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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 5/31/2013 7:40:03 AM   
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Above in the section on S/SW PAC I detailed a bit of what happened to CAP at Sorong. No planes up during any of the attacks until after the sweeps were already overhead. I assume this is the reason for my high losses both this day and the last.

So I asked about why this might have happened? I need some help!

Anyone out there?


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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 5/31/2013 9:38:34 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: obvert

Above in the section on S/SW PAC I detailed a bit of what happened to CAP at Sorong. No planes up during any of the attacks until after the sweeps were already overhead. I assume this is the reason for my high losses both this day and the last.

So I asked about why this might have happened? I need some help!

Anyone out there?



First.
High 80% CAP mean that You theoretically can have more planes in air but not always. With bad luck most of them can be currently on ground refueling. So numbers of planes in air in reality can be lower that when you use 40 or 50% CAP.
I think it can by impacted by plane numbers on AF, numbers of AV support, AF size or damage to AF infrastructure etc.
Higher CAP % mean more planes refueling at once so less planes in air and on standby


Second.
Do You have radar in base. Look at detection times. 11, 11 and 5 minutes and most of planes need between 20-40 minutes to get in position



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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 5/31/2013 9:54:24 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: obvert

Above in the section on S/SW PAC I detailed a bit of what happened to CAP at Sorong. No planes up during any of the attacks until after the sweeps were already overhead. I assume this is the reason for my high losses both this day and the last.

So I asked about why this might have happened? I need some help!

Anyone out there?



First.
High 80% CAP mean that You theoretically can have more planes in air but not always. With bad luck most of them can be currently on ground refueling. So numbers of planes in air in reality can be lower that when you use 40 or 50% CAP.
I think it can by impacted by plane numbers on AF, numbers of AV support, AF size or damage to AF infrastructure etc.
Higher CAP % mean more planes refueling at once so less planes in air and on standby


Second.
Do You have radar in base. Look at detection times. 11, 11 and 5 minutes and most of planes need between 20-40 minutes to get in position




Thanks koniu. I'm aware of the lack of radar. The airbase was included as a big fragment with the radar left in the Solomons, and it regrettably has not yet been destroyed to be rebuilt here. Still, in the early going without radar I would get much better CAP numbers up than this. NONE in the air out of 140 planes is pretty odd. The point as I saw it was to get a larger percentage of CAP in the air so the radar detection times wouldn't matter so much at the expense of pilot fatigue since I assume this will be a short stand before the eventual abandonment of the base.

It's a level 5 base with 170 AS, an HQa and a base force. It has no damage.

Just still curious how over three consecutive sweeps NO planes were in the air. I'll lower the CAP numbers again to 50%, but if this is just a radar thing it's really strange that it didn't function in this way pre-radar in 42. If CAP is set I've always seen CAP in the air with a percentage scrambling and getting into position. They are on 0 hex range also.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 6/1/2013 3:55:56 AM   
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 6/1/2013 11:11:03 AM   
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Obvert,

I have to say congrats to you. Here you are mid44 and you are in pretty good shape. The allies still have no access in the DEI, and only a toe hold in the Marshalls. Hopefully you are scavenging every ton of oil/fuel there is and getting it back to the HI. If so, you should be ok through war's end here.

Suggestions:
Start prepping your defenses for the SOV activation now. Get your MLR, 2nd, and 3rd lines established. Sure, SOV activation is sitll a year away, but it is only a year away. You want your units prepped and dug in well in advance. Your air units will be key here as they are the only thing you have that will stop the SOV armored units. Be sure that you have enough air units ear marked for this defense.

I think most IJ players attempt to defend Burma/Thai/Malay too long into the game. This stretches their perimeter and creates the potential for a lot of units being isolated in SE Asia when the allies take the PI. Consider that any unit west of HK when the allies are in Manila are probably not in a position for your advantage. If so, then be sure that you are planning for the retreat of all of these units. This is a lot of AV for your overall defense, and you want to be sure you have a plan to integrate them into it.

Just a few random thoughts. Great game. Gonna enjoy reading the next 2 years of it!



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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 6/1/2013 11:35:46 AM   
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Obvert,

I have to say congrats to you. Here you are mid44 and you are in pretty good shape. The allies still have no access in the DEI, and only a toe hold in the Marshalls. Hopefully you are scavenging every ton of oil/fuel there is and getting it back to the HI. If so, you should be ok through war's end here.

Suggestions:
Start prepping your defenses for the SOV activation now. Get your MLR, 2nd, and 3rd lines established. Sure, SOV activation is sitll a year away, but it is only a year away. You want your units prepped and dug in well in advance. Your air units will be key here as they are the only thing you have that will stop the SOV armored units. Be sure that you have enough air units ear marked for this defense.

I think most IJ players attempt to defend Burma/Thai/Malay too long into the game. This stretches their perimeter and creates the potential for a lot of units being isolated in SE Asia when the allies take the PI. Consider that any unit west of HK when the allies are in Manila are probably not in a position for your advantage. If so, then be sure that you are planning for the retreat of all of these units. This is a lot of AV for your overall defense, and you want to be sure you have a plan to integrate them into it.

Just a few random thoughts. Great game. Gonna enjoy reading the next 2 years of it!




Thanks Pax. It feels less and less like I'm doing well as the Allies push forward, but as you say the going has been somewhat slower of late for them. The latest push which I'll write up today is scary, but at least not as comprehensive around the map as I initially feared. I'm still very worried about oil/fuel reserves, btu the fact he hasn't bombed much of it out yet is a plus and I should be able to keep drawing from Palembang/Miri for a good amount of time still based on the vectors it appears he is taking. With coastal routing, even getting to the PI doesn't necessarily mean he can cut everything off right away.

About the SOV date, I've chosen to defend only a portion of Manchuria in good terrain, from Yingkow to Changchun to Yenki to Rashin. That'll be my first MLR. Then from Antung along the river and mountains to Seishin.

In China I'll likely not defend much before the Nanking-Shanghai area and up to Hangkow-Wuchang other than garrisons in place. He'll chose which way he wants to go and if he wants to free the Chinese finally that'll be an option for him.

The sole reason I'm still in Burma is that he can bomb Palembang/Miri if I let him get closer, btu can only reach Medan now. I'd like to keep a good force there and only slowly pull that back. Currently a division, about 2-3 brigades, a regiment, 5-6 base forces, several engineer units and 2 HQa are pulling back. They'll go to Malaya and to the PI.

This does mean there is a lot of scrambling going on trying to get other troops into the PI. About 800 AV just arrived on Mindanao and another 400 AV is on the way. About 400 AV is on Luzon now, and I'm rushing more in the next month as well as arty, a tank division and lots of engineers. The KB will likely swing from it's current position North of the Marianas to get in position to defend the PI within 2-3 weeks. I'll keep surface forces in the Bonins moving down to continue bombarding Tinian and hopefully keep the field closed. All big Marianas bases are now reaching close to 700-800 AV and near level 6 forts. Although Tinian was not much lower in AV it's forts were only level 3.9 when invaded and it's fairly new units hadn't filled out or fully prepped. I also didn't have CD guns or arty there. All other bases now have those extras. I'd really like to stall anything in this area for as long as possible.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 6/1/2013 12:02:56 PM   
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[About the SOV date, I've chosen to defend only a portion of Manchuria in good terrain, from Yingkow to Changchun to Yenki to Rashin. That'll be my first MLR. Then from Antung along the river and mountains to Seishin.

