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1942 December 17 - 11/20/2012 9:40:45 PM   
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1942 December 17

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Ambrym

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


One of those tank-only attacks, I think.
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Ground combat at 73,49 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 384 troops, 0 guns, 71 vehicles, Assault Value = 160

Defending force 21609 troops, 160 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 663

Japanese adjusted assault: 16

Allied adjusted defense: 793

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 49

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Allied ground losses:
111 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
4th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
48th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
14th Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
79th Chinese/B Corps

Cox's Bazar is repaired and again building, now 98% toward a size 7 airfield.

Our ASW TFs around Karachi are putting some hits on IJN subs, but it seems it will be a matter of a little at a time rather than many outright sinkings.

Based on sightings of our subs, I estimate a KB is in the vicinity of Nauru Island. That convoy with AA and coast defense units is at Ndeni now and has been sighted. There are 50 P-40s on CAP at Ndeni, but the carriers (4 x CVE plus 3 x CV) will move north to be in a position to counter attack if a strike comes in from the sea. The second purpose is to (hopefully) make many dive bomber sightings on IJN subs, and give notice that Allied carriers are near. The airfield at Ndeni itself is size 1, but the port is 0 and being worked on first to make size 1.

3rd USMC Div finally finished loading at La Foa (moved from the nice port of Noumea due to over crowding!) and now some additional supplies will load. D-Day for Efate in 2 or 3 days (3rd USMC Div and 2nd USMC Tank Bn).





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1942 December 18 - 11/22/2012 4:00:39 AM   
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1942 December 18

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Holding on...
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Ground combat at 72,49 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 15095 troops, 110 guns, 18 vehicles, Assault Value = 415

Defending force 16063 troops, 68 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 352

Japanese adjusted assault: 146

Allied adjusted defense: 117

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
436 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 62 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
564 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
55th Infantry Brigade
104th/B Division

Defending units:
25th Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese/B Corps
39th New Chinese Division
4th Construction Regiment
16th Construction Regiment
6th Construction Regiment
1st Construction Regiment
5th Construction Regiment


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Ground combat at 73,49 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 366 troops, 0 guns, 71 vehicles, Assault Value = 155

Defending force 21527 troops, 160 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 651

Japanese adjusted assault: 1

Allied adjusted defense: 757

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 757

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker: supply(-)

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 28 (3 destroyed, 25 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
46 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
4th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
50th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
56th Chinese Corps
79th Chinese/B Corps


More fun with subs near Karachi, but without much in the way of hits (and none by the subs). Off of Christmas Island an IJN subs torpedoed one of the PCs hunting it. Haida is 47-96(63)-3-0 but made the 40nm to Christmas Island with its size 4 port. Wasp has upgraded and now reports needing 40 days in Sydney's shipyard. Copahee's schedule has been pushed back to 15 days by the diversion of resources. The convoy is at sea and D-Day at Efate is in 2 days.

Search out of Ndeni can barely reach Nauru Island, but search from Nanumea overlaps it nicely. Here is the KB that has been noticed by our subs.





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RE: 1942 December 18 - 11/22/2012 4:01:53 AM   
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And here is a bonus - a picket group which our light cruisers will attempt to intercept in the coming days.




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1942 December 19 - 11/24/2012 3:13:23 AM   
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1942 December 19

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Torres Islands

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Holding, holding, holding...
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Ground combat at 72,49 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14429 troops, 109 guns, 18 vehicles, Assault Value = 341

Defending force 21512 troops, 139 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 506

Japanese adjusted assault: 46

Allied adjusted defense: 313

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 6

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: leaders(+), supply(-)

Japanese ground losses:
1284 casualties reported
Squads: 42 destroyed, 62 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled

Allied ground losses:
512 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 33 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
55th Infantry Brigade
104th/B Division

Defending units:
100th Chinese Corps
25th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
39th New Chinese Division
4th Chinese/B Corps
1st Construction Regiment
4th Construction Regiment
16th Construction Regiment
6th Construction Regiment
5th Construction Regiment


Plucking pesky pickets.
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Johnston Island at 153,117, Range 1,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Sento Maru, Shell hits 17, and is sunk
PB Mikitade Maru, Shell hits 12, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CL Concord
CL Detroit, Shell hits 1
CL Trenton
DD Wilson
DD Lang
DD Cassin

