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1943 February 11 - 1/10/2013 3:24:18 AM   
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1943 February 11

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Kirakira
Rennell Island

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


In China the Empire opened a supply route to the IJA units in and just outside of Kungchang, and made one of those funny attacks.
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Ground combat at 79,47 (near Patung)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 732 troops, 0 guns, 133 vehicles, Assault Value = 726

Defending force 34375 troops, 160 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 846

Japanese adjusted assault: 18

Allied adjusted defense: 739

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 41

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

Allied ground losses:
305 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 30 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
6th Division
13th Tank Regiment
17th Tank Regiment
35th Division
104th/A Division

Defending units:
13th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
94th Chinese Corps


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Ground combat at 80,47 (near Patung)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 210 troops, 17 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 791

Defending force 35351 troops, 196 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 597

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

Assaulting units:
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
58th Infantry Regiment
110th Division
13th/C Division
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
2nd Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
13th Group Army


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Ground combat at 80,44 (near Patung)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 4952 troops, 22 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 167

Defending force 1226 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 24

Assaulting units:
60th Infantry Brigade

Defending units:
28th New Chinese Division


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Ground combat at 81,35 (near Lanchow)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 3874 troops, 26 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 456

Defending force 3997 troops, 32 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 121

Japanese adjusted assault: 9

Allied adjusted defense: 136

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 15

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

Japanese ground losses:
162 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
94 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
1st Cavalry Brigade
138th Infantry Regiment
19th/A Division
19th/B Division

Defending units:
72nd Chinese Corps

Rennell Island and Kirakira were both seized per plan. Unfortunately, one CVE TF was spotted by an IJN float plane. Probably from one of the two IJN subs now seen hunting near Arorae. The fleet will continue onward, into a forecast of overcast skies tomorrow. The heavy cruisers will rush ahead to make a bombardment of the island while the carriers and escort carriers will fly bombers against the base. Lexington's and Yorktown's fighters will fly sweep missions against Tarawa as well.

Enterprise is leaving Pearl Harbor. Too late for the invasion she will steak in that direction anyway just in case she is needed for follow up actions.

The quiet Gilberts...





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RE: 1943 February 11 - 1/10/2013 12:02:18 PM   
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I'm about to launch my first serious amphib operation (admittedly I'm playing the AI) so this is great stuff to see. Hopefully I can learn from your stunning success...

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RE: 1943 February 11 - 1/10/2013 2:03:09 PM   
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ORIGINAL: neilm85uk

I'm about to launch my first serious amphib operation (admittedly I'm playing the AI) so this is great stuff to see. Hopefully I can learn from your stunning success...

Welcome and good luck! I hope I have some stunning success to share.

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1943 February 12 - 1/10/2013 4:50:19 PM   
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1943 February 12

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


A pleasant surprise east of Sian. That, an expected expulsion from position of a small unit, and several recon bombardments by the IJA. The IJA have now opened up the supply route on the main road bypassing Chihkiang. Hopefully I can delay the "I'll bite your leg off!" phase as long as possible.
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Ground combat at 85,40 (near Sian)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 17722 troops, 157 guns, 70 vehicles, Assault Value = 501

Defending force 15696 troops, 85 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 421

Japanese adjusted assault: 169

Allied adjusted defense: 555

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3

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

Japanese ground losses:
1633 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 138 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled

Allied ground losses:
716 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 84 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 10 (1 destroyed, 9 disabled)

Assaulting units:
3rd Mobile Infantry Regiment
4th Ind.Mixed Brigade
102nd Infantry Regiment
12th Indpt Infantry Regiment
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
36th Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
34th Group Army
6th Group Army
12th Chinese Base Force


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Ground combat at 80,47 (near Patung)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 210 troops, 17 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 802

Defending force 35391 troops, 195 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 599

Assaulting units:
110th Division
58th Infantry Regiment
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th/C Division
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
2nd Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
13th Group Army


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Ground combat at 79,45 (near Patung)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 6750 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 745

Defending force 17815 troops, 55 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 567

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

Assaulting units:
12th Ind.Mixed Brigade
41st Division
17th/A Division

Defending units:
64th Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
22nd Chinese Corps
11th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Division
10th Group Army
12th Group Army
39th Group Army


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Ground combat at 80,44 (near Patung)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4952 troops, 22 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 167

Defending force 1156 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 22

Japanese adjusted assault: 79

Allied adjusted defense: 10

Japanese assault odds: 7 to 1

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

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

Allied ground losses:
265 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 14 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
60th Infantry Brigade

Defending units:
28th New Chinese Division


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Ground combat at 83,44 (near Ankang)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1434 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 574

Defending force 27138 troops, 148 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 870

Assaulting units:
36th/A Division
15th/B Division
34th/B Division
12th RGC Temp. Division
34th/C Division

Defending units:
55th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
33rd Group Army

Milne Bay and Tulagi were both hit again.

There was no naval bombardment of Tarawa - I should have sent them in both full speed (which they are) and Remain on Station. The air attacks went in successfully enough, although the Imperial fighters got their share of the bombers. A total of 10 x SBD and 8 x TBD were lost along with 3 of their Wildcat protectors. No attacks were received by the fleet. Against that went 6 x Nell, 6 x Zero, 2 x Alf, and 2 x Rufe. The air base seemed to be hit hard, but WILL be bombarded tonight for certain. The fighter sweeps did not go in, at least not separately from the strike.
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Afternoon Air attack on Tarawa , at 136,128

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 30
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 13
F4F-3 Wildcat x 26
F4F-4 Wildcat x 95
SBD-3 Dauntless x 88
TBF-1 Avenger x 96

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 4 destroyed
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed
G3M2 Nell: 3 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3A Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 4 destroyed, 5 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 4 destroyed, 15 damaged

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

Airbase hits 11
Airbase supply hits 12
Runway hits 42

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
2 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
2 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
5 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
17 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x F4F-4 Wildcat sweeping at 10000 feet
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
17 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
14 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x F4F-4 Wildcat sweeping at 10000 feet
9 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x F4F-4 Wildcat sweeping at 10000 feet
10 x F4F-4 Wildcat sweeping at 10000 feet
9 x F4F-3 Wildcat sweeping at 10000 feet
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
12 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
8 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
8 x F4F-4 Wildcat sweeping at 10000 feet
4 x F4F-3A Wildcat sweeping at 15000 feet
6 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
2 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
8 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
201 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 21 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
802 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes

A slight change in plan; D-Day for Abemama is tomorrow. Tomorrow is still D-1 for Tarawa. Most of the fleet will position itself 40nm SE Tarawa. The heavy cruisers will be at Tarawa after making a high-speed run during the night. The TF took position 9 hexes from Tarawa, only advancing 3 hexes today. That is in line with the code setting up for a high-speed run into a nighttime bombardment, as I should have realized. Still, after the air attack Tarawa air base shows as 33% damaged, enough to close down offensive operations. No air attacks on the base tomorrow. Fresh air groups will be needed if an IJN KB responds. Mine sweepers should begin doing their work tomorrow.