In China I'll likely not defend much before the Nanking-Shanghai area and up to Hangkow-Wuchang other than garrisons in place. He'll chose which way he wants to go and if he wants to free the Chinese finally that'll be an option for him.


Fairly typical choices here, and for good reasons: terrain.

Given these, now look at all of your units beyond these locations. They all have to move within this or be abandoned. Each unit abandoned represents a lot of HI in addition to the AV loss. An ID is worth +100,000 HI ... that is a lot of oil. Takes a many days worth of production even at Palembang/Miri to come up with that. Make sure that you are not throwing away more than you are taking is all I am suggesting here. I can tell you historically the IJ did not retreat fast enough, and most IJ players fall into the same traps. Once the allies get going, everything up to Formosa can fall FAST. DEI/PI is no more defensible in '44 than it was in '42.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 6/1/2013 12:34:34 PM   
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ORIGINAL: PaxMondo


quote:

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[About the SOV date, I've chosen to defend only a portion of Manchuria in good terrain, from Yingkow to Changchun to Yenki to Rashin. That'll be my first MLR. Then from Antung along the river and mountains to Seishin.

In China I'll likely not defend much before the Nanking-Shanghai area and up to Hangkow-Wuchang other than garrisons in place. He'll chose which way he wants to go and if he wants to free the Chinese finally that'll be an option for him.


Fairly typical choices here, and for good reasons: terrain.

Given these, now look at all of your units beyond these locations. They all have to move within this or be abandoned. Each unit abandoned represents a lot of HI in addition to the AV loss. An ID is worth +100,000 HI ... that is a lot of oil. Takes a many days worth of production even at Palembang/Miri to come up with that. Make sure that you are not throwing away more than you are taking is all I am suggesting here. I can tell you historically the IJ did not retreat fast enough, and most IJ players fall into the same traps. Once the allies get going, everything up to Formosa can fall FAST. DEI/PI is no more defensible in '44 than it was in '42.


It's funny, as just from thinking about it as I worked on the turn, based on your note, I already earmarked another 5-6 engineer and another 4 base forces to head back and started to think about what to do at the MLR to ease some units to the rear. It'll take some finessing.

The other thing though is that I'm still occupying a very large number of Allied troops in Burma that could be used elsewhere. I'd much rather have them there than in Sumatra, Java or Indochina. At 55, 51 now, after a withdrawal of some, he still has 7500 AV to my 4200 AV! Once I see his reserves moving out of Prome and somewhere else I can likely start removing some divisions and big gun units from the front.

The Thais are about to withdraw. I thought of using them on one chance river crossing to Bassein. I've got all still in Burma heading to Rangoon, and two IJA divisions sitting there prepping for Bassein as well. He has 12 units but only 21k troops, 85 guns and 112 AFVs there. I'm thinking a lot of base forces and engineers, not many troops. It should have level 6 forts, but I could get 1500-1800 AV of IJA/Thai troops (and it's a clear hex) to see if they could smack it. Might be a fun way for them to go out.

Foolish or fun?

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 6/1/2013 3:40:24 PM   
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You precisely articulate every IJ players conundrum: "I'm still occupying a very large number of Allied troops in Burma that could be used elsewhere..."

Just remember that when the PI is occupied those troops of yours are now effectively out of the war, if not actually lost. The allies can pick theirs up much easier. I have always felt that '44 is the most diifficult time of the war for the IJ. It isn't the losses (yet), but rather the choices that are so hard. When to give up good positions?

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 6/1/2013 4:34:21 PM   
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6 July 1944
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SUBS: Lots of subs making contact with Allied ships, a few being sunk. No hits. Got another Allied sub in the Sulu Sea though.

S/SW PAC: The big fleet is now two hexes off Sorong and several DD groups hit the base to clear subs and MTBs. Those didn't go down easily and two MTBs are left wandering the area, hopefully ready to slow things during the night, but all it will cause is a potential ship collision as no air strikes or naval interdictions are planned. This is up to the ground troops now.

Aitape falls and a bunch of refugee units are struggling through jungle to Vanaimo. Wewak will go soon. I'm hoping Nabire will hold out for a while.

S DEI: Still in the building phase here. Ships have moved out from Darwin, looking like three SAGs, but not in our air strike range and probably preparing to charge in and try to remove our naval assets in the area. I'll send the BBs in closer to around Dili.

BURMA: Still no sweeps at Rangoon. The previous threat posed by ships in the IO has evaporated and now it's back to a locked MLR and sporadic air battles. I probably should pull my fighters out of Rangoon as the DL went up again today, so he knows they are there. I'm just curious how they will do if sweeps come in, and I'd like to keep wearing down the pools of P-47s, even at a loss of 2-3:1.

CENTRAL PACFIC: No major combat ships or CVs located in the Central Pacific, but something is happening as there are a few TFs out in the middle of nowhere below Marcus, including one with 10 ships listed as AK. I'll pursue at mission speed with the KB to see what happens there, and then pull back to refuel and if nothing else of note occurs, head around to the PI area.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR July 6, 44
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Submarine attack near Manokwari at 85,107

Japanese Ships
SS RO-43, hits 16, and is sunk

Allied Ships
BB Queen Elizabeth
BB Mississippi
BC Renown
DD Downes
DD Crane
DD Kennison
DD Nepal

SS RO-43 is sighted by escort
DD Crane fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Kennison fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Nepal attacking submerged sub ....
SS RO-43 forced to surface!

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Sub attack near Talaud-eilanden at 82,96

Japanese Ships
E No.13, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
E No.3

Allied Ships
SS Haddo, hits 3

SS Haddo launches 2 torpedoes at E No.13
E No.3 fails to find sub, continues to search...
E No.3 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Jolo at 73,87

Japanese Ships
E No.12
E Yomogi
E Nomi

Allied Ships
SS Flounder, hits 7, heavy damage

SS Flounder is located by E No.12
Flounder diving deep ....
E Nomi fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Nomi attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 31
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 18
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 3 damaged
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 3 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 18

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
P1Y2 Frances x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y2 Frances: 4 damaged
P1Y2 Frances: 1 destroyed by flak

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x P1Y2 Frances bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Sub attack near Biak at 89,110

Japanese Ships
SS I-17, hits 13, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DD Talbot
DE Sederstrom
DD Quality

SS I-17 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Talbot
I-17 diving deep ....