Poor visibility due to Rain with 89% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Rain and 89% moonlight: 1,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 4,000 yards...
Range closes to 2,000 yards...
Range closes to 1,000 yards...
Matsuo J. crosses the 'T'
CL Trenton engages PB Mikitade Maru at 1,000 yards
CL Detroit engages PB Sento Maru at 1,000 yards
PB Mikitade Maru sunk by CL Concord at 1,000 yards
Range increases to 2,000 yards
CL Concord engages PB Sento Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Detroit engages PB Sento Maru at 2,000 yards
orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 3,000 yards
CL Trenton engages PB Sento Maru at 3,000 yards
PB Sento Maru sunk by CL Trenton at 3,000 yards
Combat ends with last Japanese ship sunk...


Enemy carrier strike!
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ndeni at 120,143

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 115 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 49 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 30
A6M3a Zero x 8
B5N2 Kate x 34

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 3 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CL Sumatra
AK Electra, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
AM Rail, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
AM Token
AM Lark
AM Swallow
AK Procyon, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
8 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
9 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
9 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

CAP engaged:
343rd FG/11th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
15th FG/72nd FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes

Procyon and Rail were indeed lost. Electra can survive if she is not attacked again. Too slow to keep up, she has detached and disbanded to attempt hiding along the shoreline. Weather over the base was extreme overcast, no doubt hampering attackers and defending fighters both. It looks as though our carriers were not even scouted, a mere 9 hexes from the nearest IJN carriers.

The USN Battle Fleet will move 6 hexes NE. About 336 carrier aircraft are currently embarked. Ndeni airfield is too small for offensive operations.





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RE: 1942 December 19 - 11/24/2012 7:55:58 AM   
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Lotsa Luck!


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RE: 1942 December 19 - 11/24/2012 9:26:25 AM   
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Good luck!

That looks like a mini KB. Any idea on where he has the rest?

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RE: 1942 December 19 - 11/24/2012 2:21:09 PM   
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Hummm....Devious Admiral Wa may have played the trap w/i the trap card here.  I would doubt he would send in an isolated CVL group into this area without a backup plan including the big boys.  The frequent presence of the Allied battle fleet has to be all to obvious aftert the not so long ago slaughter of most of the LKB.

Soooooo, I'm betting the big boys (less Akagi) may be in the background ready to jump the Allies should they go for the CVL(s).  However, given your willingness to engage the full KB at this stage, it will be a matter of positioning carefullly to avoid the big KB engaging at its optium range.  Knowing where to place the Allied battle fleet to get at big KB effectively will be a challenge for Admiral witpqs.

The Battle of Ndeni is proving to be the critical battle of the war in the Pacific.

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RE: 1942 December 19 - 11/24/2012 3:44:03 PM   
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Notice that the strike was launched from the closest TF, while the farthest TF is scouted as having carrier aircraft and at least one carrier.

Akagi certainly isn't there due to torpedo damage ("Admiral, they can't have repaired Yorktown and brought her so far this quickly!"), and I have no info on whether other IJN fleet carriers might be refitting. So without knowing just what carriers he has in theater presently, I believe they are all in the currently sighted fleet.

One thing I did not show is how far past the current sightings Allied naval search currently extends. Search can always miss things but I think he would not split the currently available assets into more than two TFs (unless operating in different places, I mean).

That's the reason for the oblique course. I want to be either within range of only one TF or neither one. I figure these are the reasonable possibilities for the IJN's fleet movement.

1) Move westward, taking advantage of fighters stationed at Tulagi. If this course is followed, we have a chance of hitting one element of the fleet.

2) Withdraw, as this was a limited risk raid. Most likely.

3) Move eastward to raid harass supply efforts at Nanumea and the Ellice Islands. This is what the small IJN carrier force did before. This allows time for Allied forces to close and negates all chance of surprise above the lowest tactical level. Very unlikely.

4) Plunge significantly southward past Ndeni, both in pursuit of the convoy now at Ndeni and other as yet unseen prey. Very risky! Luganville airfield is small but capable of offensive operations. 4 and 2 engine bombers from Fiji and New Caledonia can reach this area with ease, and support from Tulagi is totally lacking here. Allied naval forces including any carriers and surface forces in the area are likely to be found here. They were here prior to the IJN fleet being spotted!

