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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/23/2012 11:22:55 PM   
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Really short turn. B-17s hit Milne Bay again destroying a Zero and Dinah on the ground. Lots of movement but nothing much to talk about. It's curious that the Brits didn't hit my ground forces in Burma today.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/24/2012 12:02:02 AM   
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It's good to see you still plugging away on this game!


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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/24/2012 12:06:45 AM   
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Thanks. I let real life get in the way too much. Been missing it a lot. It's good to be back. I'm finding a good mix of home life, work, military and WitP. This weekend is nice because I don't have much going on so I can spend a significant amount of time playing.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/24/2012 7:24:59 AM   
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I lost the Kako today from very old damage. I can't remember the details but she got beat up around Merauke quite a while ago and made it to Koepang. Her fire damage never went out so I was never able to attempt to repair her. She sat there forever with low levels of fire and her damage levels slowly increased. Two CAs down.

There is rare, strange bug, that disbanded ship keeps 1 fire forever (maybe only in small ports). The only solution is to put it into TF, and fire will disappear.

There was topic about it in Tech forum some time ago. I had it happening in Guadalcanal Scenario.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/24/2012 12:39:51 PM   
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Thanks inquisitor. I'll remember that. Such is life.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/24/2012 5:24:34 PM   
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Another quiet turn.

SE Fleet

18 Betties found a couple of xAKLs south of Pt. Moresby and put a 60 kg bomb into one of them leaving it heavily damaged. The 2 ships will most likely run into a sub tomorrow.

Burma

Due to the slow building up of my airfields in northern Burma, I can only bring to bear 2 fighter units against Ted's bombers. Tomorrow, I'll have an Oscar sentai and Zero daitai flying LRCAP hoping to get sufficient fighters to rip him a new one. We'll see.

China

The heavy artillery units I bought out of Manchuoko a while ago finally reached Sian. A total of 60 artillery pieces of 24-30 cm. size will begin bombarding Sian, along with some medium artillery. I'm not using the infantry divisions in order to keep them from getting fatigue and disruption. Let's see how this works.

There are 12 enemy units in Sian for a total of 130k troops vs. my 120k troops, half of which are infantry. Tomorrow, I'll get a good idea of what is in the hex. Sian is totally surrounded, by the way.

Java

I took Pamekasan, that base on the island next to Soerabaja today. The KNIL Regiment surrendered.

Australia

I beat up the old Darwin garrison again, this time a hex SE of Katherine. I will continue to follow them. Not sure how far south I'll go though. At least to the next base.

Merauke

It's quiet down here now. KB(-) is on it's way down from Saipan. It'll refuel in ~4 days then go in. I'm sending Akagi, Kaga, Soryu and Ryujo. (Shokaku and Zuikaku will head to the home islands soon to refit in June.) MKB (Junyo, Zuiho, Shoho, Hosho and Taiyo) will support. This gives a total of:

KB
84 Zero
63 Vals
90 Kates

MKB
83 Zeros
33 Vals
30 Kates

For a total of:

167 Zeros
96 Vals
120 Kates

In addition, there will be a surface force and an invasion fleet. I'm determined to take it this time around. It's too close to the SRA to leave in Ted's hands.

Other Stuff

Reinforcements:
xAK Bushu Maru (Std-C) - will convert to a TK in June.
SC Ch-30 - ASW

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/25/2012 12:34:25 AM   
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quote:

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I lost the Kako today from very old damage. I can't remember the details but she got beat up around Merauke quite a while ago and made it to Koepang. Her fire damage never went out so I was never able to attempt to repair her. She sat there forever with low levels of fire and her damage levels slowly increased. Two CAs down.

There is rare, strange bug, that disbanded ship keeps 1 fire forever (maybe only in small ports). The only solution is to put it into TF, and fire will disappear.

There was topic about it in Tech forum some time ago. I had it happening in Guadalcanal Scenario.

+1

I run into it once or twice a game ...

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/26/2012 12:19:47 AM   
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China

The heavy artillery attack was wildly successful. I did find out that there are 3x HQ units, 8 infantry corps and a base force. The Japanese AV is 3503 vs. 2532 Chinese AV.

Burma

The 69 fighters I allocated to LRCAP sent a whopping 6 Oscars and 9 Zeros to counter 21 Allied fighters escorting 77 bombers. My fighters didn't penetrate the CAP and lost 2 of each vs. 4x P-40s (and an op loss). I'll try again tomorrow.

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Sasebo 5 SNLF - SE Fleet
14 Naval Guard - SW Fleet - Destined for Australia to be part of the sacrificial rear guard.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/26/2012 12:50:01 AM   
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Sub War

The Ro-61 empties her 8 cm gun into the xAKL Oriskany leaving her on fire. She has most of her torps but didn't bother to launch any. This was off the coast of Cairns.