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 22
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 6 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 8

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 18
G4M1 Betty x 27
Ki-84a Frank x 29

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 10 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

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

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 12

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
6 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 18
P1Y1 Frances x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 4 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x P1Y1 Frances bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Aitape (95,118)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 34530 troops, 703 guns, 760 vehicles, Assault Value = 1284

Defending force 10932 troops, 131 guns, 22 vehicles, Assault Value = 170

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Allied adjusted assault: 585

Japanese adjusted defense: 105

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

Allied forces CAPTURE Aitape !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
3692 casualties reported
Squads: 147 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 191 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 123 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 55 (54 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 23 (23 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Units retreated 4

Allied ground losses:
192 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 19 disabled

Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 50 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
102nd Combat Engineer Regiment
38th Infantry Division
1st Marine Division
24th Infantry Division
5th USMC Tank Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
148th Field Artillery Battalion
1st Medium Regiment
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
2nd Medium Regiment

Defending units:
6th Guards Inf. Regiment
Maizuru 1st SNLF
4th Brigade
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
52nd JNAF AF Unit
2nd Naval Construction Battalion
44th Road Const Co
23rd Field AF Construction Battalion
58th JNAF AF Unit
12th JAAF AF Coy

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Ground combat at Derby (64,127)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 720 troops, 0 guns, 106 vehicles, Assault Value = 59

Defending force 786 troops, 8 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 36

Allied adjusted assault: 54

Japanese adjusted defense: 10

Allied assault odds: 5 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
340 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 14 disabled

Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 1

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

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
2/7th Armoured Regiment

Defending units:
Sasebo 3rd SNLF

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Ground combat at Kiriwina Island (102,131)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 391 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 25

Defending force 1295 troops, 0 guns, 87 vehicles, Assault Value = 3

Allied adjusted assault: 2

Japanese adjusted defense: 13

Allied assault odds: 1 to 6 (fort level 4)

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

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

Assaulting units:
2nd Fiji Commando Battalion

Defending units:
22nd Ind. Engr Rgt /1
8th Area Army /1
51st JNAF AF Unit /1

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Reinforcements:

LST T-135 arrives at Nagoya
MGB G-878 arrives at Hiroshima/Kure


Losses: None of these did much to slow anything down at Sorong.

Loss of SSX Ha-5 on Jul 06, 1944 is admitted
Loss of MGB G-875 on Jul 06, 1944 is admitted
Loss of MGB G-876 on Jul 06, 1944 is admitted
Loss of E No.13 on Jul 06, 1944 is admitted
Loss of MGB G-4 on Jul 06, 1944 is admitted
Loss of SS I-17 on Jul 06, 1944 is admitted
Loss of SS RO-43 on Jul 06, 1944 is admitted


Ships Sunk:

AK Serpens is reported to have been sunk near Hollandia on May 03, 1944
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Guess what will happen in the night? Sorong and probably some other bases in the North New Guinea area should be invaded tonight. The difference is that there will be no air strikes aiming for these fleets. I'll conserve for now while the entire Allied fleet is there.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 6/1/2013 4:48:30 PM   
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You precisely articulate every IJ players conundrum: "I'm still occupying a very large number of Allied troops in Burma that could be used elsewhere..."

Just remember that when the PI is occupied those troops of yours are now effectively out of the war, if not actually lost. The allies can pick theirs up much easier. I have always felt that '44 is the most diifficult time of the war for the IJ. It isn't the losses (yet), but rather the choices that are so hard. When to give up good positions?


I guess I would have an easier time with the PI being occupied in terms of getting troops back as China is still completely securely in IJA hands. So the rail to Phnom Pen and to Saigon and on would still likely be an option for a while.

It's 2 weeks to Pisanoluke, another 2 weeks into strat mode and railing to Phnom Pen and getting out of strat mode. A week to Saigon, then back to strat and moving to Hanoi/Haiphong/Lang Son in about another week. So like a month and a half to get around to China. Or only 3 weeks to Singers and a boat to China or Formosa.

If I run, he just fills in and it seems I accomplish in effect what he is trying to get to by invading the PI, plus giving up the DEI. But, of course this is my first time through it all, so I don't really know if what will/can happen here. If I don't run though there is always the chance the PI invasion bogs down or something else semi-positive happens. If I do I might secure the PI and lose the rest of the oil almost immediately, negating the main benefit of having the PI secured.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 6/1/2013 6:24:48 PM   
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Yep, choices. Nasty ones. Timing is crucial. My technique: I draw lines "in the sand". He crosses this line, these troops move. Where they move has already been planned out. Some units are sacrificial. Those are generally ones that I can pickup remnants via air transport, ie not a lot of heavy equipment. Its tough. The choices are really tough, the execution relatively easy.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 6/1/2013 11:39:26 PM   
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7 July, 1944
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SUBS: The I-38 goes for broke and comes up twice to hit ASW ships near Biak, taking out a US DE and the Brit DD Quality before being crushed by DCs.

S/SW PAC: Massive invasions hit the beach and Sorong, and two smaller ones came in to Waigeo and Sansapor. Waigeo will fall very quickly. Sansapor is fine for now with only a tank unit landing there, but I'm sure more is on the way. Sorong will be interesting. Only 2 supported divisions but with a lot of tanks. Still, this is good defensive territory, and there are 4 forts. If he doesn't get an even attack or better at first, this could last a while.

Jocke used ONE large task force of 50+ ships to land at Sorong. This will be interesting when I finally get a chance at one of those. That's very unwieldy and vulnerable I think. Hope he keeps it up!

S DEI: A big DD TF shoots into the Lautem area and is met by two strong IJN SAGs. The first breaks up the group, sinking two DDs for the loss of three, then the Tanaka led fast BBs run down the remainder and sink a few more, but also damage enough that air strikes during the day crush the remnants. At least 10 Fletchers down!! Yes!

Some Helldivers scratched the paint on the BBs with some 500 lb bombs, and later a few SBDs dented the Kirishima with a few 1000s, but all BBs are fully operational. Heading to Koepang to re-arm.

That should at least momentarily make him think twice about coming so far without any sea-based CAP. Two more SAGs didn't get involved and I moved them one hex closer for tomorrow. Tanaka is still in charge of the big combined SAG now. Two DDs are off to Soerabaja to patch up. I'll likely split the big TF and make one medium and one small one of two CA and three DD.

BURMA: A massacre of some very good fighter planes over Rangoon results from quite a few apparently failed radar checks at the base. There are two radars present, and the arrival times were between 11 and 5 minutes, so my CAP of 180+ good planes are crushed. Too bad.

Moving a bunch of stuff back. Now that I understand this better I'll have to make certain areas with more radars than necessary just to be competitive. Sucks but at least I know what's going on now. Radar units will have the best commanders available from now on as well.

CENTRAL PACFIC: Several bombardments hit Tinian, and the daytime strike finally does some real damage. The night strike suffers though, as Hyuga takes two fish from SS Jack. It has 59 (52) float, but not much other damage. I'll surround her with escorts and send her back for (another) repair. Should be out for 4-5 months. Crap.

The KB finds nothing on it's search in Cent Pac. I'll begin to shift them back NW now at cruise and around known sub locations.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR July 7, 44
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ASW attack near Tinian at 108,94

Japanese Ships
DD Mutsuki
BB Mutsu
DD Kisaragi

Allied Ships
SS Jack, hits 5

SS Jack launches 2 torpedoes at DD Mutsuki
Jack bottoming out ....
DD Kisaragi attacking submerged sub ....
DD Mutsuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Kisaragi fails to find sub, continues to search...