I think withdrawal is most likely. If the Allied carriers, at al - a large number of ships - were not sighted last turn, IJ search is poor and DAW HQ must realize that. This was a raid calculated with limited risk, made in the knowledge of both damage to heavy USN assets and the USN refit schedule.






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RE: 1942 December 19 - 11/24/2012 3:45:55 PM   
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And here is a look at the Allied search coverage in the area.




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RE: 1942 December 19 - 11/24/2012 7:35:42 PM   
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Yes, I agree that w?D is most likely.  However, I amm surprised Wa is still messing about with these CV/CVL raids this far removed from LBA support.  It is something of a death-wish to do this at this stage.

Knowing Wa is no fool, this leads me to think he is living up to his name (at least the devious part) and setting traps to draw the US fleet into a "decisive engagement". 

Nonetheless, were I he, I'd have my CVs positioned at Truk or, if at sea, then somewhat north and west of Ontong Java to counter a landing in th elower Solomons.  Down Akagi and the CVLs lost in the previous CV battle, a decisive engagement could well lead to an Allied victory!

Anxious to see what happens here, but I do think you're right and he'll simply disappear.

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RE: 1942 December 19 - 11/24/2012 8:49:06 PM   
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Ha! Thats some serious naval search you have set up there!

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1942 December 20 - 11/24/2012 11:28:07 PM   
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1942 December 20

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Efate

IJN carrier forces withdrew, I believe to the NW. As weather was very bad this is the only evidence of their passing/whereabouts.
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ASW attack near Auki at 121,134

Japanese Ships
DD Samidare
CA Chikuma
CA Tone
CS Nisshin
DD Oyashio
DD Hayashio

Allied Ships
SS S-31

SS S-31 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Samidare
S-31 diving deep ....
DD Samidare fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hayashio fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Samidare fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Samidare fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Samidare fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Samidare fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

The invasion force is ashore at Efate in good shape and will attack tomorrow.

Chinese forces continue to hold, and Imperial forces continue to both attack and simultaneously outflank them.
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Ground combat at 79,47 (near Patung)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 36257 troops, 274 guns, 18 vehicles, Assault Value = 1130

Defending force 25605 troops, 147 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 701

Japanese adjusted assault: 848

Allied adjusted defense: 1528

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1948 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 220 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled

Allied ground losses:
734 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 52 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
6th Division
35th Division
15th Ind.Mixed Brigade
104th/A Division

Defending units:
13th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps


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Ground combat at Patung (81,46)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 40518 troops, 283 guns, 27 vehicles, Assault Value = 1245

Defending force 22837 troops, 147 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 476

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Japanese adjusted assault: 479

Allied adjusted defense: 820

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 2)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1233 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 221 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1691 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 55 disabled
Non Combat: 14 destroyed, 46 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 25 (1 destroyed, 24 disabled)

Assaulting units:
3rd Infantry Regiment
17th Ind.Mixed Brigade
41st Division
17th/A Division
60th Infantry Brigade
58th Infantry Regiment
13th/C Division

Defending units:
45th Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
7th Construction Regiment
39th Group Army
8th Construction Regiment


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Ground combat at 73,49 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 4219 troops, 32 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 142

Defending force 22632 troops, 119 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 685

Assaulting units:
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
4th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
70th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
79th Chinese/B Corps


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Ground combat at 80,47 (near Patung)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 5007 troops, 41 guns, 12 vehicles, Assault Value = 1018

Defending force 27743 troops, 137 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 672

Japanese ground losses:
12 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
110th Division
17th/B Division
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
15th/C Division

Defending units:
71st Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
13th Group Army






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RE: 1942 December 20 - 11/24/2012 11:32:32 PM   
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A little more mischief from the devious one! Those are the two fast BBs with Admiral Willis Lee in command heading back to the States for refit. The destroyers had ot refuel so they won't be at full speed tomorrow, but they still might make a catch.




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RE: 1942 December 20 - 11/25/2012 2:48:15 AM   
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An AD???? They are only good for re-arming and doing minor repairs on DDs, but don't they have to be in port to do that? If not, there must be raiding DDs nearby - unless the ship type is FOW and it is really an AMC [also good target practice for fast BBs]!

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1942 December 21 - 11/25/2012 3:21:08 AM   
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I'm sure that was just a wacky sighting.


