Division
37th Division
13th Division
32nd Division
3rd Tank Regiment
34th Division
43rd Recon Regiment
18th Tank Rgt /2
1st Art.Mortar Regiment
2nd Mobile Field Artillery Regiment
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
9th RF Gun Bn /1


Chinese troops continue to pursue retreating Japanese troops near Lanchow in western China.








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SUBS


SS Seadragon torpedoes xAK Kenyo Maru off dadjangas.

SS S-40 sinks TK Amakusa maru near Misool.

SS Hoe is sunk by IJN ASW near Culion.

Allied ASW TF sinks SS I-171 by Kusaie.

SS Thresher sinks xAKL Kaisyo Maru off Donggala.



CENTPAC


CENTPAC troops are only able to get a 1:2 attack at Kusaie despite massive naval and aerial bombardments:


Ground combat at Kusaie Island (125,118)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10862 troops, 186 guns, 231 vehicles, Assault Value = 436

Defending force 5380 troops, 121 guns, 11 vehicles, Assault Value = 164

Allied adjusted assault: 217

Japanese adjusted defense: 263

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 4)

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

Japanese ground losses:
756 casualties reported
Squads: 38 destroyed, 31 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 24 (3 destroyed, 21 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
82 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Assaulting units:
147th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
34th Infantry Regiment
34th Combat Engineer Regiment
160th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
7th Guards Inf. Rgt /1
Yokosuka 4th SNLF /1
302nd Ind.Infantry Battalion
303rd Ind.Infantry Battalion
61st Div /8
40th JNAF AF Unit
24th Air Defense AA Regiment
3rd Engineer Construction Battalion
4th Div /5



This island obviously will take a bit longer to secure than I had anticipated. I dont like leaving my CVEs and CVs exposed to the IJN carriers turn after turn along with the IJN sub threat and the land based naval bombers. Ive got plenty of supplies on the beach so all the assault transports and CVEs will withdraw a bit to the SE while the CVs refuel and rearm in the Gilberts along with all the bombardment TFs.

APAs and AKAs begin loading troops in the Gilberts for invasion targets in the Marshalls.



CBI


Dave hits my main army in central China with a 1:2 attack outside nanchang:


Ground combat at 85,55 (near Nanchang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 96179 troops, 870 guns, 314 vehicles, Assault Value = 3335

Defending force 89117 troops, 603 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2315

Japanese adjusted assault: 1000

Allied adjusted defense: 1314

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
6619 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 626 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 55 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 50 disabled


Allied ground losses:
9737 casualties reported
Squads: 415 destroyed, 448 disabled
Non Combat: 127 destroyed, 203 disabled
Engineers: 24 destroyed, 30 disabled
Guns lost 88 (36 destroyed, 52 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Assaulting units:
35th Division
116th Division
63rd Division
64th Division
27th Division
17th Division
39th Division
22nd Division
15th Division
69th Division
17th Ind.Mixed Brigade
59th Division
31st Mountain Gun Regiment
6th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd Ind. Field Artillery Regiment
12th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion

Defending units:
92nd Chinese/C Corps
48th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry/C Corps
87th Chinese/A Corps
4th Chinese/B Corps
26th Chinese Corps
78th Chinese/A Corps
32nd Chinese/B Corps
92nd Chinese/B Corps
70th Chinese Corps
62nd Chinese Corps
99th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry/B Corps
78th Chinese/B Corps
87th Chinese/C Corps
54th Chinese/C Corps
68th Chinese Corps
87th Chinese/B Corps
50th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese/A Corps
20th Group Army
3rd Chinese Cavalry/A Corps
32nd Group Army
4th Chinese/A Corps
30th Group Army
7th Artillery Regiment
56th AT Gun Regiment
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
3rd New Chinese/A Corps



The Chinese troops here are very disrupted and some 415 infantry squads were destroyed last turn. What was once a 4300 AV Chinese army has now been reduced to less than 2000 AV. Im trying to withdraw to Nanchang but Dave will get to attack the Chinee here one more time before they can clear the hex.


In southern China.....Dave continues to pursue the Indian armor and Chinese troops withdrawing from Cahochow:



Ground combat at 81,60 (near Chaochow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 590 troops, 0 guns, 94 vehicles, Assault Value = 329

Defending force 5664 troops, 44 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 132

Japanese adjusted assault: 40

Allied adjusted defense: 59

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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


Allied ground losses:
176 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
1st Tank Division
23rd Tank Regiment

Defending units:
7th Chinese/C Corps
43rd Chinese/C Corps
38th Chinese/B Corps
97th Chinese/C Corps
39th Chinese/C Corps



Most of these Chinese troops will join the Indian armor in good defensive terrain next turn but a couple of Chinese LCUs will probably get crushed here.

Chinese troops retake Kanhsien and invest Kwangchowan....we are having a rather fluid, swirling battle here across the south of China as both sides try to surround each other. I have about 3000 AV of Chinese and SEAC troops that are going to threaten Hong Kong and Canton to try to reduce the pressure on the rest of the Chinese line.




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RE: CENTPAC ON THE OFFENSIVE - 9/20/2012 5:34:47 PM   
AdmSpruance


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7/12-7/13/43



SUBS


SS Billfish sinks xAK Sugiyama Maru off Agrihan.

SS Tambor sinks LB-127 near Vanimo.



CBI


Dave tries to finish off my main army in central China in an all out shock attack before I can withdraw from the hex outside Nanchang:

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Ground combat at 85,55 (near Nanchang)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 91357 troops, 870 guns, 314 vehicles, Assault Value = 2624

Defending force 81861 troops, 545 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1940

Japanese adjusted assault: 364

Allied adjusted defense: 498

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
11409 casualties reported
Squads: 157 destroyed, 741 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 79 disabled
Engineers: 29 destroyed, 72 disabled
Vehicles lost 13 (1 destroyed, 12 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
6536 casualties reported
Squads: 269 destroyed, 256 disabled
Non Combat: 116 destroyed, 220 disabled
Engineers: 9 destroyed, 23 disabled
Guns lost 85 (38 destroyed, 47 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Assaulting units:
27th Division
17th Ind.Mixed Brigade
15th Division
69th Division
17th Division
116th Division
39th Division
35th Division
59th Division
2nd Ind. Field Artillery Regiment
6th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
31st Mountain Gun Regiment
12th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion

Defending units:
78th Chinese/B Corps
4th Chinese/A Corps
99th Chinese Corps
62nd Chinese Corps
87th Chinese/C Corps
87th Chinese/B Corps
50th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry/A Corps
85th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry/C Corps
68th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry/B Corps
70th Chinese Corps
54th Chinese/C Corps
87th Chinese/A Corps
4th Chinese/B Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
92nd Chinese/B Corps
53rd Chinese/A Corps
7th Artillery Regiment
30th Group Army
56th AT Gun Regiment
20th Group Army
78th Chinese/A Corps
32nd Chinese/B Corps
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
32nd Group Army
3rd New Chinese/A Corps


Japan loses 900 squads killed or disabled. When Dave and I first faced off here the Chinese had over 4300 AV vs a Japanese army of 4000 AV. After 3 turns of bloody combat Japan has about 1900 AV left to the Chinese army that now musters around 1700 AV. The Chinese have suffered casualties of over 2600 AV....nearly 1200 Chinese squads have been killed in 3 turns...this represents nearly 3 1/2 months of Chinese replacements. To put this in perspective.....I sent some 2500 AV of US/British/Canadian/Australian/Indian troops from Burma to China to help shore up the defenses and now Ive lost an army larger than that in 3 turns. At least the Chinese remnants are able to withdraw in good order into Nanchang where they are reinforced by 800 AV of fresh Chinese troops and level 3 fortifications.


Farther south things arent much better for the Chinese withdrawing inland from Chaochow:


Ground combat at 81,60 (near Chaochow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 16526 troops, 192 guns, 876 vehicles, Assault Value = 677

Defending force 4488 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 103

Japanese adjusted assault: 553

Allied adjusted defense: 13

Japanese assault odds: 42 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
97 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Allied ground losses:
1708 casualties reported
Squads: 140 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 69 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 6 (4 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 3


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
23rd Tank Regiment
43rd Recon Regiment
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Tank Division
3rd Tank Regiment
18th Tank Rgt /2

Defending units:
43rd Chinese/C Corps
38th Chinese/B Corps
97th Chinese/C Corps



The 3 Indian armor brigades were able to escape here but the slower Chinese infantry was left behind to get crushed. Now Dave has 2 tank divisions and 5 infantry divisions pursuing the Indian armor. Note to self......dont contest the Japanese in clear coastal terrain. Even with high experience/morale SEAC troops with modern tanks you just cant stand up to the Japanese naval and aerial bombardments in clear terrain. I just dont have enough supplies in coastal China or BFs to put up an effective air defense. I need to pull everyone here back to the rough terrain near Kukong.


In the northwest.....the Chinese continue to pursue the retreating Japanese outside Lnachow:


Ground combat at 83,34 (near Lanchow)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10491 troops, 39 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 446

Defending force 502 troops, 9 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 6

Allied adjusted assault: 227

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 227 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
527 casualties reported
Squads: 23 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 45 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 10 (10 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1
Units destroyed 1


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


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
55th Chinese/A Corps
16th Chinese Corps
83rd Chinese/C Corps
36th Group Army
Red Chinese Army
34th Group Army
6th Chinese Base Force

Defending units:
66th Naval Guard Unit
76th JAAF AF Bn /2




CENTPAC


CENTPAC launches 2 more assaults on Kusaie:


Ground combat at Kusaie Island (125,118)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10740 troops, 186 guns, 231 vehicles, Assault Value = 417

Defending force 4754 troops, 120 guns, 12 vehicles, Assault Value = 111

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Allied adjusted assault: 177

Japanese adjusted defense: 41

Allied assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
656 casualties reported
Squads: 37 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 12 (3 destroyed, 9 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
457 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 41 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled


Assaulting units:
147th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
34th Combat Engineer Regiment
34th Infantry Regiment
160th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
302nd Ind.Infantry Battalion
303rd Ind.Infantry Battalion
28th Div /2
Yokosuka 4th SNLF /1
61st Div /8
3rd Engineer Construction Battalion
24th Air Defense AA Regiment
40th JNAF AF Unit
4th Div /5



Ground combat at Kusaie Island (125,118)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10474 troops, 186 guns, 231 vehicles, Assault Value = 382

Defending force 4558 troops, 118 guns, 12 vehicles, Assault Value = 92

Allied adjusted assault: 110

Japanese adjusted defense: 57

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
652 casualties reported
Squads: 31 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 27 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 10 (5 destroyed, 5 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
112 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 26 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)


Assaulting units:
147th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
34th Combat Engineer Regiment
34th Infantry Regiment
160th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
302nd Ind.Infantry Battalion
28th Div /2
Yokosuka 4th SNLF /1
303rd Ind.Infantry Battalion
61st Div /8
40th JNAF AF Unit
24th Air Defense AA Regiment
3rd Engineer Construction Battalion
4th Div /5



Im going to rest the troops here next turn and then shock attack on the following turn.


APAs and AKAs continue to load assault troops in the Gilberts for invasions of Maloelap and Mili in the Marshall Islands. The Allied fast carriers refuel and take on AC replacements in the Gilberts in preparation for the upcoming Marshalls ops.



SWPAC/SOPAC


The airfields at Mussau and Manus both reach level 5 this turn. After 2 turns of fighter sweeps over Truk the P-38s are withdrawn to Port Moresby to rest and take on replacements. Once I wrap up the invasions of Maloelap and Mili in the Marshalls the heavy bombers of Fifth Air Force will stage into Mussau and P-38 escorts will put Truk out of business.







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Post #: 398
CENTPAC ON THE OFFENSIVE - 9/24/2012 5:00:55 AM   
AdmSpruance


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7/14-7/15/43



CBI


This isnt sleepy China backwater from RL WWII...this is all out mech war and its hot as hell. This turn the Chinese capture Kwangchowan. Dave is trying to crush Chinese formations and Im trying to crush japanese formations throughout China. With large numbers of reinforcements now arriving in Burma down the coastal road from Chittagong Im sending at least another 1000 AV of SEAC troops to replace the Chinese losses that I just suffered outside Nanchang.

Dave has 2 armor divisions and 5 infantry divisions chasing down my 3 Indian armor brigades outside CHaochow.....my Indian armor should escape at the destruction of their Chinese infantry compatriots. Im going to reinvest Canton with over 2000 AV of Allied troops to take pressure off the rest of southern China.



SWPAC


Fifth Air Force shuts down level 4 Japanese AFs on New Guinea at Aitape and Wewak and switches targets to the level 4 Japanese AF at Vanimo.




CENTPAC


CENTPAC troops invade and capture Maloelap after massive naval and aerial bombardments:


Night Naval bombardment of Maloelap at 136,117 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

20 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Arizona, Shell hits 4
BB Colorado
CA New Orleans
CA Chicago
CL Boise
DD Hammann
DD Anderson
DD Renshaw

Japanese ground losses:
145 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 15 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 12 (5 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Vehicles lost 6 (3 destroyed, 3 disabled)



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

Maloelap Naval Fortress firing at BB Arizona
BB Arizona firing at Maloelap Naval Fortress
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Colorado
BB Colorado firing at Maloelap
CA New Orleans firing at Maloelap
SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Chicago
CA Chicago firing at Maloelap Naval Fortress
Maloelap Naval Fortress firing at CA Chicago
CL Boise firing at Maloelap
DD Hammann firing at Maloelap Naval Fortress
DD Anderson firing at Maloelap Naval Fortress
DD Renshaw firing at Maloelap


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Pre-Invasion action off Maloelap (136,117) - Coastal Guns Fire Back!
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

43 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico
CL Marblehead
CL Trenton
CL Richmond
DD King
DD Sands
DD Litchfield
APA Arthur Middleton
DD Hatfield

Japanese ground losses:
95 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 9 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (5 destroyed, 1 disabled)


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


BB New Mexico firing at Maloelap Naval Fortress
CL Marblehead firing at Maloelap Naval Fortress
CL Trenton firing at Maloelap Naval Fortress
Maloelap Naval Fortress firing at CL Trenton
CL Richmond firing at 1st JNAF AF Unit
DD King firing at Maloelap Naval Fortress
DD Sands firing at Maloelap Naval Fortress
DD Litchfield firing at Maloelap Naval Fortress
DD King fired at enemy troops
DD Litchfield 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 Maloelap (136,117)

TF 425 troops unloading over beach at Maloelap, 136,117


Allied ground losses:
29 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (0 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (0 destroyed, 2 disabled)


13 troops of a USA Rifle Squad 43 lost from landing craft during unload of 25th Infantry/B Div


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Pre-Invasion action off Maloelap (136,117)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

25 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-23
SC-708
LST-34, Shell hits 1, on fire
LST-28
LST-339



SC-708 fired at enemy troops
88mm Type 99 AA Gun battery firing at LST-23
15cm 41YT CD Gun battery firing at LST-34


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Amphibious Assault at Maloelap (136,117)

TF 433 troops unloading over beach at Maloelap, 136,117





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Invasion Support action off Maloelap (136,117)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

20 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AKA Bellatrix, Shell hits 1, on fire
CL Marblehead
CL Trenton
APA Arthur Middleton
DD Hatfield


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


15cm 41YT CD Gun Battery engaging AKA Bellatrix at 19,000 yards
CL Trenton firing to suppress enemy battery at 19,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Invasion Support action off Maloelap (136,117)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

9 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-28
SC-708
LST-23



15cm 41YT CD Gun Battery engaging LST-28 at 6,000 yards
SC-708 firing to suppress enemy battery at 6,000 yards
SC-708 fired at enemy troops



Invasion Support action off Maloelap (136,117)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

10 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-708
LST-34
LST-339
LST-23



SC-708 fired at enemy troops


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Ground combat at Maloelap (136,117)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 6443 troops, 139 guns, 128 vehicles, Assault Value = 256

Defending force 1813 troops, 34 guns, 45 vehicles, Assault Value = 11

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Allied adjusted assault: 87

Japanese adjusted defense: 6

Allied assault odds: 14 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Maloelap !!!