The passage below Rabaul has just been mined today. The USA 43rd ID, prepped for Nauru, is loading on transports for passage to the forward areas. USMC paratroopers continue dropping on Rennell Island and Kirakira. Tomorrow 3 x APD will make each island to unload supplies. As Tulagi is shut down, Munda is the nearest Japanese air base. The area will be covered by rain (with overcast at Munda), so the bombers will take a day off. Three subs are northwest and west of Ndeni, possibly guarding against movement toward the Solomons to follow up on the para landings. A SeaBee unit was delivered to Vaitupu to speed construction of that air base. Vaitupu will help form a chain of short distance hops to and through the Gilberts so that squadrons of small aircraft can deploy forward more easily.

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RE: 1943 February 12 - 1/10/2013 7:10:12 PM   
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1943 February 13 - 1/10/2013 7:45:13 PM   
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Keep them crossed for about two more turns!


1943 February 13

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Abemama

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Abemama

This is always a good omen:
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Sub vs Sub: SS Perch attacking SS I-4 at 97,159 - near Brisbane

Japanese Ships
SS I-4, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Perch

SS Perch launches 2 torpedoes at 1,000 yards

The IJA forces in the north (near Kungchang) are getting supply flow, but they are still low enough to show a (-).
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Ground combat at 79,45 (near Patung)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 23586 troops, 176 guns, 26 vehicles, Assault Value = 746

Defending force 16834 troops, 55 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 511

Japanese adjusted assault: 480

Allied adjusted defense: 359

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
771 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 74 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1079 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 60 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled

Assaulting units:
12th Ind.Mixed Brigade
41st Division
17th/A Division

Defending units:
11th Chinese Corps
64th Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
22nd Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Division
10th Group Army
12th Group Army
39th Group Army


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Ground combat at 79,44 (near Chungking)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 6453 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 178

Defending force 7525 troops, 43 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 166

Japanese adjusted assault: 153

Allied adjusted defense: 91

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
427 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 32 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
319 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 51 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
17th Ind.Mixed Brigade

Defending units:
60th Chinese Corps


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Ground combat at 78,47 (near Chungking)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 12107 troops, 98 guns, 36 vehicles, Assault Value = 750

Defending force 32024 troops, 122 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1049

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

Assaulting units:
39th Division
37th Division

Defending units:
52nd Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
129th Red Chinese Division
44th Chinese Corps
69th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese/A Corps


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Ground combat at 81,35 (near Lanchow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 15121 troops, 137 guns, 73 vehicles, Assault Value = 453

Defending force 3752 troops, 32 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 103

Japanese adjusted assault: 125

Allied adjusted defense: 16

Japanese assault odds: 7 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
201 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1440 casualties reported
Squads: 38 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 18 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (3 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
19th/A Division
1st Cavalry Brigade
138th Infantry Regiment
19th/B Division

Defending units:
72nd Chinese Corps


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Ground combat at 83,44 (near Ankang)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1434 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 576

Defending force 27154 troops, 148 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 870

Assaulting units:
12th RGC Temp. Division
36th/A Division
34th/B Division
15th/B Division
34th/C Division

Defending units:
59th Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
33rd Group Army

A bit of success with our diversion on the Burma frontier. There is now a second IJA unit to oppose the river crossing near Kalemyo! Our units will no longer make a crossing there but will continue to demonstrate as though moving in that direction. Meanwhile the forces of Operation Wedge make progress moving through the jungle the long way.

The mine field below Rabaul has been cleared, but apparently the mine field at Rabaul has yet to be found. There are three subs seen closing on the landing sites, but no indication of carriers. There is an unidentified radio source 160nm NW Roi-Namur. The USN heavy cruisers hit Tarawa with quite a lot of well placed 8 inch ordnance.
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Night Naval bombardment of Tarawa at 136,128

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
E7K2 Alf: 2 damaged
E7K2 Alf: 1 destroyed on ground
A6M2 Zero: 29 damaged
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed on ground
H6K4 Mavis: 19 damaged
H6K4 Mavis: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
CA Wichita
CA Quincy
CA San Francisco
CA Astoria
CA Pensacola
CA Chester
CA Northampton
CA Portland

Japanese ground losses:
641 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 19 destroyed, 38 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 3 disabled

Airbase hits 8
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 27
Port hits 19
Port supply hits 10

CA Wichita firing at Tarawa
CA Quincy firing at Tarawa
CA San Francisco firing at Tarawa
CA Astoria firing at Tarawa
CA Pensacola firing at Tarawa
CA Chester firing at Tarawa
SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Northampton
CA Northampton firing at Tarawa
CA Portland firing at Tarawa

Tarawa shows damage of 45% to the airfield and 27% to the port. Only a few planes are in evidence. The 3 x slow battleships will bombard tomorrow, in support of the landing. The heavy cruisers will make for Canton Island where a replenishment station has been set up. Most cruisers used up almost all of their main gun ammo and some of their 5 inch, a couple used up about half. Spotted troops on Tarawa is 6,920 and 18 guns. No AFV.

Abemama was seized and airfield building will begin right away. Tomorrow the base forces & engineers will land and get busy themselves. A PBY group is moving to Abemama and will commence search operations tomorrow.





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1943 February 14 - 1/11/2013 12:20:19 AM   
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1943 February 14

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Tarawa

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Tarawa

Another battle in China went our way.
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Ground combat at 80,47 (near Patung)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 40590 troops, 304 guns, 16 vehicles, Assault Value = 1189

Defending force 35578 troops, 196 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 601

Japanese adjusted assault: 782

Allied adjusted defense: 1357

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
1562 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 240 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 30 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1178 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 71 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Assaulting units:
8th Ind.Mixed Brigade
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
110th Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
58th Infantry Regiment
13th/C Division
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
71st Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
13th Group Army

Tarawa went well, the only downside being that the base is trashed. Repairs begin at once.
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Ground combat at Tarawa (136,128)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 3175 troops, 24 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 100

Defending force 13277 troops, 190 guns, 174 vehicles, Assault Value = 394

Japanese ground losses:
292 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (4 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Assaulting units:
44th Naval Guard Unit
53rd Naval Guard Unit
13th Air Flotilla

Defending units:
40th Infantry Division
134th Cmbt Engineer Battalion
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion


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Ground combat at Tarawa (136,128)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 12171 troops, 186 guns, 124 vehicles, Assault Value = 394

Defending force 3745 troops, 21 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 74

Allied adjusted assault: 286

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 286 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Tarawa !!!