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ASW attack near Biak at 88,109

Japanese Ships
SS I-38, hits 4

Allied Ships
DE Sederstrom, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Talbot

SS I-38 launches 4 torpedoes at DE Sederstrom
I-38 diving deep ....
DD Talbot fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Talbot attacking submerged sub ....
DD Talbot cannot establish contact with SS I-38
SS I-38 eludes ASW attack from DD Talbot
DD Talbot is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Biak at 88,109

Japanese Ships
SS I-38, hits 10, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DD Quality, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
DD Talbot
DD Vendetta

SS I-38 launches 6 torpedoes at DD Quality
I-38 diving deep ....
DD Vendetta fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Vendetta attacking submerged sub ....
Debris floats to surface in area of attack!
Escort abandons search for sub

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Night Naval bombardment of Sorong at 82,107

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5c Zero: 5 damaged
A6M5c Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
BB Queen Elizabeth
BB Valiant
BB Mississippi
BB Idaho
BC Renown

Japanese ground losses:
114 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Airbase hits 8
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 32
Port hits 12
Port supply hits 3

BB Queen Elizabeth firing at 45th Ind.Mixed Brigade
Walrus II acting as spotter for BB Valiant

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Night Naval bombardment of Tinian at 108,94

Japanese Ships
BB Hyuga
BB Mutsu
DD Makinami

Allied ground losses:
77 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

E13A1 Jake acting as spotter for BB Hyuga
BB Hyuga firing at 31st Infantry Division
BB Mutsu firing at 4th Marine Division

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Pre-Invasion action off Sansapor (83,107)

27 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DD William Porter
DD McCord
AKA Arcturus

DD William Porter firing at 1st Mobile Brigade
DD McCord firing at 31st Engineer Regiment
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards

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Pre-Invasion action off Sorong (82,107)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

241 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CA Vincennes
CL Leander
LCI-70
LCI-69
LCI-68
LCI-67
LCI-66
LCI-65
LCI-64
LCI-61
APA Winged Arrow
DE Encounter
DE Edward C. Daly

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

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

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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Amphibious Assault at Sorong (82,107)

TF 275 troops unloading over beach at Sorong, 82,107

Allied ground losses:
33 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled

Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

13 troops of a USA Rifle Squad 44 accidentally lost during unload of 25th Infantry Div /1

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Pre-Invasion action off Waigeo (82,106)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

18 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DD Izard
DD Hazelwood
DD Haraden
DD Albert Grant
DD Evans
DD Callaghan
DD Bennion
LCI(G)-82
LCI(G)-81
LCI(G)-80
LCI(G)-79
LCI(G)-78
LCI(G)-77
LCI(G)-76
APA Knox
DD Knapp

Japanese ground losses:
537 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 48 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

DD Izard firing at 43rd Recon Regiment
DD Bennion firing at 52nd Naval Guard Unit
LCI(G)-82 fired at enemy troops
DD Izard fired at enemy troops

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Amphibious Assault at Waigeo (82,106)

TF 352 troops unloading over beach at Waigeo, 82,106

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

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (0 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (0 destroyed, 3 disabled)

13 troops of a USA Rifle Squad 44 lost from landing craft during unload of 147th(Sep) Infantry Rgt

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Lautem at 72,115, Range 18,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Nagato, Shell hits 5
CA Mogami, Shell hits 4
CA Kumano, Shell hits 2
DD Fubuki, Shell hits 11, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Hatsuyuki, Shell hits 6, heavy fires
DD Shikinami, Shell hits 5, on fire
DD Asagiri, Shell hits 13, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Sagiri, Shell hits 15, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Bullard
DD Burns
DD Capps, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Conner, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
DD Gatling, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Kidd, Shell hits 3
DD Marshall, Shell hits 11, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Nicholas, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

DD O'Bannon, Shell hits 3
DD Renshaw, Shell hits 2
DD Strong

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 24,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 18,000 yards
DD Strong engages DD Sagiri at 18,000 yards

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Sorong at 82,107, Range 27,000 Yards

WOW!!! That is a massive TF! I definitely have to get to some of these if he's going to make them that big! 50+ ships.

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841

Allied Ships
CA Vincennes
CL Leander
DE Arrow
DE Encounter
DE James E. Craig
DE Darby
DE Eichenberger
DE England
DE Thomason
DE Samuel S. Miles
DE Riddle
DE Edward C. Daly
AM Skylark
AM Starling
AM Champion
AM Rail
APA Hunter Liggett
APA American Legion
APA Barnett
APA President Monroe
APA President Polk
APA George Clymer
APA Monrovia
APA Calvert
APA Frederick Funston
APA James O'Hara
APA Doyen
APA Feland
APA Ormsby
APA Pierce
APA Sheridan
APA Warren
APA Wayne
APA La Salle
APA John Land
APA Winged Arrow
AKA Bellatrix
AKA Fomalhaut
AKA Betelgeuse
AKA Alhena
AKA Jupiter
AKA Artemis
LCI-61
LCI-64
LCI-65
LCI-66
LCI-67
LCI-68
LCI-69
LCI-70

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Moa at 73,117, Range 28,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Hiei, Shell hits 1
BB Kirishima
DD Kuroshio
DD Oyashio, Shell hits 1
DD Hatsukaze, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Natsushio, Shell hits 1
DD Yukikaze
DD Tanikaze

Allied Ships
DD Bullard, Shell hits 1
DD Burns
DD Capps, Shell hits 1, heavy fires
DD Gatling, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Kidd, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
DD O'Bannon
DD Renshaw, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 28,000 yards
BB Hiei engages DD Renshaw at 28,000 yards
Range closes to 27,000 yards
DD Kidd sunk by BB Kirishima at 27,000 yards
Isaacs W. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range closes to 25,000 yards
Range closes to 22,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages DD Renshaw at 22,000 yards

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Sub attack near Tinian at 108,94

Japanese Ships
BB Hyuga, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage
BB Mutsu
DD Kisaragi
DD Mutsuki

Allied Ships
SS Jack

SS Jack launches 6 torpedoes at BB Hyuga
DD Kisaragi fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Mutsuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Mutsuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 45,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes failed radar check - two radar units in hex

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 152
Ki-84a Frank x 38

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 6 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 3 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 42000 feet

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 26 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 36740.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 19 NM, estimated altitude 46,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes failed again, and again, for every mission of the day at Rangoon

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 136
Ki-84a Frank x 36

Allied aircraft
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 7 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 6 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D25 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x P-47D25 Thunderbolt sweeping at 42000 feet

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 11 on standby, 0 scrambling)
20 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 42000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes

And on and on with more of this ... 128 fighters lost here for about 15 today

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Lautem at 72,115

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D4Y3 Judy x 22
J2M3 Jack x 33
N1K2-J George x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y3 Judy: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Conner, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Strong, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires


Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
13 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Conner
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Strong

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Moa at 73,118

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 75 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M2 Betty x 21
P1Y1 Frances x 13
Ki-84a Frank x 17 Great to see Franks escorting IJN 2E bombers!

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M2 Betty: 4 damaged
G4M2 Betty: 2 destroyed by flak
P1Y1 Frances: 6 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Burns
DD Gatling, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD O'Bannon, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

DD Bullard
DD Renshaw, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Capps, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk


Aircraft Attacking:
13 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
20 x G4M2 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

Magazine explodes on DD Gatling

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 9 damaged

Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 9 damaged
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 1 destroyed by flak

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 7

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Overcast

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

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 24
N1K1-J George x 31
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 29

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 15 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 11

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Lautem at 72,115

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 14
N1K2-J George x 5

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 33
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 6 destroyed
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 7 damaged
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Kirishima, Bomb hits 2
BB Hiei, Bomb hits 1
DD Oyashio

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
9 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 4000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
3 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb Only 500 pounders, bouncing off

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Lautem at 72,115

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 45 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 3
N1K2-J George x 1

Allied aircraft
SBD-5 Dauntless x 16

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak


Japanese Ships
BB Hiei
BB Kirishima, Bomb hits 2, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Moa at 73,118

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 47 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 25
J2M3 Jack x 33
N1K1-J George x 17
P1Y1 Frances x 13
Ki-84a Frank x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 2 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
P1Y1 Frances: 6 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Burns, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Bullard, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage


Aircraft Attacking:
13 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
24 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Lautem at 72,115