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
E7K2 Alf: 1 destroyed

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

Japanese ground losses:
574 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 126 destroyed, 65 disabled
Engineers: 17 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 36 (36 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 36 (36 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 3


Allied ground losses:
531 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 73 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 22 (4 destroyed, 18 disabled)
Vehicles lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)


Assaulting units:
25th Infantry/B Division
25th Infantry/C Div /4

Defending units:
1st Air Defense AA Regiment
5th Air Division
Maloelap Naval Fortress
1st JNAF AF Unit


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1st JNAF AF Unit Wiped Out at Maloelap by attrition!!!





CV Enterprise....."Unlucky E".....reaches Luganville and enters port. I had my 1st ARD finally arrive at Noumea after a 2 month sail across the Pacific at a speed of 5 knots and she was sent to Luganville with 4 ARs to perform critical repairs on CV Enterprise. With 8 SYS and 19 FLT damage I have a repair estimate of 43 days for CV Enterprise. Im sending Seventh US Fleet HQ from Noumea to Luganville to speed up the repairs on Enterprise.

I split my CVEs up last turn....4 CVEs with 112 fighters covered the invasion of Maloelap while the other 7 CVEs covered Kusaie to prevent Japanese reinforcement by air transport AC. Im sending the 4 CVEs at Maloelap to reinforce the 7 CVEs already present at Kusaie and Im using transport AC to fly in construction engineers and BF forces to Maloelap. The fast carriers of Task Group 58 are pulling out of the Gilberts/Marshalls to escape from the IJN sub menace. I put all of the TBF formations......all now expert at ASW warfare...... on ASW and hit Japanese subs between the Gilberts and the Solomons:


TBF-1 Avenger reports object near surface at 132, 130 near Ocean Island
SBD-3 Dauntless reports diving submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
SBD-3 Dauntless reports conning tower at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports possible submarine at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object near surface at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shadow in water at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports possible submarine at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports conning tower at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope wake at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shape below surface at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports diving submarine at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope wake at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports suspected submarine at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object near surface at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island

TBF-1 Avenger reports oil slick at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports possible submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports turbulence in water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports oil slick at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports diving submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports oil slick at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope wake at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-2 attacking a Type KRS class SS at 127,129
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine wake at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope wake at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-2 attacking a Type L4 class SS at 128,128
TBF-1 Avenger reports turbulence in water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object near surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports conning tower at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports suspected submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports oil slick at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine wake at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object near surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports conning tower at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports radio transmissions at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports possible submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-5 attacking a Type KD3A/B class SS at 127,129
a Japanese SS is reported HIT
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-5 attacking a Japanese SS at 128,128
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine wake at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports diving submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shadow in water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-6 attacking a Japanese SS at 128,128
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-6 attacking a Type J1 class SS at 128,128
TBF-1 Avenger reports turbulence in water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports conning tower at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports possible submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine wake at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object under water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports suspected submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object near surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports radio transmissions at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object near surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope wake at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports oil slick at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports diving submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine wake at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports possible submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports suspected submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shadow in water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-8 attacking a Type KD6A class SS at 127,129
a Type L4 class SS is reported HIT
TBF-1 Avenger reports shape below surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports radio transmissions at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports oil slick at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
SBD-3 Dauntless reports object near surface at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
SBD-3 Dauntless reports oil slick at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
SBD-3 Dauntless reports shape below surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SBD-3 Dauntless reports shadow in water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
SBD-3 Dauntless reports diving submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
SBD-3 Dauntless from VB-9 attacking a Type B1/B2 class SS at 127,129
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope wake at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shape below surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports turbulence in water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object under water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports possible submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shape below surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object near surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports diving submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object near surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-71 attacking a Type KD5 class SS at 127,129
a Type KS class SS is reported HIT
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope wake at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine wake at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-71 attacking a Type K5 class SS at 127,129
TBF-1 Avenger reports radio transmissions at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports suspected submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports diving submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports possible submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports suspected submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shape below surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-22 attacking a Japanese PT at 127,129
TBF-1 Avenger from No.832 Sqn FAA attacking a Type KD3A/B class SS at 128,128
TBF-1 Avenger reports possible submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shadow in water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object under water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports conning tower at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports diving submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger from No.832 Sqn FAA attacking a Type KRS class SS at 127,129
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine wake at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope wake at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports possible submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports oil slick at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports suspected submarine at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports turbulence in water at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
OS2U-3 Kingfisher reports object near surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
OS2U-3 Kingfisher reports periscope wake at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
OS2U-3 Kingfisher reports periscope at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
OS2U-3 Kingfisher reports shape below surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SOC-1 Seagull reports periscope wake at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SOC-1 Seagull reports submarine wake at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
SOC-1 Seagull reports shape below surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SOC-1 Seagull reports conning tower at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
SOC-1 Seagull reports shape below surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SOC-1 Seagull reports oil slick at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
OS2U-3 Kingfisher reports submarine wake at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
SB2U-3 Vindicator from VMSB-241 attacking SS RO-103 at 128,128
SS RO-103 is reported HIT
SB2U-3 Vindicator reports turbulence in water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SB2U-3 Vindicator from VMSB-241 attacking a Japanese SS at 127,129
SB2U-3 Vindicator reports object near surface at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
SB2U-3 Vindicator reports diving submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SB2U-3 Vindicator from VMSB-241 attacking a Japanese SS at 127,129
SB2U-3 Vindicator reports shadow in water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object under water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shape below surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-2 attacking SS RO-109 at 127,129
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports suspected submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine wake at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine wake at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope wake at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object under water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-6 attacking SS RO-109 at 127,129
SS RO-109 is reported HIT
TBF-1 Avenger reports diving submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports suspected submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object under water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger destroyed by flak
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope wake at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports radio transmissions at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports diving submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object near surface at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope wake at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object near surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shadow in water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shadow in water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports oil slick at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-8 attacking SS RO-103 at 128,128
TBF-1 Avenger reports shape below surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports oil slick at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports radio transmissions at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports suspected submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports suspected submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SBD-3 Dauntless reports object near surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SBD-3 Dauntless reports shape below surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SBD-3 Dauntless reports object near surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SBD-3 Dauntless reports suspected submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
SBD-3 Dauntless reports object under water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SBD-3 Dauntless reports turbulence in water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SBD-3 Dauntless reports radio transmissions at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SBD-3 Dauntless reports object under water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-9 attacking SS RO-103 at 128,128
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-9 attacking SS RO-103 at 128,128
SS RO-103 is reported HIT
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine wake at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports turbulence in water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shape below surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger from VT-9 attacking SS RO-103 at 128,128
TBF-1 Avenger reports possible submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object under water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports turbulence in water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope wake at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports conning tower at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine wake at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports diving submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports conning tower at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports diving submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope wake at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shape below surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports conning tower at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shadow in water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shape below surface at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object under water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shadow in water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports conning tower at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports submarine wake at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object under water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports conning tower at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports turbulence in water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shadow in water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object near surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports oil slick at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object under water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports radio transmissions at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object under water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports oil slick at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports object under water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports radio transmissions at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shadow in water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
TBF-1 Avenger from No.832 Sqn FAA attacking SS RO-103 at 128,128
TBF-1 Avenger from No.832 Sqn FAA attacking SS RO-109 at 127,129
SS RO-109 is reported HIT
TBF-1 Avenger reports object near surface at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
Walrus II sighting report: 2 Japanese ships at 135,117 near Maloelap, speed 17, Moving West
TBF-1 Avenger reports suspected submarine at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports turbulence in water at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports periscope at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports radio transmissions at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shadow in water at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports shadow in water at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
TBF-1 Avenger reports diving submarine at 123, 118 near Kusaie Island
OS2U-3 Kingfisher reports periscope wake at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
OS2U-3 Kingfisher reports possible submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
OS2U-3 Kingfisher reports object under water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
OS2U-3 Kingfisher reports radio transmissions at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
SOC-1 Seagull reports diving submarine at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
SOC-1 Seagull reports diving submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SOC-1 Seagull reports radio transmissions at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SOC-1 Seagull reports shadow in water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SOC-1 Seagull reports object under water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
OS2U-3 Kingfisher reports possible submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SB2U-3 Vindicator reports radio transmissions at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
SB2U-3 Vindicator reports oil slick at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
SB2U-3 Vindicator reports object under water at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SB2U-3 Vindicator reports suspected submarine at 128, 128 near Nauru Island
SB2U-3 Vindicator reports shadow in water at 127, 129 near Nauru Island
Seagull V reports periscope wake at 137, 116 near Maloelap
Seagull V reports possible submarine at 137, 116 near Maloelap


CENTPAC troops continue to load at Tabiteuea for the invasion of Mili.



CENTPAC medium and heavy bombers continue to pound the Japanese troops on Kusaiae while Allied troops rest for the shock attack that will be ordered next turn.

Ive attached a screenshot of the Marshalls.......after we take Mili Japan will be reduced to the level 4 AF at Roi-Namur and the level 3 AF at Wotje....somehow I forgot about Wotje and didnt schedule an invasion so troops will need to eventually be prepped here. Inexplicably.....Dave has over 40,000 troops at Ponape.....I dont understand this unless Dave intended to use Ponape as a transport AC base to fly reinforcements into the Marshalls as I advanced. I will bypass Ponape for now and bomb it into oblivion just like Truk.







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RE: CENTPAC ON THE OFFENSIVE - 9/24/2012 10:41:46 AM   
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Ponape is something like 12 hexes from Truk - 2E bomber or tpt a/c range. Truk naval fortress has no AV - just guns, so a para assault could take it while avoiding the 105 fortress guns. He wants to keep you from taking Truk, so he loads up Ponape which, I believe has no stacking limits and can be built up to a decent port and airfield.

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CENTPAC ON THE OFFENSIVE - 9/25/2012 3:20:31 PM   
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BBfanboy.....Ponape is 8 hexes from Truk. I think that you are exactly right about Dave's intentions....that he has fortified Ponape to help defend Truk. But Truk has 42,000 troops on its own and I cant picture prepping 6 divisions for 3 months for months for what would be a very bloody assault there.....let alone prepping another 6 divisions for an assault on Ponape. Ive already shut down the airfield at Ponape and soon will shut down the airfield at Truk....and Dave will have over 80,000 troops at those 2 bases that will require a lot of shipping to keep supplied......and which will soon be isolated. Meanwhile.....the Japanese bases that Im most interested in capturing....the New Guinea and Paulau bases on the way to the Philippines.....are much less heavily defended.



7/16-7/17/43





SUBS


SS Salmon sinks PB Suyozai Maru off Tawi tawi.

SS Muskallunge puts a torpedo in xAP Teifu Maru near Babeldaob.

SS Scamp is heavily damaged by Japanese ASW AC and is sunk near Wakkanai.



SWPAC


Fifht Air Force has shut down level 4 Japanese AFs at Aitape and Wewak with 100% damage and the level 4 AF at Vanimo is now 71% damaged. Allied medium bombers on New Guinea will continue to shut down Vanimo and will also switch targets to the level 2 AF at Sarmi.



CENTPAC



CENTPAC troops capture the base at Kusaie after a pair of shock attacks:


Ground combat at Kusaie Island (125,118)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 10491 troops, 186 guns, 231 vehicles, Assault Value = 374

Defending force 4345 troops, 109 guns, 12 vehicles, Assault Value = 94

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Allied adjusted assault: 344

Japanese adjusted defense: 27

Allied assault odds: 12 to 1 (fort level 1)

Allied forces CAPTURE Kusaie Island !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
487 casualties reported
Squads: 16 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 59 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 29 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 36 (35 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 10 (10 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
495 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 45 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 16 (1 destroyed, 15 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Assaulting units:
147th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
34th Infantry Regiment
34th Combat Engineer Regiment
160th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
302nd Ind.Infantry Battalion
28th Div /2
303rd Ind.Infantry Battalion
61st Div /8
40th JNAF AF Unit
24th Air Defense AA Regiment
3rd Engineer Construction Battalion
4th Div /5
Yokosuka 4th SNLF /1





Ground combat at Kusaie Island (125,118)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 10182 troops, 185 guns, 230 vehicles, Assault Value = 332

Defending force 3392 troops, 82 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 64

Allied adjusted assault: 269

Japanese adjusted defense: 9

Allied assault odds: 29 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
938 casualties reported
Squads: 50 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 30 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 19 (14 destroyed, 5 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
83 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled


Assaulting units:
147th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
34th Combat Engineer Regiment
34th Infantry Regiment
160th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
303rd Ind.Infantry Battalion
61st Div /8
40th JNAF AF Unit
3rd Engineer Construction Battalion
24th Air Defense AA Regiment
28th Div /2
Yokosuka 4th SNLF /1


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3rd Engineer Construction Battalion Wiped Out at Kusaie Island by attrition!!!

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303rd Ind.Infantry Battalion Wiped Out at Kusaie Island by attrition!!!

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24th Air Defense AA Regiment Wiped Out at Kusaie Island by attrition!!!


Japanese Unit(s) Wiped Out at Kusaie Island by attrition!!!




The US infantry regiments will rest for a turn here before they finish off the remaining Japanese on the island. Construction engineers and base forces will be dropped off here next turn.




Allied bombardment TFs work over Mili:


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

69 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Mississippi
BB Idaho, Shell hits 1
BB West Virginia
CA Houston
CA Northampton
DD Aylwin, Shell hits 1
DD MacDonough
DD Farragut
DD Helm
DD Bagley

Japanese ground losses:
63 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 12 (5 destroyed, 7 disabled)



Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 3
Port hits 1

Mili Naval Fortress firing at BB Mississippi
BB Mississippi firing at Mili Naval Fortress
BB Idaho firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at BB Idaho
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB West Virginia
BB West Virginia firing at Mili
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for CA Houston
CA Houston firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at CA Houston
CA Northampton firing at Mili Naval Fortress
DD Aylwin firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at DD Aylwin
DD MacDonough firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at DD MacDonough
DD Farragut firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at DD Farragut
DD Helm firing at Mili Naval Fortress
DD Bagley firing at Mili Naval Fortress


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

58 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Arizona
BB Colorado
CA New Orleans
CL Boise
DD Hammann
DD Anderson
DD Renshaw, Shell hits 1



BB Arizona firing at Mili Naval Fortress
BB Colorado firing at Mili Naval Fortress
CA New Orleans firing at Mili Naval Fortress
CL Boise firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at CL Boise
DD Anderson firing at Mili Naval Fortress
DD Renshaw firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at DD Renshaw


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

59 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales, Shell hits 2
BB Massachusetts
CA Hawkins
CA Exeter
CA Cornwall, Shell hits 2
CA Shropshire
CL Durban
DD Nestor
DD Nepal
DD Napier
DD Maury
DD Ralph Talbot

Japanese ground losses:
62 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 6 (3 destroyed, 3 disabled)



Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 1

BB Prince of Wales firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at BB Prince of Wales
Mili Naval Fortress firing at BB Massachusetts
BB Massachusetts firing at Mili Naval Fortress
CA Hawkins firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at CA Hawkins
CA Exeter firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at CA Exeter
CA Cornwall firing at Mili Naval Fortress
Mili Naval Fortress firing at CA Cornwall
CA Shropshire firing at Mili Naval Fortress
CL Durban firing at Mili Naval Fortress
DD Nestor firing at Mili Naval Fortress
DD Nepal firing at Mili Naval Fortress
DD Napier firing at Mili Naval Fortress
DD Maury firing at Mili Naval Fortress
DD Ralph Talbot firing at Mili


A couple of my BBs were shot up by the Mili Naval Fortress and now have 14-15% SYS damage so will need to go back to port for repairs.


