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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/17/2013 11:21:38 PM   
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Lots of very interesting discussion! With the scary stats Pax has given on fuel availability for the fleet, I think I'm going to try something new. I'm going to move fuel, oil and resources to Singapore and try to get it to migrate to Fusan where I can do the hop to Japan. I'm nervous about trying that because it may not move very well. Gotta think about it at work today....

Mike,

Starting this late to try and pull to Fusan will be a very low probability outcome. The way the resource flow model works ... well it has a lot of residence built into it. Meaning, once it is going one way, it doesn't like to change. My suggestion: Look at Port Arthur and Shanghai. See where your resources (oil, fuel, resources) are now pooling. It should be pretty clear where the excess is going: one or the other. That's the one you will want to choose to pull to. As short as Fusan? No, but still a lot shorter than coming from Shanghai.

To pull from Fusan, you have to start on Dec 7. Really. Since Fusan can only get to lvl 8 port and doesn't have the factories (resource etc) that the other ports do, it is an uphill battle against the model. But, it can be done.


Pax, I've been thinking about it all day and recalled other discussions about this. My fear is exactly what you describe. Right now I'm pulling resources from Shanghai and Fusan. The oil congregates at Pt. Arthur. I just allocated 2x Std-C TKs to pull oil from there since I now have a surplus with the liberation of Loyang and Sian. I think I'll leave it at that. I may test with some oil & resources to Hong Kong to see if it moves.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/17/2013 11:23:25 PM   
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Mike we managed to do this however it was quite inefficient. Generally Fuel went OK, oil was a little more problematic going Bankkok to Saigon. In the end convoys from Palembang dropped off in Vietnam, a relatively direct route that then meant it flowed through China much better, although still not great. Part of this was we had plenty of tankers, plenty of fuel at Palembang, but the friction of loading was the choke point. So having the ships at sea longer actually eased the choke point.

In the end used smaller tankers (2850, 7950) to take to Singapore, Vietnam, Manila and Davao then used a larger TF to move it from there.

In hindsight we used more fuel than we should have in some of our raids, and should have repaired the oil centres at Miri.

I'm a bit caught on the whole LI thing... at our stage we have huge numbers of resources, especially in China, however we have done pretty good there. Repairing the LI (we did the HI) when we captured it would be starting to pay off now, the extra supply would be nice...

No sense in making more LI in Japan though. Ten you have to ship the resources there.

We did make more HI in Singapore and Sorebaya which has paid off well.



I built Hong Kong and Singapore to 100 HI and am building Soerabaja and Batavia up. I think that's the place to do it so you don't have to move as much stuff.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/17/2013 11:25:00 PM   
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We started a bit late on Fusan, but resources have been no problem. Even oil and fuel is ok, just a bit random and uncontrolled (which then can ruin the plan and lead to shortages just when you don't want them!). Having a lot of convoys set to Fusan probably helps (we have 6-8).

We have also used the resource convoys to back load supply from Japan to Fusan, that has flowed through China, Vietnam and to Thailand well.

Chees
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I'm moving supply back, but through Shanghai. That's working well. My supply situation is pretty good, so I'll continue to push supply from Japan back to China for a few more laps to get the supply levels up some more in China.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/17/2013 11:53:27 PM   
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I don't think these break even figures are correct.

The LI factories will begin to produce some LI after 1 factory has been repaired, no? Sure, at 1(99), it's only producing one / month, but it's not nothing. Then at 30(70), it's producing 1/day throughout the balance of repair. So it won't take 1000 days, but something less than that. My factorial / cumulative production math is failing me now (too lazy to make the requisite calculations), but I believe this number to be lower than 1000 days when this production is taken into account.


Wait, CB that's assuming you are expanding the LI factory more than just once. In your example, you'd actually be spending 100 x 1100 supply for a total of 110,000 supply. Then I think cumulative production would factor in as you suggest. In any other case, if you expanded a factory by a single point expending 1100 supply, I think it still means one point recovered per day for 3.01 years. Ugh.

Sorry, I had a brain fart in my previous post that jrcar has convienently pointed out.

Well, it all depends on the scenario multipliers, how much you expand and the cost of expanding your LI plant(this can be modified).

I'll use Scenario 1, SqzMyLemon is pretty much correct in the numbers, as well as Chickenboy.