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 11 destroyed
H6K4 Mavis: 2 destroyed
G3M2 Nell: 3 destroyed
H8K1 Emily: 1 destroyed

Combat modifiers
Defender: forts(+), disruption(-), fatigue(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
5430 casualties reported
Squads: 143 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 226 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 24 (24 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 2

Allied ground losses:
80 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 20 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
40th Infantry Division
134th Cmbt Engineer Battalion
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion

Defending units:
44th Naval Guard Unit
53rd Naval Guard Unit
13th Air Flotilla

One IJN subs fired two torpedoes at Hornet, but missed. Other subs attacked the landing forces but also missed.

Meanwhile, the IJN took advantage of the known location of major USN units. This force was not seen coming. There was a search report yesterday of a small TF of a PB and 3 x AS just north of Munda. The submarine tenders turned out to be battleships!
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Day Time Surface Combat, near Ndeni at 120,143, Range 18,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo, Shell hits 4
BB Haruna
BB Kirishima
DD Makinami, Shell hits 4, on fire
DD Onami, Shell hits 2
DD Samidare, Shell hits 3, on fire

Allied Ships
CL Java, Shell hits 6, on fire, heavy damage
CL Sumatra, Shell hits 13, and is sunk
DD Piet Hein, Shell hits 2
DD Kortenaer, Shell hits 4
DD Evertsen, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Witte de With
DD Van Nes, Shell hits 1
DD Banckert, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Van Ghent, Shell hits 1, on fire

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 18,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 18,000 yards
De Walt S. crosses the 'T'
BB Kongo engages CL Sumatra at 18,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Banckert at 18,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Van Nes at 18,000 yards
DD Evertsen engages DD Samidare at 18,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Kortenaer at 18,000 yards
DD Piet Hein engages DD Samidare at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages CL Sumatra at 11,000 yards
BB Haruna engages CL Sumatra at 11,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Banckert at 11,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Witte de With at 11,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Evertsen at 11,000 yards
DD Piet Hein engages DD Samidare at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages CL Sumatra at 5,000 yards
BB Kongo engages DD Van Ghent at 5,000 yards
DD Banckert engages DD Samidare at 5,000 yards
DD Piet Hein engages DD Onami at 5,000 yards
DD Witte de With engages DD Samidare at 5,000 yards
DD Evertsen engages DD Samidare at 5,000 yards
DD Kortenaer engages DD Samidare at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages CL Java at 11,000 yards
BB Haruna engages CL Sumatra at 11,000 yards
BB Kongo engages CL Sumatra at 11,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Banckert at 11,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Evertsen at 11,000 yards
DD Evertsen engages DD Onami at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
BB Kongo engages CL Sumatra at 13,000 yards
BB Haruna engages CL Java at 13,000 yards
BB Kongo engages DD Van Nes at 13,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Banckert at 13,000 yards
DD Van Nes engages DD Samidare at 13,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Witte de With at 13,000 yards
DD Evertsen engages DD Onami at 13,000 yards
BB Kongo engages DD Kortenaer at 13,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Piet Hein at 13,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards
CL Sumatra engages DD Onami at 12,000 yards
BB Haruna engages CL Java at 12,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Van Ghent at 12,000 yards
DD Banckert engages DD Samidare at 12,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Piet Hein at 12,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Witte de With at 12,000 yards
DD Evertsen engages DD Samidare at 12,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Kortenaer at 12,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Piet Hein at 12,000 yards
BB Kongo engages CL Sumatra at 12,000 yards
CL Java engages DD Makinami at 12,000 yards
CL Sumatra sunk by BB Kongo at 12,000 yards
DD Banckert engages DD Samidare at 12,000 yards
DD Van Nes engages DD Onami at 12,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Kortenaer at 12,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Evertsen at 12,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Kortenaer at 12,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Piet Hein at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages CL Java at 8,000 yards
DD Van Ghent engages DD Makinami at 8,000 yards
BB Kongo engages CL Java at 8,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Witte de With at 8,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Witte de With at 8,000 yards
DD Evertsen engages DD Makinami at 8,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Kortenaer at 8,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Piet Hein at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
CL Java engages DD Makinami at 6,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Van Ghent at 6,000 yards
BB Kongo engages DD Van Ghent at 6,000 yards
DD Evertsen engages DD Samidare at 6,000 yards
DD Witte de With engages DD Onami at 6,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Kortenaer at 6,000 yards
DD Piet Hein engages DD Samidare at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages CL Java at 9,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Van Ghent at 9,000 yards
DD Banckert engages DD Samidare at 9,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Piet Hein at 9,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Kortenaer at 9,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Van Nes at 9,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Kortenaer at 9,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Piet Hein at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages CL Java at 11,000 yards
BB Haruna engages CL Java at 11,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Banckert at 11,000 yards
DD Van Nes engages DD Onami at 11,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Banckert at 11,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Evertsen at 11,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Kortenaer at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 14,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages CL Java at 14,000 yards
DD Banckert engages DD Onami at 14,000 yards
DD Van Nes engages DD Makinami at 14,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Witte de With at 14,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Witte de With at 14,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Kortenaer at 14,000 yards
DD Piet Hein engages DD Makinami at 14,000 yards
Range increases to 18,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages CL Java at 18,000 yards
BB Haruna engages DD Piet Hein at 18,000 yards
BB Kongo engages CL Java at 18,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Van Nes at 18,000 yards
DD Kortenaer engages DD Onami at 18,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Piet Hein at 18,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Kortenaer at 18,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Piet Hein at 18,000 yards
Range increases to 23,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages CL Java at 23,000 yards
BB Kongo engages DD Van Ghent at 23,000 yards
BB Haruna engages DD Banckert at 23,000 yards
BB Haruna engages DD Van Nes at 23,000 yards
BB Haruna engages DD Kortenaer at 23,000 yards
BB Kongo engages DD Piet Hein at 23,000 yards
Range increases to 29,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages CL Java at 29,000 yards
BB Haruna engages CL Java at 29,000 yards
BB Kongo engages DD Van Nes at 29,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages DD Kortenaer at 29,000 yards
BB Haruna engages DD Piet Hein at 29,000 yards
De Walt S. orders Allied TF to disengage
Task forces break off...