China

Another bombardment reduced the Chinese AV at Sian to 2496. I'll rest the guns tomorrow to allow their supply to build back up.

Burma

Over my Imphal invasion force, 9x Zeros caught 28 unescorted British bombers and shot down 11 of them. Banzai!

I also bombarded Cox's Bazaar with 2x BBs. They caused 56 & 45 damage to the airfield and port and destroyed 2x Hurricanes and a Catalina on the ground. I have a second TF of 6x CAs that will bombard tomorrow morning. I like bombarding 2 days in a row. You tend to get a lot of plane kills the second day.

SE Fleet

A small force of 9x Zeros and 6 Betties went after a TF in Port Moresby and got jumped by 5x Kittyhawks and 9x P-40s. I lost 2x Zeros and all the Betties shooting down a Kittyhawk and P-40. *Sigh*

I've grounded all the bombers in the region and put every fighter I that can reach Pt. Moresby on LRCAP. 96 fighters. We'll see how many arrive.

Ted's B-17s showed up to Milne Bay again and got one shot down for their efforts.

4 Fleet

Ted bombarded Wake with a single DM. It did no damage but my CD guns decided not to engage. I'm going to mine the place, just in case he makes a habit of visiting. Actually, I have several TFs going there. In order:

Mine Sweeping TF - Just in case the DM left any presents.
Minelaying TF - 275 mines.
2x ACMs
Small Fuel TF - That way the ACMs will actually do their job.

I will also have a surface TF of a CL and 6x DDs hovering nearby, just in case someone shows up to the party.

Other Stuff

Reinforcements:

CMc Ma-2 - Tokyo
SC Ch 28 - ASW
SC CHa-34 - ASW

Note that I am getting some significant naval reinforcements soon. Tomorrow I get a sub (33 points), the day after I get a Yugumo and Akitsuki class DD (23 pts) and in 5 days I get the Yamato (233 pts!). That frees up 289 Naval points for acceleration. I can accelerate the last 3 CVs (183 pts) and a Yugumo, 2x Akitsukis and the Shimikaze (48 pts) leaving 58 additional points for other accelerations. Gotta figure out what to do with them.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/26/2012 5:37:16 PM   
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Just curious - how far along is Musashi (if you didn't stop it)?

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/26/2012 11:21:09 PM   
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ORIGINAL: PaxMondo

quote:

ORIGINAL: inqistor

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ORIGINAL: Mike Solli

I lost the Kako today from very old damage. I can't remember the details but she got beat up around Merauke quite a while ago and made it to Koepang. Her fire damage never went out so I was never able to attempt to repair her. She sat there forever with low levels of fire and her damage levels slowly increased. Two CAs down.

There is rare, strange bug, that disbanded ship keeps 1 fire forever (maybe only in small ports). The only solution is to put it into TF, and fire will disappear.

There was topic about it in Tech forum some time ago. I had it happening in Guadalcanal Scenario.

+1

I run into it once or twice a game ...


I lost the CV Hiryu to this bug as well. Creating and disbanding a new TF did not help. The fires never went out for almost 2 weeks and system damage increased to the point the choice was let her sink in Billiton or try and get her to a larger port, she sank en route.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/27/2012 8:00:53 AM   
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If you have 96 fighters available why would you LR CAP Port Moresby instead of sweeping it?

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/28/2012 1:55:50 AM   
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If you have 96 fighters available why would you LR CAP Port Moresby instead of sweeping it?


Because I haven't played the game in 4 months! *Smacks self on forehead*

Sheesh. It never entered my mind. Gotta do that next turn.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/28/2012 1:57:00 AM   
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Just curious - how far along is Musashi (if you didn't stop it)?


The Musashi has been plodding along. 1 Dec 42 I think. I'm on the Mac side of the computer so I can't open it up right now.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/28/2012 1:59:55 AM   
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Really weird turn. Very little happened that I saw. I saw no air-to-air combat at all yet there were 6 Zeros shot down (+5 op losses), 8 P-40s shot down (+5 op losses) and 5 Kittyhawks shot down, all over Pt. Moresby. There was no replay nor did any of it show up in the written combat replay. Anyone have a clue why this happened?

I received the I-11 this turn. I accelerated 3 DDs with the extra naval points.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/28/2012 2:54:08 AM   
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If your CAP tangles with 4E's on patrol, recon, or search ... 4E's have really high kill stats. 

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Because I haven't played the game in 4 months! *Smacks self on forehead*




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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 11/28/2012 3:18:33 AM   
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If you have 96 fighters available why would you LR CAP Port Moresby instead of sweeping it?