Take a 0(0) LI plant at Dec 7, 1941 expand it to 0(30). This will cost per 1 point LI repair = 1100 (1000 per repair + 100 per initial expansion). So, 33,000 supplies.
It will take 30 days to repair, so for the first 30 days maths factoring is used (day1 = 1 supply created; 32999 owe || day2 = 2 supply; 32997 || day3 = 3 supply; 32994 etc) until day 30 and then 30 supply / day till in the black.

So, it will take 1115 days to pay back the supply.
So 26 Dec, 1944 until repaid

With the 0(100) it will be about 1050 days or 22/10/44

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More than one LI production point can be repaired in a day.

Think you made a typo here Jcar. Only 1 point can be repaired per day.

Hope my maths is right... NB* in some economic modified scenario's this cost is mitigated in other ways.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/18/2013 2:16:02 AM   
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Damian,

Thanks for stopping by and your math is the same as mine, so I think it is correct.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/18/2013 2:22:33 AM   
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Lots of very interesting discussion! With the scary stats Pax has given on fuel availability for the fleet, I think I'm going to try something new. I'm going to move fuel, oil and resources to Singapore and try to get it to migrate to Fusan where I can do the hop to Japan. I'm nervous about trying that because it may not move very well. Gotta think about it at work today....

Mike,

Starting this late to try and pull to Fusan will be a very low probability outcome. The way the resource flow model works ... well it has a lot of residence built into it. Meaning, once it is going one way, it doesn't like to change. My suggestion: Look at Port Arthur and Shanghai. See where your resources (oil, fuel, resources) are now pooling. It should be pretty clear where the excess is going: one or the other. That's the one you will want to choose to pull to. As short as Fusan? No, but still a lot shorter than coming from Shanghai.

To pull from Fusan, you have to start on Dec 7. Really. Since Fusan can only get to lvl 8 port and doesn't have the factories (resource etc) that the other ports do, it is an uphill battle against the model. But, it can be done.


Pax, I've been thinking about it all day and recalled other discussions about this. My fear is exactly what you describe. Right now I'm pulling resources from Shanghai and Fusan. The oil congregates at Pt. Arthur. I just allocated 2x Std-C TKs to pull oil from there since I now have a surplus with the liberation of Loyang and Sian. I think I'll leave it at that. I may test with some oil & resources to Hong Kong to see if it moves.

Rob's note gives a glimmer more of hope than I had thought, but I know from experience that I have only mediocre success given your current status. Still, even what you are doing compared to shipping all the way from Singers will save a lot of fuel.

TIP: start parking your least fuel efficient ships in a port in the HI and then as TF's return to the HI, send them by to suck those ships dry of fuel.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/18/2013 2:51:18 AM   
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TIP: start parking your least fuel efficient ships in a port in the HI and then as TF's return to the HI, send them by to suck those ships dry of fuel.


That's a great idea! My next xAK TF from Singapore that's carrying oil and resources is going to head to Hong Kong as a test case. If that works, I'll send those two commodities there and still ship fuel directly to the Home Islands. I don't want to suffer the spoilage the fuel would take to move across China.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/19/2013 4:15:42 PM   
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Wow, the last game entry was some 62 post ago. Lots of interesting discussion between then and now.

Sub War

Two US fleet subs attacked the xAK Kosei Maru near Saipan. Each hit her with a torpedo putting her under. She was carrying part of the 6 JNAF AF Unit. I really need those aviation support units down in SE Fleet area where that TF was headed. Fortunately, a PB rescued some of the troops. The rest of the convoy continued on south to Truk.

SE Fleet

Milne Bay was the recipient of the B-17 bombs today.

That's about it....

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/19/2013 4:17:43 PM   
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Nothing much but B-17s visiting Lae.

The Nick Sentai made it's way to Rabaul where it'll rest for a few days before it goes into action. Two planes crashed on this last leg from Hollandia.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/19/2013 4:52:52 PM   
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Sub War

The Ro-61 caught and sank an xAKL off Cairns. Ted seems to have an unlimited supply of them. Hopefully some day I'll catch one that is carrying something important.