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Ndeni at 120,143, Range 18,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo
BB Haruna
BB Kirishima
DD Makinami, on fire
DD Onami
DD Samidare, on fire

Allied Ships
AM Ipswitch, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
TK Paula, Shell hits 6, and is sunk

Japanese Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Allied TF begins to get underway
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 18,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages TK Paula at 16,000 yards
TK Paula sunk by BB Kongo at 16,000 yards
DD Onami engages AM Ipswitch at 16,000 yards
Range closes to 13,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages AM Ipswitch at 13,000 yards
AM Ipswitch sunk by BB Kongo at 13,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...


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TF 430 encounters mine field at Ndeni (120,143)

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo, Mine hits 1



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ndeni at 120,143

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 5 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 4
P-40E Warhawk x 12
P-40K Warhawk x 17
TBF-1 Avenger x 9

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo
BB Haruna

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ndeni at 120,143

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 12
P-40E Warhawk x 12
F4F-3 Wildcat x 14
SBC-4 Helldiver x 18

Allied aircraft losses
SBC-4 Helldiver: 2 damaged
SBC-4 Helldiver: 2 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo
BB Haruna
BB Kirishima

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x SBC-4 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
1 x SBC-4 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBC-4 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ndeni at 120,143

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 8
P-40E Warhawk x 14
SBD-2 Dauntless x 27

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-2 Dauntless: 4 damaged
SBD-2 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Kirishima, Bomb hits 1
BB Haruna
BB Kongo, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
10 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 4000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
3 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ndeni at 120,143

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 14
P-40E Warhawk x 6
P-40K Warhawk x 17
TBF-1 Avenger x 9

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
BB Kirishima, Bomb hits 1
BB Haruna, Bomb hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ndeni at 120,143

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 8
P-40E Warhawk x 8
F4F-3 Wildcat x 14
SBC-4 Helldiver x 12

Allied aircraft losses
SBC-4 Helldiver: 3 damaged
SBC-4 Helldiver: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Kirishima, Bomb hits 1
BB Kongo, Bomb hits 1
BB Haruna

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x SBC-4 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
7 x SBC-4 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBC-4 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ndeni at 120,143

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 12
P-40E Warhawk x 12
SBD-2 Dauntless x 9

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-2 Dauntless: 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Kirishima
BB Kongo

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb



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Day Time Surface Combat, near Ndeni at 120,143, Range 20,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo
BB Haruna
BB Kirishima
DD Makinami
DD Onami
DD Samidare

Allied Ships
PT-36
PT-37
PT-38
PT-39
PT-40
PT-43
PT-44
PT-45
PT-46
PT-47
PT-48
PT-59, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 20,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
BB Kongo engages PT-37 at 20,000 yards
BB Kongo engages PT-36 at 20,000 yards
PT-59 sunk by BB Kongo at 20,000 yards
BB Kongo engages PT-43 at 20,000 yards
BB Kongo engages PT-40 at 20,000 yards
Searles, J. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range closes to 19,000 yards
DD Samidare engages PT-48 at 19,000 yards
DD Makinami engages PT-48 at 19,000 yards
BB Kongo engages PT-40 at 19,000 yards
BB Kongo engages PT-37 at 19,000 yards
Range increases to 21,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages PT-48 at 21,000 yards
BB Haruna engages PT-48 at 21,000 yards
BB Haruna engages PT-39 at 21,000 yards
BB Haruna engages PT-37 at 21,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages PT-36 at 21,000 yards
Tanaka, Raizo orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 25,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages PT-48 at 25,000 yards
BB Haruna engages PT-47 at 25,000 yards
BB Haruna engages PT-36 at 25,000 yards
Task forces break off...

The Imperial battle wagons are still at Ndeni! At least Kongo should be slowed down by hitting that mine. Two separate TF, one with 2 x CL + 1 x DE and one with 2 x CA + 1 x DD are ordered from Luganville to Ndeni. One CL and both CA have torpedoes, and combined with the Dutch DD still at Ndeni they might get some hits in during a night battle. The TB group has moved from Luganville to Vanua Lava to get closer, but Ndeni is too close as it might get whumped.

Here is a look at the Intel screen. We just edged past the Empire in points for bases, and they are down to an even 500 bases held. That number might go up due to the situation in China.





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RE: 1943 February 14 - 1/11/2013 4:08:03 AM   
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That TF of Kongo BBs must have been on a bombardment mission when they used up their ops points tangling with the Dutch TF. That's the only reason I can think of for them to remain there, especially after hitting a mine. They will likely bombard tonight and head for Rabaul or Truk.

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RE: 1943 February 14 - 1/11/2013 4:52:50 AM   
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Quite a wild and woolly turn with me attacking in one place and he in another. I was a bit surprised to see them still there. I would have to go back to a save to really be sure, but they might have been more than one phase away at full speed. Maybe he counted on bombarding (thus closing Ndeni) and then getting far enough away to escape bombers from the airfields farther back. Or, they were just going in to kill ships and rush back out. Either way it didn't quite work. I figure on a bombardment tonight, but Kongo should be slow and might be within range or even keep them all within range. The long range level bombers (2E & 4E) could get lucky and score some annoying hits, but the crews are not trained up in naval attack. We have plenty of subs out patrolling, and two of their DD escorts got hurt and will not operate at 100%.

I've decided to lift the division out of Tarawa right away, and so have two Marine Defense Bns and a USA infantry Bn being picked up to bolster the combat engineers who will remain with the base forces. The convoy will need one or two more days to finish unloading supplies before it can load up the division. The amphibious tractor unit will remain until the reinforcements have arrived to facilitate unloading, then move out for the next assignment.

I used some extra AP to load the division, but I would have preferred more. It seems that including the amphibious tractor Bn was the right move. I'm convinced that it helped get the entire division unloaded in just the one day. Remember these are only AP, not APA.



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1943 February 15 - 1/11/2013 8:49:55 PM   
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1943 February 15

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


No ground combat in China. Lanchow is again invested as two Imperial formations moved in from the SE (between Lanchow and Kungchang).

Discretion being the batter part of valor, the Imperial battle wagons were withdrawing from Ndeni when the only force to catch them, four destroyers already fairly to mostly beat up, made their attack. Heavy fire kept the Dutch from reaching torpedo launch range.
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Ndeni at 120,143, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, Shell hits 1
BB Kirishima
DD Makinami
DD Onami, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
DD Piet Hein
DD Kortenaer
DD Evertsen
DD Van Ghent, Shell hits 1, on fire

Improved night sighting under 82% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 82% moonlight: 12,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 12,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 12,000 yards
De Walt S. crosses the 'T'
DD Onami engages DD Evertsen at 12,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages DD Van Ghent at 12,000 yards
BB Haruna engages DD Van Ghent at 12,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Piet Hein at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
BB Haruna engages DD Van Ghent at 11,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Kortenaer at 11,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Piet Hein at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Van Ghent at 12,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Kortenaer at 12,000 yards
DD Piet Hein engages DD Onami at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
DD Evertsen engages DD Onami at 11,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Kortenaer at 11,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Piet Hein at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Van Ghent at 10,000 yards
BB Haruna engages DD Evertsen at 10,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Kortenaer at 10,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD Van Ghent at 10,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages DD Van Ghent at 10,000 yards
DD Onami engages DD Evertsen at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
BB Haruna engages DD Van Ghent at 8,000 yards
Task forces break off...

