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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 6/24/2012 1:25:45 AM   
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Heinlein, LL and logistics, I too love all three

Congrats on the new job, sonds good!

Lots of small tankers and ships that can convert arrive late in 1942. By 1943 we had a surplus. We had slightly different priorities for fuel, which we have mentioned in the AAR. Shipping a fair bit of oil as well as the fuel is rapidly drawn down... we often have TF idle waiting for fuel and oil to arrive (we have ended up repairing all the oil centres that we had captured damaged).

Nice work atrriting the enemy fighters over PM like you are doing.

Good luck with the Darwin invasion.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 6/24/2012 7:04:53 AM   
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Do you use the 7950 TKs for that? I think my issue is that I just don't have enough TKs to go around. I spent some time making notes of what I need to do next turn and am going to keep an average of 5-6 TKs accelerated from now on until I'm comfortable with the flow. I'm pretty sure that everything will be fine by late June when the Std-Cs finish their conversion.



I have also, in the past built-up merchant shipyard capacity; so I can accelerate some S converted the Std-A and Std B xAKs to TKs, which becomes available after 6/42.


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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 6/29/2012 11:18:08 PM   
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Hi guys. Been busy evenings doing paperwork for my upcoming job. I did manage to get a few turns in though.

7 Apr 42

Pretty quiet turn. Some Betties did a night bombing attack of PM and destroyed a P-40. Too bad it wasn't a Kittyhawk.

Two Zeros met the bombers hitting the tank regiment near Paushan shooting down 3x Hudson Is. Not bad.

A Dutch sub put a torpedo into an xAKL at Timoeka that was hit yesterday. She went down like a rock. Waste of a couple of torpedoes. She was doomed anyway.

I got my first TK reinforcement today. She's headed to Balikpapan to haul oil from there to Davao.

Like I said, not much happening today.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 6/29/2012 11:19:05 PM   
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Sub War

The xAKL that took a torpedo at Timoeka yesterday took another one today and went down. Fortunately, she landed (stranded actually) her troops on the beach. Iíll pick them up eventually.

SE Fleet

Another sweep of Pt. Moresby destroyed a Kittyhawk for the loss of a Zero, with another Zero destroyed on the ground at Lae by B-17s.

Philippines

A 2:1 attack against Bataan reduced the forts from 3 to 2. The raw AV was reduced from 300 to about 250. The end is near. Unfortunately, the Japanese infantry is pretty fatigued and has a lot of disabled infantry. Two punch drunk fighters, as they say.

Burma

The Allies wonít come up to play.

SRA

I finally landed at Ambon. Dutch CD guns sank an xAK but the troops got safely ashore. Tomorrow they attack.


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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 6/29/2012 11:20:00 PM   
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Sub War

Nothing new to report.

SE Fleet

My fighters swept Pt. Moresby again and B-17s bombed Lae again.

Overall, I lost a Zero (shot down by B-17s) vs. 2x Kittyhawks shot down.

Burma

No Brits came up again. My Sallies bomb Akyab daily keeping this airfield damaged.

Over the tank regiment, the Brits sent more bombers and I sent a whopping 2 Zeros for LRCAP. They shot down 2x Blenheim IVs. Soon Iíll have AS at Lashio and will be able to keep more Zeros there, hopefully to shoot down the bombers more quickly.

SRA

A DA at Ambon netted 2:1 odds and reduced the forts from 3 to 2. Losses were light on both sides. Iíll try again tomorrow.

Other Stuff

Reinforcements:

14 Ku T-1 (14x Mavis)
14 Ku T-1 Det (2x Emily)
14 Ku S-1 (9x Rufes)

They all belong to the 21 Air Flotilla which is stationed in the southern SRA. I can use the long range recon down there. Iím not sure what Iím going to do with the Rufes yet though.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 6/29/2012 11:21:47 PM   
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Sub War

Nothing new to report. Moving some subs in the central Pacific to hunt for new game.

5 Fleet

Tomorrow, an amphib TF will reach Dutch Harbor to remove some of the infantry there and pull it back to Adak.

4 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

SE Fleet

The Allied fighters didnít come up and play over Pt. Moresby.

The B-17s did fly over Lae again (24 of them). One of my 2 Zeros that were flying CAP shot one of the beasts down! Banzai! The B-17s did moderate damage to the airfield and destroyed a Sally and Zero on the ground. Boo! I moved the Betty daitai to Gasmata for safety.

That Betty daitai flew against two Allied TFs a few hexes off Pt. Moresby. They sank an xAKL for no loss. One interesting thing happened. Two P-39Ds showed up as CAP over one of the TFs. My Zero escort shot one down. Heís back to using P-39s again. Heh, hehÖ.

More AS is flowing to Truk, and from there to the SE Fleet area. I want to have 24-48 AS at all of my airfields and 72-96 AS at the major airfields (Rabaul, Lae and Gasmata). Currently, Lae has 72 and Gasmata has 96 (11 Air Fleet HQ just landed there). I want to be able to move my air units around as Ted bombs them. I intend to have more airfields than he can bomb effectively. Bunaís airfield is almost to level 2. There are 24 AS within a day or two of landing there. Milne Bayís airfield is almost completely repaired. Once I get either one of those airfields in shape (which will be soon), Iíll move some Zeros and Sallies there to carry on bombing/sweeps.

I need more bombers (and fighters too) in this area to be able to successfully bomb Pt. Moresby into the stone age. Iím considering sending the entire 5 Air Division here after the Bataan succumbs. That would give me 78 Oscars and about 90 bombers in addition to the 27 Sallies and the 80+ Betties there now. Two thirds of the bombers are 1E though. Iíll bite the bullet and pay the 75 PP cost to convert the two sentai to Sallies. The bomber chutai will remain 1E and change pilots to ASW pilots for this area. He still has some subs down here. If I do this, then the only air power I will have in the southern SRA will be the 21 Air Flotilla. Not a lot, but it may have to do. I really want to hurt him around Pt. Moresby. If I can keep the airfield damaged (not enough bombers present to do that yet) then I can cut Pt. Moresby off and starve them out for a few months. I estimate that itíll take 100+ bombers full time to do it, and lots of airfields too. If I do send the 5 Air Division here, that would allow me to use the Betties only in the Naval Attack mode, which is what I prefer.

As I mentioned above, I moved the 11 Air Fleet HQ to Gasmata. Thatíll give me torpedo capability to all of the airfields in the area. Now I can move my Betties around and still be able to use them as TBs. Very nice.

Philippines

More bombardment todayÖ.

China

That stubborn 5 unit stack is finally dying. Todayís attack caused 1869(239) Chinese casualties to no Japanese casualties. Weíre almost there.

The army that will take Sian is moving into the hex. Sian is surrounded on 5 sides so far.

The Loyang attack force is still crawling forward.

Burma

Ted has given up the ghost on Akyab. The airfield is battered and he is pulling troops out of that base. Iím not sure how many but at least some are heading up the road toward Chittagong. If not all of the forces pull out, Iíll surround the remaining troops.

More AS is enroute or arriving daily at Rangoon and disembarking to move forward. The 3 Air Division HQ will arrive in a day or two. It will move to Tongoo to set up shop there. That will be my main bomber base.

There are only a handful of planes at Akyab (probably damaged planes he canít move). There are 30+ fighters at Chittagong and the remainder of his fighters and all of his bombers at Imphal. I am going to send another CA TF to bombard Chittagong shortly. Unfortunately, some of my CAs at Singapore are upgrading (and will be for another 3 weeks) and some are headed to Soerabaja (will discuss that below). I donít have many available, but Iíll use what I can. Iím tempted to send a couple of AKEs to Rangoon to reduce the turnaround time for a bombardment TF. Iíll probably do that tomorrow. If I can close Chittagong by sea and get air superiority over Imphal, Iíll force Ted to withdraw his air power or risk its destruction.

SRA

Another DA at Ambon almost took that base. The 3:1 attack against level 2 forts reduced them to level 1 and caused 254(2) Dutch casualties to 71(1) Japanese casualties. Iíll attack again tomorrow.