I was going to invade here next turn with the 21st Marine Regiment in a coup de main of a very lightly defended atoll but Dave has reinforced by air and now has over 4000 troops on the atoll. I will postpone the invasion for 2 turns so I can load elements of the 2nd Marine Division at Makin to reinforce the assault. Meanwhile....hundreds of medium and tactical bombers will continue to work over the Mili Naval Fortress.

Transport AC were unable to fly in engineers and BFs to Maloelap due to the high level of AF damage. I will drop off some seabees via amphibious lift here next turn....but Maloelap has a stacking limit of 6000 and the 2 regiments ashore of the 25th Division already exceed the stacking limit so Im forced to withdraw the assault troops by landing craft before I can land construction engineers and BFs.

Looking farther north in the Marshalls....Dave has some 9800 troops at Roi-Namur which also has a stacking limit of 6000....I will be bringing over 1 1/2 divisions here when I land so I will probably need to land over 50,000 supplies via LSTs on D-Day to keep all the assault troops in full supply.





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MECH WAR IN CHINA - 9/26/2012 11:50:39 PM   
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SS barb torpedoes xAK Toyokawa Maru off Shikuku.

SS Snook lands a fish on xAK Tempei Maru near Tanjoengsler.

SS Sunfish finishes off xAK Toyokawa Maru with 2 torpedoes near Shikuku.




CENTPAC


Construction engineers and base forces are unloaded at recently captured Kusaie and Maloelap. The US Army troops on Kusaie will launch another attack next turn to finish up the remnants of the Japanese garrison.

Elements of the 2nd Marine Division are loaded on APAs and AKAs in the Gilberts for the assault on Mili.

Tactical bombers on Makin and Tarawa continue to work over the Japanese defenders of Mili. Ive begun to stage all the medium and heavy bombers out of the Gilberts to New Guinea and Australia as we prepare for the next offensives for SWPAC and II Australian Corps.



SWPAC


The medium bombers of Fifth Air Force continue to suppress level 4 Japanese airfields on the northern coast of New Guinea and currently Vanimo, Wewak and Aitape are out of action and Hollandia is now 30% damaged.



MECH WAR IN CHINA


Dave has the 1st Tank Division and 4 tank regiments pursuing the 3 beaten up Indian armor brigades that are trying to withdraw inland from Swatow towards Kukong......this turn the IJA armor works over the Chinese rear guard:


Ground combat at 80,60 (near Swatow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 626 troops, 0 guns, 103 vehicles, Assault Value = 460

Defending force 90 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 27

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 27 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
Units pursuing 4


Allied ground losses:
84 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
23rd Tank Regiment
43rd Recon Regiment
1st Tank Division
3rd Tank Regiment
18th Tank Rgt /2

Defending units:
39th Chinese/C Corps



One hex to the west of them are the 3 Indian armor brigades and some Chinese infantry that have been decimated by incessant naval and aerial bombardments in the clear coastal terrain. Rather than have the Indian armor cut off I sent them across the river to try to escape and they were again decimated in a shock attack by the Japanese troops on the far side of the river:


Ground combat at 78,59 (near Canton)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 2125 troops, 49 guns, 97 vehicles, Assault Value = 1248

Defending force 41574 troops, 430 guns, 86 vehicles, Assault Value = 1499

Allied adjusted assault: 0

Japanese adjusted defense: 2051

Allied assault odds: 1 to 99

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

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


Allied ground losses:
686 casualties reported
Squads: 61 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 103 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 37 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 25 (25 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 89 (85 destroyed, 4 disabled)


Assaulting units:
14th Chinese/C Corps
254th Armoured Brigade
255th Armoured Brigade
77th Chindit Brigade
16th Canadian Brigade
71st Chinese/C Corps
268th Motorised Brigade
29th Chinese Corps
7th New Chinese/B Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
93rd Chinese Division
49th Chinese/C Corps
109th Tank Attack Regiment
7th War Area

Defending units:
51st Division
23rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
22nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
104th Division
20th RGC Division
8th Div /2
21st Mortar Battalion



The infantry here all cleared the hex last turn so Dave will get one more shot at my armor before I vacate the hex(by retreating). Then I hope to pull the Indian armor brigades out of the line and back to Burma to be rebuilt.


In addition to the 1500 AV of IJA troops we shock attacked here and the IJA tank division and tank regiments next door....Dave has another 5 divisions outside of Kanhsien and all 3 of these forces stand poised to move on Kukong from 3 directions.


So counting up the Japanese armor formations.....the 3rd Tank Division was decimated in the battle for western China and will be out of action for several months...... recon shows that the Japanese still have over 900 AFVs in the 15th Army at Moulmein facing off against SEAC.......and then there's the 1st Tank division and 4 armor regiments that hit us SE of Canton.

Imagine my surprise when another 7 IJA armor regiments and a mechanized regiment hit the Chinese border defenses at Lang Son this turn:


Ground combat at 71,56 (near Lang Son)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 32280 troops, 281 guns, 930 vehicles, Assault Value = 1428

Defending force 27342 troops, 134 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1095

Japanese adjusted assault: 1087

Allied adjusted defense: 1119

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
1211 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 97 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Vehicles lost 76 (1 destroyed, 75 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
3473 casualties reported
Squads: 20 destroyed, 470 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled


Assaulting units:
7th Tank Regiment
19th Tank Regiment
2nd Mobile Infantry Regiment
18th Division
11th Tank Regiment
11th Division
10th Tank Regiment
14th Tank Regiment
8th Tank Regiment
9th Tank Rgt /2

Defending units:
96th Chinese Division
49th Chinese/A Corps
71st Chinese/B Corps
54th Chinese/A Corps
14th Chinese/B Corps
100th Chinese/A Corps
54th Chinese/B Corps
21st Group Army



Nearly half of the Chinese army was vaporized in a 1:2 attack and next turn they will be routed.


Using the math of 3 regiments to a division and 3 divisons to a corps and 3 corps to an army....we are facing the equivalent of a Japanese Panzerarmee in the CBI. I should probably look at the OOB and see how many more armored formations Japan has that are unrestricted. Ive moved virtually every antitank gun LCU from SEAC/SWPAC/Australia and a half dozen tank LCUs to China but they are too dispersed to deal with the IJA armor.

To make matters worse...a diversionary attack by another 1700 AV Chinese army on Amoy is thrown back with heavy losses:


Ground combat at Amoy (83,61)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 34527 troops, 261 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1712

Defending force 16030 troops, 225 guns, 26 vehicles, Assault Value = 489

Allied adjusted assault: 589

Japanese adjusted defense: 553

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
808 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 33 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 13 destroyed, 5 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
1627 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 217 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Guns lost 18 (1 destroyed, 17 disabled)


Assaulting units:
2nd Chinese/B Corps
97th Chinese/B Corps
7th Chinese/A Corps
2nd Chinese/A Corps
97th Chinese/A Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese/C Corps
7th Chinese/B Corps
2nd Chinese/C Corps
Y' Force
NCAC
57th AT Gun Regiment

Defending units:
71st Engr Rgt /1
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
29th/C Div /1
47th Nav Gd /1
8th Div /1
25th Div /16
Southern Fleet /1
22nd JNAF AF Unit
Amoy Special Base Force
1st Art.Mortar Rgt /8
29th Field AF Const Bn /1



Ground combat at Amoy (83,61)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 32905 troops, 260 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1509

Defending force 16358 troops, 241 guns, 25 vehicles, Assault Value = 459

Allied adjusted assault: 41

Japanese adjusted defense: 305

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
756 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 53 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 10 disabled
Guns lost 15 (1 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
1727 casualties reported
Squads: 39 destroyed, 105 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 15 (7 destroyed, 8 disabled)


Assaulting units:
7th Chinese/A Corps
2nd Chinese/B Corps
2nd Chinese/A Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
97th Chinese/A Corps
97th Chinese/B Corps
31st Chinese Corps
7th Chinese/B Corps
3rd New Chinese/C Corps
2nd Chinese/C Corps
NCAC
Y' Force
57th AT Gun Regiment

Defending units:
47th Nav Gd /1
8th Div /1
71st Engr Rgt /2
25th Division
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
29th/C Div /1
1st Art.Mortar Rgt /8
Amoy Special Base Force
22nd JNAF AF Unit
Southern Fleet /1
29th Field AF Const Bn /1



The heavy bombers of Tenth Air Force has been in constant use without fighter support against the Japanese troops in south central China and now most squadrons are at 20% effectiveness or less.




I admit that I have been pretty focused on my current CENTPAC and upcoming SWPAC/SOPAC/II Australian Corps offensives in the Pacific and I havent spent enough time working on the CBI. Ive been dropping off SEAC reinforcements at Karachi and then railing them to Chittagong and then marching them down the coast road to Burma without much thought or consideration. After capturing Rangoon and re-opening the Burma Road ive hunkered down in Burma and sent nearly 3000 AV of SEAC troops from Burma to China. I assumed that with all the modern SEAC troops in China that the war in China was at least stalemated and at best I could go on a counteroffensive.


Hardly. First Dave overran much of western China. I was able to retake western China but that caused some 2500 AV of Chinese troops to be marched to the west. Then I thought that Id try to overrun much of southern coastal China. Ive posted a screenshot of the current front lines in south central China. The Allies have launched 2 offensives "to the sea" in southern China with the hope of isolating and then capturing both Canton and Hong Kong.

Now with Dave about to crash through my defenses on the Indochinese border, several armored and infantry formations closing in on Kukong from multiple directions.... my main army in cental China outside of Nanchang cut down from 4300 AV to 1700 AV in 3 turns....Im finding that my offensive on Canton with 1700 AV of Chinese and most of my best SEAC troops is not only hopelessly out of position to deal with the Japanese offensive threats but is in danger of becoming cut off if Dave captures both Liuchow and Kukong before I can withdraw.

To make matters worse...Dave was able to somehow get a guerrilla unit on my main line of supply between Kunming and the rest of China.

So now Im running really low on supplies in both central and southern China while facing incessant aerial bombardments that have greatly hampered my movements. Not only can the Japanese armor run circles around Allied infantry on the secondary roads but Dave uses a lot of naval transports to move troops up and down the coast at will. So its time to say sayonara to coastal China.

The plan now is to first to eliminate the Japanese guerrillas and reopen the highway from Kunming to central China while withdrawing from Nanning/Pakhoi/Kwangchowan/Wuchow/Liuchow/Kukong/Kanhsien/Nanchang to a shorter and more defensible line anchored by Kweilin/Changsha/Wuchang. The Allies also need to just remain on the defensive in good terrain and use as little supply as possible.
Im marching another 1000 AV of SEAC troops from Burma to China along with AA units and BFs. All the transport AC arriving in the US will be sent to Aden-Karachi-Ledo to increase the aerial supply lift.













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SUBS


SS Rasher sinks TK Takekun Maru off Miyake-jima.

SS RO-67 sinks AP William Ward Burrows but is sunk in return by Allied escorts near Cape Gloucester.

SS Triton torpedoes xAK Sakura Maru in Cam Ranh Bay.




CBI


Massed IJA tank regiments ravage the Chinese army on the Indochinese border near lang Son:


Ground combat at 71,56 (near Lang Son)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 28470 troops, 254 guns, 777 vehicles, Assault Value = 1237

Defending force 24790 troops, 132 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 772

Japanese adjusted assault: 901

Allied adjusted defense: 645

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
724 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 85 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Vehicles lost 54 (10 destroyed, 44 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
3056 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 417 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 37 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 24 disabled
Guns lost 23 (1 destroyed, 22 disabled)


Assaulting units:
7th Tank Regiment
18th Division
19th Tank Regiment
14th Tank Regiment
8th Tank Regiment
11th Division
10th Tank Regiment
11th Tank Regiment
9th Tank Rgt /2

Defending units:
100th Chinese/A Corps
54th Chinese/A Corps
14th Chinese/B Corps
71st Chinese/B Corps
96th Chinese Division
49th Chinese/A Corps
54th Chinese/B Corps
21st Group Army


Ground combat at 71,56 (near Lang Son)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 27730 troops, 254 guns, 769 vehicles, Assault Value = 1143

Defending force 22381 troops, 131 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 476

Japanese adjusted assault: 603

Allied adjusted defense: 381

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
53 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 58 (3 destroyed, 55 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
2381 casualties reported
Squads: 68 destroyed, 240 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 39 disabled
Guns lost 24 (9 destroyed, 15 disabled)


Assaulting units:
7th Tank Regiment
10th Tank Regiment
11th Tank Regiment
19th Tank Regiment
8th Tank Regiment
11th Division
14th Tank Regiment
18th Division
9th Tank Rgt /2

Defending units:
71st Chinese/B Corps
14th Chinese/B Corps
100th Chinese/A Corps
96th Chinese Division
49th Chinese/A Corps
54th Chinese/A Corps
54th Chinese/B Corps
21st Group Army


I was quite surprised to be still holding the hex at the end of the turn but Im sure that these troops will be hit again and retreated before I can exit the hex.


Dave bombards at Wuchang to see what cards Im holding there:


Ground combat at Wuchang (84,51)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 36818 troops, 510 guns, 113 vehicles, Assault Value = 1294

Defending force 107174 troops, 478 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 4207

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:
46 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
3rd Division
70th Division
36th Division
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
15th AA Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
1st Mortar Battalion
4th Mortar Battalion
27th Fld AA Gun Co
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
56th Field AA Battalion
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment
54th JAAF AF Bn
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd Ind. Engr Rgt /1

Defending units:
18th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
74th Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
94th Chinese/A Corps
58th Chinese Corps
79th Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
20th Chinese Corps
94th Chinese/B Corps
9th War Area
6th War Area
19th Group Army
29th Group Army



These troops are defending in 4x urban terrain so I will probaly pull out about 500 AV from here to help shore up Chinese defenses in the south.


After 3 naval bombardments and numerous aerial bombardments Dave orders a ground bombardment at Amoy:


Ground combat at Amoy (83,61)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 20482 troops, 276 guns, 66 vehicles, Assault Value = 955

Defending force 43534 troops, 298 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1312

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


Allied ground losses:
65 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
47th Naval Guard Unit
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
25th Division
8th Div /1
33rd Division
29th/C Div /1
1st Art.Mortar Rgt /8
22nd JNAF AF Unit
2nd Mobile Field Artillery Regiment
Amoy Special Base Force
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Bn /3
Southern Fleet /1
29th Field AF Const Bn /1

Defending units:
63rd Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
7th Chinese/B Corps
97th Chinese/A Corps
3rd New Chinese/C Corps
2nd Chinese/A Corps
97th Chinese/B Corps
2nd Chinese/B Corps
7th Chinese/A Corps
2nd Chinese/C Corps
NCAC
Y' Force
57th AT Gun Regiment


Dave has massively reinforced Amoy by sea....including artillery LCUs...since he spotted the Chinese troops heading for the base. I will exit this hex next turn....after another round of heavy naval and aerial bombardments and then it will just be a question of navigating the Japanese roadblocks in my rear and making it back to the Main Line of Resistance.


Dave gives the 3 Indian armor brigades a parting shot and retreats them near Kukong but surprisingly they give as good as they get:


Ground combat at 78,59 (near Canton)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 34575 troops, 380 guns, 86 vehicles, Assault Value = 1501

Defending force 3730 troops, 49 guns, 495 vehicles, Assault Value = 302

Japanese adjusted assault: 922

Allied adjusted defense: 255

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
486 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 48 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Allied ground losses:
489 casualties reported
Squads: 26 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 84 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 16 (9 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Vehicles lost 107 (68 destroyed, 39 disabled)
Units retreated 3


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
23rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
20th RGC Division
22nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
104th Division
51st Division
8th Div /2
21st Mortar Battalion

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


One of the armored brigades is merely a kampfgruppe now but the other 2 will need to stay on the line in the defense of and the eventual withdrawal from Kukong.