1942 December 21

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Pentecost Island
Efate

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Efate

Holding, I think.
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Ground combat at 73,49 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 4228 troops, 32 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 144

Defending force 22660 troops, 119 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 687

Assaulting units:
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
4th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
70th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
50th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
79th Chinese/B Corps


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Ground combat at 80,47 (near Patung)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 5007 troops, 41 guns, 12 vehicles, Assault Value = 1021

Defending force 27793 troops, 137 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 676

Assaulting units:
17th/B Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
110th Division
15th/C Division

Defending units:
71st Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
13th Group Army



An xAK fell to a sub near Bombay. Efate not only fell to the Allies, it was secured in one day.
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Ground combat at Efate (120,154)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 13619 troops, 186 guns, 215 vehicles, Assault Value = 456

Defending force 483 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Allied adjusted assault: 243

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 243 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Efate !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker: fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
487 casualties reported
Squads: 25 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 52 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
3rd Marine Division
2nd USMC Tank Battalion

Defending units:
61st Nav Gd /1

The raiders nearing the West Coast have disappeared. The battleships will make a sweep to try and find them, but them move on to refit. They have more important things to do.

The IJN carriers did not make an appearance, and our own carriers are still unspotted. Where to position them? For the moment they'll stay put. Within about two days they will be required nearer to Ndeni to cover that convoy with base forces. It's possible that the 41st ID will be picked up at the same time if the island gets too crowded. APDs are also loading paratroopers to make landings on the unoccupied Reef Islands and Duff Islands to hasten their liberation. They are just a bit farther out than Ndeni and will make nice search bases. Luganville airfield is building fast, now size 3.





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RE: 1942 December 21 - 11/25/2012 8:12:14 AM   
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You are catching up fast in the VP reckoning. You are beating the Japanese by 1000 in the air loss points - well done!

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1942 December 22 - 11/25/2012 7:16:57 PM   
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1942 December 22

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Utupua

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Very tenuous in China.
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Ground combat at 80,47 (near Patung)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 35001 troops, 266 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 1023

Defending force 27816 troops, 137 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 677

Japanese adjusted assault: 500

Allied adjusted defense: 793

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1878 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 158 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Guns lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1274 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 110 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 12 (1 destroyed, 11 disabled)

Assaulting units:
17th/B Division
110th Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
15th/C Division

Defending units:
71st Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
13th Group Army


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Ground combat at 73,49 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 4228 troops, 32 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 147

Defending force 22691 troops, 119 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 691

Japanese ground losses:
6 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
4th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
56th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
50th Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
79th Chinese/B Corps

There are presently 2 IJN subs seen operating around Christmas Island and 6 around Ndeni. We're turning up the heat on them with the addition of an 18-strong float plane squadron at each base, well trained in ASW, flying that mission at 2,000ft.

Our carriers are still not spotted ENE Ndeni. Our subs are not reporting any carrier air contacts. Smart money says the IJN carriers retired to Rabaul, content to let the Allies scramble and waste resources. We're not in this case, as the convoy bearing down on Ndeni must be covered anyway. Then the carriers will make a foray for the purpose of being sighted and making the IJN waste resources.

Back near the West Coast those raiders have disappeared. The battleships will make one sweep NW and then NE from their present position before continuing on their journey. The Omaha class light cruisers with destroyers will take up patrolling the waters off the west coast in the near future. In turn the CLAAs currently with the fleet carriers will detach and patrol the area W and NW of the Line Islands.

The Aleutians have been very quiet, with Umnak Island only now being built up. That will change over the winter, and to support efforts in the region we will have to assign a fleet to the area. Currently they get occasional visits by forces moving to and fro, with only small escorts for troop convoys. OK so far, but not for long.

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You are catching up fast in the VP reckoning. You are beating the Japanese by 1000 in the air loss points - well done!

Thanks! We're well stocked with trained pilots, thanks to the air war being pretty quiet for quite a while now. The bad news is that surely the Empire is well stocked too!

BTW, I'm finding it a royal pain in the butt to fly aircraft across the Pacific to relocate them. The weather is awful for days at a stretch causing it to take two, three, or four times longer than it might unless you are willing to roll the dice on losing planes and pilots. Sheesh. I love that realism!