Those damn Do-24Ks are still flying. This morning, Ted told me that there are still 4 detachments totaling 12 Do-24s. They hit a TF at Namlea badly damaging an xAK. Sheíll probably sink. I know the area the planes are flying from, and there are only a few bases they could be. Iím reconning them one by one and a small invasion TF is enroute. Iíll get Ďem. Fortunately, theyíre restricted so theyíre ultimately doomed.

Australia

My invasion forces are congregating/loading at Soerabaja. Based on my recon of the bases, it looks like Ted doesnít have much on the coast to oppose me. I think he put too much in Pt. Moresby. There are only a couple of units in Darwin. Iím going to land everything there and take the place. Then Iíll break up one division and use the 3 brigades to take the remaining coastal bases. Iíll then recombine it and drop it off at Hedland. The 5 Division will be a floating reserve. Iíll drop them only if I need the support. I donít think I will. Iím also considering invading Perth. I think heís using Perth to import fuel from India/off map. Is Perth below the line where he would get reinforcements?

Most of the coastal bases seem to be unoccupied. If they are, I have two para units available to assist in taking some of those bases (a raiding regiment and an SNLF unit). (If I happen to find the base with the Do-24s, I may use one of the units to take it out.)

I have a TF of 2 BB, 3 CA, 1 CL, 5 DD headed to Soerabaja along with MKB (Shoho, Zuiho, Hosho) for support. The surface TF and MKB will stay to the west to prevent an incursion. I suspect Ted has some surface forces at Hedland. Thatís the first place they will check out. Subs will provide a screen to the east but I donít expect enemy forces to come from that quarter.

Once I take Darwin, I will fly in Zeros and recon from the 21 Air Flotilla for protection. The Netties will remain at Koepang and only move to Darwin if needed.

Once the area is secured, I will withdraw all but 1 division and support in Australia. That remaining division will be withdrawn when I can move other, more expendable, units there for defense. The goal is to hold that area through the end of 1942. Should Ted counterattack, Iíll do a fighting withdrawal with those expendable units and pull out the valuable support units. Iíll try to fly out the better expendable units should that be necessary.

The goal of this operation is to delay the Allied bombing of the southern SRA. If I can cause undue casualties to Aussie units and kill some, so much the better.

Other Stuff

My economy is really starting to pick up. In the 10 days of this month, Iíve increased both supply and fuel by 100k. Very nice. Oil points have increased by 90k and resource points have increased by 540k. I have noticed that there are over 2 million resource points (almost a quarter of the total amount) in Hokkaido. I need to send more xAKs there to move it to Honshu.

HI has increased by 13k this month. Thatís not much, but itíll start to skyrocket in a couple of months when my armament goal hits 100k. Armament points are at 72k, up 6k this month. At that rate, Iíll hit 100k by then end of May. After that happens, Iíll shut off 500 armament factories. That should help the HI stockpile rate quite nicely.

I had to stop acceleration on 1 CV today. Something (or things) worth 54 naval shipbuilding points kicked in. My naval shipbuilding point pool is down to 94 (a bit lower than I like) so the excess points will be allowed to build. Once the Junyo arrives (in about 3 weeks), thatíll free up 84 points. At that time Iíll restart the CV acceleration. Iíll probably accelerate another DD or two as well.

I have 3x TKs accelerating. Iíll get one in 2 weeks and the other 2 in a month. That should tide me over until the Std-Cs come out in late June. Then I suspect Iíll be in pretty good shape.

Vehicle points are doing well too. I went over 10k on 6 Apr 42. I upgraded 2x tank regiments which dropped me to 9200 and am going up from there. My goal is to upgrade all tank regiments in the future 1 and 2 Tank Divisions. Iíll continue to upgrade them each time the pool exceeds 10k.

When I get the units to fill out those two tank divisions, Iíll need 1035 PPs to transfer them from the Kwantung Army to the 25 Army. I am currently at 1009 PPs and will keep that number above 1050 to be safe. Those units donít arrive until Jun 42, so this shouldnít be an issue.

In a few days I get another 2E bomber unit for training. This will be the first unit to train my future Kamikaze pilots. Wonít those rookies be surprised! Iím not sure what goals I will have for those guys. I donít expect to use the 50/70 I use for the other guys.

Iím still having an issue with IJN fighter pilots, but not from the reason you may think. There are basically two sets of IJN fighter pilots that are considered trained, 70+/70+ and 50+/70+. I have plenty of the former but not enough of the latter. My goal is to stock up on the former to be reserved for KB. The latter will be primarily land based replacements. Some of my land based fighter units are short on pilots but I donít want to use the 70+ exp pilots for them. I need to wait until the next cull (15 Apr) to get those replacements. What hurt was that I got a couple of reinforcement land based fighter units that sucked all of the 50+ exp pilots out of the pool. My goal for land based fighter units is 1/3 70+ exp and 2/3 50+ exp. Iím also noticing that the 50+ pilots in combat gain experience pretty quickly. Nice!

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 6/29/2012 11:23:06 PM   
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Sub War

Nada.

5 Fleet

The 74 Infantry Regiment is being withdrawn from Dutch Harbor (every time I write that I think of Deadliest Catch) and pulled back to Adak as a garrison.

4 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

SE Fleet

A small skirmish over Pt. Moresby cost a Zero and Kittyhawk. My pilot was recovered.

The B-17s visited Lae again shooting down a defending Zero and putting more damage on the airfield. Two B-17s were reported lost on the way home.

The 11 Air Fleet HQ is now operational at Gasmata. This is great! Torpedoes everywhere. To celebrate, a dozen Betties flew with torpedoes and sank an AM and xAKL in Pt. Moresby harbor for no loss.

Philippines

More bombing of Bataan reduced the raw AV to <250. Another DA will go in tomorrow.

China

The attacks against the 5 surrounded units just east of Sinyang finally came to fruition. Four of the 5 units were finally destroyed in the attack. For no Japanese loss, 7232(1043) Chinese were destroyed. Another attack tomorrow to finish off that last unit. Then, they march one hex to take care of the remaining 3 units of the 45-50 units that were cut off at the beginning of the war.

The Sian attack force is going to bombard Sian tomorrow to test the waters. There are an estimated 130k Chinese troops so this may take a while. I am going to buy out some of the Manchurian artillery that has been hanging out so far this war and send them to China. They will be needed at Sian. There is a good sized army there but only 1 artillery regiment.

Burma

The British Akyab garrison is definitely in retreat. Itís too bad that I donít have the ability to cut them off. There are an estimated 40k troops in the garrison and crawling through the jungle doesnít allow much maneuver. Thatís ok. Akyab is out of commission and now Iím setting my sights on Chittagong (fighter base Ė about 33 fighters) and Imphal (bomber base Ė 30 or so bombers and half a dozen fighters).

As I type, my ground forces are working on 2 fronts. They are flowing forward (more like crawling, really) to cut off and invest Imphal, but this will take some time, and moving toward taking Akyab. I have quite a bit of artillery supporting the Imphal force, which may be needed. There are also some tank regiments along to zip up and down the road network once I get there. The Akyab force is the 56 Division and some AT units. After taking Akyab, theyíll form a defensive line along the river in the jungle to defend that part of the world. Hopefully, Ted will be content to remain at Chittagong. By July, Iíll have more reinforcements for Burma Ė the two Tank Divisions and another Infantry Division (yet to be named) from Manchuoko.

For the Imphal invasion, I have 4x infantry divisions, a couple tank regiments and a lot of artillery. The goal is to make that portion of the world untenable for Ted. I want him to withdraw, pushing back his forward airfields. For me, this is all about air power. Eventually, heíll overwhelm me in the air, but I want to delay that for as long as I can. If I can take the Imphal complex, I can forward base some fighters here to continue to take the war to Ted. Iím pretty happy with the air war here so far. Tedís low on fighters. My Oscar pool is ~75 or so and Iím looking for the Tojo IIa by July. Right now the Tojo R&D factories (3x30) are not completely repaired but they are getting very close. Iím considering shutting off my Oscar factories until the pool is reduced to <50. I donít want a huge pool of Oscar Ics once the Tojo comes out. Theyíll pump out 90 Tojos a month.