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D4Y3 Judy x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y3 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
DD Strong, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
2 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Strong

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Naval bombardment of Tinian at 108,94

Japanese Ships
BB Ise
CA Nachi

Allied ground losses:
100 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 14 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 25 (5 destroyed, 20 disabled)
Vehicles lost 19 (13 destroyed, 6 disabled)


Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 13
Port hits 3
Port supply hits 1

BB Ise firing at Tinian
CA Nachi firing at 77th Infantry Division

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Ground combat at Sansapor (83,107)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 2623 troops, 16 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 155

Defending force 892 troops, 0 guns, 125 vehicles, Assault Value = 64

Assaulting units:
1st Mobile Brigade
31st Engineer Regiment

Defending units:
2nd USMC Tank Battalion

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Ground combat at Sorong (82,107)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 9807 troops, 93 guns, 16 vehicles, Assault Value = 632

Defending force 22799 troops, 431 guns, 516 vehicles, Assault Value = 888

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

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

Assaulting units:
8th Garrison Unit
45th Ind.Mixed Brigade
2nd Amphibious Brigade
5th Garrison Unit
44th Naval Guard Unit
37th JAAF AF Bn
13th Air Fleet
3rd JNAF AF Unit
16th Garrison Unit /2

Defending units:
6th Infantry Division
671th Tank Destroyer Battalion
25th Infantry Division
3rd USMC Tank Battalion
I US Corps

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Reinforcements:

SC Ch 63 arrives at Niigata

Losses: Lost 3 DDs, but the exchange was pretty good.

Loss of DD Sagiri on Jul 07, 1944 is admitted
DD Fubuki
DD Asagiri
Loss of MGB G-5 on Jul 07, 1944 is admitted
Loss of SS I-38 on Jul 07, 1944 is admitted


Ships Sunk: Not bad. I know the Allies get almost innumerable DDs, but at least locally there will be a shortage now which could postpone invasions in the DEI.

LST-83 is reported to have been sunk near Biak on May 30, 1944
YMS-273 is reported to have been sunk near Marcus Island on Jul 07, 1944
DD Burns is reported to have been sunk near Moa on Jul 07, 1944
DD Capps is reported to have been sunk near Moa on Jul 07, 1944
DD Gatling is reported to have been sunk near Moa on Jul 07, 1944
DD Kidd is reported to have been sunk near Moa on Jul 07, 1944
DD Marshall is reported to have been sunk near Lautem on Jul 07, 1944
DD Nicholas is reported to have been sunk near Lautem on Jul 07, 1944
DD O'Bannon is reported to have been sunk near Moa on Jul 07, 1944
DD Strong is reported to have been sunk near Lautem on Jul 07, 1944
DD Quality is reported to have been sunk near Biak on Jul 07, 1944

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One of my favorite ships, the Hyuga, will again be heading back (hopefully) to the HI for a patch up at Yokohama.
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... from quite a few apparently failed radar checks at the base. There are two radars present, and the arrival times were between 11 and 5 minutes, so my CAP of 180+ good planes are crushed. Too bad.

Moving a bunch of stuff back. Now that I understand this better I'll have to make certain areas with more radars than necessary just to be competitive. Sucks but at least I know what's going on now. Radar units will have the best commanders available from now on as well.


You can check the specs, but most of the IJ radar is between 20 - 45% detection. Depending upon the model, you can see that you need 3 (or more) to have a good overall chance of detection. I'm fairly certain weather is involved as well ... bad weather means lower chance. I've no idea what leader properties, if any, have any impact upon radar effectiveness.

Sorry about your CAP today ....

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SUBS: Most subs near the Biak-Sorong route have now been sunk. RO-117 goes down today. A few E finally took out the Cisco which had been hanging in a two hex patrol near Dili for a while.

S/SW PAC: Waigeo goes down easy. No attacks at Sorong or Sansapor. It'll take a little while to build this up, but as I know from experience, not too long for the Allied engineers. I'l keep about 75 Helens nearby so that when it hits level 1 I might be able to delay a bit more with some air strikes and force him to LR CAP at quite a distance from Biak.

S DEI: No movements here. All quiet again.

BURMA: The Allies try another bombardment at 55, 51 and it looks like his arty has now dug in well. Not as many hits on the guns, but his infantry take a beating from the heavy guns we have in the hex, and we lose some small tanks and a few tractors. many troops are leaving the area now and he must be noticing this. I'm curious to see his reaction.

CENTRAL PACFIC: A bunch of Jakes went after some ships at Eneweitok but he's built the airfield to a level 1, and Hellcats shut that down quickly. Bombing continues at Tinian with mixed results, and the KB moves hopefully getting out of sight.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR June 8, 44
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ASW attack near Manokwari at 86,108

Japanese Ships
SS RO-117, hits 13, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DD Beale
DD Charles Ausburne
DD Gansevoort
DD Caldwell
DD Monssen
DD Trathen

SS RO-117 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Beale
DD Gansevoort attacking submerged sub ....
DD Caldwell fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Monssen fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Trathen attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Night Naval bombardment of Sorong at 82,107

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5c Zero: 4 damaged

Allied Ships
BB California
BB Arizona
BB Nevada
BB Maryland
DD Stevens
DD Stembel
DD Sproston
DD Sigsbee
DD Sigourney
DD Norman Scott
DD John Rodgers
DD Remey

Japanese ground losses:
110 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 25
Port hits 2
Port supply hits 2

OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB California
BB California firing at 45th Ind.Mixed Brigade

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Eniwetok at 127,108

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 1,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 16

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 8 destroyed

No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 24
Ki-84a Frank x 29

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 8 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Sub attack near Wetar at 71,113

Japanese Ships
E No.1
E No.16

Allied Ships
SS Cisco, hits 20, on fire, heavy damage

SS Cisco launches 4 torpedoes at E No.1
E No.16 attacking submerged sub ....
E No.16 fails to find sub, continues to search...
E No.16 attacking submerged sub ....
Sounds of submarine breaking up detected!
Escort abandons search for sub

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Ground combat at Waigeo (82,106)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10102 troops, 176 guns, 171 vehicles, Assault Value = 416

Defending force 1868 troops, 23 guns, 20 vehicles, Assault Value = 55

Allied adjusted assault: 261

Japanese adjusted defense: 3

Allied assault odds: 87 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Waigeo !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
766 casualties reported
Squads: 88 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 48 destroyed, 30 disabled
Engineers: 13 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 29 (28 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 21 (21 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
204 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
112th Cavalry Regiment
147th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
131st Combat Engineer Regiment
30th Australian Brigade
131st Field Artillery Battalion
109th Tank Attack Regiment

Defending units:
43rd Recon Regiment
52nd Naval Guard Unit
31st Road Const Co
38th JNAF AF Unit


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Ground combat at Wewak (96,119)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11883 troops, 213 guns, 287 vehicles, Assault Value = 393

Defending force 7954 troops, 24 guns, 8 vehicles, Assault Value = 216

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

Assaulting units:
37th Infantry Division

Defending units:
7th Garrison Unit
Sasebo 6th SNLF
Sasebo 7th SNLF
6th South Seas Det.
46th Naval Guard Unit
36th Const Co
51st Road Const Co
15th Naval Construction Battalion
2nd JAAF AF Bn

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Ground combat at 55,51 (near Prome)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 182787 troops, 3512 guns, 3405 vehicles, Assault Value = 7273

Defending force 125606 troops, 1769 guns, 3162 vehicles, Assault Value = 4335

Japanese ground losses:
114 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Vehicles lost 27 (9 destroyed, 18 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
172 casualties reported
Squads: 14 destroyed, 31 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 7 (2 destroyed, 5 disabled)

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Reinforcements: A bunch more nice brigades arrive in China. The interesting thing about some of these is that they can be combined into divisions. After getting the next tow months worth of buyouts complete I'll start looking for the components to match and get some units bolstered into much tougher large units during the later part of 44.

