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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/11/2012 12:41:13 AM   
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Sub War

Nothing happened for a change.

5 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

4 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

SE Fleet

Guess what? More carnageÖ

6 Zeros shot down + 1 op loss

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

Pilot losses were heavier today. I think this is heavy. Gotta get used to it because itíll get a lot worse later.

China

Nothing new to report.

Burma

Air combat has moved to Coxís Bazaar now. I continue to bomb Akyab in an attempt to the airfield damaged and have begun bombing Coxís Bazaar now as well. In retrospect, that was a mistake. It diluted my bombers and sent those bombers against a base that gets fighter support from Chittagong. The net result was brutal:

5 Oscars shot down in a sweep (a couple of pilots lost).
5 Sallies shot down in an unescorted bombing mission (all crews lost).

SRA

Nothing new to report.

Australia

I attacked Darwin today. In retrospect I probably shouldnít have, but my losses werenít bad so I got lucky. The divisionís fatigue is now at 70 though. I suspect it was high when I started the attack but I neglected to check it. At any rate, the 1:2 attack against level 3 forts caused 349(5) Aussie casualties vs. 679(2) Japanese losses. Iíll rest them until the remainder of the force lands.

Other Stuff

Reinforcement: TK Akane Maru, a Type-1 TM tanker, 8150 capacity, 12 kts. Sheíll head to Davao to haul oil from there to the Home Islands. In a couple of weeks, two more of the same type TK arrive and will join her for the same mission. Currently there is >60k oil sitting at Davao.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/11/2012 12:42:47 AM   
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Sub War

The Ha-5, one of two remaining midget subs sitting at Christmas Island (south Pacific) was sunk by an enemy DD. They did nothing. I think they were drinking sake.

5 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

4 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

SE Fleet

Even more carnage:

6 Zeros shot down (4 pilots lost) + 2 op losses

5 Kittyhawks shot down
1 B-17E shot down

China

The last surrounded stack (1 HQ & 2 Corps) was attacked by the Japanese army that has liquidated the other stacks. The 4:1 attack destroyed 477(4) Chinese to 244(0) Japanese losses. So it begins. Another attack is scheduled for tomorrow. Theyíre getting sufficient supply now because I just finished offloading 66k supply at Shanghai. One or two more offloads and China should be good to go for a while.

Burma

More brutality in the air. Who will cry uncle first?

3 Oscars shot down + 3 op losses
4 Sallies shot down + 2 op losses

4 P-40E shot down + 3 op losses
1 Hurricane IIb Trop shot down

Pilot losses were relatively heavy, but I can afford it in the IJAAF. Right now I have 77 fighter and 40 bomber pilots in the pool. I also have 100+ Oscars in the pool but the Sallies get used as fast as they are produced. With only 40 Sallies being produced a month, I canít keep up. The 34 Lilies are helping somewhat, but still not enough. Once the 90 Helen IIa becomes operational (should be Jun 42, 5 weeks away), I should be good to go. Then the Lilies get converted to Mary (for ASW). Iíll produce 85 Marys and then have an extra airframe factory to play with.

One note: Iím down to 54 Nates in the pool. Once they are used up in new training units, Iíll use the Ki-43-Ia and Ib models for training. Eventually, the Ic will get sucked into the training program but by that time Iíll have the Tojo IIa in production.

On the ground, new forces continue to arrive at Rangoon. I just got another tank regiment. The tank regiments are nice because they move (marginally) faster than the infantry. Iíll give the current OOB in Burma next time I have a chance to tally it.

SRA

Nothing new to report.

Australia

A tank regiment landed at Port Hedland, which is defended and the other tank regiment landed at Broome, which is not defended. Both will attack tomorrow. The division is attempting to rest at Darwin, unsuccessfully. The other two divisions and artillery will land soon.

Two more xAKs sank from damage sustained. The last one will make it to port.

Other Stuff

Iím attempting to keep an estimate of critical Allied airframes available. Hereís what I have (based on reinforcements and replacements through 30 Apr 42):

34 Kittyhawk I (Aussie)
64 Hurricane IIb Trop (Brit)
166 P-40E (US)
80 Hudson I (Aussie)
21 Wellington Ic (Brit Ė havenít seen any yet)
28 Blenheim IV (Brit)
110 B-17E (US Ė Sheesh)

It looks like the Kittyhawk menace is dwindling. He gets 15 replacements a month. I will most definitely kill more than 1 every other day. The reinforcements end in Sep 42, but in Oct 42 he begins to get 18 Kittyhawk IIIs. A new menace, but fortunately, I expect to have PM by then and he wonít have an effective use for them other than shipping them to Burma.

