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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/2/2011 12:06:18 AM   
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Nice like your ideas.  Watch for airborne assualts behind your lines in Burma. 

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/5/2011 1:46:50 AM   
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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 35
G3M2 Nell x 26


Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 26


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 4 destroyed
G3M2 Nell: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed



Airbase hits 12
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 14

I only post this because it is the first time the P40s best the Zeros. Its the first week of March. Training. training. training. and, at last, altitude advantage. I still hold Bataan, Singapore, Palembang and Rangoon. The ground situation is changing slowly. The IJA is rapidly cleaning up unoccupied bases in the PI and has landed in the Shortlands in SoPac and the northern tip of Java. The build up continues in SoPac and India. CVTFs are retiring to Pearl for repairs and refits. The east coast in upgrading the DD fleet with radar and ASW devices.

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/8/2011 3:36:47 PM   
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March 15th 1942
Zulu HQ: CnCZulu (Chief TWIT) ponders SoPac. The Java goes down easy with the seductive additives of Irish whiskey and Baileys. Op Fish Hook has been postponed three times due to Intel on the KB. Orders are out now though and transports are loading in SoPac. Operation Barb is now on the drawing board.
Pearl Harbor:
Lex, York and Sara are tied up as their escorts undergo refit. SubDiv IV and V are forming for Operation Barb.
SoPac:
8th Marine Rgt, 1st Amphib HQ and 1st Marine raider Bn are prepped and loading for Luganville and Ndeni. Base forces and engineers are prepped and will follow. Final convoys of supplies ad material are making their way from San Diego to secure the rear areas.
Bataan is now in the red with just over 4000 pts of supply remaining. It will be tough to lose the 900+ AV remaining. Singapore with 860+ AV still holds with over 11000 supply pts.. The Japs must have bad Intel on Rangoon as only 380+ AV are there and supply around 1000 pts. They are letting me slip in small AKs for resupply. The Japs sit outside Palembang mustering strength. The Dutch air force is close to collapse. The Japs hit Ambon yesterday with heavy air raids and a night landing with shore bombardment. Ambon’s guns manage one hit on a xAP for 40 casualties.





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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/8/2011 4:05:17 PM   
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The SoPac SitRep:
Noumea:
Port 3 (44%)
AF 3 (44%)
Fort 3 (2%)
fighters 85
supply 34000+
fuel 11000+
AV 147 (200+ 1 week out)
Suva:
Port 3 (81%)
AF 7 (25%)
fort 3 (9%)
AV 700
fighters 46
bombers 10
PA 11
1-BB and escorts
67000 supply

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/8/2011 9:21:22 PM   
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March 16th 1942
Hiryu takes a fish




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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/8/2011 9:22:19 PM   
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Ambon falls after a 48 hour assault, but not before Hiryu eats Dutch Tuna 25nm west.
TFs 145 and 168 will leave port tomorrow night.

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/9/2011 1:24:13 AM   
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Your getting some good results with your subs.  I am hopeing that i will get some shots at my opponents carriers.


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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/9/2011 2:29:32 AM   
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Your right on there. The Dutch subs have been a major source of moral for the allies. I am playing a very methodical opponent. He he is giving me fits in the air war and on land particularly in China. The flanking move on Rangoon was like a good pin in chess. The Dutch sub skippers are very good at picking targets and I am getting very good at anticipating Kido Butai routes. What I have not mentioned is I got three of them sunk in harbor when I knew the KB was going to raid. It was a really bad late night decision. As we are playing a "simulation" of the war, I am feeling Nimitz's anxiety over commiting forces to battle without any substantial re-inforcement in the near future. He must have had many sleepless nights leading up to Halseys raid and the Port Morseby Op. When King got on him about doing the raids because Americans wanted to know what the Navy was doing and the reporters were using political channels to exert even more pressure I'm sure he did not want to be remembered for a disaster which would compound the Pearl Harbor situation and the Navy's posture in the Pacific in general.

With that in mind, I am acting under general orders from Adm King of January 1941 to keep the sea lanes to Australia open as far as Suva. Keep Hawaii in our hands (I would not expect Terry to attack there with land forces but am compelled by the spirit of the game to garrison the islands accordingly strong). And carry the fight to the enemy. Here in lies Operation Barb. I will lay it out shortly here as I am fitting the game engine to the Op at present. The Op will be a carrier strike, approaching at night to arrive at a launch point from which I will have time to retire (I'm hoping to be able to add 240nm) and decrease the risk of massive retaliation by LBA. Fish Hook should give me an alley to use in which if I am followed I will be able to employ substatial anti sea assets to allow my CVs to make good their escape. Regular reconasaince flights have been ongoing for weeks so I have good intel and as the flights have been so routine for so long, I do not think he will anticipate the timing. The KB which had gone missing for awhile is close by at Ambon but I have subs along his likely egress routes as much for intel as a chance shot. April 20th is the target date.