Next up was S-41, waiting in ambush along the egress route. Persistent S-41.
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Sub attack near Stewart Island at 117,139

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo
DD Samidare

Allied Ships
SS S-41

SS S-41 launches 4 torpedoes at BB Kongo
S-41 diving deep ....
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...
DD Samidare fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Stewart Island at 117,139

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo, Torpedo hits 2
DD Samidare

Allied Ships
SS S-41

SS S-41 launches 4 torpedoes at BB Kongo
S-41 diving deep ....
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...
DD Samidare fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

Scouting reports make it seem that a TF of 2 ships is 80nm N Tulagi. That could be Kongo and an escort. Spotted at Shortlands is a TF composed of 1 x SC, 1 x MTB, 2 x AS. In other words, the other 2 battleships.

The fleet SE Tarawa evaded submarine attacks and gave some hits in return. Tarawa itself now has a fully operational airfield and service damage is being worked on (R-S-P: 0-71-49). The first squadron to base there, USMC dive bombers, has arrived. The first operational Corsair squadron in en route on an AKV. Unloading is proceeding at a good clip from the amphibious forces, but is somewhat hampered by the damaged port. Tomorrow or the day after the division will begin loading. In about two days Enterprise will join the other fleet carriers.

The heavy cruisers have replenished at Canton Island and are making for Tabiteuea where they will endeavor to render the same devastating assistance to that invasion.

The 9th Australian Division is leaving Karachi for Chittagong. They will join the push inland from the coast when Operation Wedge is revealed.

There was a running air battle on the Burma-India border as a large Imperial air armada tried to ambush the 4EB that have been slamming their troops guarding the river. They did succeed in taking down 2 x B-24 and causing 1 x B-17 ops loss, but the P-40K sweepers made them pay dearly for it. These battles are closer to our fighter bases and farther away from the Empire's fighters bases than will be the case when Operation Wedge is revealed with the bombing of Imperial forces entrenched in the jungle across from Akyab.
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Morning Air attack on Tanaka , at 60,42 , near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 24
A6M5 Zero x 2
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 29
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 8

Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 7 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 2 destroyed

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 12 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
202 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 12 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
24th Sentai/C with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
11th Sentai/B with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 24000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
11th Sentai/C with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 29000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
202 Ku S-1 Det B with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
21st Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 8 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
25th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 8 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
50th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Raid is overhead
77th Sentai Det A with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 19000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on Tanaka , at 60,42 , near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 27 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
A6M5 Zero x 2
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 21
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 6

Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 2 destroyed

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 143 minutes
202 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
24th Sentai/C with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Raid is overhead
11th Sentai/C with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 29000 , scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
202 Ku S-1 Det B with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Raid is overhead
21st Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
25th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
50th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 101 minutes
77th Sentai Det A with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 19000 , scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes



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Morning Air attack on 113th Infantry Regiment, at 60,42 , near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3
A6M5 Zero x 2
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 11
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 6

Allied aircraft
B-17F Fortress x 12
B-24D Liberator x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17F Fortress: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
202 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 61 minutes
11th Sentai/C with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 29000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 124 minutes
202 Ku S-1 Det B with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
21st Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
25th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 129 minutes
50th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters to 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
77th Sentai Det A with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 19000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on Tanaka , at 60,42 , near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 2 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 1
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 4
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 1

Allied aircraft
B-17F Fortress x 12

No Japanese losses

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
49 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
11th Sentai/C with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 29000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
21st Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 256 minutes
25th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
50th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 311 minutes






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RE: 1943 February 15 - 1/11/2013 8:53:17 PM   
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Nice work!

Kongo will certainly be in the yard for some time! Corsairs will be nice too! I found them to do better on the offensive then on the defensive. However you use them they are a blessing. Superior to anything else on map at this time, Jap or Allied!

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RE: 1943 February 15 - 1/12/2013 2:22:37 AM   
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Thanks!

The Corsairs I plan to use on the offensive when I get into the Solomons. I have no immediate plans for the Marshalls, so the unit en route to Abemama/Tarawa might be more for show. I suppose that might have a small chance of providing some degree of misdirection about the next primary axis of advance in the Pacific. But until the drop tanks are produced for that model I don't think they can reach the nearest >1 Imperial airfield.

For sure I plan to grab Nauru and Ocean Island before any thought about the Marshalls.

We have more subs along her path, so Kongo might yet sleep with the fishes!

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RE: 1943 February 15 - 1/12/2013 3:17:44 AM   
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We have more subs along her path, so Kongo might yet sleep with the fishes!

IRL Kongo was sunk by a mere two torp hits. Your in-game Kongo also had a mine hit. Unless it finds safe harbour soon it is in dire straits. Still, your sub skippers need the practice!

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RE: 1943 February 15 - 1/12/2013 3:25:17 PM   
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BBFanboy called it right...Tarawa was a push over.  Of course a lot of that was your careful planning and execution of the invasion.  Well  done.

Also, I agree that BC Kongo may not make it home.  If both torps from S-41 did actual hit the vessel, that along with the mine hit, 2 1000# bombs and 4 shell hits (against the Dutch) may do her in.  She is not the stoutest of capital ships.

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1943 February 16 - 1/12/2013 11:51:32 PM   
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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Marching and Imperial air attacks in China. In the Gilberts we lost a DD but claim a sub in return. Tarawa base is completely operational and expansion of the airfield is underway. We get long range recon of Shortlands and find 2 ships in port - let's say Kongo and her escort - and a TF of 2 x SC and 2 x AS. Let's call those the other Kongo class battleships.

Here is a look at Burma. The main actors in Operation Wedge are working their way through the jungle. Soon several regiments will begin moving into northern Burma, either a little behind or on pace with the main advance.