Hurricane IIb Ė He gets 16 replacements a month so this model is dwindling as well. Unfortunately, heíll start to get the IIc model in Jun 42 and gets 36 replacements a month. I need to burn out the IIb model before then so heíll be forced to use the IIc in small amounts, which I should be able to handle. If I can put some ground pressure on Imphal, I will force Ted to push the RAF to the breaking point.

P-40E Ė There are still 166 and Ted gets 35 a month through Oct 42. In Sep 42, he begins to get 65 P-40Ks a month so the P-40 menace wonít go away any time soon. This will be an issue foreverÖ.

Hudson I Ė Heís out of replacements for this aircraft. Itís an obsolete model that dies when caught by my fighters. By the end of May 42, heíll have 90 Hudson III (LR), which I see infrequently. I suspect Iíll see them more often as the Hudson I fleet dwindles. The Aussie bomber fleet is destined to go the way of the Dodo, unless he wants to use the Wirraway. He gets a handful of several models through the end of the year, but not enough to matter.

Wellington Ic Ė A replacement rate of 6 per month doesnít give Ted much in the way of a Wellington bomber fleet. Heíll have 1-2 squadrons at any given time, I suspect. If theyíre similar to WitP, theyíll die when unescorted. Not an issue for me.

Blenheim IV Ė This was the mainstay of the British bomber fleet for the start of the war. Heís lost a lot of them (which is to be expected) and only gets 12 a month through Nov 42. Target practice.

B-17E Ė This is the problem. Of the 110 currently in the inventory, ~30 are operational against the SE Fleet airbases. He gets 15 a month through Jun 42 and then starts getting 15 B-24Ds a month the next month. I donít have a very effective weapon against them right now. I have high hopes for the Tojo to be more effective against this monster. The first B-17s appeared over PNG on 6 Apr 42. Through today, here are the losses:

5 Zeros shot down
2 Zeros destroyed on ground
1 Oscar destroyed on ground
3 Sallies destroyed on ground
4 Betties destroyed on ground

-vs-

15 B-17s destroyed from all causes

So, thatís 15 B-17s lost in 17 days of combat, almost 1 a day. Heís lost a monthís worth of replacements in 17 days for the loss of 5 Zeros shot down and 10 various planes destroyed on the ground and minor damage to airfields, usually only one airfield having damage at a time and none being shut down. HmmÖ

1943 will be a different matter, but I expect to have some improved models as well before then.

Here is what I expect to see:

The Ki-49-IIa will become operational in Jun 42 at 90 per month. This will be the primary frontline IJA bomber. It has armor, which will increase crew survivability.

The Ki-44-IIa will become operational approximately Jul 42 at 90 per month. This will be the primary IJA frontline fighter, supplemented by the Ki-43-Ic (and the Ki-43-IIa soon after). I have high hopes for the ability of this fighter to ravage the Allied bomber corps. The first unit upgraded will be in the SE Fleet AO.

The Ki-43-IIa will become operational approximately Aug-Sep 42 to supplement the Ki-44-IIa at 128 per month. When this model becomes operational, the Ki-43-Ic will be withdrawn from frontline service and be used as a training model.

The A6M3a will become operational approximately Aug-Sep 42 to replace the A6M2 for frontline service at 90-120 per month (Not sure yet). This model will replace all carrier fighters first, to be followed by fighters in SE Fleet area, Burma and all other areas. The A6M2 will be relegated to backwater areas and eventually used as a trainer to supplement the A5M4. Note that the factories currently producing 100 A6M2 per month will be shut off until the Sen Baku becomes operational. Some Sen Baku may be produced (Iíll decide when the time comes). When the A6M5 becomes operational, these factories will be upgraded to produce this model.