My Zero pool is currently empty and I can use a couple dozen more to fill out my two new daitai but they canít receive more planes for another 4 and 6 days. By the time they can receive planes, Iíll be able to give them 12 and at least 6 more planes respectively. The loss of Zeros is higher than I had planned but not by much. Iíll cope. There are other places where I can pull out some of the reserve Zeros to replenish the pool if needed. With my Zero factories at 100, I get 3-4 planes a day.

If you recall, Iím skipping the A6M3 altogether. My next upgrade will be the A6M3a. Iíll use them for my carrier planes and use the A6M2 on land. With the pool expected to be low, I should be able to replenish the pool with planes as I upgrade daitai. Iím happy with my A6M2 situation.

I have 1x60 A6M3a fully repaired and 5x30 A6M3 almost completely repaired. As they are repaired, they will upgrade to the A6M3a. Once the A6M3a comes online, Iíll let 120 become operational, upgrading the 3x30 to the A6M5. There are currently 2x30 A6M5 fully repaired (from the A6M2-N). The 5x30 A6M5 should help accelerate that quite a bit. Iíll decide whether or not to make one of them operational when the time comes.

Note that the 100 A6M2s will be shut off (when the A6M3a becomes operational) and wait until late war to be turned back on when the Sen Baku becomes operational (and then will follow the upgrade path). This means that late war, there should be a large and steady supply of the late war Zeros/Zekes available.

How in the world did I get on that topic?!

SRA

All of my commodities are steadily climbing, which is a good sign. Iím able to ship supply out of Japan to wherever it is needed. Next is China. Iím going to ship ~100k supply there to get the supply levels up a bit. The shortage of supply there is causing my attacks to wait on supply. Not good. It isnít critical but I wanted to wait until I was sure that there was sufficient supply elsewhere first. I will have to ship more supply to Soerabaja. Right now there is enough supply there to continue to repair/expand oil, refinery, resource, repair yard and HI for about a month. Iím building the repair yard to 20. Itís nice to have a bit of that capability down there.

Ambon finally fell today. I captured some 139WH-3s and a Catalina, but no Do-24s. I did spot their base though. Itís on one of the islands SE of Java. Itís where I thought he had them and an invasion TF is a couple hexes away from there. Theyíll land their troops there tomorrow. Heís running out of places to hide them. Heh, heh.

The rabble in Sumatra is being pushed north and south along the west coast. There isnít much left but theyíre still there. The bad part of all this is that itís taking 2x infantry divisions (2 Division pushing south and 4 Division pushing north) to do it. Once Sumatra is cleared, 4 Division will become the garrison and Iím not sure what will happen to 2 Division. Reserve possiblyÖ.

Other Stuff

Reinforcement: xAK Teishun Maru at Saigon Ė This is a Gozan class, the smallest xAK in the Japanese inventory. Itís a nice class, small and 12 kts. I like Ďem.

The Soryu is completely repaired and is leaving Tokyo Harbor bound for Truk. She should arrive in about 4-5 days to merge with KB.

Iím thinking about pulling KB back to Saipan. There are Allied subs prowling around Truk. My surface and air ASW are doing nothing but locating them. Iíll probably make my decision tomorrow. If I decide to move KB, then the Soryu will just head for Saipan.


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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 6/30/2012 6:07:37 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Mike Solli

10 Apr 42

The B-17s did fly over Lae again (24 of them). One of my 2 Zeros that were flying CAP shot one of the beasts down! Banzai!


It feels so good when you bring down one of those monsters!!!

Things looking good in Burma, keep up the pressure!!

quote:

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Vehicle points are doing well too. I went over 10k on 6 Apr 42. I upgraded 2x tank regiments which dropped me to 9200 and am going up from there. My goal is to upgrade all tank regiments in the future 1 and 2 Tank Divisions. Iíll continue to upgrade them each time the pool exceeds 10k.


Now why did'nt I think of that.

How many vehicle points are you producing a turn Mike?
I'm curious to know as I am constantly running out of points, even though I've expanded my capacity to over 400 points a turn.


As I've said before, your AAR's are a must read for all JFB's

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/1/2012 11:17:45 PM   
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Hi Empire. I'm only producing 150 vehicle points a turn. I upgraded another tank regiment and on 13 Apr (the turn I just finished) I got a bunch of ground reinforcements and the vehicle point pool dropped to 7500. Ouch. No more voluntarily using points for awhile.

I'm very cautious with my vehicle points. I won't upgrade anything else until I get to 10k points, which will be at the end of April at the earliest.

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Is Perth below the line where he would get reinforcements?

No. The hex below Brisbane is the LOD.

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Quiet day again today, but some very nice things happened.

SE Fleet

The Zero daitai that sweeps Pt. Moresby daily caught 6x Kittyhawks and shot down 4 of them with a fifth crashing on the way home. Banzai!

The other daitai of Zeros that is flying CAP over Lae shot down 2 B-17s at a cost of a Sally destroyed on the ground.

China

The last unit in China finally succumbed, losing 1462(266) to 12(0) Japanese. The Japanese army is now moving to destroy the last 3 Chinese units.

Philippines

A 2:1 DA at Bataan reduced the forts from 2 to 1 and caused 691(61) Allied losses. We're getting there.

Other Stuff

I bought out 4x heavy artillery regiments and 6x heavy artillery battalions for use in China now and outside of China later. They're strat moving to Sian to help take that base out. Can't wait!

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quote:

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quote:

Is Perth below the line where he would get reinforcements?

No. The hex below Brisbane is the LOD.


Very good. Thanks Historiker!

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Two more Kittyhawks were shot down over PM with no Zero losses. Over Lae, we traded a B-17 and a Zero shot down but no pilot loss for me.

At Buna, 3x Do-24s hit an xAK badly damaging her. She was part of a TF dropping a JAAF AF Bn at Buna. She'll get part or all of the unit unloaded before she sinks fortunately.

I think I know where these Do-24s are coming from. I'll get them yet.

I did take Denpasar, which had a Do-24 det stationed there. I destroyed one Do-24 on the ground. I'll get them all. I estimate ~10 left.

Reinforcements:

13 Air Flotilla HQ - 3 Air Flotilla - Hamamatsu
26 Air Flotilla HQ - 11 Air Fleet - Not sure where to send this one yet.
13 Mortar Bn - 5 Army (Kwantung)
18, 19, 85-89 Naval Guard Units - SE Fleet - 18 & 19 to Aleutians and the rest to SE Fleet.
3, 6 SNLF Co - SE Fleet - Will assist in taking dot hexes in SRA.
11, 12 heavy artillery bns - Kwantung

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/4/2012 12:06:32 AM   
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Sub War

Nothing new to report.

5 Fleet

The 74 Infantry Regiment is still loading on the transports. Itís taking a while because the ships are Adens, pretty big cargo ships, and the port canít handle them.

4 Fleet

Wake Islandís forts reached level 5. They should hit level 6 in a few months.

KB (including the Soryu) has arrived at Saipan. That will be their base for now.

SE Fleet

Two more Kittyhawks were shot down over Pt. Moresby for the loss of a single Zero with its pilot MIA.

Tedís B-17s (24 today Ė itís dropped from 30 a few days ago) hit Gasmata today. There was a Zero and Betty daitai there. The Betties were on naval attack and the Zeros were set to sweep PM. I neglected to have any on CAP. Thatís been rectified. The B-17s caused light damage to the airfield and destroyed 2x Betties on the ground. There are 4x Zero Chutai defending Rabaul. I set them partly to LRCAP Gasmata along with 40% CAP for the Gasmata Zero unit. So, there will be some 1-2 dozen fighters in the air over Gasmata tomorrow. Tedís got a dilemma with his B-17s. He can focus on badly damaging one airfield with repeated attacks, but loses his B-17s more quickly that way or can spread the damage around, which reduces the damage against his bombers but also doesnít put any of my airfields out of commission. Heís choosing to save his B-17s it seems.

