From: the flight deck of the Zuikaku
18 Sep 43
The I-25 took down an xAK headed out of San Francisco.
Nothing to report.
The Allied 4E bombers rested again today.
The Allied 2E bombers (~100 sorties) mainly hit Rabaul with a few hitting Hollandia and Talasea. Most went after troops. I think he's training them up.
It appears that Ted is planning on heading up the north coast of PNG. KB1 (Shokaku, Zuikaku and Soryu) will head to a point to the NW to cover the likely invasion sites. I'm pretty sure he has some carriers in the vicinity of Lae to support this invasion. My RO class subs are forming a picket line that his ships will have to cross to get there as well.
Nothing to report.
Another deliberate attack on Chungking today. Another successful attack (in my opinion) because the fort level was reduced from 4 to 3:
Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 164065 troops, 1955 guns, 1568 vehicles, Assault Value = 4213
Defending force 374737 troops, 1013 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 13569
Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 3
Japanese adjusted assault: 1170
Allied adjusted defense: 21263
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 18 (fort level 3)
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), leaders(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Japanese ground losses:
20772 casualties reported
Squads: 229 destroyed, 1792 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 212 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 251 disabled
Guns lost 202 (9 destroyed, 193 disabled)
Vehicles lost 61 (2 destroyed, 59 disabled)
Allied ground losses:
8530 casualties reported
Squads: 61 destroyed, 278 disabled
Non Combat: 48 destroyed, 190 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 43 (2 destroyed, 41 disabled)
Units destroyed 2
I'm pulling out the 3 Tank Division and the four most beat up infantry divisions to split up, rest and recover. I also have some 4-5 fresh divisions headed to Chungking to bolster the attack force. The Japanese squads lost were nowhere as bad as the result suggested. Lots of disabled squads though.
TK Marine Maru, Type-1 TM (8150 capacity)
13 Air Fleet, Southern Army, in Saigon, headed to Java
28 Air Flotilla, 13 Air Fleet, in Saigon, headed to Java
North China Garrison Brigade, will free up a garrison division that will head to Chungking.
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