Right now I have 120 (to be 180 in a few days) R&D factories researching the A6M3a and 60 R&D factories researching the A6M5. When the M3a nears becoming operational, Iíll upgrade some of the 180 factories to the M5. I do have a dilemma though. Hereís the timelines and factories:

A6M2 Ė operational Ė 100 factories Ė upgrades to A6M2 Sen Baku FB in Feb 42 which upgrades to the A6M5. These 100 factories are destined to upgrade to the A6M5 in Feb 44 when the Sen Baku becomes operational. Keep that in mind.

The A6M3a has 180 R&D factories which should accelerate it to Jul 42.
The A6M5 has 60 R&D factories currently which should accelerate it to ????

The dilemma is, how many of the 180 factories do I let become operational A6M3a and how many do I upgrade to the A6M5 to join the 60 currently researching that model? Iím thinking 60 and 120. Why? The A6M3a isnít much better than the A6M2, but the A6M5 is. As I upgrade carrier/frontline units, the A6M2 pool will be replenished to keep the A6M2 units in planes. Also, and more importantly, the faster I get the A6M5, the better for the IJNAF. With 120 added to the current 60 researching the A6M5, thatíll give me 2 months acceleration every month. I should get the A6M5 around Dec 42! Then, the next dilemma is how many of the 180 R&D factories do I let become operational. Iím thinking of letting 60 become operational and 120 remain R&D to upgrade to the next model. Thatíll give me 120 operational with the ability of increasing that by another 100 in Feb 44 (the current A6M2 to Sen Baku to A6M5).

If the A6M5 really does become operational in Dec 42, I may upgrade some or all of the A6M2 factories to the A6M5. Iíll look at the supply situation at that time as well as the current IJNAF fighter consumption rate.

Just some babbling. These are the things that keep me awake at night.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/11/2012 3:47:16 AM   
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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/11/2012 3:53:35 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Mike Solli
...I have high hopes for the Tojo to be more effective against this monster.

....I have high hopes for the ability of this fighter to ravage the Allied bomber corps.


Nothin' wrong with high hopes, mate.

I certainly don't want to feed your insomnia, but this ain't goin' to cut it against B-17Es and later models. Oh, sure, it's better than Oscar-Ic s, but you won't be downing many B-17s with this model.

The Tojo-IIc will fare much better with its four HMGs, and later models of the Tony look good too. For bomber killers, you're looking for the N1K1-J and N1K2-KAI Georges, Franks and (maybe) late model Tonys and J2Ms.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/11/2012 4:34:22 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Chickenboy


quote:

ORIGINAL: Mike Solli
...I have high hopes for the Tojo to be more effective against this monster.

....I have high hopes for the ability of this fighter to ravage the Allied bomber corps.


Nothin' wrong with high hopes, mate.

I certainly don't want to feed your insomnia, but this ain't goin' to cut it against B-17Es and later models. Oh, sure, it's better than Oscar-Ic s, but you won't be downing many B-17s with this model.

The Tojo-IIc will fare much better with its four HMGs, and later models of the Tony look good too. For bomber killers, you're looking for the N1K1-J and N1K2-KAI Georges, Franks and (maybe) late model Tonys and J2Ms.

+1

George is the best until you get to really late war stuff like the J7W Shinden .... I actually have better success with Zeros than with Tojo's against 4E's. The real problem is that the 4E's will shoot down so many fighters .... until you get armor .... again, George is your best early solution. Sadly, it takes a lot of effort to get groups to upgrade to it.


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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/26/2012 10:56:01 AM   
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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 7/26/2012 11:32:47 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: PaxMondo

quote:

ORIGINAL: Chickenboy


quote:

ORIGINAL: Mike Solli
...I have high hopes for the Tojo to be more effective against this monster.

....I have high hopes for the ability of this fighter to ravage the Allied bomber corps.


Nothin' wrong with high hopes, mate.

I certainly don't want to feed your insomnia, but this ain't goin' to cut it against B-17Es and later models. Oh, sure, it's better than Oscar-Ic s, but you won't be downing many B-17s with this model.

The Tojo-IIc will fare much better with its four HMGs, and later models of the Tony look good too. For bomber killers, you're looking for the N1K1-J and N1K2-KAI Georges, Franks and (maybe) late model Tonys and J2Ms.