At Buna, those damn Do-24s hit and sank the remaining 2 xAKs dropping off the AS. In addition, the xAK hit by them yesterday sank as well. Luckily, 97% of the unit survived. I now can station a Zero daitai there once the airfield reaches level 2.

Milne Bayís airfield is completely repaired now. Iíd love to place a chutai of Zeros there but there isnít any AS there yet. I have one at Rabaul that is allocated to Milne Bay, but I donít want to risk any more xAKs. I will fly them in starting tomorrow. I have 27 Tinas and 5 Mavis transports there to do the job.

Trukís fuel supply is critical. Itís under 10k. The fast replenishment fleet is there with 77k fuel. Iím going to unload it at Truk and move it to the Cam Ranh Bay to refill. Then it will go to Saipan to stick with KB. There are still 7x 7950 TKs hauling fuel from Balikpapan to Truk but they canít keep up. Gotta rethink this. I really need more TKs. Over 2 months before the Std- series will begin to complete their conversions.

Current status of important airfields:

Rangoon Ė No damage, level 7, AS 96
Lae Ė 0-29-47 damage, level 4, AS 96
Gasmata Ė 0-14-6 damage, level 3, AS 96
Buna Ė No damage, level 1, AS 24
Milne Bay Ė No damage, level 2, AS 0 (24 AS enroute by air)

Philippines

More bombardment today. Iíve set all of my bombers to ground bombing now (only one was ground bombing with the rest hitting the airfield previously) because there is significant airfield damage. I want to reduce the AV as quickly as possible to force the capitulation of this base. I have other missions for the 14 Army. There are only 3 Allied units that are still combat effective:

4 Marine Regiment: 21 AV
Provincial GMC: 7 AV
2 Constabulary Division: 189 AV

My infantry still needs a day or two of rest before they can attack again. In the meantime, bomb, bomb, bomb!

China

Nothing much going on except movement and bombarding Sian. I have one artillery regiment there and tried to bombard with all the infantry divisions too. The net result was some disruption to my infantry in addition to the normal damage the artillery typically does to the Chinese. From now on, only artillery units will bombard. Speaking of artillery, the 10x heavy artillery units are beginning to move from Manchuoko to China. Itíll be awhile, but their presence will definitely make a difference when they arrive. I changed them to Southern Army so they ultimately will end up either defending strategic bases or in Burma. Weíll see. One thing I need to do is to get AS to an airfield within Japanese 1E range of Sian so I can use the CEA air force effectively against Sian. Thatís on the list to do tomorrow.

Burma

I noticed that Ted moved only some of the Akyab garrison out. It appears that heís concerned about them being surrounded (good concern on his part) and moved some of the units one hex up the road. I will continue to bombard the airfield and garrison and maneuver to attempt to surround them. The base farther up the road between Akyab and Chittagong (Coxís Bazaar?) is empty. I might just drop the raiding regiment there. Wouldnít that drive him nuts?!

Six Zeros met 22 enemy 2E bombers over Katha, the base Ted is going after now. They shot down 3x Blenheim IVs with a Hudson IIIa op loss. I lost 2x Zero op losses but no pilots.

The ground forces are still crawling toward Imphal and Akyab. Itíll be awhile.

SRA

Most of my large transports have arrived back at Singapore and are repairing their damage. The 12,800 capacity TKs are all repaired and loading up on fuel for their next trip. The 5x Tonans will be ready to go in a couple of days and will haul oil and resources. Finally, the 11,600 capacity TKs will haul fuel as well. Lookiní good here!

Australia

The forces continue to congregate at Koepang for the invasion of Darwin. A few more days and then theyíll be off. There is a fuel shortage at Koepang as well. The slow replenishment fleet (56k fuel) is on its way there to take care of that.

Other Stuff

Reinforcements:

171 Cav Reg, 71 Mtn Gun Reg, 71 Eng Reg Ė These units are moving to meet up with the 3 infantry regiments and will form the 71 Division. This average division will remain on the Manchurian frontier to guard against the Soviet horde.

5 Ku S-1 (9 Rufes) Ė 13 Air Flotilla Ė Takao Ė Trainers in Formosa.
38 Sentai (27 Dinah II) Ė 1 Air Division Ė Sapporo Ė Will convert to Babs and train recon in Japan.
94 Sentai (27 Sally Ic) Ė 1 Air Division Ė Tokyo Ė Will convert to Lily and train low naval (future Kamikazes) in Japan. Iíll bet those rookies are surprised!
203 Sentai (27 Oscars) Ė 2 Air Division Ė Ominato Ė Will convert to Nates and train as fighters. Theyíll most likely move to Manchuoko.

The bomber sentai that is training low naval is my first Ė ever. Iím not sure if I should train them up to the 50/70 standard of everyone else or less. At the 50/70 standard, they will graduate about 12 per month. Any suggestions would be most welcome. Note that most of the reinforcement training bomber groups (both air forces) will now be allocated to low Naval training.

I also culled my training units today:

IJN
Fighter: 3
NavS: 6
ASW: 9
Rcn: 3
NavB: 38!

IJA
Fighter: 60!
GrdB: 15
Tr: 5
ASW: 2

There were a couple of surprises. Getting 60 IJA fighters was wonderful. Iíve maxed out all of my IJA frontline fighter units with pilots and will add an additional 4 to each of them. Thatís significant. My only issue with them is that there is a supply shortage in the Burma region. Rangoon has >20k supply, but the airfield is only at 6.40. The closest level 7 airfields are Bangkok and Singapore but neither has 20k supply. That will be rectified soon at Singapore but hasnít happened yet. Once I get Rangoon up to a level 7 airfield, I should be good to go there, but the airfield is building pretty slowly. Still a few weeks from hitting the magic 7. Until Rangoon reaches level 7 or Bangkok gets 20k supply, replacing planes is still an issue in Burma.

Iím also starting to get a nice pile of DB pilots in the IJN. I use them only in KB and KB hasnít been very active. Once I reach ~100 NavB pilots in the pool (probably at the end of this month), Iím going to start to use the training DB units to train NavT trained pilots. That should get those guys out much more quickly. Once they start flowing out of the pipeline, then Iíll find a happy medium for both to train at a good rate.

Iíd like to get IJA ASW pilots out more quickly but there are quite a few that are close. Iím starting to place some of the 1E bomber units in areas where they will perform ASW missions but am pulling the ASW pilots out of the pool as quickly as they complete their training.

There are still a shortage of IJN fighter pilots but that should get better within the next month or so. At the end of March, I got a 45 Claude training unit (60 pilots!) and it is working on graduating its first group of pilots. Theyíre not there yet, but that group hopefully will end my shortage (at least for a while). Just to clarify, I do not have a shortage of pilots in the pool. I have ~40 pilots with experience >70. My shortage is of the 50+ experience pilots. Iím saving the 70+ pilots for KB. I try to keep my land based Zero units at about 1/3 70+ and 2/3 50+ pilots. As the percentage of 70+ pilots increases, I pull the excess into the reserve.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/4/2012 3:13:50 AM   
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Just be careful with Akyab. It can be a trap for the Japanese player because the southern most land hexside is impassible.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/4/2012 2:15:29 PM   
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Man, you are cranking the turns!

PS: good crop of pilots ... nice!

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/5/2012 2:45:26 PM   
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After I read your posts and look down at the banner I involuntarily smile every time. Heres a little info I could use help on. Are the Bettys reliable at 720nm(18hexes) to find and attack naval targets? As search aircraft seem to max out around 480nm(12hexes), I'm curious if say Bettys from Truk will attack Kavieng with the same reliabilty as they would at 2/3rds that range. I also wonder if attack aircraft set to night and short range, say 80nm, will intercept bombardment and surface combat TFs. I spied around at a few AARs but have not seen a night air intercept on naval forces. Thanks for a very enjoyable read as well as a wealth of detailed game information. noob salute!