A bunch of LARGE base forces arrive, many in location already, including Clark Field and Manado, which is fantastic. Others will head to the Bonins and Marianas. I'd like Pagan to be the strike area for naval attack planes, so I'll beef that base up further.

86th Infantry Brigade arrives at Peiping
Gohoku JNAF Base Force arrives at Manado
Hirippin JNAF Base Force arrives at Clark Field
Nansei Shoto JNAF Base Force arrives at Naha
Nampo Shoto JNAF Base Force arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
Nanyo Cho JNAF Base Force arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
Kanto JNAF Base Force arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
90th Infantry Brigade arrives at Tientsin
3rd Air Fleet arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
84th Infantry Brigade arrives at Peiping
88th Infantry Brigade arrives at Peiping
61st Ind.Mixed Brigade arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
1st Sentai arrives at Moulmein
204th Sentai arrives at Pegu
33rd Sentai arrives at Moulmein
59th Sentai arrives at Pegu
64th Sentai arrives at Pegu

Aircraft Ki-84r Frank advances R&D (1/45)


Losses:

Loss of MTB G-841 on Jul 08, 1944 is admitted
Loss of SS RO-117 on Jul 08, 1944 is admitted


Ships Sunk:


SS Cisco is reported to have been sunk near Wetar on Jul 08, 1944
YMS-102 is reported to have been sunk near Marcus Island on Jul 08, 1944
YMS-140 is reported to have been sunk near Marcus Island on Jul 08, 1944

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Still not sure what is going on in Burma. A lot of shipping is happening at Ramree. It could be anything from resupply to the threat of invasion, but combat ships are definitely there. Still on alert.

I have to say I'm pretty happy to be in this position so late though. I realize it can be a double-sided position, but I'm beginning to think of how to move back gracefully and without too many devastating losses. The positions are fairly static right now, so I feel free to move some units out and readjust allocations. Some HQ will be moving out to rear areas, and some units still nee infantry 43 troops, so I'll try to get those to Rangoon for upgrades. Lots of supply just now here.

The white line is the current MLR. I'll see what's coming if he ever goes for Toungoo before I decide whether that is worth a fight. He' likely have at least one poor attack there though with level 6 forts in +2 terrain, and that could be great, but he can take forts down quickly as well.

The gray line is the anticipated fallback MLR, and I'm sending some brigades there to start digging in now, as well as some to take the garrison duties from the Thais. They leave in about two weeks. Still considering a last charge cross the river to Bassein (21k troops, 110 guns, 120 AFVs as recon shows).

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Here is a lok at the Marianas. I really don't want Tinian to become an active Allied base and I'm doing all I can to keep it suppressed. I'll keep the bombing up, and send in the BBs occasionally. Just having them near though he must know that if he brings planes in they are at risk.

I still don't know if the ships seen in the area South of Marcus were headed here or were just a lazily plotted convoy to So Pac. It looked like AKs only. I'll keep Emilys out there for now. I'm trying to have the KB move noisily to the Bonins and then quiet things down before gradually shifted it all to the PI. First a refuel, some new planes (the first units upgrading to the Judy D4Y4 and the Grace!!!) and standing down groups to rest and lower the sigint noise.




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A look at the station now. Still will keep air strikes stood dan here with the entire US fleet in attendance.




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Are you intending to use the D4Y4 as a kamikaze plane? That's what it was in reality. One way only.

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ORIGINAL: Captain Cruft

Are you intending to use the D4Y4 as a kamikaze plane? That's what it was in reality. One way only.


It will be when I get kamis, but that may be a while, hopefully. I intend to use it any way I can!

If 400-500 4Es bomb every day for 2+ years and every sweep comes at 42k I'm thinking a few 800kg bombs aren't pushing it too much. We've only tried to limit things to historical plausibility, and I'm sure we both get that wrong quite often. This whole game is a fantasy, really. I know Japanese planes could carry an 800kg bomb, and the concession in this case would be the shortened range for that weapon, to 6 hexes, and 8 with the 500kg.

In this kind of a situation where the Japanese have been in a much better position economically and strategically than in the war it seems plausible to me they could have built more of these weapons. It's not like a lot are going to make it through a 1,000 plane Corsair CAP, so better make them hurt.



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SUBS: A rare hit and sinking of a TK by the Tang near Boela. The E no. 3 sinks the Sturgeon near Talaud-eilanden but then is sunk itself by the Barbel.

S/SW PAC: Lots of bombing at Nabire, and the base falls earlier than I would like. Wewak is bombarded and should go down next. My little xAKL TF is steaming unnoticed East of the Solomons on it's way to Truk with a tank regiment on board.

S DEI: No movements.

BURMA: Some LI is crushed by a big strike of 4E at Kunming. A few downed by the flak, which is nice. No other news. Retirements progressing well. He has brought new troops to 55, 51, which now has about 400k in the hex, but some are moving to Prome as well. Refreshment of forces? We'll see.

CENTRAL PACFIC: Better hits on the fields with almost 100 between the two days. Maybe I will be able to keep this place closed. When more base forces arrive more Helens will move in.

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Sub attack near Obi at 77,107

Japanese Ships
TK Kinshu Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
E Kiku

Allied Ships
SS Tang

SS Tang launches 4 torpedoes at TK Kinshu Maru
E Kiku fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Kiku attacking submerged sub ....
E Kiku fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Talaud-eilanden at 80,97

Japanese Ships
E No.3

Allied Ships
SS Sturgeon, hits 23, heavy damage

SS Sturgeon launches 2 torpedoes
E No.3 attacking submerged sub ....
E No.3 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Talaud-eilanden at 83,96

Japanese Ships
E No.3, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Barbel

SS Barbel launches 2 torpedoes
Barbel diving deep ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 11
G4M1 Betty x 26
J2M3 Jack x 13
Ki-84a Frank x 29

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 10 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 2 destroyed by flak

Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 14

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M2 Betty x 24
P1Y1 Frances x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M2 Betty: 8 damaged
P1Y1 Frances: 6 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 17

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x G4M2 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
10 x P1Y1 Frances bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
7 x G4M2 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 11
N1K1-J George x 30
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 20
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 9 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 2 destroyed by flak
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 1 damaged

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 27 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 29
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 7 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 3rd Garrison Unit , at 86,114 (Nabire)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 3
B-24D Liberator x 9
B-24D1 Liberator x 10
B-24J Liberator x 37
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 25

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
75 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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ASW attack near Clark Field at 78,76

Japanese Ships
E No.22

Allied Ships
SS Parche, hits 3

SS Parche is located by E No.22
Parche diving deep ....
E No.22 fails to find sub, continues to search...
E No.22 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Ground combat at Nabire (86,114)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 11367 troops, 226 guns, 139 vehicles, Assault Value = 378

Defending force 5460 troops, 50 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 146

Allied adjusted assault: 334

Japanese adjusted defense: 76

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

Allied forces CAPTURE Nabire !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
1607 casualties reported
Squads: 74 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 77 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 19 (15 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Units retreated 5