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/9/2011 2:45:55 AM   
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The Burma front:
I have released the 7th Aussie Div back to Australia as I do not have the political clout in game terms and I believe Churchill himself was over ruled by the Aussie PM about their commitment to the theater. I do, however have the political muscle to release the 6th Aussie Div from Karachi to theater anytime. It takes forever to get the points but once you get them it is a relief. By the time I make a decide I will also have enough clout to go through all the OICs in the squadrons and ground units. What I want now are HQs. I need an Indian corp HQ and an american AF HQ. They are both a couple of weeks away.

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/9/2011 2:03:17 PM   
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March 16th 1942
SubDiv IV forms at Pearl and departs for SoPac. BatDiv "R" makes ready for trip to west coast after 90+ days in the shipyards. Fish Hook TFs still loading. Intel has KB heading west from Ambon; this is good as a raid through the Horn Island strights would be most inconvienent at present.






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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/10/2011 10:39:26 PM   
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Question:
I have B17D models under RAAF HQs in Australia. I want to upgrade them to E models as they are subject to heavy CAP patrols over targets. I have 22 model Es in the pool (Its March 42) but it says I m not scheduled for upgrade now. Can I not upgrade past the date?

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/11/2011 3:12:17 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: zuluhour

Question:
I have B17D models under RAAF HQs in Australia. I want to upgrade them to E models as they are subject to heavy CAP patrols over targets. I have 22 model Es in the pool (Its March 42) but it says I m not scheduled for upgrade now. Can I not upgrade past the date?


Screenshot please.

You can upgrade any time you have airframes for the upgrade in the pool. However you do have to meet the upgrade conditions as specified in s.16.2.3 of the manual. The most common player oversights which explain not being able to upgrade are being at an airfield too small or the base the not having sufficient supplies.

If the base is a level 7 airfield and you have 20k supplies, it should be possible to upgrade. Hencethe request for a screenshot as there may be some other tiny detail you have overlooked which is preventing the upgrade.

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/11/2011 9:05:37 PM   
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Bad news: Previous report of sinking of CV Shokaku incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
I guess the reported fuel air explosion just thinned out the crew.

Thanks Alfred, that explains why when I have staged the B17s through Sydney and upgraded I have had no problems. Townsville had the supply but not the field size.

waiting on the turn.
SoPac: Landing force on the way to Luganville, about 240nm from Suva yesterday. Additional supplies from Noumea in route. Two B17 squadrons to ferry BFs from Noumea.
Burma: An AVG squadron will sweep Moulmein for Nates as its been way to quiet since the Japs entered Rangoon.
Pear Harbor: Sara and Lex will be pierside for three weeks for refits. Most of the DDs are done. P40s enroute to II fighter Cmd HQ while P40s from the mainland are enroute to Pearl.
East Coast: Large supply and fuel TFs are going to begin arriving at the newly enlarged ports of Noumea and Suva. DBs are also enroute as anti ship measures.
Sumatra/Java: The Japs northeast of Batavia have not moved since landing some time ago. The IJA at Palembang now occupies the western and southern approaches. surrounded! No matter as I have no intention of leaving. There is very little left of the Dutch AF. Many aircraft lost over IJN TFs around the confluence of Java Sea and the Indian Ocean. Man I wish I had saved my Biplane squadrons for the current situation there now.
China: I dont want to talk about it. Man did I create a FUBAR. I may be on trial for genocide.
PI: Bataan: The boys are are out of rations. Rumors of rats on sticks. They still hold.

Zulu HQ: Looking forward to Thursday billiards night at the O club. The O club, located in the Ratskeller of Zulu HQ, will host the usual cultural advisors and I believe the libations will be of the 80 proof variety as I will have to explain how I lost a quarter of million Chinese in thirty days.

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/11/2011 9:35:33 PM   
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to embarrassed to provide screen shot.

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/12/2011 7:33:10 PM   
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Naval Gun Fire at Bataan - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

16 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
DMS W-18, Shell hits 4, Mine hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS W-17, Shell hits 7, Mine hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
AK Kyushu Maru, Shell hits 5, Mine hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Kowa Maru, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Ural Maru, Shell hits 7, Mine hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/12/2011 7:33:41 PM   
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TF 50 encounters mine field at Bataan (78,77) - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

2 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
DMS W-18, Shell hits 12, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS W-17, Shell hits 6, Mine hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
AK Kyushu Maru, Mine hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Kowa Maru, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Ural Maru, Mine hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage


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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/12/2011 7:37:20 PM   
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Corregidor: Nips provide spectacle for beleagured garrison. My best days are surprises.
But: Wheres the sinkage. I want sinkage!