Because I haven't played the game in 4 months! *Smacks self on forehead*

Sheesh. It never entered my mind. Gotta do that next turn.


If your rules allow it the LR CAP is great to add to sweeps. Jocke has been nailing me with this for a while.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 12/2/2012 3:48:15 AM   
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Sub War

The Ro-62 put a bunch of shells into another xAKL off Pt. Moresby. Weird. Didn't use her torpedoes even though she had them. Two days in a row now....

SE Fleet

Looks like Ted wants to put Milne Bay out of business. His B-17s hit the airfield again. That's fine. He bombs from 20k feet and usually misses. He didn't this time though and the runway and services are both ~50 or so and he destroyed 2x Zeros on the ground. I have 2x chutai of Zeros and a chutai of Dinahs there. Let him spend all his time hitting this one base.

Apparently, LRCAP doesn't show up in the combat replay. Losses for today were:

4 Zeros shot down + 1 op loss
3 Oscars shot down + 2 op losses

vs.

8 P-40s shot down + 1 op loss
4 Kittyhawks shot down

China

Another bombardment of Sian reduced the Chinese AV to 2478 while mine increased slightly to 3533. I need to rest the artillery to allow the supply to build up again.

Other Stuff

Reinforcements:

DD Naganami - 5 of the Yugumo class - headed to KB.
DD Akizuki - 1st of the Akitsuki class - headed to KB as well.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 12/2/2012 3:59:22 AM   
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Sub War

The I-17, patrolling SE of Norfolk Island, caught and sank an xAK loaded with troops. Banzai! At least she used torpedoes.

SE Fleet

B-17s visited Milne Bay again today. This time they didn't do any additional damage.

Burma

Japanese units are beginning to arrive at Imphal. An infantry division is in the hex and the rest of the invasion force is nearing Imphal.

The 7x CAs that were to target Cox's Bazaar were diverted to Akyab. They did practically no damage to the airbase there but did hit the 17 Indian Division and an Indian CD regiment. Akyab is isolated. The Japanese 18 Division is sitting on the road between Akyab and Cox's Bazaar. Approximately 40k Allied troops are there.

Australia

Two Japanese infantry divisions destroyed the Sparrow Bn and 19 Aussie Bn, the remains of the Darwin garrison, just north of Daly Waters. I don't see anything to the south. The Japanese will take Daly Waters and a tank regiment that is not far behind will move to the east to see what they can take easily. Soon I will withdraw the divisions. I am sending Naval Guard units and SNLF companies to Australia to garrison the place. I hope to hold it through the end of 1942, longer if I can. I don't want to lose any important troops there though.

Other Stuff

Reinforcement: xAK Teikai Maru - Std-C class that will convert to a TK next month.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 12/2/2012 4:04:00 AM   
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Not much happened other than one of the Ro class subs off Pt. Moresby used the last of her deck gun ammo (1 shot) at an xAKL then submerged. Sheesh. She had torpedoes but refused to use them.

The only other event of note is that the A6M3a factory accelerated one month to Oct 42. I've been tracking the % increase and realized something. Each size 30+ factory will increase the acceleration of an R&D factory by 1 percent per day. I have 5x 30 point and 1x 60 point R&D factories for the A6M3a. They increase the R&D by 6% per day. If you want to increase a factory >30, do it after it becomes operational, not while it is an R&D factory.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 12/2/2012 4:13:51 AM   
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Sub War

Another Ro class sub fired 1 remaining deck gun round at an xAKL off Pt. Moresby and submerged while failing to shoot any torpedoes. I realize the xAKLs are small, but this is getting ridiculous.

Up in the Alaska theater, the I-30 put 2 torpedoes into an xAK sinking her east of Seward.

Ted finally sent a sub off the coast of Japan. Four hexes south of Kobe, the Gudgeon fired 4 torpedoes at an xAK. Two were duds and 1 hit, badly damaging her. I don't think she'll make port. She was part of a small convoy that had shipped a unit somewhere and was hauling resources back to the Home Islands. I have an ASW TF of 4x SCs that'll arrive there tomorrow to investigate.

SE Fleet

B-17s unsuccessfully attacked Milne Bay again. Runway damage is down to ~30. One B-17 was lost.

China

I decided to DA Sian today, to see what I'm up against. The 3:1 attack discovered level 2 forts. Losses were 4905(23) Japanese to 5924(111) Chinese. I'll rest a day to replenish supply and then try again.