Yesterday, I noticed an Allied sub two hexes south of Davao. You'll recall that Davao is the home port of the Combined Fleet. It is also the hub for Tarakan, Kendari, Boela and Babo, as well as other ports occasionally. There is a constant flow of ships into and out of that port. I couldn't have an Allied sub sitting there so I formed 3 ASW TFs to prosecute it. One was PBs and the other 2 were top of the line DDs. The PBs attacked first doing pretty much nothing. Then the DDS went in, getting 3 depth charge hits and numerous near misses on the sub. She's still showing up in the hex but I'm sure she's not long for this world. Banzai! Ted's mistake here was posting her in a shallow hex.

SE Fleet

The B-17s rested today. All of my fringe airfields are in bad shape. Well, my engineers have plenty of work to do.

Both of the 5 Air Division LB sentai have upgraded to the shiny new Helen IIa. They are repairing and will begin bombing of Pt. Moresby as soon as they're ready.

The Nicks are stationed at Gasmata and will perform an 80% LRCAP mission over Salamaua tomorrow. Salamaua is in the best shape of the fringe airfields with 12 airfeld damage. Unfortunately, the airfield level is only 1.07. Now starts the guessing game of trying to figure out where the B-17s will hit next.

The 246 Sentai, recently arrived as part of the 51 Air Regiment (training) and assigned to the 5 Air Division (SE Fleet AO) will arrive at Rabaul in 2 days. This will give me 3x Oscar sentai available for that AO. I suspect I'm going to need it since Ted keeps threatening to send his 2E bombers in (by email). I checked and the closest airfield he can currently use is Cairns (level 7). From there, the B-25C can reach my fringe airfields at extended range. I currently hold air superiority over Pt. Moresby. Unless Ted can gain air superiority over PM, the B-25s will have to fly unescorted. Can anyone say fighter pilot experience?

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One of my Aden class xAKs sank today due to "unknown" reasons. She was fine yesterday and gone today. Hmm....

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/19/2013 7:28:27 PM   
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Waiting for a turn and just looking at things. I see there are 332 Hitachi (early) engines in the pool, just sitting there rusting. Here's what I can build with them:

Ki-36 Ida
Ki-9 Spruce (3/45)
Ki-55 Ida (5/45)
Ki-76 Stella (7/44)
Ki-79a Nate (5/45)

I'm thinking Kamikaze fodder. Either the Ki-55 or Ki-79a. Neither is worth much but I can build 332 of them for 18 HI each. What are your thoughts? One of them? Something else? Don't bother?

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/19/2013 7:40:05 PM   
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Yeesh. What rubbish! Hardly worth the 18 HI even with the engine 'savings'.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/19/2013 7:44:00 PM   
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Yeah, you're not kidding. The 2 I listed carry a 250 kg bomb out to 4 hexes then a 100 kg out to either 11 or 13 hexes. The rest are worse.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/20/2013 1:37:20 AM   
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The O34 was reported as sunk today. She's not showing up around Davao any more.

The Nicks had a pretty poor first showing. They were patrolling over Buna and the B-17s showed up. For the first time, the B-17s appeared with fighter escort. 20x P-40Es mixed it up with a dozen Nicks. I lost 4 Nicks for 2 P-40s. Fortunately, only 1 pilot was killed and 2 more were wounded. Ah well, such is life.

Nothing more to discuss happened today.

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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/20/2013 7:41:57 AM   
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Hey thanks Damian, I think I have seen some places repair more than one point at a time, same with repairing oil places, however haven't been watching it closely... more "thats nice two point repaired today". Need a lot of free supply, and little demand... but maybe wrong.

Regardless doing LI has a minimal return, and lots of other things to do with supply at the start.

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I don't think these break even figures are correct.

The LI factories will begin to produce some LI after 1 factory has been repaired, no? Sure, at 1(99), it's only producing one / month, but it's not nothing. Then at 30(70), it's producing 1/day throughout the balance of repair. So it won't take 1000 days, but something less than that. My factorial / cumulative production math is failing me now (too lazy to make the requisite calculations), but I believe this number to be lower than 1000 days when this production is taken into account.


Wait, CB that's assuming you are expanding the LI factory more than just once. In your example, you'd actually be spending 100 x 1100 supply for a total of 110,000 supply. Then I think cumulative production would factor in as you suggest. In any other case, if you expanded a factory by a single point expending 1100 supply, I think it still means one point recovered per day for 3.01 years. Ugh.