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Map is slowly getting over the measels:).  Ready to reveal where the next push(s) are going to be?

Ndeni makes a reasonably good base for heavy bomber sorties on the lower Solomons.  Getting a good foothold there, the Allies have some good opportunities to engage Japanese air with the USAAF fighters and medium bombers.

Clearing northern Oz can be a pain and can be dangerous if operating by sea, but it offers the opportunity to stab at the DEI.

Lots of options available to the Allies at this point, especially w/ KB shoerthanded.

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Map is slowly getting over the measels:).  Ready to reveal where the next push(s) are going to be?

Ndeni makes a reasonably good base for heavy bomber sorties on the lower Solomons.  Getting a good foothold there, the Allies have some good opportunities to engage Japanese air with the USAAF fighters and medium bombers.

Clearing northern Oz can be a pain and can be dangerous if operating by sea, but it offers the opportunity to stab at the DEI.

Lots of options available to the Allies at this point, especially w/ KB shoerthanded.

Southern Solomons, although maybe minor adventures in the Gilberts to keep the Empire's attention from getting too focused.

That will take time, as the fleet really needs to refit both to repair minor damage and really really get those late '42 AA suite upgrades. Plus Ndeni and Luganville will be built to major bases first so they can close Tulagi. The Tulagi air campaign will kick off with the previously mentioned para drop on Russell Island and Kirakira. The following day, when (hopefully) the Empire goes to LRCAP one or both, the 4EBs will hit Tulagi en masse.

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1942 December 23

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Vanikoro

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Only bombardments in China but the asphyxiation continues.

There are now seen 3 x IJN subs around Christmas Island, 1 off Hilo, 1 near Vaitupu , 1 approaching Fiji, 1 near Efate, and 7 around Ndeni. I suppose that a wave of repairs has been finished!

In about a day the needed escorts will arrive at Abadan and the tankers will make for Karachi. That trip will include some small and very small tankers that will remain in India for service near the front. The xAKLs will undergo repair and refit.

The convoy with substantial base forces for Ndeni is on site and beginning to unload. The Battle Fleet - still unspotted! - is moving to a position 40nm NE Reef Islands, 80nm NE Ndeni. The lack of Imperial subs there should last about a day. Although they will have to move about, they should be on station long enough to also cover the invasions of the Reef and Duff Islands.

Enterprise had some problems with flooding the past few days, but about had it under control when she and her cohorts made port at Pearl Harbor. Enterprise plus 5 heavy cruisers and 3 destroyers are all entering the shipyard and will refit. Set on high priority Enterprise's repair is projected to take 58 days, but after adding refit and then subtracting the ships that finish ahead of her... who knows? CA Minneapolis will finish refitting there in about 2 days. CA Quincy needs another 2 1/2 weeks at Auckland, but will require less travel time as she is closer to the battle zone. Sangamon, the first of the Sangamon class CVEs is leaving Flint Island for the area of Fiji. She (and here 2 sisters trailing behind) still need to train pilots and so will not be committed to front line duty until ready or necessary.

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How will you use your CVEs? Offensively or just stack fighters and use for defense?

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How will you use your CVEs? Offensively or just stack fighters and use for defense?

The CVEs in use now have a fighter squadron (18 planes) plus 1/3 of a dive bomber squadron. Except Long Island, which can only hold the fighter squadron. The new CVEs just working up have their own fighter squadrons plus a (small) torpedo bomber squadron.

So I guess the answer is with attack planes but mostly with fighters. I'm not sure that I would go raiding with them, but they will fight carrier battles along side the fleet CVs if needed.

Is that what you meant?

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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The changing status quo in China.

The base forces are all but totally ashore at Ndeni. With luck the supplies will finish tomorrow as well. Tomorrow night the 41st ID will begin loading on a different convoy now approaching. Reef Islands and Duff Islands will both be seized tomorrow. The Battle Fleet is moving to 80nm west of Ndeni. The surface groups will overrun a sub but that can't be helped. Hopefully they are not intercepted.

I began wondering if perhaps the IJN carriers would head for a surprise raid in the Indian Ocean after showing the flag near Ndeni. I think it's a little early for this to be them, but...