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/12/2011 9:02:04 PM   
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What was he thinking doing that.  I'd say he's got shrinkage going on.  Plus some puckering too.

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/14/2011 2:39:36 PM   
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Afternoon Air attack on 103rd RAF Base Force, at 59,46 (Mandalay)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 69



Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 8
Hurricane IIa Trop x 4
Hurricane IIb Trop x 5


Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 8 destroyed, 2 damaged

No Allied losses
This is the first unescorted raid of the war caught in an allied CAP trap. I believe his Nates and Zeros are operating out of Siam and have not moved forward to Moulmein. The Kido Butai has gone missing now for over a week and I fear it will rear its head in SoPac. There are over 50 ships in convoys in SoPac right now and will need another week to ten days exit the theater. 7th Australian Div is half way home to Perth. 6th Australian Div: 2 Bg are on rails to Calcutta while PPs remain for the third in Karachi. PPs are now getting real tight and some tough choices are in the offing.

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/14/2011 2:46:07 PM   
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Defending units:
27th Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
80th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
5th New Chinese Corps
3rd Construction Regiment
8th New Chinese Corps
39th Group Army
24th Group Army
15th Group Army
4th Chinese Base Force
10th Chinese Base Force
9th Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
36th Group Army
1st War Area
14th Group Army
Jingcha War Area
7th Construction Regiment

Units out of supply and out of hope in Central pocket north of Changsha. OUCH!

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/17/2011 1:44:01 PM   
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Catching up: End of March 1941: Strategic SitRep: Allied ground forces.





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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/17/2011 1:45:08 PM   
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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/17/2011 1:54:55 PM   
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SoPac
8th Marine Rgt on Luganville. AF at 27% forts-1
1st Marine Raider in route to Ndeni
Saratoga: upgraded and back in theater
Enterprise,Lexington and Yorktown under three weeks left on upgrades
Hornet seven days out
NoPac: re-inforced in the Aleutians
7th Aussies unloading at Perth
6th Aussies (2 bde) at Calcutta

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/17/2011 6:17:40 PM   
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nice to see u back Zulu  you got alot of things going on at once.

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/17/2011 7:37:31 PM   
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The turn cycle Terry and I have makes it difficult for me to keep up the AAR the way I would like. I get a turn early am, get it out before work, and get another late. No complaints; I like the pace of the game this way, just makes it tough to keep up. In regards to above, Yeah alot of dominoes could fall soon but nothing (except the Chinese) I was not ready or able to prevent in the way of sacrifice. I am heavily involved planning OpBarb (Operation Barb) and will be asking for advice very shortly. Thanks for checking in!! It can get lonely at the top

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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/17/2011 7:58:05 PM   
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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/18/2011 12:29:51 AM   
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March 30th:
Heres what this newbs wrestling with:
Carrier Ops

In Port: Aircraft upgrades / fill out groups
Leader checks (fighter) inspiration
Leader checks (dive bomber/torpedo plane) inspiration
Captain: Air skill / aggression

At Sea: Oilers at point luck for re-fuel before run to target up to 320nm from assembly area
(8 hexes)

Assembly area: 520nm from target (13 hexes) (US CVTF). This assumes the CVTF wishes to utilize F4F
Escorts over the target. The presumption is the TFs will move through the night 160nm
Closer to the target, emerge in the daylight naval movement phase and proceed the final
160nm to the launch area 200nm from the enemy position. The hope being, by using the
night, it may be possible to “surprise” the enemy and pre-empt as his Bettys and Nells
are pre-occupied with land Ops. It also supposes the arrival of the TF 5 hexes from target
while being the final hex moved to during the phase, will allow time for a strike to be
launched and recovered. Does the game engine see this as a “as time allows” tactic or
simple matter of phases, ie naval movement (TF arrives at final hex) air combat, your there
time is not an issue.

Retirement: I am trying to figure out my egress routes. What am I getting wrong here? If I want the Big
E to leave the area at full speed that evening she will be under orders to use full speed for
24 hours? That would use 40+240=280x18=5,040 endurance? Only the DDs with 8000 and
6500 endurance levals could stay with her through the 24 hours.

Zulu HQ: It is March 30th 1941, I want to launch OpBarb (Operation Barb) by the third week in April.
The Op will involve at least three carriers at the point of the spear.

Recap: Day one: 25 hexes from target (oilers)
Day two: run to assembly area 17 hexes from target
Day three: strike: run final 12 hexes at full speed (remain on station?)to launch area?
Or (using cruise/mission speed)
Day one: 21 hexes out refuel
Day two: 13 hexes out (probably lose the darkness covering approach)
Day three: strike: 5 hexes from target (remain on station?)




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RE: Thinz2 vs Zuluhour - 10/18/2011 1:25:28 AM   
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OpBarb will involve 6 airbases, five carriers and 150 B17s, just so you get the scope.

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