Sorry, I had a brain fart in my previous post that jrcar has convienently pointed out.

Well, it all depends on the scenario multipliers, how much you expand and the cost of expanding your LI plant(this can be modified).

I'll use Scenario 1, SqzMyLemon is pretty much correct in the numbers, as well as Chickenboy.

Take a 0(0) LI plant at Dec 7, 1941 expand it to 0(30). This will cost per 1 point LI repair = 1100 (1000 per repair + 100 per initial expansion). So, 33,000 supplies.
It will take 30 days to repair, so for the first 30 days maths factoring is used (day1 = 1 supply created; 32999 owe || day2 = 2 supply; 32997 || day3 = 3 supply; 32994 etc) until day 30 and then 30 supply / day till in the black.

So, it will take 1115 days to pay back the supply.
So 26 Dec, 1944 until repaid

With the 0(100) it will be about 1050 days or 22/10/44

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More than one LI production point can be repaired in a day.

Think you made a typo here Jcar. Only 1 point can be repaired per day.

Hope my maths is right... NB* in some economic modified scenario's this cost is mitigated in other ways.



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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/20/2013 7:45:54 AM   
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Wow that much? Never gave it a thought to expand to that level. Agree with better to have forward where the resources / fuel is than back. That is why we went for Java, rather than Hong kong... if you do Java remember to ship resources, it needs them.


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Mike we managed to do this however it was quite inefficient. Generally Fuel went OK, oil was a little more problematic going Bankkok to Saigon. In the end convoys from Palembang dropped off in Vietnam, a relatively direct route that then meant it flowed through China much better, although still not great. Part of this was we had plenty of tankers, plenty of fuel at Palembang, but the friction of loading was the choke point. So having the ships at sea longer actually eased the choke point.

In the end used smaller tankers (2850, 7950) to take to Singapore, Vietnam, Manila and Davao then used a larger TF to move it from there.

In hindsight we used more fuel than we should have in some of our raids, and should have repaired the oil centres at Miri.

I'm a bit caught on the whole LI thing... at our stage we have huge numbers of resources, especially in China, however we have done pretty good there. Repairing the LI (we did the HI) when we captured it would be starting to pay off now, the extra supply would be nice...

No sense in making more LI in Japan though. Ten you have to ship the resources there.

We did make more HI in Singapore and Sorebaya which has paid off well.



I built Hong Kong and Singapore to 100 HI and am building Soerabaja and Batavia up. I think that's the place to do it so you don't have to move as much stuff.



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RE: Once Again into the Breech - Mike (J) vs. tc464 (A) - 1/20/2013 2:19:48 PM   
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Wow that much? Never gave it a thought to expand to that level. Agree with better to have forward where the resources / fuel is than back. That is why we went for Java, rather than Hong kong... if you do Java remember to ship resources, it needs them.


Cheers

Rob



Rob, here's what I'm doing in Java:

I ship from the following bases to Java:

Java - 260 res
Kolaka - 40
Makassar - 20
Bandjermasin - 60
Pontianak - 20
Billiton - 20
Tobali - 20

That makes 8800 resources produced a day for Java. Recall that Soerabaja was 100% trashed so I'm still rebuilding the oil and refinery (resources completely rebuilt there) and increasing the HI there and increasing the HI in Batavia.

Batavia's LI is at 60 and Soerabaja's LI is 0.

When the oil and refineries are complete, I'll have 225 of each producing 2025 fuel a day.

The limiting factor is resources.

8800 resources produced
900 resources needed for the LI
7900 resources remaining / 20 resource per HI = 395 HI

Fuel: 2025 - (395*2) = 1235 * 30 = 37,050 fuel a month. Say 30-35k extra fuel with everything else consumed.

Supply production will be 1075 a day (*30 = 32,250) say ~30k supply a month.

Right now, resources are producing at full capacity so there is a huge surplus of that commodity. I need lots of supply in Java right now so there are regular supply convoys from Japan. Those convoys return to Japan with full loads of resources.

I suspect that Ted will go for Palembang at some point. I'm going to protect Java with the entire 16 Army, reinforced. I'll protect Palembang too, but I'm hoping Ted attempts to cut off Java, which really won't matter. By the time the HI, oil and refineries are complete, there'll still be a huge resource surplus so Java will be self sufficient, even if the small resource centers are cut off.