Allied ground losses:
106 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
2nd Marine Division

Defending units:
Kure 2nd SNLF /1
171st Cavalry Regiment
3rd Garrison Unit
18th Garrison Unit /1
13th JAAF AF Coy
30th JAAF AF Bn
22nd JNAF AF Unit /1

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 7
G4M1 Betty x 23
J2M3 Jack x 25
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 29

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 19 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Runway hits 27

Aircraft Attacking:
23 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 11
G4M2 Betty x 30
P1Y1 Frances x 9
Ki-84a Frank x 27

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M2 Betty: 13 damaged
P1Y1 Frances: 5 damaged

Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 11

Aircraft Attacking:
30 x G4M2 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
9 x P1Y1 Frances bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 12
Ki-84a Frank x 29

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 13 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
PBY-5 Catalina: 1 damaged

Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Kunming , at 69,48

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 6
B-24D1 Liberator x 9
B-24J Liberator x 89
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 12

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed by flak


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

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Ground combat at Port Hedland (57,129)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10354 troops, 102 guns, 147 vehicles, Assault Value = 379

Defending force 1605 troops, 21 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 65

Allied adjusted assault: 174

Japanese adjusted defense: 27

Allied assault odds: 6 to 1 (fort level 4)

Allied forces CAPTURE Port Hedland !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
986 casualties reported
Squads: 22 destroyed, 51 disabled
Non Combat: 19 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 18 (11 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Units retreated 1

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

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
5th Australian Division

Defending units:
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF
18th JAAF AF Bn /1

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Reinforcements: A whole shedload of base forces arrive in a few days to help support these new planes, but it still only replaces about 1/3 of what just withdrew. The other new groups will come sporadically over the next several months.

1022 Ku U-1 arrives at Chiba
K-5 Hikotai arrives at Chiba
S-308 Hikotai arrives at Kanoya
S-313 Hikotai arrives at Kanoya
S-315 Hikotai arrives at Chiba
S-317 Hikotai arrives at Chiba
S-701 Hikotai arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
S-851 Hikotai arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
T-4 Hikotai arrives at Nagoya
T-11 Hikotai arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka

Aircraft Ki-43-IV Oscar advances R&D (12/45)


Losses:

Loss of E No.3 on Jul 09, 1944 is admitted
TK Kinshu Maru


Ships Sunk: Hmmmmm.

Previous report of sinking of BB New Jersey incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
SS Sturgeon

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S/SW PAC: A quiet few turns as Jocke brings in reinforcements to the Sorong area, most likely to Waigeo, which unfortunately already constructed a level 1 field. I can't bomb now until the US CVs leave. Too bad. That'll be a bitch soon.

S DEI: I see ships moving but no more forays into Empire territory. I would bet some bigger and better surface forces will arrive soon, like maybe even fast BBs? He'll not want to mess around with sending weaker stuff so far into my territory and getting them picked off by air strikes during the day. As it is I'm getting some supply to Lomblen and refueling and arming to get ready for the next round.

BURMA: Now troops have moved out of the 55, 51 hex leaving about 20 units and 200k troops there. Only 1600 guns now so I'll bombard to see what is left. If he moved in new units they won't be dug in and could suffer from my heavy arty that all have between 1-2 forts. No air strikes. Very odd.

CENTRAL PACFIC: The KB upgrades a bunch of groups and takes replacements at Chichi-Jima. One section will begin the move to Manila while the rest stay and also get a few new groups resized up to 36 and 45 sized units.

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M2 Betty x 28
J2M3 Jack x 18
Ki-84a Frank x 28

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M2 Betty: 22 damaged

Runway hits 9

Aircraft Attacking:
28 x G4M2 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 7 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed by flak

Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 16th Garrison Unit , at 86,110 (Noemfoor)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 62 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5
B-24D Liberator x 3
B-24D1 Liberator x 5
B-24J Liberator x 30
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 11

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
47 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 54 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 24

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
MTB G-554, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
MGB G-225, Shell hits 1
MTB G-552, Shell hits 1
MTB G-553, Shell hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x P-39D Airacobra bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
3 x P-39D Airacobra bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Sian , at 83,41

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 24

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Oil hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 9000 feet
City Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 12
J2M3 Jack x 18
P1Y1 Frances x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 4 damaged

Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x P1Y1 Frances bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Reinforcements: This part recon group has finally arrived back at Tokyo when another group came in with 2 Irving-S recon planes that I had previously run out of. Now though it immediately withdraws!

151 Ku T-1/C arrives at Tokyo
66th JNAF AF Unit arrives at Tokyo


Losses: none.

Ships Sunk:

DD Mustin is reported to have been sunk near Biak on Jun 10, 1944
Previous report of sinking of SS Pargo incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service

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Out of curiousity I took a look out to Urumchi while turning off all fort building in China to save supply as Jocke bombs HI/LI there and we move move into the endgame. It seems as if the oil might be traveling to other areas, and maybe the fuel as well. I'll have to cheek tracker to find out for sure. It would make sense though that since the need in China has increased due to strat bombing in Lanchow the oil/fuel might draw more toward that area.
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SUBS: A convoy bringing troops to Manila runs over the Parche and after a failed attack on an APD the sub takes 12 hits and is listed sunk. This pretty much clears up the last remaining subs working shipping lanes. Jocke seems to have the rest running interference for the invasions in New Guinea and beyond. Good for me as nothing is aiming for those fleets and this happens to be a crucial time getting troops into place by sea.

S/SW PAC: My tank regiment from Ndeni makes it all of the way to Truk on 3 xAKL with a PB guarding! Very good. I'm sending down some single ship Aden TFs again and a few other diversionary ones toward the Gilberts in case he gets a sniff and wants to go for something. The tanks wil now continue on to Guam. Truk just took a big supply shipment, likely the last it will see. Some of the ships used for that will haul troops back with them. I'll keep sending a few ships down at a time until he does something about it. Maybe even after as it's a long way to his LBA CAP and a few DBs there will do a lot of damage.

S DEI: Waigeo gets to level 2 fields already. Not cool. This is how it will go though. Troops from Burma will be brought to the Borneo area and Celebes as some of those need bolstering. Gotta be quick about it. Always a scramble. The PI gets priority, but I can't leave an open door to Borneo either.

BURMA: A bombardment set for tomorrow at 55, 51. Usually I just use the arty. This will include all divisions as well. They're dug in and should do well against this smaller concentration of guns he's left. I've been really surprised at how Japanese arty has performed, but I've had a lot of those 24-30cm guns in these battles, and they are tough.