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1943 February 17 - 1/14/2013 4:54:32 AM   
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1943 February 17

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Two attacks in China.
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Ground combat at 77,49 (near Chihkiang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 6722 troops, 38 guns, 71 vehicles, Assault Value = 207

Defending force 28548 troops, 194 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 547

Japanese adjusted assault: 39

Allied adjusted defense: 339

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 8

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

Japanese ground losses:
215 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 28 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
122 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 20 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
51st Infantry Brigade
15th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
10th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
20th Group Army
29th Group Army
30th Group Army
23rd Group Army
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
7th Artillery Regiment
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment


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Ground combat at 80,47 (near Patung)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 34772 troops, 268 guns, 22 vehicles, Assault Value = 964

Defending force 34708 troops, 194 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 504

Japanese adjusted assault: 592

Allied adjusted defense: 763

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
1818 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 90 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1246 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 73 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 38 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 13 (2 destroyed, 11 disabled)

Assaulting units:
110th Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
8th Ind.Mixed Brigade
8th Ind Engineer Regiment
58th Infantry Regiment
13th/C Division
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
18th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
13th Group Army


A Glen was shot down over Bombay. We lost an AM on ASW duty near Ndeni. At Tarawa an IJN sub was hit by an SBD. A portion of the Australian 2/7 Commando Bn (parachute capable) leaves under cover of darkness tonight from Normanton aboard Narwhal and Nautilus to seize Gove. Argonaut will follow with another contingent but a second run by all three subs will be needed. C-47 transports are standing by to drop supplies. Now a third Imperial unit has appeared in the jungle across the river from the two demonstrating regiments in Burma. In two days they will cease moving and head south past Kalemyo along the same side of the river. In their place two battalions will take up their positions and continue the demonstration so that the unit count is the same.

Tabiteuea suddenly scouts as empty, so it is possible that the Imperial forces have been air lifted and or sea lifted out. Tomorrow is D-1. If recon shows an empty island the bombardment will be canceled.

Lexington, Yorktown, and Hornet are heading to Pearl Harbor along with a number of cruisers and destroyers to undergo refit. Some additional destroyers will accompany them simply due to maintenance needs. The rest of the fleet will remain in the Gilberts until the movement of ground forces in completed to provide cover from raids. With two fleet carriers and nine escort carriers, they will not accept a major carrier engagement.

There is a TF of 6 ships including a CM heading east from the Solomons.





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RE: 1943 February 17 - 1/14/2013 8:19:34 PM   
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You are certainly gaining momentum! I wish I was doing half as good as you are!

How are the naval losses for both sides at this point?

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RE: 1943 February 17 - 1/14/2013 8:25:20 PM   
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Very strange attacks in China. why is he keeping on attacking against those horrible odds?

Have you reconned the jungle hexes in Burma south of Kalemyo? Are they really empty?

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RE: 1943 February 17 - 1/14/2013 8:40:07 PM   
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You are certainly gaining momentum! I wish I was doing half as good as you are!

How are the naval losses for both sides at this point?

This one from post #817 should still be really close. I can pull ships by type or something from Tracker.




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RE: 1943 February 17 - 1/14/2013 8:50:31 PM   
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Very strange attacks in China. why is he keeping on attacking against those horrible odds?

Have you reconned the jungle hexes in Burma south of Kalemyo? Are they really empty?

Well, there are two things. First I think that many of the really strange attacks are being made by only armored units in the hex. The infantry mostly just protect the armor until things break.

In other cases where the infantry is involved I think he is trying to break through and is willing to accept some level of losses to do so. Sometimes my guys do OK but on the whole that's working pretty well for him. Of late there are signs of the Allies holding the line, but then he brings in more troops at the points he is trying to force and the equation changes.

I'm not certain that those hexes directly SW of Kalemyo (where the two regiments will soon begin advancing) are empty, but they are secondary anyway. It's the next diagonal hex row, to the left of Kalemyo, that is important. And those hexes are all adjacent to Allied units for some time now so I know they are empty. Once my units in that hex row are spotted it will be the job of the air forces to slow down Imperial troops enough that our boys can win the race. Also, if the troops in-hex with the Australian division and the ones across from Akyab do begin moving, they lose their fortification bonus. They are the targets.

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RE: 1943 February 17 - 1/15/2013 3:42:56 PM   
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Wow. You are already close to even in ship losses! Don´t know if you have posted any screens of the capital ship losses. If not I would certainly be interested in seeing one!

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1943 February 18 - 1/15/2013 4:34:50 PM   
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I'll work on one.


1943 February 18

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Imperial advances near Chungking.
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Ground combat at 72,49 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1524 troops, 0 guns, 277 vehicles, Assault Value = 587

Defending force 27554 troops, 177 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 838

Japanese adjusted assault: 54

Allied adjusted defense: 1163

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 21

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

Allied ground losses:
489 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 87 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

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

Defending units:
14th Chinese Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
25th Chinese Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
79th Chinese/A Corps
4th Construction Regiment
1st Construction Regiment
6th Construction Regiment


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Ground combat at 79,45 (near Patung)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 23262 troops, 176 guns, 26 vehicles, Assault Value = 712

Defending force 14293 troops, 50 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 333

Japanese adjusted assault: 519

Allied adjusted defense: 87

Japanese assault odds: 5 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
678 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 91 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
4463 casualties reported
Squads: 155 destroyed, 64 disabled
Non Combat: 133 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 6 (4 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 8

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
41st Division
12th Ind.Mixed Brigade
17th/A Division

Defending units:
22nd Chinese Corps
64th Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
11th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Division
12th Group Army
10th Group Army
39th Group Army

A tale of two subs. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
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Submarine attack near Milne Bay at 101,133

Japanese Ships
xAKL Heiwa Maru, Shell hits 40, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Sealion, hits 1

xAKL Heiwa Maru is sighted by SS Sealion
SS Sealion attacking on the surface


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Sub attack near Bombay at 35,23

Japanese Ships
SS I-9, hits 26, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Napier
DD Tjerk Hiddes
DD Norman
DD Nizam

SS I-9 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Napier
I-9 bottoming out ....
DD Tjerk Hiddes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Norman attacking submerged sub ....
DD Tjerk Hiddes attacking submerged sub ....
DD Norman fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Tjerk Hiddes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Norman fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Tjerk Hiddes attacking submerged sub ....
DD Tjerk Hiddes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Tjerk Hiddes attacking submerged sub ....
SS I-9 forced to surface!
DD Nizam firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Norman firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Nizam firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Nizam firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Nizam firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Norman firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Nizam firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Norman firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Nizam firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Tjerk Hiddes firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Norman firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Nizam firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves

Tabiteuea still looks empty, so no bombardment. The troops go ashore tomorrow. The fleet will cover, as there will be no transports/merchants near Tarawa or Abemama. But in three days the Corsairs will be unloaded at Abemama (which just built port size 1) and a merchant convoy with supplies will arrive the same day. And the day before (in two days) a USMC Def Bn will arrive at Tarawa.