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The Helens made their first bombing raid of the war. In a night raid, a dozen Helens did light damage to Pt. Moresby and destroyed a P-39 and P-40 on the ground. Flak damaged one and we lost our first Helen of the war who crashed on it's way home.

I shut off the A6M2 factories, probably for good. There are 23 in the pool. The A6M3a research is at 89% and currently at Aug 42. Tomorrow it'll hit 95% and I'll upgrade 4 of the 6 factories to the A6M5. The remaining 2 factories (size 60 and 30) will become operational on 10 Jul 42. When I upgrade the factories, there will be 6x size 30 A6M5 R&D factories. I expect the A6M5 to become operational on 1 Nov 42.

New turn. Time to run it.

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SE Fleet

Another Helen went down in flames to flak over Pt. Moresby for no gain. What's up with the armor?

B-17s visited Finschaven destroying a couple of C5M2s on the ground. The Nicks are still recovering....

Burma

The Brits and Americans came up to fight over Chittagong. 30x Oscars met about the same number of Hurricanes and P-40Es. We lost 5x Oscars to 3x Hurricanes of various flavors and 2x P-40s. I'm still ahead here because Ted is reluctant to send his bombers in.

China

My army shock attacked across the river at Yenan today. My mistake was leaving a retreat route. I trounced the Chinese in a 25:1 attack. The Chinese had been out of supply for a time, which helped tremendously. They were composed of the following:

4x HQ
5x Chinese Corps
3x Chinese Divisions
1x Chinese Cavalry Corps
1x Base Force
2x Construction Regiments

They lost one division in the attack. Losses were 6449(12) Japanese to 9444(934) Chinese. They retreated to the SE where they are basically isolated. I was going to follow them and surround and destroy them, but I am going to surround them and use my Kwantung medium bombers to practice on them.

The resources at Yenan were captured at 31(9). Not bad.

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The A6M3a R&D reached 95% as I suspected. 4 of the size 30 factories upgraded to the A6M5 bringing that R&D to 6x 30 factories. The remaining 2 (size 60 & 30) will remain as A6M3a and will become operational in 3 days. Banzai!

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Sub War

The I-19 has been patrolling ~5 hexes NE of Pearl Harbor hoping for a convoy to resupply Hawaii. She found the CA Indianapolis and put a torpedo into her. She reportedly sank on the 8th but I doubt it. At any rate, she's out of the war for a bit, but so is the I-19. She ate a depth charge in retaliation. Her damage is 22-35(27)-1-0. She's limping to Kwajalein.

SE Fleet

The Helens are beginning to find their feet. They bombed Pt. Moresby destroying a P-40 on the ground and doing light damage to the airfield. I stationed 1x Helen sentai at Rabaul to bombard PM and the other is going to fly out of Hollandia to bombard Merauke.

B-17s visited Milne Bay today.

Burma

28 Oscars visited Chittagong to attempt to goad Ted into burning up some more of his fighters and he obliged. At a cost of 2 Oscars, three Hurricanes were shot down.

I have decided to withdraw from Imphal. My supply situation there doesn't allow me to carry on offensive ops. Since Ted will see me withdrawing, I'm going to stay in combat mode, just in case.

Other Stuff

Reinforcements:

DD Teruzuki (Akitsuki class) - KB
3 Air Army - will go to Singapore to free up some JAAF AF Bns for other areas.

I've been reading Greyjoys AAR and his issues stemming from a lack of engineers. I scoured my rear areas and found the following independent engineer regiments:

Kwantung: 3
China: 2
Japan: 1

I'm going to buy out those in Kwantung and China. Not sure about the one in Japan though. I'm going to push them forward to build forts in my key forward bases.

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Another quiet turn...

SE Fleet

B-17s hit Milne Bay again. I set the Nicks to defend Salamaua, with Zeros for support. We'll see what happens.

Burma

Sure enough, Ted saw that I was withdrawing and hit me at Imphal. The 1:2 attack hurt him a bit and caused a lot of disruption. Losses were 906(7) Japanese to 1655(52) Brits. Lets see what happens tomorrow...

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Pretty exciting turn today....