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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Duff Islands
Reef Islands

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Duff Islands
Reef Islands

Getting tenuous near Lanchow.
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Ground combat at 82,34 (near Lanchow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 21543 troops, 174 guns, 34 vehicles, Assault Value = 635

Defending force 22646 troops, 76 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 580

Japanese adjusted assault: 499

Allied adjusted defense: 275

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
807 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 66 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1031 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 68 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
19th Division
53rd Infantry Brigade

Defending units:
85th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
5th War Area
22nd Group Army


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Ground combat at 73,49 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 4222 troops, 32 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 150

Defending force 18397 troops, 91 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 593

Japanese ground losses:
12 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
4th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
56th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
50th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
79th Chinese/B Corps


Unexpectedly, but because I did not tune range settings, the USN carriers' aircraft struck at a target near Tulagi.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Tulagi at 114,137

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 21

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 64
SBD-3 Dauntless x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 3 destroyed

Japanese Ships
xAK Arabia Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x F4F-4 Wildcat sweeping at 10000 feet
3 x F4F-4 Wildcat sweeping at 10000 feet
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai/A with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Raid is overhead
5th Sentai/B with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead
5th Sentai/C with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead

We lost 10 x Wildcat and 2 x SBD against 2 x Tojo, not good. Meanwhile, the possible carrier group in the Indian Ocean has vanished.

Our carriers did successfully evade the IJN subs, now 80nm from the nearest demon sighted. Where to now? South and west 80nm. This will provide only minimal cover to Ndeni. However, the carriers known presence should already be forestalling any direct attack aimed at the convoys, and this move will thwart the subs. BTW there are now 8 IJN subs seen around Ndeni. Two of them are at the Fleet's location of yesterday and two more 40nm from there (no doubt closing in). Seaplane support is moving to both Reef Islands and Duff Islands.

Akagi has officially come off of the sunk ships list. There was also an aerial sighting of one of our ASW groups near Karachi, so the subs have returned to the edge of the world.

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RE: 1942 December 25 - 11/28/2012 12:56:09 AM   
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Nice to see all those entries for captured bases/amphib ops in blue!
Now that we have the Duff Islands, Mo's bar can reopen and get Springfield's economy moving again.

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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


A nail biter.
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Ground combat at 82,34 (near Lanchow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 20830 troops, 174 guns, 34 vehicles, Assault Value = 564

Defending force 21875 troops, 76 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 502

Japanese adjusted assault: 191

Allied adjusted defense: 177

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
704 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 80 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled

Allied ground losses:
711 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 86 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Assaulting units:
19th Division
53rd Infantry Brigade

Defending units:
85th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
5th War Area
22nd Group Army


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Ground combat at 73,49 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 4228 troops, 32 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 151

Defending force 18380 troops, 91 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 592

Assaulting units:
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
4th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
79th Chinese/B Corps

That possible IJN carriers sighting in the Indian Ocean a couple of days ago is still a mystery.

Our carriers and convoys evaded all the Empire's subs. Now the Battle Fleet will withdraw, making a move westward across the Coral Sea as it does so. This move is purely misdirection, and the fleet will change course when well out of Imperial search range. Hopefully resources will be moved and fuel will be wasted.

Reef Islands will commence search base operations tomorrow, Duff Islands the day after. Ndeni airfield will probably increase in size tomorrow to level 2. A third fighter squadron, this one equipped with the P-39D model, has been moved in temporarily over stacking the field. Luganville is size 5 already.

Our light cruiser force patrolling the gap between Palmyra-Johnston-Baker has bee sighted. Naval search shows nothing so that might be a sub-based aircraft. They will take the opportunity to refuel at Palmyra.





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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Epi

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The China front appears to be collapsing.
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Ground combat at 72,49 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1536 troops, 0 guns, 284 vehicles, Assault Value = 472

Defending force 23625 troops, 157 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 546

Japanese adjusted assault: 57

Allied adjusted defense: 223

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 22 (1 destroyed, 21 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1097 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 136 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
9th Tank Regiment
23rd Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Regiment
55th Infantry Brigade
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
5th Tank Regiment
104th/B Division

Defending units:
25th Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese/B Corps
6th Construction Regiment
1st Construction Regiment
16th Construction Regiment
4th Construction Regiment
5th Construction Regiment


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Ground combat at 82,34 (near Lanchow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 20212 troops, 174 guns, 34 vehicles, Assault Value = 499