Here is a look at the desperate situation in China. The mouse-over you see is of the hex with the armor-only assault of today. 13 hexes from Ledo. No anti-aircraft guns noted. All 4EB squadrons (3 x B-17E, 2 x B-17F, 1 x B24D, 2 x Liberator II) and all B-25 and Wellington squadrons (4 x B-25C and 3 x Wellington Ic) have transferred to Ledo. Rain is predicted tomorrow and they will rest. The day after, regardless of weather, they will make a 5,000ft attack on those tank formations. Most likely only the one day as the risk to the bombers based at Ledo is too great to stay.





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1943 February 19 - 1/15/2013 7:43:16 PM   
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1943 February 19

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Tabiteuea
Gove

Quiet on the ground in China. Tomorrows forecast is "Overcast" but the strike is ordered.

We lost an AM on ASW near Tarawa. Calling off the bombardment at Tabiteuea was an error as the recon reports were wrong!
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Ground combat at Tabiteuea (137,134)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 873 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 50

Defending force 1745 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 56

Allied adjusted assault: 16

Japanese adjusted defense: 98

Allied assault odds: 1 to 6 (fort level 3)

Combat modifiers
Defender: forts(+), leaders(+), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
213 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 28 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
85 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd Marine Raider Battalion
110th Cmbt Engineer Battalion

Defending units:
18th Naval Guard Unit

The bottom line appears to be that our troops were better and at least aided to some degree by naval gunfire. They are in good shape but disrupted and will wait a couple of days before beginning to advance on the base.

Tarawa has been mined with 200 x Mk 6 mines. One USMC Def Bn should begin landing tomorrow, and so most of the Battle Fleet is moving to cover.

The defenders appear to outnumber our troops on Tabiteuea, but they don't stand a chance.





Edit to Add: Our Commandos probably land at Gove this day but I can not find mention of it in any reports. Gove was occupied the following day.

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1943 February 20

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Gove

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Tabiteuea

More progress for the Empire in China. Chihkiang is doomed, and the troops nearby will be lucky to get out semi-intact. With Chihkiang and the positions around it, Tuyun and Kweiyang are more likely to fall.
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Ground combat at 78,49 (near Chihkiang)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 384 troops, 0 guns, 71 vehicles, Assault Value = 374

Defending force 47144 troops, 141 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1251

Japanese adjusted assault: 16

Allied adjusted defense: 3133

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 195

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

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 24 (1 destroyed, 23 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
60 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
22nd/B Division
12th Tank Regiment
51st Engineer Regiment
15th/A Division

Defending units:
73rd Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
20th Chinese Corps
65th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese/C Corps
6th War Area
19th Group Army
9th War Area
32nd Group Army


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Ground combat at 77,49 (near Chihkiang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 26432 troops, 151 guns, 70 vehicles, Assault Value = 802

Defending force 27570 troops, 190 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 484

Japanese adjusted assault: 674

Allied adjusted defense: 101

Japanese assault odds: 6 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
696 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 98 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Allied ground losses:
8964 casualties reported
Squads: 163 destroyed, 62 disabled
Non Combat: 476 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 17 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 34 (30 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Units retreated 11

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
61st Infantry Brigade
51st Infantry Brigade
57th Infantry Brigade
15th Tank Regiment
2nd Ind.Mixed Brigade

Defending units:
53rd Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
7th Artillery Regiment
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
30th Group Army
29th Group Army
20th Group Army
23rd Group Army
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment

The air attacks went well, but in spite of many other types of casualties noted, there were no vehicle casualties.
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Morning Air attack on 104th/B Division, at 72,49 , near Kweiyang

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 3
Wellington Ic x 15
B-17F Fortress x 6
B-24D Liberator x 10

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 1 damaged
B-17F Fortress: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
168 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet *
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet *
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Liberator II bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 5th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 9th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 55th Infantry Brigade ...
Also attacking 21st Ind.Mixed Brigade ...
Also attacking 55th Infantry Brigade ...
Also attacking 104th/B Division ...
Also attacking 55th Infantry Brigade ...
Also attacking 104th/B Division ...


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Morning Air attack on 5th Tank Regiment, at 72,49 , near Kweiyang

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 3
Wellington Ic x 4
B-17E Fortress x 14

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
65 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Liberator II bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet *
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 23rd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 104th/B Division ...
Also attacking 55th Infantry Brigade ...
Also attacking 104th/B Division ...


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Morning Air attack on 9th Tank Regiment, at 72,49 , near Kweiyang

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 9
B-17E Fortress x 3

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Liberator II bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 55th Infantry Brigade ...
Also attacking 9th Tank Regiment ...


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Morning Air attack on 55th Infantry Brigade, at 72,49 , near Kweiyang

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 36

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 3rd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 21st Ind.Mixed Brigade ...
Also attacking 104th/B Division ...
Also attacking 55th Infantry Brigade ...
Also attacking 21st Ind.Mixed Brigade ...
Also attacking 55th Infantry Brigade ...
Also attacking 21st Ind.Mixed Brigade ...
Also attacking 55th Infantry Brigade ...
Also attacking 21st Ind.Mixed Brigade ...


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Morning Air attack on 3rd Tank Regiment, at 72,49 , near Kweiyang

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 12

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 21st Ind.Mixed Brigade, at 72,49 , near Kweiyang

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17F Fortress x 8

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
101 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 55th Infantry Brigade, at 72,49 , near Kweiyang

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 8

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
95 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 55th Infantry Brigade, at 72,49 , near Kweiyang

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 3 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 9

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
74 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 55th Infantry Brigade, at 72,49 , near Kweiyang

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 5 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17F Fortress x 9

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
74 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 21st Ind.Mixed Brigade, at 72,49 , near Kweiyang

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 11

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb


Tarpon was hit twice south of Rabaul, but the Allies did better off of Bombay.
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ASW attack near Bombay at 34,24

Japanese Ships
SS I-157, hits 26, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DE Encounter
DE Express

SS I-157 is located by DE Encounter
I-157 bottoming out ....
DE Express fails to find sub, continues to search...
DE Express attacking submerged sub ....
DE Express attacking submerged sub ....
SS I-157 eludes DE Express by hugging bottom
SS I-157 eludes DE Express by hugging bottom
DE Express fails to find sub, continues to search...
DE Express fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Bombay at 34,24

Japanese Ships
SS I-158, hits 2

Allied Ships
DE Express

SS I-158 is sighted by escort
DE Express fails to find sub, continues to search...
DE Express attacking submerged sub ....
DE Express loses contact with SS I-158
DE Express is out of ASW ammo
DE Express is out of ASW ammo
DE Express is out of ASW ammo
DE Express fails to find sub, continues to search...
DE Express attacking submerged sub ....
DE Express is out of ASW ammo
DE Express is out of ASW ammo
DE Express is out of ASW ammo
DE Express is out of ASW ammo
DE Express is out of ASW ammo
DE Express is out of ASW ammo
DE Express attacking submerged sub ....
DE Express is out of ASW ammo
DE Express is out of ASW ammo
DE Express is out of ASW ammo
DE Express is out of ASW ammo
DE Express is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

The USMC Raider Bn on Tabiteuea has 19 disruption, higher than I would like, but an attack is ordered for tomorrow anyway. The Combat Eng Bn has only 5 disruption, 3 x CA + 2 x DD will bombard, and 18 x dive bombers from Tarawa will strike. Those factors, plus the revealed inexperience of the Japanese defenders (see (-) from landing day combat) should make the difference.