Sub War

It was bound to happen. The Ro-62, patrolling off Pt. Moresby, was caught by an ASW TF, hit by 3 DCs, forced to the surface, and succumbed to the firepower of 2x DEs (converted 4 stackers).

SE Fleet

I had sent some small TFs out to supply some of my fringe airfields (the ones that look like the moonscape). This was significant, and unintended, and pretty nice.

Yesterday, I mentioned that I was going to put the Nicks up over Salamaua and also put some Zeros there to protect the Nicks. Well, Ted sent 15x SBD-3s escorted by 22x P-40Es after a TF of an xAKL escorted by a PB. 19x Zeros and 9x Nicks caught them. for a cost of 2x Zeros, they shot down 7x P-40s. The Dauntlesses got through and sank both ships. On the return flight, my fighters shot down an additional 2x P-40s and 3x SBDs. A second flight of a couple P-40s escorting 3x SBDs found another xAKL and sank her. Then, a third flight of P-40s and SBDs got mauled by my fighters. In the end, a total of 17 P-40s (and 7 op losses) and 8 SBDs (and an op loss) vs. 2x Zeros and a Nick. Banzai! Definitely worth the 3 ships I lost!

Burma

Over Chittagong, the Oscars and Hurricanes fought and 7 of each were lost. I'm not concerned with it at all. I have over 200 fighter pilots in the pool and each Oscar sentai has about a dozen extra pilots. There are 4x sentai and 2x chutai of Oscars and 2x daitai of Zeros.

In addition, there are 4x sentai of Sallies with a sentai of Lily IIas in range tomorrow. The bombers are bombing the heck out of Akyab, still surrounded. My minefield there has finally dissipated. I'm sending a bombardment fleet to beat them down more. The airfield and port are demolished and I'm also bombing the troops. I'd love to kill off the 40k troops there. Overall, lots of fun.

Other Stuff

My A6M3a factories became operational today with a total of 90 production. KB gets the first of the planes, which will take a couple of months.

The A6M5 R&D has 6x30 factories and is expected to become operational on 1 Nov 42. All 6x30 will remain R&D.

The Ki-44-IIa has 3x30 and 11, 9 & 8 factories and will become operational on 1 Aug 42. The 3 small factories will become operational and the 3x30 will remain R&D.

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I've been reading Greyjoys AAR and his issues stemming from a lack of engineers. I scoured my rear areas and found the following independent engineer regiments:

Kwantung: 3
China: 2
Japan: 1

I'm going to buy out those in Kwantung and China. Not sure about the one in Japan though. I'm going to push them forward to build forts in my key forward bases.


Have you looked at the Kwangtung electrical engineer unit? Potent buy for only 97 PP!




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Chickenboy, I have that unit building up the port at Fusan. The port is almost to level 8. Then that unit gets to visit a Pacific island.

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Sub War

The Ro-61 wanted to reap a bit of revenge on the loss of her sister and sank an xAKL off Cairns. Yeah, it's only an xAKL, but it's a start.

SE Fleet

Same ole thing - Ted's B-17s trash another airbase, Lae today, some Helens do light damage to Pt. Moresby airfield and knock off a plane or two on the ground and Ted's fighters refuse to fight my fighters.

Ted did mention that he can't resupply Pt. Moresby like he wants to because of the sub threat. If he only knew all it was, was usually 1-2 Ro class subs.

Burma

Ted attacked my withdrawing army at Imphal again. This time the 1:2 attack caused 2049(10) Japanese to 3444(165) British casualties. He has a couple of divisions and 4x Infantry Brigades to my 3x infantry divisions. His brigades are looking pretty shabby.

An Oscar sentai met some Hurricanes over Chittagong again. Four Oscars were lost to 6x Hurricanes. His numbers are pretty low again. Only 9 fighters total rose against my Oscars.

Other Stuff

I've been doing some calculating again. The Tojo IIa will arrive on 1 August 42. The IIb arrives on 1 May 43 and the IIc (the goal) arrives on 15 Jun 43.

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Chickenboy, I have that unit building up the port at Fusan. The port is almost to level 8. Then that unit gets to visit a Pacific island.

So, here's a question for you then...since Fusan isn't in the Kwangtung Army per se, did you pay PP to relocate it to Fusan?

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You know, I never thought about it before now. I pay to move from Manchuoko/Korea to China (and vice versa), but I never thought about moving from Manchuoko to Korea. That's the only unit I've done that with fortunately. I'll pay for it next turn.