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/5/2012 2:49:35 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: zuluhour

After I read your posts and look down at the banner I involuntarily smile every time. Heres a little info I could use help on. Are the Bettys reliable at 720nm(18hexes) to find and attack naval targets? As search aircraft seem to max out around 480nm(12hexes), I'm curious if say Bettys from Truk will attack Kavieng with the same reliabilty as they would at 2/3rds that range. I also wonder if attack aircraft set to night and short range, say 80nm, will intercept bombardment and surface combat TFs. I spied around at a few AARs but have not seen a night air intercept on naval forces. Thanks for a very enjoyable read as well as a wealth of detailed game information. noob salute!



mmm...if i remember well Rader in our game managed to torpedo at night 1 BB and 2 CLs of mine using Emilies.... but my ships were not moving, they were in shallow waters and very close to the land...so the navigation must have been easier for the brave japanese aviators.... a mid-ocean intercept at night is, imho, almost impossible to be seen!

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/5/2012 2:58:36 PM   
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As an after thought, how about night attacks on ships in port by torpedo aircraft at low altitude? or against unloading amphibious forces? Terry has creamed my amphiboius troop ship lift ability and I cannot afford one more large disaster with no PPs and an inexperienced carrier air arm.
ps. sorry for hijack Mike.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/7/2012 1:26:20 PM   
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Hi guys. This is all good discussion and I'm sure it gives readers lots of ideas. It certainly gives me many ideas. I'm not sure about distances for Betty attacks. I'll keep track of the distances from now on. Most if not all of the attacks recently have originated at Gasmata and targeted Pt. Moresby or within a couple of hexes of PM. There's been practically no sign of ships anywhere else on the map.

Akyab, yeah I see the potential for encirclement. Ted is building up other bases close by, trying to do to me what I am trying to do to PM with my ring of bases. The problem in Burma is that I have multiple bases as well.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/7/2012 1:27:24 PM   
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15 Apr 42

Sub War

Remember that TF that dropped off the AS at Buna that was ravaged by the Do-24s? Well, it was composed of 3x xAKs and a Kiso PB escort. The PB was all that was left and it was headed to Rabaul when it ran over the US sub Porpoise. She shot a couple of torpedoes, one hit, and it exploded! Down went the PB. The up side was that 99% of the unit landed safely.

The I-158 was given orders to patrol off the coast of Perth. I suspect there are some TK convoys moving in an out of there. She passed Exmouth heading south today and ran into an xAKL. Two torpedoes later, down went the xAKL.

5 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

4 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

SE Fleet

Combat over Pt. Moresby cost us 1 Zero and a pilot vs. 2 Kittyhawks shot down and another 3 op losses.

The B-17s visited Lae again. They missed the airfield and apparently one crashed on the way home.

The best part of the day was 30 Betties visiting a TF at Pt. Moresby. They sank an xAKL, the DD Edsall and a large xAP loaded with troops. A lot of non-combat squads and vehicles went down. It had to be some sort of support unit. Banzai!

In the afternoon, another 14 Betties showed up at Pt. Moresby again and this time sank another xAKL.

Philippines

More bombardment today. Iíll DA tomorrow.

China

Nothing new to report.

Burma

One hex north of Katha seems to be the place where the action is. 2E bombers are attacking the force that is crawling toward Imphal, slowing them down further. I only have 10 Zeros that can support that hex, though AS is arriving at other bases in the area and more fighters will be available soon. For the loss of 1 Zero (no pilots lost), I shot down a Hurricane and a bomber, with a couple more Hurricanes lost on the way home. Unfortunately, I need more fighters here because there were 64 bomber sorties flown against this hex today.

SRA

Lots of fuel (180k), oil (80k) and resources (150k+) heading from Singapore to the Home Islands over the next couple of days. Itís piling up at Singapore faster than I can ship it out. I donít see a solution until late June (first batch of Std- conversions finishing up).

Other Stuff

Reinforcement: xAK Teikin Maru Ė Gozan Class at Saigon

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/7/2012 1:28:44 PM   
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Sub War

The I-158 continued south along the west coast of Australia, headed for Perth, when she found another xAKL and put her under. At this rate, she wonít have many torpedoes left when she arrives at her patrol station. I may start moving another sub down there tomorrow.

Iíve had 2x midget subs patrolling at Christmas Island (South Pacific) for a few weeks. A convoy arrived today and one was sunk by a DD. She didnít even fire a shot. The other one is still sitting in the hex. Weíll see if she does anything tomorrow.

5 Fleet

I spotted a TF at Kodiak. Iím sending a sub up there to investigate. Itíll get there tomorrow.

4 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

SE Fleet

More fun in the skies and on the water in this area again:

Pt. Moresby Ė One Kittyhawk was shot down for no loss to me.

Gasmata Ė 27 B-17s visited and opposed by 15 Zeros. There were no losses on either side and no damage to the airfield.

Lae Ė 3 B-17s were opposed by 5 Zeros. Each side lost 1 plane (no Japanese pilot loss) and no damage was done to the airfield. Laeís damage is slowly dropping and currently is at 0-29-36 (down from 0-29-42 yesterday).

12 Betties visited Pt. Moresby today and sank 2x xAKs. Very nice.

Rabaul is obviously the key to this area, with the only level 7 airfield available. I want to increase the AS here to 250 in order to allow the maximum amount of planes to fly in and out as needed. Itís not available yet but Iíll continue to ship it here as I can.

Philippines

The DA against Bataan was a nice success. The 2:1 attack reduced the fort level from 1 to 0 and caused 1266(108) Allied losses to 505(6) Japanese losses. In addition, two Allied units were destroyed (a HQ and an engineer). Ted is down to 2 units that are combat effective. At the end of the battle, he was down to 173 raw AV and the 4 Marine Regiment was rendered combat ineffective. Iíll attack again tomorrow. Itís almost done.

China

Nothing new to report.

Burma

Another attack against the Imphal force by 37 2E bomber sorties. One Hurricane was shot down and a Hurricane and Hudson op loss were reported. The additional AS for airfields in the area is arriving (strat mode). They will be offloaded from their trains in the next day or 2 and the Japanese fighter strength able to be brought to bear will increase significantly. Now weíll see some Allied bombers come down.

Australia

The Darwin invasion forces will have all arrived at Koepang by tomorrow. Iíll reorganize them and send them on their way tomorrow. I donít see much Allied ground force in the coastal cities. I think he shipped a lot of it to Pt. Moresby this game. I regularly see 40k+ troops there. Interesting.

Other Stuff

The airframe R&D is coming along nicely. Initially, there were 1x60 and 5x30 A6M3 factories. The 60 and 3x30 factories have all fully repaired and have been upgraded to the A6M3a. The two remaining factories need only 1 and 2 repairs to complete and then will upgrade. When the A6M3a comes online, I will allow the 60 and 2x30 become operational and the remaining 4x30 will upgrade to the A6M5.

I had 3x30 R&D Rufe factories before it came online this month. 2x30 upgraded to the A6M5, and are currently working on accelerating that model.

If you recall, the Helen IIa has 3x30 factories fully repaired and has accelerated one month to Aug 42. It is close to accelerating another month.

Iím now thinking about what other models to start accelerating. I have 3x30 each for the Frank and George as well as a couple other single factories for some other models. Gotta think about this a bit more. I think Iím good with the Zero, Tojo and Helen models.

I got an interesting note from Ted with the most recent turn after making a comment to him about his self-sustaining POW camp at Pt. Moresby: ďAnd look at all those troops and airpower you use to contain them. Interesting dilemnaÖI break, you get PM. You break, Rabaul becomes a relief map of the moon.Ē

Thatís absolutely true. We need to both keep pouring stuff into that area. What Ted doesnít know is that after Bataan falls, the 5 Air Division will move there, bringing 78 Oscars and 80 more bombers. Thatís in addition to whatís currently there: 90 Zeros, 81 Betties and 27 Sallies. Then Iíll be able to start to really pound him. The only issue I will have is the B-17 menace. He sends 25-30 a day against my airfields. On occasion, they cause some moderate damage, but usually the damage is light and easily repaired. Troops? Not much really. AS and engineers are the big two. Iíve got the Gds Bde and 144 Regiment (from 55 Div in Burma) in the area. The 90 Regiment and an SNLF have left the area temporarily to take Ambon a few days ago and are being used against another defended Dutch base. Then they will head back to the SE Fleet area and take Horn Island in the process.