+1

George is the best until you get to really late war stuff like the J7W Shinden .... I actually have better success with Zeros than with Tojo's against 4E's. The real problem is that the 4E's will shoot down so many fighters .... until you get armor .... again, George is your best early solution. Sadly, it takes a lot of effort to get groups to upgrade to it.


Biggest problem with Tojo is firepower. After he get armor he is scoring many hits to enemy bombers without losing many planes but without guns he is not able to shot down them.
Zero is doing much more better job because of guns, but bad side of using Zero vs enemy bombers is losing many good pilots that way because of lack of armor in first few versions on zero.

And George. It is plane you want. ASAP and as many as you can.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 8/19/2012 1:45:40 PM   
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Morning guys. It's been over a month since I've been here. Wow, how time flies. I started my new job 5 weeks ago and left for military duty 3 weeks ago. No internet there so no ability to do anything fun. I'm officially on the bench for the next mobilization in Apr 13. That means that if someone with any of my military skills drops off the mob, I could go. That also means that I need to do all of the pre-mob training, just in case. Should I not mob, I'm retiring from the military in Apr 13. If I do mob, then I retire 90 days after I return, around July 14. Just bringing you guys up on life in the Solli household.....

Now, I have been playing as I can and am up to 6 May 42. I'll post reports as I can. That should be easier over the next week. My family left for Myrtle Beach yesterday and will be gone for the week. I'm stuck at home and work that week. Not enough vacation yet. Gotta look on the bright side though. I'll have evenings for AE! Time to post one, then off to church.



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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 8/19/2012 1:46:53 PM   
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Sub War

Nothing new to report.

5 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

4 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

SE Fleet

I stood down my sweeps today to give my Zeros a break here. I kept CAP up everywhere and itís a good thing I did. The B-17s came again. Basically, they took a bit of damage and damaged the airfields a bit, but it was easily repaired. Lae is the only airfield here that has damage, and it is slowly repairing.

China

I attacked the last surrounded Chinese again. Losses were 232(2) Japanese to 845(8) Chinese with a lot of Chinese disruptions. The Japanese will rest a day to recover supplies and the go at it again.

Burma

I stood down my fighters here as well. Tedís bombers attacked my Imphal invasion force and again, no real damage to either side. The only plane lost on either side was an obsolete Allied training plane.

SRA

Nothing new to report

Australia

Broom fell today to the victorious Japanese. Now I control Broom and Wyndham with forces at Pt. Hedland and Darwin and more arriving at Darwin tomorrow. The division at Darwin had its fatigue reduced from 74 to 59. By the time the reinforcements unload, theyíll be ready to take the place.

The tank regiment at Broome began movement to Derby to liberate that town.

The tank regiment at Pt. Hedland will attack tomorrow.

Pt. Moresby Invasion

I have ~20 Adens converting to the increased troop capacity for the invasion of Aden. Itíll take 5 days. Then theyíll head to the Philippines to pick up the 14 Army and start heading east. The invasion is tentatively scheduled for mid-May 42. I expect Darwin and all of northern Australia to be secured by that time so that I can move most of the combat shipping and MKB to support it.

I am also going to force the Allied fighters to flee or die over Pt. Moresby before mid-May. Iíll give the 23 Air Flotilla and 5 Air Division a couple more days to replace planes and pilots and then begin the air operation in earnest. There are 2x sentai of Oscars, 2x daitai of Zeros and 4x chutai of Zeros who will rotate constantly to keep fresh units in the fray. That takes more time, but it is necessary to keep your air force from burning out. My airfields are doing well. Only Buna is not yet level 2, and itís getting there.

Other Stuff

Reinforcement: xAK Teiren Maru Ė Akasi class at Saigon. Itíll load resources and move to join the rest of the Akasis in the Hakodate Ė Ominato resource run. I need to find more xAKs to put into this run. There are 2 million resources in Hokkaido, almost a quarter of all the resources on the map.

The Aichi Ha-60 R&D engine factory accelerated to Jul 42. Those engines will be needed for the Judy series DB, R and NF.

I converted 3 factories to the Ki-43-IIa and increased their size to 0(30). I need to accelerate that model to eventually replace the Ki-43-Ic, currently the frontline model for the IJAAF. These three factories will remain in R&D and will move up the Oscar upgrade path accelerating each successive model in turn.