Trying to keep me honest, eh?

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No. I'd never try to do THAT, Mike.

But most HRs on the matter are pretty clear-movement out of Kwangtung or Korea to another non-original region = full (retail) PP cost. If you *do* pay for the PP of this unit, I assume you'll just make it "Southern" and be done with it? Then no harm no foul in the long run.

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Yeah, we have a house rule requiring PPs to move across borders. We discussed Burma/India and Manchuoko/China specifically. This one isn't really an issue. It cost less than 100 PPs to change & I never was that low in the game. You're right, I changed it to a non-restricted HQ so I can move it later. Fusan's port is currently at 7.60. I'll move it out when it maxes out at 8.

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SE Fleet

Finally, the vaunted Nicks met the B-17s in an even match. Well, it wasnít exactly even. 58 B-17/LB30s met exactly 4 Nicks. Sheesh. One B-17 was shot down for no Japanese loss though. Thatís an improvement over the normal encounter. Donít know if itís real or just dumb luck. By the way, they met over Salamaua and the B-17s trashed the place.

Goodenough Island made a level 1 airfield and continues to build. So far, Ted hasnít noticed it. I suspect he will soon enough. Well, thatíll give him another target. Maybe dilute the effort a bit. (Who am I kidding?!)

Burma

Sixteen Zeros met 11x Hurricanes over Chittagong. Two lost Zeros for no Allied loss. *Sigh* Gotta stick with Oscars. I can afford those losses.

Other Stuff

The Tojo IIa advanced to Aug 42. The 3x 30 R&D factories upgraded to the IIb and the 3 partial R&D factories will remain as the IIa until 1 Aug and then become operational. Iím going to accelerate the IIb until it is May 43 (thatíll take until ~15 Sep 42) and then upgrade the R&D factories to the IIc. The IIc model (the one I really want) will become operational ~15 Jun 43. Thatís about the best I can do. At that time Iíll let the R&D factories become operational and have 6x30 operational factories for the IIc. Iíll turn them on and off as needed. That will give me the following potential IJA fighter production:

Oscar: 128
Tojo: 180
Tony: 30
Nick (FB): 30

In addition, the Frank (6 R&D, of which 3 will become operational) and the Ki-201 (3 R&D, all to become operational) will still be in the queue. Iím also working on the Ki-102 (3 R&D factories) as my late war FB. Itíll be used against 4E bombers and eventually make a nice Kamikaze.

Iíve decided to take Merauke from Ted. Iíve got a sentai of Helens escorted by a chutai of Zeros (flying out of Hollandia) trying to do a little damage there. All he has is a handful of auxiliary aircraft (possibly Do-24Ks) there. No fighters. My intel says only a couple thousand troops. The 48 Division is currently at Ambon and an invasion TF just arrived and is loading them for the invasion. I see 2 subs docked there and a couple of AVPs in port. Thatís it. There is also a small TF floating around south of Merauke. I believe itís an ASW TF with small craft. Iím going to send in the 48th TF and have it covered by KB (Ryujo, Shokaku and Zuikaku). KB will cover from the edge of the deep water hexes. I expect this operation to commence within a week.

Ted has been building Meraukeís port and airfield nicely for me. Once I take it, Iíll move the air units from Hollandia to Merauke and reinforce them with some Nells of the 21 Air Flotilla currently based at Ambon. That will force Ted to evacuate the water between Merauke and the Australian coast. Then I can focus on Horn Island and possibly isolate Pt.Moresby.

It will probably cost me several xAKs and PBs to take Merauke, along with some damage to the 48 Division. Itís definitely worth it. Right now, the Merauke-Pt. Moresby bulge is the most worrisome part of my defensive line.

Iím probably not going to send a surface TF to support the invasion. Last time I did this I ended up losing 2x CAs (Kako and Kinugasa) and a DD. That time, Ted had significant surface units in the area. This time he doesnít. The only opposition I expect is from subs. But, KB will hover in the vicinity, just in case.

By the way, Soryu and 4x Shiratsuyu DDs are preparing to head to the Home Islands for upgrades. Akagi, Kaga and the other 6x Shiratsuyus are about a week from finishing their upgrades and will rejoin KB.

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