I need to figure out where they will be stationed and make sure thereís enough AS in the right places. That will be my issue for the foreseeable future.

Iím debating what to do with 14 Army (16 & 48 Divisions and 65 Bde) once Bataan falls. Iím thinking of sending that army to the SE Fleet area and possibly going for Pt. Moresby. Iíll have lots of air support there by the time they make it there. Weíll seeÖ.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/7/2012 1:30:56 PM   
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Sub War

The I-158 didnít find any ships today. Sheíll reach her patrol station off the coast of Perth tomorrow.

5 Fleet

The sub is at Kodiak and has found a TF of 2 enemy ships. No contact by either side.

4 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

SE Fleet

There was some minor contact between the air forces but no damage done on either side, by fighters or bombers.

The only air base with any damage is Lae, slowly dropping and currently at 0-29-30.

Philippines

Bataan was liberated today! The 2:1 attack netted 13,366(4430) Allies and finished off the Philippine Army.

The 5 Air Division has begun staging to the SE Fleet Area. They are flying through Babeldaob to Rabaul, where they will disperse to various airfields and begin the destruction of Pt. Moresby. Iíll give a more detailed OOB later. The current issue is that there arenít enough Sallies to upgrade anything so 1x Lily sentai and several 1E bomber units will be participating.

Once they arrive, there will be 78 IJA and 90 IJN fighters and 107 IJA and 81 IJN bombers in this area. The IJA will focus exclusively on Pt. Moresbyís airfield/port and air superiority over Pt. Moresby and the IJN will focus on sweeping the seas of enemy shipping, with some IJN Zeros supporting the air superiority mission and providing CAP.

The victorious 14 Army is currently resting at Bataan. Iíll let them recover for a few days and determine their next objective. I need to sweep the mines out of Bataan harbor and get more shipping for transport of the ground troops. Iím considering using them to sweep SE from Ambon to Horn Island and possibly to Pt. Moresby. Weíll see.

China

Nine of the 10x heavy artillery units have arrived at the terminus of the rail line and are disembarking for the trek to Sian. The army investing Sian will need them. The Chinese have 2400 AV there. Granted they will be isolated soon, but itís still a huge army.

Burma

The air war in Burma has focused on the airspace over the Imphal invasion force recently. Japanese airfields are beginning to pop up in that region as AS arrives. Soon I will have more fighters over my army to better defend them. Things will only get better as more AS pours into Burma through the port of Rangoon. (An additional 64 AS is about to land there in the next day or so.) I now have 4x sentai of Sallies (up from 3) with a couple more ready to move into Burma. They are focusing on Akyab and will include Chittagong as Ted moves his fighters from there to Imphal to defend that area. Right now, Ted has ~12 Hurricanes defending his 2E bombers at Imphal, with over 50 bombers there. Once I get 30-40 fighters over my invasion force, Iíll start to whittle down his bombers. Right now, Iím averaging 3-5 fighters a day there. For example, today I had 3 Zeros against 6 Hurricanes and 40 Blenheim IVs, the 1 Zero against 12 Hudsons and then an unopposed raid of another 10 bombers. We each lost 1 fighter (but I saved my pilot).

Akyab has been abandoned as an Allied fighter base. There are an estimated 40k Allied troops there, far too many for me to take, but it would be a lot of fun to cut them off. I have a raiding regiment allocated to the Burmese theater, but Iím not sure where to use it. Iím tempted to take an unguarded base near Imphal but Iím not sure it would do any good. I think Coxís Bazaar is unguarded, but Iím not sure. If it isnít guarded, I may use the raiders to take it, effectively cutting off Akyab, and the 40k troops there. A little more recon is needed before I make a decision.

Iím going to study the map tonight to see if I can use the raiders to cut off the rail line that runs close to Imphal. If I can, I can then fly in an infantry and engineer regiment (both from 55 Division) to boost the defense and build forts. Weíll see.

SRA

I took Mataram, an island off the southern coast of Java that had a garrison. That eliminated another potential base for the Do-24s. There werenít any there unfortunately. I do see ground and air units at Merauke, on the SW coast of PNG. That has to be the Do-24s. I have forces headed there to take them out.

Australia

The invasion forces are leaving Koepang today. Two infantry divisions, 2x tank regiments and 2 artillery regiments are headed for Darwin and 1x infantry division and 1x artillery regiment is headed for Pt. Hedland. I have a para-capable SNLF and a raiding regiment that will take the bases in between. I know there are CD guns at Darwin. Iíve been hitting Darwinís port with Nells in an attempt to knock them back a bit. The Darwin invasion force has a BB attached to soak up some of the CD gun shells. There are two surface TFs as well. The Darwin invasion force has 4 CA and 4 DD escorting it and the Pt. Hedland invasion force has 1 BB, 3 CA, 1 CL and 4 DD escorting it. In addition, MKB is in the vicinity of the Pt. Hedland force.

I have support units in the second wave, to include AS and engineers. They wonít move in until the coast is clear (literally).

Other Stuff

Phase 1 is complete. Iíve cleared the SRA with the exception of a handful of dot hexes scattered around. They are not an issue to security and will fall in time. The only base where I took major damage was at Soerabaja. Itíll take another 4+ months to completely repair, but I can live with that. The only other base that is still repairing is Miriís oil, which will be complete in about a month and is right on schedule.

ElsewhereÖ.

Burma Ė Iím doing better here than Iíve ever done in the past. While the RAF is still a potent force, Iíve Iíve dealt it serious fighter losses. The 2E bomber force is relatively intact, but their time will come with the destruction of the remaining fighters of the RAF. I expect the RAF bomber fleet to withdraw to the security of India within a month. Then the Indian frontier will be at the mercy of my bombers, some 200 of them.

My goal in Burma is to take the Imphal complex, to include Ledo. I want to cut off China from aerial supply.

China - My goals are to take Sian and Loyang. That will give me an additional 110 oil facilities to fuel my hungry HI. After that, itíll be a war of maneuver to cut off and destroy Chinese units.

Australia - I want to take the northern bases between Pt. Hedland and Darwin and hold them through the end of this calendar year. Once I take them, Iíll pull the infantry and armor out. I donít want to lose them. Iíll replace them with expendable units, garrison forces and Naval Guard units. Weíll see how this works outÖ..

SE Fleet - Iíve taken all of PNG (other than Merauke and some dot hexes thatíll fall soon) with the important exception of Pt. Moresby. Iíve taken all the bases south of New Britain as well as the Solomons. Iím not interested in going south or east of this. I have a slew of Naval Guard units on their way to this area. Iíll garrison all of the bases where Iím building ports and airfields to slow Ted up. Itís going to be a maze of airfields to slow any attempt to bomb me out of existence with his 4E bombers. Right now heís got ~30 B-17s that heís using to go after my airfields in PNG and New Britain, rather unsuccessfully. Ted thinks Iíve sent more fighters here than I wanted to, but I allocated the 23 Air Flotilla from the start of the game (90 Zeros and 81 Betties). In the past, I let this force take the brunt of the fighting here. Iím sending the 5 Air Division to support them this go around. This will allow the IJA to share the wealth (in losses) and do what it does best (bomb things on the ground), leaving the 23 AF to do what it does best, bomb and torpedo things on the water.

Iíve also allocated the 14 Army to this theater for the first time ever. Iím still debating whether or not to go after Pt. Moresby, but itíll cause a ruckus before it goes back to defend the southern SRA, probably this fall.

4 Fleet - These guys have done all they are scheduled to do. Now theyíve been reinforce with engineers and will dig. Every important base will build level 6 forts.

5 Fleet - Iíve taken Dutch Harbor, another first for me. Umnak Island is garrisoned by an infantry regiment, which is too strong for me to take currently. Another weakness is the lack of air power here. I want the IJNAF to be here, mainly for the torpedo carrying Netties. Iím not sure if that will ever happen. Weíll see.