Defending force 21060 troops, 76 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 432

Japanese adjusted assault: 441

Allied adjusted defense: 97

Japanese assault odds: 4 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
112 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
6094 casualties reported
Squads: 260 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 332 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 8 (7 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 4

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
19th Division
53rd Infantry Brigade

Defending units:
85th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
5th War Area
22nd Group Army


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Ground combat at 79,47 (near Patung)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 35161 troops, 274 guns, 18 vehicles, Assault Value = 1015

Defending force 25246 troops, 147 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 659

Japanese adjusted assault: 618

Allied adjusted defense: 1351

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
2546 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 322 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled

Allied ground losses:
714 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 94 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled

Assaulting units:
35th Division
6th Division
15th Ind.Mixed Brigade
104th/A Division

Defending units:
84th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps


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Ground combat at Patung (81,46)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 39736 troops, 283 guns, 27 vehicles, Assault Value = 1156

Defending force 21433 troops, 142 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 381

Japanese adjusted assault: 616

Allied adjusted defense: 205

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 2)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
713 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 191 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1773 casualties reported
Squads: 26 destroyed, 85 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 36 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Guns lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Assaulting units:
60th Infantry Brigade
58th Infantry Regiment
41st Division
17th/A Division
3rd Infantry Regiment
17th Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th/C Division

Defending units:
45th Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
39th Group Army
7th Construction Regiment
8th Construction Regiment


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Ground combat at 73,49 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 4228 troops, 32 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 152

Defending force 18404 troops, 91 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 593

Assaulting units:
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
4th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
56th Chinese Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
79th Chinese/B Corps

Washington and North Carolina are entering the shipyard at Bremerton for minor repairs plus 2 x refits each. The three destroyers that accompanied them will enter the yard at Tacoma. Light Cruiser Tromp is entering the shipyard at Brisbane for extensive repairs.

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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The Empire is suffering severe supply problems at their most forward location. It won't be enough to stop them, though.
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Ground combat at Patung (81,46)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 38363 troops, 283 guns, 27 vehicles, Assault Value = 1015

Defending force 20071 troops, 140 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 276

Japanese adjusted assault: 149

Allied adjusted defense: 133

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: supply(-)

Japanese ground losses:
642 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 104 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
770 casualties reported
Squads: 26 destroyed, 97 disabled
Non Combat: 19 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 21 (1 destroyed, 20 disabled)

Assaulting units:
58th Infantry Regiment
41st Division
17th/A Division
17th Ind.Mixed Brigade
60th Infantry Brigade
3rd Infantry Regiment
13th/C Division

Defending units:
8th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
45th Chinese Corps
39th Group Army
7th Construction Regiment
8th Construction Regiment


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Ground combat at 73,49 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 4228 troops, 32 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 155

Defending force 15781 troops, 89 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 469

Assaulting units:
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
4th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
50th Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
79th Chinese/B Corps

Despite heavy escort by destroyers (five of them!), penetrates the defensive screen near Karachi. Fortunately she is empty, returning to Aden.
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Sub attack near Karachi at 37,5

Japanese Ships
SS I-9, hits 4

Allied Ships
xAP Lancashire, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Fortune
xAP Devonshire
DD Hotspur
DD Foxhound

SS I-9 launches 2 torpedoes at xAP Lancashire
DD Hotspur fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Foxhound fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hotspur attacking submerged sub ....
DD Foxhound attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hotspur attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hotspur cannot reach attack position over SS I-9
DD Foxhound fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hotspur attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hotspur loses contact with SS I-9
DD Hotspur fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


xAP Lancashire sinks....

In return four aerial hits were reported against Imperial subs around Ndeni.

Another westward movement day for the USN Battle Fleet, then they will turn south to slip off the Imperial search grid in a way hopefully consistent with them moving to Townsville.





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How will you use your CVEs? Offensively or just stack fighters and use for defense?

The CVEs in use now have a fighter squadron (18 planes) plus 1/3 of a dive bomber squadron. Except Long Island, which can only hold the fighter squadron. The new CVEs just working up have their own fighter squadrons plus a (small) torpedo bomber squadron.

So I guess the answer is with attack planes but mostly with fighters. I'm not sure that I would go raiding with them, but they will fight carrier battles along side the fleet CVs if needed.

Is that what you meant?


Yepp!


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