And here comes the Japanese armor towards Kukong:


Ground combat at 80,59 (near Kukong)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 806 troops, 4 guns, 7 vehicles, Assault Value = 423

Defending force 20 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 35

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 35 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender:
Attacker:


Allied ground losses:
29 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units destroyed 1


Assaulting units:
23rd Tank Regiment
1st Tank Division
43rd Recon Regiment
18th Tank Rgt /2

Defending units:
39th Chinese/C Corps




SWPAC


Fifth Air Force continues to suppress Japanese airfields at Wewak and Hollandia. Dave flew some CAP over Hollandia but it was immediately dispatched by sweeping F4U-1s.

Next turn heavy bombers staged in from the Gilberts will hit the Japanese level 4 airfield at Sarmi. Then....Japanese airfields on New Guinea will be neutralized all the way up the coast until you reach Biak and Noemfoor.



CENTPAC


US Army troops on Kusaie finish off the remaining Japanese stragglers:


Ground combat at Kusaie Island (125,118)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 12656 troops, 200 guns, 301 vehicles, Assault Value = 370

Defending force 2273 troops, 56 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 47

Allied adjusted assault: 259

Japanese adjusted defense: 11

Allied assault odds: 23 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
389 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 25 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 19 (2 destroyed, 17 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
83 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
147th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
34th Combat Engineer Regiment
34th Infantry Regiment
160th Infantry Regiment
111th USN Base Force
821st Engineer Aviation Battalion
41st Aviation Base Force

Defending units:
61st Div /8
40th JNAF AF Unit


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40th JNAF AF Unit Wiped Out at Kusaie Island by attrition!!!



Ground combat at Kusaie Island (125,118)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 12681 troops, 200 guns, 301 vehicles, Assault Value = 372

Defending force 1392 troops, 47 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 19

Allied adjusted assault: 162

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 162 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
849 casualties reported
Squads: 44 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 17 (17 destroyed, 0 disabled)


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


Assaulting units:
147th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
34th Infantry Regiment
34th Combat Engineer Regiment
160th Infantry Regiment
821st Engineer Aviation Battalion
111th USN Base Force
41st Aviation Base Force

Defending units:
61st Div /8


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Japanese Unit(s) surrounded at Kusaie Island



Fighters and PBYs are staged into both the level 4 airfields at Kusaie and Maloelap as construction engineers work to enlarge the runways and ports.



Adm Hills completes loading of the US Marines at Makin and will invade Mili next turn. This invasion will only be covered by the CVEs as the fleet carriers refuel and reprovision for their next operation.


I havent bombed Roi-Namur in a week as all the heavy bombers were staged back to New Guinea.....but it still has 100% airfield damage. Im wondering if the overstacking there.....9800 troops on an atoll with a 6000 troop limit....has exhausted all the supplies on that atoll.





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7/22-7/23/43......PART 1



SUBS


SS Tinosa torpedoes AK Aratama Maru near Aogashima.

Allied ASW TF hits SS I-182 with 28 DCs and sinks her off Umboi.




CBI


The string of serious Allied reverses in China continued unabated this turn.

The disaster du jour was at Amoy this turn. Just before our former 1700 AV Chinese army could clear the hex at Amoy....it was again hit by repeated Japanese aerial and naval bombardments and then was hammered in a shock attack:


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Night Naval bombardment of Amoy at 83,61

Japanese Ships
DD Sawakaze
DD Kuroshio



DD Sawakaze firing at 63rd Chinese Corps
DD Kuroshio firing at 63rd Chinese Corps


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Night Naval bombardment of Amoy at 83,61

Japanese Ships
CA Atago
DD Ikazuchi
DD Ariake
DD Susuzuki


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


E13A1 Jake acting as spotter for CA Atago
CA Atago firing at 63rd Chinese Corps
DD Ikazuchi firing at 2nd Chinese/B Corps
DD Ariake firing at 63rd Chinese Corps
DD Susuzuki firing at 63rd Chinese Corps


Morning Air attack on 7th Chinese/B Corps, at 83,61 (Amoy)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 9
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 16
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 46
Ki-49-Ia Helen x 23



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 1 damaged
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 4 damaged


Allied ground losses:
248 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 35 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
23 x Ki-49-Ia Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
9 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking Y' Force ...
Also attacking 2nd Chinese/A Corps ...
Also attacking NCAC ...
Also attacking 7th Chinese/B Corps ...
Also attacking Y' Force ...
Also attacking 7th Chinese/B Corps ...


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Morning Air attack on 7th Chinese/B Corps, at 83,61 (Amoy)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 1 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 15
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 37



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
135 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 31st Chinese Corps, at 83,61 (Amoy)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 41
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 28
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 10



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 damaged


Allied ground losses:
229 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 9 (4 destroyed, 5 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
19 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 7000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
22 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 7000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 97th Chinese/A Corps ...
Also attacking 3rd New Chinese/C Corps ...
Also attacking 7th Chinese/A Corps ...
Also attacking 31st Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 97th Chinese/A Corps ...
Also attacking 3rd New Chinese/C Corps ...
Also attacking 31st Chinese Corps ...



Ground combat at Amoy (83,61)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 31567 troops, 422 guns, 98 vehicles, Assault Value = 967

Defending force 31381 troops, 212 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1028

Japanese adjusted assault: 980

Allied adjusted defense: 97

Japanese assault odds: 10 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1485 casualties reported
Squads: 44 destroyed, 93 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 30 disabled
Guns lost 43 (7 destroyed, 36 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
10516 casualties reported
Squads: 371 destroyed, 150 disabled
Non Combat: 392 destroyed, 84 disabled
Engineers: 12 destroyed, 16 disabled
Guns lost 49 (16 destroyed, 33 disabled)
Units retreated 8


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
47th Naval Guard Unit
8th Div /1
25th Division
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
33rd Division
29th/C Div /1
1st Art.Mortar Rgt /8
29th Field AF Construction Battalion
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Bn /3
Amoy Special Base Force
2nd Mobile Field Artillery Regiment
22nd JNAF AF Unit
Southern Fleet /1

Defending units:
63rd Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese/B Corps
97th Chinese/A Corps
31st Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese/C Corps
NCAC
Y' Force
57th AT Gun Regiment




The remnants of this Chinese army will attempt to reach the new Chinese main line of resistance in the rear but is now so weakened Im not sure if they can fight there way out of encirclement.


Over on the Indochinese border near Lang Son.....the Chinese amazingly hold off shock attacking massed IJA armor long enough to evacuate the hex:


Ground combat at Amoy (83,61)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 31567 troops, 422 guns, 98 vehicles, Assault Value = 967

Defending force 31381 troops, 212 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1028

Japanese adjusted assault: 980

Allied adjusted defense: 97

Japanese assault odds: 10 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1485 casualties reported
Squads: 44 destroyed, 93 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 30 disabled
Guns lost 43 (7 destroyed, 36 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
10516 casualties reported
Squads: 371 destroyed, 150 disabled
Non Combat: 392 destroyed, 84 disabled
Engineers: 12 destroyed, 16 disabled
Guns lost 49 (16 destroyed, 33 disabled)
Units retreated 8


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
47th Naval Guard Unit
8th Div /1
25th Division
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
33rd Division
29th/C Div /1
1st Art.Mortar Rgt /8
29th Field AF Construction Battalion
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Bn /3
Amoy Special Base Force
2nd Mobile Field Artillery Regiment
22nd JNAF AF Unit
Southern Fleet /1

Defending units:
63rd Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese/B Corps
97th Chinese/A Corps
31st Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese/C Corps
NCAC
Y' Force
57th AT Gun Regiment


Maybe 200 AV of a former 1200 AV army withdraw to a clear terrain hex and will probably just prove to be a rear guard force to maybe slow down the Japanese armor now....hopefully until we can bring up enough reinforcements to hold Liuchow.....and Im writing off Nanning.

Fortunately....the Chinese started July 1943 with a ginormous army because they have lost some 5000-6000 AV in the last 3 weeks. I think that Dave knows that Im extremely low on supply across China....and virtually out of supply in coastal China as he is not escorting his bombers any more and they are bombing everything that moves.

It will probably be another week before I can take out the Japanese guerilla unit that is cutting the main highway/supply route between Kunming and central China. Until then...no suplies will flow from Burma into central China.



CENTPAC


After repeated aerial and naval bombardments the Marines overrun Mili:


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Pre-Invasion action off Mili (136,121)

1 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico
CL Marblehead
CL Trenton
CL Richmond
DD King
DD Edsall
APA Du Page
DD Hatfield



CL Marblehead firing at 4th Division
CL Trenton firing at 4th Division
CL Richmond firing at 4th Division
DD King firing at 4th Division
DD Edsall firing at 4th Division
DD King fired at enemy troops
DD Edsall 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 1,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Mili (136,121)

TF 425 troops unloading over beach at Mili, 136,121


Allied ground losses:
58 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (0 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Vehicles lost 16 (0 destroyed, 16 disabled)


10 Support troops accidentally lost during unload of 21st Marine Rgt /1


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Invasion Support action off Mili (136,121)

Allied Ships
APA Du Page
BB New Mexico
DD Hatfield



Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 6,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


Naval bombardment of Mili at 136,121

Allied Ships
BB Mississippi
BB Idaho
BB West Virginia
CA Houston
CA Northampton
DD MacDonough
DD Farragut
DD Helm
DD Bagley

Japanese ground losses:
163 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 13 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 15 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)



Airbase hits 19
Airbase supply hits 11
Runway hits 67
Port hits 26
Port supply hits 4

BB Mississippi firing at Mili
BB West Virginia firing at Mili
CA Houston firing at Mili
CA Northampton firing at Mili
DD MacDonough firing at Mili
DD Farragut firing at Mili
DD Helm firing at Mili
DD Bagley firing at Mili


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Amphibious Assault at Mili (136,121)

TF 326 troops unloading over beach at Mili, 136,121



Ground combat at Mili (136,121)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 10501 troops, 188 guns, 286 vehicles, Assault Value = 389

Defending force 353 troops, 10 guns, 1 vehicles, Assault Value = 2

Allied adjusted assault: 220

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 220 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Mili !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
442 casualties reported
Squads: 19 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 21 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 26 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 11 (11 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 2



Assaulting units:
8th Marine Rgt /4
2nd USMC Tank Battalion
2nd USMC Engr Rgt /3
21st Marine Rgt /4

Defending units:
21st Ind. Engineer Regiment
4th Div /8



CENTPAC has now acquired 2 bases in the southern Marshalls that will allow us to suppress Roi-Namur, Kwajalein and Wotje with mainly tactical bombers. Eleven CVEs covered the invasion and now all CVEs, bombardment TFs and amphibious transports will exit the Marshalls as quickly as possible in case KB pays a visit. Further offensive ops in the Marshalls will be postponed until late summer at the earliest.



SWPAC


Fifth Air Force hammers Japanese AFs at Sarmi and Hollandia and the heavy bombers make their 1st appearance here after being staged back from the Gilberts.

With the ferocity of the aerial campaign over Japanese AFs on the northern coast of New Guinea Dave knows that Im about to open a can of whoopass somewhere in the area. He placed SS-I-182 in the chokepoint between New Britain and New Guinea where it was promptly sunk by a USN ASW TF this turn. SS RO-67 was sunk 1 hex away last turn so I think that Dave is expecting an Allied assault on the north coast of New Guinea or in the Carolines and he is expecting USN CVs to cross over that chokepoint.....I guess that I will have to disappoint him this time. Ive now sunk 4 or 5 subs at this chokepoint so far during the war.

Mussau AF is enlarged to level 6...it will be the primary airfield for the upcoming reduction of Rabaul.






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7/22-7/23/43....PART II



II AUSTRALIAN CORPS GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE



I wasnt too upset about delaying the invasion of Mili as it set up better as a diversion for the upcoming Allied offensive into the southern DEI. The CVEs were left in the Marshalls while the CVs were detached and kept out of view for nearly 2 weeks. So we have set up a 3 phase operation in a 4 turn sequence.....the 1st phase was the invasion in the Gilberts last turn and now the 2nd phase is an assault on the southern DEI next turn. The 3rd phase will be an operation in the Andaman Sea in 2 turns.


Dave also placed a sub in the Straits of Horn last turn just to cover all his bases but the Allied fast carriers had already passed through and were quietly refueling deep in the Gulf of Carpinteria.....out of reach of the long ranged Japanese naval search.

Ive attached a screenshot of the eastern DEI and NW New Guinea. Dave has been very busy building up layer after layer of interlocking airfields over the past year. For II Australian Corps to advance across the Banda Sea into the DEI it will be like running the gauntlet.

Just like April 1942 in the Solomons.....the most difficult part of advancing into the DEI will be establishing the initial foothold on the edge of the Banda Sea. Allied surprise here will be essential to the success of the operation as the Japanese can easily overwheln Allied carriers with land based air at this stage in the war.

For the past year.....Ive sent penny packets of transports.....an AM with an xAK or an AM with 2 xAKLs....to run supplies from Townsville to darwin. Every once in awhile Dave would sent in a BB to destroy shipping and bombard Bathurst or Darwin until I staged in an Air HQ with torpedo capability and VMTB pilots put 3 torpedoes in a BB. Since then....Dave has sent in a CA or a CL to disrupt shipping across the Arafura Sea into Darwin. Ive probably lost a dozen xAKLs and half a dozen small AMs over the last year but Dave has been observing this same shipping pattern for quite some time.

Now Im sending II Australian Corps to invade Tamerfane and Dobo next turn in "penny packets" of amphibious transports. I have two TFs with an AM and 2 AKAs crossing the Arafura Sea now. I also have 21 knot, 19 knot and 17 knot APAs/LS(I)s in two ship TFs with DDs or AMs crossing the Arafura Sea. The faster APAs are standing off Tamerfane at a range of 12 or 13 hexs. I wanted all these small TFs to blend in with the "background noise" of my small supply convoys to Darwin. The two AKA TFs joined up this turn for the fast run-in to Dobo and everyone will reach target on the 1st day of next turn with unloading on the 2nd day of the turn. The transports will all be unloaded before Dave can respond.

Meanwhile.....the surface TFs and the CVs will do a fast run-in from the Gulf of Carpinteria to cover the landings.

The secondary reason for the closing of Japanese airfields at Wewak, Aitape, Vanimo, Hollandia and Sarmi ....besides denying them to the Bettys and Nells....was to shut down the long ranged Japanese naval search. This turn....none of the amphib TFs or the CVs or surface TFs were spotted so surprise should be complete.

I anticipate that Dave will then stage every fighter and Netty within 2000 miles to the DEI the following turn but all the amphib transports and carriers will be long gone by then.

And that will then set up the 3rd phase of this operation in the Andaman Sea.




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Brilliant strategy to keep him off balance by shifting his weight all over the map on sequential turns. Especially like the penny-packet TF maskarovka!

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BBfanboy.....thanx for the comments. It would have been 3 assaults in 3 turns but it took an extra turn for the RAF air HQ with torpedo capability to reach Rangoon.



7/24-7/25/43



SUBS


SS Trout torpedoes TK Manshu Maru off Dadjangas.

SS Sargo finishes off TK Manshu Maru near Dadjangas.

SS Haddo torpedoes xAK Zyuyo Maru by Keijo.

SS I-22 sinks CL Perth near Tarawa.
'


CBI


The main Japanese army in south central China impales itself on SEAC and Chinese troops outside of Kukong:

Ground combat at 80,58 (near Kukong)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 73006 troops, 679 guns, 1037 vehicles, Assault Value = 2780

Defending force 60902 troops, 473 guns, 481 vehicles, Assault Value = 2388

Japanese adjusted assault: 1104

Allied adjusted defense: 5869

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 5

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

Japanese ground losses:
8603 casualties reported
Squads: 30 destroyed, 693 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 103 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 85 disabled
Vehicles lost 42 (1 destroyed, 41 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
3179 casualties reported
Squads: 29 destroyed, 121 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 47 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 17 disabled
Guns lost 49 (6 destroyed, 43 disabled)
Vehicles lost 31 (7 destroyed, 24 disabled)


Assaulting units:
13th Division
41st Division
23rd Tank Regiment
37th Division
34th Division
2nd Recon Battalion
1st Tank Division
32nd Division
18th Tank Rgt /2

Defending units:
9th Prov Chinese Corps
255th Armoured Brigade
71st Chinese/C Corps
67th Chinese Corps
7th New Chinese/B Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
43rd Chinese/A Corps
93rd Chinese Division
254th Armoured Brigade
77th Chinese Corps
16th Canadian Brigade
77th Chindit Brigade
8th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese/C Corps
29th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese/C Corps
7th War Area
268th Motorised Brigade
109th Tank Attack Regiment
31st Group Army


The Indian tank brigades still have a little bit of fight in them. Dave will now need to rest the IJA 1st Tank Division for a few turns and we can send the Indian tank brigades towards the Indochinese border to fight off the 8 IJA tank regiments.