I was using the Ki-43-Ib in China and just upgraded those units to the Ic. I also had a sentai (from 3 Air Division) still flying the Ki-43-Ia training pilots. I just converted them to the Ic as well. That unit is headed to Burma now. The Ia and Ib models will supplement the Nate as a training platform.

I am scheduled to get the Ki-45 KAIa Nick FB in May. The R&D factory is at 13(0) right now. It upgrades to the KAIb in Dec 42. Tonight Iím going to compare both models and decide whether to take the KAIa in May or convert the R&D factory and accelerate the KAIb a month or so. Iíll probably take it now and keep one unit flying Nicks but weíll see. I do need an IJAAF FB, so this is it.

Iím looking at some other down the road models Iíd like to use that will need R&D factories (ie. they donít have an upgrade to them). Hereís a tentative list:

Ki-61-Ia Tony Ė Feb 43 (to get to the Ki-100-I Tony)
D4Y1 Judy Ė Apr 43 Ė (1x 30 factory currently repairing)
B6N1 Jill Ė May 43
J2M2 Jack Ė Sep 43
P1Y1 Frances Ė Nov 43
Ki-67-Ia Peggy Ė Apr 44
Ki-67-Ia (T) Peggy Ė Sep 44
P1Y2 Frances Ė Nov 44
B7A2 Grace Ė Dec 44 Ė (1x 30 factory currently repairing)
Ki-102a Randy Ė Mar 45
A7M2 Zero Ė May 45
J7W1 Shinden Ė Dec 45
J8M1 Shusei Ė Dec 45


Obviously, Iím not going to R&D all of them, but I need to come up with a firm list and start the process, at least with the ones that are coming up within the next 6-9 months. When I say I want to ďR&D a modelĒ, Iím thinking at least 3x30 factories.

I still am waiting for an operational airframe factory to free up to produce the 85 Marys for ASW. Now Iím eyeing the B5N1 Kate factory that has been producing since the start of the war. There are just a handful of engines left for that airframe. When the engines are gone Iíll convert it to Mary production. Hopefully, itíll happen within a month.

I get the G3M3 Nell in May as well. Currently, I have all of my Nell units at full strength and 100 more in the pool. I guess itíll be awhile before I produce any M3 models. Nell losses have been far lower than expected. Thatís probably because the Allied navy hasnít reared its ugly head at all in the past few months.

Looking to June, I get the A6M3 (which I am not producing) and the H6K5 Mavis. I have a handful of spare H6K4 Mavis in the pool right now. The transition to the K5 will be perfect.

In July, I get the H8K1 Emily. Iíll probably convert the Mavis to Emily and finish the war with just the Emily. The Mavis uses the Ha-33 engine and the Emily uses the Ha-32 engine. Iíll see what the ramifications are and decide later. Weíre talking 10 planes a month or 40 engines.

On to August Ė The D3A2 Val comes along. Iím not producing this model. I also get the Ki-49-IIa Helen, which I expect to get in June due to acceleration. Iíll get 90 per month and they will be my primary IJAAF bomber, with armor, which is a novelty in the Japanese arsenal.

Finally, in September I get 3 different airframes. Iíll get the H6K4-L, an upgraded IJNAF flying boat transport. I have a single 6 plane unit. Iíll upgrade the current factory that produces 2 a month to this model. I also get the Ki-44, which I am not producing and the Ki-44-IIa, which I am attempting to accelerate. I have 3x30 R&D factories, none of which are fully repaired yet. I hope to accelerate this plane by 2 months, but weíll see. The sooner the better.


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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 8/19/2012 2:09:17 PM   
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Great to see you back Mike.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 8/19/2012 5:31:15 PM   
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Hey Mike, great to see you around.

Curious about two things. Above you said you're converting Aden's for the invasion of Aden? This seems like a typo. Where are you trying to invade?

Also, why would you produce the Mary? Even if you felt the need to make a 1E bomber, which seems unnecessary considering all of the Lilys and Sally Ic and IIa you'll have once the Helens come online, why not the Ann? It has the same payload and better range?

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 8/19/2012 6:33:21 PM   
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I meant to say I was converting Adens to invade Pt. Moresby. Let's just say some things have happened since that turn. Not sure if Pt. Moresby is going to be invaded at all. Ted seems to be pushing everything he has to hold Pt. Moresby and has been successful so far. It's been relatively bloody though. We'll get there.