Iíve recently allocated another Naval Guard unit (the 19th, which starts split into 3 companies) to clean up the western Aleutians. They headed out from Tokyo a couple days ago. They will take the enemy bases and then garrison critical bases. Their job is to die gloriously for the Emperor later in the war up in this frozen wasteland.

Air R&D

Things are coming along nicely for the most part. Here are the highlights:

A6M3: 1 factory at 28(2) Ė Once this one is completely repaired, itíll upgrade to the A6M3a. I am not going to build the A6M3. It has a shorter range than the A6M2 and is not significantly better in any of the other stats.

A6M3a: 1x60 & 4x30 (+ the factory above soon) Ė They will accelerate this model and the 1x60 and 2x30 will become operational. The remaining 3x30 will upgrade to the A6M5. Once the A6M3a becomes operational, Iíll turn off the A6M2s (100 factories total). They eventually upgrade to A6M5 factories.

A6M5: 2x30 Ė These were previously the Rufe R&D factories. These, along with the 3x30 above will remain R&D and continue to accelerate the Zero line.

Ki-44-IIa Ė Currently there are 3 factories that are at 25(5) and 2x 24(6). I canít wait for these to completely repair so I can start accelerating this model. All 3 factories will become operational. I have high hopes for this model in the IJA.

George and Frank Ė Each has 3 factories that are slowly repairing. Itíll be awhile.

Ki-49-IIa Ė there are 3x30 factories fully repaired. This model has already accelerated one month to Aug 42. I expect them to be operational in Jun 42. All 3 factories will become operational. This is an important model. It has armor and will allow me to keep my bomber sentai up to strength. Currently, my Sally factory is producing 40 per month and canít keep up with losses. Itís close, but not enough. Because I donít want to increase Sally production, Iíve been forced to keep the Lily in production. Iíll most likely keep the Lily in production until the Helen becomes operational. Ultimately, the Helen will be my frontline model with the Sally as an ASW platform and the Lily will become a trainer. I expect to eventually shut off both the Lily and Sally, but weíll see.

Ki-32 Mary Ė Why, do you ask, am I even mentioning this plane? Good question! The Mary uses the Kawasaki (early) engine, which has 85 in the pool and no other use. With the PP cost to upgrade most 1E bomber units to 2E bombers, I see this as a blessing in disguise. My 1 E bombers will be relegated to one of 3 roles: frontline in China (temporary), ASW and training. The Mary has a normal range of 5 I believe, so they can be effectively used as an ASW platform. I rarely use ASW farther than 1-2 hexes out, within normal range of the Mary, and the Mary carries a 250 kg bomb at normal range. Perfect. My only issue right now is the lack of a factory to convert to the Mary. I may have to wait until I can convert the Lily factory in Jun 42. Anyway, Iíll most likely convert the Lily factory to a size 30 Mary factory and use up the 85 engines in the pool. Thatís a savings of 18*85 = 1530 HI for an effective ASW platform and a potential Kamikaze for use late war. Iíll then convert the factory ~4 months later (around Oct 42) to whatever else I may need. Thatíll cost me 30k supply, but I feel itís worth the cost.

Iíve only begun to look at other airframes that will be needed mid and late war. Iím also thinking of increasing the number of factories for some of the airframes mentioned above. Thatís ongoing.

Naval Construction

I accelerate CVs and DDs only. Currently, I have only 1 CV and 2 DDs accelerated. My Naval Ship Point pool is at 54 and increased by 33 today. It dropped dangerously low due to new builds that are starting to suck points. I like to keep the pool at a few hundred, just to prevent a drop from new builds from putting me in the hole. My accelerations fluctuate constantly. I see accelerations increasing soon. I get a sub in a few days freeing up 33 points and the Junyo comes in early May freeing an additional 84. I also get the Yamato in about a month thatíll give me 233 more. Canít wait!

I also have only halted the Shinano. I keep all my subs building, contrary to many. I like my subs, even the Ro class subs. Ted has mentioned more than once that they are a pain in the ass. Heh, heh, hehÖ

Merchant Construction

Right now I have not halted anything and am currently accelerating 3x Type-1 TM (8150 capacity) class TKs. One arrives in 4 days and the other 2 arrive in 3 weeks. I have an additional one that was accelerated and arrived a little while ago and will arrive tomorrow at Balikpapan to haul oil to Davao. The other 3 will haul oil/fuel from Davao to the Home Islands. Itís not a lot, but itíll help get me over the hump until the Std- class upgrade starting in June 42. The other TKs are pretty far out and I havenít accelerated any of them. The next doesnít arrive until Sep 42. I may, but I havenít decided yet. Theyíre only 12 kt TKs. Pretty slow. I may accelerate some of the faster ones that come later on.

Tedís Mistakes

In my opinion, Ted has played well but has made some mistakes. He hasnít been aggressive with his subs other than around Rabaul early in the war where he sank the Hiryu and badly damaged the Soryu. I havenít seen a single sub in my sea lanes between Singapore and the Home Islands. Right now, the only place I see a sub is just off Truk. I think he got some intel that KB was there and heís looking for it to come out and play. (KB is currently at Saipan.)

I have seen exactly one carrier about a month or so ago up around Dutch Harbor and then only briefly. I expected him to do something with them when he knew he took two of KBís carriers out of commission. Heís been burned in the past using his carriers too early, but I expected him to attempt to ambush KB. Iím not saying this was a mistake, but I am surprised.

Heís allowed a huge chunk of Chinese forces to be surrounded and destroyed. He just did it again at Sian with ~120-130k troops. Yeah, he gets them back at 1/3 strength, but itíll take a long time to replace those losses. Maybe he has something up his sleeve, but if so, I have no idea what.

He was very aggressive with the RN at the beginning of the war, which slowed me down and damaged or destroyed a number of ships, to include 3 slow AOs. The down side was that he lost most of the RN DDs and a lot of their CLs. Thatíll hurt his escort capability. Because of this (I think), thereís been no ship movement at all in the Bay of Bengal. This allowed me to build the base at Pt. Blair up to a level 4 airfield and level 3 port unmolested. Iím starting to work on forts there now.

My Mistakes

First, I lost Hiryu due to not being diligent in my planning. I didnít see the Dutch and US S class subs in the SRA. I should have figured something was up but didnít. When I sent KB south of New Britain, I had a bad feeling about putting KB in such a restricted place but ignored my gut. It cost me the Hiryu a month into the war and the Soryu just came back after a lengthly repair.

Because of the loss of the Hiryu, MKB is very weak. I had to pull the Ryujo into KB in order to replace some of the lost air power. Iím probably going to keep the Ryujo with KB. I get the Junyo soon and the Hiyo a little after that, and they will join MKB. Due to their slow speed, I consider them to be the flagships of MKB. Itíll give MKB some staying power.

I didnít do enough planning for the initial invasion of Malaya. Because of that, Ted drove me nuts with the RN and had me reacting to him instead of the other way around. This allowed him to pull most of the army (and supply) into Singapore for a prolonged siege. My attempt to cut the peninsula early failed.

Iíve thoroughly failed in my attempts to find Tedís SLOCs. Iíve sunk only 6 TKs. Thatís not nearly enough. Ted has boasted about the amount of fuel and supply heís gotten to Australia. Itís shameful.

Tedís Accolades

His use of effective subs in the SE Fleet area caused the loss of the Hiryu and severe damage to the Soryu, keeping her out of action for over 3 months. Luckily for me, Iíve had no need for KB to date.

As mentioned above, his use of the RN did have numerous positives for him. Malaya, for one. I expected to have a coup there and take Singapore much sooner than I did. It did cost him much of the RN though. Iím not sure if the net result was good or bad for him.

My Accolades

Not a lot really. I am pleased with my air forceís performance in Burma and SE Fleet areas. Iíve caused heavy Allied fighter losses and my pilot losses have been manageable.

I think I did a decent job figuring out the limits of Japanese economic expansion early in the game. I never was strapped for supply and the economy is booming, for now. Weíll see what it looks like in a couple of years.

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Sub War

The I-30 found a nice sized xAK and sank her at Kodiak.

5 Fleet

Nothing new to repprt.