The whole strategic calculus of China seems to have changed on this failed IJA attack.


A massive Allied resupply convoy bound for Rangoon forms up in the Bay of Bengal.




II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


II Australian Corps lands at Dobo and Tamerfane. Its a good thing that the Allies achieved complete surprise here as a solitary Val squadron in NW New Guinea breaks though Allied carrier CAP to hit Allied shipping off Dobo:


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Dobo at 83,116

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 55 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 12



Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 16


Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
AM Firm, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
AKA Titania, Bomb hits 1
AKA Aquarius
AKA Virgo, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires


Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 8 (2 destroyed, 6 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
1 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 31000
Raid is overhead
VF-3 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 31000
Raid is overhead
VF-42 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 31000
Raid is overhead
VF-6 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 31000
Raid is overhead

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring AKA Virgo


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Dobo at 83,116

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 94 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 35 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 10



Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 11


Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 2 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CA Indianapolis
CA Frobisher
CA Australia



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
VF-3 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
VF-42 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes


The Allies gain swift revenge as they sweep the Banda Sea of Japanese shipping:


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Noemfoor at 86,110

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 31 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 4
F4F-4 Wildcat x 1
F6F-3 Hellcat x 31
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 35
SBD-3 Dauntless x 36


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Hiyama Maru, Bomb hits 9, and is sunk
xAKL Nissyo Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Yuri Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Fumi Maru #3, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAKL Nissen Maru #2, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
PB Narita Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

Japanese ground losses:
1997 casualties reported
Squads: 48 destroyed, 36 disabled
Non Combat: 33 destroyed, 61 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 32 (23 destroyed, 9 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
13 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
11 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
17 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
18 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Massive explosion on xAK Yuri Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Yuri Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Nissen Maru #2
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Hiyama Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Nissyo Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring PB Fumi Maru #3
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring PB Narita Maru


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Babo at 83,111

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 11
TBF-1 Avenger x 18


Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
PB Kyo Maru #13, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
TK Oyashima Maru, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
18 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo



Another 2000 " Sons of Heaven" are sent to the wrong address.


II Australian Corps will shock attack at both Dobo and Tamerfane next turn.









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quote:

ORIGINAL: AdmSpruance

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Another 2000 " Sons of Heaven" are sent to the wrong address.
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That is a most poetic way to put it! Well done!
I would say you are Saumlaki guy, but you didn't invade there ...

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BBfanboy......hopefully I become Saumlaki guy in about a month when we eventually will invade there...LOL.




7/26-7/27/43



SUBS


SS Trout puts a torpedo in TK San Pedro Maru off Davao and she torches up with her full load of fuel aboard.

SS Sargo puts 3 more fish into TK San Pedro Maru and sinks her off Davao.

SS Balao is sunk by Japanese ASW AC off Sapporo.

The Allies have been able to sink 3 IJN TKs in the last 2 turns but the costs are mounting.....Ive now lost 3 USN subs off NE Japan in the last 3 weeks....all to ASW AC. Dave has some highly trained Helen ASW squadrons up there so I may need to redeploy the Allied subs to safer waters.



II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


II Australian Corps captures Tamerfane with a pair of shock attacks:


Ground combat at Taberfane (82,117)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 2778 troops, 28 guns, 1 vehicles, Assault Value = 131

Defending force 870 troops, 16 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 30

Allied adjusted assault: 96

Japanese adjusted defense: 4

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

Allied forces CAPTURE Taberfane !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
309 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 25 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 9 (3 destroyed, 6 disabled)


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


Assaulting units:
7th Australian Brigade

Defending units:
62nd Nav Gd /1
14th JAAF AF Bn



Ground combat at Taberfane (82,117)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 2750 troops, 28 guns, 1 vehicles, Assault Value = 127

Defending force 646 troops, 10 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 10

Allied adjusted assault: 47

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 47 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
704 casualties reported
Squads: 40 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 75 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 10 (10 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 2



Assaulting units:
7th Australian Brigade

Defending units:
62nd Nav Gd /1
14th JAAF AF Bn



Aviation personnel will be flown into Tamerfane next turn via transport AC based at Darwin.


Things dont go quite so smoothly at Dobo. The Allied fast carriers withdraw deep into the Arafura Sea to distance themselves from Japanese land based air. Dave takes advantage of this by flying in massive reinforcments via transport AC. The Aussie armor can only manage a 2:1 and a 1:1 attack there as one LCU quickly turns into 7 LCUs:


Ground combat at Dobo (83,116)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 1384 troops, 0 guns, 212 vehicles, Assault Value = 117

Defending force 1770 troops, 49 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 64

Allied adjusted assault: 106

Japanese adjusted defense: 41

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
254 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 6 (3 destroyed, 3 disabled)



Assaulting units:
2/9th Armoured Regiment
1st Army Tank Regiment

Defending units:
28th Div /10
Maizuru 3rd SNLF /1
Maizuru 2nd SNLF
27th Electric Engr Rgt /1
Kure 7th SNLF /1
21st Div /3
60th JNAF AF Unit


Ground combat at Dobo (83,116)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 1360 troops, 0 guns, 212 vehicles, Assault Value = 111

Defending force 2261 troops, 70 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 84

Allied adjusted assault: 100

Japanese adjusted defense: 63

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
239 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Guns lost 3 (2 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 10 (2 destroyed, 8 disabled)


Assaulting units:
2/9th Armoured Regiment
1st Army Tank Regiment

Defending units:
28th Div /10
27th Electric Engr Rgt /1
Kure 7th SNLF /1
Maizuru 3rd SNLF /1
Maizuru 2nd SNLF
21st Div /3
60th JNAF AF Unit


Fighters will be staged into Tamerfane next turn to LRCAP Dobo and intercept Japanese transport AC. The Aussie armor will be rested one turn while we subject the Japanese defenders on Dobo to one of the most horrific aerial bombardments of the war and then we will shock attack again in 2 turns.

B-25D1s sink an IJN TK near Babo:


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Babo at 83,111

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6
P-38G Lightning x 2


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
TK Amatsu Maru, Shell hits 4
TK Arima Maru #4, Shell hits 9, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk



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





CBI


The Allies set up for their 3rd big operation in 4 turns out in the Bay of Bengal. China is now critically short on supply and with the monsoon season in full swing I cant seem to draw much supply from India into Burma. Ive assembled a very large supply convoy from Karachi carrying over 100,000 supplies. They have kept out of range of Japanese naval search based at Port Blair and were being held at Madras until a RAF Air HQ with torpedo capability could be marched into Rangoon. Last turn they were staged to the middle of the Bay of Bengal...about 12 hexes from Rangoon. Next turn they will sail into Rangoon to drop off their supplies. Thge transport TF will be covered by a RN CA and a CL and some 300 fighters and bombers based at Prome and Rangoon. If IJN cruisers show up here again....or even BB Yamato and BB Musashi....they will have to deal with over 40 Allied torpedo bombers plus 3 squadrons of Vengeance DBs.

Fairly quiet in China as Dave rolls up some rear guard formations:


Ground combat at 72,56 (near Nanning)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14377 troops, 144 guns, 578 vehicles, Assault Value = 656

Defending force 135 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 370

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 370 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender:
Attacker:


Allied ground losses:
167 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 32 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units destroyed 1


Assaulting units:
19th Tank Regiment
10th Tank Regiment
11th Tank Regiment
8th Tank Regiment
11th Division
9th Tank Rgt /2
3rd Ind.AA Gun Co
2nd RF Gun Battalion

Defending units:
49th Chinese/A Corps


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Ground combat at Wuchang (84,51)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 36879 troops, 510 guns, 113 vehicles, Assault Value = 1299

Defending force 81958 troops, 335 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3125


Allied ground losses:
147 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
3rd Division
70th Division
36th Division
4th Mortar Battalion
27th Fld AA Gun Co
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
1st Mortar Battalion
15th AA Regiment
56th Field AA Battalion
54th JAAF AF Bn
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Ind. Engr Rgt /1

Defending units:
37th Chinese Corps
20th Chinese Corps
74th Chinese Corps
79th Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
94th Chinese/B Corps
6th War Area
9th War Area
19th Group Army


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Ground combat at 83,60 (near Amoy)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1028 troops, 75 guns, 47 vehicles, Assault Value = 25

Defending force 23016 troops, 198 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 633


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


Assaulting units:
29th/C Div /1
2nd Mobile Field Artillery Regiment
1st Art.Mortar Rgt /8

Defending units:
31st Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese/B Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
97th Chinese/A Corps
2nd Chinese/C Corps
Y' Force
NCAC
57th AT Gun Regiment


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Ground combat at 90,33 (near Paotow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1024 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 53

Defending force 70 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 5

Japanese adjusted assault: 25

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 25 to 1

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


Allied ground losses:
16 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
4th NCPC Infantry Brigade

Defending units:
22nd Chinese/B Corps



The Allies heavily bomb the Japanese guerrilla unit cutting the main highway from Kunming into central China....its only a battalion and we should be able to attack it with an LCU in 2 or 3 more turns.



CENTPAC


Allied transport AC fly in aviation personnel to Mili as the AF there is now repaired. Dace sent in some IJN cruisers to work over some LSTs unloading supplies and troops at Maloelap:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Maloelap at 136,117, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Natori
CL Yura
DD Oite
DD Yunagi

Allied Ships
LST-354, Shell hits 30, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk



Japanese Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Allied TF begins to get underway
Reduced sighting due to 21% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 21% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
CL Yura engages LST-354 at 9,000 yards
CL Natori engages LST-354 at 9,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages LST-354 at 9,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
CL Yura engages LST-354 at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CL Natori engages LST-354 at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CL Natori engages LST-354 at 2,000 yards
CL Yura engages LST-354 at 2,000 yards
CL Natori engages LST-354 at 2,000 yards
LST-354 sunk by DD Yunagi at 2,000 yards
LST-354 sunk by DD Yunagi at 2,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...



Night Time Surface Combat, near Maloelap at 136,117, Range 3,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Natori
CL Yura
DD Oite
DD Yunagi

Allied Ships
SC-709, Shell hits 13, and is sunk
LST-464, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
LST-469, Shell hits 18, and is sunk
LST-483, Shell hits 21, and is sunk


Allied ground losses:
560 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 88 destroyed, 61 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (2 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 74 (59 destroyed, 15 disabled)


Reduced sighting due to 14% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 14% moonlight: 3,000 yards
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
Range closes to 5,000 yards...
Range closes to 4,000 yards...
Range closes to 3,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 3,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 3,000 yards
Allied ships attempt to get underway
CL Natori engages LST-469 at 3,000 yards
DD Oite engages LST-469 at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 4,000 yards
Massive explosion on LST-469
CL Natori engages LST-469 at 4,000 yards
DD Oite engages LST-469 at 4,000 yards
DD Oite engages LST-469 at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
SC-709 sunk by CL Yura at 2,000 yards
DD Oite engages LST-483 at 2,000 yards
LST-469 sunk by DD Yunagi at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
CL Yura engages LST-483 at 3,000 yards
CL Natori engages LST-483 at 3,000 yards
CL Yura engages LST-483 at 3,000 yards
LST-464 sunk by CL Natori at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
LST-483 sunk by CL Yura at 2,000 yards
LST-483 sunk by CL Yura at 2,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...



I had staged in some SBDs with a range of 11 hexes and some F4F-4s with a range of 9 hexes to Maloelap but the IJN cruisers get away unscathed without even a sighting.






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7/28-7/29/43



SUBS


SS Perch lands a fish on TK Amagi Maru and she torches up with her full load of fuel.





II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


Well I was saumlaki guy this turn at Dobo. Dave flew over 60 AV of reinforcements by transport AC the previous turn. The Aussie armor was fatigued from the 2 shock attacks the turn before but it was a case of now or never if the Allies were going to take Dobo. We staged in 1 squadron of top gun USAAF pilots in their brand new P-47D2s, 1 squadron of P-39N1s and 3 squadrons of VMF F4U-1s to the new airfield at Tamerfane to both sweep and LRCAP Dobo. Dave tried to bomb the Aussie armor at Dobo and fly in more reinforcements but the Allied LRCAP was up to the task:


Afternoon Air attack on 2/9th Armoured Regiment, at 83,116 (Dobo)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 22
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 22



Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 6
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 8
F4U-1 Corsair x 18


Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 10 destroyed
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 7 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VMF-222 with F4U-1 Corsair (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36800
Raid is overhead
VMF-422 with F4U-1 Corsair (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
VMF-441 with F4U-1 Corsair (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
49th FG/8th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 42000
Raid is overhead
343rd FG/11th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead



Morning Air attack on 2/9th Armoured Regiment, at 83,116 (Dobo)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 2
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 21
Ki-21-IIb Sally x 29
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 13
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 17



Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 6
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 6
F4U-1 Corsair x 13


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 4 destroyed, 3 damaged
Ki-21-IIb Sally: 4 destroyed, 6 damaged
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 3 destroyed
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
21 x Ki-21-IIb Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
9 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar sweeping at 6000 feet
8 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 11000 feet

CAP engaged:
VMF-222 with F4U-1 Corsair (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36800
Raid is overhead
VMF-422 with F4U-1 Corsair (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
VMF-441 with F4U-1 Corsair (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
49th FG/8th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 42000
Raid is overhead
343rd FG/11th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

Also attacking 1st Army Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 2/9th Armoured Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st Army Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 2/9th Armoured Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st Army Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 2/9th Armoured Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st Army Tank Regiment ...


Dobo was captured with another pair of shock attacks:


Ground combat at Dobo (83,116)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 1336 troops, 0 guns, 210 vehicles, Assault Value = 105

Defending force 2601 troops, 82 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 92

Allied adjusted assault: 144

Japanese adjusted defense: 35

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

Allied forces CAPTURE Dobo !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
652 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 30 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 20 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 20 (20 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)


Assaulting units:
2/9th Armoured Regiment
1st Army Tank Regiment

Defending units:
28th Div /10
Maizuru 2nd SNLF
Kure 7th SNLF /1
Maizuru 3rd SNLF /1
27th Electric Engr Rgt /1
21st Div /3
60th JNAF AF Unit



Ground combat at Dobo (83,116)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 1279 troops, 0 guns, 212 vehicles, Assault Value = 102

Defending force 2215 troops, 69 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 55

Allied adjusted assault: 63

Japanese adjusted defense: 7

Allied assault odds: 9 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
844 casualties reported
Squads: 57 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 34 (20 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Units destroyed 2



Assaulting units:
2/9th Armoured Regiment
1st Army Tank Regiment

Defending units:
28th Div /10
Maizuru 3rd SNLF /1
Kure 7th SNLF /1
Maizuru 2nd SNLF
21st Div /3
60th JNAF AF Unit
27th Electric Engr Rgt /1


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Japanese Unit(s) Wiped Out at Dobo by attrition!!!



Transport AC at Darwin will fly in seabees and aviation troops next turn. We now have a foothold on the edge of the DEI and Japan will not be able to stop us here.