I still haven't done anything concerning the Mary (or any other bomber for that matter). The IJA has a shortage of bombers to date. If you recall, I had planned on stopping the production of the Lily Ib (which I did for awhile). I have since turned them back on. I'm producing 34 Lily IIa and 40 Sally IIa right now and will begin 90 Helen IIa in June 42. I had planned on building 85 Marys because there were 85 engines in the pool that I have no other use for. They would only be used for ASW missions. I will probably do that within the next couple of months, as soon as an airframe factory is freed up.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 8/19/2012 6:34:23 PM   
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24 Apr 42

Sub War

Nothing new to report.

5 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

4 Fleet

Nothing new to report.

SE Fleet

B-17s visited Lae, Milne Bay and Buna. We destroyed 1 B-17 at a cost of 1 Zero shot down, 1 Zero and 2 Oscars destroyed on the ground and a Zero and Oscar op loss. We can afford the plane losses and no airfield damage was incurred.

China

Another attack on the surrounded 3 Chinese units wears them down some more.

The heavy artillery is still working its way up the road toward Sian. Itíll be awhile. The total AV is 3400 Japanese to 2400 Chinese. Weíre in for a siege. Iím hoping the heavy artillery reduces the length of time of the siege.

The force going after Loyang will reach that base tomorrow. Theyíre one mile out and will cross a river, initiating a shock attack. Theyíre composed of 26 Division (a pretty good divison) some weak cavalry and a HQ. Theyíre opposed by 2 units. Iíd love to take that place in a coup tomorrow. 90 oil to be had. I have them in combat mode for the shock attack.

Burma

Did you ever have one of those days? Yup, it happened here. I set up a nice bombing/sweeping attack on Coxís Bazaar. Ted has abandoned Akyab of aircraft and moved them to Coxís Bazaar. I had planned on a sentai of Oscars sweeping and 2 sentai of Sallies escorted by 2 sentai of Oscars to bomb the airfield. None of the Oscars flew and one of the Sally sentai didnít get the word. Of the 17 Sallies that flew, 1 came home. Whatís really weird is that only 9 pilots were lost. How did that happen? Anyway, that unit flew back to Bangkok to get replacement aircraft. Itíll be awhile though. There are only a couple of planes in the pool. *Sigh*

SRA

Nothing new to report.

Australia

The attack on Pt. Hedland by a tank regiment found only a base force there. They were easily pushed out sustaining 414(31) losses to no Japanese losses. The armor will pursue them to the dot hex that has the resources. By the way, there are 60k resources at Pt. Hedland. Iíll send some xAKLs there to start hauling them out. I suspect Iíll never get them all.

The tank regiment is moving toward Derby.

Another division and artillery regiment landed at Darwin, reinforcing the division already there. Theyíll attack tomorrow. I think I have enough force to take it. If not, there is another division and supporting units in the reserve TF to land and assist.

Those damn Do-24s visited Darwin again. They hit the Nagato 4 times, scratching her paint and also penetrated the Kumano with 1x 300 kg bomb. She took only 12 sys damage fortunately. I have an AR at Koepang that will assist in repairing the damage.

The CD guns damaged a couple of xAKs and sank a Daigen class xAKL with a second Daigen with heavy fires that will sink tomorrow.

I asked Ted why he opted not to defend northern Australia this go around. He said that it was a supply issue. Iím pretty sure he pushed everything he normally put north into Pt. Moresby this time. I regularly see 40k troops there. Iíd really like to isolate that place, but donít have the ability to do that yet.

Other Stuff

The Kawasaki Ha-60 R&D engine factory accelerated a month to Jan 43. Thatís the engine for the Ki-61 Tony series.

I have added to the 30 point R&D factories. I added 2x30 Ki-61-Ia factories and increased the existing B6N1 Jill factory to size 30. I have decided to add a new R&D factory every day working my way down the list provided earlier. Iím still undecided on the Jack though.

I am going to have 4x30 Ki-61-Ia models. Iíll let one become operational and upgrade the other 3 to the Ki-100-I as soon as they are completely repaired. Thatís the model I really want, but Iíll take 30 Ki-61s a month.