CENTRAL PACFIC: The Bonins get more infantry and engineers. Should be good and ready in a month. The upper Marianas get reinforcements in terms of two large base forces with DP guns. This will be the main striking area for naval attack planes while escorts/CAP will fill out most of the bigger lower Marianas bases.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR July 13, 44
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ASW attack near Clark Field at 78,76

Japanese Ships
APD T-3
SC Ch 52
AK Asakasan Maru
AK Sydney Maru
xAP Naminoue Maru
E Wakataka
E Awaji

Allied Ships
SS Parche, hits 12, heavy damage

SS Parche launches 4 torpedoes at APD T-3
Parche diving deep ....
E Wakataka fails to find sub and abandons search
E Awaji fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Awaji attacking submerged sub ....
E Awaji attacking submerged sub ....
Large oil slick appears over area of attack!
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M2 Betty x 30
J2M3 Jack x 18
Ki-84a Frank x 26

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M2 Betty: 14 damaged
G4M2 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
23 x G4M2 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
6 x G4M2 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 22
J2M3 Jack x 18
N1K1-J George x 21
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 39

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 8 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
PBY-5 Catalina: 2 damaged

Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
15 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 13

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 2 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
PBY-5 Catalina: 1 damaged

Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Ground combat at 63,127 (near Broome)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 705 troops, 0 guns, 105 vehicles, Assault Value = 59

Defending force 248 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 14

Allied adjusted assault: 88

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 88 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender:
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
285 casualties reported
Squads: 24 destroyed, 0 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
2/7th Armoured Regiment

Defending units:
1st Cavalry Bde /1

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Reinforcements: WOW! That oughta fill out remaining bases with some air support and engineers! Gotta buy most out but at 39 PPs a pop the base forces will be quick.

36th Army arrives at Tokyo
11th Air Division arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
12th Air Division arrives at Fukuoka
249th Infantry Regiment arrives at Taihoku
82nd Field AA Battalion arrives at Takao
83rd Field AA Battalion arrives at Takao
17th RF Gun Battalion arrives at Shanghai
86th Field AA Battalion arrives at Tientsin
85th Field AA Battalion arrives at Changchun
88th Field AA Battalion arrives at Changchun
2nd Raiding Force arrives at Takao
18th RF Gun Battalion arrives at Tokyo
19th RF Gun Battalion arrives at Tokyo
20th RF Gun Battalion arrives at Tokyo
89th Field AA Battalion arrives at Tokyo
100th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion arrives at Naha
204th Naval Construction Battalion arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
205th Naval Construction Battalion arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
206th Naval Construction Battalion arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
216th Naval Construction Battalion arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
217th Naval Construction Battalion arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
218th Naval Construction Battalion arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
227th Naval Construction Battalion arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
42nd JAAF AF Bn arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
61st JAAF AF Bn arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
64th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Fukuoka
65th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Fukuoka
142nd JAAF AF Bn arrives at Fukuoka
143rd JAAF AF Bn arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
146th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Fukuoka
162nd JAAF AF Bn arrives at Fukuoka
163rd JAAF AF Bn arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
172nd JAAF AF Bn arrives at Fukuoka
173rd JAAF AF Bn arrives at Fukuoka
174th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Fukuoka
189th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
190th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
193rd JAAF AF Bn arrives at Fukuoka
194th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Fukuoka
246th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
248th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Fukuoka
LST T-136 arrives at Shimonoseki


Losses: none.

Ships Sunk:

SS Parche is reported to have been sunk near Clark Field on Jul 13, 1944
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I'm pretty nervous about this area still, and soon I'll have to start a tooth and nail fight to hold territory. The line for me is from the Ambon area to manado and Talaud-eilanden.
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Another shot of Burma. Not much changed except now his intentions are clear regarding the MLR. He is shifting from a frontal assault to movement around the main line. Or at least to another section of it. Once I find out what is left at 55, 51 I can begin to reassess how to place infantry for this next stage. His movement is to the North, which is the best possible scenario for me as that means it takes longer and he must still look to fight in tough terrain against dug-in troops.

I'm still deciding whether I'll defend Toungoo. Once he gets out of Prome I'll have a better idea of what is coming and where it's going. He could bypass Toungoo altogether and hit the hex behind it to the South with a movement from the Prome road. I could get there well before him though with the rail line to Toungoo, then walking back, or simply by moving directly from 55, 51 if there looks to be time. I'll try at all costs to avoid moving into the clear hex North of Pegu.

If he goes for the hex where we've blocked the road from Taung Gyi I will likely have trouble getting enough there to stop him, but that will take even more time for his troops, then there would still be a difficult choice of how to proceed. Though dense jungle with no roads to Chang Mai, which I can reinforce by rail? To the Toungoo-Pegu road blocking point where I'm dug in and can reinforce?

If by a long shot he takes the tortuously extended road to the Chang Mai region through the wilds of Eastern Burma I will be ecstatic, as that will take forever and yield only a poor shot at easily reinforced territory. One can hope though!

The first times to destination below are estimates based on a normal infantry units unmolested, while the later is just a guess at how long it would take for slower troops such as arty.



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The build-up continues. A BB TF hangs out at Pagan just so he has to worry about bombardments. I stupidly sent some sub-dropped mines to Tinian and now I'm afraid of hitting my own ordnance. I will go in though if he lands fighters there at some point when the base gets close to open. There are Cats now so I have to watch my Ps and Qs in the area about what I want him to see and what I don't. With all of the fighters around his ops losses will be high though, and I have the base continually LR CAPed from 1hex away. Guam is being mined and Rota just got to level 6 forts. Saipan is a few days away from level 6. I won't go any higher with them now.

I've been busy lately looking through the units sent out from China and realizing that there are quite a few small brigades that can be paired with medium ones already bought out to form divisions. Over the next few months I'll be looking to build these smaller divisions (340-400AV), which will be partially on some islands and bases already. Just needs the other half. Some partial small divisions arrived in Manchuria that are fairly cheap as well and those are the first to be bought out for the PI. Only 950 PP each! They will need time to fill out, but because his sigint is so good, I bet having a division listed in a base is half of the battle toward defending it as then he has to allocate more to an invasion, limiting his options and speed of advance. That's the thought process anyway.




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Here is the information screen. i'll be doing some general reports now as it's been a while and it's good to update for the middle of 44 to see where the economy is now. While our air losses are high and both pools and pilots are low, I'm confident that things will improve actually as a few better fighters come online in the next months and as he moves into more concentrated territory where I have decent LBA. Also, the recent change to the beta so he can't see before setting orders where I've placed fighters is huge. I've not taken much advantage yet, but I have a few surprises still in store.




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Well, it's not too bad yet, but things are still going down and supply has become an issue as I update engine and airframe factories on a massive scale. It's almost like 42 again!

HI is still accumulating nicely and I'll continue to turn off naval shipyards as the last units are built. All but patrol and small craft are turned off for 45.






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You are doing nicely on the industry front, although I'd suggest building more armaments, you will need them. You have stacks of HI so start stockpiling engines, vehicles and armaments, no point in having a HI surplus at the end!

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More details. The HI is still going up, the fuel is still slowly trickling away, and the oil is lessening just slightly due to Allied strategic bombing of Medan, Lanchow and now Sian. The continuing reason for holding in Burma is keeping him from strat bombing range of Palembang, but of course if he moved B-29s to Australia he could hit most of the oil centers in Java and Borneo already. Shhhhhhhh!!!

It's all a downward slope now. I've got to get supply sorted soon though, so many factories' repair toggles have been flipped off until this stabilizes and goes up to acceptable levels again. I've turned off extraneous supply expense in China, and that should remain largely self-sufficient even though major centers of HI/LI at Kunming, Canton and Hong Kong have been bombed out. There are still a lot of small producers and a lot of supply sitting around as well. Manchukuo is still building forts, but still producing a good bit of supply and HI, so that will help as China is wrecked further.

Ultimately the length of this conflict will depend on the ability to keep oil centers in the DEI and get at least some of it back to the HI. I've given the cushion that I could in North New Guinea and the Moluccas, and now everything must be fought for with all we have, whether that means losing the KB or not. I'll try to keep it of course, but I have to keep the Allies from good bases like Manado and Ambon and all of Mindanao.




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