Meanwhile.....the heavy bombers of Fifth Air Force on New Guinea hammer the main Japanese airfield in the region at Biak:


Morning Air attack on Biak , at 87,110

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 1
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 29



Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 54
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 74


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 damaged
A6M2 Zero: 5 destroyed on ground
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 damaged
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 6 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 8 destroyed on ground
Ki-57-II Topsy: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 12 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 15 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 5 damaged

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



Airbase hits 30
Airbase supply hits 14
Runway hits 97

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
25th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Raid is overhead
201 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Raid is overhead
50th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
11th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (16 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes



The Japanese air force in this region was shattered......Japan loses 177 AC this turn vs Allied losses of 28 AC. In A2A combat....Japan loses 80 AC vs Allied losses of 10 AC and an additional 68 Japanese AC are destroyed on the ground at Biak.



PACIFIC COMMANDS


Amphibious transports move towards Madang where they will load troops for the next SWPAC offensive.

The USN CVEs retire from the central Pacific and reach base at Luganville where they all upgrade their VF squadrons to Hellcats... this is a huge upgrade for the Allies and I think that the CVEs can now stand up to KB on their own without the help of the fast carriers. The CVEs refuel and then sail to Milne Bay en route to support the next SWPAC offensive. CVE Chenango completes repair of the torpedo damage she suffered in the Gilberts and she heads out from Sydney to join the rest of the CVEs at Milne Bay....that will give us 13 CVEs that can put up a CAP of over 300 Hellcats.

Dave knows that something is brewing in SWPAC....he has moved 3 subs to cover the straits between New Guinea and New Britain and we have the area covered with naval search. ASW AC and 4 ASW TFs.




CBI


The 3rd big Allied operation in 4 turns goes off without a hitch as the large Allied supply convoy reaches Rangoon without incident. There was bad weather over the Andaman Sea last turn and Im not sure that Dave has even spotted the convoy. Nearly 300 fighters and naval bombers at Rangoon will cover the unloading of 70,000 badly needed supplies next turn. The supply will be sucked into Mandalay and then hopefully from there we can draw it into China.

We are going to assault the Japanese guerrillas blocking the Kunming/Chungking highway this turn and then hopefully we can reopen the supply line.






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SS I-38 is sunk by a USN ASW TF near Hansa Bay.

SS RO-35 is hit by 23 DCs and is sunk off Umboi.

Dave has 2 more subs in the critical straits between the Solomon Sea and the Bismarck Sea. I have a half dozen ASW Tfs patroling in thius area in addition to 2 squadrons of Hudson IIIas highly trained in ASW. I have one more turn to finish off the IJN subs in the area before the CVEs pass through.

SS Snapper sinks xAKL Kashi Maru near Biak.


CBI


The Allied convoy at Rangoon offloads over 65,000 supplies this turn which we are beginning to draw towards Mandalay.

The convoy will unload its remaining 3500 supplies next turn and then head to Karachi....under heavy LRCAP....to pick up another load of supplies.

Meanwhile....the Chinese overrun the lone IJA guerrilla unit blocking the Kunming/Chungking highway:


Ground combat at 71,48 (near Kunming)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 2828 troops, 20 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 120

Defending force 400 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 5

Allied adjusted assault: 109

Japanese adjusted defense: 13

Allied assault odds: 8 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
124 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1


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


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
56th Chinese/C Corps

Defending units:
41st Guard Battalion



Supplies immediately begin to flow into Chungking again from Kunming.




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Dave hits Taberfane with 3 of 6 remaining BBs and throws his Georges into combat fpor the first time:


Night Naval bombardment of Taberfane at 82,117

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 28 damaged
F4U-1 Corsair: 2 destroyed on ground
P-40N5 Warhawk: 4 damaged
P-40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 10 damaged
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed on ground

Japanese Ships
BB Fuso
DD Minazuki


Allied ground losses:
241 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 15 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Airbase hits 6
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 9
Port hits 9
Port supply hits 2

F1M2 Pete acting as spotter for BB Fuso
BB Fuso firing at Taberfane
DD Minazuki firing at Taberfane


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jul 31, 43

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Night Naval bombardment of Taberfane at 82,117

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed on ground
F4U-1 Corsair: 19 damaged
P-40N5 Warhawk: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Yamashiro
BB Nagato
DD Oshio
DD Asashio


Allied ground losses:
150 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled


Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 12
Port hits 3
Port supply hits 1

E8N2 Dave acting as spotter for BB Yamashiro
BB Yamashiro firing at 7th Australian Brigade
F1M2 Pete acting as spotter for BB Nagato
BB Nagato firing at Taberfane
DD Oshio firing at Taberfane
DD Asashio firing at 7th Australian Brigade



Morning Air attack on Taberfane , at 82,117

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 25 NM, estimated altitude 44,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 27



Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 18
F4U-1 Corsair x 1


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 9 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
20 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 40000 feet

CAP engaged:
VMF-222 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36800
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
343rd FG/11th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 6 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes



The Georges wipe the floor with my brand new P-40N5s who are obviously overmatched.

The last time I spotted BB Fuso she had just bombarded Bathurst Island and received 3 torpedo hits in return. Even though Dave lost 5 BBs in 2 turns back in May 1942 while he was bombarding Lunga he continues to use his BBs for these high risk missions.

Unfortunately....I dont seem to have any mines left anywhere to be layed at Dobo/Taberfane. I need to get an Air HQ with torpedo capability at Taberfane along with supplies....the naval bombardments used up almost all of the supply that I had at Taberfane. The air squadrons on Taberfane were pretty shot up so I will withdraw them for the moment as Dave has full control of the sealanes here. I will bring in more subs here immediately but it looks as if I will need to commit Allied carriers and surface TFs here if I want to keep the AFs at Dobo/Taberfane open. Transport AC fly in seabees to both bases and aviation personnel to Dobo.

Meanwhile.....the heavy bombers of Fifth Air Force hit the IJA AF at Biak again and completely close it down...and we kill about as many Japanese AC on the ground there this turn as we lost at Taberfane.



PACIFIC COMMANDS


The CVEs head back north from Luganville to New Guinea after upgrading their VF squadrons to Hellcats. CV Enterprise is still in drydock at Luganville with a repair estimate of 26 days.

Amphibious transports arrive at Madang and begin to load the 6th Australian Division and 3 tank regiments for an invasion at Dagua. The 6th Australian Division has upgraded its infantry squads to the 1943 squads and now has an AV of over 500....far more powerful than my US Army infantry divisions. Dave only has 8000 troops at Dagua sandwiched by 25,000 troops at Aitape and 25,000 troops at Wewak. It looks as if Dave has guessed my intentions as he now has troops marching from Wewak to Dagua..... I need to take Dagua before he can reinforce so the heavy bombers of Fifth air Force will ground attack at Wewak next turn to keep all the IJA LCUs in combat mode. Meanwhile....the medium bombers continue to keep the level 4 Japanese airfields at Wewak/Aitape/Vanimo/Sarmi/Hollandia/Biak closed.

The invasion at Dagua will be covered by the CVEs and nearly 750 land based AC spread between Hansa Bay, Madang and Manus.

With the catastrophic exception of China....where we lost some 5000-6000 AV this month...... July has been a great month for the Allies. II Australian Corps has captured Dobo and Taberfane on the edge of the DEI while CENTPAC has captured Ocean, Nauru, Kusaie in the central Pacific and Mili and Maloelap in the Marshalls.

August will now see the turn of SWPAC and SOPAC back on the offensive.




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SUBS


SS Ray sinks xAK Nitian Maru near Wakkanai.




CBI


The massive resupply operation at Rangoon was pulled off without a hitch as all the xAKs safely unloaded and are now heading back to Calcutta for another load.


Ive drawn nearly 50,000 supplies from Rangoon to Mandalay and there are still another 45,000 supplies at Rangoon remaining.... I will try to draw another 20,000-30,000 supplies to Mandalay and then I will reverse the supply arrows to draw thew supplies from Mandalay into China.

Dave tried to maul our army retreating from the coast next Amoy but we finally reach the safety of rough terrain and its the pursuing Japanese who are mauled:


Ground combat at 83,59 (near Amoy)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 25162 troops, 358 guns, 111 vehicles, Assault Value = 875

Defending force 37178 troops, 274 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 960

Japanese adjusted assault: 382

Allied adjusted defense: 1933

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 5

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

Japanese ground losses:
5063 casualties reported
Squads: 142 destroyed, 126 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 92 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 26 disabled
Guns lost 63 (16 destroyed, 47 disabled)
Vehicles lost 38 (1 destroyed, 37 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
766 casualties reported
Squads: 25 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled


Assaulting units:
58th Infantry Regiment
33rd Division
25th Division
8th Armored Car Co
29th/C Div /1
2nd Mobile Field Artillery Regiment
1st Art.Mortar Rgt /8

Defending units:
97th Chinese/B Corps
51st Chinese/A Corps
69th Chinese Corps
7th Chinese/B Corps
31st Chinese Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
7th Chinese/A Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
97th Chinese/A Corps
3rd New Chinese/C Corps
Y' Force
NCAC
57th AT Gun Regiment


These Chinese troops should now be able to withdraw in good order to hte new Chinese main line of resistance.

Dave rests his armor outside of Kukong and settles for a ground bombardment:



Ground combat at 80,58 (near Kukong)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 31648 troops, 298 guns, 95 vehicles, Assault Value = 1999

Defending force 55648 troops, 409 guns, 484 vehicles, Assault Value = 2097

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


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


Assaulting units:
1st Tank/C Division
1st Tank/A Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Tank/B Division
37th Division
104th Division
3rd Tank Regiment
2nd Recon Battalion
51st Division
18th Tank Rgt /2
2nd Mobile Infantry Rgt /6

Defending units:
8th Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
16th Canadian Brigade
77th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Division
43rd Chinese/A Corps
255th Armoured Brigade
77th Chindit Brigade
7th New Chinese/B Corps
254th Armoured Brigade
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
49th Chinese/C Corps
109th Tank Attack Regiment
7th War Area
31st Group Army



Dave has another 18 unit telephone pole approaching Kukong from Canton. Even though the Allied troops are currently defending on 3x terrain here Im going to pull them back to Kukong where they can more easily be reinforced.





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Dave naval bombards Dobo this turn with cruisers. Dave has committed substantial surface assets here....including 3 BBs and some cruisers and now both Dobo and Taberfane have damaged AFs.

Im out of mines at the moment so Im going to flood the area with over a dozen subs. I may have to re-commit my carriers here to help the initial bases to buildup and deflect the IJN surface TFs.

The Aussie armor at Dobo finishes off the Japanese defenders there:


Ground combat at Dobo (83,116)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1279 troops, 0 guns, 213 vehicles, Assault Value = 109

Defending force 882 troops, 34 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 14

Allied adjusted assault: 46

Japanese adjusted defense: 7

Allied assault odds: 6 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
252 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 20 (9 destroyed, 11 disabled)



Assaulting units:
2/9th Armoured Regiment
1st Army Tank Regiment
77th RAAF Wing /1
3rd RAAF M/W Sqn
5th RAAF M/W Sqn /1

Defending units:
Kure 7th SNLF /1
60th JNAF AF Unit


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Japanese Unit(s) Wiped Out at Dobo by attrition!!!


Ground combat at Dobo (83,116)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1279 troops, 0 guns, 213 vehicles, Assault Value = 109

Defending force 693 troops, 9 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3

Allied adjusted assault: 45

Japanese adjusted defense: 3

Allied assault odds: 15 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
111 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 11 (11 destroyed, 0 disabled)



Assaulting units:
2/9th Armoured Regiment
1st Army Tank Regiment
3rd RAAF M/W Sqn
5th RAAF M/W Sqn
77th RAAF Wing /1

Defending units:
60th JNAF AF Unit


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60th JNAF AF Unit Wiped Out at Dobo by attrition!!!






GUNS OF AUGUST: SWPAC


Adm Draemel completes loading of the 6th US Corps and Madang and will invade at Dagua next turn. The heavy bombers of Fifth Air Force attempt to pin the 25,000 IJA troops in place next door at Wewak who are marching rapidly to reinforce Dagua. The medium bombers of Fifth Air Force continue to suppress the Japanese AFs at Sarmi and Hollandia.

Our next objective.........Vanimo....was garrisoned by only 3000 troops just a week ago. Now there are over 7000 IJA troops there so Dave has seen the weak points in his defenses and is rapidly reinforcing.

I was just going to use the CVEs to cover the invasion at Dagua while the fleet carriers sailed back to Sydney to repair damage incurred on their fast run-in to the DEI across the Arafura Sea. But now with Dave reinforcing Hollandia and Vanimo....I need to speed up the time table so Im postponing the maintenance of the USN CVs and they will head back up north to support the New Guinea ops. Dave had flooded the straits between New Guinea and New Britain with 4 subs but at least 2 are sunk and the other are limping back home with heavy damaged while being harassed by pursuing USN ASW TFs.




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SUBS


DD Makinami and DD Takanami heavily damage 2 USN subs near Wakkanai:


ASW attack near Wakkanai at 123,48

Japanese Ships
DD Makinami
DD Takanami

Allied Ships
SS Capelin, hits 8



SS Capelin is located by DD Makinami
Capelin bottoming out ....
DD Takanami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Makinami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Takanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Takanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Takanami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Takanami is out of ASW ammo
DD Takanami is out of ASW ammo
DD Takanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Takanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


ASW attack near Wakkanai at 123,48

Japanese Ships
DD Makinami

Allied Ships
SS Gunnel, hits 5, heavy damage



SS Gunnel is sighted by escort
Gunnel bottoming out ....
DD Makinami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub



SS Gunnel sinks with all hands lost. Im wondering if these 2 IJN DDs are a new class of DD or if they just had a major ASW upgrade.


SS I-1 puts a torpedo in xAP Tilawa off Christmas Is. Im going to offload the BF that xAP was transporting at Chtristmas Is. and send another xAP from the US west coast there to pick it up.

SS Grouper sinks SC CHA-51 near Hakodate.

SS Cabrilla sinks xAK Kyosei Maru off Truk.

SS KXIII lands 2 fish on CA Aoba by Misool.....CA Aoba was one of the IJN cruisers that bomnbarded Dobo last turn and the effort to flood the SE DEI with Allied subs is paying dividends. The intel screen reports CA Aoba as being sunk so Im hopeful that Ive seen the last of her.



CBI


Ive now drawn over 70,000 supplies to Mandalay from Rangoon and its time to reverse the supply arroews to suck the supplies deep into central China.

All quiet in China as both sides continue to manuever.



II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


Dave is now able to sweep and bomb Dobo and Taberfane at will so Im just trying to evacuate the fighter squadrons on Taberfane for the time being.

B-25D1s based at Bathurst interdict IJN shipping in the DEI:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Gorong at 81,112

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 1
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6



Allied aircraft
Beaufighter VIc x 5
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufighter VIc: 1 destroyed
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAKL Heiku Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage



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

CAP engaged:
Hiyo-1 with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 19000
Raid is overhead
68th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Raid is overhead


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Gorong at 81,112

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 1
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 4



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 3 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAKL Kayo Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage



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

CAP engaged:
Hiyo-1 with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 19000
Raid is overhead
68th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Raid is overhead



We are interdicting the IJN shipping involved in the buildup in the southern DEI but the cost in B-25D1s is high.