It looks like CL St Louis and DD Tucker collided while escorting Lexington. The two will separate from the carrier TF and have to make their own way back to Pearl Harbor.

Here is Central China after the latest set back.





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1943 February 21

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:
Tabiteuea

There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:
Tabiteuea

Massive air attacks prior to this overwhelming assault illustrated the old saw that a lion uses all his might to catch a rabbit.
quote:


Ground combat at 79,44 (near Chungking)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18377 troops, 136 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 523

Defending force 6324 troops, 43 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 89

Japanese adjusted assault: 524

Allied adjusted defense: 6

Japanese assault odds: 87 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
130 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
2822 casualties reported
Squads: 58 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 64 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 11 disabled
Guns lost 10 (3 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
17th Ind.Mixed Brigade
41st Division

Defending units:
60th Chinese Corps

Tabiteuea is ours. The naval bombardment was a smashing success even though I had the float planes on day recon and the bombardment happened at night, aborting their use.
quote:


Night Naval bombardment of Tabiteuea at 137,134

Allied Ships
CA Vincennes
CA New Orleans
CA Salt Lake City
DD Hobby
DD Woodworth

Japanese ground losses:
501 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 27 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 26 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Port hits 5

CA Vincennes firing at 18th Naval Guard Unit
CA New Orleans firing at 18th Naval Guard Unit
CA Salt Lake City firing at 18th Naval Guard Unit
DD Hobby firing at Tabiteuea
DD Woodworth firing at Tabiteuea


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ASW attack near Tabiteuea at 137,134

Japanese Ships
SS I-21, hits 7

Allied Ships
DD Hobby

SS I-21 is sighted by escort
I-21 bottoming out ....
DD Hobby fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hobby fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hobby attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hobby fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hobby fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Morning Air attack on 18th Naval Guard Unit, at 137,134 (Tabiteuea)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
SB2U-3 Vindicator x 18

Allied aircraft losses
SB2U-3 Vindicator: 1 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x SB2U-3 Vindicator releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
1 x SB2U-3 Vindicator releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SB2U-3 Vindicator releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb



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Ground combat at Tabiteuea (137,134)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1389 troops, 4 guns, 12 vehicles, Assault Value = 46

Defending force 1179 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 16

Allied adjusted assault: 25

Japanese adjusted defense: 3

Allied assault odds: 8 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Tabiteuea !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: disruption(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
133 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)

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

Assaulting units:
3rd Marine Raider Battalion
110th Cmbt Engineer Battalion

Defending units:
18th Naval Guard Unit

Even the submarine attack failed. There are still believed more than 2,300 Imperial soldiers on the island.

Our brand new mine field just below Rabaul has been found and cleared. However the mine field at Rabaul has yet to be detected.

In spite of this air attack at Abemama being intercepted they still managed to make an attack run on a supply laden Merchant.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Abemama at 136,130

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 3

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M3 Nell: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
xAK Admiral Cole

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 13000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-6 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes

The Corsairs were winched off the AKV in flying condition and transferred immediately to Tarawa.

Lots of little activity going on throughout the Pacific as units, supplies, fuel, support ships and more move around. Just about all the AP are heading to ship yard equipped ports for their conversions to APA. With that, any major invasions will have to wait until they are back at the front, probably early April. The AK are still available as the ones that convert do so in June. Along with the increasing number of LST arriving in theater, perhaps we can pull off something sooner. Here is an overview map.





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OK, as part of stretching my brain to get back into Intel Monkey programming I put together a routine to clean up the Sunk Ships list from Tracker. Presently it is somewhat basic, in that what it does is take the .CSV file that tracker creates (in Tracker you Export a CSV file of the SunkShips list) and makes a .txt file with the columns nicely aligned.

Here is the current sunk ships list from Tracker, so formatted.

Edit to Add: As before, the esiest way to view it is click on the link to the attachment, then click on the file name in the pop up window. The file will come up inside the window which is of course too small. Click on the little square near the upper right corner to maximize the window and the file will look pretty.

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That list makes it very clear how well you have done! You wiped out mini KB without losing any of your carriers. You have sunk 8 of 18 CAs, about twice as good as IRL. You have taken a heavy toll of his precious DDs. The only major category you are lagging in is BBs sunk - historic for Feb./43 was 2, you have sunk one. We'll put it down to the bombs-that-don't-penetrate nerf.
OTOH, you have lost a lot of APDs. Do you get many more in this scenario?

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ORIGINAL: BBfanboy

That list makes it very clear how well you have done! You wiped out mini KB without losing any of your carriers. You have sunk 8 of 18 CAs, about twice as good as IRL. You have taken a heavy toll of his precious DDs. The only major category you are lagging in is BBs sunk - historic for Feb./43 was 2, you have sunk one. We'll put it down to the bombs-that-don't-penetrate nerf.
OTOH, you have lost a lot of APDs. Do you get many more in this scenario?

Hmm? I thought I only lost 5 x APD. I have a bunch in play now, although I think it's sometime in '44 before any more come in. Because of all the 4-stacker conversions I have enough APD. Without counting I figure about half of them are upgraded. I'll do the rest when I can (the surface search radar sounds important!) but I don't want to let up on moving things to the front and that's where they are helping so far. I should be able to get the rest upgraded during March.

Edit: Yeah, about + 8 or 9 to that 5. Tracker doesn't fully sort the list, which threw me off.

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Admiral, don't forget that you can convert certain older DD types to APD.  That is a worthwhile investment.  You are starting to get a lot of new DDs as reinforcements so you'll not feel the loss of those old tincans.  I'd convert just aboit all the old Clemson Class DDs to APD.  The APD is a very useful vessel.

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I converted every one of them as soon as I could.

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