Other Stuff

Reinforcement: BB Yamato! - I now have 6x CVs and 6x DDs accelerated.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 12/2/2012 4:32:24 AM   
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I forgot about by little incursion to take Merauke (south side of New Guinea). I've gotten together KB (minus Shokaku and Zuikaku who are in Kobe waiting to upgrade in June), MKB, a surface group of 2 BB and 3 CA, both replenishment fleets and a division and some other smaller units at Boela. Today I sent MKB in to make a port attack against Merauke from 7 hexes out. KB will be hiding a few hexes to the west of MKB ready to stomp anything that may come out supported by the surface group. The invasion fleet will wait until the area is cleared out before going in.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 12/2/2012 5:46:54 AM   
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The Ro-62 put a bunch of shells into another xAKL off Pt. Moresby. Weird. Didn't use her torpedoes even though she had them. Two days in a row now....


Perhaps a super-aggressive commander?

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 12/2/2012 10:12:45 PM   
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I doubt it. Same commander as I began the game with. Also, two different Ro class subs have decided to use deck guns vs. their torps. Such is life.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 12/2/2012 10:45:13 PM   
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Sub War

The Ro-42 found another xAKL (that had been damaged by deck guns earlier) and put a torpedo into her sinking her. Finally. Actually, she's used up all her deck gun and machine gun ammo so she had no other choice.

SE Fleet

I have 2x Oscar Sentai in this sector. I've decided to station one at Buna and fly continuous sweeps of Pt. Moresby. The other will be refitting at Rabaul. Currently I have >50 Oscars in the pool and >150 IJA fighter pilots in the reserve (50+/70+). I can afford to use the IJAAF right now and I want to conserve IJN fighter pilots. My on map training is insufficient right now. Not enough training fighter units. I have converted some floatplane training units from NavSearch to fighter pilot training but it'll be a few months until it bears fruit.

Anyway, 23x Oscars flew and, at a cost of 4x Oscars, they shot down 4x P-40s and 2x Kittyhawks with another P-40 op loss. I can do this loss ratio all day and come out ahead.

Merauke

Mistake here. I sent a port attack and (fortunately, I guess) only 15x Vals and 5x Kates flew, escorted by 23x Zeros. 16x P-40s rose against them. One Zero and 2x P-40s fell before the remaining P-40s got to the bombers and shot down 6 Vals and a Kate. The remaining bombers did nothing. I should have sent in a sweep or two. I'll do that tomorrow.

Sumatra

I took Sibolga, Sumatra, destroying the garrison and eliminating the last Dutch vestige on that island. I'm in the process of cleaning up the string of islands along the west coast of Sumatra. There's not much of the SRA still in Allied hands. One island is all that's left (in the southern SRA) and a few remnants of units rotting in the jungle here and there are all that's left.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 12/2/2012 11:27:57 PM   
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China

Sian was liberated today! Unfortunately, the infrastructure was trashed:

Manpower - 1(1)
Resources - 0(160) - I'll rebuild this to 10.
Oil - 9(20) - I'll definitely rebuild this.
HI - 0(10) - I'll rebuild this.
Refinery - 0(20) - I will not rebuild this.
LI - 0(60) - I will not rebuild this.

SE Fleet

Today's sweep over Pt. Moresby was wildly successful. 17x Oscars met 9x P-40s and 3x Kittyhawks, shooting down 6 and 1 respectively (+3 op losses) for the loss of 1x Oscar. Banzai! This sentai moved to Rabaul and has been replaced with a 42 plane sentai for operations tomorrow. I wish I had a third Oscar sentai. That would allow quicker rotation and more time for refit.

B-17s visited Milne Bay again. This time my Zeros shot one down (+ another op loss) for the loss of one Zero destroyed on the ground.

Merauke

Zuiho sent 18 Zeros to sweep Merauke today. For the loss of 1 Zero (and pilot MIA) and another op loss, they shot down 6x P-40s, along with another op loss. I moved MKB since yesterday and 2 subs appeared where MKB was yesterday. MKB is withdrawing for a bit and I am sending DD ASW TFs to the location where MKB was yesterday as well as today. Both hexes are shallow. I'm hoping to get some hits on some Allied subs.

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Hiryu's fighter daitai (18 plane capacity) arrived today. I'm using it as a fighter training unit.

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Sucks to lose all of that industry in Sian. Hopefully now though you've trashed enough Chinese that the next targets will fall more easily and produce less destruction.

It's amazing what concentrated Oscars can do with good pilots against P-40s. Looks like you're on your way in PM to breaking their back.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 12/3/2012 12:37:57 PM   
Mike Solli


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obvert, I agree to an extent. In reality, it's only the oil, HI and some of the resources, overall 40k in supply to repair (and 20 days optimally).

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 12/3/2012 12:38:40 PM   
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Yeah, you're right about the Oscars. The pilots are very good. I'll get more info later when I have some time.

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