SWPAC: GUNS OF AUGUST


After multiple naval bombardments of Dagua the US 6th Army storms ashore:


Naval bombardment of Dagua at 95,119

Allied Ships
CL Ceres
CL Tromp
CL Sumatra
CL Java
DD Van Ghent
DD Isaac Sweers
DD Arunta
DD Drayton

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



Airbase hits 29
Airbase supply hits 8
Runway hits 48
Port hits 49
Port supply hits 11

CL Ceres firing at 5th Division
CL Tromp firing at Dagua
CL Sumatra firing at 88th Naval Guard Unit
CL Java firing at 88th Naval Guard Unit
DD Van Ghent firing at Dagua
DD Isaac Sweers firing at Dagua
DD Arunta firing at Dagua
DD Drayton firing at Dagua


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Pre-Invasion action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

23 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-984
LST-22
LST-27



SC-984 fired at enemy troops
10cm T91 Howitzer battery firing at LST-27


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Pre-Invasion action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

36 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Helena
APA Wayne
DD Nizam


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


CL Helena firing at 5th Division
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 Dagua (95,119)

TF 218 troops unloading over beach at Dagua, 95,119


Allied ground losses:
34 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)


10 Support troops lost overboard during unload of 6th Australian Div /5



AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Aug 04, 43

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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

18 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Helena
DD Nizam
DD Jarvis
APA Wayne


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


CL Helena firing at 88th Naval Guard Unit
DD Nizam firing at 88th Naval Guard Unit
DD Jarvis firing at 5th Division
DD Nizam fired at enemy troops
DD Jarvis 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 Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

27 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-984
LST-22
LST-27
LST-28



SC-984 fired at enemy troops


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Amphibious Assault at Dagua (95,119)

TF 46 troops unloading over beach at Dagua, 95,119



Night Naval bombardment of Dagua at 95,119

Allied Ships
BB Ramillies
BB Royal Sovereign
CA Vincennes
CA Quincy
CL Danae
DD Thracian
DD Thanet
DD Scout
DD Voyager
DD Fanning
DD Wilson
DD Stack
DD Laffey

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



Airbase hits 12
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 27
Port hits 30
Port supply hits 6

BB Ramillies firing at Dagua
BB Royal Sovereign firing at Dagua
CA Vincennes firing at Dagua
SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Quincy
CA Quincy firing at Dagua
CL Danae firing at 5th Division
DD Thracian firing at Dagua
DD Thanet firing at Dagua
DD Scout firing at Dagua
DD Voyager firing at Dagua
DD Fanning firing at 5th Division
DD Wilson firing at Dagua
DD Stack firing at Dagua
DD Laffey firing at Dagua


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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

11 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-984
LST-22
LST-335
LST-27



SC-984 fired at enemy troops


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Pre-Invasion action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

49 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AM Tanager
LCI-217
LCI-221
LCI-327



AM Tanager 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 1,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Dagua (95,119)

TF 234 troops unloading over beach at Dagua, 95,119





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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

24 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AM Tanager
LCI-217
LCI-327



AM Tanager 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 Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

21 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-984
LST-22
LST-339
LST-28



SC-984 fired at enemy troops




Bt the end of the turn SWPAC has over 600 AV of troops ashore:


Ground combat at Dagua (95,119)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1771 troops, 22 guns, 1 vehicles, Assault Value = 79

Defending force 18363 troops, 166 guns, 639 vehicles, Assault Value = 670



Assaulting units:
Bandasan SNLF
88th Naval Guard Unit
5th Div /2
9th Ind. Engineer Regiment
56th JNAF AF Unit
Southeast Area Fleet /2

Defending units:
1st USMC Tank Battalion
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
763rd Tank Battalion
6th Australian Division
Sixth US Army
148th Field Artillery Battalion




Meanwhile.....hundreds of tactical and medium bombers pound the Japanese defenders at Dagua while the heavy bombers carpet bomb the 25,000 IJA troops next door at Wewak to try to fix them in place.

An all out shock attack is ordered at Dagua next turn.

Im worried about KB showing up here in force so Im withdrawing all the surface and CVE TFs and all the valuable APAs/AKAs from Dagua while a handful of LSTs will be left behind to continue to offload supplies and troops. Im going to postpone dropping the 2nd echelon troops....the engineers and BFs....until the fleet carriers can reinforce the CVEs.


Manus is enlarged to a level 6 AF while Mussau Is. completes a level 7 AF.





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GUNS OF AUGUST - 10/19/2012 5:24:10 AM   
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8/5-8/6/43


Dave has had a problem with LCUs "ghosting" at Singapore and other venues so we have a halt on the game while we dl the latest betas/public versions and get help from michaelm.


We have run the last turn twice and here are the results for the 2nd running of the turn after Dave dl'd the latest version:



SUBS


SS Mingo pumps 11 shells and a torpedo into xAKL Kitahuku Maru off Sansopar.


SS Silversides lands a fish on TK Terukawa maru near Balabac.

SS S-45 sinks PB Shoei Maru by Damar.




SWPAC: GUNS OF AUGUST


Fifth Air Force keeps up an absolutely massive bombardment of Dagua and pinning of possible IJA reinforcements at Wewak by tac/medium/heavy bombers.

Additional US 6th Army troops land at Dagua while an Allied bombardment TFs attempt to interdict IJA troop movement at Wewak:


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Aug 05, 43
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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

16 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-463
LST-466
SC PC-578



LST-463 fired at enemy troops
LST-466 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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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

10 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-27
LST-28
LST-335



LST-27 fired at enemy troops
LST-28 fired at enemy troops
LST-335 fired at enemy troops


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Amphibious Assault at Dagua (95,119)

TF 124 troops unloading over beach at Dagua, 95,119





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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

22 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-474
LST-467
LCI-327
LCI-221
LCI-217
LST-29



LST-474 fired at enemy troops
LST-467 fired at enemy troops
LCI-327 fired at enemy troops
LCI-221 fired at enemy troops



AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Aug 05, 43
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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

16 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-463
LST-466
SC PC-578



LST-463 fired at enemy troops
LST-466 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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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

10 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-27
LST-28
LST-335



LST-27 fired at enemy troops
LST-28 fired at enemy troops
LST-335 fired at enemy troops


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Amphibious Assault at Dagua (95,119)

TF 124 troops unloading over beach at Dagua, 95,119





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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

22 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-474
LST-467
LCI-327
LCI-221
LCI-217
LST-29



LST-474 fired at enemy troops
LST-467 fired at enemy troops
LCI-327 fired at enemy troops
LCI-221 fired at enemy troops


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Night Naval bombardment of Wewak at 96,119

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales
BB Massachusetts
CA Hawkins
CA Exeter
CA Cornwall
CA Sussex
CA Shropshire
CA Louisville
CL Newcastle
CL Hobart
CL Achilles
DD Napier
DD Downes
DD Maury
DD Gridley

Japanese ground losses:
290 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 13 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 11 (2 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)



Airbase hits 9
Airbase supply hits 9
Runway hits 35
Port hits 23
Port fuel hits 7
Port supply hits 2

BB Prince of Wales firing at 5th Division
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Massachusetts
BB Massachusetts firing at Wewak
CA Hawkins firing at 5th Division
CA Exeter firing at 5th Division
CA Cornwall firing at 5th Division
CA Sussex firing at 5th Division
CA Shropshire firing at Wewak
CA Louisville firing at Wewak
CL Newcastle firing at Wewak
CL Hobart firing at 5th Division
CL Achilles firing at Wewak
DD Napier firing at 5th Division
DD Downes firing at Wewak
DD Maury firing at Wewak
DD Gridley firing at 5th Division


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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

24 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-27
LST-28
LST-335



LST-27 fired at enemy troops
LST-28 fired at enemy troops
LST-335 fired at enemy troops
75mm T90 Field Gun battery firing at LST-27


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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

8 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-468
LST-465
LST-462
LST-461
LST-31
LCI-221
LCI-217



LST-468 fired at enemy troops
LST-465 fired at enemy troops
LST-462 fired at enemy troops
LST-461 fired at enemy troops
LST-31 fired at enemy troops


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Pre-Invasion action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

31 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-647
LST-21
LST-447
LST-446
LST-20
LST-450



SC-647 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 Dagua (95,119)

TF 257 troops unloading over beach at Dagua, 95,119





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Pre-Invasion action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

20 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-452
LST-460



LST-452 fired at enemy troops
LST-460 fired at enemy troops
LST-452 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 2,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Dagua (95,119)

TF 277 troops unloading over beach at Dagua, 95,119





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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

12 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-463
LST-466



LST-463 fired at enemy troops
LST-466 fired at enemy troops


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Pre-Invasion action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

28 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DE Burden R. Hastings
APA American Legion


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


DE Burden R. Hastings 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 Dagua (95,119)

TF 474 troops unloading over beach at Dagua, 95,119


Allied ground losses:
56 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 50 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (0 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 32 (0 destroyed, 32 disabled)


8 Engineers accidentally lost during unload of 179th USAAF Base Force /1


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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

30 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-452
LST-460



LST-452 fired at enemy troops
LST-460 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 1,000 yards


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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

17 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DE Burden R. Hastings
APA American Legion



DE Burden R. Hastings 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 Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

10 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-647
LST-21
LST-20
LST-450
LST-446



SC-647 fired at enemy troops


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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

22 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-463
LST-466



LST-463 fired at enemy troops
LST-466 fired at enemy troops


Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

8 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-446
LST-447
LST-450
LST-20



LST-446 fired at enemy troops
LST-447 fired at enemy troops
LST-450 fired at enemy troops


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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

12 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-452
LST-460



LST-452 fired at enemy troops


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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

11 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-463
LST-466



LST-463 fired at enemy troops
LST-466 fired at enemy troops


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Invasion Support action off Dagua (95,119)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

12 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DE Burden R. Hastings
APA American Legion



DE Burden R. Hastings fired at enemy troops



The first time that we ran the turn the IJA defenders had simply had enough aerial and naval bombardments and were helpless in defense....we had over a 140:1 assault. This 2nd time we run the turn we only have a 70:1 assault but the results are the same:


Ground combat at Dagua (95,119)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 15230 troops, 200 guns, 427 vehicles, Assault Value = 724

Defending force 3469 troops, 35 guns, 9 vehicles, Assault Value = 65

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 4

Allied adjusted assault: 492

Japanese adjusted defense: 7

Allied assault odds: 70 to 1 (fort level 4)

Allied forces CAPTURE Dagua !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
1589 casualties reported
Squads: 107 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 90 destroyed, 39 disabled
Engineers: 36 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 31 (29 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 10 (10 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 5
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
110 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
763rd Tank Battalion
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
1st USMC Tank Battalion
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
6th Australian Division
134th Field Artillery Battalion
148th Field Artillery Battalion
225th Field Artillery Battalion
Sixth US Army
179th USAAF Base Force /3

Defending units:
Bandasan SNLF
88th Naval Guard Unit
5th Div /2
9th Ind. Engineer Regiment
56th JNAF AF Unit
Southeast Area Fleet /2



Fortunately.....SWPAC is able to secure Dagua before IJA reinforcements can arrive from Wewak and now suddenly over 50,000 IJA troops at both Wewak and Aitape have been cut off and marginalized.


Meanwhile....all the Allied AKAs/APAs/CVEs/surface TFs have withdrawn to safer waters as the fleet carriers sail to the north to reinforce.



CBI


Allied xAKs make it back to Calcutta where they reload supplies for another run at Rangoon.

Quiet in China as Japan bombards and both sides manouever.




THE INTEL SCREEN


The Allies finally get ahead of Japan in overall points........30,205 Japanese points to 30,515 Allied points. In terms of sunken ships....the Allies and Japan are virtually even.

As far as the air war.....Japan has lost 10,610 AC vs Allied losses of 9323 or about a 14% difference. Here is a screenie of japanese air losses:







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RE: GUNS OF AUGUST - 10/19/2012 7:32:17 AM   
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If by latest version you're using you mean the patch 1119a from 14/10/12 check the thread in the tech forum on lack of air coordination in this patch. If you run a big strike with that atch your air coordination will be virtually non-existent. We had to go back to using the official patch until something gets fixed.

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GUNS OF AUGUST - 10/21/2012 5:36:55 PM   
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obvert....we just upgraded to the v1.01.08r9 patch dated 2/8/12. All the escorting AC seemed to sortie as normal.



THE AIR WAR....AUGUST 1943


And here is a screenshot of Allied plane losses to date. The thing that really jumps out at me here is the ramping up of C-47 losses.... almost all due to operations. The C-47s are in 4th place but will probably move up to second place in the next couple of months. I have the vast majority of C-47s based at Ledo flying supplies over the hump into China at their normal range of 10 hexes.




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8/7-8/8/43



SUBS

SS Tambor sinks PB Nanpo Maru off Gorong.



SWPAC


F4U-1s, P-47D1s and SBDs are flown into Dagua to cover the unloading of additional BFs and seabees.

A half dozen US ASW TFs patrol the straits between New Guinea and New Britain just in case the IJN subs return.

Allied fleet carriers and CVEs refuel and reprovision off Milne Bay.



II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


Dave bombards Taberfane with 3 IJN BBs while Georges sweep Dobo:


Night Naval bombardment of Taberfane at 82,117

Japanese Ships
BB Yamashiro
BB Fuso
BB Nagato
DD Minazuki
DD Shinonome
DD Oshio
DD Asashio


Allied ground losses:
440 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 10 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 8
Port hits 4

E8N2 Dave acting as spotter for BB Yamashiro
BB Yamashiro firing at 7th Australian Brigade
BB Fuso firing at 7th Australian Brigade
F1M2 Pete acting as spotter for BB Nagato
BB Nagato firing at Taberfane
DD Minazuki firing at Taberfane
DD Shinonome firing at 7th Australian Brigade
DD Oshio firing at Taberfane
DD Asashio firing at 7th Australian Brigade



Morning Air attack on Dobo , at 83,116

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11
Ki-21-IIb Sally x 21
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 20



Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 10


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged


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


Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 11

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x Ki-21-IIb Sally bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VMF-221 with F4U-1 Corsair (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead




Afternoon Air attack on Dobo , at 83,116

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 45,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 24



Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 4


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 2 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
24 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 40000 feet

CAP engaged:
VMF-221 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes



Afternoon Air attack on Dobo , at 83,116

Weather in hex: Clear sky

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 23
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 7



No Japanese losses



Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 6000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb




It was one thing to see the Georges shoot up my new P-40N5s but I was shocked to see the Georges shoot up a very experienced veteran F4U-1 squadron.


The II Australian Corps offensive is serving too well as a decoy. Dave has committed 3 of his remaining 6 BBs here in addition to his best new fighter squadrons. Dobo and Taberfane will not be able to buildup....or even base offensive AC.....until we can get more supplies and engineers there and maybe capture another island or 2 where we can have more mutually supporting AFs. After the next SWPAC invasion on New Guinea(which is going very well thanks to the diversion of II Australian Corps in the DEI) I may need to send all the Allied CVEs and fast carriers into the DEI to cover both a buildup on Dobo/Taberfane and an invasion of Saumlaki.

Im still surprised at how Dave uses his BBs on risky naval bombardment ops...even though this has cost him 5 BBs so far.... yet he is ultra conservative in using the IJN carriers and even declined battle between all of KB and 4 USN CVs back in May 1942 when he had a chance to annihilate the US carriers in the Solomons.



CBI


Allied xAKs continue to load supplies at Calcutta for the next massive supply reinforcement of Rangoon. Most of the supplies at Mandalay have been sucked into China.....Mandalay is now down to 18,000 supplies....while Chungking has tripled its supplies from 13,000 to 39,000 in less than a week. With the massive influx of supplies into China I have been able to turn on replacements for virtually all the Chinese LCUs and rebuild the battered Chinese army.

Dave is still trying to surround the Chinese army that has been retreating from Amoy:



Ground combat at 83,59 (near Amoy)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 701 troops, 71 guns, 47 vehicles, Assault Value = 761

Defending force 37420 troops, 280 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 946

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



Assaulting units:
33rd Division
8th Armored Car Co
25th/A Division
43rd Recon Regiment
25th/B Division
25th/C Division
29th/C Div /1
2nd Mobile Field Artillery Regiment
1st Art.Mortar Rgt /8

Defending units:
31st Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
7th Chinese/A Corps
97th Chinese/A Corps
97th Chinese/B Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
69th Chinese Corps
7th Chinese/B Corps
97th Chinese/C Corps
51st Chinese/A Corps
3rd New Chinese/C Corps
NCAC
Y' Force
57th AT Gun Regiment



Movement was cut on all the hexsides but I brought another Chinese LCU down from kanhsien to open up the road hex. Then Dave brought in a recon regiment right behind me but the game is still allowing me to order the Chinese to continue to withdraw up the road to Kanhsien so we will see what happens.

Tenth Air Force has completed its withdrawal from China and is quietly rebuilding in India.