4 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

SE Fleet

There were no losses in the air war over PM today. But, I lost a Zero and Ted lost 2x B-17s over Gasmata and Lae, with no damage to my airfields.

The 5 Air Division is arriving in this theater. They'll be in action in a couple of days.

China

Nothing new to report.

Burma

The only air combat was over the Imphal assault force. The only loss was a Hurricane.

Australia

The Darwin and Pt. Hedland invasion forces will be in position to invade tomorrow.

Other Stuff

Reinforcement: SW Fleet HQ - Soerabaja - It'll stay there. It's simply 240 naval support.

I accelerated 8x Type-1 TL TKs - the 11,600 capacity 18 kt tankers. I should have done that months ago.

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quote:

I accelerated 8x Type-1 TL TKs - the 11,600 capacity 18 kt tankers. I should have done that months ago.

AFAIK, the merchent production gets extremely high in 43, far beyond the initial building capacity. Shouldn't it be better to stockpile in time?

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noob 2 cents: At Imphal I would guess you are only short a Chutai or two. The Mitchells and Blenhiems suffered horrendous losses in my game whenever they were opposed. They only mop up after the Liberators now.

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Historiker, I have been. I've got 38k merchant points in the pool right now. It dropped <100 last turn.

I'm working on it zulu.

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The Magwe flip that caused you difficulty eventually got you into a winning attrition battle there. Now you have prevented the inevitable (loss of Magwe's Oil) and are on the offensive here against an ever weakening RAF. That should be an accolade to you, IMHO.

I strongly recommend going for PM. It will be a thorn in your side, and, even if you fail to take the base, a major effort on your part may cause overcommitment of the USAAF and favorable attrition.

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Sub War

Well, it was inevitable. I lost the I-121. A couple of weeks ago I sent her to mine Karachi and Ted had mined it for just such an eventuality. Ah well, such is life. It was a fitting end to a minelaying submarine. She didnít even get to drop her mines.

5 Fleet

74 Regiment is safely at Adak as its garrison.

4 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

SE Fleet

Today is the start of what is becoming a very bloody week in the air. The usual places were hit Ė Pt. Moresby in the air and combinations of Lae, Buna, Milne Bay and/or Gasmata by B-17s.

Over the next few days, Iíll just give the body, I mean, plane count.

5 Zeros shot down + 4 op losses
6 Sallies shot down
1 Betty destroyed on the ground

6 P-40E shot down + 1 op loss
1 B-17E shot down + 1 op loss

The Sallies flew with minimal fighter cover after a small Zero sweep that was throttled by 25 P-40s and 7 Kittyhawks followed by another small sweep.

Philippines

This is probably the last entry for this area for a couple of game years. The 5 Air Division aircraft are almost all in the SE Fleet area and will enter combat soon. There are a couple of recon chutai in other areas along the fringe of the SRA doing their thing, mainly Naval Search using pilots who have completed that training. The 5 Air Division HQ will head to SE Fleet area also. That will give me 3 air HQs there: 11 Air Fleet, 23 Air Flotilla and 5 Air Division.

The 14 Army is still here resting. I suspect they will rest for a week or so. Their next mission is to clear out Merauke (the last Do-24 nest) and Horn Island, then on to Pt. Moresby. Iíve decided to follow Cribtopís suggestion and go for that place. Iíll discuss that operation below. I will need a suitable name for the operation, so suggestions are welcome. At any rate, minesweepers are enroute to Bataan and transports are enroute as well.

China

All that heavy artillery is enroute. Itíll be awhile. The Chinese Army that is 5/6 surrounded in Sian has 2400 AV. This will probably take a while. I am building a suitable airfield so I can use some CEA air power against this base to help it along.

Burma

More bad news here. Today, Oscars covered the Imphal invasion force and lost 3 of their number for no enemy losses. I guess Iím getting a taste of what is to come. Things will get better, right?

SRA

Drill baby drill!

Australia

I really screwed up here. I mixed up the Pt. Hedland and Darwin invasion forces. Darwin has 1x division and Pt. Hedland has 1x division, 2x tank regiments and artillery. Sheesh. The Darwin force landed. Iíll try a DA tomorrow to see how that fares. I divided up the Pt. Hedland force. One tank regiment will land there, one tank regiment will land at Broome and the rest will head to Darwin, along with the reserve division. Thatíll take a few days though.

Other Stuff

The PM Op Ė I agree Cribtop, PM is already a thorn in my side. I need to take it. Unfortunately, itís not the only thorn in my side in this area. The B-17s (usually 25-30 per day) are a pain that is originating from Australia and not easily attacked on the ground and taking PM will not change that. Taking PM will push his fighters farther out though. At any rate, I am going to attempt to take PM. Assuming I am successful, the rather large PM garrison will end up festering in the jungle. Then I can use the 5 Air Division to bomb them to oblivion. Here is the preliminary OOB for this operation:

14 Army HQ
16 Division
48 Division
65 Brigade
Gds Brigade
90 Infantry Regiment
144 Infantry Regiment
~10 Artillery Units

My biggest concern is mines at PM. Iím going to include 6 DMS in the invasion force. I expect to lose a fair number of transports so Iím still debating what I should use. Aden class? I have a lot of them (170+) and a lot of them sit in port a fair amount of time. I think Iíll convert some to the troop carrying version and use them. If I have to lose some ships, theyíre the ones I can most easily live without.

I know Ted has a few subs in the area but not a lot. I wonít need KB to support them because of the 23 Air Flotilla but Iíll keep it handy, just in case. I can see Ted sending his CVs in to disrupt the invasion. If he wants a carrier battle within my LBA, bring it on! Iíll do that any day. I have the ability to use the 5 Air Division for invasion support and the 23 Air Flotilla for naval support.

I will have substantial naval support as well. I still have 2 BB and 2 CL (Kitakami and Oi) at Rabaul and all 19 Fubuki DDs at Truk and the surface forces at Darwin will be available. Ted told me yesterday that heís not defending northern Australia this go around. Excellent! Thatíll give me 2 BB, 4 CA, 8 DD and MKB if needed to augment the invasion. I still have to determine how Iíll use them but there is a substantial force available. The fast replenishment fleet just dropped its fuel at Truk (now over 100k fuel) and the slow replenishment fleet is at Koepang at ~95% capacity. The fast replenishment fleet is on its way to Hong Kong to refuel. I also have 2 AKE, 1 AR, 1AD, 1 AS at Rabaul and the same ships at Koepang. Iíll move them east should that be necessary. Weíll see how this works.

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Sub War

The sub war was pretty exciting todayÖ

The I-158 was hanging out near Horn Island guarding that strait against an incursion against the Darwin invasion force. She happened upon a lone xAP and sank her. She was loaded. Oops. Well, minus one transport and one land unit.

The Ro-64 took a depth charge hit off Pt. Moresby. Her damage is survivable at 26-48(36)-0-0. Sheís limping to Rabaul for repairs.

The Ro-61 was hanging around off the coast of Cairns and spotted a ship I thought I had sunk, the xAK Tantalus. Well, 2 additional torpedo hits later, down she went.

I got word that the Dutch sub KVII sank from old damage. Must have been very old since I donít remember it happening. A mine maybe? I donít recall hearing about that and I didnít check to see what caused the damage.

5 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

4 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

SE Fleet

More carnageÖ

The 5 Air Division Oscars are getting into the fray now.

8 Zeros shot down + 1 op loss
1 Oscar destroyed on the ground + 2 op losses
2 Sallies shot down

1 P-40E shot down + 1 op loss
1 Kittyhawk op loss
2 B-17E op losses

The saving grace was that I lost only a couple of pilots. I still donít like the ratio though.

China

Nothing new to report.

Burma

More carnage here tooÖ

5 Oscars shot down
1 Tojo op loss (just a couple left)

5 Hurricane IIb Trop shot down + 1 op loss
6 Blenheim IV shot down

SRA

Nothing new to report.

Australia

The Darwin invasion force landed today. One xAK was sunk and 3 more xAKs were damaged to varying degrees. Iíll try a DA tomorrow.

The other invasion forces will land in the next day or two.

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