Iíll have 3x30 B6N1s going. At least 2 of them will upgrade to the B6N2, but I may make the third operational to get the Jills going early. I need to look at the 3 Jill models to see the differences.

The last A6M3 factory hit 30(0) and has been upgraded to the A6M3a. I lied earlier. I have a total of 1x60 and 5x30 R&D factories, all completely repaired. 90-120 will become operational with the remainder upgrading to the A6M5 R&D.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 8/19/2012 10:54:43 PM   
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I meant to say I was converting Adens to invade Pt. Moresby. Let's just say some things have happened since that turn. Not sure if Pt. Moresby is going to be invaded at all. Ted seems to be pushing everything he has to hold Pt. Moresby and has been successful so far. It's been relatively bloody though. We'll get there.

I still haven't done anything concerning the Mary (or any other bomber for that matter). The IJA has a shortage of bombers to date. If you recall, I had planned on stopping the production of the Lily Ib (which I did for awhile). I have since turned them back on. I'm producing 34 Lily IIa and 40 Sally IIa right now and will begin 90 Helen IIa in June 42. I had planned on building 85 Marys because there were 85 engines in the pool that I have no other use for. They would only be used for ASW missions. I will probably do that within the next couple of months, as soon as an airframe factory is freed up.


Got it. Makes sense.

Allies holding Port Moresby. Interesting. Should be a great place for you to keep bleeding him if he wants to do that. Eventually it could turn out to be a poor choice on his part if you bring all of your weight to it.


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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 8/20/2012 1:41:02 AM   
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Good to see you back, Mike-san!

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Just to keep you on page 1 my zen master IJ production expert, heres a little gem I found at the Smithsonian. The engine in the background is the ME262's. Know what the one in the front could be?






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Just to keep you on page 1 my zen master IJ production expert, heres a little gem I found at the Smithsonian. The engine in the background is the ME262's. Know what the one in the front could be?







Junkers Jumo 004 B?

Oops-I'm not Mike...sorry.

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Heres the museum placard:






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I'm not a big fan of the Jack.  Basically same units that can use it are the ones that can use George and George is FAR more effective against 4E's.  Jack might be better against allied fighters, but they aren't killing me in '43 .... 4E's are.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 9/3/2012 12:33:38 AM   
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zuluhour -

Great photos, love to see more.

Mike Solli is indeed the Master of Ecnomics...

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I don't see MikeS posting here and I haven't gotten a turn or email from him for weeks. I wonder if his new job has him too busy for the time being.

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I don't see MikeS posting here and I haven't gotten a turn or email from him for weeks. I wonder if his new job has him too busy for the time being.


Well according to my cyber-stalking skills, he last logged into the forum August 31st.

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Alright Mike, I'm going to get you back on the front page.
Any guesses?




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Mike, I am going to keep you on page 1 during my spare time.






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Alright Mike, One more time, back to the front page. I had a lot of fun checking this out if only because it was impossible for me to put myself in the pilots shoes.






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Whats happened to Mike?

I enjoy reading this thread as I pick up loads of hints and tips from one of the masters.

I hope he is ok.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/3/2012 12:11:09 AM   
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Hi guys. I'm fine. It's just work and the military that are keeping me away from home for extended periods. I just got back from some grueling training the past few weeks for the Guard. I may be deploying in the spring so I've got to go through quite a bit of preliminary training. The training I just completed was a lot of fun, but pretty hard on this 52 yr old body. I'm walking around like an old man, but then, I am. I'm off this weekend so I hope to get turns off to both my opponents.

If I deploy in April, I'm considering retiring 90 days after I come home, around July 2014. If I don't deploy, I'll most likely retire in May 2013. We'll see what happens. I most likely won't find out if I'm deploying until early April. Until then, I have to continue with the pre-mob training. Nothing more is scheduled for the rest of this year, so I'll actually be home for a change. One last thing, if I deploy, I'll get promoted to LTC. Amazing. I never thought that would happen.

Anyway, I'm dusting off my notes and will try to figure out what the hell I've been doing.

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Glad to see your back. I still have our game stuff and would have to relearn how to play Japan again.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/3/2012 12:42:17 AM   
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Hi Michael. I'll have the same problem with the Allies. I think I still have the turn. I'll hunt for it tonight and work it.

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Welcome back Maj Mike ... soon to be LtC Mike. 

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