In the far south.....Dave pulled his Panzerkorps out of the line and we were able to easily recapture Nanning:


Ground combat at Nanning (72,55)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 38833 troops, 207 guns, 374 vehicles, Assault Value = 1317

Defending force 360 troops, 24 guns, 12 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Allied adjusted assault: 1008

Japanese adjusted defense: 3

Allied assault odds: 336 to 1 (fort level 1)

Allied forces CAPTURE Nanning !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
125 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 16 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 23 (23 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 15 (15 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1


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


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
55th Prov Chinese Division
54th Chinese/A Corps
60th Chinese/B Corps
64th Chinese/C Corps
96th Chinese Division
100th Chinese/A Corps
Gardner's Horse Regiment
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
82nd Chinese/A Corps
50th Tank Brigade
14th Chinese/B Corps
54th Chinese/B Corps
21st Group Army
27th Group Army

Defending units:
25th Air Defense AA Regiment



I have a suspicion that Dave is planning a major offensive in China. Not only is the IJA Panzerkorps missing from the Indochina/Chinese border but the other IJA Panzerkorps that had been resting at Moulmein for the past few months has suddenly moved out. I wouldnt be surprised is Dave is moving both of these Panzerkorps by sea to northern or central China. The 4000 AV IJA army that squared off with us outside of Nanchang has also disappeared. Dave could be planning a double pincer offensive on Sian or even Changsha. I have most of the SWPAC/British/Chinese AT guns in the north around Sian but this will not stop a determined offensive by two IJA panzerkorps. If Dave wants to take Sian with a massive force I cant stop it.

I was ready to evacuate all of coastal China including Liuchow/Wuchow and Kukong after the IJA armor broke through a week ago at Nanning. But after the Japanese were stopped with heavy losses outside of Kukong it has quieted down in southern and south central China. Ive got 900 AV of Chinese troops on the railyard at Liuchow and they will be railed to Changsha next turn. Im also moving some high quality Australian and US troops to the railheads in case the next Japanese blow falls at Changsha.




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SS I-4 is sunk by a USN ASW TF off Ailinglaplap.

SS Tambor pumps 10 shells into xAKL Arizame Maru near Kai-eilanden setting her afire from stem to stern..

SS Grayling puts a torpedo in fully loaded TK Yamazuru Maru by Puerto Pricessa and she lights up like a torch.



II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


Japan continues to pound Taberfane AF by air. The airfield is so heavily damaged that we cannot fly in reinforcements via transport AC and so I can only reinforce here by SST.

The F4U-1s keep the airfield at adjacent Dobo open and we are able to fly in seabees/BFs/supplies here.

We get revenge on the Japanese in this theatre as medium and heavy bombers are staged into Darwin and Bathurst and we are then able to hammer the enemy AFs at both Kai-eiladen and Saumlaki......shutting both AFs down.

Japan completely controls the sealanes here between northern Australia and the DEI so Im finding that I must recommit the USN carriers here....and soon....if I want to be able to expand my foothold on the edge of the DEI.



PACIFIC COMMANDS


Fifth Air Force continue to suppress the Japanese AFs at Wewak/Aitape/Vanimo/Hollandia/Sarmi on the northern coast of New Guinea.

Seabees, BFs and supplies continue to pour into Dagua.

The Allied carriers continue to effect minor repairs and replenish near Milne Bay.

The next round of invasions on the northern coast of New Guinea may need to be pushed back a couple of weeks to allow the Allied carriers to cover a II Australian Corps buildup in the DEI.



CBI


One of the IJA panzerkorps reappears in Moulmein.

Meanwhile....Dave tries to push some armored cars up a secondary road in the Allied rear near Taung Gyi:

Ground combat at 62,50 (near Taung Gyi)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 492 troops, 0 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 28

Defending force 450 troops, 42 guns, 30 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 24

Allied adjusted defense: 25

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

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



Assaulting units:
9th Armored Car Co
2nd Raiding Rgt /1

Defending units:
5th Field Regiment



In China.....the new Japanese offensive we have been awaiting to overrun Sian materializes as 21 IJA LCUs mass in Nanyang.

In south central China....our army retreating from Amoy and the coast has been completely surrounded by the Japanese in a manner that we cannot exit through any of the hexsides. I moved a Chinese LCU through Kanhsien to open a road hexside to the cut off army but then Dave moved up a recon unit behind them to keep the hexside closed. I moved an Indian armored brigade through Kanhsien to again try to reopen a hexside but now Dave has intercepted the armored brigade with 4 LCUs and will probably attack the Indian armor next turn. Next door I have a 500 AV Chinese Corps bearing down across the river from Kanhsien but they will arrive a turn too late.

Tenth Air Force has been quietly rebuilding in India for two weeks. With ample supplies now flowing into China I am able to stage in over 200 Tenth Air Force and RAF bombers and fighters this turn. Next turn medium bombers will hammer the IJA 21 LCU telphone pole in Nanyang while massed 4Es "carpet bomb" the IJA LCUs at Kanhsien. Even if the IJA LCUs are able to kick my armor brigade out of Kanhsien they should be too demoralized to fight off the shock attack on the following turn.







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SS Tunny sinks xAK Tazan Maru near Babeldaob.

SS Seal sinks AO Ken'yo Maru off Donggala.

SS Tunney sinks xAK Seisyo Maru near Babeldaob.

SS Sturgeon sinks DD Inazuma off Dobo.

SS I-24 sinks LCI-336 at Rabaul.

SS Truant lays a new minefield off the mouth of the inlet to Palembang just as a Japanese TK covoy arrives:


TF 61 encounters mine field at 49,90

Japanese Ships
DD Sawakaze
DD Kuroshio
E W-15
DD Ikazuchi, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
TK Bokuei Maru, Mine hits 1



3 mines cleared




TF 108 encounters mine field at 49,90

Japanese Ships
TK Goyo Maru, Mine hits 1



Dave loses a 28 point AO and a 28 point TK this turn and now Japan has suffered more in ships losses.......Japan has 3864 points of naval losses vs Allied loses of 3859 points.



II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


Dave hits the Allied AF on Dobo with multiple airstrikes and even though the F4U-1s acquitted themselves this turn Japan has now inflicted 31% runway damage and 22% service damage there. The AF at Taberfane now has 39% runway damage and 59% service damage. Dobo is virtually out of supplies and Im pulling out the last F4U-1 squadron there.

Meanwhile.....medium and heavy bombers based at Bathurst Is. and Darwin close the Japanese AFs at both Kai-eilanden and Saumlaki. Dave flies in another 1000 troops to Saumlaki for a total of over 5000 troops so if Im going to invade here it had better be quick. Naval search spots 1 IJN BB and 1 IJN CA at Misool....a convenient 8 hexes away from Dobo. I anticipate that Dave will order another night bombardment run to Dobo with his bombardment TF and then Dobo will be closed for good. I have nothing to stop this save for a dozen subs stationed between Misool and Dobo.

I will need to commit virtually all the USN CVs and CVs here to land supplies and construction engineers on both Taberfane and Dobo and also capture Saumlaki if I am going to be able to move forward into the DEI.

The next SWPAC New Guinea invasion will be pushed back a couple of weeks to allow for the ops in the southern DEI.

B-25D1s hit Japanese shipping in the DEI:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Lautem at 72,115

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 24 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 4
P-38H Lightning x 12


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
xAK Ginyo Maru
xAK Momokawa Maru, Shell hits 4, Bomb hits 1, on fire



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


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Lautem at 72,115

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 23 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 3
P-38H Lightning x 21


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Momokawa Maru, Shell hits 8, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Ginyo Maru, Shell hits 2, Bomb hits 1, on fire



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



Im staging in over 70 B-25D1s into Darwin next turn to do a anti-commerce sweep in the southern DEI.



CV Lexington arrives at Balboa and should be able to join the fleet in September.



CBI


The big Burma resupply convoy completes loading at Calcutta and will sail under heavy fighter cover to Akyab this turn....on the following turn it will executew a high speed run into the port at rangoon....Dave now has 4 subs stationed off Rangoon that are ready to intercept the convoy.


Big trouble in Little China again this turn.


First....Dave moved the equivalent of 2 panzer divisions into Kanhsien and they decimate my Indian armor brigade before it can exit the hex:


Ground combat at Kanhsien (81,57)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 10416 troops, 148 guns, 855 vehicles, Assault Value = 486

Defending force 1080 troops, 8 guns, 192 vehicles, Assault Value = 119

Japanese adjusted assault: 263

Allied adjusted defense: 6

Japanese assault odds: 43 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Kanhsien !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
24 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 26 (8 destroyed, 18 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
219 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 62 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (8 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 153 (153 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
2nd Recon Battalion
3rd Tank Regiment
1st Tank Division
18th Tank Rgt /2

Defending units:
254th Armoured Brigade


Then.....I was moving my entire army from Kukong to pin down the Japanese army outside the city but the other Indian armor brigade arrived before the rest of the infantry could catch up and then Dave annihilated it:


Ground combat at 80,58 (near Kukong)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 80985 troops, 766 guns, 258 vehicles, Assault Value = 2823

Defending force 2145 troops, 11 guns, 248 vehicles, Assault Value = 186

Japanese adjusted assault: 2297

Allied adjusted defense: 76

Japanese assault odds: 30 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
467 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 41 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled


Allied ground losses:
870 casualties reported
Squads: 45 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 31 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 13 (11 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 144 (74 destroyed, 70 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
6th Guards Inf. Regiment
12th Division
37th Division
104th Division
8th Division
22nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
51st Division
38th Division
42nd Air Defense AA Regiment
51st Ind.AA Gun Co
21st Mortar Battalion
2nd Mobile Infantry Rgt /6

Defending units:
255th Armoured Brigade


Now all 3 of the Indian armor brigades that I moved into China have been beaten down and they will require a lot of time to recover.

Dave attacks the surrounded Chinese army outside of Amoy:


Ground combat at 83,59 (near Amoy)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 26340 troops, 359 guns, 118 vehicles, Assault Value = 936

Defending force 37528 troops, 278 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 949

Japanese adjusted assault: 380

Allied adjusted defense: 1696

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 4

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

Japanese ground losses:
2257 casualties reported
Squads: 20 destroyed, 256 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 19 disabled
Guns lost 35 (1 destroyed, 34 disabled)
Vehicles lost 16 (1 destroyed, 15 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
721 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 95 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 12 (1 destroyed, 11 disabled)


Assaulting units:
43rd Recon Regiment
25th/C Division
13th Indpt Infantry Regiment
25th/B Division
8th Armored Car Co
25th/A Division
33rd Division
29th/C Div /1
2nd Mobile Field Artillery Regiment
1st Art.Mortar Rgt /8

Defending units:
97th Chinese/A Corps
97th Chinese/C Corps
51st Chinese/A Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
7th Chinese/B Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
7th Chinese/A Corps
69th Chinese Corps
97th Chinese/B Corps
3rd New Chinese/C Corps
NCAC
Y' Force
57th AT Gun Regiment


Dave isnt going to kill, this Chinese army anytime soon but every LCU that I sent to try to break the encirclement has been caught in the trap and now I have to somehow fight through the 2 IJA panzer divisions at Kanhsien if I am ever going to be able to save this army.


Things arent any better in the north. I hit the 21 LCU telephone approaching my army south of Sian with medium bombers:


Morning Air attack on 36th Division, at 85,45 (Nanyang)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes


Allied aircraft
Hudson IIIa x 10
Wellington GR.VIII x 7
B-25C Mitchell x 5
B-25G Mitchell x 6
P-40E Warhawk x 9
P-40K Warhawk x 5
P-40N5 Warhawk x 5


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 250 lb GP Bomb
10 x Hudson IIIa bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
2 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 110th Division ...
Also attacking 68th Division ...
Also attacking 70th Division ...
Also attacking 29th/A Division ...
Also attacking 68th Division ...


Morning Air attack on 68th Division, at 85,45 (Nanyang)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 46 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes


Allied aircraft
Hudson IIIa x 3
Wellington GR.VIII x 9
B-25C Mitchell x 6
B-25G Mitchell x 9
P-40E Warhawk x 14
P-40K Warhawk x 8


Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
25 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 250 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Hudson IIIa bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 110th Division ...
Also attacking 29th/A Division ...
Also attacking 6th Division ...
Also attacking 70th Division ...
Also attacking 6th Division ...
Also attacking 68th Division ...
Also attacking 29th/A Division ...



All Ive done is ID 6 divisions so far among the 21 LCUs.....if Dave takes Sian again this time he will hold it until Soviet activation in 1945. My 3700 AV army south of Sian is withdrawing while I try to reinforce it from another army SE of Sian.





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SS Perch puts a torpedo in AK Tatutaki Maru near Gorong.



SWPAC


Aussie Beaufort VIIIs sink SS I-38 in port at Hollandia:


Afternoon Air attack on Hollandia , at 93,116

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
Beaufort VIII x 63
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 12
F4U-1 Corsair x 11


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufort VIII: 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
SS I-38, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk



Port hits 8
Port fuel hits 1
Port supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x Beaufort VIII bombing from 12000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x Beaufort VIII bombing from 12000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x Beaufort VIII bombing from 12000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x Beaufort VIII bombing from 12000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x Beaufort VIII bombing from 12000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb



Dagua is enlarged to a level 3 AF.



II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


B-25D1s based at Darwin hit IJN shipping in the DEI:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Wetar at 72,114

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 4


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Toei Maru, Bomb hits 1



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

CAP engaged:
Hiyo-1 with A6M2 Zero (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Gorong at 81,112

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 27 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 2



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 4


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
xAKL Ryoyu Maru #21, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage



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

CAP engaged:
11th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 8000
Raid is overhead



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Gorong at 81,112

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 6
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 2



Allied aircraft
Beaufighter VIc x 2
B-25D1 Mitchell x 4
P-38H Lightning x 16


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
LB-134, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
LB-501, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
LB-132, Shell hits 1, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk



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

CAP engaged:
11th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 8000
Raid is overhead
68th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (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 7000
Raid is overhead

LB-134 dead in the water ...
LB-501 dead in the water ...
LB-132 dead in the water ...




The IJN BB and CA spotted at Misool do not bombard this turn.

DD Rotherham based at Darwin is ordered to patrol Dobo, Taberfane _and_ the Japanese base at Kai-eilanden to interdict IJN shipping while over a dozen Allied subs patrol the narrow passage between Japanese held Misool and Allied held Dobo....a virtual "torpedo alley".

Allied APAs and AKAs complete loading at Townsville for the assault troops for Saumlaki and leave port for the DEI. Allied CVEs/CVs/BBs/CAs depart Milne Bay and sail though the Horn Straits towards the Arafura Sea and eventually the DEI. Dave parked a couple of IJN subs in the Horn Straits and we will tag team them next turn with ASW TFs/ASW AC/Naval Search and hopefully we can keep them below periscope depth.



CBI


Allied ASW AC hit one of the 4 IJN subs off Rangoon so now there are only 3 enemy subs left in the area. The massive Allied resupply convoy loaded at Calcutta and heading for Rangoon pauses 1 hex E of Akyab.....so far it has not been spotted....and next turn it will conduct a high speed run into Rangoon.


Allied air in China continues to concentrate on IJA ground forces....the IJA army approaching Sian from Nanyang is fixed in place and the 3800 AV Chinese army is allowed to withdraw 1 hex towards Sian while a rear guard is left behind to hold off the Japanese for one more turn(2 days). Now we should be able to reinforce this army from our 2200 AV army facing Loyang before the Japanese can attack.

Meanwhile....Dave goes all in for counter air missions and hits the Allied AF at Sian hard.....Allied fighters destroy 56 Japanese fighters in A2A vs losses of 26 Allied fighters but 17 AC are lost on the ground in Sian. Overall....Japan loses 73 AC vs Allied losses of 64 AC. Individual losses include 29 Oscar IIas, 14 Vals, 13 Topsys, 6 Tojos, 3 A6M2s, 12 P-40Es, 10 P-40Ks, 7 F4U-1s, 6 B-25D1s, and 3 P-38Gs.

Allied 4Es, 2Es, and Vengeance DBs hammer the 2 IJA Panzer Divisions at Kanhsien and Dave is forced to withdraw most of them to the rough terrain E of Kanhsien.




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